<div class="gmail_quote">Hi fellow activists and organizers,<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">



</blockquote><br>Words cannot describe the sadness and shock I feel over the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT. For days I've been searching for a meaningful response, a way to move past the rhetoric and posturing that has dominated all of my news sources, and most importantly,†a way to support the families and community in Newtown. One of my former students shared a link to a fund that will be given to members of the Newtown community. Donate to:†<a href="http://www.giveforward.com/newtownstrongnewtownproud" target="_blank">http://www.giveforward.com/newtownstrongnewtownproud</a>. Proceeds will go to families of the victims for burial/funeral services, towards a town memorial fund, and/or to the Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship established by Newtown Scholarship Association.†</div>



<div class="gmail_quote"><br></div><div class="gmail_quote">Take time during this busy, stressful and hectic holiday season to hug your loved ones and call long lost friends. We need each other.</div><div class="gmail_quote">



<br></div><div class="gmail_quote">Hugs,</div><div class="gmail_quote">Robbie</div><div class="gmail_quote"><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">



</blockquote><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><b>Upcoming SoJust Events -†<a href="http://www.sojust.org" target="_blank">www.sojust.org</a>†for details</b></div>



<div class="gmail_quote">Jan 7 Skillshare: Art of the Schmooze</div><div class="gmail_quote">Jan 31 Connecting for Justice - @SoJust Open House</div><div class="gmail_quote">Feb 4 Skillshare: Value-Based Time Management</div>



<div class="gmail_quote">Feb 14 Dating While Progressive<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">



</blockquote><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><b><a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/91542832/" target="_blank">Skillshare: Art of the Schmooze</a>†by Robbie Samuels (@RobbieSamuels)</b><br>



<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><b>Monday, January 7 at 6PM - NonProfit Center by South Station</b></div>



<div class="gmail_quote"><p style="margin:0px 0px 0.7em;padding:0px;font-size:14px;color:rgb(39,39,39);line-height:18px"><span><font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Forming and cultivating relationships is at the heart of any successful fundraising campaign, volunteer drive, committee effort or community building activity. This training will give you the confidence to pursue your personal goals - from the importance of shaking hands and making eye contact, to tips on the best opening line and how to exit a conversation gracefully. An amazing side benefit is that you'll learn how to create a welcoming community space by keeping an eye out for outliers, considering yourself a host instead of a guest and knowing how to compliment someone without "othering" them.†<b>REGISTER:†</b></font></span><a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/91542832/" target="_blank">http://www.sojust.org/events/91542832/</a></p>



<div><br></div><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><b><a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/91627292/" target="_blank">Connecting for Justice - SoJust OpenHouse</a></b></div>



<div class="gmail_quote"><b>Wednesday, October 17 at 6PM - Lir on Boylston by Hynes Convention Center</b><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">



</blockquote><p style="margin:0px 0px 0.7em;padding:0px;font-size:14px;color:rgb(39,39,39);line-height:18px"><span><font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><b style="display:inline">Meet like-minded progressives and get connected to great social justice organizations in Boston</b>.†<i>Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event?</i>†Itís time to meet the friendly faces of the group thatís grown to 2200 members, hosted 140+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 6+ years ago.</font></span></p>



<p style="margin:0px 0px 0.7em;padding:0px;font-size:14px;color:rgb(39,39,39);line-height:18px"><span><font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">SoJust is all about building a cross-issue progressive community and network in Boston. We're doing it by putting the SOCIAL back in SOCIAL JUSTICE. We focus on creating welcoming spaces that foster relationship-building across issue silos. Join us if you are ready to go BEYOND ALLIES and build a CROSS-ISSUE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT.†<b>RSVP:</b>†</font></span><a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/91627292/" target="_blank">http://www.sojust.org/events/91627292/</a></p>



<p style="margin:0px 0px 0.7em;padding:0px;font-size:14px;color:rgb(39,39,39);line-height:18px"><br></p><b>From our Progressive Events Calendar:</b><br></div><div class="gmail_quote">Dec. 18†<a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/95641682/" target="_blank">[PUBLIC HEARING] Support Clean Air!</a></div>



<div class="gmail_quote"><br></div><div class="gmail_quote">Dec. 19†<a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/93324302/" style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;color:rgb(17,85,204);font-size:13px" target="_blank">[FILM] The Business of Being Born</a></div>



<div class="gmail_quote"><br></div><div class="gmail_quote">Dec. 21†<a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/95641472/" style="color:rgb(17,85,204);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif" target="_blank">[DISCUSSION] Equal Protection Under the Law: Gay Rights and Marriage</a></div>



<div class="gmail_quote"><br><i>View dozens of cross-promoted events at†<a href="http://www.sojust.org/calendar" target="_blank">www.sojust.org/calendar</a>.</i><br><i>Post your own event - follow these instructions:†<a href="http://www.bit.ly/post2SoJust" target="_blank">www.bit.ly/post2SoJust</a>.</i><br>



<b><br></b></div><div class="gmail_quote"><b><br></b></div><div class="gmail_quote"><b>From our Message Board:</b><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">



<p><a href="http://www.sojust.org/events/60932272/" target="_blank"></a></p></blockquote><b>Job Openings</b><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">



</blockquote><a href="http://www.sojust.org/messages/boards/thread/29659032" style="color:rgb(17,85,204);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif" target="_blank">[JOB] Compliance Associate - Greater Boston Food Bank</a><br style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif">



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</blockquote><b>Volunteers Needed</b><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><a href="http://www.sojust.org/messages/boards/thread/29658982" style="color:rgb(17,85,204);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif" target="_blank">[INTERNSHIP] Massachusetts Nonprofit Network</a><br style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif">



<br style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif"><a href="http://www.sojust.org/messages/boards/thread/29509372" style="color:rgb(17,85,204);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif" target="_blank">[VOLUNTEER] Help High School Youth Excel Academically - Recruiting Tutors in Jamaica Plain</a><br style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans-serif">



<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><br><i>View volunteer opportunities, job openings, calls for action, etc. at†<a href="http://www.sojust.org/boards" target="_blank">www.sojust.org/boards</a>. Post your own - follow these instructions:†<a href="http://www.bit.ly/post2SoJust" target="_blank">www.bit.ly/post2SoJust</a></i>.<br>



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</span></div><div class="gmail_quote"><span style="font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">HELP SPREAD THE WORD!</span><br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">Join the SoJust Facebook</span><a href="http://on.fb.me/SoJust" target="_blank"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial">†</span><span style="font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,153);vertical-align:baseline">group</span></a><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">.</span><br>



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</blockquote><br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">On Twitter? Follow</span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/sojust" target="_blank"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial">†</span><span style="font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,153);vertical-align:baseline">@SoJust</span></a><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">†and SoJust's Co-Founder</span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/robbiesamuels" target="_blank"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial">†</span><span style="font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,153);vertical-align:baseline">@RobbieSamuels</span></a><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">. Donít forget to tweet about SoJust using #sojust!</span><br>



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<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><font><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Socializing for Justice -</span></font>†<font><a href="http://www.sojust.org/" target="_blank"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold"></span></a><a href="http://www.sojust.org" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,153);font-weight:bold;vertical-align:baseline">www.sojust.org</span></a></font><br>



<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><font><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">SoJust is all about building a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston. We're doing it by putting the SOCIAL back in SOCIAL JUSTICE. We focus on creating welcoming spaces that foster relationship-building across issue silos.</span></font>†<br>



<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex"></blockquote><br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">SoJust isn't a non-profit 501(c)(3) and receives no outside funding.</span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">†We're a grassroots volunteer-run member-supported cross-issue progressive community that's been growing steadily since August 2006. We have 2200 members, we have hosted 140+ events and we manage an online hub of progressive events and resources at†<a href="http://www.sojust.org" target="_blank">www.sojust.org</a>. If you've benefited from this cross-issue progressive network please contribute the suggested annual membership fee of $25. You may do this</span><a href="http://www.sojust.org/dues/" target="_blank"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial">†</span><span style="font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,153);vertical-align:baseline">online</span></a><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-family:Arial">†or at any of our events. Thank you for helping us continue to provide a space for like-minded progressives of all stripes.</span><br>



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