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Please check this calendar before you start out to an event.  An attempt will be made to post any last minute weather related or other cancelation or postponement beside the event.    
 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEN OF ALL COLORS TOGETHER (MACT) - PHILADELPHIA
RESPONDS TO RECENT GUN VIOLENCE

PHILADELPHIA, July 12, 2016 -- In response to the recent massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando; the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota; and the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, Men of All Colors Together (MACT) - Philadelphia felt compelled to release our thoughts on these tragedies that affected all Americans -- gay or straight, black or white or latino, police or non-police.

All of these incidents, though different in detail, offer a sobering and disturbing look at life in America today. The senseless deaths of 49 people in a gay nightclub by an extremist rattled us, made us feel uneasy, tense, angry. The all-too-common deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by over zealous police officers made us feel uncertain, dubious, angry. The untimely deaths of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and Dallas Police Officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens made us feel unsettled, muddy, angry.

What do these events have in common? They make us ANGRY. Very angry. And we are not quite sure what to do about it.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and loved ones involved, but we are certain that this is little comfort.

We’ve come up with three things that we feel strongly could help over time:
1. Close all national and state-wide loopholes for obtaining assualt weapons.
2. Resist homophobia, racism and sexism in every form.
3. Resist racism and sexism in every form in the gay community.

We know it’s an uphill battle, but we in the LGBT community know better, expect better, and will do better. To help, look up African-American Country Singer Coffey Anderson’s Traffic-stop Etiquette Video on Facebook for tips on what African Americans can do during a traffic stop.

Men of All Colors Together (MACT) - Philadelphia, Inc., is a gay, multiracial and multicultural orgainzation
committed to equality, diversity and justice in humankind through social, educational and other means to support the LGBTQAI communities.

Our meetings take place each month from September to June at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
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SEPTEMBER

Labor Day BYOPicnic
At the Farm

Monday, September 5th
2 - 7 PM


We always have a wonderful time at the farm.  This is, of course, a fully working farm although the garden has gotten smaller over the years.
  
Joshua still has chickens so he usually has farm fresh eggs to purchase.  We will setup the grills and get the charcoal ready for you to cook your meat or whatever you have that needs the heat. Come and enjoy the companionship of your MACT family. 

For directions and information call Aaron at 215-455-6038


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QUEERING RACIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE


Presented by the
National LGBTQ Task Force

Saturday, September 10th
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Philadelphia African American Museum
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia

If you feel passionate about ending racial injustice, please join us in Philadelphia September 10 for:

a day of learning, storytelling and skill building for queer and ally people of color and white folks who want to build their anti-racist skills and explore applying these in the LGBTQ movement and beyond.

Register for the Queering Racial Justice Institute, September 10.

-Deepen you intersectional organizing skills.
  • -Take part in workshops on: Islamophobia, economic justice, gun control, criminalization of poverty, social media and organizing, gender justice, being a better ally to transgender people, working through white privilege, and sustaining ourselves and each other.
  • -Bring your family, your faith community, your colleagues and classmates. This day of teaching and learning will enrich us and prepare us for more action towards justice.
  • -Check out our program. 

  • To check out the National LGBTQ's website and to register, click here.

    The National LGBTQ Task Force believes that racial justice is central to our aspirations for liberation. During this Day Long Institute, we aim to explore the importance of centering blackness, the role that white people have to play in unlearning racism and how we can work together effectively in our workplaces, faith communities, and school settings. We believe that education, advocacy and leadership development are key components to working effectively in multiracial spaces and within our communities around coalition building work to achieve spaces that are racially just and inclusive.

    Partners in the presentation:
    NAACP, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Hands Across Philadelphia, and ACLU.

    The art for our Queering Racial Justice Institute was created by Wriply Marie Bennet. She uses her art to uplift her sisters in the black lives/ black transgender lives movement.  Read Wriply's bio and see her full original art for the Institute here. You can also view more of her work here.


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    Friday, September 16th
     
    Steering Committee Meeting
     
    6:00 to 7:30 PM
     


    at William Way LGBT Community Center

    1315 Spruce St.  


    Please note that the Steering Committee meeting will precede the General meeting which begins at 7:30 PM.
    This is something new.  It was successful in June so the committee decided to keep it for the fall.
    Normally, the committee meets in members' homes.

    The Steering Committee meeting is open to anyone who wishes to observe it.  So come early and see how it functions. 
    You might want to become part of it, or volunteer for a committee!



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    Friday, September 16th
     
     
    General Meeting

     
    Nellie Fitzpatrick
    The Liaison between the LGBTQIA Community and the Mayor's Office will speak to us. 
     

    7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

     
    at William Way LGBT Community Center
     
    1315 Spruce St.
     
     
     Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome! 


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    End of Summer Cookout
    BYOPicnic!

    Saturday, September 24th
    Starting at 3:00 PM

    At John B's home

    Bring something to put on the grill and another entrée to share.

    Call Aaron at 215-455-6038 for information and directions. 



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    October

    Saturday, October 8th

    TRANS* MARCH

    3 - 6 PM

    Love Park
    (Check back for update if park is completed by then)

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    Sunday, October 9th


    OutFest


    Philadelphia’s unique celebration of
    National Coming Out Day

    Noon to 6PM in the Gayborhood

    Our table needs volunteers to setup, breakdown, and staff it.

    Call Stevie at 610-277-6595 to volunteer.  You can volunteer for any or all of the above.


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    Friday, October 21st 
     
    Steering Committee Meeting
     
    6:00 to 7:30 PM


    at William Way LGBT Community Center

    1315 Spruce St.  


    Please note that the Steering Committee meeting will precede the General meeting which begins at 7:30 PM.
    This is something new.  It was successful in June so the committee decided to keep it for the fall.
    Normally, the committee meets in members' homes.

    The Steering Committee meeting is open to anyone who wishes to observe it.  So come early and see how it functions. 
    You might want to become part of it, or volunteer for a committee!



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    Friday, October 21st
     
     
    General Meeting

     
    Chris Bartlett
    The Executive Director of William Way
    LGBT Community Center
     
     

    7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

     
    at William Way LGBT Community Center
     1315 Spruce St.
     
     
     Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome! 


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