A calendar of protests, discussions and other events that aim to improve the world. Highlights this week include today’s protest of a Providence talk by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan; Saturday’s “Stand with Planned Parenthood Rally in Boston”; Sunday’s “Rise Up! With Trans and Queer Students” rally at Boston Common; and Wednesday’s “General Strike: A Day Without A Woman.”

Updated: March 2, 2017: To submit events to the list, email details and links to Weloveyoursubmissions At Gmail. Note: Event times and places sometimes change. Please follow the links to confirm details. Also we are unable to vet all of these events. Be careful.

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Thursday, March 2
Noon. Cambridge: “John Harvard’s Period.” The Hygiene Campaign Club of Harvard opposes the “luxury tax on feminine hygiene products with a petition drive calling “for free menstrual hygiene products in all upperclassmen houses.” At Harvard.

Noon. Providence: “It’s Worse Than It Looks: Lessons for Democrats from Election ’16.” Talk by policy strategist Jim Kessler. At Brown University.

2 p.m. Charlestown: “Artists For Social Change.” Visual and performing artists lead a workshop “to create an interdisciplinary artistic piece surrounding a the theme of Empowerment: Teen Empowerment, Empowerment Oppressed Communities.” Hosted by Wake Up Charleston High School.

2 p.m. Boston: “Narragansett Cultural Education, and Indigenous Empowerment.” Talk by Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum. At UMass Boston.

3:30 p.m. Boston: “Protest to Support APM Tenants in Hyde Park.” Organized by City Live / Vida Urbana. At APM Hyde Park office.

3:30 p.m. Providence: “Paul Ryan: RI has some words for you.” Protest of a Providence talk by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. At 40 Fountain St.

5:30 p.m. Boston: “Student Leader Meet & Greet – Social Justice Panel Discussion.” At Northeastern University.

5:30 p.m. Boston: “Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter.” At First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.

6 p.m. Boston: “Forum: How to Fight Corruption in MA.”

7 p.m. Boston: “Impeach Trump Now.” Discussion with John Bonifaz, co-founder and President of Free Speech For People. At First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.

7 p.m. Cambridge: “Tzedek Salon: Progressive Victories in a New Political Time.” Panel discussion. At Harvard Hillel.

Friday, March 3
9 a.m. Cambridge: “Rally for Reparations.” At Harvard.

10 a.m. Boston: “Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon.” Communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. At MassArt.

2 p.m. Waltham: “Every Campus a Refuge Workshop.” Led by Guilford College professor Diya Abdo. At Brandeis University.

3 p.m. Cambridge: “Coffee & Convo: Should Athletes and Entertainers Be Political?” At Harvard.

3:45 p.m. Boston: “Rally Against Corruption.” At Massachusetts State House.

4:30 p.m. Boston: “#NoBanNoWall vigil.” At Dewey Square.

5:30 p.m. Mattapan: “Know Your Rights – Youth Forum.” At Mildred Ave. Community Center.

5:30 p.m. Boston: “Ria Brodell: Butch Heroes.” Reception for exhibiton at Gallery Kayafas.

5:30 p.m. Cambridge: “Askwith Forums – Take Action: Advancing Justice and Equity.” At Harvard.

6:30 p.m. Cambridge: “Harvard Owes Reparations Now.” Open meeting”—following Harvard’s conference on Universities & Slavery—on how white people can join the struggle for reparations to African people.” At Jackson Mann Community Center.

7 p.m. Boston: “March Open Mic Featuring Foundation Movement,” the politically-engaged hip-hop group. At First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.

Saturday, March 4
8:30 a.m. Providence: “Women Empowering Women: A Community Forum on Violence Prevention.” At Rhode Island College.

9 a.m. Boston: “Diversity Equity Race Accessibility & Identity in LIS Forum.” At Simmons College.

10 a.m. Pawtucket, R.I.: “Stop ‘Trump Jr’ in Pawtucket, RI.” Rhode Island Progressive Democrats opposes a state rep who they say is “one of the primary sponsors of racist, Trump-like and anti-immigrant legislation.”

11 a.m. Boston: “Stand with Planned Parenthood Rally in Boston.” At Boston Common.

Noon. Boston: “March 4 Trump/ Massachusetts.” Rally of Trump supporters. At Massachusetts State House.

Noon. Boston: “Bummer City Civic Engagement Coalition Meeting.” Study session. At Honan-Allston Library.

Noon. Boston: “Queer Prisoner Support | Allston.” Hosted by Black & Pink. At Swissbakers.

1 p.m. Providence: “RISE UP! on Int’l Women’s Day.” RI Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington rallies “to celebrate International Women’s Day and stand for human rights for all.” At Rhode Island State House.

2 p.m. Arlington: “Indivisible MA District 5 Meeting.

4 p.m. Somerville: “Greater Somerville Huddle.” “For Women’s Marchers and concerned citizens: Lets gather in Union square to discuss our next actions to resist the new Administration and fight for progress.” At Bloc.

4 p.m. Cambridge: “Understand and Set-Up Digital Security for Activists.” Talk at the Democracy Center.

6 p.m. Portsmouth, N.H.: “Candlelight Walk for Unity.” Resistance and Seacoast faith communities “stand up for truth, democracy and goodness.” Begins at South Church.

6 p.m. Wakefield, R.I.: “The Feminist Opposition, Opening Reception.” Art exhibition of “intersectional exploration of contemporary feminism’s role in opposition to the current cultural and political climate.” At Hera Gallery.

Sunday, March 5
9 a.m. Boston: “Local Environmental Action Conference.” At Northeastern University.

10 a.m. Brookline: “Racial Justice Training for Boston’s Jewish Community.” At Temple Beth Zion.

10:30 a.m. Boston: “Voter Justice in Massachusetts.” Cheryl Crawford, executive director of MassVOTE, talks about the group’s work.

11 a.m. Boston: “Organizing for Women’s Lives & Women’s Health with Kate Frisher.” Talk by the advocacy coordinator for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. At Community Church of Boston.

Noon. Boston: “Rise Up! With Trans and Queer Students.” Rally at Boston Common.

Noon. Boston: “An Artist’s Role in Social Change Panel.” At New England Conservatory.

1 p.m. Providence: “RI Conversion Therapy Ban Committee Meeting.” At Youth Pride.

1 p.m. Portsmouth, N.H.: “Expand Beyond Protests.” Nonviolent Action United hosts an “informational meeting to learn about how we can expand our resistance to nonviolent techniques other than protest and persuasion.” At A&M Paint.

1 p.m. Cambridge: “Disability Day of Mourning.” Autistic Self Advocacy Network remembers “people with disabilities who lost their lives at the hands of family members or caregivers.”

1 p.m. Providence: “Women’s March On Washington RI Chapter Meeting.” To share info about next steps. At Providence Public Library.

2 p.m. Cambridge: “International Women’s Day.” Nepali Women’s Global Network New England hosts a celebration.

3 p.m. Portsmouth, N.H.: “Trans Rights – Civil Rights Sundays.” Occupy New Hampshire Seacoast hosts a stand-out at Market Square.

3 p.m. Boston: “Anti-Defamation League’s 10th Annual ‘A Nation of Immigrants’ Community Seder.” At UMass Boston.

3 p.m. Providence: “Never Again Means Never Again.” In response to new threats to the Jewish community. At Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial on the River Walk.

5 p.m. Brookline: “Healing and Resilience in the Face of Anti-Semitism.” Hosted by IfNotNow Boston.

6 p.m. Providence: “Black & Pink volunteer mail processing & hangout.” In support of LGBTQ prisoners. At PrYSM.

Monday, March 6
9 a.m. Boston: “Pack the Hearing: Pass the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act.” In support of housing stability in Boston. At Boston City Hall.

4 p.m. Providence: “SPH Black History Month Lecture: Dr. Mindy Fullilove.” New School professor lecture on “Assessing the Costs of 400 Years of Inequality.” At Brown University.

5:30 p.m. Watertown: “Postcard Avalanche Event.” Write “a personal message to Trump.” At First Parish of Watertown.

6 p.m. Boston: “Book Discussion: Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership.” At UMass Boston.

7 p.m. Cambridge: “Jewish Resistance : Harvard Community Action Meeting.” At Harvard.

7 p.m. Boston: “JP Resists Huddles.” Meet up to “discuss ways we can resist the conservative legislation of the new administration.” At Doyle’s.

Tuesday, March 7
11 a.m. Boston: “Library Legislative Day.” Massachusetts Library Association and Massachusetts School Library Association sponsor “this annual opportunity to meet with legislators and urge their support for all libraries across the Commonwealth.” At Massachusetts State House.

Noon. Providence: “Resist Tuesday Office Visits: Senator Whitehouse’s Office.” Indivisible RI meets at Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s office to “let him know how we feel on the issues of the day.”

7 p.m. Boston: “Sanctuary Schools Boston City Council Hearing.” To support the Boston City Council’s proposal “to make our BPS schools into Sanctuary Schools.” At St. Stephen’s Youth Programs.

6 p.m. Medford: “The Civic State of the Union.” Panel about “the state of civic life in the United States and the role of civic engagement in addressing national and global problems.” At Tufts University.

6 p.m. Cambridge: “Response and Resilience in Multireligious Boston.” Roundtable discussion of “what resources, skills, and help communities can offer one another in these increasingly tense times.” At Ticknor Lounge.

6:30 p.m. Boston: “SOUP’ed Up Poetry Slam! | BlackER History Month Edition.” Theme: “dashikis, medalians, Black empowerment slogans, leather, or anything you want to wear that expresses your Black identity.” At Dudley Café.

6:30 p.m. Boston: “Huddle at Hatch.” “In conjunction with The Women’s March 10 Actions in 100 Days Wake Up Mass will be hosting a Huddle and postcard party.” At Hatch Fenway.

7 p.m. Cambridge: “Nukes, NATO and Right-Wing Nationalism.” Talk by Reiner Braun. At American Friends Service Committee.

Wednesday, March 8
All day: “General Strike: A Day Without A Woman (Massachusetts).” For International Women’s Day, the Women’s March on Washington has called for a “General Strike: A Day Without A Woman.” “Women and our allies will act together creatively to withdraw from the corporations that harm us and find ways to support the businesses, organizations and communities that sustain us.”

8 a.m. Cambridge and Boston: “ICan’tKeepQuiet flashmobs for the International Women’s Strike.” Flash mobs “will sing ‘I Can’t Keep Quiet,’ the anthem of the D.C. Women’s March,” at Alewife MBTA station at 8 a.m., Harvard Square MBTA stop at 9 a.m. and Downtown Crossing MBTA stop at noon “because we will no longer keep quiet about the impact of sexism and misogyny on women’s lives.”

4:30 p.m. Wakefield, R.I.: “Dinner March in Solidarity with the International Women’s Strike.” “Let’s strike during dinner and march down High Street to illuminate two institutions that empower women. We will make a celebratory march from the Hera Gallery to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County.”

5 p.m. Boston: “Women Marching for Undocumented Women.” At Copley Square.

5:30 p.m. Malden: “Malden Community ‘N Unity – Next Steps Dialogue.” Facilitated by the Mayor’s Task Force on Racial Harmony.

6 p.m. Boston: “Barack Obama’s Legacy: A Public Conversation.” Panel discussion at Boston Center for Adult Education.

6:30 p.m. Boston: “Fight Trump’s Sexism – Strike for Our Rights! International Women’s Day Forum.” Boston Socialist Alternative hosts a forum “on defeating Trump’s attacks on women and immigrants by pointing towards mass strike and boycott action on May 1.”

7 p.m. Boston: “Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center Responders.” Teach-in and planning meeting about “challenges facing the Muslim community” and planning “to stand in solidarity with other vulnerable communities.” At Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

7 p.m. Boston: “The City Talks: Artivism.” Discussion about “How Does the Creative Community Motivate Boston to Take Action?” At Museum of Fine Arts.

Pictured at top: “Boston Women’s March,” Jan. 21, 2017. (Copyright Greg Cook)

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