What’s Happening at Arise? Week of March 27th

April 1st

Arise will be having a musical fundraiser at the First Church of Amherst on the 1st of April, featuring artists such as Lea Gilmore, Professor Louie of The Crowmatix, Peter Blood, and Annie Patterson.

A blues, gospel, and jazz singing civic activist, Lea Gilmore has advocated for many things from immigration laws to civil rights of women of color. Appointed by the U.S Commissions on Civil Rights and the Director of Network Coordination for the Moving Maryland Forward Network, Lea Gilmore is truly an astounding agent for socially just change.

Annie & Peter have played a central role in creating a quiet revolution of group singing in the U.S. in recent years. They have spent decades honing their skills as performers and song leaders in schools, churches, conferences, folk song clubs and festival across the U.S. and abroad. They used this song leading experience to create a unique song collection entitled Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook in 1988 and another songbook entitled  Rise Again in 2015.

More can be found on Lea Gilmore here: http://www.leagilmore.com/Bio.html

More can be found on Peter and Annie here: https://www.riseupandsing.org/anniepeter

Where: First Congregational Church, Amherst

Address: 165 Main Street

When: 7pm

Tickets may be purchased in advance through https://www.riseupandsing.org/events.

A donation of $20 for adults and $5 for minors is suggested although no one will be turned away for a lack of funds, everyone is welcome!

April 3rd:

The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition will be meeting on April 3rd, at the

Baystate Brightwood Health Center/Centro de Salud.

Address: 380 Plainfield St, Springfield, MA 01107

Time: 5:30pm


April 4th:


The Injustice Liberation Front will meet on April 4th at Arise’s HQ.

Address: 467 State St, Springfield MA 01105

Time: 5:00-6:00pm


The Organizers Roundtable will be meeting on the 4th of April as well.

Address: 1000 Wilbraham Rd, Springfield, MA 01109

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

April 5th:

A Public Benefits meeting regarding Hospitals will take place on April 5th at the UMass Center.

Address: 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103

Time: 8:00-9:00am

The Women In Recovery Group will meet on April 5th at Arises HQ as well.

Address: Arise For Social Justice, 467 State St, Springfield, MA 01105

Time: 5:00-8:00pm

April 8th:

Sing Out for Climate Justice

Come join us for an evening of singing together in the name of Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield on the 8th of April

  • We sing to deliver a message of urgency and hope!

  • We sing to bring movement and faith groups together!

  • We sing to insure that justice is part of climate work—putting priority on those who are most impacted—low income and communities of color!

  • We sing because the arts bring creativity and hope to action!

This ‘Sing Out’ is not a concert but a chance for all of us to sing together and express our vision and feelings and determination. It will be led by experienced song-leaders, all voices and experience levels are welcome!

If you have any questions/concerns Vern McArthur will gladly answer them at 413-439-3324 or vernemca@gmail.com  

Address: 245 Porter Lake Dr, Springfield, MA 01106

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

April 13th/18th/29th:

Climate Action Resiliency Plan

In a time where Climate Change and pollution are affecting our community tremendously with hotter summers, wetter winters, increased risks of violent storms, and threats to our public health, especially asthma rates on the rise, the City of Springfield has decided to take action.

The City of Springfield will develop a Climate Action and Resiliency Plan.This plan of action will better prepare and protect our neighborhoods from the effects of climate change, lay out steps to bring down pollution across our city, and ensure climate justice by making sure communities that have been most impacted by pollution and climate change benefit from the plan.

We encourage you to come out to learn more about the plan, and tell us what you think should be included in it to improve the environment in your neighborhood. We want to hear from you to make this the best plan of action it can be!


Mason Square: April 13th, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine Street, Springfield MA, 01109.

North End: April 18th, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Brightwood Library, 359 Plainfield Street, Springfield, MA, 01107

City-Wide: April 29, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA.
Free food, language translation, and child care will be provided at each of these meetings. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information you can contact us at 413-734-4948.

Arise would also like to acknowledge Mr.King and his efforts in steering Arises advocacy and intake in a whole new direction, we appreciate the passion he puts into his work and are sure the individuals he has aided feel just the same.