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 Feb 26  2018 (Northampton), Mon March 26 (Amherst), Mon Apr 23 (Northampton), Mon May  28 (Amherst), Mon June 25 (Northampton), Mon July 23 (Amherst), Mon August 27 (Northampton)

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

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

Catching the Sun

Catching the Sun

Sunday February 25th - 2:00pm - Sunday February 25th - 4:30pm

Springfield Central Library in the Community Room@ 220 State Street Map

The documentary film "Catching the Sun" tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. It showcases the booming solar industry from multiple perspectives, from workers seeking new jobs to countries investing in innovative new technologies to capitalize on this trillion-dollar opportunity. The result is a compelling look at an industry in a global race to lead the clean energy future. It was named a 2016 New York Times Critics' Pick, and as part of American Film Showcase, is shown at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world.... See MoreSee Less

FEB Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

FEB Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday February 26th - 7:00pm - Monday February 26th - 9:00pm

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

Special Guest Presentation by CAROLINE MURRAY

Caroline served as the National Field Director for the People's Climate March in 2014 and is a national organizer and strategy consultant for the People's Climate Movement. She will offer an interactive presentation on the People's Climate Movement in 2018 with a focus on innovative ideas for local organizing, mass mobilization and Get Out the Vote for midterm elections. Caroline will share current campaign ideas and ask for feedback from Climate Action Now in shaping the campaign.

Plus
Latest news on actions we can take to resist the Columbia Gas Pipeline Proposal; 100% Renewable Energy: Municipal and state level policy and legislative actions and how you can join in
and more...

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, Feb 26, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Society of Northampton

Please join us. Everyone is warmly welcomed!
Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.
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Public Mtg re: New Federal Offshore Drilling Program

Public Mtg re: New Federal Offshore Drilling Program

Tuesday February 27th - 3:00pm - Tuesday February 27th - 7:00pm

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton St
Boston, MA  02199 Map

The Trump Administration has made good on its commitment to big oil by presenting an ecologically devastating proposal that seeks to open over 90% of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf to new offshore drilling, putting our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at serious risk of catastrophic oil spills, economic and environmental decimation.

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!
#DefendOurCoasts, #ProtectOurCoast from #OffshoreDrilling!

MASS RESIDENTS: Please attend a rally on 2/27 in the Hampton Room on the third floor at the Sheraton and then join for the public meeting to speak out against this proposal!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Rally from 3-4PM in the Hampton room on the third floor at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199, and hear important voices speak about this proposal.

Room assignment is in the Hampton room; there will be signs to help people find the room.

Meet wearing a light blue top (important for visual unity of opposition inside the BOEM meeting!) and a life jacket, wetsuit, snorkel gear, or other ocean recreation attires (Sierra Club also has limited numbers of aquatic species hats you can borrow, and Climate Action Network will be bringing a couple handfuls of life jackets you can use at the rally!!)!

Bring a poster against offshore drilling to hold!

Contact Emily Norton of Sierra Club MA or Melissa Gates of Surfrider Foundation FMI: 617-423-5775 or 207-706-6378.

Need a lift to the rally from the Cape? Check this out & reserve your bus seat, today: actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/cape-cod-bus-to-boem-hearings-boston-to-protectouroceans?source...

Our rally group will enter the BOEM meeting in unified opposition together at 4PM, to officially participate and offer written comments about why this offshore drilling and exploration proposal is BAD NEWS for Mass!

You can join the BOEM meeting anytime between 3 & 7PM to wager your opposition and we hope you can rally with us inside the Sheraton beforehand, from 3-4p!

-->Public meeting 3pm-7pm, Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199.

The public meeting is in an open-house format so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time to express concerns about the National OCS Program. While it's nice that people can come and go, BOEM is not providing a REAL opportunity here for the public to actually speak openly and on the record to voice concerns about this proposal. Additionally, ONE public meeting for the entire state, is inadequate. COME PROTEST!

Surfrider will also have Drilling is Killing stickers on hand to help visually augment our collective opposition during all facets of participation in this meeting.

Give a shout if YOU and/or your organization or business would like to help in the coordinated campaign effort: mgates@surfrider.org.

Not near MA? You can still speak out - there are meetings in the capital of every coastal state. See this page www.boem.gov/National-Program-Participate/#meeting to find the hearing closest to you or email

FMI: mgates@surfrider.org.

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

Submit comments directly to BOEM using this online portal: www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0074-0001

If you're a Surfrider Chapter or a coastal recreation dependent business, give a shout to sign a letter of opposition to offshore drilling: mgates@surfrider.org

Share this event!

Read more on the topic from the Surfrider Foundation's Environmental Director, Pete Stauffer: www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/offshore-drilling-planned-off-your-coasts-time-to-speak-out

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

From the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM): Public meetings will take place across the country using an open-house format so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time. At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with our team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. We also encourage participants to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses.

For those unable to attend one of the 23 scheduled meetings, BOEM will soon be offering a Virtual Meeting Room where participants can visit the same stations available at the open-house meetings. There they will be able to review and download the same handouts and posters offered at the meetings.

FMI: www.boem.gov/National-Program-Participate/#meeting

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Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Surfrider Foundation Northeast Regional Office
POB 1662, Rockland, Maine 04841
Contact our Northeast Regional Manager
Melissa Gates: mgates@surfrider.org or 207.706.6378.

Visit Surfrider Foundation online: www.surfrider.org/
View our environmental policies: www.surfrider.org/pages/environmental-policies

Support our work: www.surfrider.org/membership

Take action: www.surfrider.org/take-action

THANK YOU!
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Bill Moomaw: Forests & the Future of Our Climate

Bill Moomaw: Forests & the Future of Our Climate

Wednesday February 28th - 7:00pm - Wednesday February 28th - 9:00pm

Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton

Dr. William Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at Tufts University and internationally renowned climate scientist, will discuss how New England's forests can help mitigate global climate change. Dr. Moomaw will present his perspective on a crucial part of the solution — how the protection and restoration of forests, wetlands, and grasslands could enable us to sequester carbon dioxide for many centuries to come. He will also share his insights on the drawbacks of using bioenergy as an alternative to fossil fuels. There will be time for a facilitated Q&A session after the presentation.

Co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and Smith College Center for Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability (CEEDS).

The event will take place at Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall on the Smith College Campus.

Free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged. www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/bill-moomaw-2018/
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Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2018 Northeast Regional Conference

Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2018 Northeast Regional Conference

Friday March 16th - 6:00pm - Sunday March 18th - 12:30pm

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA  01003 Map

MPOWERMENT + TEAMS + ACTION = CHANGE
The urgency to stop climate change grows by the day.

YOU are the solution – YOU are the cavalry that will save the day
YOU will get Congress to act

Come to Amherst to:

Sharpen your skills
Learn how bipartisanship on climate is progressing
Learn to communicate effectively about climate change
Learn how to widen the tent for climate action
Learn what is happening on climate at the state level
Hear the latest thinking on the shift to renewables
Connect with caring, determined citizens from all over the region (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT) and beyond!
Our conferences have been called “life-changing, empowering, re-energizing and inspiring.”

Speakers will include:

Madeleine Para, VP, Programs Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Jay Butera, Senior Congressional Liaison, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Dr. Sabine Marx, Project Director, Risk Communication, at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate X-Change
and lots more!
What:
The 5th Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby Northeast Regional Conference

When:
Welcome gathering (optional): Friday, March 16, 6-9 p.m.
Conference: Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. (sharp) - Sunday, March 18, 12:30 p.m.

Who:
New and experienced CCL volunteers, climate advocates and citizens who want a clean energy future.

Where:
UMass Amherst Campus Center
Hotel UMass
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

If you have questions, send them to Carolyn Sellars, herenowkind@gmail.com
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Interfaith Climate Action: Exodus from Fossil Fuels

Interfaith Climate Action: Exodus from Fossil Fuels

Monday March 26th - 12:00pm - Monday March 26th - 2:00pm

Boston State House
Boston, MA  02466 Map

LET MY PEOPLE GO!
Exodus from Fossil Fuels: An Interfaith Witness for Climate Action

Monday, March 26th

12:00 noon at the State House in downtown Boston with a procession to the Back Bay

RSVP HERE: goo.gl/forms/KuAQkwHI2aIqhVsG3

We are gathering people of all faiths to witness to climate injustice in our state, and to speak truth to Governor Baker. We have chosen March 26th because it is during Holy Week and right before Passover and Easter celebrations. We will be speaking from the heart of our diverse faiths, demanding that the Governor stop cooperating with fossil fuel interests and do everything in his power to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth. We will confront the governor, as Moses confronted Pharaoh, with the realities of climate change and the very real "plagues" that climate change is bringing and will continue to bring...until we break free from fossil fuels and begin to repair our climate for future generations.

After an interfaith ceremony at the State House, we will proceed to the Back Bay, where a new pipeline project is slated to power luxury high rises with fracked gas. In the shadow of these modern-day pyramids of wealth inequality, we will witness to the injustice of climate change as well as to Boston's housing crisis which is putting unbearable stress on working families. Our action will be a living witness to our vision of a beloved community of equality and human dignity, and a life-sustaining society that lives with reverence and care for all life on planet Earth.

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Our second planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 28. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please use this RSVP link to let us know of your interest (space is limited): docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUZGIZ0U_jjapwp84w1gwhayD7cZ1jvXwlCbHQYDYncbkNKw/viewform

If you have questions or suggestions, please be in touch with us!

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Sponsors of this action include: Clergy Climate Action, Mass Power Forward, Climate Disobedience Center, 350MA (Better Future Project), Jewish Climate Action Network, Common Street Spiritual Center, The Peace Abbey, Church of the Covenant, The Shalom Center, Social Justice Commission of Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts...
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Wisdom, Analysis and Inspiration from Seasoned Organizers

Wisdom, Analysis and Inspiration from Seasoned Organizers

Friday May 18th - 7:00pm - Friday May 18th - 9:00pm

Edwards Church of Northampton
297 Main St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Join the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership as we celebrate one year of teaching free movement-building classes for over 1000 activists in the Pioneer Valley. We'll be hosting a panel discussion with four experienced, radical activist/organizers from Western Mass to Washington, D.C.:

• Jo Comerford ~ National campaign director of MoveOn.org
• Netfa Freeman ~ Events coordinator and analyst for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and an organizer for Pan-African Community Action
• Jennifer Matias ~ Leadership coach, consultant, and trainer, Dance the Dream Coaching and Consulting for Social Justice and Social Change
• Nelson Roman ~ Executive director of Nueva Esperanza, Inc., Holyoke Ward 2 City Councilor, activist and organizer

• With an opening song by Marcia Gomes - Just Keep Climbing Music

Q&A to follow. Ask our panelists...
~ Where should we be directing our energy now?
~ What movement-building strategies are most effective long-term?
~ How do you find hope in these dark times?
~ What fuels and sustains your activism?
and more...

Friday, May 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Edwards Church
297 Main St., Northampton, MA

Wheelchair Accessible ~ Refreshments ~ All Welcome!

Sponsors: Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, Youth Rise Together, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims, Pioneer Valley Physicians for Social Responsibility, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Nueva Esperanza, Inc., Mothers Out Front - Pioneer Valley, Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley, Indivisible Noho, Pioneer Valley Resist Coalition
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2018 NOFA Summer Conference

2018 NOFA Summer Conference

Friday August 10th - 8:00am - Sunday August 12th - 5:00pm

Hampshire College
893 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

SAVE THE DATE

Join us to build upon this interconnectedness – from microbial to human communities

2018 Keynoters: Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

More Info at www.nofasummerconference.org
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Rally for Divestment

Rally for Divestment

Thursday February 22nd - 4:15pm - Thursday February 22nd - 5:15pm

Chapin Lawn

Come out for our spring rally! Members of the Smith College Board of Trustees will be on campus and we're pushing for full fossil fuel divestment. We will be holding a rally on Chapin Lawn, Thursday, February 22nd at 4:15pm. We'll be walking over to College Hall and singing some chants! Join us in making our voices heard!

For too long Smith has prided themselves on being at the forefront of change while their investments tell a different story. It is long past the time for Smith to #PutYourMoneyWhereYourMouthIs. We demand immediate action. Until then, #SmithIsComplicit in the destruction the fossil fuel industry causes in our communities and around the world.
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Presentations at Northampton Energy Commission

Presentations at Northampton Energy Commission

Thursday February 22nd - 4:00pm - Thursday February 22nd - 5:30pm

City council chambers, 212 Main St, Northampton MA Map

Do you know about Community Choice Energy? What is all this about the Columbia Gas expansion? Come find out, or just come to support CAN members as they present to the Northampton Energy and Sustainability commission:
Irvine Sobelman: Staying Warm Without NEW Pipelines
Sam Titleman: Community Choice Energy

1 interested  ·  1 going
Green Night: Living Building Challenge - Influencing the Future

Green Night: Living Building Challenge - Influencing the Future

Wednesday February 21st - 5:00pm - Wednesday February 21st - 7:00pm

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

Join us for Green Night at Platform Sports Bar to learn about the fundamentals of the Living Building Challenge and the specifics of the Materials Petal, which is intended to "help create a materials economy that is non-toxic, ecologically restorative, transparent, and socially equitable".

Healthy Building Materials Specialist, Irene Winkelbauer, will describe what it means to have full ingredient disclosure in building materials and how this effort aims to eliminate hazardous ingredients from the built environment. The founder of Coldham & Hartman Architects, Bruce Coldham, will share insights from the Bechtel Environmental Classroom at Smith College, describing challenges and lessons learned while striving to achieve the Living Building Challenge standard in the Pioneer Valley.
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Green Night Schedule
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5:00-5:30 pm Meet in the Blue Goose Meeting Room to grab a drink, order food and chat with others.
5:30 pm Share news, events and any announcements.
6:00 pm The featured presentation begins with Q&A following.
7:00 pm Everyone is invited to move into the bar area to continue conversations, networking, and food and drink.
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24 interested  ·  6 going
Zero Energy Buildings & Communities: The Landscape of the Future

Zero Energy Buildings & Communities: The Landscape of the Future

Tuesday February 20th - 7:00pm - Tuesday February 20th - 8:30pm

UU OF AMHERST 121 N.PLEASANT Map

Join us for the second event in our Zero Energy Education Series.

As the Buildings and Community Solutions Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Port is paving the way
for the proliferation of zero energy buildings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. He brings a broad perspective to the critical role of towns and cities in reducing carbon
emissions through building energy performance standards and clean energy development. His presentation will draw connections between Zero Energy buildings, local energy resources, resilience and community-wide energy demand management.
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I Love Clean Energy: Mass Power Forward Valentines Lobby Day

I Love Clean Energy: Mass Power Forward Valentine's Lobby Day

Wednesday February 14th - 10:00am - Wednesday February 14th - 3:00pm

State House
Boston, MA  02132 Map

Love clean energy? Join us for Mass Power Forward's Valentine's Lobby Day! RSVP here: bit.ly/mpflobby2018

On February 14th, members of the Mass Power Forward coalition will descend on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future.

(We'll gather in Room 437 of the State House and start proceedings at 10.)

The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead.

Massachusetts residents from every part of the state will meet with their representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy.

RSVP at bit.ly/mpflobby2018
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Charity Scrabble Event

Charity Scrabble Event

Saturday February 10th - 11:00am - Saturday February 10th - 3:00pm

American Legion Hall, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA 01062 Map

After a decade of fun and games, the Northampton Scrabble Club is giving back to the community by running a Charity Scrabble Event to benefit three local charities: Northampton Survival Ctr, Cancer Connection, & Climate Action Now (WMass). There will be a raffle with HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS in PRIZES, FREE LIGHT LUNCH provided, and 3 GAMES of Scrabble! This is primarily a community event, not a competition, though we'll recognize the winners, too. All are welcome!

52 interested  ·  16 going
Non Violent Direct Action Training

Non Violent Direct Action Training

Saturday February 10th - 9:30am - Saturday February 10th - 5:00pm

Brattleboro VT

SPONSORED AND HOSTED BY POST OIL SOLUTIONS AND 99TH MONKEE AFFINITY GROUP BRATTLEBORO. ALL QUESTIONS AND REGISTRATIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO TIM. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. CLICKING "GOING" DOES NOT REGISTER YOU. THANKS.

Fossil Free Fast Live Watch Party

Fossil Free Fast Live Watch Party

Wednesday January 31st - 7:30pm - Wednesday January 31st - 9:30pm

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

Join us on Wednesday, January 31 for a 350.org “Fossil Free Fast” Live Watch Party at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main Street. We will gather downstairs in the Social Hall. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the video will start at 8:00 p.m.

The live-streamed event will feature Senator Bernie Sanders, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, activist and recent UMass graduate Varshini Prakash, and other speakers who will lay out a plan to address the climate crisis.

Meet others in your community who want to organize to build local power and take climate action to end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy. Find out what you can do in Western Massachusetts to begin to build the Fossil Free future we need–and connect with other activists equally passionate about this work.
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Zero Energy Buildings with Ellen Watts

Zero Energy Buildings with Ellen Watts

Wednesday January 31st - 7:00pm - Wednesday January 31st - 8:30pm

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

How can our communities go 100% Renewable Energy? Ellen Watts, principal of Architerra, a firm specializing in high performance buildings, will talk about public buildings she has designed and discuss the feasibility and affordability of Zero Energy. This is the first of a series of educational events for the public to understand new local initiatives for Zero Energy and 100% renewable energy. Sponsored by Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Now, Amherst League of Women Voters Hitchcock Center, Western MA Community Choice Energy, and the Sustaining Amherst Town Office.
Free, but registration appreciated: www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-energy-design-performance-practical-approaches-registration-41703355860
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday January 22nd - 7:00pm - Monday January 22nd - 9:00pm

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

First Hand Reports from Participants at the recent
The People vs Oil and Gas Summit

People fighting all forms of fossil fuel extraction came together in Pittsburgh last November to chart a way forward towards a powerful climate justice movement. Discover what local organizers learned and how it connects with our work here in Western Mass. Plus the latest news on Columbia Gas' proposal to include six miles of new pipeline from Agawam to Holyoke (See recent article by Marty Nathan in the Gazette)... and lots more. Everyone warmly welcomed; we will have a space for folks new to Climate Action Now to connect and learn how to get involved.
#PeoplevsOilGas Summit

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, January 22, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

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!
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Post-Womens March Activist Fair

Post-Women's March Activist Fair

Saturday January 20th - 1:00pm - Saturday January 20th - 3:00pm

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

Once you've marched, take that energy and join area activists and organizations to learn about tangible steps you can take to get involved, make change and resist. This event will take place in the basement of the Unitarian Society.
If your organization is interested in tabling, please reach out to us.

275 interested  ·  69 going
The Womens March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote!

The Women's March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote!

Saturday January 20th - 11:00am - Saturday January 20th - 1:00pm

City of Northampton
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

The Pioneer Valley Women's March is proud to announce the Women's March Anniversary: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote! March and Rally on January 20, 11-1 pm in Northampton. We will march to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year.

The March will once again begin at Sheldon Fields and culminate at Northampton City Hall, where we will rally with inspiring speakers and performers. Women, femmes, and allies welcome. This is a peaceful, family-friendly event. Parking is available at Sheldon Fields as well on-street parking throughout Northampton.
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100% Renewable Energy: Northampton City Council Vote

100% Renewable Energy: Northampton City Council Vote

Thursday January 18th - 7:00pm - Thursday January 18th - 8:00pm

Northampton City Council Chambers

Northampton City Council To Vote on Resolution Supporting Statewide 100% Renewable Energy Bill &
Call for 100% Renewable Energy in Northampton

Date and time: Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7pm
Place: Northampton City Council Chambers
Right hand section of building behind Northampton City Hall

Read the Resolution in the comments to this event.

Please show up to support this important Resolution.
The public comment period starts at 7pm sharp.

4 interested  ·  2 going
MA Clean Energy Call in Day

MA Clean Energy Call in Day

Wednesday January 17th - 9:00am - Wednesday January 17th - 5:00pm

Your Telephone

Rising seas. Blizzard weather. A climate denier in the White House. It’s time for Massachusetts to act on climate change. Can you call your state legislators on Wednesday, January 17 to take urgent action on clean energy this session?

If you don’t know who represents you, look up your state elected officials at wheredoivotema.com or malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact.
Please take a moment to call your legislator using the guidelines below.

Download a CALL SCRIPT here: bit.ly/maenergycalls

Read a CALL SCRIPT online here: bit.ly/macleanenergyview

Links to legislative fact sheets are here: mapowerforward.com/legislative-agenda-2017-2018
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34th Annual MLK Day Celebration

34th Annual MLK Day Celebration

Monday January 15th - 1:00pm - Monday January 15th - 5:00pm

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

We will be hosting the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Northampton, MA.

At 1pm, we will host the convocation at Edwards Church, with music by Prone to Mischief and Pamela Means. Our keynote speaker is Dr. John Bracey.

From 2 to 5pm, we will be hosting a number of workshops in downtown Northampton by community organizations.

There will be workshops by

Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
NuclearBan.US Campaign
Climate Action Now
Common Threads Project
Pioneer Valley Women’s March
Poor People's Campaign
… and more! See the plan of the day at www.theresistancecenter.org/mlk-day/151/

All workshops are free and open to the public. No preregistration required.
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354 interested  ·  74 going
Green Night: Energy Efficiency Incentives in Western MA

Green Night: Energy Efficiency Incentives in Western MA

Wednesday January 10th - 5:00pm - Wednesday January 10th - 7:00pm

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

For our January Green Night, we'll be learning all about Energy Efficiency Incentives in Massachusetts. Mark Tajima and Tom Rossmassler of Energia in Holyoke, MA will lead a conversation and Q&A session about the latest and greatest incentives available to Massachusetts residents, businesses, and cities.
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Green Night Schedule
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5:00-5:30 pm Meet in the Blue Goose Meeting Room to grab a drink, order food and chat with others.
5:30 pm Share news, events and any announcements.
6:00 pm The featured presentation begins with Q&A following.
7:00 pm Everyone is invited to move into the bar area to continue conversations, networking, and food and drink.
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27 interested  ·  7 going
Harnessing the Power of Teens to Advance Climate Legislation

Harnessing the Power of Teens to Advance Climate Legislation

Monday January 8th - 3:30pm - Monday January 8th - 6:30pm

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

FREE CLASS - REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
Register: truthschool.org/classes/winter-2018/010818har/

Harnessing the Unique Power of Teens to Advance Climate Legislation
Date: Monday, January 8, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA
Trainers: Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Adele Franks, and Lilly Lombard

Teens are uniquely positioned to lobby legislators on crucial climate legislation. When they face teens, legislators realize they are facing the future! You will learn the basics of our Massachusetts legislature – state government 101, the key political players, current climate-related bills – practice the best communication strategies for influencing one’s elected officials, and make a plan to lobby your representative. Be inspired by teen graduates of the training who have lobbied successfully and will assist you as peer mentors. Learn from Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, age 23, the youngest representative in the MA State House, who built his political campaign on the platform of transforming Massachusetts into a clean energy center for the world. We will serve a substantial, healthy, and delicious snack.

This class is capped at 15 students.
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National Homeless Persons Memorial Stand-Out

National Homeless Persons Memorial Stand-Out

Thursday December 21st - 3:00pm - Thursday December 21st - 5:00pm

310 State St, Springfield, MA 01105-1322, United States Map

122 interested  ·  41 going
Green Night: HeatSmart - A Community Program

Green Night: HeatSmart - A Community Program

Wednesday December 13th - 5:00pm - Wednesday December 13th - 8:00pm

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

For our December Green Night, we'll be learning about HeatSmart Northampton - A Community Program Bringing Efficient Heat Pumps to Homes. Join Chris Mason, Northampton’s Energy & Sustainability Officer, for a conversation on ways to increase the market share of cold climate air source heat pumps and other renewable thermal technologies. Grist for the conversation will include: a report by Chris on Northampton’s HeatSmart program (a Solarize-type program for air source heat pumps) that is running from September 2017 to the end of January 2018; and an overview of Northampton’s work to use public information on Northampton’s residential building stock and infrared scans of Northampton’s single family homes to identify micro-target messages to promote clean energy and energy efficient home improvements.

RSVP today!

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Green Night Schedule
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5:00-5:30 pm Meet in the Blue Goose Meeting Room to grab a drink, order food and chat with others.
5:30 pm Share news, events and any announcements.
6:00 pm The featured presentation begins with Q&A following.
7:00 pm Everyone is invited to move into the bar area to continue conversations, networking, and food and drink.
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MA House Committee on Global Warming and Climate hearing

MA House Committee on Global Warming and Climate hearing

Monday December 11th - 11:00am - Monday December 11th - 2:00pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA  02108 Map

In Room B1. Rep. Frank Smizik, Chair of the MA House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, will be holding an oversight hearing on the proposed APS biomass regs. This hearing is a result of efforts to hold DOER accountable for misleading the public on Big Biomass which is NOT truly renewable energy. Go to: www.pfpi.net/biomass-basics-2

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Protest to Save Net Neutrality at Verizon Store in Hadley MA

Protest to Save Net Neutrality at Verizon Store in Hadley MA

Thursday December 7th - 3:30pm - Thursday December 7th - 6:30pm

360 Russel St. Hadley, MA 01035 Map

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Protest at a Verizon store against the rollback of net neutrality protections.

Join other Team Internet members, and other concerned locals, at the protest. Internet users outraged by top Verizon lawyer turned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality are planning to protest at Verizon retail stores across the country on Thursday, December 7th, one week before an expected vote at the FCC. Protesters will make it clear to members of Congress that the time is now to stand for net neutrality, not Verizon’s bottom line. And please remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists and their supporters in Washington, not the employees at these stores.

Please make and bring signs calling to protect Net Neutrality and stand in solidarity with us for an open internet for ALL.

P.S.: I couldn't find a Facebook version of this event hosted by Team Internet so I created it. I am not the actual organizer. Please view the original event and RSVP here act.demandprogress.org/event/team-internet/1604/signup/?source=fbshare
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Let the Landscape Speak

Let the Landscape Speak

Sunday December 3rd - 3:00pm - Sunday December 3rd - 5:00pm

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

A benefit presentation sponsored by Climate Action Now will be held on December 3 at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst, MA, to raise funds for the protection of Indigenous sacred stone landscapes. Doug Harris, Narragansett Indian Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer is joined by Attorney Anne Marie Garti in an illustrated talk with a question and answer period.

Suggested donation is on a sliding scale of $5-$50, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds go to the legal fund, which you can read more about here --> tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones
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Sandra Steingraber : Fracked Gas, PCBs, Our Health

Sandra Steingraber : Fracked Gas, PCBs, Our Health

Saturday December 2nd - 5:00pm - Saturday December 2nd - 7:00pm

Lenox Memorial High
197 East St
Lenox, MA  01240 Map

Join us on December 2nd for an evening with Sandra Steingraber, renowned ecologist and author. Steingraber will speak about how PCBs, fracked gas, and pipelines are impacting ecological and human health. She brings a clear, passionate voice to the complex evidence of biology.

This event is FREE and open to all.

Dr. Steingraber's 1997 book Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment changed the way we think about toxic chemicals and their connections to cancer. Living Downstream was based on by Steingraber's personal journey as a cancer survivor and her career as a scientist. In 2010 the book was released as a film.

Steingraber has written extensively about topics ranging from climate change and toxic chemical exposure to developmental and reproductive disorders.

Steingraber's other works include Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, and Post Diagnosis. She also is featured in the recent documentary “Unfractured” as an activist speaking out about the environmental risks of fracking.
PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) are the toxic chemical that pollutes the Housatonic River and has contaminated the food chain of the earth. Fracked gas and the pipelines carrying that gas have been on the frontline of environmental debates as severe dangers to the environment.

The presentation begins at 5 PM and will be followed by a question and answer period, as well as a book-signing

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Special thanks to our many co-sponsors!
350MA - Berkshire Node, Berkshire Litchfield Environmental Council, CELDF, Clean Water Action, Climate Action Now - Pioneer Valley, Connecticut Chapter Sierra Club, Environment Mass, Food & Water Action, Housatonic Environmental Action League (HEAL), Housatonic Riverkeeper MA/CT, Mass Health Professionals for Clean Energy, Mass Power Forward, MassPLAN, Mothers Out Front - Pioneer Valley, NEGEF, PLAN-NE, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, Stop the Dumps!, Sugar Shack Alliance, Toxics Action Center
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Sustainability Social

Sustainability Social

Saturday December 2nd - 1:00pm - Saturday December 2nd - 3:00pm

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd
Easthampton, MA  01027 Map

Join Northeast Solar, Center for EcoTechnology, HeatSmart Northampton, and Mass Audubon for a Sustainability Social at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.

We will have electric cars on view, heating and cooling efficiency experts, solar power representatives and home energy savings pros on hand to discuss many aspect of sustainable living.

Enjoy food and refreshments and talk with industry leaders about the perks, discounts, rebates and tax credits available to you when considering sustainable options for your home or business.
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Springfield, MA Stand Up for the EPA day of action Friday Dec. 1

Springfield, MA Stand Up for the EPA day of action Friday Dec. 1

Friday December 1st - 11:00am - Friday December 1st - 12:30pm

Senator Markey & Warren's Springfield office: 1550 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103 Map

Trump wants to cut our U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget by more than 30 percent—but our Senators can stop this agenda dead as they prepare to vote on a spending bill the first week in December. We need to raise our voices and demand Senator Markey and Senator Warren do whatever is necessary to stop Republicans from making ANY cuts to the EPA’s budget! Join us Dec. 1 for a petition delivery rally in Springfield at Senator Markey and Warren’s office to show them we are counting on them to stand up for the EPA!

Did you know that the EPA was born out of mass social movements in the 60s, alongside many fights for justice, like civil rights? It is a product of hard fought grassroots efforts to safeguard our land, water, air and communities. Now in 2017, we need to ensure environmental protections aren’t eroded through a Senate budget vote this December.

Join us to stand up for our environmental protections!
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday November 27th - 7:00pm - Monday November 27th - 9:00pm

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

Come and Be Inspired: First Hand Reports on Mass Resistance at the recent UN Climate Talks in Bonn, COP 23

Terran Giacomini:
Organizer with the COP 23 La Vía Campesino delegation, a global movement of over 200 million small-scale farmers, peasants, fisherfolk, pastoralists, landless workers, women and youth seeking fundamental system change grounded in food sovereignty and agroecology.

Terran will focus on La Vía Campesina's participation in the 4,500 strong civil disobedience action on November 5 that shut down the Hambach lignite coal mine owned by the German energy company, RWE.

Andrea Schmid:
Member of the Sustain US youth delegation, the group that led hundreds of people in a walkout of the Trump administration’s fossil fuel panel at the UN Climate Talks- while coal and nuclear executives were pushing the Trump administration’s pro-fossil fuel agenda.

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, November 27, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

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!
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Sit In Against the Trump Tax Plan

Sit In Against the Trump Tax Plan

Monday November 27th - 12:00pm - Monday November 27th - 1:00pm

Northampton City Hall

Bring your top hat and come join us for a sit in at City Hall (downtown Northampton) to protest the Trump Tax Plan.

128 interested  ·  27 going
Uphold Paris, Uphold MAs Climate Legacy

Uphold Paris, Uphold MA's Climate Legacy

Saturday November 18th - 10:30am - Saturday November 18th - 12:00pm

Boston Common (directly behind the Robert Gould Shaw & the 54th Regiment Memorial, across from the Massachusetts State House) Map

HOW WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED?
WHAT WILL YOUR CLIMATE LEGACY BE?

Join us on November 18th to make history -- literally. During this interactive, inspiring, and family-friendly event, we'll record in a Time Capsule what Bay Staters love and are fighting to protect from climate change. We'll hold up the people and places most at risk from climate change and we'll ask Governor Baker to leave a climate legacy we can all be proud of by banning new fossil fuel infrastructure and committing us to a 100% renewable energy future!

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THE SITUATION:
This November, world leaders are gathering to decide what happens next now that Trump has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement. This is a historic moment, and a chance for all of us to reckon with our position on climate change. We need to send a message to the world that the United States will keep moving forward, even as Trump tries to drag us backwards.

TAKE ACTION: THE CLIMATE LEGACY TIME CAPSULE PROJECT
On November 18th, we are dedicating a “Climate Legacy Time Capsule” in Boston to mark this moment. (Yes! A real Time Capsule! Check it out: bit.ly/2z3X8fM). It will be opened in 2067, fifty years from now, so our children and grandchildren may know how we responded to the climate threat when it mattered most.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
We ask that you bring to the event:
-An object (small enough to fit in your palm) representing "what you love and want to protect in the face of climate change" and/or pollution.
-A letter to the future (here are some prompts to help bit.ly/2h30Vyv).

Your letters and objects will get archived in the Time Capsule and leave a legacy of how the people of today are fighting to protect the health, safety and well-being of future generations.

Learn more at: www.climatetimecapsule.org

HOW GOVERNOR BAKER CAN PARTICIPATE:
You, Charlie Baker, have until Nov. 18th to do your part by signing an Executive Order to block new fossil fuel projects in our state. In addition to limiting climate change, this policy would transform Massachusetts for the better by ending sickening air and water pollution, and leading the way toward the 100% renewable energy future that will create thousands of good jobs.

If you meet our request, you are invited to join us on the 18th and contribute a letter to the time capsule. We would love nothing more than for you to stand alongside us, and be remembered as somebody who finally did the right thing.

If you refuse, we will record where you stand in the time capsule, and you will leave a legacy as just another cynical politician who fell far short. Your own descendents will have trouble fathoming how you could have done so little to protect them, when so much was needed.

It’s not too late to leave a different legacy. You have until November 18.

Read the Mass Power Forward Coalition Letter we presented to Governor Baker in September with our asks: bit.ly/2zvEOvX
Read the Youth Letter we delivered to Governor Baker on November 7th: bit.ly/2zPLp4J
Read the Draft Executive Order: bit.ly/2j2m0O9

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EVENT COSPONSORS INCLUDE:
- 350Mass for a Better Future
- Better Future Project
- Toxics Action Center
- Clean Water Action
- Mother's Out Front
- Climate Action Now
- Boston Latin School YouthCAN
- Divest Clark
- Boston Latin School's High School Democrats
- The Enviro Show (WXOJ & WMCB)

WOULD YOUR ORGANIZATION LIKE TO COSPONSOR THE EVENT?
We'd love to have you join us in supporting this project and event! Contact: Brian Stilwell at brian@sunrisemovement.org to get listed as a co-sponsor.

QUESTIONS?
Contact: Brian Stilwell at brian@sunrisemovement.org
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An Inconvenient Sequel Movie Night

An Inconvenient Sequel Movie Night

Thursday November 16th - 7:00pm

Blackbox Theatre, Northampton High School

The Environmental Club is hosting a movie night! We'll be showing "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," the long awaited sequel to Al Gore's famous documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth." Tickets will be $3, and there will be baked goods, pizza, and drinks! All proceeds will be going to a new hydration station on the 3rd floor.

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Stand Up, Charlie! event 3 Springfield

Stand Up, Charlie! event 3 Springfield

Thursday November 16th - 12:15pm - Thursday November 16th - 12:45pm

Springfield State Office Building
436 Dwight St
Springfield, MA  01103 Map

Reclaiming Our Future event #3. Protest Rally in Springfield
Stand Up, Charlie!
THURSDAY, Nov 16 12:15-12:45
-in front of State Office Building 436 Dwight St. Springfield.

We'll be showing up outside Gov Baker's Springfield office at lunchtime. We protest in tandem with actions that have been taking place at the Boston State House for weeks. These actions are escalating this week as the UN Climate talks take place in Bonn. We are asking Gov. Baker to #standUpCharlie and lead on climate.
We'll bring some signs and we need people to hold those, or bring your own.

GOV BAKER: don't saddle us with the DIRTY TRUMP POWER PLAN
- no pipeline tax
- no new pipelines
- ensure climate justice
- a rapid and just transition to the clean energy economy
- clean energy for all

To view our letter to Gov Baker and the executive order, look here:
climateactionnowma.org/reclaiming-our-future/

Our Governor, Charlie, Baker signed Massachusetts up for the Climate Alliance of 15 states in June, but his policies regarding new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax are incompatible with that gesture. We simply can not build new pipelines that lock us into the Trump Dirty Power Plan for 30 years and at the same time say that we are doing our part to fix climate breakdown.

We're angry but filled with hope due to the growing people's movements. We know that the more people complain about dangerous Trump Dirty Power Plan, the more legislators will take notice. We need to remind everyone that we are not going away. We are not going to let them quietly engage in this wanton intergenerational theft and disregard of people's health and safety.

We are RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE.
There is no planet B. Action is necessary.

RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE #standUpCharlie SPONSORS :
Climate Action Now of Western MA
Arise for Social Justice
Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
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Final Baker Stand In

Final Baker Stand In

Thursday November 16th - 12:00pm - Thursday November 16th - 2:00pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA  02108 Map

This is it.

We started with four people coming once/week to Governor Baker's office. Now, 30-50 people have been coming five days/week to ask the Governor to lead on climate and stop new gas infrastructure.

After 10 weeks of increasing the pressure on Charlie Baker to put an end to fossil fuel infrastructure, we will stand outside of his office for one final push before the conclusion of the UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany. We want to show our strength in numbers and have at least hundreds of people there as we stand in solidarity. Will you join us?

Since this is the day before the #COP23 negotations end in Germany, we are hoping to "escalate the intensity" of this action to ensure that our voices are heard. It's time for Governor Baker to demonstrate real leadership on climate!

Programming will take place from 12PM-2PM, but you are welcome to stay the full afternoon if you are so inspired!

Sign up to take part in the action here: www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44a5a728a2fc1-baker
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Panel: The North Korea Nuclear Threat and U.S. Policy

Panel: The North Korea Nuclear Threat and U.S. Policy

Wednesday November 15th - 7:00pm - Wednesday November 15th - 9:00pm

Northampton High School
380 Elm St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

FORUM ON NORTH KOREA

THE NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR THREAT AND U.S. POLICY: IS WAR AVOIDABLE? WHAT CAN WE DO?
Sponsored by the Northampton Democratic City Committee, co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Smith College Government Department, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, the Northampton High School Democrats, and Media Sponsor Northampton Community Television.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 7-9 pm
WHERE: Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm St, Northampton

WHAT: As we edge closer to war with N. Korea - with aircraft carriers in the waters near N Korea and Trump on a 10-day Asian trip - information about N. Korea, US involvement and our policies in the region, and ways we can work to avert war is critical. This panel will address in depth what is occurring in the region and at home, and will provide ample time for Q&A.

Panelists include:
Professor Michael Klare, a Five-College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College, and a pre-eminent scholar in the field of global relations. He is also defense correspondent for The Nation, on the Board of the Arms Control Association, a prolific writer, and is known internationally for his work.

Tom Countryman has recently been elected Chair of the Board of the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. Until recently, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Affairs. and also the Acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Professor Dennis Yasutomo is the Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor of Government at Smith College, and specializes in contemporary Japanese foreign policy. He has written extensively on the complex relations in the region.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA, 2nd District, participating through video, will describe current legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to avert war and how we can help advance those efforts.

Each panelist will have up to 15 minutes to allow maximum time for Q & A from the audience. All are welcome, the event is free.

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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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Youth Day of Action

Youth Day of Action

Tuesday November 7th - 3:30pm - Tuesday November 7th - 5:30pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA  02108 Map

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker needs to hear from the youth movement! Although he has promised to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Baker is trying to push through new fossil fuel infrastructure that would further damage our climate. We need our governor to stand up to big polluters and protect our future. That’s why we are demanding that Governor Baker sign an executive order to effectively ban any new fossil fuel infrastructure and to accelerate renewable energy.

Let's make our voices heard!

WHEN: November 7th at 3:30PM
WHERE: In front of the Massachusetts State House

Join us as we gather at the State House to ask the Governor what his climate legacy will be. Will he stand up for our future, or will he side with big polluters? Sign up to take part in the action here: goo.gl/forms/8fyRgiCW8aDFQLo33

Let's show Governor Baker that new fossil fuel infrastructure is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement and incompatible with our future.
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Vigil for Climate Action

Vigil for Climate Action

Monday November 6th - 6:00pm - Monday November 6th - 7:00pm

Cathedral of St. Paul. 138 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111. We will gather on the Portico - on the covered steps just outside of the Cathedral. Map

After weeks of standing in the Governor’s office asking that he issue an executive order halting the development of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth, on Monday, November 6 from 6-7pm we will come together as a coalition of leaders and organizations of faith and of non-faith in a candlelight vigil on the Statehouse steps. This will be the opening day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP 23), and we will stand as people of hope that Massachusetts might take the lead on climate, even when our country will not. As we consider the intersections of climate justice, we will hear from local leaders of the movement, gather together in moments of silence, song, and hope, and pray for our leaders here in Massachusetts and abroad.

You are welcome to bring organizational signs and banners, but because this is a vigil, we do not recommend protest signs.
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Reclaiming Our Future -event 2- Springfield Protest Rally

Reclaiming Our Future -event 2- Springfield Protest Rally

Monday November 6th - 12:15pm - Monday November 6th - 12:45pm

Springfield State Office Building
436 Dwight St
Springfield, MA  01103 Map

Reclaiming Our Future event #2. Protest Rally in Springfield
Monday, Nov 6 12:15-12:45
-in front of State Office Building 436 Dwight St. Springfield.

We'll be showing up outside Gov Baker's Springfield office at lunchtime. We have an executive order which we think Governor Baker should sign.

This day marks the start of this year's international climate conference. Reclaiming Our Future March & Protest Rally in Northampton on the Eve of the Bonn Climate Talks
We are protesting the policies even in our own state of Massachusetts that keep us on the path toward climate breakdown. The Trump administration withdrew USA from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, making us one of only 2 countries in the entire world who have not agreed to work togther to reduce emissions.
The Trump Dirty Power Plan keeps our country beholden to the fossil fuel industry and prevents us from participating in the clean energy revolution with the rest of the planet. The majority of the citizens of Massachusetts are against new gas pipelines, and studies show we do not need the capacity. So why does Gov Baker insist on saddling Massachusetts with investments in outdated, last century's dirty energy?

Our Governor, Charlie, Baker signed Massachusetts up for the Climate Alliance of 15 states in June, but his policies regarding new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax are incompatible with that gesture. We simply can not build new pipelines that lock us into the Trump Dirty Power Plan for 30 years and at the same time say that we are doing our part to fix the climate crisis.
GOV BAKER: don't saddle us with the DIRTY TRUMP POWER PLAN
- no pipeline tax
- no new pipelines
- ensure climate justice
- a rapid and just transition to the clean energy economy
- clean energy for all

These actions are intended to add to the #standUpCharlie actions started by the Mass Power Forward coalition of climate action groups in Massachusetts. After one woman stood outside Gov Baker's office every day for 90 days, groups have shown up to do the same. The coalition asks that Gov Baker to sign an executive order, which can be found at this link:
climateactionnowma.org/reclaiming-our-future/

We're angry but filled with hope due to the growing people's movements. We know that the more people complain about dangerous Trump Dirty Power Plan, the more legislators will take notice. We need to remind everyone that we are not going away. We are not going to let them quietly engage in this wanton intergenerational theft and disregard of people's health and safety.

We are RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE.

There is no planet B. Action is necessary.

We have 3 Dates for Protest Rallies.
1. SUN NOV 5 Northampton 5:30 MARCH & Rally
2. MON NOV 6 Springfield Part 1
State Office at 436 Dwight St 12:15-12:45
3. THU NOV 16 Springfield Part 2
State Office at 436 Dwight St 12:15-12:45

SPONSORS of this action:
Climate Action Now of Western MA
Arise for Social Justice
Springfield Climate Justice Coalition

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR CO-SPONSORS
2degreesatgreenneighbors.earth
Abundance Farm
Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley
Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Group
Direct Action Coordinating Committee at Amherst College
Earth Ministry Team of First Church Amherst (UCC)
Easthampton Democratic City Committee
Edwards Church, Northampton
First Churches Peace & Justice
Green Team of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield
Indivisible Noho
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA)
League of Women Voters/Springfield
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Mothers Out Front Amherst
Northampton Democratic City Committee
Northampton Friends Meeting
Northampton High School Democrats
Out Now!
Partners in Health
Partnership for Policy Integrity
Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition
Pioneer Valley Physicians for Social Responsibility
Pioneer Valley Resist Coalition
Pioneer Valley Women's March
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Progressive Democrats of America
Rise Up Western MA Indivisible
Smith Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Smith Divest
Social Justice Commission of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Social Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Action Network (SAICAN)
Springfield League of Women Voters
Springfield Noone Leaves
Sugar Shack Alliance
Sustain us
The Enviro Show
The Northampton High Environmental Club
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
Tikkun Olam Committee of the Jewish Community of Amherst (JCA)
Toxics Action Center
Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Green Sanctuary Committee
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence Climate Action Group
Western Mass Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Western Mass CODEPINK
Youth Rise Together
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Reclaiming Our Future March & Protest Rally Northampton

Reclaiming Our Future March & Protest Rally Northampton

Sunday November 5th - 5:30pm - Sunday November 5th - 6:45pm

Northampton High School
380 Elm St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Reclaiming Our Future March & Protest Rally in Northampton on the Eve of the Bonn Climate Talks

SUNDAY NOV 5
5:30 pm: Step off at Northampton High School
...March to City Hall (about 1 mile) ...
6:00 pm: Protest & Vigil at City Hall, Main St Northampton
Bring flashlights/ candles and signs if you wish
RAIN OR SHINE... we are doing this!

It's 2017, and we need to do this AGAIN? We are not going away. On the eve of the Bonn climate talks, we'll be marching and protesting the policies even in our own state of Massachusetts that keep us on the path toward climate breakdown. The Trump administration withdrew USA from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, making us one of only 2 countries in the entire world who have not agreed to work togther to reduce emissions.
The Trump Dirty Power Plan keeps our country beholden to the fossil fuel industry and prevents us from participating in the clean energy revolution with the rest of the planet. The majority of the citizens of Massachusetts are against new gas pipelines, and studies show we do not need the capacity. So why does Gov Baker insist on saddling Massachusetts with investments in outdated, last century's dirty energy?

Our Governor, Charlie, Baker signed Massachusetts up for the Climate Alliance of 15 states in June, but his policies regarding new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax are incompatible with that gesture. We simply can not build new pipelines that lock us into the Trump Dirty Power Plan for 30 years and at the same time say that we are doing our part to fix the climate crisis.
GOV BAKER: don't saddle us with the DIRTY TRUMP POWER PLAN
- no pipeline tax
- no new pipelines
- ensure climate justice
- a rapid and just transition to the clean energy economy
- clean energy for all

These actions are intended to add to the #standUpCharlie actions started by the Mass Power Forward coalition of climate action groups in Massachusetts. After one woman stood outside Gov Baker's office every day for 90 days, groups have shown up to do the same. The coalition asks that Gov Baker to sign an executive order, which can be found at this link, along with the letter to Gov Baker:
climateactionnowma.org/reclaiming-our-future/

We're angry but filled with hope due to the growing people's movements. We know that the more people complain about dangerous Trump Dirty Power Plan, the more legislators will take notice. We need to remind everyone that we are not going away. We are not going to let them quietly engage in this wanton intergenerational theft and disregard of people's health and safety.

We are RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE.

There is no planet B. Action is necessary.

We have 3 Dates for Protest Rallies.
1. SUN NOV 5 Northampton 5:30 MARCH & Rally
2. MON NOV 6 Springfield Part 1
State Office at 436 Dwight St 12:15-12:45
3. THU NOV 16 Springfield Part 2
State Office at 436 Dwight St 12:15-12:45

Remember - Rain or shine. #climateEmergency

RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE SPONSORS :
Climate Action Now of Western MA
Arise for Social Justice
Springfield Climate Justice Coalition

A big thank you to our 48 Co-Sponsors!!
2degreesatgreenneighbors.earth
Abundance Farm
Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley
Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Group
Direct Action Coordinating Committee at Amherst College
Earth Ministry Team of First Church Amherst (UCC)
Easthampton Democratic City Committee
Edwards Church, Northampton
First Churches Peace & Justice
Green Team of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield
Indivisible Noho
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA)
League of Women Voters/Springfield
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Mothers Out Front Amherst
Northampton Democratic City Committee
Northampton Friends Meeting
Northampton High School Democrats
Out Now!
Partners in Health
Partnership for Policy Integrity
Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition
Pioneer Valley Physicians for Social Responsibility
Pioneer Valley Resist Coalition
Pioneer Valley Women's March
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Progressive Democrats of America
Rise Up Western MA Indivisible
Smith Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Smith Divest
Social Justice Commission of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Social Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Action Network (SAICAN)
Springfield League of Women Voters
Springfield Noone Leaves
Sugar Shack Alliance
Sustain us
The Enviro Show
The Northampton High Environmental Club
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
Tikkun Olam Committee of the Jewish Community of Amherst (JCA)
Toxics Action Center
Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Green Sanctuary Committee
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence Climate Action Group
Western Mass Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Western Mass CODEPINK
Youth Rise Together
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Non-Violent Direct Action for Social Change:Stepping Up Our Game

Non-Violent Direct Action for Social Change:Stepping Up Our Game

Sunday November 5th - 2:00pm - Sunday November 5th - 4:30pm

Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst, MA Map

On this anniversary of the presidential election, the use of non-violent direct action (NVDA) to resist corporate greed, environmental destruction, racial injustice, and all violations of human rights appears more essential than ever. NVDA is more than risking arrest. Come explore all the myriad ways we can be engaged in working together for meaningful change.

Join us for this timely presentation about the historical context and core principles of NVDA as it has leveraged change in the US and around the world, highlighted by local, national, and international examples. We will engage in community conversation about how we can apply NVDA to our own work around the pressing issues of environmental justice, white supremacy, electoral politics, and more.

Presenter:
Stellan Vinthagen, Professor of Sociology and Inaugural Chair in The Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts

Panel:
Micah Lott - a Northern Arapaho man from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming who spent seven months at Standing Rock and is now resisting fossil fuel expansion in Massachusetts.
Vivienne Simon - a long time activist, Buddhist meditator and ex-lawyer who is now legal advisor for the Sugar Shack Alliance resisting the pipeline in Otis State Forest.
Paki Wieland - an accomplished activist who follows the leading of the spirit to speak truth to power. She is currently with CODEPINK in D.C. coordinating life at the Pink House and encouraging young interns.

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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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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! Welcome to The Resistance Center!

There will be music by Khalif Neville, the Raging Grannies, Peter Blood, and Ben Grosscup!

Our MC is Vijay Prashad.

Speakers will include Maya Winfrey, Jo Comerford, Frances Crowe, Doug Renick, Raul Matta, Jeff Napolitano, Rev. Dr. Adele Smith-Penniman, and others.

We will have music, refreshments, and more!

This event is a free and open to the public. Kids are always welcome.

Cosponsored by Belchertown Voices for Justice, Franklin County Continuing Political Revolution, Western Mass SURJ - Showing up for Racial Justice, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, UltraViolets, 2Degrees Northampton, Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars, Climate Action Now MA, Arise for Social Justice, Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims, Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice, Easthampton Community Coalition, Western Mass. Jobs with Justice, Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, Springfield No One Leaves, Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars, MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), Beit Ahavah -The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, Western MA Code Pink, First Churches of Northampton, Nonviolent Peaceforce - Pioneer Valley Chapter, and more.

A big thanks to all our cosponsors.
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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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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.

Check out more information at www.sandy5.org . 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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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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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 St
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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Action to Stop TD Banks Funding of Pipeline projects

Action to Stop TD Bank's Funding of Pipeline projects

Tuesday October 24th - 12:00pm - Tuesday October 24th - 2:00pm

Pulaski Park Northampton, Ma
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Call to action. Tuesday, 10/24 Week of Resistance in response to Kinder Morgan Corporation’s near completion of the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline in Sandisfield, Ma. and Divest the Globe Days of Action, 10/23-10/25

In Solidarity with Divest the Globe, Oct 23-25, Indigenous Water Protectors, Sugar Shack Alliance activists and community members will take action at the on Tuesday, October 24 at Noon. The action will follow a similar action, which took place at the TD Bank in Great Barrington Ma the previous day and is also part of a Week of Resistance, (10/23-10/29) called in response to the Kinder Morgan Corporation’s near completion of the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline in the Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. The Kinder Morgan Corporation has requested approval to begin the flow of fracked gas through the newly constructed 3rd pipeline on November 1st. The Sugar Shack Alliance and Water Protectors from around the country have been demonstrating at the site since April of this year. Over 70 arrests have taken place.
Divest The Globe calls for individuals and institutions to divest from banks financing the unnecessary and dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure in this time of immediate global climate crisis. “The continued construction of fossil fuel infrastructure is killing our planet and her people. It is our civic duty to do all that we possibly can to stop this construction, which is unnecessary given known and present options for renewable energy. It is the financial greed of fossil fuel corporations like Kinder Morgan, which is driving these dangerous and life killing pipelines. Divesting from banks supporting this greed is one tool for affecting change and saving our planet,” said Priscilla Lynch a member of the Sugar Shack Alliance. Kinder Morgan Corporation is expecting to soon begin construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which will carry tar sands oil to terminals for export and profit. TD Bank is the top funder for this pipeline.
People are asked to gathering at noon at Pulaski Park to proceed to TD Bank. A prayer service will be led by Water Protectors. A call for divestment, which in part states, “as consumers and customers of all sizes, we demand TD Bank stop using our money to fund tar sands pipelines that our communities and planet cannot afford. We call on our neighbors, elected officials, and pension managers to close all accounts with TD Bank unless they immediately stop financing tar sands pipelines” will be read and distributed.
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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 Northampton

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 this month most likely will include
* Stand Up Charlie campaign to encourage Gov Baker to reject new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax
* State Climate Legislation group
* Municipal 100% Renewable Energy Campaigns


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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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

17 interested  ·  10 going
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 St
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 St
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.

576 interested  ·  88 going
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 St
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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March For Racial Justice Holyoke, MA

March For Racial Justice Holyoke, MA

Sunday October 1st - 12:30pm - Sunday October 1st - 2:30pm

Holyoke Heritage State Park
221 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA  01040 Map

On October 1, we will mobilize individuals, groups, and community organizations from Western Massachusetts to march in solidarity with the National March for Racial Justice. Our goal is to harness dissatisfaction with the systemic violence, discrimination and hate that plagues our society and to turn that unrest into a mobilization that strengthens efforts for racial equity and justice. We invite you to stand with us and make your voices heard. Together we can stand against oppression and challenge policies and practices that dehumanize people of color, communities of faith, persons living with disabilities, immigrants and our LGBTQ+ community. United, our voices are much more powerful than when divided. United we are a movement. United we can march forward towards equality and racial justice.

We have an abundance of gratitude and appreciation for the following groups and organizations who have signed on to cosponsor this event:

2degreesatgreenneighbors.earth
Arise for Social Justice
Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley
Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton
Belchertown Voices for Justice
Berkshire SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice
Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation
BRIDGE
Chicopee Democratic City Committee
Climate Action Now MA
Critical Connections
Easthampton Democratic City Committee
Holyoke Democratic City Committee
Indivisible Noho
Indivisible South Street Northampton
Islamic Society Of Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Massachusetts Parents United
MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Action Fund
Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars
Northampton Democratic City Committee
Our 413 Revolution
Our Revolution Greater Northampton
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims
Pioneer Valley Project
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
SEIU 509
Springfield Jewish Community Center
Ultraviolets of Pioneer Valley
UMass Hillel
Valley Action Group
Voices from Inside
Western Mass. Medicare for All
Youth Rise Together

Thank you from each and every one of the organizers of the March For Racial Justice for your support in this endeavor.


The details:
We’ll meet at Heritage State Park by the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. At 12:30 p.m we will start our march to City Hall and end the event with a rally, an inspiring speaking program and opportunities for additional civic engagement. Check back with us often for updates and details. Bring your children, bring your friends, bring your neighbors and bring your signs!


El 1o de octubre movilizaremos grupos, individuos y organizaciones comunitarias del oeste de Massachusetts para marchar en solidaridad con la Marcha Nacional para la Justicia Racial.
Nuestra mota es aprovechar la falta de satisfacción debido a la violencia sistemática, discriminación, y odio que ha plagado nuestra sociedad y transformar esta energía en una movilización que fortalecerá nuestros esfuerzos para la justicia e igualdad racial.
Te invitamos a que participes con nosotros y hacer escuchar nuestras voces.

Juntos podemos enfrentar la opresión y retar políticas y prácticas que deshumanizan la gente de color, comunidades de fé, personas con discapacidades, inmigrantes y nuestra comunidad LGTBQ. Unidos nuestras voces serán más fuerte. Unidos somos un movimiento. Unidos podemos marchar hacia adelante por una igualdad y justicia racial.

Agradecemos enormemente y apreciamos la ayuda de las siguientes organizaciones que nos han brindado su apoyo para este evento.

ORGANIZACIONES

2degreesatgreenneighbors.earth
Arise for Social Justice
Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley
Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton
Belchertown Voices for Justice
Berkshire SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice
Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation
BRIDGE
Chicopee Democratic City Committee
Climate Action Now MA
Critical Connections
Easthampton Democratic City Committee
Holyoke Democratic City Committee
Indivisible Noho
Indivisible South Street Northampton
Islamic Society Of Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Massachusetts Parents United
MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Action Fund
Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars
Northampton Democratic City Committee
Our 413 Revolution
Our Revolution Greater Northampton
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
Pioneer Valley Project
Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Progressive Democrats of Massaachusetts
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
SEIU 509
Springfield Jewish Community Center
Ultraviolets of Pioneer Valley
UMass Hillel
Valley Action Group
Voices from Inside
Western Mass. Medicare for All
Youth Rise Together
Detalles

Nos encontraremos en el Parque Estatal Heritage. Junto al carrusel Holyoke a las 12:30pm.
Comenzaremos a marchar al ayuntamiento municipal y terminaremos el evento con un rally, un programa de pláticas inspiracionales, y hablaremos de oportunidades para participación cívica.

Búscanos a menudo para información actualizada y detalles.

Trae a tus hijos! Trae a tus amigos! Trae a tus vecinos! Y no te olvides de traer tus letreros!
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What is Carbon Pricing?

What is Carbon Pricing?

Wednesday September 27th - 7:00pm - Wednesday September 27th - 8:30pm

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Have you been wondering what "Carbon Pricing" is or what a "Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate" would be?

It is a broad, market-based initiative that is critical to lowering carbon emissions. Virtually all economist support this approach and it has been successfully implemented around the world. Massachusetts currently has two bills in the State House (S1821 and H1726) that would put a fee on carbon pollution. MA legislation is particularly important because it can become a model for other states and our country. There is a coalition of groups working to pass these bills. This presentation will include ways that you can help pass this essential legislation.

"What is Carbon Pricing?" presentation by Mary Jo Maffei, Chair, Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Committee, Climate Action Now

At the Hitchcock Center, Amherst
Wednesday, September 27th at 7pm . Free.
All are welcome!
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The Age of Consequences

The Age of Consequences

Wednesday September 27th - 6:30pm - Wednesday September 27th - 8:30pm

Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

"The Age of Conquest," is a haunting connection between climate crisis and conflicts over diminishing natural resources.

Through the lens of national security and global stability, a look at the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity and migration. As part of a case-study analysis, admirals, generals and military veterans take viewers beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis -- and lay bare how climate change stressers interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Post film speaker to kick off discussion is Smith College Government Professor whose specialty is
global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and international political economy.
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday September 25th - 7:00pm - Monday September 25th - 9:00pm

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

We are very pleased to announce that Eric Toensmeier will join us at this month's gathering: The Carbon Farming Solution: Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Biosequestration Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. He has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades.He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, September 25, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

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!
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Stand up to Trump: Activist Workshop and Training

Stand up to Trump: Activist Workshop and Training

Sunday September 24th - 1:00pm - Sunday September 24th - 5:00pm

Hampshire College (Emily Dickinson Hall - Room 2) Map

We should all be able to turn on our tap or walk outside and breathe the fresh air without fear from pollution. Unfortunately, that’s the direction we’re heading if we don’t ensure protections for our nation's number one environmental watchdog: the Environmental Protection Agency.

Attend our activist workshop and strategy session to get the tools you need to stand up to Big Polluters.

ExxonMobil, BP, and Monsanto are all fighting hard to gut the programs that protect our air, water, and open spaces. All the while, they're hoping to line their pockets with profits at the expense of our communities. They’re lobbying their allies in the Trump Administration and Congress to ensure just that. We need everyone who cares about clean water and air to stand up and fight back.

Learn the tools and skills you need to stand up for the EPA at our Activist Workshop and Strategy Session.

During the Activist Workshop and Strategy Session you’ll learn valuable grassroots organizing and leadership skills, from how to create a campaign to influencing decision makers, and connect with other area activists, both on and off campus. Lunch will be provided!

REGISTER here: bit.ly/Amherst_FOEtraining_RSVP
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2017 North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

2017 North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Saturday September 23rd - 10:00am - Sunday September 24th - 5:00pm

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Gidney Rd
Orange, MA  01364 Map

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region. The purpose of the festival is to unite North Quabbin people whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts, and to invite both local residents and those who do not live in the region to experience the richness of an area that is often overlooked. The festival emphasizes what is homegrown and high quality, as well as what helps preserve and support the environment. The festival is an engaging, fun and educational celebration for all ages.

Saturday & Sunday
September 23 & 24
10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM, Rain or Shine

Forster's Farm
60 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, Massachusetts

$5 for adults, kids 12 and under free
Weekend pass $8

Want to get in free? Volunteer! Volunteers are what make the Garlic and Arts Festival possible. They help direct parking, welcome guests, collect admissions, oversee recycling projects, help out as stage hands, and a myriad of other jobs. Most volunteer shifts are for 4 hours, either 9:30 to 1:30 or 1:15 to 5:15 and you get free admission and a free festival t-shirt. More info and sign up here: garlicandarts.org/volunteer-signup/
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Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War

Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War

Saturday September 23rd - 9:00am - Saturday September 23rd - 4:00pm

Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell Street, Rt 9
Hadley, MA  01035 Map

Join us for a symposium on the issues of climate change and nuclear war. We will discuss our agenda for change! Featured: Bill McKibben—350.org; Nitin Damle—American College of Physicians; Michael Klare—Peace and World Security Studies Program, Five Colleges; Jennifer Leaning—Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Zia Mian--Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University; Ira Helfand—Physicians for Social Responsibility; Marty Nathan—Climate Action; John Loretz—International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Students' free registration at secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=72659

Everyone else can register at secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=72648

The program for the day is:
9 AM Welcome
9:15 Climate Change and Conflict (Panel 1)
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
The Enormity of the Climate Crisis: Bill McKIbben
The Health Impact of Climate Change: Nitin Damle
Climate Change and Conflict: Michael Klare
Syria: A Case Study in Climate Induced Conflict Jennifer Leaning
11:15 Break
11:30 Conflict and Nuclear War (Panel 2)
Moderator: Sut Jhally
How Conflict in South Asia Might Lead to Nuclear War: Zia Mian
What Nuclear War Would Look Like: Ira Helfand
12:30 Lunch
1:30 An Agenda for Action (Panel 3)
Moderator: Pamela Schwartz
Working to Stop Climate Change: Marty Nathan
Working to Prevent Nuclear War: John Loretz
2:30 Break
2:45 Workshops
4pm: Adjourn

Sponsored by:
2 Degrees Northampton
American Friends Service Committee
Citizen's Climate Lobby
Climate Action Now
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Edwards Church
Episcopal Diocese of Western MA
First Churches, Northampton
First Congregational Church, Amherst
Grace Episcopal Church
Hampshire Mosque
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Jewish Community of Amherst
League of Women Voters of Franklin County
League of Women Voters of the Northampton Area
League of Women Voters, Amherst
Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians
New England Peace Pagoda
Northampton Friends Meeting
St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
Tikkun Olam Committee of Congregation B’nai Israel
Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
Ultra Violet
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
Valley Health Partners
Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ
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Non Violent Direct Action Training

Non Violent Direct Action Training

Saturday September 23rd - 8:30am - Saturday September 23rd - 4:00pm

Holyoke Public Library 250 Chestnut St Map

HOSTED BY SOJOURNER TRUTH SCHOOL. NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TRAINING: YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH THE LINK BELOW. CLICKING "GOING" ON THIS EVENT PAGE WILL NOT REGISTER YOU!! NVDA is essential to movement building. It provides a basic foundation about the tenets and history of non-violence, the range of non-violent direct action, including the possibility of civil disobedience (risking arrest), community building, understanding the legal process, democratic decision-making using consensus, the use of affinity groups for mutual support and safety, and, reflections on whether to engage in civil disobedience/risking arrest. Everyone is welcome and participants are expected to stay for the entire day.
To register: truthschool.org/classes/class-list/09-23-17-nvda/
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Renewable Portfolio Standard - Rally and Bill Hearing!

Renewable Portfolio Standard - Rally and Bill Hearing!

Tuesday September 19th - 11:45am - Tuesday September 19th - 4:00pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA  02108 Map

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) will hold a hearing on bills related to the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and legislation to transition Massachusetts to 100% Renewable Energy. The RPS is a critical tool for advancing clean energy. As a show of solidarity, we'll also give a plug to the Fight for $15 minimum wage, which has a hearing the same day. Come show your support!

RALLY: We'll convene at 11:45 outside the State House.
HEARING: The hearing begins at 1 p.m. in Room A-2. Because this is a small hearing room, we are planning to fill it and send folks to advocate to their legislators. Testimony at the RPS hearing is also welcome.

Mass Power Forward supports a statewide goal of at least 50% clean energy by 2030 and movement toward 100% renewable energy economy-wide, including transportation and heating, by 2050. This requires accelerating the Renewable Portfolio Standard by 3% each year, driving demand for renewable power and growing our local clean energy industries. Additionally, we support a proposalto incorporate municipal light plants into the state’s clean energy goals.

H3395/S1849: 100% Renewable Energy Act - Reps. Garballey, Decker / Sen. Eldridge
H2700/S1876 An Act to Increase the RPS and Ensure Compliance with the GWSA - Rep. Khan / Sen. Pacheco
S1880 - An act relative to 21st century clean energy jobs

H2706/S1846 An act relative to solar power and the green economy - Rep. Mark / Sen. Eldridge (bill likely to be officially heard on 10/3, but includes 50% by 2030 RPS target)

RPS Fact Sheet here: bit.ly/rpsfall2017

Watch this video to learn more about the Massachusetts RPS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bC8W1Qs-VI&feature=youtu.be
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Committee Hearing - RPS Bills (Renewable Portfolio Standard)

Committee Hearing - RPS Bills (Renewable Portfolio Standard)

Tuesday September 19th - 11:45am - Tuesday September 19th - 4:00pm

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA  02108 Map

Come at 11:45 am for a Rally outside the Statehouse before the hearing begins inside at 1pm.

Before the September 19 hearing:
Ask your representative to attend the hearing on September 19 and testify in support of increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 3% per year, to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030. Find your rep: (malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

Help to pack the hearing room with mothers:
RSVP on our website: www.mothersoutfront.org/ma_committee_hearing_on_the_rps_bills
Share the event on your own Facebook pages and send to your email lists.

Watch this video to learn more about the Massachusetts RPS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bC8W1Qs-VI&feature=youtu.be

On September 19 at the State House:

Bring other mothers who support increasing the amount of renewable electricity generation Massachusetts.

Wear your black Mothers Out Front T-shirt Get one: shop.spreadshirt.com/MothersOutFront/

Stop by your representative’s office and speak to them or an aide about your support for increasing the RPS to achieve 50% renewable by 2030. Mothers Out Front will provide a map of the State House, and a map of our team district representatives’ offices.
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A Flotilla of Boats to Occupy Spectacle Pond!

A Flotilla of Boats to Occupy Spectacle Pond!

Saturday September 16th - 11:00am - Saturday September 16th - 3:00pm

On Lower Spectacle Pond in Sandisfield MA

☞THIS IS TODAY! SEE YOU DOWN AT SPECTACLE POND☜

In collaboration with the Sugar Shack Alliance and the Rising Together Affinity Group: A flotilla of boats will once again occupy Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11 am –2 pm
Lower Spectacle Pond, Cold Spring Road, Sandisfield, MA
• 11 am Launching and circling the pond
• 12:30 pm Gathering and group photo
• 12:30–2:00 pm Paddle the pond

More than a half million gallons of water from Spectacle Pond will soon be siphoned off by Kinder Morgan to test their fracked gas pipeline. Through our presence, we will bear witness to the beauty of Spectacle Pond, protest its despoilment, and resist the fossil fuel industry’s continued degradation of our precious collective resources for private profit.

• Bring kayaks, canoes, rowboats, rafts, paddle boards.
• Bring your own lunch.
• All participants assume liability for their own safety — bring a PFD.
• This a family-friendly, public action: Protectors unite!
• Heavy rain cancels the event.

In addition to Sugar Shack Alliance and Rising Together Affinity Group, Co-Sponsors include:

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (B.E.A.T)
www.thebeatnews.org/BeatTeam/

No Fracked Gas in Mass nofrackedgasbulletins.wordpress.com/

350MA Berkshire Node
350ma-berkshires.org/

For general information and frequent updates, go to our FB Event for this page at: www.facebook.com/events/1536198253107371/

Or contact Joan Levy at 413 256-0175
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Heres to Flint

Here's to Flint

Wednesday September 13th - 6:30pm - Wednesday September 13th - 8:30pm

Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

“Here's to Flint," a film about Flint, Michigan, which has become synonymous with a failure of civic leadership to ensure public safety. This documentary examines what led up to the poisoning of the largely African American city, and, on a larger scale, how lack of funding in infrastructure poses risks to the entire country. The film was made by the ACLU of Michigan.

Speakers to kick off the post-film discussion include: Mary Ann Babinski, Westfield city councilor who will talk about water safety problems closer to home with activists from Westfield Residents Advocating for Themselves (WRAFT); and David Ahlfeld, Prof. of Civil and Environment Engineering, UMass Ahmerst.
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Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting

Monday September 11th - 7:00pm - Monday September 11th - 9:00pm

First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, UCC
763 Longmeadow St
Longmeadow, MA  01106 Map

This is our regular montly meeting. Will be the first one after taking the summer off.

5 interested
The Trial of the Century!

The Trial of the Century!

Saturday September 9th - 9:30am - Saturday September 9th - 11:30am

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

☞TODAY! SEE LIVE STREET THEATRE IN NORTHAMPTON!!☜

Imagine: The year is 2025, and a climate crisis is in full swing. Thousand year weather events now occur every few years, and most Americans and people of the world no longer have access to clean air, soil, and water. YOU will be the jury, as we put fracked gas companies, FOX News, and former President Donald Trump on trial for their crimes against humanity and the planet.

What: A mock trial bringing climate deniers and polluters to court for their environmental crimes against humanity.

Who: The members of the NoHo No Way Affinity Group will present our mock trial, and YOU will be the jury!

When: First performance at 9:30 AM with 3 more reprising performances every half hour, with the last show starting at 11 AM.

Where: In front of First Churches, 129 Main St. in Northampton

This free and family-friendly event is sponsored by NoHo No Way, an Affinity Group of the Sugar Shack Alliance of Massachusetts. The Sugar Shack Alliance is a non-violent action coalition that uses nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to demand environmental and climate justice. For more information about our group, go to sugarshackalliance.org or find us on Facebook to learn about our current anti-pipeline campaign in Otis State Forest.

For more info on this event, please contact David Arbeitman at darbeitman@gmail.com
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Water Ceremony - Otis State Forest

Water Ceremony - Otis State Forest

Monday September 4th - 2:00pm - Monday September 4th - 5:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond Dam
Sandisfield, MA  01255 Map

We are excited to announce that a Water Ceremony led by Jake Singer will take place Monday September 4th at 2 PM at Lower Spectacle Pond. #Pleaseshare #AllNationz #WaterisLife #MniWiconi #WaterProtectors #Neciihiinetit

113 interested  ·  23 going
Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday August 28th - 7:00pm - Monday August 28th - 9:00pm

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, August 28th, 2017

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

Special Presentation: Western Mass Community Energy

--We began as a group of residents working to form a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to serve Northampton, Amherst and Pelham. CCA is a wonky name to describe a simple concept: group purchasing of electricity by municipalities.

CCA's can also develop and implement energy efficiency and local renewable energy projects. Come find out about this project is helping to lead Massachusetts to a fossil fuel free future and discover how you can get involved.
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TAKE ACTION GROUPS for August 28th include:

*Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons
* Creating the first ever Climate Justice tent at the Garlic and Arts Festival
* 100% Renewable Energy Campaigns
* Rays the Valley
* Organizing for September 19th Telecommunications, Utilities and * Energy (TUE) 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, August 28th, 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 Crisis Grief-Sharing

Climate Crisis Grief-Sharing

Wednesday August 23rd - 7:00pm - Wednesday August 23rd - 9:00pm

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate Crisis Grief-Sharing: Tues, Aug. 23, 7pm,
Northampton--home gathering to share grief about
climate change and other urgent issues, and renew
joy, gratitude, and activism. Free.

This is not actually hosted by CAN but we are helping to spread the word. More info: John Berkowitz 413-387-8439
johnpberk@gmail.com

These gatherings are opportunities to share our deep grief,
as well as fear, anxiety,despair, and anger, primarily about the
Climate Change crisis, but also about other urgent issues
such as racism, police violence, war, women's rights/domestic
violence, LGBTQ rights, immigration and refugees, and economic
justice.

And through sharing our grief, it can also lead to an increased
gratitude and joy for life, as well as strengthened resolve and
resilience to resist the Trump/Republican agenda and build a more
just, peaceful, and environmentally healthy world.
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Family Picnic! Amherst Mothers Out Front

Family Picnic! Amherst Mothers Out Front

Monday August 21st - 5:00pm - Monday August 21st - 7:00pm

Groff Park
146 Mill Ln
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Pioneer Valley climate friends and families - come hangout with Mothers Out Front - Pioneer Valley at a potluck picnic! Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose will join us for some participatory fun. See the Little House That Could ... Go Zero Energy!
Find out about Community Choice Energy, Ener-G-save, Light Up the Map Massachusetts, Rays the Valley Solar for All, #UseLessGreenTheRest

22 interested  ·  5 going
Inconvenient Sequel Opening with Q & A

Inconvenient Sequel Opening with Q & A

Friday August 11th - 7:00pm - Friday August 11th - 10:00pm

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, AUG 11, 7 PM (NOTE, this is a new date because of changes by the distributor)
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2017 NOFA Summer Conference

2017 NOFA Summer Conference

Friday August 11th - 8:00am - Sunday August 13th - 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
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DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing

DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing

Monday August 7th - 10:00am - Monday August 7th - 12:00pm

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

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?
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Stop Biomass and Dirty Energy: Attend this State Hearing

Stop Biomass and Dirty Energy: Attend this State Hearing

Monday August 7th - 10:00am - Monday August 7th - 12:00pm

202 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040-1036, United States Map

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is considering including biomass and waste-to-energy facilities in the MA Alternative Portfolio Standards, meaning they would be eligible for state tax credits that are meant for clean energy projects.

These standards specifically apply to heat producing facilities.

We know that clean energy doesn't come out of a smoke stack, and that clear cutting forests and burning waste in our communities isn't the answer.

Please come out on Monday, August 7th to tell the state that you oppose this step backwards. The hearing will take place at Holyoke Community College, in the Kitteredge Center.

For more information contact Arise at 413-734-4948.
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Let the Landscape Speak - fundraiser to protect ceremonial feat.

Let the Landscape Speak - fundraiser to protect ceremonial feat.

Saturday August 5th - 3:00pm - Saturday August 5th - 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
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Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

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

Unity Park, Turners Falls MA

The 4th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, a celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Culture, takes place on Saturday, August 5 from 10am to 7pm at the Unity Park Waterfront in Turners Falls, MA. The event features live traditional, original and fusion music, Native American crafts, story telling ,drumming, games and activities for kids, primitive skills demonstrations, and an impressive selection of books.

The Mashantucket-Pequot archaeology team will be on site to analyze early contact period artifacts brought to the festival. Festival food will be available, including Native American fare. The Pocumtuck Homelands Festival is free, family friendly, educational, accessible and fun for all ages!
This event is sponsored by The Nolumbeka Project, with support by Turners Falls RuverCulture.

SCHEDULE
10am: Welcome: Emcee Justin Beatty and Nolumbeka Project President David Brule

10:15am: Great Falls History 101, with David Brule and Nur Tiven, east side of Unity Park, near bridge abutment

10:15am: Drums by Black Hawk Singers, Chief Don Stevens and the Nulhegan-Coosuk Band of the Abenaki Singers, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Singers visioningbear.org/

11am: Mixashawn Rozie
Instrumental virtuosity and stories to illuminate the indigenous and African roots of "American" music. www.mixashawn.com/

11:50am: Kingfisher Singers
Wampanoag from the Mashpee, Aquinnah,and Herring Pond communities. www.wampanoagsingers.com/

NOON-12:30pm
Children's Crafts at Medicine Mammals tipi

12:40pm: Hawk Henries
Fute player and flute maker, Nipmuc
hawkhenries.com/

1:30pm: Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Story teller, Nipmuc
www.whisperingbasket.com/

2:35pm: Medicine Mammals Singers
www.facebook.com/MedicineMammals

3:10pm: Kingfisher Singers

4pm: Drums by Black Hawk Singers, Chief Don Stevens and the Nulhegan-Coosuk Band of the Abenaki Singers, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Singers

4pm: Great Falls History 101, with David Brule and Nur Tiven, east side of Unity Park, near bridge abutment

4:50pm: Mixashawn Rozie

5:40pm: Hawk Henries

6:30pm: Closing

PLEASE THANK OUR SPONSORS:
Jennifer Ladd, River Valley Market, Larry Cadran, Masasachusetts Cultural Council, Visioning B.E.A.R., The Gill Local Cultural Council, The Montague Local Cultural Council, Red Roof Inn.

Community Foundation of Western MA, FirstLight Power, DCR,Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank, National Vinyl, Northeast Solar, Renaissance Builders, Solar Store of Greenfield.

The County Creemee, Food City, FostersMarket, The Rendezvous, 2nd Street Bakery, The Wagon Wheel and Chris Couture.

MORE INFORMATION AT
www.turnersfallsriverculture.org
www.nolumbekaproject.org
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Summer Institute 2017: Building Solidarity in an Age of Division

Summer Institute 2017: Building Solidarity in an Age of Division

Sunday July 30th - 2:00pm - Saturday August 5th - 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!
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Celebration for a Living Earth

Celebration for a Living Earth

Saturday July 29th - 10:00am - Saturday July 29th - 2:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond on Cold Spring Rd Sandisfield MA 01255 Map

Join us, The Sugar Shack Alliance, 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 solidarity picnic! We will again feature musical guests and speakers from across the movement and from all corners of the northeast! That's from 10 am to noon!

Then, at 12:30 pm, a potluck picnic lunch at 12:30 pm, 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 (Sierra Club CT)

MUSICAL GUESTS INCLUDE:
Ben Grosscup
Amy Nicolina
Rachel Laitman
The Expandable Brass Band
Tom Neilson
Sarah Stockwell-Arthen & the Hoping Machine
Dave Lippman
Bomba de Aquí
Amy Nicolina
Sandy Pliskin

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!
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday July 24th - 7:00pm - Monday July 24th - 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!
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Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Saturday July 22nd - 9:30am - Saturday July 22nd - 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!
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Storm the Senate with Tweets, Thursday, July 20th

Storm the Senate with Tweets, Thursday, July 20th

Thursday July 20th - 8:00am - Thursday July 20th - 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.
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Stop the PVTA Bus Cuts! Stand Out and Board Meeting

Stop the PVTA Bus Cuts! Stand Out and Board Meeting

Wednesday July 19th - 11:00am - Wednesday July 19th - 1:00pm

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

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
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World We Love Puppet Parade & Performance Action!

World We Love Puppet Parade & Performance Action!

Saturday July 1st - 2:00pm - Saturday July 1st - 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
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Recognizing Senator Warrens Environmental Efforts

Recognizing Senator Warren's Environmental Efforts

Friday June 30th - 10:00am - Friday June 30th - 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!
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday June 26th - 7:00pm - Monday June 26th - 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!
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Public Celebration of Resistance to Fossil Fuels

Public Celebration of Resistance to Fossil Fuels

Saturday June 24th - 10:00am - Saturday June 24th - 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
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Hearing on Carbon Pricing Legislation

Hearing on Carbon Pricing Legislation

Tuesday June 20th - 1:00pm - Tuesday June 20th - 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
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From the Ashes Film Screening

From the Ashes Film Screening

Wednesday June 14th - 7:00pm - Wednesday June 14th - 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.”... See MoreSee Less

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Film Screening: AWAKE, A Dream of Standing Rock

Film Screening: AWAKE, A Dream of Standing Rock

Wednesday June 14th - 6:30pm - Wednesday June 14th - 8:45pm

Northampton, Community Room of the Forbes Library

Join us for a screening at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 14 in the Commumity Room of the Forbes Library in Northampton of the new documentary film: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock (2017) with post-film conversation led by Susan Triolo, Vivienne Simon, and Ben Van Arnam, 3 members of the Sugar Shack Alliance deeply engaged in non-violent civil disobedience who have faced arrest in their sustained opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan Connecticut expansion pipeline in Sandisfield MA .

A presentation of The Resistance Film Series
of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars,
in collaboration with Climate Action Now and
the Sugar Shack Alliance of Western MA
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SCJC Spring 2017 Full Coalition Meeting

SCJC Spring 2017 Full Coalition Meeting

Tuesday June 13th - 5:30pm - Tuesday June 13th - 7:00pm

Brightwood Branch Library
359 Plainfield St
Springfield, MA  01107 Map

Join the SCJC for our 2017 Spring Full Coalition Meeting!
Dinner and child-care will be provided.

This quarters meeting will focus on feedback on the first draft of the Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan, and our guest will be Catherine Ratte, principle author of the plan from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

All members of the SCJC are invited to send representatives to the meeting, and the public is invited to join as well.

For more information contact Jesse Lederman at 413-351-6785.
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Massachusetts Lobby Day for Carbon Pricing

Massachusetts Lobby Day for Carbon Pricing

Tuesday June 13th - 9:00am - Tuesday June 13th - 5:00pm

Old West Church
131 Cambridge St
Boston, MA  02114 Map

The Campaign for Clean Energy Future invites you to participate in our Carbon Pricing Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 13th!

Massachusetts is one of the only states in the country considering legislation that would put a price on carbon pollution, a policy that will jumpstart the transition to clean energy and protect vulnerable communities.

Many climate experts say the solution to climate change is putting a strong price on carbon. That’s because making something expensive is a good motivation to get people to do it less. Right now, it’s free to pump carbon and other forms of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. But if we put a price on dumping that pollution into the our air, polluters would re-think their actions.

Right now there are two carbon pricing bills in the state legislature, and if one of them passes it would make Massachusett's the first state to price the very pollution responsible for climate change: carbon dioxide. To seize this opportunity, legislators need to hear from YOU.

Never lobbied before? No problem!
The Campaign will also be hosting a Grassroots Summit on Saturday, June 10 (location TBD) to train newcomers and talk strategy. This will provide space to prepare for the lobby day and get started on some exciting next steps. Please note that attendance at the Grassroots Summit is recommended, but not required to participate in the lobby day.

Learn more about the bills here: campaignforcleanenergyfuture.org/the-policy/

Let's show Massachusetts legislators that we want bold climate action and support putting a price on carbon pollution! We'll meet at the office of Climate XChange (Old West Church), and then head over to the State House together.
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MA Clean Energy Future Tour - Springfield

MA Clean Energy Future Tour - Springfield

Monday June 12th - 6:00pm - Monday June 12th - 8:00pm

Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA  01119 Map

Hosted by Senator Jim Welch and chaired by Senator Marc Pacheco, this hearing will take place on the first floor of Western New England University's School of Law (the Blake Law Center) in the J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room.

The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change wants to hear your thoughts on clean energy and climate. We will be holding hearings in nine regions throughout Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape, to give our constituents an organized opportunity to voice their opinions on energy issues, climate change and the legislation they want to see from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Step up to the microphone and let us know what's on your mind.

This tour is an answer to thousands of constituent conversations, calls and emails concerning the health and future of our local communities; our state; our country; and our world as a whole. We want your collective voices to ring throughout the legislature as we craft policy. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors! We look forward to hearing from you.​​​

For more information on all our hearings or to send us your thoughts electronically, visit our website at malegislature.gov/CleanEnergyFuture.

You can also tweet at @MAcleanfuture or use the hashtag #MAcleanfuture.
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MA Clean Energy Future Tour -Springfield

MA Clean Energy Future Tour -Springfield

Monday June 12th - 6:00pm - Monday June 12th - 8:00pm

Western New England University's School of Law -- J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor Map

Please spread the word! All out! We are going to show up in big numbers to demonstate our support for the clean energy future.

4:45 - Carpools leave from Northampton
6:00 - Event starts in Springfield

Carpools will leave from Sheldon Field Parking Lot in Northampton (off Bridge Road by the 3-county fairgound), Northampton, at 4:45 PM

Join the MA Senate Global Warming and Climate Change Committee listening tour at its Springfield stop on June 12 at 6 PM

“The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate. How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong?”

You can also check their website: malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

The event will be held at: Western New England University's School of Law -- J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor

There is another stop on the tour June 19th in Pittsfield.
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Prayers for the Planet: Reverence & Resistance

Prayers for the Planet: Reverence & Resistance

Sunday June 11th - 2:00pm - Sunday June 11th - 4:00pm

Congregation B'nai Israel of Northampton
253 Prospect St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate change threatens everything we love. The world’s great religions are united in their call to humanity to honor the sacredness of Earth and to create communities in which human beings and all of life can flourish.

Join us for a festive, spirited, interfaith outdoor service to lift up our love for Earth and our resolve to protect it. The primary message will be delivered by the Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston; with additional reflections by Jay O'Hara, a Quaker activist who works to deepen the spiritual underpinnings of ecological action. The service will feature music by the Amherst Gospel Choir and other local artists.

Everyone is welcome! The service will be held under a big tent, rain or shine. Childcare will be available--feel free to send us a message before the service with number and age of children (registration welcome but not required). Sign language interpretation will be provided. There will be plenty of chairs, but consider bringing blankets if you'd like to sit on the grass. Bring plenty of water.

prayersfortheplanet.org/
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Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Saturday June 10th - 1:00pm - Saturday June 10th - 4:00pm

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we currently face. This event features environmental leaders from our community who are addressing locally-relevant environmental issues. Speakers will discuss innovative and tangible solutions to various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political and community-based strategies.

We are pleased to host this Speaker Forum, in conjunction with the Hitchcock Center. It is FREE of charge, but we encourage registration: www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-you-do-about-climate-change-registration-33345889453

1pm- Optional tour of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment

1:45pm- Ezra Markowitz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Speaking on: Promoting pro-environmental behavior while maintaining choice: Insights from the behavioral science

2:35pm- Nancy Nylen, Associate Director at the Center for EcoTechnology
Speaking on: Clean Renewable Energy – Something for Everyone

3:25pm-Solomon Goldstein Rose, Massachusetts State Representative for Third Hampshire District
Speaking on: State Policy for Clean Energy Technology

There will be 15 minute breaks with refreshments between speakers. See you Saturday!
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Organizing Beyond the Silos

Organizing Beyond the Silos

Saturday June 10th - 10:00am - Saturday June 10th - 12:00pm

1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103, United States Map

Register at: truthschool.org/classes/springfield/organizing-beyond-the-silos-2

Date: June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: UMass Center, 1500 Main St., Springfield, MA

Organizing Beyond the Silos

Have you wondered how to make your organization more diverse?
Have you struggled with how to make your cause more inclusive?
Let’s talk it out!

What do you bring? What do you offer? What hinders you? What’s working for you?

Bring only your open mind, heart and creativity…and a pad and pen!

Organizing Beyond the Silos is a free workshop taught by Pastor Louis Mitchell, senior program director of TransFaith.

There is no charge to register or attend Truth School classes. For more Truth School offerings or to learn more about our classes, go to: truthschool.org/classes.
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Western Mass Carbon Pricing Summit

Western Mass Carbon Pricing Summit

Thursday June 8th - 1:00pm - Thursday June 8th - 4:00pm

Jones Library
43 Amity St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

This is an invitation to all who care about the climate and want to do something concrete.

Western Mass Carbon Pricing Summit
June 8, 2017: 1 pm to 4 pm
Jones Library Downstairs Room
43 Amity Street, Amherst MA

This summit focuses on strategies for passing carbon pricing legislation in MA. We will review the details of the carbon pricing bills and focus on messaging and training for lobbying our representatives. We will also prepare for lobby day on June 13. This event is for western and central MA folks who prefer a local event to the state summit on June 10. For information on MA carbon pricing visit campaignforcleanenergy future.org/

Please Register

For more information, contact Mary Jo Maffei, maryjomaffei22@gmail.com 413-265-6390

Much of the parking in Amherst is for two hours so we will take a break to feed meters.

Sponsored by the Coalition for a Clean Energy Future and the Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Group of Climate Action Now
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Community Dinner w/ Michael Klare

Community Dinner w/ Michael Klare

Monday June 5th - 7:00pm - Monday June 5th - 9:30pm

The Black Sheep
79 Main St
Amherst Center, MA  01002 Map

Black Sheep Presents:
Political Climate Change Community Dinners
On the first Monday each month
To discuss politics, civil rights, and impeachment
Featuring a guest speaker every month along with a free meal!


This month's speaker is Michael Klare, five college professor of Peace and World Security Studies, and author of "Blood and Oil", "Resource Wars", "The Race for What’s Left", and more!

Find more information on Klare here:
michaelklare.com/

For more information on our Community Dinners, call 413.253.3442 or email : blacksheepdeli@gmail.com

As always, this event is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!
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Robert T. Leverett: The State of Our Forests

Robert T. Leverett: The State of Our Forests

Sunday June 4th - 11:45pm - Monday June 5th - 1:00pm

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

Hawkins Majumder Lecture: The State of Our Forests
Nationally-recognized tree expert Robert T. Leverett will give his perspective on the forests of Massachusetts - what they were like in pre-settlement times, what we need to protect, and what the future might hold. He will weigh in on carbon sequestration and forest management, and share his favorite places to see impressive trees and old growth.

Bob's many publications include “The Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast.” He is the co-founder and executive director of the Native Tree Society (ENTS), the co-founder, president, and principal old growth forest ecologist for Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, the Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Reserves Scientific Advisory Committee, and the co-founder of the American Forests National Cadre of Tree Measurers. Locally, Bob serves on the Smith College Campus Tree Advisory Committee.
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Hawkins Majumder Lecture: The State of Our Forests

Hawkins Majumder Lecture: The State of Our Forests

Sunday June 4th - 11:45am - Sunday June 4th - 1:00pm

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

Nationally-recognized tree expert Robert T. Leverett will give his perspective on the forests of Massachusetts - their history, what we need to protect, and what the future might hold. He will weigh in on carbon sequestration and forest management, and share his favorite places to see impressive trees and old growth. FMI: rwest@periodyssey.com.

19 interested  ·  2 going
Carbon Pricing: An Approach to Address Climate Change

Carbon Pricing: An Approach to Address Climate Change

Saturday June 3rd - 6:30pm - Saturday June 3rd - 8:30pm

First Congregational Church of Westfield, MA
18 Broad St
Westfield, MA  01085 Map

Voices Rising Together invites you to attend a discussion with Gary Rucinski, MA State Coordinator for Citizen's Climate Lobby, "Carbon Pricing: Developing a Non-partisan Approach to Address Climate Change.

This event is an educational offering to the community to give us more background on Carbon Pricing and mobilize support for current proposed legislation in MA addressing climate change. For more information, visit: www.massclimateaction.org/.

Here is more about our group:

Voices Rising Together is a new grassroots group with members in the southern Pioneer Valley and the southern Berkshire foothills. Our voices are rising together for social justice, climate and the environment, and other issues of concern in our communities. We seek to share our visions, energy, and passion for a more just and sustainable world and together make a difference.

Here is more about Dr. Rucinski:

"Americans have a love-hate relationship with the free market. We love it for providing desirable goods at low cost, but blame it for greenhouse gas pollution that drives climate change. Drawing on examples of successes and failures, Gary Rucinski explores what free markets can do to address climate change, and what government can do to incentivize investors and entreprenuers to provide the lowest cost clean energy."

Since 2010, Dr. Rucinski has been working with Citizens Climate Lobby to put a firm and predictable price on carbon dioxide, the largest contributer to manmade climate change and ocean acidification.

Join us!
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March For Truth in Northampton on Saturday, June 3rd

March For Truth in Northampton on Saturday, June 3rd

Saturday June 3rd - 11:00am - Saturday June 3rd - 2:00pm

Downtown Northampton / Northampton Mass
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

As if there wasn't already cause for concern, Donald Trump has now given highly classified information directly to the Russian Foreign Minister during a visit to the Oval Office. Whether it's his hubris and unskilled diplomacy, or simply a wanton disregard for the rule of law, this is extremely alarming.

Indivisible NOHO is organizing and hosting a #MarchForTruth in Northampton on Saturday, June 3rd.

There is more than sufficient cause for concern about the role Russian state-led hacking and information warfare played in the 2016 election, and there are crucial unanswered questions about the relationship between the Russian state and Donald Trump, his associates and his campaign. The legitimacy of the United States government may hinge on the answers to these questions. If the President was elected even in part due to collusion with a foreign effort to interfere in our democratic process, then the will of the people has been subverted.

The March will begin at 11am on Saturday, June 3rd. The march starts at Bridge Street School in Northampton and will move through town, ending at Pulaski Park where we will gather to hear several speakers.

What: #TheMarchForTruth
Where: Bridge Street School, 2 Parsons St, Northampton, MA 01060
When: 11:00am, Saturday, June 3rd 2017

Why are we marching? Our goals are simple:

1. A special prosecutor must be named and Congressional investigations must be fully resourced.;
2. As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible;
3. Donald Trump should release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity;
4. If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

We want to make this a unified march for the TRUTH when it comes to President's and his cabinet's behavior toward and ties to Russia, the Russian Government and any financial ties to Russian sources.

*Note: By choosing to attend this event, you are acknowledging the risks involved, and you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, and to work to de-escalate confrontations with opposing persons or others. You agree (i) not to engage in any act of violence or violation of any applicable law and (ii) to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and law enforcement authorities.

www.indivisiblenoho.com/event/march-for-truth/
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Climate Lobby Training for Teens

Climate Lobby Training for Teens

Friday June 2nd - 3:30pm - Friday June 2nd - 6:30pm

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

Register at: truthschool.org/classes/northampton/climate-lobby-teens

Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Parlor of First Churches, Northampton, MA

This class will teach teens how to use their influence as young people to lobby state legislators to pass strong climate legislation. In three hours, they will come to understand the basics of our Massachusetts legislature and the important political players, learn about the current state-level climate change bills, and practice effective communication strategies for lobbying at the statehouse. After the training, they will join other local teen leaders who recently received this training and have begun meeting with their state representatives. They will become part of a teen climate lobby movement in western Massachusetts that is demanding protection of their future!

Teens will be inspired by the example of trainer, Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, currently the youngest representative in the Massachusetts state house. They will also learn tangible skills and strategies from seasoned climate activists, Adele Franks and Lilly Lombard.

We will serve a substantial, healthy, yummy snack. Class is capped at 15 students.

Climate Lobby Training for Teens is a free workshop taught by legislative activists with Climate Action Now, Adele Franks and Lilly Lombard, and Massachusetts state representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose.

There is no charge to register or attend Truth School classes. For more Truth School offerings or to learn more about our classes, go to: truthschool.org/classes.
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Putting a Fair Price on Carbon

Putting a Fair Price on Carbon

Tuesday May 23rd - 1:45pm - Tuesday May 23rd - 3:30pm

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

Live webinar with Dr. Adele Morris. An economist's perspective on carbon pricing. Followed by discussion of Carbon Fee and Dividend in MA. Sponsored by Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley, League of Women Voters, and UUSA Green Sanctuary.

20 interested  ·  3 going
Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday May 22nd - 7:00pm - Monday May 22nd - 9:00pm

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

Focus on Climate Justice:
Immigration, Refugees and the Climate Crisis
Protecting Ceremonial Stones in Sandisfield
Food Justice and Community Gardens
Action at the Statehouse
Resisting Kinder Morgan in Otis State Forest
& 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!

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is warmly welcomed!
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Organizing Beyond the Silos

Organizing Beyond the Silos

Saturday May 20th - 10:00am - Saturday May 20th - 12:00pm

1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103, United States Map

Register at: truthschool.org/classes/springfield/organizing-beyond-the-silos

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: UMass Center, 1500 Main St., Springfield, MA

Organizing Beyond the Silos

Have you wondered how to make your organization more diverse?
Have you struggled with how to make your cause more inclusive?
Let’s talk it out!

What do you bring? What do you offer? What hinders you? What’s working for you?

Bring only your open mind, heart and creativity…and a pad and pen!

Organizing Beyond the Silos is a free workshop taught by Pastor Louis Mitchell, senior program director of TransFaith.

There is no charge to register or attend Truth School classes. For more Truth School offerings or to learn more about our classes, go to: truthschool.org/classes.
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We Dance with Standing Rock

We Dance with Standing Rock

Friday May 19th - 6:00pm - Saturday May 20th - 12:00am

First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts

6:00-7:00 - Dinner ($10 adults/$5 kids)
6:45-8:00 - Panel discussion & slide show
8:00-midnight - Live band dance jam with Dance Spree Live
All night silent auctions sponsored by local businesses
Lyman Hall, First Churches, 11 Church Street/129 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Panelists so far: Ezra Fradkin, Ashley Berry, Anthony Melting Tallow, and Rhonda Anderson. Each will speak about their experiences at Standing Rock. Rhonda will also share a slide show presentation that expresses the timeline, achievements of the resistance camps, and what is next.
The dinner will be donated. If you wish to make a food donation, please email jasper@dancespree.org as soon as possible. There is no way to guarantee that vegetarian, gluten-free, or other options will be available but we will make an effort to accommodate such needs.
If you wish to donate items for the auction, feel free to bring them. For those not attending the dance, please consider donating an item (or cash) anyway. Again, contact jasper@dancespree.org.
If you or someone you know wishes to have their business sponsor the dance and get on the Sponsor Boards, space is available.

COME ONE, COME ALL. DANCE FOR CLEAN AIR AND WATER.
MNI WICONI. WATER IS LIFE!
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Resist the Trump Fossil Fuel Agenda - Join the Billionaires Bash

Resist the Trump Fossil Fuel Agenda - Join the Billionaires Bash

Tuesday May 16th - 10:30am - Tuesday May 16th - 12:30pm

MA PENSION FUND (PRIM) OFFICE 84 STATE STREET, BOSTON Map

“Billionaires’ Bash” Rally to Divest State Pension Fund from Fossil Fuels

Unions, Students and Climate Groups to Rally in Boston May 16

As part of a Global Divestment Mobilization campaign, Massachusetts pensioners led by MassDivest will satirically demonstrate against the Pension Reserve Investment Management (PRIM) Board’s risky investment practices outside the next PRIM meeting. There will be billionaire puppets, artwork, a street theater skit, and a brass band. By investing $2 billion of state workers’ and teachers’ retirement funds in oil, gas and coal, PRIM is supporting the Trump agenda in Massachusetts and putting retirees funds at risk. As union leaders address the Board at their meeting, carbon investment risk expert Bob Massie will speak to the crowd outside. Afterwards, a brass band will lead the group on a march through downtown Boston to the State House where Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), the lead sponsor of House Bill 3281 which seeks to divest the pension funds from coal, will speak.

H.3281 would have the pension fund divest from coal and would set up a commission chaired by the State Treasurer to make binding recommendations concerning oil and gas holdings.

The mission of the MassDivest Coalition is to fight for a better future for Massachusetts retirees and citizens by divesting the state pension fund from fossil fuel companies and investing in a 100% clean and renewable energy future.

What: Demonstration outside the PRIM Board meeting

Who: Speakers Bob Massie, carbon investment risk specialist and Democratic Governor Candidate, and Rep. Marjorie Decker, sponsor of House Bill 3281; Massachusetts teachers, students, state union members, concerned citizens, actors, and members of MassDivest, a broad coalition of union, student and climate organizations, (www.massdivest.org)

When: Tuesday, May 16th at 9:30 am: MassDivest address PRIM board meeting; 10:30 - street theater, music rally; 11:00 Bob Massie speaks; 11:30 Brass band procession to State House; 12:00 Marjorie Decker speaks about bill H.2381
Where: 84 State Street, Boston (9:30 - 11:15) and State House steps (12:00)

Why: To highlight the irresponsible investment practices of the PRIM Board and generate support for H.3281

Visuals: “Billionaires” dressed in colorful formal party garb; brass band playing lively New Orleans style party music, opposition chanting between “pensioners” vs. “oligarchs”


The MassDivest Coalition: The mission of the MassDivest Coalition is to fight for a better future for Massachusetts retirees and citizens by divesting the state pension fund from fossil fuel companies and investing in a 100% clean and renewable energy future. Members include: the All Campus Divestment Collaborative, the Alliance for Climate Education, Boston Teachers Union, the Bristol Community College MCCC Chapter, Clean Water Action, the Climate Action Business Network, Climate Action Now, Divest Our Pensions Now, Educators for a Democratic Union, Environment Mass., the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the Fall River Educators Association/MTA, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, Massachusetts Nurses Association, Massachusetts Society of Professors/MTA, Professional Staff Union/MTA, Resist the Pipeline, SEIU Local 509, SEIU Local 888, the Sierra Club MA, Trillium Asset Management, the Unitarian Universalist Massachusetts Action Network, 350 Massachusetts, 350 Boston, 350 Central Massachusetts, 350 Martha’s Vineyard
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Living the Change Climate Expo and Fair

Living the Change Climate Expo and Fair

Saturday May 13th - 10:00am - Saturday May 13th - 9:00pm

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

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.
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Writers as Climate Activists

Writers as Climate Activists

Wednesday May 10th - 7:00pm - Wednesday May 10th - 8:45pm

Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, threatening the very fabric of our society. Here, three writers use fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir to explore this thorny problem.

Readers:

Ellen Meeropol is the author of three novels; House Arrest, On Hurricane Island and Kinship of Clover (forthcoming 2017). A former nurse practitioner and a part-time bookseller, Ellen’s short fiction and essay publications include Bridges, The Cleaver, Rumpus, Necessary Fiction and The Writers Chronicle. Ellen holds an MFA in fiction from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. More information at www.ellenmeeropol.com.

Brian Adams, is a recently retired Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College and now devotes his time to writing romantic comedies centered on environmental activism. He is the author of Love in the Time of Climate Change, Foreword Reviews 2014 IndieFAB Gold Medal Winner for humor, and KABOOM!, Literary Classics 2016 Gold Medal winner for environmental issues. He lives with his wife and cat in Northampton.

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., is an associate professor of comparative literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, with a special interest in what she calls “purposeful memoir”: personal narratives of social and environmental justice. The editor of three anthologies of contemporary writing by women from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America, she is the founder of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the Butterfly Leadership Program for teen girls. She regularly leads workshops in purposeful memoir and change writing, motivated by the belief that we can and should “be the change we want to see in the world,” starting with our own personal stories and moving out into the world. In January 2017 Green Fire Press will publish Jennifer’s two new books: What I Forgot…and Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir and The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion. Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com.

Part of the literary series, Modern Real and Surreal: Writers & Artists on Our Age.
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Holyoke Food Justice Conference

Holyoke Food Justice Conference

Saturday May 6th - 8:30am - Saturday May 6th - 5:00pm

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

****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
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AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

Tuesday May 2nd - 6:30pm - Tuesday May 2nd - 9:00pm

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College Northampton

AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK, a new documentary from directors Josh Fox, James Spione and Myron Dewey, will have a special free screening at Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College. The film is subtitled for the hearing impaired and the hall is wheelchair accessible. The film will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Myron Dewey.

AWAKE follows the dramatic rise of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with the water protectors (activists) protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is intended to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream.
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May Day Strike/Huelga! Defend Immigrants, Refugees & All Workers

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

Monday May 1st - 12:00pm - Monday May 1st - 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
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Western MA Climate Justice March

Western MA Climate Justice March

Saturday April 29th - 3:00pm - Saturday April 29th - 6:00pm

Springfield
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.
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Peoples Climate Movement Rally - Greenfield, MA

People's Climate Movement Rally - Greenfield, MA

Saturday April 29th - 10:30am - Saturday April 29th - 12:00pm

Greenfield Energy Park
50 Miles St
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

55 interested  ·  48 going
Western Mass goes to DC -Peoples Climate March 2017 - buses etc

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

Saturday April 29th - 10:00am - Saturday April 29th - 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
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Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

Wednesday April 26th - 7:00pm - Wednesday April 26th - 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.
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday April 24th - 7:00pm - Monday April 24th - 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!
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NVDA Training

NVDA Training

Sunday April 23rd - 9:30am - Sunday April 23rd - 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.
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The Same Water, An Earth Day Concert with John Sheldon

The Same Water, An Earth Day Concert with John Sheldon

Saturday April 22nd - 7:30pm - Saturday April 22nd - 10:00pm

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

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.
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Rethinking Local Food Systems: A Community Potluck & Discussion

Rethinking Local Food Systems: A Community Potluck & Discussion

Saturday April 22nd - 4:30pm - Saturday April 22nd - 6:30pm

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

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!
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BEAT Wild Berkshires Art Show

BEAT "Wild Berkshires" Art Show

Friday April 21st - 5:00pm - Friday April 21st - 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
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Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party

Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party

Wednesday April 19th - 9:30am - Wednesday April 19th - 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.
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Earth and Empire: Water Talks on Capitalism & Sustainability

Earth and Empire: Water Talks on Capitalism & Sustainability

Tuesday April 18th - 4:30pm - Tuesday April 18th - 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.

106 interested  ·  24 going
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

Monday April 17th - 11:00am - Monday April 17th - 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.
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Refugees, Immigrants, & Climate Crisis

Refugees, Immigrants, & Climate Crisis

Saturday April 15th - 11:00am - Saturday April 15th - 3:00pm

Springfield Technical Community College
1 Armory Sq
Springfield, MA  01104 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
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Stop Eversource from Raising Your Electric Bill

Stop Eversource from Raising Your Electric Bill

Wednesday April 12th - 7:00pm - Wednesday April 12th - 8:30pm

Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA Map

Eversource electric company has filed a request with the state to raise Western Massachusetts electric rates by 10% in the coming year.

This rate increase will result in the average bill increasing by over $100 a year, and would put Eversource among the highest utility rates in the entire country, while increasing their corporate revenue over $100 million.

At the same time, this proposal would impose new financial impediements and roadblocks to the development of solar renewable energy, as well as pose a serious threat to low-income households with the introduction of new "demand charges" and "fixed customer charges" that would mean customers end up with a $500 bill before they even begin using any energy.

Luckily, Eversource can't do this unilaterally. The increase must be approved by the Department of Public Utilities, and they will be holdings hearings throughout the state to get input from residents about the proposed increase.

Join us at one of those hearings in Springfield on April 12th at Springfield City Hall at 7 PM and tell Eversource NO to this rate hike.
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Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

Wednesday April 12th - 7:00pm - Wednesday April 12th - 9:00pm

City Hall Pl, Springfield, MA 01103, United States 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


Springfield Wednesday, April 12 – 7pm, City Hall, School Committee Meeting Rm

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.
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Screening of Tapped about Bottled Water

Screening of "Tapped" about Bottled Water

Wednesday April 12th - 6:30pm - Wednesday April 12th - 8:15pm

Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

This event is sponsored by the Northampton Committee to End the Wars; the Unitarian Society Climate Action Group and Northampton Blue Community.

2 interested  ·  1 going
Eversource RATE HIKE hearing with Maura Healy

Eversource RATE HIKE hearing with Maura Healy

Monday April 10th - 6:00pm - Monday April 10th - 8:00pm

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave
Pittsfield, MA  01201 Map

MONDAY — APRIL 10, 2017 — PITTSFIELD, MA

Maura Healy, our Attorney General understands the out-sized impact of electricity costs in Western Mass.

As a result, she coming to Pittsfield to testify AGAINST the Eversource rate hike. The $96 million increase request was filed with the Department of Public Utilities in January and would result in roughly a 7% increase ($8.45/month) for eastern Massachusetts residents, and 10% increase ($11.64/month) increase for western Massachusetts residents.

The DPU’s decision will be made by November 30, 2017 and if approved, the new rates will become effective on January 1, 2018. Massachusetts residents are welcome to attend the hearing or file any written comments by the close of business (5:00pm) on May 31, 2017 to make your voices heard!

Monday April 10, 6:00 PM
The Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
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Conference, National Stand Up for Transportation Day

Conference, National Stand Up for Transportation Day

Monday April 10th - 5:25pm - Monday April 10th - 6:45pm

Greenfield Public Library Central Library
402 Main St
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

An Event to Support Regional Transportation Funding and Initiatives,

View conference in its entirety>> cloudcast.telvue.com/thumbnails/309201.jpg

Panelists will include representatives from Franklin
Regional Transit Authority, local non-profit organizations,
county government and labor unions.

State legislator Paul Mark will also be present to receive feedback
that will inform the state budget for the next fiscal cycle.

No Bus for most of us so Buddy up on Rides !!

Open @5pm for networking and Press.
Donations to www.paypal.me/TransportationJustic
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Climate Justice Sing-Along

Climate Justice Sing-Along

Saturday April 8th - 7:00pm - Saturday April 8th - 9:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield
245 Porter Lake Dr
Springfield, MA  01106 Map

Come join in an evening of putting our voices together to strengthen the movement for action on climate justice.

And raise our spirits!
And have fun!

• We sing to deliver a message of urgency and hope!
• We sing to bring movement and faith groups together!
• We sing to insure that justice is part of climate work—putting priority on those who are most impacted—low income and communities of color!
• We sing because the arts bring creativity and hope to action!

This ‘Sing Out’ is not a concert but a chance for all of us to sing together and express our vision and feelings and determination. Led by experienced song-leaders, all voices and experience levels belong!

Sponsored by:
Unitarian-Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, Green Team; Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Action Network; ARISE for Social Justice; Climate Action Now, W. Mass.

Questions: Contact Verne McArthur 413-439-3324, vernemca@gmail.com
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Climate Crisis Community Grief Ritual

Climate Crisis Community Grief Ritual

Saturday April 8th - 1:00pm - Saturday April 8th - 6:00pm

Fare-Thee-Well Wholeness Center
153 Pond Brook Rd (Route 66)
Huntington, MA  01050 Map

A Climate Crisis Community Grief Ritual

Hosted by John Berkowitz

With poetry, prose, music, meditation, verbal sharing, drumming, and sandtray expression, participants can share grief, despair, fear, and anger about the climate crisis as well as other urgent issues such as racism, police violence, gun violence, sexual assault and domestic violence, immigration, refugees, war, and women’s, LGBTQ, and animal rights.

Through such sharing of common grief, participants can also reclaim their gratitude and joy for life and the beautiful world, and strengthen their resilience and passion for living as well as working for a more peaceful, just, and environmentally safe planet.

Similar gatherings happened twice last year. Leaders are John Berkowitz of Northampton, grandfather, climate activist, and poet; and Jonathan Stein of Hadley, psychotherapist and creative arts grief counselor.

Saturday April 8
1-6pm,
Fare-Thee-Well Retreat Center, 153 Pond Brook Road (Rt. 66), Huntington.
The venue is 16 minutes from Northampton, just past the Westhampton line, and is not wheelchair accessible.
Carpooling is available.

Sliding scale donation requested of $5-15. More info: John Berkowitz 413-387-8439, johnpberk@gmail.com
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Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance

Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance

Thursday April 6th - 7:00pm - Thursday April 6th - 9:30pm

Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

The #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow - a night of music and activism - is coming to Northampton on April 6. Come to sing, celebrate, and resist! Join us and help spread the word! The event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged.

The roadshow's local sponsors are Climate Action Now MA and ACLU MA. Please give them a big shout out for supporting the tour!

Featuring music by:
Lyla June - Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist
Casey Neill - singer-songwriter

Speeches by:
Cheryl Angel - Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines
Brytnee Laurette - activist with Center for Biological Diversity

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Featuring exciting musicians and speakers, the roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump's disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Conservationists and indigenous groups are joining forces to stop Trump's dangerous rollback of environmental and civil rights protections. Just six weeks into his presidency, Trump has launched campaigns to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, block protection of endangered species, dump coal mining waste in streams, build a culturally and environmentally disastrous wall along the Mexican border and increase air pollution.

Trump has approved the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which threatens the water and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, revived the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the lands of several Native American tribes, empowered the theft of Arizona's Oak Flat, which is sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, and has floated the idea of privatizing Indian reservations so they can be sold off to oil, gas and uranium companies.

The free #Earth2Trump show will feature music by singer-songwriter Casey Neill and Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June. It will also include speeches by Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and Brytnee Laurette with the Center for Biological Diversity.

It is a powerful opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on our environment. Join us in standing together in opposing every Trump policy that hurts wildlife, undermines Native American sovereignty, poisons our air and water, destroys our climate, or promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia.

At each show, you can:

Hear from leading activists working to stop Trump, protect the environment and defend indigenous rights.
Learn about actions you can take.
Sign the national Pledge of Resistance to Trump's dangerous agenda.
Help fuel a huge, viral social media #Earth2Trump messaging campaign.
Connect with people in your community resisting oppression and find out how to join the national resistance movement.

Join us for a fun and inspiring evening of music and activism -- and help send a powerful, unwavering Earth2Trump message that oppression and environmental destruction will not be tolerated.

RSVP to let us know you'll be at the event in Northampton and invite your family, friends and social networks. We'll see you on April 6.

What: #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow, an evening of music and activism
When: Thursday, April 6 -- doors open at 6:15 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
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One Valley, One Voice, Progressive Power

One Valley, One Voice, Progressive Power

Wednesday April 5th - 6:00pm - Wednesday April 5th - 8:00pm

Gateway City Arts
92 Race St
Holyoke, MA  01040 Map

What we’ve all been waiting for. Regional progressive groups combining forces to make change and resist Trump--locally, statewide, and nationally:

• Progressive Pioneer Valley
• Our 413 Revolution
• Western Mass. Jobs with Justice
• UMass Progressives
• Voter Choice Massachusetts
• Raise Up Massachusetts
• Pioneer Valley Women's March
• Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
• Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
• Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Action Fund
• El Sol Latino
• The Springfield Institute
• Pioneer Valley Workers Center
• Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
• American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts
• Progressive Democrats of America

Watch for more groups signing on soon!

Platform issues:

• Sanctuary cities/Safe Communities Act
• Anti-hate crime
• Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia
• LGBTQ rights
• Ranked choice voting
• Voter protection
• Paid family medical leave
• Single payer
• Reproductive justice
• Climate justice
• Labor/economic justice
• School-to-prison pipeline
• Education reform

...and more. Let's be bold!
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Justice for All Singalong Concert

Justice for All Singalong Concert

Saturday April 1st - 7:00pm - Saturday April 1st - 10:00pm

First Church Amherst
165 Main St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Join us for an evening of song with gospel-blues singer-activist Lea Gilmore, The Amherst Gospel Choir, & Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, creators of Rise Up Singing. Together we will raise our voices for racial justice. This is a benefit for NAACP Greater Springfield and Arise for Social justice.

48 interested  ·  17 going
A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection, and Action

A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection, and Action

Saturday April 1st - 4:00pm - Saturday April 1st - 7:00pm

UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA  01003 Map

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. The Library will remain open to the public during the event.

The event includes a Sustainability Showcase featuring a variety of UMass Amherst campus-based sustainability initiatives, talks by UMass Amherst geosciences professors Julie Brigham-Grette and Robert DeConto, as well as the presentation of the Libraries’ 2017 Sustainability Hero Award to Massachusetts State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, and the awarding of first place prize for the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award.

The interactive Sustainability Showcase includes Divest UMass, UMass Climateers, Sustainable UMass, Eco-Reps, Sustainable Food and Farming and Student Farm Enterprise, Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship, Libraries’ Sustainability Fund, the Talking Truth project, Sustainability Projects Abroad, Northeast Climate Center, and the Wind Energy Center. The Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives will share information about their environmental, anti-nuke, and alternative energy collections. Additionally, the public is invited to take part in a reflective writing exercise where they can share their thoughts on climate change. These reflections will be added to the Libraries’ archives.

Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette is a professor of Quaternary/glacial geology, arctic paleoenvironments, and Department Head of Geosciences at UMass Amherst. Julie is also chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board, and was named a 2016 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, an honor given to individual members “who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences.”

Her research focuses on the chronology of geologic systems that record the climate evolution and sea level history of the Arctic over the past 3.5 million years and on documenting the global context of ancient environmental change across the Bering Land Bridge, that area of the western Arctic from Alaska and the Yukon into northeastern Russia and adjacent marginal seas.

Brigham-Grette has recently been named a Public Engagement Faculty Fellow by the Public Engagement Project, a UMass Amherst-based endeavor which supports and trains faculty members to use their research to contribute to social change, public policy, and to enrich public debate. During her fellowship, Brigham-Grette will help educate the public and policy makers on how to best manage investments in coastline development given the certainty of rising sea levels.

Dr. Robert DeConto, professor of climatology, department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst, is one of the world’s leading experts on polar climates, ice sheets, and sea-level rise. He is the winner of the 2016 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica. The recognition comes for his outstanding work on past and future Antarctic climate and for research integrating geological data with modeling to reveal likely consequences for future sea level rise from ice sheet melt. The prize includes a $100,000 award and is given to “an individual in the fields of Antarctic science and/or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.”

DeConto and co-author Penn State climate scientist David Pollard’s March 2016 paper in Nature, “Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rise,” was named the most featured climate change paper in the media last year as reported by Carbonbrief.org, a U.K.-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. The research paper was featured in 386 news stories and was covered by outlets such as the BBC, Guardian, Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, and The New Yorker.

Massachusetts State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Third Hampshire District, will be presented with the Libraries’ 2017 Sustainability Hero Award. Golstein-Rose, who took over the seat vacated by retired State Representative Ellen Story, and is one of the youngest state legislators in the country, is an advocate for system change, particularly on education and clean energy, and a resource for constituent service, internship opportunities, and political activism.

The first place winner of the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award will also be honored. This annual scholarship promotes in-depth understanding of sustainability topics, research strategies, and the use of library resources, and is funded by the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Sustainability Fund.
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Non Violent Direct Action Training

Non Violent Direct Action Training

Saturday April 1st - 9:00am - Saturday April 1st - 5:00pm

Friends Meeting Mt Toby
Leverett, MA  01054 Map

YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE FORM ON THIS EVENT! See tickets available in the "about" section. Or click on this link, goo.gl/forms/w1GYpNV0VmscefJ52
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 an 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 9:00 to 5:00 with trainers Mary Link and Alice Grendon.
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Spiritual resilience and resistance in a time of climate change

Spiritual resilience and resistance in a time of climate change

Saturday April 1st - 9:00am - Sunday April 2nd - 12:30pm

Trinity Church (Boston)
206 Clarendon St,
Boston, MA  02116 Map

PLEASE RSVP IN FB EVENT

Looking deeply into our sources of hope can sustain our efforts to renew the web of life and to create a more just society. This retreat will explore a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope.

The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, singing, silence, and conversation. Led by a Christian who honors the deep wisdom of every religious tradition, the retreat is open to people of all faiths and none. It will focus on direct experience, not doctrine. Everyone is welcome.
Rev. Fred Small (Minister for Climate Justice, Arlington Street Church, Boston) will lead us in singing.
The retreat is free and open to the public. We particularly welcome young adults and college-age students. Free-will donations will be gladly accepted.

Retreat leader: The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest who serves as Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ. Dedicated to integrating contemplation and action, she has been a retreat leader and an environmental activist for more than thirty years. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action, and a leader in New England Regional Environmental Ministries. She served as chaplain for the bishops of the Episcopal Church and taught courses on prayer and spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, MA). One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, Margaret was arrested with 21 others in prayer outside the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in May 2001. She was arrested in May 2016 in an interfaith clergy protest against the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, and she was at Standing Rock last December when the Dakota Access Pipeline permit was denied. Website: RevivingCreation.org. Contact: mbj@revivingcreation.org

Co-sponsored by Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts; Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ; Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light; Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action
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Community Electricity for 100% Renewable Energy

Community Electricity for 100% Renewable Energy

Wednesday March 29th - 6:30pm

Jewish Community of Amherst
742 Main St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

The Role of Community Electricity in Reaching 100% Renewable Energy Statewide

A Conversation with Paul Fenn, Local Power Inc. President &
Larry Chretien, Mass Energy Executive Director

Lead Sponsors: Mothers Out Front Amherst, Climate Action Now, Sustaining Amherst.

Mass Energy and Local Power both seek to increase communities' access to renewable resources, add to the amount of clean energy in Massachusetts, and rapidly reduce carbon pollution. Our guests will compare and contrast their models for Green Community Choice Aggregation (CCA*) and priorities for climate action.

To get to 100% renewable energy we have to change how we use and source our energy. The question is what is most important to us:
Power our town with all renewable energy?
Speed up the transition from fossil fuels and reduce GHGs?
Add clean energy to the regional electricity grid?
Build, own and control the energy?
Increase energy efficiency in this process?
Create a model usable by other MA communities?
*CCAs pool the purchasing power of a community's government, residents, and businesses to buy electricity

For information email dumint140@gmail.com
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday March 27th - 7:00pm - Monday March 27th - 9:00pm

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

Breakout sessions this month will include pipeline resistance, state legislation work, planning the Western MA Springfield Climate-Jobs-Justice march (Apr 29), plans for getting some art together art builds for people going to the march in DC or Springfield, 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 . 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!
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Threat to Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes

Threat to Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes

Wednesday March 22nd - 6:00pm - Wednesday March 22nd - 7:00pm

First Church, 27 East St., Pittsfield, MA Map

— Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes - Their History, Cultural Significance and the threat posed by the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline in Otis State Forest, Sandisfield, MA. Presentation by Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes for the Narragansett Tribe. Doug’s letter to FERC and the ACHP raised awareness of the lack of a plan by Kinder Morgan to avoid nearly a third of the 73 ceremonial stone landscape features in the path of the Connecticut Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield. Introduction to CT Expansion project by Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.

FREE and open to the public
Wednesday
March 22, 2017
6:00 PM
First Church, 27 East St., Pittsfield, MA

Read Doug's letter to FERC and ACHP
» www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/notgp/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Narragansett-1-3-17-letter-to-FERC.pdf

Learn more about the issue
» tinyurl.com/SaveMANativeSites
#CTExp

Also posted at Berkshire Environmental Action Team
www.facebook.com/events/1818839511711429/
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Citizens Climate Northeast Regional Conference

Citizens' Climate Northeast Regional Conference

Saturday March 18th - 9:00am - Sunday March 19th - 12:30pm

UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA  01003 Map

Join us at the Citizens' Climate Northeast Regional Conference at Umass Amherst from March 18-19 in Amherst, MA!

Can our divided nation address climate risk? Lead the new energy economy? The CCL answer is yes! Even now! Find out how!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (see ticketing options above)

CLIMATE SOLUTION – BRINGING IT HOME

Come to this conference if:

-You’re looking for a way to be optimistic and productive in advocating for a healthy planet
-You’re looking for something concrete YOU can DO to protect your grandchildren from the risks and economic disruptions of climate change
-You want your grandchildren to benefit from the economic benefits of a clean energy economy
Y-ou want to learn about climate action on the state level

This year’s Northeast conference will feature classic and new CCL skill-building -- including:

-Keynote from the dynamic and inspiring former GOP Member of Congress from Rhode Island, Claudine Schneider
-Lobbying tips from GOP Legislative Director Kevin Dowling from Congressman Lee Zeldin’s office, NY01
-Persuasive storytelling workshop with the fabulous Peterson Toscano
-Panel of state and regional stakeholders on how they see climate action progressing in our region.

Come sharpen your lobbying and outreach skills and build the network you’ll need to help pass federal- or state-level carbon pricing in 2017!
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Standing WITH Standing Rock

Standing WITH Standing Rock

Saturday March 11th - 12:00pm - Saturday March 11th - 1:30pm

Greenfield Town Common
14 Court Sq
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Gather on the Greenfield Town Common on Saturday, March 11 at Noon for a Rally to Stand With Standing Rock and Native Nations.
All are invited to gather on Saturday, March 11 at noon at the Greenfield Town Common to stand together in community prayer, song, and peaceful action in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors and Indigenous people.
Standing Rock and Native Nations have called for solidarity actions to support their March 10th Washington DC march in prayer and action.
The Standing Rock and Native Nations who are organizing the DC March say: “We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.”
The Native Nations' demands for the peaceful DC March include respect for tribal rights and the protection of the environment and future generations.
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Local Environmental Action Conference

Local Environmental Action Conference

Sunday March 5th - 9:00am - Sunday March 5th - 5:00pm

Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA  02115 Map

Hosted by MCAN and Toxics Action Center at Northeastern University. Join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration at Local Environmental Action 2016! Whether you've been to every conference or are attending for the first time, the conference is a wonderful way to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

257 interested  ·  114 going
NVDA training

NVDA training

Saturday March 4th - 9:30am - Saturday March 4th - 5:30pm

Great Barrington Fire Department
37 State Rd
Great Barrington, MA  01230 Map

You must pre-register for this training. Clicking "going" will NOT register you. Click on link below to register. docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcIH2ucMyLbRBP7Gh6yRlVeHJXgmkKRXgdqLUbgyKDB1UY0w/viewform
ADDITIONAL NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TRAINING IN GREAT BARRINGTON MA MARCH 4TH.
REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 27TH. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU REGISTER YOU ARE COMMITTING
TO ATTENDING FOR THE FULL DAY, 9:30 TO 5:30. LOCATION IN gb AND OTHER DETAILS WILL BE SENT TO
YOU PRIOR TO MARCH 4TH. REGISTERING FOR THIS TRAINING DOES NOT OBLIGATE YOU TO PARTICIPATING
IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE BUT HELPS YOU THINK ABOUT THE DECISION, PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY,
UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLE OF NON-VIOLENCE, THE FUNCTION OF AFFINITY GROUPS, RACE AND
CLASS PRIVILEGE IN THE DECISION TO RISK ARREST
AND MUCH MUCH MORE. MARY LINK AND ALICE GRENDON
WILL BE THE TRAINERS.
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Inhabit Film Screening

Inhabit Film Screening

Thursday March 2nd - 5:00pm - Thursday March 2nd - 7:30pm

Hasbrouck Laboratory, 666 North Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01003; Room A126 Map

In collaboration with Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Permaculture presents a free and open to the public screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective. Explore the bright future of regenerative agriculture and communities with us; brief panel discussion to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Join us Thursday, March 2nd in Hasbrouck Hall, Room A126
from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.
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Vigil for Climate Justice

Vigil for Climate Justice

Thursday March 2nd - 4:30pm - Thursday March 2nd - 5:30pm

Center Campus
Smith College
Northampton, MA  01063 Map

Join Divest Smith College in honoring victims of climate change and the fossil fuel industry. We will be meeting at the Campus Center and at 5:00pm will walk over to Pierce Hall (by College Hall), where Divest Smith organizers will be meeting with the Board of Trustees to discuss the issue of fossil fuel divestment. Having the presence of the Smith community outside this meeting will demonstrate to the Board the urgency of taking bold actions to defund the exploitative fossil fuel industry.

We encourage you to wear black/dark clothing, and please stop by our poster-making event on Wednesday (www.facebook.com/events/722152291296372/)!
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124 interested  ·  42 going
Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday February 27th - 7:00pm - Monday February 27th - 9:00pm

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

Hear updates and get involved in climate justice, interfaith community building, pipeline resistance, statewide and legislative campaigns 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 . 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 join others in the movement to pressure institutions. 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!
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Jacqui Patterson: When movements unite for climate justice

Jacqui Patterson: When movements unite for climate justice

Sunday February 26th - 2:00pm - Sunday February 26th - 4:00pm

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

National Director of NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program to Speak in Amherst at Public Event Hosted by Amherst area NAACP, Climate Action Now and Coming Together

The public is invited to join us as we welcome Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, to speak to our community.

Ms. Patterson is a national leader in the fight for environmental sustainability, racial and social justice. Environmental injustice and climate change have a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low- income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue.


“We, who are working fiercely to protect our ecosystem and to overcome white supremacy and the assaults on working people need to join together”, according to Susan Theberge, Amherst area NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Chair & co-founder of Climate Action Now. "The struggle continues" says Amherst area NAACP President, Kathleen Anderson.

Background

Historically, American society has failed to make the connection in terms of the direct impact of environmental injustices, including climate change, on our own lives, families, and communities, all of whom depend on the physical environment and its bounty. Toxic facilities, like coal fired power plants and incinerators, emit mercury, arsenic, lead, and other contaminants into the water, food, and lungs of communities. Many of these same facilities also emit carbon dioxide and methane – the major drivers of climate change. At the same time not all are equally impacted. For example, race – even more than class – is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country.

People living in poor communities and communities of color are more likely to experience the destructive effects of climate change while having fewer resources to deal with them. They are more likely to be exposed and less likely to be able to escape mega-storms and flooding, less likely to have air conditioning during heat waves, and are unable to afford high food prices caused by droughts or flooding.


Transitioning our economy to renewable energy and conservation will provide jobs and income; a climate justice perspective means that disenfranchised communities are included in decision-making and in the hiring for jobs created.

Ms. Patterson is unique in her ability to speak to these issues. Her work addresses the many practices that are harming communities nationwide and worldwide and the policies needed to rectify these impacts and advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.


Jacqui Patterson, Director
NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue.

Hosted by Amherst NAACP, @comingTogetherAmherst, Climate Action Now MA

When Movements Unite for Climate Justice
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
2 to 4 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
120 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts

This event is free and open to the public. The facility is handicap-accessible and on a bus line
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National Politics Comes to Holyoke

National Politics Comes to Holyoke

Sunday February 26th - 11:30am - Sunday February 26th - 2:00pm

Congregation Sons of Zion, Holyoke, Mass.
378 Maple St
Holyoke, MA  01040 Map

“The United States Under a Trump Presidency: What it Will Mean to Greater Holyoke.”
State Senator Don Humason, Jr., State Senator Eric Lesser, State Representative Aaron Vega, and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will participate in the panel discussion. Questions will be provided by audience members. The discussion will be moderated by Brenda Garton, faculty member in the Department of Communication at Western New England University in Springfield, and former evening news anchor at WWLP-TV (NBC) in Springfield.
A light lunch, provided by Chef Ezra Bleau of South Hadley High School, will be served prior to the discussion. The event is open to the public with a $10 per person suggested donation to the Synagogue. There is ample parking behind the building on Cabot Street; please use the Cabot Street entrance. Handicap accessible.
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Anti-Racism Training: Tools for Collective Liberation

Anti-Racism Training: Tools for Collective Liberation

Thursday February 23rd - 11:30am - Thursday February 23rd - 3:30pm

Cape Cod Lounge
Amherst, MA  01003 Map

Join the Social Thought and Political Economy Program for TOOLS FOR COLLECTIVE LIBERATION: ADVANCING ECONOMIC JUSTICE THROUGH MULTIRACIAL SOLIDARITY with ESTEBAN KELLY of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives:

Challenging racism requires pairing principled commitment to solidarity with clear tactics for community economic development. In this workshop, we will discuss the connections among islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-black racism. By placing accountable, multi-racial organizing at the center, we will build analysis of how racial and ethnic liberation are linked with all forms of liberation. Together we will delve into practical approaches to inclusion, allyship, and solidarity principles in order to improve our relationships and communities while advancing toward collective liberation. Participants will reflect on the “Vision for Black Lives,” a #BLM policy platform, as it relates to student learning & organizing on campus. To conclude, students will develop concrete action steps to influence conditions in their communities and in these times of deep uncertainty.


Esteban is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and a founder of AORTA, (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op whose consulting supports organizations fighting for social justice and a solidarity economy. He was the first Board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philly Food Policy Advisory Council following eight years as a worker-owner in Mariposa Food Co-op's Staff Collective. Esteban holds a B.S from UC Berkeley, and is a Doctoral / Phd Candidate at CUNY's Graduate Center where he received a Master's Degree in Anthropology.
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Visions Beyond Trump: Building Solidarity Networks and Economies

Visions Beyond Trump: Building Solidarity Networks and Economies

Wednesday February 22nd - 6:30pm - Wednesday February 22nd - 9:00pm

UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College
157 Commonwealth Ave, 301 Commonwealth Honors College
Amherst, MA  01003-9253 Map

JOIN US FOR A TEACH-IN HOSTED BY DIVEST UMASS

Location: Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall (the room next to Roots Café)

This event will bring together folks at the forefront of the local, regional, and national movement to RESIST an economy run by banks and tanks and to BUILD an alternative, grassroots system that puts people over profit.

We will hear stories of how the solidarity economy movement has been and will continue to resist and deconstruct systems of oppression, especially in this political moment dominated by Trump's hateful and racist agenda.

This Teach-In is open to any UMass students or members of the broader community who are eager to learn about real and imaginative solutions to the social, political, and economic crises we find ourselves in today. As we continue to hold our university accountable to divest from fossil fuel corporations, like those funding the violent Dakota Access Pipeline, we have an opportunity to come together as a community to envision the role that UMass could play in moving towards a regenerative and just economy.

WORKSHOP FROM 6:30-7:45PM. Everyone is encouraged to join us for a popular education workshop to collectively understand and discuss the ways the capitalist economy is failing us, our communities, and the world. We will explore opportunities for transformation, and imagine a new set of values and relationships that could define our system.

PANEL FROM 7:45-9:00PM. We will hear stories from academics, movement leaders, and folks building cooperative enterprises and networks.

*This is part of a two-day event hosted with the Social Thought and Political Economy Program! Please join us on 2/23 for an anti-racism workshop and training with Esteban Kelly titled "Tools for Collective Liberation": www.facebook.com/events/380298709009152/?ti=icl*

Speakers will include:

ESTEBAN KELLY, the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and a founder of AORTA, (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op whose consulting supports organizations fighting for social justice and a solidarity economy. He was the first Board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philly Food Policy Advisory Council following eight years as a worker-owner in Mariposa Food Co-op's Staff Collective. Esteban holds a B.S from UC Berkeley, and is a Doctoral / Phd Candidate at CUNY's Graduate Center where he received a Master's Degree in Anthropology.

AARON TANAKA, the director of the Center for Economic Democracy, a social movement organization resourcing long term community based strategies to transform American capitalism. Driving convergence in the fields of grassroots power building, community economic development and cultural organizing, CED offers support and incubation for a portfolio of initiatives that advance a vision for a new economy in the US. Aaron is the former executive director of the Boston Workers Alliance and the former managing director of the Boston Impact Initiative. He is on the board of the New Economy Coalition and is an Echoing Green Fellow and former BALLE Fellow. Through the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron is the startup manager for the Boston Ujima Project, a democratically governed business and finance ecosystem. Ujima Project is a member of the national Reinvest in Our Power Network, which brings together student divestment campaigns with local reinvestment and regenerative finance opportunities.

EMILY KAWANO, a founder and the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a Board member of RIPESS (the Intercontinental Network for the Social Solidarity Economy). She is the co-director of Wellspring Cooperatives, which is developing a network of worker cooperatives in inner city Springfield, MA. She received her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and served as the director of the Center for Popular Economics, a collective of progressive economists that help activists understand how the economy works (or doesn’t).. She taught economics at Smith College and worked as the National Economic Justice Representative for the American Friends Service Committee. While working in N. Ireland, she founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, served on the N.I. Social Economy Network Working Group and worked with two Belfast Community Development Agencies to develop and deliver a social economy training program for community groups seeking to start up social enterprises.

NATALIA 'NATI' LINARES, Communications Manager of the New Economy Coalition. Their decade of work as an artist advocate, publicist, and social entrepreneur inspired a deep-seeded passion for economic justice and democracy. In 2010, they founded conrazón - creating visibility for the world's wildest creators and disorganizers - an artist development agency investing in new paradigms for a hyper-connected, heart-centered generation. Their extensive resume includes working as an artist manager for Panamanian, Oakland-based bicultural rap pioneers Los Rakas and Brazil-via-Brooklyn Carioca-funk polyglot diva Zuzuka Poderosa, handling Artist Relations for NYC's iconic free concert series SummerStage, leading publicity efforts for emergent festivals like Santiago de Cuba's inaugural MANANA as well as the Afro-Latino Festival of NYC, and strategic consulting for #DIASPORADICAL artists like Chicano Batman, Blitz the Ambassador, Bomba Estereo, Quantic and many others. Linares is also the founder of ISLA, an arts collective based in their hometown of New York City borough Staten Island, which organizes an annual community arts festival. This experience & their ongoing work as a collective member of Sol Collective Sacramento, CA - a community center which is co-creating a co-operative record label, artist development model & grassroots touring network - led them to explore the role art and artist collectives could play in building not only a new economy, but a new culture. They have a BA in Political Science from Colgate University and are a proud bicoastal digital nomad based in Western Massachusetts with their partner.

MAYA GAUL, a native Bostonian and creative entrepreneur who enjoys engaging with sustainability and creation in the urban space. With a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Columbia University, she is a Sales Team co-Leader and former founder and Brand Partner of BRIDGES. Her interests range from marketing and communications, public relations, and business development to sustainable structures, holistic living, and permaculture. Maya is a worker-owner with CERO Cooperative, as well as a Fellow for the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute Chapter Network for the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives.

If you want to join us in making this event happen, join us at the next Divest/CEPA meeting in the CEPA Office, 423A in the Student Union, on March 1st!

"Transition is inevitable, Justice is not." - Quinton Sankofa
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World We Love Peaceful Protest Performance Project

World We Love Peaceful Protest Performance Project

Monday February 20th - 11:00am - Monday February 20th - 2:00pm

City Hall
36 Court St
Springfield, MA  01103 Map

Please join Mother Earth, the Pachamama Puppets, homeschool children and area activists on the City Hall steps of Springfield,MA. at 11am and then Holyoke, ma at 2pm on Feb 20th and Feb 27th at to support Springfield Community Land Trust in their work towards Climate Justice and Nuestras Rieces in Holyoke. We will read the Declaration of Interedependence, sing The World We Love song, and deliver a letter to the Mayor urging immediate action in the city relating to Climate Change and Civil Rights.

The Letter:
A Declaration of Community Protection and Resiliency
2017

Dear Honorable Domenic Sarno,

Regardless of what you may hear, over 95% of climate scientists agree that climate change is now threatening the way we live and will make it difficult for our children to have decent lives on a habitable planet. We citizens of the United States strongly urge that all efforts be made to peacefully reorient our communities towards self-sufficient municipalities utilizing renewable energy in order to insure clean air, clean water, and healthy soils for local food production and the long term sustenance of human, plant and animal life.

With this we strongly urge that all human beings no matter their color, gender, sexual preference, country of origin, or current citizenship have their inalienable rights ensured under the equal protection of the law regardless of the current political parties in the government. We will not accept persecution of individuals or groups.

As citizenry of the United States of America we claim our right to peacefully resist our government if it does not comply with our reasonable demands.

#civilrights,@ariseforsocialjustice,#climatechange#divistment#Interdependence@SpringfieldLandTrust#renewablenergies#energyindependentmunicipalities#inalienablerights#cleanair,#cleanwater,#healthysoils,#95%ofScientists,@climateactionnow@masspowerforward@NAACP@Kestrallandtrust@renewablepioneervalley@FCCPR.org@Localpower#artsandactivism
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Vandana Shiva at Smith!

Vandana Shiva at Smith!

Friday February 17th - 4:00pm - Friday February 17th - 5:30pm

Stoddard Hall Smith College

Please join Smith Students for Food Justice, SCOPES, and Divest in engaging with Dr. Vandana Shiva in dissecting corporate globalization, economics of greed, and the politics of hate and fear in 2017.

Dr. Shiva, author, activist, and pioneer, will be discussing Earth Democracy, a movement to reclaim local economies, community, and compassion. She will also be speaking on the importance of moving away from fossil fuel based agriculture while providing food security and fostering environmental sustainability.
In a global society dominated by xenophobia, ecological destruction and discontent, the widely revered wisdom of Dr. Shiva could not be more relevant.

Dr. Vandana Shiva will be speaking from 4-5:30 in Stoddard Hall, on Friday, February 17th.

Our wonderful sponsers include; The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Jandon Center for Community Collaboration, Environmental Science and Policy, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability
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A Civic Action Discussion with Jim McGovern

A Civic Action Discussion with Jim McGovern

Saturday February 11th - 2:00pm - Saturday February 11th - 3:30pm

Many of you have asked me "What's next? What do we do now?"

It's been less than a month since Donald Trump was inaugurated. In that short amount of time we have already seen the devastating toll his presidency will take on the values we all share.

So what do we do? We are going to build a great big wall of resistance -- nothing like this country has seen before. It starts with you. It starts now. It starts right here at home.

I hope you will join me on Saturday, February 11 for a Civic Action Discussion about what we can do moving forward. We are holding this discussion at the World War II Club from 2:00PM - 3:30PM. If you'd like to share your thoughts please join us.

WHAT: Civic Action Discussion with Congressman Jim McGovern
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DOORS OPEN: 1:45pm
WHERE: World War II Club, 50 Conz Street, Northampton
RSVP: bit.ly/2kDDo8n
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Non-violent civil disobedience training

Non-violent civil disobedience training

Saturday February 11th - 9:30am - Saturday February 11th - 5:30pm

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
This highly interactive training will introduce you to the theory and proactice of non-violence and help you decide whether you might be willing to risk arrest. You are under no obligation to be willing to risk arrest to be part of this training. We will also halp you get into a Sugar Shack Alliance Affinity Group if that is what you want. While this training does give you some background on the Alliance's structure, function and history, it is generic enough that if you want to take the training to prepare for activities outside of Sugar Shack, this will also be appropriate for you. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more details including the location of the training. We expect folks who do register to show up for the training as the trainers, Alice Grendon and Sandra Boston, need to know numbers in order to tailor the activities to the actual size of the group. Thr training is free but we do pass the hat to cover space rental, cost of the printed materials you will receive and some reimbursement for the trainers' time. Most folks give between $5 and $20. Registration closes February 7th. Thanks. NOTE: YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. CLICKING "GOING" ON THIS PAGE WILL NOT REGISTER YOU.
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NoDAPL Emergency Day Of Action

NoDAPL Emergency Day Of Action

Wednesday February 8th - 4:00pm - Wednesday February 8th - 6:00pm

TD Bank
175 Main Street
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

On February 7th the US Army Corps of Engineers gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the Environmental Impact Statment ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project.

The Water Protectors still on the ground have made a call for an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EMERGENCY ACTIONS on WEDNESDAY FEB. 8. In Western Massachusetts we are answering that call.

Tomorrow we will meet at TD Bank in downtown Northampton (One of the many banks invested in the pipeline) to show our support and solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. We will demonstrate our commitment to resistance against the descruction of our sacred earth, tell the US Army Corps of Engineers that their decision to grant the easement is a direct violation of the rights of millions of people on this land, and also call for the banks to DIVEST from DAPL.

Water Protectors on the ground are calling this action our LAST STAND. Please, take a stand with our community for the people whose water will be poisoned when the DAPL pipeline leaks. Stand with the indigenous people of this country who are refusing a continued history of genocide and oppression at the hands of the US government. It is time for this story to be rewritten.

Please come in solidarity with the Indigenous Nations who have stood at Standing Rock. This is a peaceful, nonviolent action. Be ready to resist in a dignified manner.

Please bring signs expressing Solidarity with Standing Rock. Signs calling for banks to Divest will also be appropriate.

Local Indigenous drummers will be singing songs to lead this peaceful action.
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Represent Us Western Mass Chapter Meeting

Represent Us Western Mass Chapter Meeting

Tuesday February 7th - 6:00pm - Tuesday February 7th - 7:30pm

Lilly Library
19 Meadow St
Florence, MA  01062 Map

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting as we fight government corruption & the influence of 'big money' in our political process. We are planning public events and you can help make them a big success! Bring a friend - and make some new ones at the meeting!

24 interested  ·  11 going
Ongoing tues and saturday noon Greenfield Standing Rock vigil

Ongoing tues and saturday noon Greenfield Standing Rock vigil

Tuesday February 7th - 12:00pm - Tuesday February 7th - 1:00pm

TD Bank
324 Main Street
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Vigiling every Tuesday AND Saturday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield
Corner of Main and Federal

Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net

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Otis State Forest Settlement Hearing

Otis State Forest Settlement Hearing

Monday February 6th - 1:00pm - Monday February 6th - 4:00pm

Berkshire County Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA Map

There will be a hearing in Pittsfield on the proposed settlement agreement on Otis State Forest eminent domain takings of the easements and the negotiated compensation package. There will be a stand-out rally beforehand as well.

February 6th
1:00 Stand-Out in Opposition to the OSF Settlement
Sidewalks around Park Square area (See maps for acceptable protest locations and parking - link below.) Sugar Shack are proposing a "funeral" for Article 97 as it pertains to Otis State Forest. If you want to participate wear black and get all somber.
Info at: www.facebook.com/events/214174302384859/

2:00 pm Court Hearing
Berkshire County Superior Court
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA

Rules for public hearings outlined by Berkshire Superior Court Officer, David Hadley.

IN THE COURTROOM (room seats 80) :
No signs (including issue-specific protest t-shirts!)
No protest
No chants
Cell phones allowed on person but must be shut off
No recordings of proceedings allowed (Per Chapter 268 § 13c)
No disruption of proceedings.
Persons disrupting will be removed.

OUTSIDE:
Any protests should be off the Court complex property.
SIDEWALK around Park Square or over near Pittsfield Atheneum (library), both across the street, are best and have high visibility.
• We need to keep protests to SIDEWALKS ONLY around Park Square and library.
• Remember, posts for protest signs are illegal in Pittsfield.

PARKING:
On-street parking in downtown Pittsfield can fill up sometimes. If on-street parking nearby is taken, there are some larger capacity lots within a block or two of the Park Square area.

More info including parking and stand-out area maps
www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/hearing-otis-state-forest-settlement/

• ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / ACTIONS FOR CT EXPANSION:
This upcoming hearing is about the Settlement reached between the State of Mass and Kinder Morgan / TGP:
www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-update-jan-3-2017/

PLEASE COMMENT ON THE DOCKET regarding TGP's request for permission for tree felling:
www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-tgp-tree-felling-request/

And PLEASE COMMENT ON THE DOCKET regarding Native sites in the pipeline path:
www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-ceremonial-stone-landscapes/
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Public Funeral for Otis State Forest

Public Funeral for Otis State Forest

Monday February 6th - 1:00pm - Monday February 6th - 1:45pm

Park Square Pittsfield MA

AFTER A LONG STRUGGLE, ARTICLE 97 OF THE MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION HAS SUCCUMBED AND SUFFERED A FATAL BLOW IN OTIS STATE FOREST.

You are cordially invited to attend the public funeral Monday February 6th, 1 PM on the sidewalks surrounding Park Square, across from the Berkshire County Superior Courthouse, Pittsfield MA.
Please wear appropriate funeral attire and observe the somber demeanor to fit this sad and solemn occasion. No signs on sticks.

Gather: We will gather on the sidewalk surrounding Park Square, across from the Courthouse (which is at 76 East St. Pittsfield) at 1:00, have the silent funeral procession on the sidewalk and then gather there for the clergy-led service and eulogy.

THE BACKGROUND: February 6th is the hearing on the proposed settlement agreement on Otis State Forest eminent domain takings of the easements and the negotiated compensation package with the Commonwealth. This hearing will be held at the Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield. You are also encouraged to attend the 2 PM hearing following the funeral, however, be aware that there will be no signs or demonstrating inside the Courthouse.

In 1972 Massachusetts voters approved Article 97, granting people the right to a clean environment and authorizing the Commonwealth to acquire conservation easements. Article 97 was intended to be a legislative ‘check’ to ensure that lands acquired for conservation purposes were not converted to other inconsistent uses.

On December 29, 2016 the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced that, on behalf of the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), they reached a settlement with Kinder Morgan for the pipeline Right of Way through Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, parts of which are on Article 97 protected lands. Massachusetts capitulated to corporate greed AND Federal pre-emption on Otis State Forest.


Carpooling is encouraged. For information on parking and rules in the Courthouse see: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/hearing-otis-state-forest-settlement/ but know that parking is in flux in Pittsfield right now so arrive EARLY.
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Ride For Resistance - From Standing Rock to Northampton

Ride For Resistance - From Standing Rock to Northampton

Friday February 3rd - 7:00pm - Friday February 3rd - 9:00pm

Pioneer Valley Workers Center
20 Hampton Ave Suite 200
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Water protectors and indigenous warriors are coming to the east coast, STRAIGHT OUT OF STANDING ROCK. These Black Snake Killaz have been fighting for sacred water and are now on the road spreading knowledge and sharing their stories of rezistance fighting the DAPL.

Mothers Against Meth Alliance has been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline from the very beginning, fighting the results of the black snake and addiction in both bodies and minds, beyond Standing Rock and long before, from the Pine Ridge reservation to wherever resource extraction is imposed onto our land and our people.

For more information about M.A.M.A. and the Ride For Resistance tour send us an email to Julzzzzrich@gmail.com

There is a suggested donation of $5-$15 at the door. It's also asked that you complete this official registration form: thefangcollective.org/northampton-event

This event is hosted by The FANG Collective, The Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Massachusetts Jobs With Justice.

Our warriors are faceless. They do not take credit for their hard work. They are not on NGO payrolls. Your donations are what keeps this movement and defense going! In addition to the suggested donation, you can also support the tour by send contributions via PayPal to: Julzzzzrich@gmail.com
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Forum: Climate Action in a Time of Crisis

Forum: Climate Action in a Time of Crisis

Saturday January 28th - 3:00pm - Saturday January 28th - 5:30pm

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

Public Forum: Climate Action in a Time of Crisis
Saturday, January 28 at 3:00 pm, First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton

2016 was the warmest year in modern history. Every day scientists report further signs of climate change. Yet, far from helping, the new administration seems determined to make things worse. It’s up to the states. Join MA Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Smith professor Nat Fortune, and activist Marty Nathan to discuss what the Commonwealth can do. Moderated by Lilly Lombard. Followed by workshops and break out groups to help make your voice heard. Free and open to the public.
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Emergency Rally for Immigrant Rights: Unite and Resist!

Emergency Rally for Immigrant Rights: Unite and Resist!

Friday January 27th - 5:00pm - Friday January 27th - 6:00pm

City of Springfield, MA - Office of Communications
36 Court St
Springfield, MA  01103 Map

Espanol abajo:

JOIN US:
An Evening vigil to link arms in solidarity and resistance

On Wednesday, Trump’s Executive Actions set in motion a new government assault on immigrants. In two sweeping statements, Trump calls for a new wall and expansive detention facilities across the southern US border. He deputizes local police to enforce federal immigration law, and seeks to exclude immigrants from privacy protections. Under his order, sanctuary cities will be denied some federal funds. We anticipate learning of new executive restrictions on travel and refugee welcome to Muslim countries in the next two days.

Let us come together in a spirit of sanctuary, a sacred protection born of unity. May we welcome and defend our neighbors and stand against Trump’s efforts. We ask you to gather Friday night, to show President Trump that all of Western Massachusetts stand with our Muslim and Latino neighbors. Together, we will form a beacon of light against the coming darkness.

We demand that our cities respect our 4th amendment rights regardless of status.

Co-Sponsors: (If your organization would like to be added let us know!)
Arise for Social Justice
Western Mass. Jobs with Justice
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Adam Gomez, Springfield City Councilor
Tahirah Amatul Wadud, Civil Rights Lawyer
Out Now
Blm413
American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts
Springfield No One Leaves
Western Mass SURJ - Showing up for Racial Justice
1199SEIU Massachusetts
National Priorities Project
ACLU Massachusetts
Franklin County Continuing Political Revolution
Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass
Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council
UFCW Local 1459
Resource Generation Western Ma
Climate Action Now MA
UAW Local 2322
Northeast Organic Farming Association -Massachusetts
Coming Together: An Anti-Racism Project for the Amherst, MA Area
Not Under My Watch

Únete a nosotros:
Una vigilia de noche para estar en solidaridad y resistencia

El miércoles, las acciones ejecutivas de Trump iniciaron un nuevo ataque hacia los inmigrantes de parte del gobierno. En dos declaraciones extensas, Trump hace un llamado para un nuevo muro y la expansión de cárceles para detener a inmigrantes en la frontera sureña de los EEUU. Él emplea a la policía local para hacer cumplir la ley federal de inmigración y trata de excluir a los inmigrantes de las protecciones de privacidad. Bajo su orden, las ciudades del santuario serán negadas algunos fondos federales. Anticipamos saber de nuevas restricciones ejecutivas sobre viajes a países musulmanes (y refugiados de estos mismos) en los próximos dos días.

Unámonos en el espíritu de santuario, una protección sagrada que nace de la unidad. Démosle la bienvenida y protejamos a nuestros vecinos y luchemos en contra de los esfuerzos de Trump. Pedimos que se unan el viernes en la noche para demostrar al Presidente Trump que todo el Oeste de Massachusetts apoya a nuestros vecinos musulmanes y latinos. Juntos formaremos una luz de esperanza en contra de la oscuridad que viene.

Exigimos que nuestras ciudades respeten nuestros derechos de la cuarta enmienda, no importando el estatus.

Co-patrocinadores: (Si quieres que se agregue tu organización, déjanos saber!)
Arise for Social Justice
Western Mass. Jobs with Justice
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Adam Gomez, Springfield City Councilor
Tahirah Amatul Wadud, Civil Rights Lawyer
Out Now
Blm413
American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts
Springfield Nol
Western Mass SURJ - Showing up for Racial Justice
1199SEIU Massachusetts
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Mass Power Forward Lobby Day: Clean Energy for All!

Mass Power Forward Lobby Day: Clean Energy for All!

Wednesday January 25th - 10:00am - Wednesday January 25th - 3:00pm

88 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108-4101, United States Map

UPDATE: LOCATION CHANGED DUE TO IMMENSE INTEREST IN CLEAN ENERGY

Lorimer Hall at Tremont Temple- 88 Tremont St.

Hundreds of members of the Mass Power Forward coalition are descending on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future!

The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead.

On January 25, we'll meet with our representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy. We'll push for at least 50% clean power by 2040, expanded investments in solar (especially community and low-income solar), and further action on gas leaks. And we'll call on our legislators to say no once and for all to pipelines and nuclear power. Join us!

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, January 25, 10 am to 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Tremont Temple Baptist Church, 88 Tremont St, Boston in Lorimar Hall on the basement level - We'll then move to the MA State House

We will set up ONE meeting with each representative / senator and their staff, and will let you know the time so that you can attend it alongside other constituents who share your concerns!

Please register with this Google Form so that we can make sure to schedule the right meetings:
docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4-3fJ-0IUDK79sjn1iFivTDb28dl38_Qe1CT-2MT6ktEkHw/viewform
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

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

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

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!
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Womens March: Join the Voices (Northampton)

Women's March: Join the Voices (Northampton)

Saturday January 21st - 10:00am - Saturday January 21st - 1:00pm

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

Unable to join the Women's March in Washington, D.C.? Join it in Northampton!

Beginning at 10:00 AM we will live stream the march in the Social Room of the Unitarian Society, 220 Main St, and provide information about community organizations in our area. Come see how you can get involved! You are welcome to bring a lunch.

We'll also have sign making supplies available, if you'd like to make a sign and then head to the march or rally.

The march will meet at 11:30 at Sheldon Field, and begin around 12:00 PM. It will end next to the Unitarian Society, at Pulaski Park.

At 12:30 PM, we'll have a rally. Speakers will include Mary Ford, the first female mayor of Northampton; Diana Sierra from the Pioneer Valley Workers Center; Marty Nathan from the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice, La Cliniquita and Climate Action Now; and legendary activist Frances Crowe. Myra Lam, from the American Friends Service Committee, will emcee.

Save carbon! Raise your voice here in the Valley!

Here's a flyer:
drive.google.com/file/d/0B1k8h1rJqcXlNGdrSTZTNUNkam8/view?usp=sharing

Here's a Google map with a bus schedule for returning from Pulaski Park to Sheldon Field:
goo.gl/maps/vrSzJdPJGyj

And here's a map of parking:
www.northamptonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6563

And a page about parking:
www.northamptonma.gov/259/Parking-Lots-Passes
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AG Maura Healeys Post-Election Town Hall

AG Maura Healey's Post-Election Town Hall

Wednesday January 18th - 7:00pm - Wednesday January 18th - 8:30pm

Faith United Church
52 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA  01108 Map

RSVP Here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfver8JeWhGeD84hNxPypo0bJFo2ebAsZ7LONF4WBNpJXkNQw/viewform?c=0&w=1

Please join Attorney General Maura Healey and organizers for a post-election Town Hall meeting.

So much is at stake and we need to act to build on and protect the progress we've made in our communities, throughout Massachusets and across the nation. Come hear what the Attorney General intends to do and how you can get involved.

Note: This event is free an open to the public. Guests are asked to register in advance because seating is limited.
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Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Tuesday January 17th - 12:00pm - Tuesday January 17th - 1:00pm

TD Bank
324 Main Street
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield
Corner of Main and Federal

Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net

1 interested  ·  1 going
The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization and

The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization and

Monday January 16th - 1:00pm - Monday January 16th - 3:00pm

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

The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization and Resistance in High Stakes Times

The climate justice movement is rapidly growing as more and more people realize that sustained mass action is our greatest source of power. We invite everyone who wants to help to build a vibrant, unstoppable climate justice movement to join us. We will gather as one group for the first half hour to talk about climate justice organizing in Western Mass and beyond. Then we will break into two groups:
(1) Building a Powerful Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization and Resistance. We will explore pathways for non-violent direct action and other strategies in a solidarity based movement in connection with local and national resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure and
(2) Climate Action Now’s plan for an equitable transition to 100% clean energy: CAN is a dynamic, grass roots organization. Adele will present our legislative priorities with an emphasis on what individual residents can do to help support them.

This session is part of the American Friends Service Committee’s 33rd Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Annual MLK Day Celebration

Annual MLK Day Celebration

Monday January 16th - 9:00am - Monday January 16th - 8:00pm

AFSC will hold its 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with events over the course of the entire day:

9am: SOJOURNER TRUTH WALKING TOUR (with Steve Strimer of the Ruggles Center)
+ Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue, Park and Pine Streets, Florence

10am: CHILDREN'S MLK JR. CELEBRATION (with Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene)
+ Jackson Street School, 120 Jackson St, Northampton

12 - 5pm: Informational Tabling
Come get a schedule and directions to the workshops, get a "Black Lives Matter" or "Good Neighbor" lawn sign, or visit organization's tables.
+ Edwards Church, 297 Main St, Northampton

1pm - 5pm: WORKSHOPS
Various locations at Edwards Church, First Churches, the Unitarian Universalist Society, Northampton Friends Meeting (see list below)

6pm: MLK SING-A-LONG CELEBRATION (with Evelyn Harris and more)
+ First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton

Workshop schedule:
Edwards Church
1-2: What’s Happening in the Criminal Legal system in MA
2-2:30: Guantanamo Bay: What Now?
3-3:30: #WhyIMarch: The Women’s March on DC Information Session
3:30-4: Social Media: What is it good for?

Unitarian Universalist Society
1-1:30: Making Northampton a Blue Community
2-3: The Struggle for Immigrant and Worker Justice
3-4: Moving Congregations into Justice and Sanctuary Work

First Churches
1-3: Taking Action on Climate
3-5: Still Standing: Standing Rock's Struggle Under Trump: www.facebook.com/events/714218512078583/

Northampton Friends Meetinghouse
1-3:30: Film/Discussion with Frances Crowe: Doctrine of Discovery
3:30 - 5: Film/Discussion with Sut Jhally of the Media Education Foundation
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Contradance to Benefit Plan-NE

Contradance to Benefit Plan-NE

Saturday January 14th - 7:00pm - Saturday January 14th - 10:00pm

West Cummington Church Parish House, 27 West Main Street, West Cummington, MA Map

Contradance to protect Otis State Forest / Sandisfield from Kinder Morgan's Connecticut Expansion Pipeline. Saturday, January 14, 7 pm at the West Cummington Parish House, W. Main Street, W. Cummington, MA. Proceeds to support the legal work of Pipe Line Awareness Network for the North East (PLAN-NE). Music by Steve Howland and other great local musicians, Contradance Calling by Sadie Stull, Soup and Refreshments from Alice's Kitchen!
Suggested Donation $25 - All amounts accepted.
For more information call 413-634-8043.

Even if you can't make it to the event, you can contribute directly to PLAN-NE - plan-ne.org/

SHARE THE NEWS! Posters and web-graphics to share:
www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/contradance-for-plan-ne/
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Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Tuesday January 10th - 12:00pm - Tuesday January 10th - 1:00pm

TD Bank
324 Main Street
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield
Corner of Main and Federal

Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net

Day Against Denial standout on Calvin Coolidge Bridge

Day Against Denial standout on Calvin Coolidge Bridge

Monday January 9th - 4:00pm - Monday January 9th - 5:00pm

Calvin Coolidge Bridge
Hadley, MA   Map

Meet on Northampoton side. You can park in the lot at the rail rail, across from Webster's Fish Hook

100 interested  ·  28 going
Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Tuesday January 3rd - 12:00pm - Tuesday January 3rd - 1:00pm

TD Bank
324 Main Street
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield
Corner of Main and Federal

Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net

Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Ongoing tues noon Greenfield standing rock vigil

Tuesday December 27th - 12:00pm - Tuesday December 27th - 1:00pm

TD Bank
324 Main Street
Greenfield, MA  01301 Map

Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield
Corner of Main and Federal

Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net

5 interested
Building Community Resistance; Holistic Activism

Building Community Resistance; Holistic Activism

Sunday December 18th - 3:00pm - Sunday December 18th - 6:00pm

Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge
21 W Main St
Cummington, MA  01026 Map

H.U.M.A.N.
Holistic Uprising:
Massachusetts Activist Network

This meeting is to facilitate tighter organizing within our local communities and build a large network of Freedom Cells (similar to Affinity Groups) in Massachuetts. Let's explore our skills, passions, intentions, and our roles in this time of great evolution together.

Holistic Activism is Spiritual, heart-centered action brought on by deep feelings of interconnection and responsibility. It is an integration of progressive and radical movements, Spiritual development, whole body healing {Mind ~ Body ~ Soul}, sustainability, Planetary healing, and the evolution of our Collective Consciousness as we move towards a harmonious, balanced way of life. Holistic Activism is coming back into our rooted, ancestral, divine truths and restoring Power back into the Collective, rather than the Capitalistic institutions.

Rough outline, with openness to the organic flow ~~

* Introductions
* In-Depth Overview of Freedom Cells - "Freedom Cells are peer to peer groups organizing themselves in a decentralized manner with the collective goal of asserting the sovereignty of group members through peaceful resistance and the creation of alternative institutions."
* Vision for Massachusetts: Building bridges, organized networking, solidarity actions, sharing of resources/tactic, Spiritual growth, forming an Activist Newsletter.
* Possibilities/Ideas for integrating communal/empowering gatherings, shared learning, non-violent direct action tactics, self-sustaining education, ceremony, book discussions, documentary screenings, etc. into the format of Freedom Cells
* Freedom Cell Network website {freedomcells.coeo.cc/}
* Group Share: Share 1-3 topics you'd like to explore within your potential Freedom Cell.
* Encrypted, Secured Communication
* Group Closing/Intention moving forward ~~

Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge is an eccentric, vibrant, creative space run by my good friend, Mariam Massaro. Every Sunday, she hosts an open mic and music jam with the Gaea Star Band and serves vegan pizza, salad, coffee, and tea buffet-style. This will be happening around 6pm that evening, so come for the meeting, stay for the music 😉 The meeting is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged for pizza and music. There are many instruments there, but please feel free to bring your own as well to join in the magic of co-creating beautiful music!

I chose this beautiful location as it is an open, safe space for honest expression and is accessible for both Northampton/Valley area and Berkshire folks. Also - totally kid-friendly and handicap accessible.

With Love,
Bri
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Standing Rock Water Protectors Benefit

Standing Rock Water Protectors Benefit

Saturday December 10th - 5:00pm - Saturday December 10th - 8:30pm

Holyoke Community Church, 300 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA Map

In observance of Human Rights Day, Nuestras Raices and the United Congregational Church of Holyoke invite you to a benefit dinner and lecture about the Standing Rock Water Protectors and how to support their cause. We are honored to host Jennifer Weston, a researcher, writer, and producer from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas. Read more about Ms. Weston here: www.umb.edu/academics/cla/faculty/jennifer_weston More event details to follow!
En observavion del Dia de Derechos Humanos, Nuestras Raices y la Iglesia Unida del Congresso de Holyoke le invitas a una cena y confrerencia de benefico sobre los Protectores de Agua de Standing Rock y como apoyar su causa. Nos sentimos honorados de recibir a Jen Weston, una investigadora , escritor, y productor de la reserva Standing Rock Sioux en los Dakotas. Lee mas acerca de la Sra. Weston aqui:
Mas detalles del evento seguir.

5PM DOORS
6PM DINNER
6:30-8PM TEACH-IN
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Nonviolent Direct Action Training

Nonviolent Direct Action Training

Saturday December 10th - 9:30am - Saturday December 10th - 5:30pm

Amherst College
Amherst, MA  01002-5000 Map

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, and parking.

Learn the theory and practice of nonviolence as it applies to civil resistance to pipelines, fossil fuel infrastructure build-out, solidarity with #StandingRock and more. We will help you connect to an Affinity Group. 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. The training is a full day from 9:30 to 5:30 with trainers Paki Wieland, Mary Link, and Dineen O'Rourke.
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Walk and Water Ceremony to #DefundDAPL

Walk and Water Ceremony to #DefundDAPL

Monday December 5th - 12:00pm - Monday December 5th - 1:30pm

Amherst Common Map

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued an eviction notice for #OcetiSakowin Camp on December 5th, where thousands of native people and non-native allies have gathered peacefully to pray and protect the land and water that rightfully belongs to the Standing Rock Sioux. Now more than ever action is needed to stand with the Water Protectors.

Grounded in the prayer centered, sacred nature of the occupation at Standing Rock, we will walk together from the North Common in Amherst down North Pleasant St. to TD Bank (243 Triangle Street), a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

IF YOU ARE A UMASS STUDENT, meet outside the UMass Student Union at 11:30 and we will walk together to the TD Bank to support those who are closing their accounts and to join those walking from the North Common for speakers and a water ceremony.

We will be silently walking through town to the beat of drumming to show our solidarity with Standing Rock. Prayer is at center here. Please come ready to listen to the leadership of indigenous voices.

Please wear blue to show that #WaterIsLife, and bring a small offering of water from your home or from a body of water close to your heart, for the water ceremony.

Those with TD bank accounts will close them to send the message that we do not support institutions investing in this pipeline.

If you have an account with TD Bank, we invite you to close your account on Monday, joining the global movement to #DefundDAPL. Bring your friends and family, especially those who have TD Bank accounts! This is a chance to lovingly grow the movement and add to the $13 million (and counting) that's been divested. (defunddapl.org)
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March for Jobs, Justice, and a Livable Earth

March for Jobs, Justice, and a Livable Earth

Saturday December 3rd - 12:00pm - Saturday December 3rd - 2:00pm

Connecticut State Capitol
210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT  06106 Map

On Dec 3 in Hartford, march with indigenous rights activists, labor activists, people of faith, civil rights activists, peace groups, environmentalists, students, and other concerned citizens.

Join us to:

Say no to Uncontrollable Warming!
Say yes to an Emergency Transition to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy!
Stand with Standing Rock!
Stand with Immigrants and Climate Refugees!
Say yes to Mass Electrified Transportation for All!
Say yes to an End to Environmental Racism!
Say no to the Fracked Gas Infrastructure Buildout!
Say yes to Jobs & Justice! No to the Cuts & Climate Crisis!

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The fight to preserve our planet and halt climate warming is inextricably tied to the struggle for all the other elements of a decent human life: jobs, health, equality, and justice.

The threat of catastrophic global warming requires an emergency transition, in Connecticut and every other state, to an energy grid and mass transportation system powered by 100% clean, renewable sources like solar and wind.

Clean, renewable energy, expanded mass transit, and emergency conservation measures can almost immediately create many times the new jobs promised by the proposed fracked gas buildout and current dirty fossil fuel infrastructure.

The climate movement stands ready to campaign with the labor movement, the Movement for Black Lives, Native Americans, climate refugees, immigrant communities, environmental justice activists, conservationists, and other community movements for a massive program of good green jobs and a turn to focusing on the needs of people over fossil fuel profits.

Sponsors: 350 Connecticut, CT Sierra Club

List of Endorsers:

-Amalgamated Transit Union CT
-CT State Council of Machinists
-Greater Connecticut Area Local American Postal Workers Union
-CT State Employee Association/ SEIU Local 2001 P4 Council
-UConn Graduate Employees Union- UAW Local 6950
-Hartford County Climate Action
-Climate Mobilization New Haven
-Guildford Peace Alliance
-350 Lansing
-Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
-Beyond Extreme Energy
-Consumers for Sensible Energy
-Greater New Haven Peace Council
-Inter-Religious Eco Justice Network
-Middle East Crisis Committee
-New Haven Leon Sister City Project
-No Fracked Gas in Mass
-Occupy Danbury
-Promoting Enduring Peace
-The Social Action Committee of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society
-Clean Water Action
-P.A.C.E. – People’s Action for Clean Energy
-Toxics Action Center
-UAW CT-CAP Council
-Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut
-National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter
-Committee for a Cultural/Environment Center
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For more information or to endorse this action contact dlentakis@sbcglobal.net or visit www.350CT.org
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#cleanenergy #nomorepipelines #JobsJusticeEarth #waterislife #blacklivesmatter
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