Thursday, September 07, 2017

Sept 2017 events

 
  • PSC will hold a skills-build forum on Sept 23 From Ideas to Action: Resolve to get involved, which will feature  speakers from Green Peace Japan (environment) , OGA for Aid (Tohoku recovery) Resilience (Home violence) Mirai no Mori (neglected youth) Refugees international (refugees) plus 1 or 2 more organizations.  Event info is below and updates will be posted on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/160994591123200/ PSC needs 2-4 volunteers to help at the front desk on the day.
  • Dec 3 will be a Global Day of Action Against Hate and here in Tokyo we are planning a “Rally Against Hate” - a collaborative action including many organizations. If your organization is interested, or if you are personally ready to take a stand, contact womensmarchjapan@gmail.com.
  • Harvey Relief: I have gotten a few messages about who to support. Many of you know I believe in supporting local community based groups already embedded in communities. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector. https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
  • 2HJ is sponsoring a competition【Food Loss Innovation Competition: How can we use the large volume of food surplus to serve those in need?】Why not share your idea?
  • Democrats Abroad Japan has many events  this fall - a few are listed below.
  • A note of thanks to all who have been involved in various marches and rallies this year. There are many things we all can do to make a diff and that was starting point of this mailing list. scroll down for details.
Please share this events listing with anyone who might be interested! Also please share your events by email to be included in the next TCN!

There is so much going on - I hope to see you at one of these events this fall.
Best regards,
Sarajean

Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus
Upcoming Open house/Information Sessions
  • Sept 9, 10-12noon
  • January 13, 10-12noon
Fall 2017 NGO courses: Global Issues and how Japanese NGOs tackle them, on Monday nights. https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/professional/NGO201.html
Basic program info: https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/calendar-tokyo.html

Tsuda Open University
Tsuda Open University is launching their new adult education program: Global Education for Sustainable Development - An inter-disciplinary program for adult learners interested in learning about current global issues and civil society, including seminars and a Saturday workshop series featuring guest speakers from different NGOs: NGO Stories from the Field
Full course listing: http://tou.tsuda.ac.jp/course/list/

Japan Fundraising Association

Nonprofit NGO community events

FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
http://fewjapan.com/
 


Mirai no Mori
Please support MnM through the Feel Good Store by KEEN being held on September 8-9. When you buy something at the KEEN Charity Sale MnM gets a donation. Find out more: https://mirai-no-mori.jp/charity-sale-feel-good-store-keen/
 
Refugees International Japan
http://refugeesinternationaljapan.org/
Thursday, Sep 28th, 12:30 RIJ Lunch Club
Friday, Oct 13th19:00RIJ Great Wine Bluff
Sunday,Nov 0512:00 Palace Loop Relay Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate
Thursday, Nov 09th18:30 Light up the Life of a Refugee Child
St Mary’s International School http://www.smis.ac.jp/
Friday, Dec 0119:00 F1 Race Night Oakwood Residence Lounge, Midtown Roppongi

 


Seminars and public lectures

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, JAPAN CAMPUS ICAS
Opportunities
2HJ is sponsoring a unique competition【Food Loss Innovation Competition: How can we use the large volume of food surplus to serve those in need?】https://www.facebook.com/2ndharvestjapan/
2HJ is looking for ideas to support, “Tokyo 2020: Food for 100,000.” The goal of this project is to create a food safety-net in Tokyo to support 100,000 people in need by 2020. While there are many ideas on reducing food loss, we are focusing on using this surplus to support those in need. Send your idea and you might win up to ¥100,000.
Guidelines
1. Project should demonstrate:
➢ It will use surplus food
➢ It will directly support those in need
➢ It is potentially scalable
➢ It will serve those in need in Kanto (Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Tokyo)
2. Proposals must be received by midnight September 16th.
➢ Submit to Tokyo2020@2hj.org
➢ By mail to our office
3. The top five projects will present their proposal at our 10th Annual Food Bank Symposium on October 16th
4. This is open to individuals, schools, organizations, and companies.
5. Prizes:
➢ Gold: ¥100,000
➢ Silver: ¥50,000
➢ Bronze: ¥30,000
Peace Boat is always looking for on board volunteers. If you speak Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese or Korean, then this opportunity may be for you! Peace Boat's Global Voyages are made possible by the assistance of a dedicated team of volunteer interpreters, and we are always open to applications from talented individuals. This page provides all the information you will need to apply. http://peaceboat.org/english/?menu=113

Asian Rural Institute - ARI welcomes volunteers! You are invited to help change the world by being part of a community doing sustainable organic farming and leadership training. There are short term and long term volunteer positions available. At ARI, participants from Japan,  Southeast Asia, Africa, & South America will be working alongside you. It is often hard to determine who benefits most from being at ARI, so come experience ARI for yourself! http://www.ari-edu.org/en/volunteer/

Community Theater & Arts News

 
Tokyo International Players
October 2017 main stage production, SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,
Find out more http://tokyoplayers.com
 
Yokohama Theatre Group http://ytg.jp
Support us by becoming a patron! https://patreon.com/ytg

 
Tokyo Sinfonia in June
  • Sep. 13   チャイコフスキー セレナーデ  Tchaikovsky Serenade
  • Dec. 13   サリエリ セレナーデ  Salieri Serenade
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct tickets@tokyosinfonia.com
Peatix online http://peatix.com/event/188800
More Information http://www.tokyosinfonia.com
Advocacy corner:
upcoming events and resources for people wanting to get more involved

Thanks to all who have been involved in various marches and rallies this year - the Tokyo Women's March, Alliance for an Inclusive America, Tax Day March, Enough is Enough Rally etc. We cannot lose our energy to bring about progressive social change. There are many things you can do!   Link to an op-ed by one of our key people here in Tokyo leading the way => wrote an opinion piece in The Japan Times, entitled "Trump or decency? Every American, whether in Japan or elsewhere, must choose a side" i suggest you all have a read and submit your own. Have a look here: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2017/08/23/voices/trump-decency-every-american-whether-japan-elsewhere-must-choose-side/
Dec 3 Global Day of Action Against Hate
Here in Tokyo we are planning a “Rally Against Hate” - a collaborative action including many organizations. If your organization is interested, or if you are personally ready to take a stand, contact womensmarchjapan@gmail.com. More about what is going on will be posted on these pages in the upcoming weeks.
Women of the World March Tokyo – Facebook group with links to resources and weekly action items https://www.facebook.com/groups/197623700694595/
Tokyo Advocacy Exchange - Facebook group sharing information, links and resources. https://www.facebook.com/groups/207362363069859/
Find out about the campaign to Defund hate http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/defundhate

Democrats Abroad Japan
DAJ will be holding a number of events in Tokyo and throughout the country in the fall.
September 16 - Democrats Abroad Japan-Tokai  Meeting in Nagoya http://www.democratsabroad.org/210780/democrats_abroad_japan_tokai_september_meeting
September 23 — Town Hall Discussion - a discussion among audience members and panelists aiming to identify issues and strategies DAJ members, regardless of their background and perspective, can work together upon.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1933741723554102/
Democrats Abroad will also have a Volunteer Service Award this fall to honor those persons who have put in the time and effort to make change and build the organization. The winner will receive a certificate of honor, a letter of thanks from the DA leadership, and a surprise gift.
Have a look at the Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/487514744937145/
There are also events
For more information on future events please be sure to check out updates posted online:
The DAJ Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/demsabroadjapan/
The DAJ Meetup page https://www.meetup.com/ja-JP/DemocratsAbroadJapan/
The DAJ events page http://www.democratsabroad.org/jp_events

Online and in person trainings
GreenPeace Canada and GreenPeace USA have a series of training programs for activists and people to new to community organizing. A great opp for people to add a bit of resistance into their summer holidays!
GPUSA is doing training programs throughout the US throughout the summer 2017 Greenpeace Summer of Resistance
https://www.summerofresistance.org/calendars/greenpeace-summer-of-resistance
GPCA has basic to detailed trainings including basic action organzning to working with the media to materials development - there is something for everyone.  http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Trainings/
Moveon.org also has summer events. check it out: https://act.moveon.org/event/cookouts/search/
We are moving towards other actions and need everyone to join the struggle against injustice.  #gimme20min today and everyday - I truly believe you can change the world with 20 minutes of concrete action each day day.
 
RESOURCES - to CALL WRITE AND BE HEARD

US citizens - you can contact your rep on the phone, fax and by letter
https://www.contactingcongress.org/
https://5calls.org/
The attachment is an outline for a letter to your reps about current environment, climate and related issues. Get information on how climate change is affecting your state here http://climatenexus.org/…/regional-impacts/state-fact-sheet
A site for people who want to call their reps on a variety of issues. there are scripts and talking points - 100 calls in 100 days http://www.100calls100days.com/faq.html#subscribecalendar
Website with useful resources to get involved - links to groups to join, scripts for calling, links to reps and govs etc. http://www.actionagainsttrump.com/
A great resource for those who want act with their economic power through small or large donations:
Movement 2017 - a platform for progressive donors. they feature the vetted voter organizing groups and national resistance networks. https://movementvote.org/

 
FROM THE WOMEN'S MARCH 100 Actions over 100 Days campaign.

UPDATES FROM ORGS I REPRESENT

Give2Asia Foundation has initiated CSR consulting work to develop more sustainable CSR programs for international companies in Japan. The new program includes staff trainings in strategic community partnership and program development as well as matching community and nonprofit needs.  If your company is interested in finding out more. please contact either Aqeela (info@give2asia.org) or Sarajean (srossitto@give2asia.org)

Mirai no Mori
Mirai no Mori has a new and improved website:  http://mirai-no-mori.jp
I f you’re interested in sponsoring our weekend Back to Nature programs (from 2018) contact us :info@mirai-no-mori.jp
Updates from events and Back to Nature weekends are posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MiraiNoMori

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer 2017 events

Here are a few highlights of summer events - please scroll down for more info on these events and more.

  • Sunday July 23 in Yokohama a second letter writing nights kicks off Resistance Summer events. There will also be a nomunication postcard writing on Sat August 12 for Activists around this summer. Please scroll down the listing to find out more.
  • PSC will hold a skills-build forum on Sept 16 on the theme of Why get involved? How can i get involved? Details will be sent out in August. We need 4 volunteers to help on the day.
  • Mirai no Mori has an online summer camp funding campaign through July 31. An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today - July 21 https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/35405/npo-mirai-no-mori/
Please share this with anyone who might be interested!

For the next listing - please send me info by the 20th of the month - short and simple. The September news will come out late in August and updated in Mid-September
.

Hope you get out to the beach some time soon,

Sarajean

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Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus
August weekend workshops
https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-tokyo.html
August 6 10-18:00: Community Organizing for Social Change, one-day workshop. a skills-based intensive workshop based on methods used to get ordinary people involved in their communities
https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars/COS101-SU.html  
Upcoming Open house/Information Sessions
  • Sept 9, 10-12noon
  • January 13, 10-12noon
Fall 2017 NGO courses now listed]
Schedule: https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/calendar-tokyo.html


Japan Fundraising Association

Nonprofit NGO community events



FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
http://fewjapan.com/
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché Roppongi
Thursday July 27th / 12:00 - 14:00

Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi!  http://fewjapan.com/event/july-midweek-lunch-mixer/


Mirai no Mori
Thank you to everyone who joined the Mirai no Mori  summer party on July 5  https://mirai-no-mori.jp/tanabata-party-report/
Also support us on September 8-9, 2017 - Charity Sale: Feel Good Store by KEEN https://mirai-no-mori.jp/charity-sale-feel-good-store-keen/


NERD NITE TOKYO 
https://tokyo.nerdnite.com/
When: September 22 (Friday), doors open 19:30, start 20:00
Where: Nagatacho GRID (map)

Details to come, but the topics
  • neurology of language disorders
  • plankton ecology
  • mystery third topic!
Price: ¥1500 on the door, includes 1 drink
Be there and be square!


Green Peace Japan
They have a number of events and timely reports about food safety, seafood sustainability, the opening of nuclear power plants in Japan
Find out more here: http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/ja/news/


350.org Japan has a lot going on!
Join this grassroots effort to protect our planet.
Find out more : http://world.350.org/ja/




Refugees International Japan 
http://refugeesinternationaljapan.org/
Thursday, Sep 28th, 12:30 RIJ Lunch Club
Friday, Oct 13th19:00RIJ Great Wine Bluff
Sunday,Nov 0512:00 Palace Loop Relay Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate
Thursday, Nov 09th18:30 Light up the Life of a Refugee Child
St Mary’s International School http://www.smis.ac.jp/
Friday, Dec 0119:00 F1 Race Night Oakwood Residence Lounge, Midtown Roppongi

 
Seminars and public lectures

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, JAPAN CAMPUS ICAS
Find out more: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/
Opportunities
These groups are looking or Fall/Winter Semester interns and volunteers - get more information on the links below.
Mirai no Mori https://mirai-no-mori.jp/get-involved/
Human Rights Now! - get more information here http://hrn.or.jp/eng/join/internship/
Peace Boat is always looking for on board volunteers. If you speak Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese or Korean, then this opportunity may be for you! Peace Boat's Global Voyages are made possible by the assistance of a dedicated team of volunteer interpreters, and we are always open to applications from talented individuals. They are now recruiting for the 96th and 97th voyages in 2018. he Volunteer Language Teacher application deadline is 17:00 JST (Japan Standard Time) on Friday, September 8, 2017. National interviews are now scheduled to be held on September 30 and October 1 (Saturday and Sunday) at the GET Office in Tokyo, Japan. Interviews for oversees applicants will be conducted via Skype between September 25-29, 2017. This page provides all the information you will need to apply. http://peaceboat.org/english/?menu=113

Asian Rural Institute - ARI welcomes volunteers! You are invited to help change the world by being part of a community doing sustainable organic farming and leadership training.  You can help in many ways  such as in farming, cooking, administrative office work, the library, helping participants improve their English speaking skills, and possibly teaching.  English (and your heart) along with a good sense of humor are often how we communicate with each other at ARI. There are short term and long term volunteer positions available. At ARI, participants from Japan,  Southeast Asia, Africa, & South America will be working alongside you. It is often hard to determine who benefits most from being at ARI, so come experience ARI for yourself!
http://www.ari-edu.org/en/volunteer/

Community Theater & Arts News

 
Tokyo International Players
October 2017 main stage production, SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,
Find out more http://tokyoplayers.com
Yokohama Theatre Group http://ytg.jp
Support us by becoming a patron! https://patreon.com/ytg

 
Tokyo Sinfonia in June
  • August 4th, 6:30pm  Japanese Serenade Dinner Concert Foreign Correspondents' Club, Yurakucho
  • Sep. 13   チャイコフスキー セレナーデ  Tchaikovsky Serenade
  • Dec. 13   サリエリ セレナーデ  Salieri Serenade
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct tickets@tokyosinfonia.com
Peatix online http://peatix.com/event/188800
More Information http://www.tokyosinfonia.com
JULY / AUGUST ACTIONS AND ACTIVIST RESOURCES
We cannot lose our energy to bring about progressive social change.
Online and in person trainings
GreenPeace Canada and GreenPeace USA have a series of training programs for activists and people to new to community organizing. A great opp for people to add a bit of resistance into their summer holidays!
GPUSA is doing training programs throughout the US throughout the summer 2017 Greenpeace Summer of Resistance
https://www.summerofresistance.org/calendars/greenpeace-summer-of-resistance
GPCA has basic to detailed trainings including basic action organzning to working with the media to materials development - there is something for everyone.  http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Trainings/
Moveon.org also has summer events. check it out: https://act.moveon.org/event/cookouts/search/
We are moving towards other actions and need everyone to join the struggle against injustice.  #gimme20min today and everyday - I truly believe you can change the world with 20 minutes of concrete action each day day.

Women of the World March Tokyo – Facebook group with links to resources and weekly action items https://www.facebook.com/groups/197623700694595/

Tokyo Advocacy Exchange - Facebook group sharing information, links and resources. https://www.facebook.com/groups/207362363069859/
RESOURCES - to CALL WRITE AND BE HEARD

US citizens - you can contact your rep on the phone, fax and by letter
https://www.contactingcongress.org/
https://5calls.org/
The attachment is an outline for a letter to your reps about current environment, climate and related issues. Get information on how climate change is affecting your state here http://climatenexus.org/…/regional-impacts/state-fact-sheet
A site for people who want to call their reps on a variety of issues. there are scripts and talking points - 100 calls in 100 days http://www.100calls100days.com/faq.html#subscribecalendar
Website with useful resources to get involved - links to groups to join, scripts for calling, links to reps and govs etc. http://www.actionagainsttrump.com/
A great resource for those who want act with their economic power through small or large donations:
Movement 2017 - a platform for progressive donors. they feature the vetted voter organizing groups and national resistance networks. https://movementvote.org/
FROM THE WOMEN'S MARCH 100 Actions over 100 Days campaign.

  #HearOurVote - register to vote now! .
UK citizenshttps://www.gov.uk/voting-when-abroad
Canada citizens http://www.elections.ca/
EU Citizens http://europa.eu/…/…/residence/elections-abroad/index_en.htm
US citizens https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/home.htm

Action #10: PLEDGE OF LIBERATION - THREE WAYS to PARTICIPATE

1.  Please read about the Women's March recent letter to the NRA and actions related to gun violence in the USA. https://www.womensmarch.com/nra Join, set up local events or support them online
2: PLEDGE Sign the Pledge of Liberation. Encourage your friends, family, and community members to do the same.
PREPARE Download our Pledge of Liberation toolkit, which provides information on the different types of direct actions you can choose to engage in, and details the dos and don’ts of civil disobedience, what to do in case of an arrest, and FAQs of what to expect as a result.
3: DEMONSTRATE in August during summer recess join local meetings or demand your congressperson’s hold one in their district.
Picket outside your congressperson’s in-district office if they refuse to hold a public meeting. Hold a sit-in inside your congressperson’s in-district office.

The Action Network has free online tools you can use: https://actionnetwork.org/

UPDATES FROM ORGS I REPRESENT

Give2Asia Foundation has initiated CSR consulting work to develop more sustainable CSR programs for international companies in Japan. The new program includes staff trainings in strategic community partnership and program development as well as matching community and nonprofit needs.  If your company is interested in finding out more. please contact either Aqeela (info@give2asia.org) or Sarajean (srossitto@give2asia.org)

Mirai no Mori
Mirai no Mori has a new and improved website:  http://mirai-no-mori.jp
Summer 2017 Fundraising Campaign for summer  camp:

I f you’re interested in sponsoring our weekend Back to Nature programs (from 2018) contact us :info@mirai-no-mori.jp
Updates from events and Back to Nature weekends are posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MiraiNoMori

Asian Rural Institute
Summer 2017 Fundraising Campaign http://www.ari-edu.org/en/support/
AN EXCITING NEW report on Rural Leaders: by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma http://www.ari-edu.org/en/2016/11/25/en-ruralleaders/ Info in English 日本語

On a sad note ARI bid Farewell to Rev. Kenichi Otsu, Chair of ARI Board of Directors and Trustees, who passed away in the afternoon on Thursday, 22 June 2017 at the Red Cross Hospital in Otawara, Tochigi prefecture http://www.ari-edu.org/en/2017/06/23/ohtsu/
Other items of interest
For anyone interested in SE Asia after WWI, US policy in the region or Philippine history, I suggest you read this book => Knowledge and pacification by Prof. Reynaldo Ileto.
 The JI Core 50 : A diverse group of highly skilled professionals from a wide range of industries who have all called Japan home for anywhere from a few years to a few decades.
 Learn more  http://www.jarman-international.com/about-us/ji-professional-monitors/#.WJlnKSN97Zs
For anyone working in the area of sustainability or community development: You can order Educating for Sustainability in Japan: Fostering resilient communities after the triple disaster (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development)  on amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Educating-Sustainability-Japan-communities-Sustainable-ebook/dp/B01M0OMN7O/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=
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