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Youth Action March - AmherstSaturday October 7th - 12:00pmAmherst, MAFrom the ending of DACA to the hate speech proliferated at Charlottesville, our society faces threats from the highest in our government and the lowest in our communities. It is never too late to speak out against this violence and take action to confront it. The Youth Action March will be a chance for youth to stand up for what they believe in, send a strong message to local, state, and federal government, and most importantly, take critical steps to get involved with direct action that can make a positive impact on the world. The Youth Action March will establish connections between attendees and political and service organizations doing good in our local communities and on a wider scale to facilitate the transition from a moment of activism to a movement with the potential to evoke real-world change.

The Youth Action March is intended to turn political hopelessness into political empowerment. No matter your age, you have a tremendous ability to move your city, your state, and your country in a more inclusive and forward-looking direction - whether by engaging our government or by working with non-governmental organizations. A sixteen-year-old is just as capable of volunteering at a phone bank for hurricane disaster relief as a sixty-year-old. A twenty-year-old’s vote is worth the same as their parent’s. Anyone at any age can stand up to a bully, be it in the middle school parking lot or on the senate floor.

The Youth Action March will bring together people who want to work toward a better society and organizations that need your help to keep fighting for change.

Be ready to be inspired by powerful organizations and incredible speakers. More importantly, be ready to take your inspiration and turn it into a commitment to the hours, money, or solidarity you are prepared to contribute to organizations doing important work on the local, regional, and national front.

Note: all people are welcome at this march. Period. We encourage people of all ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, citizenship statuses, political leanings, histories (or lack thereof) of activism, nationalities, and everyone else to attend. Those with supremacy on their mind or hatred on their tongue need not attend. This march is non-violent and non-partisan.

For more information, visit
www.youthactionmarch.org, follow us on social media @youthactmarch, or email us at youthactionmarch@gmail.com.
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Youth Action March - Amherst

09/20/17

Coming up Monday! Everyone is welcome. Come on out and be in community with people who understand the enormity and urgency of the climate crisis and who are taking actions. Help us build this unstoppable movement to help people live in peace and safety.

Climate Action Now Monthly GatheringMonday September 25th - 7:00pmUnitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA)We are very pleased to announce that Eric Toensmeier will join us at this month's gathering: The Carbon Farming Solution: Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Biosequestration Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. He has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades.He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.

Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, September 25, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us!
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

09/20/17

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Join us...Take a Stand in the Statehouse for Renewable Energy!
 
 Tuesday, September 19, 2017
11:45: Renewable Energy Rally
 Lobby Day to follow. We will provide guidance to everyone who is new to lobbying.
  
Climate Action Now, in collaboration with groups across the state, is going to the State House to show our support for two important renewable energy bills. 

1) 100% Renewable Energy

2)  Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
The RPS requires utilities to sell a specified percentage or amount of renewable electricity

Climate Action Now is organizing carpools throughout the Valley. To find a carpool near you contact Darcy Dumont at dumint140@gmail.com

Photo by Rene Theberge

March For Racial Justice Holyoke, MASunday October 1st - 12:30pmHolyoke Heritage State ParkOn October 1, we will mobilize individuals, groups, and community organizations from Western Massachusetts to march in solidarity with the National March for Racial Justice. Our goal is to harness dissatisfaction with the systemic violence, discrimination and hate that plagues our society and to turn that unrest into a mobilization that strengthens efforts for racial equity and justice. We invite you to stand with us and make your voices heard. Together we can stand against oppression and challenge policies and practices that dehumanize people of color, communities of faith, persons living with disabilities, immigrants and our LGBTQ+ community. United, our voices are much more powerful than when divided. United we are a movement. United we can march forward towards equality and racial justice.

We have an abundance of gratitude and appreciation for the following groups and organizations who have signed on to cosponsor this event:

@[75509399798:69:Arise for Social Justice]
@[148853708952666:69:Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley]
Belchertown Voices for Justice
@[565444450307682:274:Berkshire SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice]
@[671776969573866:274:Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation]
@[292068685735:274:BRIDGE]
@[209864309133860:274:Chicopee Democratic City Committee]
@[342403739179629:274:Climate Action Now MA]
@[319439531518351:274:Critical Connections]
@[729885207038574:274:Easthampton Democratic City Committee]
@[479260045614293:274:Holyoke Democratic City Committee]
@[196139094190886:69:Indivisible Noho]
Indivisible South Street Northampton
@[224931060858297:274:Islamic Society Of Western Massachusetts]
@[150473787512:274:MIRA\: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition]
@[442852822411256:274:Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Action Fund]
@[149026102289252:274:Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars]
@[121111241243258:274:Northampton Democratic City Committee]
@[281479465256863:274:Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School]
@[137052542990937:274:PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)]
@[2019109744978890:274:Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America]
@[158493627515025:274:Pioneer Valley Project]
@[1437804753150958:274:Pioneer Valley Workers Center]
@[21331183854:274:Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts]
Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
Ultraviolets of Pioneer Valley
Valley Action Group
@[165234926848183:274:Voices from Inside]
@[425748917794760:274:Western Mass. Medicare for All]
@[232275710511065:274:Youth Rise Together]

Thank you from each and every one of the organizers of the March For Racial Justice for your support in this endeavor.

-Español Abajo-
The details:
We’ll meet at Heritage State Park by the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. At 12:30 p.m we will start our march to City Hall and end the event with a rally, an inspiring speaking program and opportunities for additional civic engagement. Check back with us often for updates and details. Bring your children, bring your friends, bring your neighbors and bring your signs!


El 1o de octubre movilizaremos grupos, individuos y organizaciones comunitarias del oeste de Massachusetts para marchar en solidaridad con la Marcha Nacional para la Justicia Racial.
Nuestra mota es aprovechar la falta de satisfacción debido a la violencia sistemática, discriminación, y odio que ha plagado nuestra sociedad y transformar esta energía en una movilización que fortalecerá nuestros esfuerzos para la justicia e igualdad racial.
Te invitamos a que participes con nosotros y hacer escuchar nuestras voces.

Juntos podemos enfrentar la opresión y retar políticas y prácticas que deshumanizan la gente de color, comunidades de fé, personas con discapacidades, inmigrantes y nuestra comunidad LGTBQ. Unidos nuestras voces serán más fuerte. Unidos somos un movimiento. Unidos podemos marchar hacia adelante por una igualdad y justicia racial.

Agradecemos enormemente y apreciamos la ayuda de las siguientes organizaciones que nos han brindado su apoyo para este evento.

ORGANIZACIONES
@[75509399798:69:Arise for Social Justice]
@[148853708952666:69:Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley]
Belchertown Voices for Justice
@[565444450307682:274:Berkshire SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice]
@[671776969573866:274:Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation]
@[292068685735:274:BRIDGE]
@[209864309133860:274:Chicopee Democratic City Committee]
@[342403739179629:274:Climate Action Now MA]
@[319439531518351:274:Critical Connections]
@[729885207038574:274:Easthampton Democratic City Committee]
@[479260045614293:274:Holyoke Democratic City Committee]
@[196139094190886:69:Indivisible Noho]
Indivisible South Street Northampton
@[224931060858297:274:Islamic Society Of Western Massachusetts]
@[150473787512:274:MIRA\: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition]
@[442852822411256:274:Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Action Fund]
@[149026102289252:274:Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars]
@[121111241243258:274:Northampton Democratic City Committee]
@[281479465256863:274:Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School]
@[137052542990937:274:PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)]
@[2019109744978890:274:Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America]
@[158493627515025:274:Pioneer Valley Project]
@[1437804753150958:274:Pioneer Valley Workers Center]
Progressive Democrats of Massaachusetts
@[21331183854:274:Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts]
Ultraviolets of Pioneer Valley
Valley Action Group
@[165234926848183:274:Voices from Inside]
@[425748917794760:274:Western Mass. Medicare for All]
@[232275710511065:274:Youth Rise Together]
Detalles

Nos encontraremos en el Parque Estatal Heritage. Junto al carrusel Holyoke a las 12:30pm.
Comenzaremos a marchar al ayuntamiento municipal y terminaremos el evento con un rally, un programa de pláticas inspiracionales, y hablaremos de oportunidades para participación cívica.

Búscanos a menudo para información actualizada y detalles.

Trae a tus hijos! Trae a tus amigos! Trae a tus vecinos! Y no te olvides de traer tus letreros!
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March For Racial Justice Holyoke, MA

09/17/17

Tomorrow is going to be a nice day to Occupy Spectacle Pond and build community. All welcome to join the pipeline resistance here. Check the Sugar Shack Alliance event here for full details.

A Flotilla of Boats to Occupy Spectacle Pond!Saturday September 16th - 11:00amOn Lower Spectacle Pond in Sandisfield MA☞THIS IS TODAY! SEE YOU DOWN AT SPECTACLE POND☜

In collaboration with the Sugar Shack Alliance and the Rising Together Affinity Group: A flotilla of boats will once again occupy Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11 am –2 pm
Lower Spectacle Pond, Cold Spring Road, Sandisfield, MA
• 11 am Launching and circling the pond
• 12:30 pm Gathering and group photo
• 12:30–2:00 pm Paddle the pond

More than a half million gallons of water from Spectacle Pond will soon be siphoned off by Kinder Morgan to test their fracked gas pipeline. Through our presence, we will bear witness to the beauty of Spectacle Pond, protest its despoilment, and resist the fossil fuel industry’s continued degradation of our precious collective resources for private profit.

• Bring kayaks, canoes, rowboats, rafts, paddle boards.
• Bring your own lunch.
• All participants assume liability for their own safety — bring a PFD.
• This a family-friendly, public action: Protectors unite!
• Heavy rain cancels the event.

In addition to Sugar Shack Alliance and Rising Together Affinity Group, Co-Sponsors include:

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (B.E.A.T)
www.thebeatnews.org/BeatTeam/

No Fracked Gas in Mass nofrackedgasbulletins.wordpress.com/

350MA Berkshire Node
350ma-berkshires.org/

For general information and frequent updates, go to our FB Event for this page at: www.facebook.com/events/1536198253107371/

Or contact Joan Levy at 413 256-0175
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A Flotilla of Boats to Occupy Spectacle Pond!

09/15/17

This is a critical time to for the Connecticut River. FERC is scheduled to re-license the two power generating plants on the river in Massachusetts, the Turners Falls Dam and the Northfield Pumped Storage facility by the end of April. The licenses could set conditions for operating the facilities for 30-40 years. This month in Turners Falls a New Hampshire artist and our own Connecticut River Conservancy have created an opportunity to join forces and voices in support of the river.
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September 8—28 Great Hall Art Display: River of Words

River of Words is a monumental and inspiring public-participation art exhibit. Hundreds of your individual river stories come together to form the River of Words. This unique combination of art and public policy urges federal officials to improve the health and
recreational use of the Connecticut River. You own your rivers and now is the time to speak up for a positive impact that will last for a lifetime. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy and Art & Dialogue.

Saturday, September 16 1-3 pm

Artist Reception: The Power of Water / The Power of Words
What do you want for your rivers? Create your river story and add it to the larger River of Words art exhibit urging federal officials to improve the health and recreational use of the Connecticut River. This is an exciting opportunity to creatively engage in a policy-making process. You own your rivers and now is the time to speak up for a positive impact that will last a lifetime. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy and Art & Dialogue. The reception includes a brief talk on dam relicensing efforts and the CRC.

http://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm through October 9th. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.
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09/14/17

This  is a critical time to for the Connecticut River.  FERC is scheduled to re-license the two power generating plants on the river in Massachusetts, the Turners Falls Dam and the Northfield Pumped Storage facility by the end of April. The licenses could set conditions for operating the facilities for 30-40 years. This month in Turners Falls a New Hampshire artist and our own Connecticut River Conservancy have created an opportunity to join forces and voices in support of the river. 
​​​​​
 September 8—28          Great Hall Art Display: River of Words

River of Words is a monumental and inspiring public-participation art exhibit. Hundreds of your individual river stories come together to form the River of Words. This unique combination of art and public policy urges federal officials to improve the health and 
recreational use of the Connecticut River. You own your rivers and now is the time to speak up for a positive impact that will last for a lifetime. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy and Art & Dialogue. 

Saturday, September 16      1-3 pm       

Artist Reception:  The Power of Water / The Power of Words
What do you want for your rivers? Create your river story and add it to the larger River of Words art exhibit urging federal officials to improve the health and recreational use of the Connecticut River. This is an exciting opportunity to creatively engage in a policy-making process. You own your rivers and now is the time to speak up for a positive impact that will last a lifetime.  Sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy and Art & Dialogue. The reception includes a brief talk on dam relicensing efforts and the CRC.

http://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

 The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm through October 9th.  All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission.  Facilities are accessible.
UMass green building tour. Thurs. 9/14 4:00-5:30. Meet in the lobby of the Du Bois Library. With Senior Campus Planner, Ludmilla Pavlova. Cant make it? Same tour 10/5, same time and place.