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The rebuilding has begun!

Within a week of the 3rd anniversary of the fire…
Stone Soup has begun to rebuild at 4 King Street!

Masterminded by Stone Soup co-founder, David Minasian, an amazing collaboration has come together over the past six months, with the volunteer work of Mass YouthBuild Coalition, the Carpenters Union, Shriver Job Corp, and Rebuilding Together Worcester. Also, just recently confirmed is Cooperative Fund of New England as a financing partner!

Check out photos below/attached from tackling the garage and back lot with Clark students’ Just Do It day and PORCH DEMOLITION with YOUTHBUILD Worcester. Find in the photos the awesome Construction Manager / Super, Tim Tudor LEED AP BD+C, with his green hard hat symbolic for all the green and collaborative expertise he brings to the project.

It will be a green rebuild, with weatherization work, training and BPI certification opportunities.
Look out for more as we soon will be launching a GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN.

Join us at an upcoming work day (to be announced soon on this site) and the
GENERAL MEETING/celebration of rebuilding:
Tuesday, April 10th
at 6:00pm
at YMCA Central Branch, 766 Main St, Worcester
(always 2nd tuesday of the month, same time, same place)

We wanted to also thank some people who have made this possible:
Todd Rodman from Seder & Chandler Law for irreplaceable legal support.

Peter Stevens from Maple Street Architects for so many hours of guidance and architectural work!

…and so many more, thanks to all of our members and supporters for helping reach our mission to build grassroots power by connecting and enriching groups and individuals in our communities who are working for social justice in Worcester, MA. We are building community and economies based in cooperation and creativity while resisting oppression and gentrification.

We hope to see you out there soon!
-Stone Soup

THREE STRIKES? A PENDING DISASTER


3 Strikes Mass Mobilization
Thursday March 15th
11:00 a.m. at the State House


RALLY FOR SMART SENTENCING REFORM
Worcester buses leave promptly at 9:00 a.m. from City Hall
Springfield bus leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Northgate Plaza, 1985 Main Street
Call EPOCA at 508-713-8420 or click here to reserve your free seat on the bus (*lunch will be provided)

New Flyer

Stone Soup is embarking on a green rebuild
of 4 King Street after a major electrical fire in March 2009. The repairs will be significant, including the demolition and reconstruction of the rear wing, comprehensive energy retrofit weatherization work, electrical and heating system updates, a sprinkler system and wheelchair accessibility improvements.

We will not only rebuild a functional home for Stone Soup, but will increase its longevity and energy efficiency. Many volunteers will learn weatherization techniques throughout this project, and we will thoroughly document our approach with written and audio-visual materials, which will be made public on our website.

Since the fire, most of these grassroots organizations have remained connected through Stone Soup activities and dozens of people representing fourteen groups have already been involved in the design and major construction decisions.

Outside of Stone Soup Brochure
Inside of Stone Soup Brochure

ANNIVERSARY FIESTA Stone Soup Celebrates 5 years and Starting to Rebuild

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
6:00-9:00pm
at the Woo

911 Main St, Worcester

  • Live music and DJs!
  • FOOD
  • DANCING
  • AWARDS
  • SOUP COMPETITION

FEATURING:
MURGA LA QUE TE DIJE
ACAPELOTEVEDA
SABOR AñEJO
JULIUS & JOSEPH!

All ages.
Open to the public.
Donations welcome to benefit Stone Soup.
To enter a soup into the soup competition, email us: stonesoupworcester@gmail.com

Download a printable PDF flyer

Work day October 30th: Volunteers wanted!

We are planning a work day to do clean-up and begin rebuilding work at Stone Soup:
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
9am-3pm

The building is cleaned out and ready for rebuilding! Yesterday we had a great clean up with a dozen volunteers cleaning, patching, painting, tarring, sorting, assembling lights and other things to be ready for the rebuilding work that will start within a few months.
***We need help from someone with electrical knowledge in finishing the temporary lighting assembly, please contact us if you know someone who can help***

Some highlights:

  • All rooms outside of the back wing that is heavily damaged are clean!
  • The flat part of the roof is re-tarred and the patch is holding up from the last work day’s job.
  • Handy carpenter skills made very solid blocked windows and garage patches.
  • We feasted on polenta, roots, pie, tea, cookies!
  • Stone Soup members hauled tons of fire-damaged stuff and filled another huge dumpster that will go to be sorted and mostly recycled.
  • 8 year-old Rafi painted the base coat of paint on the sign that will show a message about where we’re at.


King Street Block Party 2011!

Over 500 people attended the King Street Block Party 2011!

Stone Soup announced that rebuilding of 4 King St will start soon thanks to the “Helping Hammers” Carpenters Union Apprenticeship Program signing on (pending signing off on final scope of work).

Fun and community togetherness was experienced by all, including many games and a water battle organized by The Woo, entertainment coordinated by Toxic Soil Busters / Worcester Roots Project, bike repair and pedal-powered smoothies and movies by Ciclovida / Flintstone Car / Earn-A-Bike. filled in with great music from DJ Juami, with the beautiful backdrops by Stone Soup Graphics.

Local talent included the ever-popular Little MJ, Maray – Kfingers & Miss Diva, Street Bangas, Conjunto Añejo, and rock bands at the second stage: Omerta, Friends of Foes, Snookie Got Decked.

Big thanks to the supporting and sponsoring organizations including EPOCA, Worcester Community Housing Resources, REC, Everyday Miracles, A1 Windows, Beacon Pharmacy, Main South CDC, Main St Liquors and Midway Beauty Supply.

Photos and video thanks to Dee Wells of Future Focus and Worcester Is Major (additional photos from Gray Harrison of Earn-A-Bike).

More pics:
New date: Sunday, September 11th, 2011
New time: 2-6PM
KING STREET !!!

Food! Music! Fun! Games! Community groups info!

Organized by Stone Soup, Worcester Roots Project / Toxic Soil Busters Co-op, Stone Soup Graphics, Woo Church, Regional Environmental Council, Worcester Lead Action Collaborative, EPOCA, Worcester Community Housing Resources, other King Street area residents.

Download Spanish Flyer (PDF doc 900kb)

Interpreting for Social Justice

Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center and Stone Soup present
Interpreting For Social Justice
with Roberto Tijerina
January 29 & 30, 2011
9am-6pm
at Central Mass. AHEC
35 Harvard St., Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01609
Registration deadline is January 27th:
www.interpretertraining.eventbrite.com

  • How do we build the capacity as individuals and organizations in social movements to create multilingual spaces where everyone can have their voices heard?
  • How do we build our skills as interpreters?
  • What is the role of the interpreter in social justice work?

| Flyer (PDF – 1.1mb)

This workshop will provide practical tools for developing and improving simultaneous and consecutive interpretation skills, explore the social, political and ethical dimensions of language access and explore how we can include this work in social movements.

Roberto Tijerina is a nationally renowned trainer in multilingual justice and social justice interpretation. Mr. Tijerina was the Language Access Coordinator of the 2010 US Social Forum and former Director of the Multilingual Capacity Building program at the Highlander Research and Education Center.

$40 registration fee includes coffee/tea, lunch, and photocopied readings. Space is limited. Bilingual or multilingual competency is preferred. No experience necessary.

Register ASAP to reserve your spot: www.interpretertraining.eventbrite.com | Registration Form (PDF – 430kb) | Registration Form (Word Doc – 254k)

Contact the hosts for more information:
Nancy Esparza – nkesparza@cmahec.org – (508) 756-6676 x13 – www.CMAHEC.org
Matt Feinstein – matt@worcesterroots.org – (508) 343-0035 – www.StoneSoupWorcester.org

4th Anniversary Party

Winners of 2010 Stone Soup Awards

Congratulations Jen Burt, Lucelia De Jesus, Judy Diamondstone and Clifford Reiss for your well-earned awards!


ANNIVERSARY FIESTA
Stone Soup Celebrates 4 years and Starting to Rebuild

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
5:00-9:00pm
at the Woo 911 Main St, Worcester

FEATURING…
MURGA LA QUE TE DIJE (See what murga is!)
Cha-Cha + Dr. Nat
Lucelia de Jesus and the PVE Cool Kid Singers
Stephanie Katz
Forgotten Dream

FOOD,
DANCING,
AWARDS,
SOUP COMPETITION!

Enter a soup into the soup competition.
Bring a dessert and get a ROCKin’ gift!

Donations welcome to benefit Stone Soup.


FLYERS:
Download English flyer (PDF – 1mb) | Volante en Español / Flyer in Spanish (PDF – 1mb)
Large Printable English (3mb) | Large Printable Spanish (3mb)

Stone Soup begins Rebuild of 4 King St with a clean up

Over 30 people pitched in for a community work day at 4 King St on November 20th, 2010. One year and 8 months since the devastating fire, Stone Soup stays strong and is finally able to begin rebuilding. They begin with cleaning out debris from inside the basement and first two floors, as well as removing the stage, patching the sides of the porch and cleaning up the grounds.

The group left energized and even more steadfast about the decision to rebuild at 4 King St, as the clean-up revealed the structural strength and beautiful woodwork that remains in most of the building. The workday was also a great reminder of neighborhood connection Stone Soup has, as several neighbors came by to pitch in. One neighbor, Calvin Bradshaw, states “it’s so great to see the rebuilding getting ready to begin, it means a lot to the neighborhood.”

Photos by Gray Harrison of Worcester Earn-A-Bike and Tina Le from Toxic Soil Busters / Worcester Roots Project:


Yaw Boateng and Jairo Reyes Vega of Toxic Soil Busters, along with Worcester Earn-A-Bike members clean up 4 King St

Second floor front rooms like new (minus the windows).

CORI Victory Celebration and EPOCA Family Fun Day

Friends, family, and allies are welcome!
Regatta Point Park, Lake Ave.
Sunday, August 29 at 12:00 noon
***If you haven’t heard, Governor Deval Patrick has just signed our CORI reform into law!***
PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE A TICKET: 508-287-8430
family fun day Flyer