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This Country Needs A Truth And Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

America has a long history of violence against black citizens. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism?

GMO Label Bill Clears Major Hurdle In Senate...Now What?

Yesterday—five days after Vermont enacted its landmark GMO labeling mandate—the Senate voted 65-32 in a cloture vote to move a controversial GMO labeling bill forward.

French Kids Know How To Play: American Parents’ Obsession With Structured Playtime Is Stifling Our Kids

Kids can’t be truly creative if, early on, they’re learning nothing more than following rules.

Donald Trump Frees Us To Vote As We Wish

The fear of Donald Trump, fueled by his attacks on women and racial and ethnic groups, really is unwarranted, because Trump’s self-destructive campaigning is leading to a landslide loss. The reality is that Trump frees people to vote for what they want, not against what they fear.

Honoring A Dedicated Veterinarian

Margo Roman, DVM, CVA, COT, CPT, from Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton, was honored at The Pioneers in Medicine Ceremony at the Conference of the Society of Oxidative and Photonic Medicine.

I’m Sticking With Sanders—And Voting For Clinton

Bernie Sanders has the best policies. But Hillary Clinton has the chops to advance a progressive agenda—if we make her.

Is It Time To Break With Colonial Legacy Of Zoos?

The shooting of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo has reignited debate about how to properly care for and conserve zoo animals. Several petitions have been created on Change.org, seeking some form of justice for Harambe.

After Orlando, LGBTQ Muslims Call For Resistance To ‘Forces of Hatred’

In the wake of Sunday's horrific mass shooting in Orlando, LGBTQ Muslims are speaking out with words of mourning for the victims and to caution against using the tragedy to stir increased Islamophobic sentiment.

Amazon Tribes Resist US Anthropologists’ Attempt To Forcibly Contact The Uncontacted

In the absence of government support, Indigenous peoples are increasingly speaking out in defense of uncontacted tribes.

Remembering Muhammad Ali

One of the greatest conscientious objectors the world has ever known.

A Small European Island Teaches Conservation Through Its Herbs And Spices

A group of conservationists is hoping to change local attitudes about threatened habitats through a series of public workshops where people can exchange knowledge about Malta’s native plants and their significance in the local culture and cuisine.

14 Ways To Start Community Sharing Events

Organizing a local sharing event is a great opportunity to bring people together and cultivate a culture of cooperation in your community. Whether it's a one-off skillshare or an annual ShareFest, events show people that sustainable, reciprocal societies are possible — and they're a lot of fun too.

After A Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And On The Rise

These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.

It’s Not Really About Bathrooms: Why The Trans Fight Is About Human Rights

What can counter the hate-filled narratives that are surrounding equal rights ordinance campaigns? The LGBT movement and its allies must amplify and center the voices of transgender people who are being vilified.

Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carrier Food Drive Is May 14

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17.4 million households were considered food insecure in 2014, 3.7 million of whom had children to feed. During the month of May, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive seeks to alleviate this hunger felt by 14 percent of U.S. households.

Online Musings: 43 Years After Roe Vs Wade

Slavery, imprisonment, rape, disease, murder, kidnapping. Any situation where an adult is not in control of his or her own body is a loathsome one, and one we avoid at all costs and even criminalize to help protect ourselves.

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams

Even with last week’s campaign setbacks, Bernie Sanders’ pledge to make the country more equitable and sustainable is more realistic than some people are letting on.

Choosing Childlessness With Life In Mind: A Private Decision With Global Consequences

Aged 27, I provisionally decided not to have children. I remember the moment clearly — lying still, late at night, sleepless, listening to the rain, whilst on a Buddhist retreat in the Brecon Beacons in mid-Wales during a particularly fecund spring.

Nation's First Library Social Worker Connects Homeless With Meals, Healthcare And Housing

Public libraries have long been safe places for homeless people. In San Francisco, library administrators realized that because of their safe-place reputation they had a unique opportunity to reach out to the local homeless community.

UpStaging Lung Cancer

The Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and UpStage Lung Cancer have joined forces to present SingOut! To Upstage Lung Cancer on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm to raise money for the Young Lung Genome Study, and to bring together Boston’s musical and medical communities.

4 Arrested at National Grid's Headquarters in Waltham

Four people were arrested at a sit-in in National Grid's North American Headquarters after refusing to leave the premises on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring

The political march is a tool for social transformation in itself. This one gave me a taste of the connected, empowered society I’m working to create.

5 Japanese-American Women Activists Left Out Of U.S. History Books

A herstory lesson about five women whose World War II internment inspired them to action.

‘Just the Beginning’ As 400 Arrested On Capitol Steps Protesting Big Money In Politics

The civil disobedience campaign known as Democracy Spring is in the midst of an unprecedented mobilization featuring marches, sit-ins, teach-ins, and rallies in the nation's capital, all aimed to pressure lawmakers to take a stand against the corrupt campaign finance system.

Rebuilding The Bridge With Cuba

I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba March 18-25, 2016, with my mother and two siblings to visit family members, take in the spectacle of President Obama’s visit and Tampa Bay Rays versus Cuba National Baseball Team game, and reacquaint myself with Cuban culture.

10 Black Women Innovators And The Awesome Things They Brought Us

From a better hairbrush to modern 3D technology, ten things that might never have existed without the invention or innovation of black women.

Bucking Establishment, Elizabeth Warren ‘Still Cheering Bernie On’

Citing the political revolution he’s sparked on the left, progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared Thursday that she does not think Bernie Sanders should get out of the presidential race.

Frances Moore Lappé: Why I’m Facing Arrest To Get Money Out Of Politics

On April 11, thousands of marchers with Democracy Spring will arrive in the nation’s capital. It’s expected to be the largest civil disobedience action in decades.

Why One Elephant's Long Walk Is A Hopeful Sign For War-Torn Somalia

A lone male elephant named Morgan has shocked conservationists after walking 220 kilometres (137 miles) from Kenya to Somalia. The animals have rarely, if at all, been spotted in Somalia in the last 20 years due to the country's civil war.

15 Ways To Donate 15 Dollars To Build Food Justice Right Now

Slow Money Boston, a network of investors and entrepreneurs seeking to grow the local food economy, is facilitating effective funding of food projects through collaborative knowledge and mutually reinforcing relationships.
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January 23, 2018

A series of testing lunar aspects gives pause. Be open to changing your mind, revisiting and adjusting plans. The Aries Moon is at odds with Mercury and Pluto. A proverbial “sure thing” could suddenly become a liability. While tenacity is admirable in…
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January 2018

Note: Tickets must be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2j2U7C4 Do you desire more emotional and physical connection? Does fear of being rejected or looking foolish hold you back from initiating...

Cost: $127/person; $247/couple

Where:
Watertown Center for Healing Arts
22 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA  02472
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Sponsor: Conscious Intimacy
Contact Name: Brynn Bishop
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A 3-week Course Taught by Melissa Fountain, CSYT Sundays: 10:30am–12:15pm January 21, 28 and Feb 11 Meditation is a sacred gift you give yourself, and brings new vitality and focus...

Cost: Early Bird Pricing (until Jan 20): $140 for all 3 sessions ($155 after Jan 20)

Where:
Sohum Yoga and Meditation Studio
40 Lyman Street, Suite 108B
Westborough Shopping Center
Westborough, MA  01581
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Sponsor: www.SOHUM.org
Telephone: 508-329-3338
Contact Name: Ritu Kapur
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Are you curious about yoga but don't know where to begin? The Intro to Yoga Series is a great place to start your practice. This series will provide a safe, non-competitive and welcoming...

Cost: $90 for series

Where:
YogaLife Institute
6 Chestnut St, Suite A
Exeter, NH  03833
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Qigong and tai chi are 2500+ year old healing arts originating in China. These moving meditations offer unique health benefits that western medicine is...

Cost: $11-$15 per class

Where:
Chelmsford Wellness Center
3 Littleton Road, 2nd Floor
Westford, MA  01886
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Sponsor: Cultivating Qi
Telephone: 978-856-8118
Contact Name: Dave Crocker
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January 8 - February 12, 2018 Intuition + Energy Medicine + Energy Psychology = The REAP Healing Method This 6 week certification training course provides you with the understanding and the...

Cost: $695

Where:
Live Online
Comfort of Your Home
, MA
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Sponsor: The REAP Healing Method
Telephone: 978-877-8651
Contact Name: Pamela Dussault
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3 Hour Introduction Diet and exercise play a role in managing your weight, but; that isn’t the whole story.   80% of dieters weigh the same or more within three months of starting...

Cost: $49

Where:
The Center for Resilient Living Clearly Coworking
474 Grove St.
Worcester, MA  01605
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Sponsor: The Center for Resilient Living and Adventure Boot Camp
Telephone: 508-963-4786
Contact Name: Ginny Wholley
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Experience the power of singing gospel music with more than 250 others as part of the Mystic Chorale, led by award-winning director and composer, Jonathan Singleton. Join Mystic as we prepare...

Cost: $105

Where:
First Parish Unitarian
630 Mass Ave.
Arlington , MA
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Sponsor: The Mystic Chorale
Telephone: 781-738-1920
Contact Name: Jai Kaur Annamaria
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Qigong and tai chi are 2500+ year old healing arts originating in China. These moving meditations offer unique health benefits that western medicine is integrating into treatment plans. By...

Cost: $12-$17 per class

Where:
Dragonfly Wellness Ceneter
176 Jackson Road
Devens, MA  01434
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Sponsor: Cultivating Qi
Telephone: 978-856-8118
Contact Name: Dave Crocker
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January 26 - 28, 2017 Journey to the heart, a shamanic sound healing training level 1 Join David Kuhn shamanic sound healer for a transformational weekend. David will share the basics of...

Cost: $222

Where:
Sound
31 Hawleyville Road
Newtown, VT  06479
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Sponsor: David Kuhn
Telephone: 802-579-5771
Contact Name: David Kuhn
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6 Week Series with Sherri Snyder-Roche Start your year with greater awareness. In Kundalini Yoga, we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the...

Cost: $90

Where:
State of Grace Yoga and Wellness Center
104 East Hartford Ave.
Uxbridge, MA  01569
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Telephone: 508-278-2818
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With Rev. Rita Berkowitz Are you ready to become a professional medium and meet the criteria that would be required of you, ethically and practically? Are you ready to work with the public and...

Cost: $600 (Early Bird $550)

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
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Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
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All are invited to the 2nd annual Lincoln, MA Holistic Wellness Fair on January 27. We are also seeking holistic practitioners from the locales of Lincoln, MA and surrounding towns, to participate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bemis Hall
15 Bedford Rd
Lincoln, MA  01773
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Sponsor: Lincoln Recreation
Telephone: 781-738-1920
Contact Name: Jai Kaur Annamaria

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Do you want to learn how to use the plants in your backyard to bring healing nourishment to your life? Is winter finding you hungry for wildflowers and tasty greens? If so, join Jenny Hauf,...

Cost: $15 for Trustees members and $25 for nonmembers

Where:
Francis William Bird Park
Polley Lane
East Walpole, MA  02032
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Sponsor: The Trustees of Reservations
Telephone: 617-750-4329
Contact Name: Maura O’Gara
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Dates: Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3. This two-day class is for those want to go deeper into their personal healing journey with the system of Reiki and who want to strengthen...

Cost: $275

Where:
Bancroft Doggone U
333 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA  01604
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Sponsor: Bancroft Doggone U
Telephone: 508-753-9757
Contact Name: Lisa Ruthig
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