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:   Monday Mar 27 2017 (Amherst); Mon Apr 24 2017 (Northampton); Mon May 22 (Amherst); Mon June 26 (Northampton)

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.
 

Western Mass goes to DC -Peoples Climate March 2017 - buses etc

Western Mass goes to DC -People's Climate March 2017 - buses etc

April 29, 2017, 10:00am - April 29, 2017, 6:00pm

Washington
Washington, DC   Map

UPDATED 4/26: A few seat left. on the buses
A handful of seats remain on buses to Washington DC this weekend from Amherst Center, Holyoke and Northampton.

These are buses from Michael's Limousine Service in Agawam, smaller than a normal coach, and from a reputable local company we’ve worked with before.

We've upgraded the Amherst/Holyoke bus to a minicoach with more legroom and a bathroom. This is a very comfortable way to travel.

Money is no object. Many people have been generous, and plenty of scholarships are available. Don’t let the cost deter you; let us know what you can afford.

Make your voice heard in DC. Visit GoToClimateMarch.org today.

People from western MA can organize & discuss everything about our effort to show up in DC for the People's Climate March: the March for Climate, Jobs & Justice. April 29, 2017

BUS INFO from AMHERST/NORTHAMPTON/HOLYOKE: Check GoToClimateMarch.org f
Climate Action Now is organizing buses for DC. Some subsidies available. Leaving from a variety of location including Holyoke and Northampton.
NORTHAMPTON:
Please visit GoToClimateMarch.org to sign up and get the mailing address for payment. Tickets for the Northampton buses will be $65 dollars, plus merchant fees. Northampton buses will depart Sheldon Field around 12:00 AM and the Round House lot around 12:15 AM, and arrive in DC by 9:00 AM. They will depart DC around 6:00 PM, and will return home around 2 AM. Buses will stop at a rest area every two hours.

HOLYOKE:
We may have seats. Will update here.

AMHERST:
The Sierra Club has two buses leaving from Amherst. Tickets are $65 each, plus PayPal fees
sierraclub.org/massachusetts/chapter-store

Buses will leave UMass Amherst and Hampshire College around 9:30-10 PM on Friday, April 28, arriving in Washington DC Saturday morning, April 29. The buses will then depart Washington, DC around 7-8 PM, returning to their departure point early morning Sunday, April 30.

BUS INFO FOR BERKSHIRES: email Berkshires@350MA.org
#climatemarch #peoplesclimate #peoplesclimatemarch

Peoples Climate March

People's Climate March

April 29, 2017, 10:00am - April 29, 2017, 3:00pm

Washington, DC and around the country

On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

March with the Peoples Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. March for climate, jobs, and justice.

Find out how to get involved and sign up for updates here: www.peoplesclimate.org

If you need help getting to DC, go here: peoplesclimate.org/transportation/

If you can't make it to DC, join one of the 200 sister marches: www.peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches

For answers to common questions, go here: peoplesclimate.org/faqs/

Moms Clean Air Force contingent: www.facebook.com/events/216134162162726/
CT Contingent: www.facebook.com/events/451242765264439/
Progressive Latinos contingent: www.facebook.com/events/1049364428505351/

Peoples Climate Movement Rally - Greenfield, MA

People's Climate Movement Rally - Greenfield, MA

April 29, 2017, 10:30am - April 29, 2017, 12:00pm

Greenfield Energy Park
50 Miles St
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Western MA Climate Justice March

Western MA Climate Justice March

April 29, 2017, 3:00pm - April 29, 2017, 6:00pm

Springfield, MA
Springfield, MA  01101, 01103–01105, 01107–01109, 01118-01119, 01128–01129, 01151 Map

Western MA and beyond! Join the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition on April 29 as Western Mass marches for Climate, Jobs and Justice. We will be part of the People's Climate March happening around the country that day.

Springfield, MA
Gathering Rally: 3 pm Federal Courthouse, 300 State St.
March begins: 3:30
Rally: 4:30-5:30 City Hall, 36 Court Street
Family friendly.

Full info here:
climateactionnowma.org/climatemarch/

WHY WE ARE MARCHING:
On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Springfield, Washington D.C. and in other cities across the nation to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.

We invite you to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th as we march to:

Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.
March with us on April 29th as we come together to resist and march for our families, our communities and our planet.

May Day Strike/Huelga! Defend Immigrants, Refugees & All Workers

May Day Strike/Huelga! Defend Immigrants, Refugees & All Workers

May 1, 2017, 12:00pm - May 1, 2017, 7:00pm

Springfield, MA

SHUT IT DOWN: Strike to Defend Immigrants, Refugees, and All Workers!

Northampton to Springfield and back to Northampton -
Monday, May 1st 2017

English (Espanol Abajo)

12:00: Potluck Lunch – 20 Hampton Ave #200, Northampton, MA
1:30: Northampton March leaver from the PV Workers Center
5:30: Springfeild March. 1515 Main Street (ICE Office)
6:00: March to Springfield City Hall
6:30: Springfield City Council Meeting Speak Out
8:00: Dance Party- Haymarket Café 185 Main Street, Northampton

Espanol
12:00: Almuerzo “pot luck” - 20 Hampton Ave #200, Northampton, MA.
1:30 Marcha en Northamtpon
5:30: Marcha en Springfield. Nos juntaremos afuera de 1515 Main Street para una marcha hasta el ayuntamiento
6:30: Reunión con el Concilio de la Ciudad de Springfield
8:00 Celebración en Northampton en el Restaurante Haymarket 185 Main Street, Northampton

Unéte al Dia Sin Inmigrantes y Trabajadores/Join the Day Without Workers and Immigrants

May Day history: Celebrating May 1st as May Day started in Chicago in 1886 as part of the labor movement’s fight for the eight-hour work day. May Day, the international workers’ holiday, was born in the United States!

El primero de mayo, nosotros invita a los trabajadores que dejen los campos, la maquilas, los restaurantes y los hoteles para paralizar la economía y demostrar los millones de dólares que los inmigrantes y trabajadores contribuyen a este país cada día.

No vamos a trabajar. No vamos a la escuela. No vamos a comprar. Te uniras?
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On May 1st, we invite workers to leave the fields, the factories, the restaurants, and hotels to paralyze the economy and demonstrate the millions of dollars that immigrants and workers contribute daily.
We will not go to work. We will not go to school. We will not buy. Will you join us?

More details soon! But please plan to join us in Springfield!

Action Sponsors:
Arise for Social Justice
Springfield Nol
Western Mass. Jobs with Justice
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice!
Out Now
Blm413
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Hampshire-Franklin Central Labor Council
Casa Latina
Western Mass Neighbor To Neighbor

Holyoke Food Justice Conference

Holyoke Food Justice Conference

May 6, 2017, 8:30am - May 6, 2017, 5:00pm

303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040-1091, United States

****We are offering 2 different ticket types: Full Price Ticket ($65) and Community Member Ticket ($0-$15 sliding scale). We ask that those who can afford to pay the full price to please do so. We do not want to exclude anyone. In an effort to account for systemic economic realities, we are making a limited number of tickets available for Holyoke-Springfield area community members at reduced cost. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you to this event! Please contact us for eligibility questions or concerns.****

Traducción al español proporcionada/Spanish translation provided

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION:
Holyoke Community College (Leslie Phillips Theater)
Nuestras Raíces and Holyoke Community College are pleased to introduce the first annual Holyoke Food Justice Conference on May 6, 2017, at Holyoke Community College. The conference will host a diverse group of nationally-recognized food movement leaders who will share from their experiences working towards food justice and their visions for the work ahead.

At Nuestras Raíces, we are continuing to advance our work of building a sustainable and equitable food system for all residents of Holyoke and beyond. Given the current political climate, we firmly believe we must strive harder than ever to build an inclusive movement for a just, racially equitable, and sustainable food system: one that addresses privilege and access, values indigenous knowledge, and is led by, represents, and lifts up people of color and those from underserved communities. Inequity is present across the food chain, manifesting through the low wages and unfair working conditions experienced by food producers and vendors, the spread of food deserts, and unequal food access in marginalized communities. Now is the time to reclaim our food system and advance food equity through social and political change.

The conference will explore the historical roots of food inequity and evaluate our current food system. We will look at policy strategy across movements working nationwide to make our food system more equitable for all. Finally, we will share reflections on our 25 years of work at Nuestras Raíces at the intersection of food, culture, and urban agriculture in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Conference Speakers:
Leah Penniman (Soulfire Farm)
Ricardo Salvador (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Eric Toensmeier (Perennial Solutions, Holyoke)
Maria Cartagena (The People’s Historian, Holyoke)
Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache Tribe)
Liz Ogilvie (Gardening the Community)
Christina Rice & Alyssa Chan (Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic)
Arcenio Lopez (MICOP (Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project)
Jennifer Weston (Standing Rock Sioux, UMass Boston)
Youth Representatives from Nuestras Raíces and Gardening the Community
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ESPAÑOL
Nuestras Raíces y Holyoke Community College se complacen en presentar la primera Conferencia Anual de Justicia Alimentaria de Holyoke el 6 de mayo de 2017 en Holyoke Community College. La conferencia será anfitrión de un grupo diverso de líderes de movimiento de alimentos reconocidos a nivel nacional que compartirán de sus experiencias trabajando hacia la justicia alimentaria y sus visiones para el trabajo por delante.

En Nuestras Raíces, continuamos avanzando nuestro trabajo de construir un sistema de alimentos sostenible y equitativo para todos los residentes de Holyoke y más allá. Dado el clima político actual, creemos firmemente que debemos esforzarnos más que nunca para construir un movimiento inclusivo por un sistema alimentario justo, racialmente equitativo y sostenible: uno que aborda el privilegio y el acceso, valora el conocimiento indígena y está liderado por, representantes, Y eleva a las personas de color y las de las comunidades desatendidas. La desigualdad está presente en toda la cadena alimentaria, manifestándose a través de los bajos salarios y las condiciones de trabajo injustas experimentadas por los productores y vendedores de alimentos, la propagación de los desiertos alimentarios y el acceso desigual a los alimentos en las comunidades marginadas. Ahora es el momento de reclamar nuestro sistema alimentario y promover la equidad alimentaria a través del cambio social y político.

La conferencia explorará las raíces históricas de la inequidad alimentaria y evaluará nuestro sistema alimentario actual. Examinaremos la estrategia de políticas a través de los movimientos que trabajan a nivel nacional para hacer que nuestro sistema de alimentos sea más equitativo para todos. Finalmente, compartiremos reflexiones sobre nuestros 25 años de trabajo en Nuestras Raíces en la intersección de la comida, la cultura y la agricultura urbana en Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Conferenciantes:
Leah Penniman (granja de Soulfire)
Ricardo Salvador (Unión de Científicos Preocupados)
Eric Toensmeier (Perennial Solutions, Holyoke)
María Cartagena (La Historiadora del Pueblo, Holyoke)
Twila Cassadore (Tribu Apache de San Carlos)
Liz Ogilvie (Jardinería de la Comunidad)
Christina Rice & Alyssa Chan (Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic)
Arcenio López (MICOP (Proyecto Organizador Comunitario Mixteco Indigena)
Jennifer Weston (Standing Rock Sioux, UMass Boston)
Lideres juveniles de Nuestras Raíces y Gardening the Community

Living the Change Climate Expo and Fair

Living the Change Climate Expo and Fair

May 13, 2017, 10:00am - May 13, 2017, 9:00pm

63 Flansburg Ave, Dalton, MA 01226-1410, United States

Come to the BEAT Spring Enviro Fair and Expo, and bring your family and friends!
Living the Change Berkshires will be there hosting :
- “The Inconvenience of Truth: it’s getting hot in here” – Poets on the intersection of climate, the environment, and humankind.
- Electric cars whose owners you can ask all the questions you like
- The Climate Doctor
- A Seagull made of upcycled materials
- Rides on the 'PEBL', the coolest velo-car you’ve ever seen (www.better.bike)
- A Climate Game
- The Tree of Hope
- Evening Film – Ice & Sky with discussion afterwards.

What else you will find at this great event?

-A nature-friendly art and crafts show featuring artists, craftspersons, and vendors selling environmentally friendly arts, crafts, and handmade products
-Kids crafts to make for Mom on Mother’s Day
-Family friendly activities
-Demonstrations and exhibits by solar companies and many other exhibitors and vendors working in inspiring ways to protect and heal our climate and planet.
-Plant Sale & Native Seed Sale
-Guided hikes with experienced leaders in wildlife tracking, birding, and wildflowers
-Bees! Watch bees busy in their hive.
-Chicks and chickens – plus, learn how to make a chicken coop
-The Tree Bus – a project of the Scattered Seeds Foundation
- Music, food, and more!

Call Judy Eddy @ 413-652-5387 or email judy@thebeatnews.org if you’d like to participate as an artist, craftsperson, exhibitor, vendor, or volunteer.




PAST EVENTS

Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

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

Greenfield Middle
195 Federal St
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Join Public Opposition to the Eversource Rate Hike Request!

Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers.

Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve:
A 10% rate increase for residential customers in western Mass
Increased investor profits to a guaranteed 10.5% (exceeding the average)
Imposition of confusing demand charges on unsuspecting consumers and new fixed charges on households with solar panels

What can you do?
Attend a DPU hearing on the rate hike request
Greenfield, Wednesday, April 26 – 7 pm, Greenfield Middle School Auditorium

You can sign up to speak or simply attend to show your opposition. No signs allowed in the hearing room but T-shirts or buttons with messages are fine.

Write to the DPU
One easy way to send your comments to the DPU – actionnetwork.org/letters/eversources-anti-solar-rate-hike-is-absurd Please personalize the letter with your own words.

Or send a letter to the Hearing Officer, Tassone@state.ma.us
You must include the docket number (17-05), your name, a brief description in the subject line (eg Comment on Eversource rate hike request).

Some talking points:
I oppose the Eversource rate increase request because it asks for:
Unjustified rate increases that will be hard on our families and businesses
New charges to residents with solar panels that will slow the vital uptake of new solar installations
Excessive profit for the companies and their stock holders with no assurance of the company meeting our clean energy and energy efficiency goals
For more talking points go to this document.

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

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

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering - April 24
- Local Premiere of a New Short Film
The River Cried “Mni W’ Coni”
by Jehann El-Bisi With Art Desmarais
-April 29 Actions for Climate, Jobs and Justice
-Statewide Legislative Campaigns
-Resisting Kinder Morgan
-Food Justice & Sustainable Farming and more!
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We are all in this together-everyone is welcome and needed!
New Short Film The River Cried “Mni W’ Coni” by Jehann El-Bisi With Art Desmarais:
Service and Solidarity in Standing Rock… a personal account documenting three trips to Standing Rock and an invitation to act for environmental justice and solidarity.
Edited by Robbie Lepzer

This Monday, April 24, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Photo: Jehann El-Bisi

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!

Handicap accessible and on a bus line

Everyone is warmly welcomed!

NVDA Training

NVDA Training

April 23, 2017, 9:30am - April 23, 2017, 5:00pm

Greenfield Community College, main campus

YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE FORM ON THIS EVENT! See tickets available in the "about" section. Signing "going" on this page DOES NOT register you for this training. Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with details, what to expect, location, food etc.

Learn the theory and practice of nonviolence as it applies to civil resistance to pipelines, fossil fuel infrastructure build-out, solidarity with #StandingRock as well as the other growing resistance movements springing up. We will help you connect to a Sugar Shack Affinity Group if you would like that. You need to have this training and be in a Sugar Shack Affinity Group to participate in a Sugar Shack direct action where folks are risking arrest. But this training is also useful for those wanting to use the knowledge and skills without joining Sugar Shack actions. The training is a full day from 9:30 to 5:30 with trainers Cate Woolner and Court Dorsey.

The Same Water, An Earth Day Concert with John Sheldon

The Same Water, An Earth Day Concert with John Sheldon

April 22, 2017, 7:30pm - April 22, 2017, 10:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst,

John Sheldon will perform his newest work, “ The Same Water”, a musical journey into the spirit of water. Using music, storytelling, and images, the piece explores our relationship to the sacred element which makes life possible.

“Connecting to water through sound can be powerful experience. I believe that a closer connection to water could lead to making decisions that support our planet’s ecology instead of exploiting it. Science has a lot to offer, as does spirituality. This cycle of music, songs, and images offers another way to perceive and communicate with the water in the world, and in us,” John Sheldon explains.

“The Same Water “ will be presented with the cooperation of Climate Action Now Western Mass, a grassroots group dedicated to building a local climate justice movement. A portion of the proceeds will go to help pay for transportation to the Climate Marches in Washington DC and Springfield Mass on April 29th.. Suggested donations of $10 to $20 at the door (larger donations are welcome). Tickets sold at the door.

Rethinking Local Food Systems: A Community Potluck & Discussion

Rethinking Local Food Systems: A Community Potluck & Discussion

April 22, 2017, 4:30pm - April 22, 2017, 6:30pm

81 Quarry Hl, East Longmeadow, MA 01028-2873, United States

Join Sierra Torres and Nancy Buddington, both students of Sustianble Food and Farming at UMass Amherst, to explore the ways in which we can better support local food through a community potluck and discussion.

Whether you buy from the farmers market or grocery store, this will be a great event to learn more about how you can incorporate local food into your diet.

Although local food is thought of as trendy and expensive to many, building local and regional food system is an essential component to creating more resilient and sustainable communities. This workshop is designed to teach participants about the importance of buying local food and supporting small farmers and local businesses as well as provide resources to accessing and enjoying healthy food in their own communities.

If you can, please bring a favorite dish to share with the group that utilizes some form of local ingredients. This can be something as simple as using lettuce from your local farmer to make a beautiful and nutritious salad, but if you cannot bring food, just bring yourself and a desire to learn more about our local food system!

Dishes (with recipes) that will be provided:

Homemade lasagna with fresh goat's cheese ricotta
Leak Soup
Salad with local carrots/beets/radishes with maple syrup honey mustard vinaigrette

Open to all ages and walks of life!

This will be a great way to get to know the people in your community, to share ideas and recipes, and to develop personal goals for yourself in supporting local food!

BEAT Wild Berkshires Art Show

BEAT "Wild Berkshires" Art Show

April 21, 2017, 5:00pm - April 21, 2017, 7:00pm

The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Ave
Dalton, MA  01226 Map

BEAT's Wild Berkshires Art Show opens Friday, April 21st! The show features well-known, beloved Berkshires artists celebrating nature and wildlife through their unique media. Art will be offered by silent auction to benefit your LOCAL environmental protection organization. Join us for the opening! Meet the artists! And meet our wild guests, three live owls, traveling from the Adirondacks to represent our wild neighbors.

ARTISTS:
Karen Andrews • Myla Blum • John Clarke • Betsy Cook • Robin Crofut-Brittingham • Mary Ellen Devanny • David Eddy • Kim Engel • Donna Estabrooks • Michael Fabrizio • Diane Firtell • Paula Gottlieb • John Houseman • Karen Karlberg • Sandra Leonard • Larry Newey • Jennifer Pazienza • Gabrielle Senza • Karen Skelton • Bonnie Spencer • Steve Sears • Scott Taylor • Rosemary Wessel

Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party

Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party

April 19, 2017, 9:30am - April 19, 2017, 11:00am

Bridge of Flowers, Buckland side, Shelburne Falls

Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley and Climate Action Now cordially invite you to welcome the Baker-Polito Administration to Western Mass, where pipelines are a bridge to nowhere.

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton is announcing a “Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program to Assist Communities in Preparing for Climate Change by Building Resilience.”

Kinder Morgan now has permission to begin tree felling in Otis State Park. We want the Baker Administration to know that their policy of promoting fracked gas pipelines is poisoning water and land, hurting families’ health, causing massive increases in methane, which is a potent Greenhouse Gas. The deal cut to build new gas infrastructure in Otis State Forest violates Article 97 of the MA Constitution which protects conserved land.

Resilience is important, so we’re planning a silent but visually powerful presence.
Dust off those old No Pipelines signs.
Our message is:
Stop the pipelines.
Protect all children’s right to a healthy, clean energy future.

Actions:
Meet on the Buckland side at 9:30am. Bring your No Pipeline sign. Ceremony begins at 10am.
We’ll also supply signs that say “RESILIENCE & ” with space to write in SAVE OTIS, STOP FRACKING, HOLD TO ARTICLE 97, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SOLAR POWER, NO PIPELINES, etc.
We’ll have copies of The Lorax on hand that families can ask Beaton to sign and then hand him a card from their family or a flier explaining why we need to double our efforts to stop using fossil fuels and go 100% Renewable.

Rain Location: McCusker’s Market Community Room, 3 State Street

To help and for more info: felicia.mednick at verizon dot net.

Earth and Empire: Water Talks on Capitalism & Sustainability

Earth and Empire: Water Talks on Capitalism & Sustainability

April 18, 2017, 4:30pm - April 18, 2017, 5:30pm

Mead Art Museum
41 Quadrangle Dr
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Is access to clean water a right? Kress Interpretive Fellow, Dr. Cecelia Feldman will show us how ancient Rome can reveal contemporary truths about sustainability and capitalism.

Following Dr. Feldman's talk, we will hear about Book & Plow Farm's water practices and host a water tasting here at the Mead.

Attendance at this event is eligible for points in Amherst Green Games.

This event is free and open to the public.

Pat-RIOTs Day Peace march at Bridge St. School to Pulaski Park

Pat-RIOT's Day Peace march at Bridge St. School to Pulaski Park

April 17, 2017, 11:00am - April 17, 2017, 3:00pm

At noon, singing and speaking out against war.
War and increased militarism cause tens of millions of refugees and displaced people, famine and accelerating climate change. The carbon footprint of the Iraq War alone was greater than that of 60% of the world’s nations combined.
We cannot be silent. We protest against the proposed $54 billion increase in military spending. We reject the escalation of wars in the Middle East, risk of nuclear war in North Korea. We reject the acceptance of warfare as an instrument of public policy.

Refugees, Immigrants, & Climate Crisis

Refugees, Immigrants, & Climate Crisis

April 15, 2017, 11:00am - April 15, 2017, 3:00pm

Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA  01102-9000 Map

Climate Change is fueling the growing refugee crisis around the world, as individuals and entire communities are forced to flee their homes in the face of increased natural disasters, rising seal levels, and rising and falling temperatures that are causing food and water shortages, and eliminating livable land around the world. Come explore this issues on the international level with local and international panelists, and afterwards participate in workshops to understand how you can make an impact locally.

Panelists:

Vijay Prashad, Author & Professor
Michaelann Bewsee, Executive Director, Arise
Ravi Khanna, Philanthropy for Change
Dr. Marty Nathan, Climate Action Now

Free Lunch and Childcare Provided.

Workshops Offered

Interfaith Organizing Against Racism, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and for Climate Justice Facilitator: Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

Organizing for Immigrants
Facilitator: Rose Bookbinder, Jobs with Justice

Health Impacts of Climate Change
Facilitator: Sarita Hudson, Partners for a Healthier Community

Schedule of Events
11:00 AM Registration/Check In
11:15 AM Panel Discussion
12:45 AM Lunch/Networking
1:15 PM Workshops
2:30 PM Closing

Free Parking available at Pearl Street lot. Follow signs to conference.

For more information contact Arise at 413-734-4948 or www.AriseSpringfield.org