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 October 23 2017 (Northampton);  Mon Nov 27 (Amherst) 

If you want to add an event to this regional climate action calendar, please send an email to us at climateactionnowma@gmail.com

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

DivestTheGlobe No Connecticut Expansion Pipeline

DivestTheGlobe No Connecticut Expansion Pipeline

Monday October 23rd - 9:00am - Monday October 23rd - 1:00pm

Southern Berkshire District Court
9 Gilmore Ave
Great Barrington, MA  01230 Map

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering October in Northampton

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering October in Northampton

Monday October 23rd - 7:00pm - Monday October 23rd - 9:00pm

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, October 23 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Our monthly gatherings usually start with a presentation and then we split off into several "take action" groups.

Special Presentation:
Guest Presentation: Malcolm Bliss, new CEO of Co-op Power

Shared solar facilities, typically built at large scale with big capital, seem to be going up everywhere. But another kind of solar power is also on the rise. Grassroots groups are creating shared community-based solar arrays, like the one going up in Westhampton; these projects invite new ways to join the transition to clean, distributed solar energy, especially for renters and the majority of homes and businesses on which solar arrays are not possible. How we can replicate and adapt this grassroots approach to community solar power here in Western Mass?

TAKE ACTION GROUPS most likely will include
* Stand Up Charlie campaign to encourage Gov Baker to reject new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax
* 100% Renewable Energy Campaigns
* Rays the Valley
* Organizing for Oct 24th Hearing at the State House.�

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

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!

Monday,October 23, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton
Accessible and on a bus line
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Free Showing of An Inconvenient Sequel by Al Gore

Free Showing of "An Inconvenient Sequel" by Al Gore

Thursday October 26th - 5:00pm - Thursday October 26th - 8:00pm

693 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow, MA 01106-2215, United States Map

AL GORE’S NEW FILM
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow, MA
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Join us for a screening event of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the recently released follow-up to the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. The film will show at 5:00 p.m. Afterwards join organizations across the country at 6:45 for a live-streamed Q&A private webcast with Al Gore. The webcast will only be accessible to event
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TEAM,
LONGMEADOW ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSITION GROUP, AND STORRS LIBRARY
MOVIE IS FREE & OPEN TO ALL-REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED
CONTACT LIBRARY www.longmeadowlibrary. 413-565-4181
________________________________________OR Click here to go to the Richard Salter Storrs Library calendar.
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5 Years After Sandy: We Remember, We Resist, We Rise

5 Years After Sandy: We Remember, We Resist, We Rise

Saturday October 28th - 11:00am - Saturday October 28th - 2:00pm

Cadman Plaza
New York, NY  11201 Map

Sandy5.org

On the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers will march together to remember the lives lost and the damage incurred from Sandy. We will march to demand bold climate action from Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo, and Senator Schumer.

Our elected officials must protect New Yorkers from climate change and mitigate its impacts – especially on already overburdened communities. New Yorkers cannot wait any longer. We march for climate, jobs, and justice.

Join us in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn (North Plaza) on October 28; we will assemble and march over the Brooklyn Bridge, and then rally at the Smith NYCHA Houses, which were heavily affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Route to be updated here & website coming soon. Invite your friends & communities!

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Participating organizations include:

(WEDO) Women's Enviromental and Development Organization
350.org
350Brooklyn
350NJ-Rockland
350NYC.org
Action Corps NYC
Alfred E. Smith Residents' Association
ALIGN (Alliance for a Greater New York)
Alliance for a Human-Scale City
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
American Indian Community House
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Beloved Earth Community, Riverside Church
Bronx Climate Justice North
Brooklyn For Peace
Brooklyn Movement Center
Camp Kinderland
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Catalyst Miami
Citizen Action New York City
Citizens Committee for New York City
City Lore
Climate Museum
CODEPINK
Color Of Change
Community Voices Heard
Cooper Square Committee
Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC
Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA)
District Council 37, AFSCME
Divest Invest Network
Downtown Independent Democrats
Earth Celebrations-Ecological and Social Change through the Arts
Earth Day Initiative
El Puente
Empire State Indivisible
Empire State Progressives
ENDANGERED! The Super Stormy Musical
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)
Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC)
Food & Farm Justice Hub
Food & Water Watch
Forward Union
Friends of the Earth
Gardens RIsing
Global Kids
Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)
Granny Peace Brigade
Green America
Green Education and Legal Fund
Green Guerillas
Green Map System
GreenFaith
Greenpeace USA
Harlem Climate Caucus
Hip Hop Caucus
International Indian Treaty Council
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN) NYC
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
John Brown Party
Judson Memorial Church
Just Food
Kolot Chayeinu
LESReady!
LiUNA Local 78, Asbestos, Lead & Hazardous Waste Laborers
LiUNA Local 79 Construction and General Building Laborers
Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens
Lower Eastside Girls Club
Make The Road New York
Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement
MORE-UFT
Move Forward Staten Island
Moveon.org
Msde Hgts W. Harlem Sanitation Coalition
New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters
New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC)
New York City Friends of Clearwater
New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative
New York Communities for Change (NYCC)
New York Gray Panthers Project Fund
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York State Nurses Association
North American Climate,Conservation and Environment(NACCE)
Nos Quedamos
NY Buddhist Climate Action Network
NY Insight Eco Sangha
NY Renews
NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
NYPIRG
Organizing for Action
Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church
People's Collective Art/ Collective de Arte Popular
Peoples Climate Movement NY
Picture the Homeless
Professional Staff Congress-CUNY
PSC-CUNY, AFT local 2334
Refuse Fascism NYC
Resilient Red Hook
Rise and Resist
Riverkeeper
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
Rockaway Youth Task Force
Sane Energy Project
Science for the People
Sierra Club
Social Action Committee of Park Slope United Methodist Church
Sunrise
Surfrider Foundation
Sustainable Staten Island
Terreform
The Climate Mobilization Hoboken
The Climate Mobilization NYC Chapter
The Climate Reality Project New York City Metro Chapter
THE POINT CDC
three parks independent democrats
Transportation Alternatives
United Federation of Teachers
United for Action
United Thru Action
UPROSE
Urban Justice Center
Waterfront Alliance
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
World Can't Wait
Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice
...with more being added every day!

For all media inquiries, contact sandymediateam@gmail.com.
Disclaimer here: sandy5.org/sandy5-march-agreements/
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Calling all Pipe Carriers--WATER Prayer Service

Calling all Pipe Carriers--WATER Prayer Service

Sunday October 29th - 10:00am - Sunday October 29th - 1:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond Dam
Sandisfield, MA  01255 Map

Right now, Otis State Forest is suffering the wrath of an ignorant corporation who's agenda is profits over the planet, the people, and everything dependent on clean water to survive. The pipeline is reportedly 95% complete. Come pray for the water. Bring Your Family and Friends. We are asking that all Pipe carriers/ Staff carriers, Drummers/ and Singers come and pray with us.

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A Farewell Celebration of AFSC

A Farewell Celebration of AFSC

Sunday October 29th - 2:00pm - Sunday October 29th - 3:30pm

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

After 49 years in Northampton, AFSC of Western Massachusetts will be closing its doors. But, as Frances Crowe has said, the work continues! So join us to say goodbye and celebrate the past directors of the office, and learn about how we're going to keep the legacy of the AFSC office going!

There will be music by Khalif Neville www.khalifnevillejazz.com , and others.

A big thanks to all our cosponsors. (There will be more as we get closer to Oct 29.)

We will have music, refreshments, and more!
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Benefit Concert: Protecting Indigenous Sacred Stone Sites

Benefit Concert: Protecting Indigenous Sacred Stone Sites

Sunday October 29th - 5:00pm - Sunday October 29th - 7:30pm

Shea Theatre arts Centre 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376, USA Map

A benefit concert will be held on October 29th at the Shea Theatre, Turners Falls, MA, to raise funds for the protection of Indigenous sacred stone landscapes.
Joe Graveline, musician and long-time Indigenous activist, has gathered fellow musicians to perform.

The forests of New England are dotted with Ceremonial Stone Landscapes, living prayers of stone created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. The traditional belief is that these stone structures were placed to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers they embody continue to live as long as the stone landscapes are kept intact.

Some of these Ceremonial Stone Landscapes are now being destroyed for gas pipeline projects, including one-third of the 73 stone features identified in Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, MA. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is supposed to ensure that these features are studied before it issues a license, but FERC regularly fails to do what it is supposed to do.

FERC must be held accountable, but litigation is a long and costly endeavor. The Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO) is asking for public support to bring a case against FERC to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. While harm has already been done in Otis State Forest, desecration of other sites can be avoided by making FERC comply with the law.

“This is an opportunity to support the Indigenous peoples of our region so they can challenge FERC’s behavior in the courts,” said Susan Theberge of the community coalition supporting NITHPO’s efforts. “If successful, Ceremonial Stone Landscapes will be preserved, not destroyed, a result that would have national implications.”

Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for NITHPO, will introduce the program by providing a brief illustrated overview of Ceremonial Stone Landscapes and their importance.Musicians: Joe Graveline and Nina Gross; Pat and Tex LaMountain, Cathy Sylvester and Joe Pod; Orlen and Gabriel; and Kate O’Connor and Rico from Blue Rendezvous

Musicians: Joe Graveline and Nina Gross; Pat and Tex LaMountain, Cathy Sylvester and Joe Pod; Orlen and Gabriel; and Kate O’Connor and Rico from Blue Rendezvous

Concert: Shea Theatre, Sunday, October 29th from 5-7:30pm
Tix: $15 online at Sheatheater.org; $18 at the door
For more information or to make online contributions, go to tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to “Creative Thought and Action”, write CSL in the memo line and mail it to Rene Theberge, 250 Shutesbury Rd., Amherst, MA, 01002.
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Focus Locus presents: The River Cried, Mni WConi!

Focus Locus presents: The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!"

Tuesday November 14th - 7:00pm - Tuesday November 14th - 8:00pm

The Parlor Room
32 Masonic St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Focus Locus presents:
The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!"
(26 min., 2017)
Q&A after with director Jehann El-Bisi!
FREE

"The River Cried, 'Mni W'Coni!'" is a deeply personal, and emotionally evocative testimony, touching upon subjects of genocide, beauty, and love; found while serving to protect the water, on the front lines, in Standing Rock, North Dakota, in the Autumn of 2016. Jehann El-Bisi, was inspired by her mother, descendant of Lakota, and a tireless activist for water protection, at an early age, felt spiritually called to revisit those lessons, and commitments, to protect people, and the water, at the cost of one's life if necessary. Art Desmarais, a U.S. Army Veteran, shared the transformational experience with Jehann, by standing with the people, to serve to protect the water, in Standing Rock. The film is an invitation to explore some of the messages given by the Lakota people, as guiding principals, in an age of struggle for sustainability, environmental justice, and decolonization.

Wopila Tanka!
Thank you very much!
Mitakuye Oyasin,
We are all related...

Trailer: vimeo.com/238093510 (password: waterislife)

Jehann El-Bisi is a peace activist, educator, and artist, who has an earned doctorate in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Art Desmarais is a veteran of the United States Army, published author, and peace activist, who has walked with Jehann on Peace walks led by Buddhist Nuns and Monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order from Japan. Together they serve currently as partners in social justice work, as documentary film makers, for solidarity efforts for the protection of water worldwide.

Robbie Leppzer, is editor of The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!", and a local documentary film maker, and founder of Turning Tide Productions in Wendell, Massachusetts.
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FOCUS LOCUS - Free monthly intimate film screenings of locally produced art, independent works, discussions among filmmakers and aficionados, video open mics and community building. A new project of Northampton Community Television.

Want to show some work at a Focus Locus?
Contact coordinator Melissa McClung at melissa.e.mcclung@gmail.com.

FREE
BYOB
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PAST EVENTS

Natural Gas Infrastructure, Tax, Leaks & more Hearing Oct 26th!

Natural Gas Infrastructure, Tax, Leaks & more Hearing Oct 26th!

Thursday October 26th - 10:00am - Thursday October 26th - 2:00pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02108 Map

TIME: October 26th, 10AM

ROOM: A2

UPDATE: The Gas Infrastructure hearing before the Joint Telecomm, Utilities & Energy (TUE) Committee has been scheduled for Thursday, October 26th! malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/2797

The hearing will be for 29 (!) bills including two of our legislative priorities connected to natural gas infrastructure. We may also have other important legislation heard around the same time, so please stay tuned for updates!

Our two priority bills are:

- H.3400 An act clarifying the authority and responsibilities of the department of public utilities

- H.2698 An act protecting ratepayers from gas pipeline expansion costs

These bills are imperative to holding the DPU accountable and protecting ratepayers from further unwarranted natural gas expansion in our state. Our champs, Rep. Kulik and Rep. Gordon, have drafted joint testimony in favor of these bills and are asking their colleagues to sign on in support. Call your representative now and ask them to sign on: 350mass.betterfutureproject.org/call_rep?utm_campaign=pipelinetaxison&utm_medium=email&utm_source...

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Bills on gas leaks are also being heard that day - (H.2683 / S.1845 by Rep. Barber / Sen. Eldridge)
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Rally for Urgent Climate Action

Rally for Urgent Climate Action

Thursday October 19th - 4:00pm - Thursday October 19th - 5:00pm

College Hall

Smith College has over $100 million invested in the fossil fuel industry. By remaining invested in this industry, Smith College undermines its stated mission as an institution to “steward the resources that sustain us” and directly contributes to market confidence in a profitable future for the fossil fuel industry. Since Divest Smith College began its campaign in 2012, there have been incremental shifts in our investment strategies, but our requests for full fossil fuel divestment have not been fulfilled. In times like these when hurricanes and wildfires ravage our country, displacing thousands of people and destroying communities, it is more imperative than ever for Smith College to commit to full divestment from the fossil fuel industry and align its money with its morals.

On Thursday at 4:00pm we will gather behind College Hall between Pierce and Seelye.
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Hearing on Environmental Justice Legislation

Hearing on Environmental Justice Legislation

Tuesday October 17th - 9:30am - Tuesday October 17th - 12:30pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02108 Map

The Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will hold a hearing on H.2913 / S.426 - The Environmental Justice Act. All people have the right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment––but low-income communities and communities of color are most likely to be in the shadows of a dirty power plant or next to a busy polluting highway. Please show up and support the EJ Act, and urge your elected officials to do the same!

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Massachusetts State House, room B-1
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Threats to Democracy and Dangers of War

Threats to Democracy and Dangers of War

Thursday October 12th - 6:30pm - Thursday October 12th - 8:30pm

UMass Goodell Hall, 140 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9272, United States Map

An Interactive Conversation with Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Dr. Amer F. Ahmed, Mojgan Sanepour Haji, and Christian Appy

The United States is at war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and U.S. leaders have threatened war in North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela. Fears of deportation, white supremacist violence, police violence, climate change-related disaster, and economic insecurity have heightened anxieties among vulnerable populations.

What “Threats to Democracy and Dangers of War” do we face today? How can history inform strategies for resisting war and attacks on democracy?

Join the UMass Amherst History Department, Historians for Peace and Democracy and more than a dozen community partners to discuss these questions in roundtable dialogue and small group break-out sessions with our panelists.

PANELISTS:
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the antiwar group Code Pink and the fair-trade organization Global Exchange. She has been a peace and justice activist since the 1970s and has authored nine books, including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection (O/R Books, 2016). Read more.

Amer F. Ahmed, Ed. D., Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at UMass Amherst and frequently requested keynote speaker, facilitator, and consultant on issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusion. He was born in Ohio to Indian Muslim immigrants, and draws on lived experience, theoretical analysis, and practical application to guide institutions, leadership, and workplaces on a path to transformative change. Read more.

Mojgan Haji was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States in 1983 at the age of 16 during the Iran-Iraq War. She is a Massachusetts-based pharmacist and political activist who has volunteered for the National Iranian-American Council and led groups of Iranian-Americans to meet with legislators to discuss the Iran Nuclear deal and Muslim ban.

Christian G. Appy (facilitator), Professor of History at UMass Amherst, member of the Historians for Peace and Democracy speakers’ bureau, and author of three books on the American War in Vietnam, including American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Viking, 2015). Read more.

DIRECTIONS, PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY
UMass Amherst Goodell Hall is a short distance from the Campus Parking Garage. The garage is off of Commonwealth Ave (1 Campus Center Way) and is $1.75/hour. Goodell Hall is wheelchair accessible. Check out the wall of this page for a campus map, directions, and information about accessible parking.

PARTNERS
This event is hosted by the Umass Amherst Department of History and Historians for Peace and Democracy, a national organization of historians whose goal is to stand up for peace and diplomacy internationally, and democracy and human rights at home.

Two dozen community and university partners have co-sponsored this event. Many will be present at the event to share information about what they do and how attendees might plug into this work. They include: Arise for Social Justice, Climate Action Now MA Code Pink, Massachusetts Peace Action, Hampshire Peace and World Security Studies, Islamic Society Of Western Massachusetts, Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice (American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts), Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, Western MA International Socialist Organization - WMA ISO, Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass, Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America, Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims, Rosenberg Fund for Children and the following UMass Amherst programs and departments: Anthropology, Political Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Resistance Studies Initiative, Sociology, and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. More co-sponsors will be added daily. Check back for updates.
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Green Night: Community Shared Solar

Green Night: Community Shared Solar

Wednesday October 11th - 5:00pm - Wednesday October 11th - 7:00pm

Platform Sports Bar
125A Pleasant St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Join Co-op Power, Resonant Energy, and the Western Mass Green Consortium at Platform Sports Bar from 5-7pm on October 11th to learn more about how community-shared solar may help your neighborhood or organization obtain access to solar power.

Community-shared solar facilities are making solar a reality for residents of Massachusetts across the entire range of the economic spectrum. Some of the benefits of community shared solar include the following:

- No need for upfront investment
- Savings on electricity from day one
- Minimal buyer qualifications, an easy engagement process
- Special incentives for low-and- moderate income households.
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Join the Fossil Fuel Divestment Hearing and Lobby Day!

Join the Fossil Fuel Divestment Hearing and Lobby Day!

Tuesday October 10th - 11:00am - Tuesday October 10th - 5:00pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02108 Map

What: Time to Act! Join the Divestment Bill (H.3281) Hearing and Lobby Day on October 10. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker and 54 legislative co-sponsors.

When and Where: Tuesday, October 10, State House

Lobbying - Start at 11:00 AM in 4th Floor Coffee Shop (Look for the orange buttons)

Hearing - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Room A2 before the Joint Committee on Public Service

Fact Sheet: massdivest.org/fact-sheet/

The MassDivest Coalition has organized a star studded cast of planned testifiers, including leaders of FIVE statewide public unions:
Barbara Madeloni, President, Mass Teachers Association
Donna Kelly-Wiiliams, President, Mass Nurses Association
Peter McKinnon, President, SEIU Local 509
Johnny McInnis, Political Director, Boston Teachers Union
SEIU Local 888.

Also testifying will be Geoffrey Supran, one of the Harvard researchers who recently authored a comprehensive, study which confirmed that Exxon Mobil misled the public about what it knew about climate change and the risks posed by fossil fuel emissions; and financial, environmental, municial, health, faith and youth panels.

As we watched Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria pounding Texas, the Caribbean, Cuba, Florida and Puerto Rico , we were reminded to rededicate ourselves to minimizing the worst effects of climate change through our actions in Massachusetts.

We are calling for all hands on deck for this hearing - the most important divestment event of this legislative session. Whether you are an advocate for divestment, clean air, carbon pricing, pipeline resistance, plugging the gas leaks, 100% renewable energy or are simply concerned about climate change, this is your opportunity to ask the MA legislature to stop slowing down our transition to a fossil fuel free economy by divesting from fossil fuels. The bill will be heard by the Joint Committee on Public Service, with House Committee Chair Rep. Jerald Parisella and Senate Committee Chair Cindy Friedman presiding.

We will be coming out in force to ask the committee for a favorable report for the bill - and to lobby our legislators!

Please plan to come to the hearing/lobby day.

If you want to testify, use this template (docs.google.com/document/d/1IyiRniOIYdw4oYQySrXo7WR1rn_6HNVcjx8ohyFpgnI/edit) to prepare your written testimony to the Chairs of the Public Service Committee.

But you don't have to testify at the hearing. Just being in the hearing room sends an important message to the legislators that the public cares about this issue.

Unions and others, help get the word out by sharing this event page with your unions or other groups and by tweeting it with the hashtags #divestma and #H3281.
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Youth Action March - Amherst

Youth Action March - Amherst

Saturday October 7th - 12:00pm - Saturday October 7th - 3:00pm

Amherst, MA
Amherst, MA  01002, 01003 (UMass), 01004, 01059 (North Amherst post office) Map

From 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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Listening to Native Voices: Standing Rock is Everywhere

Listening to Native Voices: Standing Rock is Everywhere

Saturday October 7th - 10:00am - Saturday October 7th - 5:00pm

Agape Community
2062 Greenwich Rd
Hardwick, MA  01082 Map

Come hear Native voices of Chief Arvol Looking Horse of Standing Rock with Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough-Lenape Tribe in NJ, along with Beatrice Kwenase Jackson and Paula Horne Mullen. Arrive by 9 am. Bring lunch. On street parking. Come early.

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Intl Climate Scientist Bill Moomaw w. Latest Climate Science

Int'l Climate Scientist Bill Moomaw w. Latest Climate Science

Wednesday October 4th - 7:00pm - Wednesday October 4th - 8:30pm

GCTV
393 main st
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Our society mus transition from combustible technology in order to secure a clean energy future. That means end all state and federal subsidies for biomass combustion for heat and power in addition to coal and fossil fuels. BUT, we will not reach our emissions goals unless we set aside forests locally to globally in order to draw down carbon out of the atmosphere. Prof. Emeritus, Tufts Fletcher School and internationally reknowned climate scientist BILL MOOMAW willl share the latest science about why this is of urgent concern and attention. Audience Q&A ALL WELCME!... See MoreSee Less

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Solar4All Bill Hearing

Solar4All Bill Hearing

Tuesday October 3rd - 12:30pm - Tuesday October 3rd - 5:30pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02108 Map

Let's push forward a green economy that works for all! At the state house, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) is holding a hearing on bills related to solar energy,
including our #Solar4All bill. (Read an article on GJC's advocacy here: baystatebanner.com/news/2017/sep/20/bill-aims-equity-access-solar/ )

Hearing: MA State House, room A-2, 1 p.m.

A few bills to watch out for:

H3396/S1831 An Act relative to solar power in environmental justice and urban communities by Rep. Holmes, Rep. Dubois & Sen. Chang-Diaz

This is a priority Green Justice Coalition bill!

Other bills being heard are here: malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J37/Hearings
Our friends at Mass Power Forward are also supporting:

H2706/S1846 An act relative to solar power and the green economy - Rep. Mark / Sen. Eldridge
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