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Here in Massachusetts, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline continues to violate EPA regulations and divert from plans and procedures outlined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is the entity that approved the easement.

We, Water Protectors and Massachusetts residents, have taken it upon ourselves to uphold Massachusetts State Constitution Article 97, while our own state police protect corporate greed. This is an illegal pipeline, damaging fragile wetlands, endangered species habitats, and has already destroyed 1/3 of the 72 sacred indigenous sites in the 3.8 mile path of this pipeline project.

This pipeline is not only carrying fuel that is not needed by the community, but it isn't even bringing fuel to the community. This pipeline will simply act as a storage vessel, where natural gas will sit before being exported out of the country. Very few jobs will be created in the building process of this project, and after it is complete, the jobs will terminate.

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.

Right now, wetlands are being kept open several days past what is allowed. Machinery is driving over sensitive habitats where only driving on a mat road is permitted. Lower Spectacle Pond has been drained in order to pressure-test the pipelines, before regurgitating the then contaminated water back into the environment. Proper restorations are not being performed. Environmental regulations are not being obeyed or enforced. The few sacred sites that were actually permitted by their tribes to be dismantled and restored by hand, have been dismantled by machinery. Vernal pools, which were not to be affected, have been damaged. They have a specific work area, but have gone outside the boundaries of that work area. They might have run over the silt fencing, damaging more wetland than they had been "authorized" to damage. Some of the restoration plans include replacing highly invasive plant species, showing a clear lack of understanding of these sensitive ecosystems.

Throughout all of this, arrests are being made on people for simply exercising our rights to clean water, to demonstrate, and to protect our resources. We are being arrested for charges that won't stick or don't apply to the situation, and we are being illegally followed and inappropriately harassed while walking or driving our vehicles on the public state forest roads. Local residents are sick of their driveways being used as perch spots for cruisers. Our State Police officers are taking orders from Ed Davis LLC, a private security company hired by project owner Kinder Morgan, in order to protect this pipeline against the rights of the people affected by it's damages in the state of Massachusetts.

Parent company Kinder Morgan has purchased a residence located on S Beech Plain Rd. This residence serves as the headquarters for Kinder Morgan, Ed Davis LLC (private security), and Massachusetts State Police Department. There exists a very close relationship between Ed Davis Security and Massachusetts State Police, to the extent of our state police taking orders directly from Ed Davis LLC, a private security company made up of retired state police officers.

Detective Lieutenant Thomas J. Quigley is a Private Detective licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is currently working with Ed Davis LLC. He is a retired Luitenant Detective of the Massachusetts State Police.
(Dept. of State Police License Number P1352.) Before his retirement in 2005, Detective Lieutenant Quigley was assigned to the Division of Investigative Services and was the Unit Commander responsible for investigative and administrative control of 35 Massachusetts State Police officers. Duties included supervision and participation of efforts resulting in arrests of criminals involved in gang activities. Detective Lieutenant Quigley also served as the ranking officer assigned to the FBI Boston office following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Just like Tiger Swan & Morton County practically held hands as they brutalized us as we exercised our rights at Standing Rock, Ed Davis LLC & MA State Police are deeply interbred, as one faction is made up entirely of retired members of the other. This familial relationship is inappropriate, especially when our state police is documented in our videos taking orders from high ranking ex troopers hired by Ed Davis, LLC. The work going on inside their mutual clubhouse is highly inappropriate and nepotistic.

All of our recent direct actions are a reflection of our fundamental rights to clean water, air, and conservation of the land. We are here to protect. Stand with us.
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10/20/17

7 Days of Opposition--A Week of Direct ActionMonday October 23rd - 9:00amMassachusettsHere in Massachusetts, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline continues to violate EPA regulations and divert from plans and procedures outlined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is the entity that approved the easement.

We, Water Protectors and Massachusetts residents, have taken it upon ourselves to uphold Massachusetts State Constitution Article 97, while our own state police protect corporate greed. This is an illegal pipeline, damaging fragile wetlands, endangered species habitats, and has already destroyed 1/3 of the 72 sacred indigenous sites in the 3.8 mile path of this pipeline project.

This pipeline is not only carrying fuel that is not needed by the community, but it isn't even bringing fuel to the community. This pipeline will simply act as a storage vessel, where natural gas will sit before being exported out of the country. Very few jobs will be created in the building process of this project, and after it is complete, the jobs will terminate.

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.

Right now, wetlands are being kept open several days past what is allowed. Machinery is driving over sensitive habitats where only driving on a mat road is permitted. Lower Spectacle Pond has been drained in order to pressure-test the pipelines, before regurgitating the then contaminated water back into the environment. Proper restorations are not being performed. Environmental regulations are not being obeyed or enforced. The few sacred sites that were actually permitted by their tribes to be dismantled and restored by hand, have been dismantled by machinery. Vernal pools, which were not to be affected, have been damaged. They have a specific work area, but have gone outside the boundaries of that work area. They might have run over the silt fencing, damaging more wetland than they had been "authorized" to damage. Some of the restoration plans include replacing highly invasive plant species, showing a clear lack of understanding of these sensitive ecosystems.

Throughout all of this, arrests are being made on people for simply exercising our rights to clean water, to demonstrate, and to protect our resources. We are being arrested for charges that won't stick or don't apply to the situation, and we are being illegally followed and inappropriately harassed while walking or driving our vehicles on the public state forest roads. Local residents are sick of their driveways being used as perch spots for cruisers. Our State Police officers are taking orders from Ed Davis LLC, a private security company hired by project owner Kinder Morgan, in order to protect this pipeline against the rights of the people affected by it's damages in the state of Massachusetts.

Parent company Kinder Morgan has purchased a residence located on S Beech Plain Rd. This residence serves as the headquarters for Kinder Morgan, Ed Davis LLC (private security), and Massachusetts State Police Department. There exists a very close relationship between Ed Davis Security and Massachusetts State Police, to the extent of our state police taking orders directly from Ed Davis LLC, a private security company made up of retired state police officers.

Detective Lieutenant Thomas J. Quigley is a Private Detective licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is currently working with Ed Davis LLC. He is a retired Luitenant Detective of the Massachusetts State Police.
(Dept. of State Police License Number P1352.) Before his retirement in 2005, Detective Lieutenant Quigley was assigned to the Division of Investigative Services and was the Unit Commander responsible for investigative and administrative control of 35 Massachusetts State Police officers. Duties included supervision and participation of efforts resulting in arrests of criminals involved in gang activities. Detective Lieutenant Quigley also served as the ranking officer assigned to the FBI Boston office following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Just like Tiger Swan & Morton County practically held hands as they brutalized us as we exercised our rights at Standing Rock, Ed Davis LLC & MA State Police are deeply interbred, as one faction is made up entirely of retired members of the other. This familial relationship is inappropriate, especially when our state police is documented in our videos taking orders from high ranking ex troopers hired by Ed Davis, LLC. The work going on inside their mutual clubhouse is highly inappropriate and nepotistic.

All of our recent direct actions are a reflection of our fundamental rights to clean water, air, and conservation of the land. We are here to protect. Stand with us.
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7 Days of Opposition--A Week of Direct Action

10/20/17

October 26 - CAN priority gas pipeline-related bills will be heard by the TUE Committee at 10 AM, State House, Room A-2, including H.2698/S.1855; H.3400/S.1847; H3391/S.1859; and H.2683/S.1845.
Here is the link where you can see the bills
https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/…

Natural Gas Infrastructure, Tax, Leaks & more Hearing Oct 26th!Thursday October 26th - 10:00amMassachusetts State HouseTIME: 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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Natural Gas Infrastructure, Tax, Leaks & more Hearing Oct 26th!

10/20/17

Monday Oct 23 in Northampton
Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.

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?

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering October in NorthamptonMonday October 23rd - 7:00pmUnitarian Society of Northampton and FlorenceClimate 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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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering October in Northampton

10/19/17

If you cant make the party, you can always donate directly to this important Springfield organization Arise for Social Justice
Greening Greenfield forum on Gas Leaks 
Monday Oct 16. Go to http://www.greeninggreenfield.org/ for all the details

Tonight at UMass.
"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.

Threats to Democracy and Dangers of WarThursday October 12th - 6:30pmUMass Goodell Hall, 140 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9272, United StatesAn Interactive Conversation with @[108914379166292:274:Medea Benjamin] (@[111992645484596:274:Code Pink]), @[298674713878889:274:Dr. Amer F. Ahmed], @[100010184521542:2048:Mojgan Sanepour Haji], and @[100006179358194:2048: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 @[2216182861:69: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: @[75509399798:69:Arise for Social Justice], @[342403739179629:274:Climate Action Now MA] @[111992645484596:274:Code Pink], @[99571845722:274:Massachusetts Peace Action], Hampshire Peace and World Security Studies, @[224931060858297:274:Islamic Society Of Western Massachusetts], @[149026102289252:274:Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars], @[303506288881:274:Karuna Center for Peacebuilding], @[1437804753150958:274:Pioneer Valley Workers Center], the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice (@[280177648664829:274:American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts]), @[174450643074606:274:Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership], UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine, @[1408602585865699:274:Traprock Center for Peace & Justice], @[234444586633334:274:Western MA International Socialist Organization - WMA ISO], @[728797923854670:274:Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass], @[2019109744978890:274:Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America], @[333687343675093:274:Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims], @[81694730624:274: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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Threats to Democracy and Dangers of War

10/12/17