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July 16, 2014

 

ACTION ALERT!

RALLY IN BOSTON ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 30TH

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This will be a crucial action to resist the proposed gas pipeline! People from Western MA will be joining folks from around the state to conclude the rolling march in Boston with a rally that sends a resounding message: NO PIPELINE! Check out the Facebook event page and if you would like to join us, please RSVP using this form.


 

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STOP THE FRACKED GAS PIPELINE

JOIN THE ROLLING MARCH TO THE STATEHOUSE

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

For more details on the schedule, please visit this page.

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

 

Wednesday July 16- Athol

Meet at 9am at Hannaford’s Parking Lot on Rte 2A (East). Walk 2.5 miles to Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St.(water break) , then continue to Uptown Common for Rally at 12Noon.  Uptown Common back to Rte. 32 and North to Tully Dam. Info/RSVP:   978-407-5423 or renelake@msn.com

 

Thursday, July 17- Royalston

We be rallying in South Royalston from 4-5pm, and the walk down River Road along the proposed pipeline route toward Winchendon.

 

Friday, July 18- Winchendon

We’ll meet at 8:00 am at Lake Dennison swim area entrance, Route 202, and walk to Silver Hawk at the junction of Routes 12 & 140. The 6.5 mile walk will include water stops where shuttles will be available for people to come and go as they please. People will also have an opportunity to sign the petition at these points.For more information: winchpipeline@gmail.com; 978-702-6016.

 

Saturday, July 19- Ashburnham

We will begin our walk at 8:00 am at the Winchendon/Ashburnham town line on Route 12. We will walk on Route 12 to Lashua Rd. Take a left onto Lashua Rd. to Hastings Rd. to Meeting House Hill. We will meet up with more walkers at 9:30 at Meeting House Hill. We will continue down Hastings Rd. onto Marshall Mills Rd. to Split Rock Boy Scout Camp. We will then continue towards Ashburnham Town Hall. Here we can collect signatures and answer any questions people have about the pipeline. From Town Hall, individuals on motorcycles will bring the “pipeline” and signatures up Route 101 to Route 119 to the Ashburnham/Ashby line.

 

Sunday, July 20- Ashby

Meet at the Ashby Common starting around 9:30am so that we can shuttle you to the starting point for our start @ 10:00am on Spring Hill Rd on one of the first properties along the proposed route through Ashby. From Spring Hill Rd, we’ll head up Piper Rd towards the center of town, cutting across 2 more properties on the proposed route, on a woods road through one and across the fields of another to get us to where it is proposed to cross Main St. Once back on Main St, we’ll head south to the Common for water, snacks and porta-potties. Hint: bring a lunch with you! We should hit there about the time that people are finishing up at the 2 churches on the common, a bit before 11:30am. There will be elected officials to discuss the pipeline and maybe even a local group to provide some music before continuing the hike on towards Willard Brook State Park – Main St to Turnpike Rd to Rte. 31 to Rte. 119 briefly before entering Willard Brook State park. We’ll again have signs marking which trail to take to get to the Park headquarters and then to Trap Falls, where we should meet the group from Townsend somewhere around 2:30pm. The total trip is approximately 6 miles.Contact Roberta for more information.

 

Monday, July 21- Townsend

Meet at Townsend Common before the walk. At 5:45 pm, we will get into a minimum number of cars and drive to the VFW in West Townsend. After the walk, those with cars at the VFW will get a ride to pick up their cars.

Starting at 6:00 PM we’ll walk about 2.2 miles along Route 119 from the parking area just east of the VFW to Townsend Common. Wear a RED shirt; bring your lawn sign or a homemade sign. At the Common, we’ll hear speeches from the Townsend Selectmen and other officials. We’ll sign petitions and enjoy refreshments and a great spirit of community.

Monday, July 20, 2:30 PM–Come to Trap Falls in Willard Brook State Forest (on Route 119) to share the “passing of the pipe” from the Ashby team to the Townsend team.

For more information, contact Emily Norton  or Leslie Gabrilska.

 

Tuesday, July 22- Pepperell

Meet at North Middlesex High School Parking Lot at 9:45 a.m. The Walk will commence at 10 a.m. and proceed up the Harbor Street Hill. It will eventually turn left onto Shattuck Street, and then right on Jewett Street. At the end of Jewett Street, Walkers will then turn left onto Townsend Street (Rt. 113) and proceed to Pepperell Town Hall, for a large, group picture at 12 noon.

At the River (around 2:30 pm), a flotilla of canoes and kayaks will ferry the symbolic pipe across the Nashua, where it will be handed off to residents of Groton for their leg of the walk. Walkers are asked to RSVP at the NashobaTrust.Org website.  More details here.

 

Wednesday, July 23- Groton

Assemble at 4:00 pm at the Petapawag boat launch off Route 119 near the Pepperell line. As the two-mile pipeline route through Groton is difficult to access, we will instead walk two miles (with amenities provided along the way) down Main Street (Route 119) at a peak commuting time, past the offices of the Nashua River Watershed Association, past Groton Town Hall, to Minuteman Commons for a rally with music and food. Details will be updated here.

Your contact for this event is Diane Hewitt

 


From Toxics Action Center: Organizing with residents to clean up and prevent pollution in New England since 1987

NO SUBSIDY FOR THE GAS PIPELINE

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The proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline would carry dirty gas across Massachusetts under high pressure. If built, it would run through everything from wildlife preserves to farms to entire towns, damaging ecosystems and creating serious safety hazards in the process.

The problems with the pipeline are numerous, including increased dependence on fossil fuels, high risk of explosions and gas leaks, financial burdens on landowners, and major damage to the environment. Plus, Governor Patrick has pledged that it would be partly funded by Massachusetts ratepayers.

It’s time to let our Governor know that we don’t want any part of the pipeline. We have a right to say “No!” to a project that threatens the health and safety of our state and locks us into decades more of dirty energy. There is a bill in the legislature that could give this subsidy momentum, and we must also let our legislators know we don’t support it!

To take action, please click here!

 


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Climate Action NOW/350 MA will hold its monthly general meeting at 7 pm Monday night, July 28th, at the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street. We will be discussing several topics, including our Springfield climate justice work, divestment, and organizing for the July 30th Boston rally against the pipeline, and for the September 21 climate march in NYC. Come and get involved in the struggle against climate change and environmental injustice. The meeting is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.

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Join area mothers and others for a fun Family Picnic this MONDAY – July 21st at Groff Park in Amherst from 5-7pm

Free ice cream and important information about a simple action that can make you feel EMPOWERED about reducing fossil fuel use. Check out our details HERE and bring your electric bill along with your picnic!

Join our Amherst group on Facebook where you’ll find details about our upcoming Houseparty Sunday July 20th in Amherst.