[act-ma] 5/23 Connecting for Justice (SoJust Open House); TONIGHT Art of the Schmooze

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Mon May 6 06:38:40 PDT 2013


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fellow activists and organizers,</span></p>
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you share the press release below about SoJust's open house, Connecting  
for Justice, on May 23? This is a great event to meet like-minded  
progressives and build connections based on shared values.</span></p>
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a networking primer before this event? I'm leading a skillshare on Art  
of the Schmooze TONIGHT at 6PM at The NonProfit Center. Register at <a  
href="http://www.sojust.org" target="_blank">www.sojust.org</a> - $10-$20  
(sliding scale).</span></p>
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<span  
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for Justice Strengthens Boston’s Progressive Community<br></span><span  
style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">6+  
Years - 2200+ Members - 150+ Events - Countless Connections</span></p>
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<span  
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May 23 from 6-9PM, Socializing for Justice will be hosting its largest  
event of the year, Connecting for Justice, at Lir on Boylston in Boston’s  
Back Bay. This open house event draws 120+ progressives of all stripes and  
is a great way to engage with SoJust's cross-issue progressive network.  
In this welcoming space, all attendees - diverse by age, race, gender,  
sexual orientation, newness to Boston, and experience with activism - come  
together to “put the SOCIAL back in social justice!” </span></p>
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<span  
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open house will build on the momentum of RootsCamp MA, a progressive  
“un-conference” on April 6-7 which SoJust helped sponsor, plan and promote.  
The conference drew 100+ progressives (including Boston City Councilors  
Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley) together to discuss the importance of and  
“why behind the why” of cross-issue progressive organizing. </span></p>
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<span  
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RootsCamp MA, both City Councilors singled out Robbie Samuels, RootsCamp MA  
lead organizer and SoJust Co-Founder, for his vision of social justice and  
his ability to connect and convene people. For the past decade, Robbie has  
been a leader within Boston’s progressive community. He has been recognized  
for his efforts - in 2011, his birthday, September 16, was declared  
"Robbie Samuels Day" by the Boston City Council. In creating  
SoJust, Robbie has combined fun, socializing and cross-issue mobilization  
as never before.</span></p>
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<span  
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sets Connecting for Justice apart from other networking events is the fact  
that attendees are encouraged to bring their whole selves. Every attendee  
is encouraged to fill out ‘Ask Me About’ and ‘I’m Looking For’ tags, so  
they can make the most of the space and possible connections in the room.  
“If someone is looking for a job, or wants to talk up a project or cause  
they’re passionate about, we make it really easy for them to focus their  
networking efforts,” says Jessica Critcher, SoJust’s other  
co-organizer.</span></p>
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<span  
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event also features a jobs board, a literature table and action stations,  
to model what SoJust calls the “Philosophy of Abundance,” or, the idea that  
sharing knowledge strengthens the community as a whole. Bring your business  
cards, literature about your cause, flyers for your event, a stack of  
petitions - you name it. Organizers looking for members, volunteers,  
signatures or rally attendees will not be treated as interlopers as they  
work the room, because furthering progressive causes is the entire point of  
the event. As Robbie says, “If you think this group might be for you, it  
is.” Learn more and RSVP at <a href="http://www.sojust.org"  
target="_blank">www.sojust.org</a>. </span></p>
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