April 28

posted May 11, 2015, 12:08 PM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, and welcomed us all.


Arthur Kinney introduced his guest, Sonia Brand-Fisher, UMass Renaissance Center Program Director.  Sonia distributed flyers listing the numerous entertaining and informative activities taking place at the Renaissance Center Annual Festival on Sunday, May 3rd this year – everything from sword-play to falconry, plus lots of edibles. Member Ellen Kosmer, Renaissance Center Historical Garden Designer, is available at the Garden Table to answer questions from 11-1. Free admission, all welcome.  


Sunday, May 3rd 13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival   11 am- 4 pm Theater, music, falconry, juggling, artisans, magic shows, sword demonstrations, dancing, buffoons, Renaissance games, and more! Free souvenir buttons! Admission is free, donations are welcome. Rain or shine in the Meadow.

Raffle:  Vivienne Carey won the wine. Ellen Kosmer won the $10.


Russ Vernon Jones was our speaker, on "Organizing around Racism".  Speaking as a white inhabitant of Amherst, Russ talked movingly and persuasively about the difficulty we have in accepting the pervasive racism throughout our culture – even in Amherst. He asked us to reflect on our own experiences with racism – possible through observing our Black friends or colleagues struggling with ordinary events – returning expensive electronics (Yes to a white person, no to a black person), being followed on a drive through Amherst late at night after work. Look around at the racial composition of Amherst Town Meeting or town committees – whiteness everywhere, even though about 25% of Amherst residents are colored. The same applies in high school honors or AP classes. To become aware of this and to try to combat it, make a practice of talking about racial incidents – and read Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”.  Also, consult Russ’s web site, www.coming-together Amherst.org

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                    
Linda Honan