Calendar

Monthly Gathering Details:

We alternate between Northampton and Amherst on the 4th MONDAY evening of each month from 7-9 pm. Northampton gatherings take place at the Unitarian Society of Northampton on Main St. Amherst gatherings take place at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant St (downtown).

Upcoming dates for Monthly Gathering:    Mon May 22 (Amherst);  Mon June 26 (Northampton);  Mon Jul 24 (Amherst) ; Mon Aug 28 (Northampton);  Mon Sep 25 (Amherst)

If you want to add an event to this regional climate action calendar, please send an email to us at

 Don’t forget the great EnviroShow on Valley Free Radio every Tues from 6-7 pm.
 Check out nofrackedgasinmass.org for every pipeline event.
 

Celebration for a Living Earth

Celebration for a Living Earth

July 29, 2017, 10:00am - July 29, 2017, 2:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond on Cold Spring Rd Sandisfield MA 01255

Join us, The Sugar Shack Aliance, for this summer's public rally and picnic to raise our collective concerns and awareness on the continued resistance to the Kinder Morgan/TCG CT Expansion Pipeline in the Otis State Forest!

[Click the color photo to see the full poster~]

Once again, meet us at Spectacle Pond where we gathered last year for our last summer solidariity picnic! We will again feature musical guests and speakers from across the movement and from all corners of the northeast! That's from 10am to noon!

Then, at 12:30pm, a potluck picnic lunch at 12:30pm, followed by an informal gathering of musicians improvising together at our staging area at just north of the pond at Sue Baxter's Barn, 250 Cold Spring Rd.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Dr. Jill Stein, Ian Jackson (Green Party)
Susan Baxter (Affected Sandisfield homeowner)
Anthony Melting Tallow, Karyn Redwolf (Indigenous Water
Protectors)
Martha Klein (Sierre Club CT)

MUSICAL GUESTS INCLUDE:
Ben Grosscup
Rachel Laitman
The Expandable Brass Band
Tom Neilson
Sarah Stockwell
Dave Lippman


Among our goals are to progressively and peacefully:

♥ Stop this pipeline!
♥ Reclaim the land for the people!
♥ Save the Sacred Stones Sites
♥ Protect all life from the fossil fuel industry

For more information, go to the Sugarshack Alliance website at: sugarshackalliance.org

Or contact Elizabeth at 215-355-2145

Free, Family-friendly and open to the public!

Stay tuned to this site for frequent updates!

Summer Institute 2017: Building Solidarity in an Age of Division

Summer Institute 2017: Building Solidarity in an Age of Division

July 30, 2017, 2:00pm - August 5, 2017, 10:00am

Amherst College
Amherst, MA  01002-5000 Map

How have the economic structures of global capitalism helped to shape our current moment?
How do the structures of global capitalism currently function?
How can we marshal our understanding into building dignified lives for all?

ABOUT
We’re living in a global moment of reactionary backlash: fear mongering about immigration, refugee crises, climate change denial, rising nationalism and conservative protectionism. These processes occur against the backdrop of increasing inequality, division, and conflict across the globe. At Summer Institute 2017, we’ll explore the economic structures which have shaped this moment, and how we can build alternative forms of global economic integration and solidarity.

Our Summer Institute is a residential, week long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s special track will offer economic tools and analysis to understand neoliberalism; ‘free’ trade agreements; movements of money, people, and goods; economic and military imperialism; and global environmental injustice. We will also explore existing and proposed alternatives for fairer trade and migration systems and equitable solutions to climate change.

Our analysis takes us beyond harmful myths and tropes, from ‘they take our jobs,’ to the notion that jobs come at the expense of the environment, allowing us to build the broad-based solidarity this moment calls for. Our participatory curriculum is led by staff economists from the Center for Popular Economics, and the format will allow you to benefit from the rich knowledge and experience of other participants. No background in economics is necessary!

COST & SCHOLARSHIPS
The full cost of tuition is $900, which includes housings and meals. For those not requesting overnight accommodations, the cost is $700.

We have a strong commitment to providing financial assistance to help people attend the Summer Institute. We have a limited scholarship fund, and we rely heavily on the honest assessment of each participant’s financial situation. You may request scholarship assistance when you fill out a registration form.

If you requested a scholarship we will be in contact with you to discuss scholarship availability on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us for organizational rates!

APPLICATION FORM
A link to our application is in our pinned post!

Inconvenient Sequel Opening with Q & A

Inconvenient Sequel Opening with Q & A

August 4, 2017, 7:00pm - August 4, 2017, 9:30pm

Amherst Cinema
28 Amity St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Join Climate Action Now at the Amhert Cinema opening for
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

We will have special guests (to be announced) with Q & A following the screening.

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Friday, August 4 at 7 pm

Let the Landscape Speak - fundraiser to protect ceremonial feat.

Let the Landscape Speak - fundraiser to protect ceremonial feat.

August 5, 2017, 3:00pm - August 5, 2017, 5:00pm

First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts
129 Main St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

LET THE LANDSCAPE SPEAK

A fundraiser to support the Indigenous Tribes of the Northeast in protecting Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in Sandisfield, Massachusetts

Presenter: Doug Harris
Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes
& A Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO).

Doug Harris will present a history of Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in the Northeast region and the struggle to preserve them. The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

As has happened before in other places, our government, more specifically, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been complicit in the destruction of these sacred stone landscapes. Over 1/3 of the 73 features identified in Sandisfield have been desecrated by the construction of a new gas pipeline. This occurred because FERC approved the project before the stone features were identified, and then failed to consult with the tribes in a meaningful manner to resolve the adverse impacts. While harm has been done, this is also an opportunity to support the Indigenous peoples of our region so they can challenge FERC's behavior in the courts. If successful, ceremonial stone landscapes will be preserved, not destroyed, a result that would have national implications.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
3:00-5:00 pm
First Churches, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA
The church is handicap accessible and on a bus line
Please enter on the Center Street side of the building
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You can make a tax deductible contribution in one of two ways

1) Write a check to Creative Thought and Action (memo: CSL), and mail it to Climate Action Now's treasurer: Rene Theberge, 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA, 01002.

2) Donate online by going to tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones

Please share far and wide with friends and family.

For more info and/or to help with this campaign contact Susan Theberge
Please include CSL in the subject line.

Photo: A stone effigy (turtle)
This photo is used with permission, copyrighted and is NOT for reproduction

DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing

DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing

August 7, 2017, 10:00am - August 7, 2017, 12:00pm

Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center 303 Homestead Avenue Holyoke, MA 01404

Massachusetts Department of Energy is proposing regulations that allow our money to pay for industrial-scale wood burning . The implications, and potential impacts, of these proposed regulations is deeply concerning from a public health, the climate crisis, environmental justice, and forest sustainability perspective.
We asked DOER for a Western Massachusetts hearing and a comment deadline extension. They added this hearing. We expect the forest industry to show up to defend their business interests, will you attend and speak up fot the climate, our forests and future generations?

2017 NOFA Summer Conference

2017 NOFA Summer Conference

August 11, 2017, 8:00am - August 13, 2017, 8:00pm

Hampshire College
893 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Join over 1500 people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning becomes a community action - with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun.

Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

***Register now: Early-bird registration ends July 25th!***
nofasummerconference.org/register-now/

This year we’re excited to return to Hampshire College! With plenty of free parking, trees for shade, close accommodations and Hampshire’s commitment to local, organic food sourcing and sustainability, this year’s conference will provide the inclusive close knit community atmosphere upon which NOFA was founded. The NOFA community will take over the entire campus!

In addition to over 130 workshops and sessions on everything from soil health and food preservation to mushrooms, bees, healthy living and food activism, the conference features annual favorites like:

- The Children’s Conference
- Friday night’s contra dance
- Saturday’s local dinner celebration
- Tours of nearby farms
- Film screenings
- Networking meetups
- Drumming session
- Exhibitors tent

AND… New this year!

- NOFA Vermont’s mobile pizza oven (Saturday)
- A Country Fair showcasing farm and garden innovations!

2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Michael Phillips, Organic Orchardist and author of the 2017 book Mycorrhizal Planet, will inspire us with his ongoing work demonstrating holistic management practices and the importance of mycorrhizal networks that support biological life.

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Plant Pathology, Purdue University, will illuminate the effect GMO’s and the herbicide Glyphosate(main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) has on biological systems at all levels, in soil, animals and humans alike.

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

Chemical Sensitivity: For the health and safety of those who are chemically sensitive, kindly refrain from wearing volatile compounds such as scented hairspray, perfume, cologne or
aftershave.

Pets: Please leave your pets at home! Hampshire College and NOFA staff will ask you to remove your pet from the campus if you bring it. The exception to this rule is service animals. If you will be bringing a service animal to campus, please inform NOFA registration staff ahead of time, especially if you will be staying in the dormitories.

RIDEBOARD: We have a rideboard for sharing rides! Please post if you can offer or need. www.groupcarpool.com/t/d4ariw

See our registration FAQ: nofasummerconference.org/faq/

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Please share this event and spread the organic word! #NOFASC

www.nofasummerconference.org for more details




PAST EVENTS

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

July 24, 2017, 7:00pm - July 24, 2017, 9:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA)
121 N. Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 502
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

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

Climate Change, Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons
Speaker: Dr. Ira Helfand
Physicians for Social Responsibility,
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War &
Recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize

Please join us to help build our campaigns and actions: protecting sacred stones in Sandisfield, The World We Love Is in Our Hands Puppet Parade, SunShot Solar Grants, Resistance to Kinder Morgan's fracked gas pipeline, Springfield Climate Justice Coalition and more.


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!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, July 24, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is warmly welcomed!

Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Non-Violent Direct Action Training

July 22, 2017, 9:30am - July 22, 2017, 5:00pm

Friends Meeting House Northampton MA

REGISTER NOW! docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScY_fH4_e6ZqNl1rT9UvTlEkANOzmrngpUYh1icsYSiLLDynw/viewform?

Would you consider participating in an action that could involve risking arrest? Interested in finding out more about Sugar Shack Alliance and possibly joining an Affinity Group so that you could participate with us in an action that could involve arrest? Interested in deepening your understanding of what non-violence is and what makes an effective action? Interested in examining how privilege intersects with the decision to offer oneself for arrest?

If so, REGISTER TODAY for a day-long training session in Non Violent Direct Action, to be held by the Sugar Shack Alliance on Saturday, July 22 from 9:30am– 5pm at the Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center St in Northampton.

To participate, you must REGISTER by clicking the application link directly below. (Simply clicking the "GOING" button is nice to know, but DOES NOT REGISTER YOU!) Instead, click this link:
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You can also register by clicking the "Ticket Information" or "Find Tickets" links which also take you directly to the registration page.

The training is free but we do pass the hat to cover costs.

NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 18 AND IS LIMITED TO 35 PEOPLE. REGISTER NOW! Thanks!

Storm the Senate with Tweets, Thursday, July 20th

Storm the Senate with Tweets, Thursday, July 20th

July 20, 2017, 8:00am - July 20, 2017, 4:00pm

Your Twitter Account

This Thursday, July 20th, representatives from several pipeline battles and environmental organizations will head to Washington to lobby Senators to reject Trump's FERC nominees and investigate #fercabuses of power instead.

Some will lobby; others will march the halls of the Senate office buildings carrying signs and singing quietly. You're invited to join us! Learn more at Parading the Senate Agst FERC & Pipelines.
But if you can't be in Washington, you can take part by participating in a Twitter storm targeting all 100 Senators.

Here are the four HUGE ways you can help! (Don't forget to follow Senators before you tweet at them!)
- We've got a batch of tweets addressed to each Senator. Volunteer to post a batch or two (or more!) Email karen.feridun@gmail.com to volunteer.
- Visit the spreadsheet of tweets at bit.ly/FERCtweets and copy and paste a bunch at random
- Write your own tweets using the hashtag #fercabuses
- RT all of the tweets you can by searching #fercabuses on Twitter, clicking on Latest (to the right of default Top tab), and scrolling down the page, retweeting as you go.

Stop the PVTA Bus Cuts! Stand Out and Board Meeting

Stop the PVTA Bus Cuts! Stand Out and Board Meeting

July 19, 2017, 11:00am - July 19, 2017, 1:00pm

60 Congress St, Springfield, MA 01104-3419, United States

Because of state budget shortfalls, the PVTA is proposing to limit or eliminate several bus lines this year.

These lines serve hundreds and thousands of residents each year, helping them get to and from work, school, the grocery store, and essential services.

The PVTA Board of Directors will be considering this at their July Board Meeting. We will be standing out against the cuts before the meeting and attending the public meeting.

The standout will begin at 11 AM, and the Board Meeting takes place at 12 PM.

Can’t attend the meeting? Contact your PVTA Board
Representative by phone or e-mail. List of board members below.

This event is sponsored by Arise for Social Justice, Jobs With Justice, BLM413, Out Now, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Springfield No One Leaves.

For more information contact Arise for Social Justice at 413-734-4948.

PVTA Board Members By Town:

Agawam
Mark Strange 413-786-0400

Amherst
Douglas Slaughter 413-253-9920

Belchertown
George Archible selectmen@belchertown.org

Chicopee
Steven Huntley 413-552-1554

Easthampton
Linda Talbot 413-527-6151

East Longmeadow
Carolyn Brennan 413-525-5436

Granby
Jessica Scahill 413-467-3239

Hadley
David Moskin 413-586-0221

Hampden
Rebecca Moriarty 413-566-0221

Holyoke
Marcos Marrero 413-322-5575

Longmeadow
Mark Gold 413-565-4110

Ludlow
Brian M. Mannix selectmen@ludlow.ma.us

Northampton
Wayne Feiden 413-587-1265

Palmer
Paul Burns 413-283-2603

Pelham
Bill Martell pelhamadminstrator@comcast.net

South Hadley
Marilyn Ishier 413-538-5017

Springfield
Mayor Domenic Sarno 413-787-6100

Sunderland
Scott Bergeron 413-665-1441

Ware
Nancy Talbot ntalbot@townofware.com

Westfield
Peter Miller 413-572-6246

West Springfield
James Czach 413-263-3244

Wilbraham
Paula Dubord 413-596-8379

Williamsburg
J.M. Sorrell 413-268-8418

World We Love Puppet Parade & Performance Action!

World We Love Puppet Parade & Performance Action!

July 1, 2017, 2:00pm - July 1, 2017, 4:00pm

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration World We Love Giant Puppet Parade performance and direct action.

Leaf Boat Theater, Expandable Brass Band, Stephen Katz, Climate Action Now and Mother's Out Front and more invite you and your friends to gather in 4 locations in Noho at 1pm and then at 2pm to parade to the lawn of Memorial Hall near Pulaski Park for a performance by children and adults of the World We Love-It's in Our Hands!

1pm: Gathering in the 4 directions.
North: Earth, Elders, 4 legged creatures, wear green or white. (Hungry Ghost Lawn)
East: Air, Children and Families, Birds and bees, wear yellow.
(County Court House Lawn)
South: Fire, Youth Activists, People and Hands, Wear Red.
(Tuesday Market Courtyard behind Thornes Market)
West: Water, Adults, Water creatures, Wear Blue.
(Forbes Library Lawn)

2pm Parade begins led by Council members of the 4 directions to Memorial Hall Lawn and Pulaski Park Lawn.

2:30-3:30 Community Performance of The World We Love-Its in our Hands!

4pm-Direct Action to connect with businesses about energy usage.

To get involved contact: Beth Fairservis, by messaging on FB or calling 413-320-4140.

Schedule:

Puppet Builds & Rehearsals at Yurt in the Woods Studio
Saturday June 3rd: 10-2pm
Saturday June 17th & 18th 10-2pm
Mon-Fri June 26th-June 30th 10-3pm Activist Art Camp, Community Build, and rehearsals

Recognizing Senator Warrens Environmental Efforts

Recognizing Senator Warren's Environmental Efforts

June 30, 2017, 10:00am - June 30, 2017, 11:00am

Amherst Common Map

In the past four months, President Trump has done many things that will be detrimental to the envirnoment. In a time of environmental and political uncertainty we must recognize our public servents who fight for a clean and sustainable environment for us and our future generations. Together we can make a change, and show Senator Warren that when it comes to our environment that the people of Western Massachusetts will stand with her.

Environment Massachusetts will be recognizing the Senator with an environmental champion award. We will have representatives from her office come and accept the award and inform us what is on the Senators priority list.

We will also have a guest speaker from Mothers Out Front speaking on the importance of protecting the environment for our future generations, and another speaker from Climate Action Now.

We hope you can join us to show your appriciation for Senator Warren!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

June 26, 2017, 7:00pm - June 26, 2017, 9:00pm

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, June 26, 2017

Special Guest Presentation
Protecting Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features
Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe

Please join us to help build our campaigns and actions: protecting sacred stones in Sandisfield, The World We Love Is in Our Hands Puppet Parade, SunShot Solar Grants, Resistance to Kinder Morgan's fracked gas pipeline, Springfield Climate Justice Coalition and more.

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

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

We are all in this together-everyone is welcome and needed!

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 . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. 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!

Everyone is warmly welcomed!

Public Celebration of Resistance to Fossil Fuels

Public Celebration of Resistance to Fossil Fuels

June 24, 2017, 10:00am - June 24, 2017, 1:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond, Sandisfield MA

JOIN US SUGAR SHACK ALLIES! FRIENDS! CLIMATE ACTIVISTS!
The Sugar Shack Alliance invites you to come along for:

A Funeral March to Bury the Fossil Fuel Age ~
• Stop the Ct. Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield MA
• Demand an end the fossil fuel age
• Take action on the climate crisis
• Celebrate our continuing resistance

»Bring a musical instrument! A trombone, a fiddle, a drum, an accordian, or a hymn for the processional!

»Bring an emblem or a symbol of this bygone era you would like to see buried and drop it in the casket before internment!

Date: June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Gather at Lower Spectacle Pond, Cold Spring Rd, Sandisfield, MA 01255
(GPS may not work in the area, get directions first!)

We will gather briefly at Spectacle Pond for the funeral service, then march in a solemn procession up the road to the Thoreau cabin for a viewing of the Kinder Morgan CT Expansion pipeline construction. We will celebrate our resistance in speeches, music, and song, then walk, dance, and dance in a celebratory march back to the pond behind the musicians .

Spread the word ~ invite friends and family! Potluck lunch following!

General information: Susan – (413) 665-8246

Camping information: Dennis – (413) 634-5031

Hearing on Carbon Pricing Legislation

Hearing on Carbon Pricing Legislation

June 20, 2017, 1:00pm - June 20, 2017, 5:00pm

Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House

After months of building support for carbon pricing bills S.1821 and H.1726, it all comes down to this. On June 20th, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) will hold a hearing to consider the two pending bills.

The bills cannot move forward until they are voted favorably out of the TUE committee, so we need to demonstrate strong support for the legislation. Help us pack the room to support the all-star lineup of experts who will testify on behalf of the bills. Bring signs and friends. RSVP here: docs.google.com/a/cabaus.org/forms/d/1s5G7naPCNRRAZ62fAWsIebC0VAq02wKwhzOcAMZJwOY/edit

From the Ashes Film Screening

From the Ashes Film Screening

June 14, 2017, 7:00pm - June 14, 2017, 8:30pm

First Congregational Church of Southampton UCC
212 College Hwy
Southampton, MA  01073 Map

A free community prescreening of From the Ashes will be offered on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00PM. The film is a compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal,” and what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. It premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and will be released globally this summer. The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment. We are thrilled to partner with RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies to amplify the complex conversation about the coal industry as well as alternative forms of energy. Former Secretary of State John Kerry says this about the film: “Heartbreaking and enlightening at the same time. A must-watch for everyone because we should all be in this together.”