Sunday, March 26 from 1 -4 pm. Sanctuary in the Streets Training at the Jackson Street School in Northampton. Sanctuary in the Streets is the rapid response network of Western Massachusetts and is facilitated by the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. We are working to create a community network to stand against deportations, raids, workplace retaliations, and acts of hate. The trainings are free, and while donations are appreciated, all are welcome to sign up and attend. Go to: http://bit.ly/2n3D1aA
Sunday, March 26, 2:00 – 4:00pm. General Assembly of FCCPR, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/
Monday, March 27, 7 to 9pm. Art Build Planning for Climate, Justice & Jobs March. Unitarian Society of Amherst• 121 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. ON April 29, Some of us are headed to DC, and many of us will participate in the Western Massachusetts Springfield sister march! Climate Action Now hosts a general gathering each month which includes breakout sessions. At the March 27 meeting, one of the breakout sessions will plan an art presence for the east-413 contingent in DC and also how we might contribute art for the Springfield march, which is hosted by the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Go to: https://actionnetwork.org/events/art-build-planning-for-climatejustice-jobs-march/thankyou
Tuesday, March 28, 6:15PM- 8:15PM: Town Hall Forum at UMass Amherst. Student Union Ballroom, 280 Hicks Way, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA. Commonwealth Conversations is coming to Western Mass for its 7th stop on March 28th. We invite you to join us at both our Transportation Forum in the afternoon, and our Town Hall Forum in the evening. The tour will be hosted by Senator Don Humason, Senator Adam Hinds, Senator Eric Lesser, Senator Jim Welch, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg. Go to: https://malegislature.gov/CC/Details?locationId=11
Wednesday March 29, 7pm. Next meeting of Greenfield Planning Meeting for Peoples Climate March, at 12Federal Street, Greenfield, MA Go to: https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-greenfield/thankyou#tab_discussion
Friday, March 31,12:30 -2:00pm. Talk: Long-term Strategy and Movement Building for Dealing with the Trump Regime. Room 160 East, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst. An unprecedented mobilization of resistance and protests have arisen in the U.S. during the last couple of months. That is hopeful, but there are important issues and lessons from resistance studies to reflect upon that are not necessarily taken into account by the activists. How will these large protest events evolve into a resilient and long-term movement? Activists will need to mount a resistance strong enough to create a necessary system change that will survive the repression that the Trump regime has already prepared for. Go here: https://www.umass.edu/giving/events/talk-long-term-strategy-and-movement-building-dealing-trump-regime
Saturday, April 1, 9am. to 5pm. Sugar Shack Alliance Non-violent Direct Action Training. Mt. Toby Friends Meeting House, Rt. 63, Leverett, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788344298150406/
April 1, 10:15 AM to 12:15pm. Doors open at 9:45. Racial Justice in the Courts: Does it exist? First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver St. Greenfield. Racial Justice Rising invites you to join Ashfield Attorney Buz Eisenberg for a presentation on the racial inequities of our criminal legal system. Attorney Eisenberg has practiced law for well over 3 decades in the region and has handled a variety of criminal, civil and civil rights cases. He has taught courses in Law and Government at GCC for 16 years and is well known for his work getting 8 Guantanamo prisoners released, many of whom who were being held without charges. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available — RSVP with number & ages of children: email@example.com
Saturday, April 1, 7pm. Over thirty area congregations and civic organization across the Valley are coming together to support a “Justice for All” Concert and Sing-along at First Congregational Church in Amherst. The concert will provide an opportunity for many across the valley to stand together for the rights of those facing serious threats to their safety, rights and dignity. This event is a benefit for Greater Springfield Area NAACP and Arise for Social Justice. TICKETS: Suggested donation of $20 for adults, $5 for those under 18. In advance or at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Advance tickets available at: www.riseupandsing.org/events/justice-amherst CONTACTS: For more information about the concert or to schedule an interview with the performers, contact Peter Blood & Annie Patterson at 413-256-8596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 5 at 6 – 8pm. One Valley One Voice Progressive Power gathering.
Wednesday, April 12, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Springfield City Hall, School Committee Meeting Room 220, 36 Court St., Springfied, MA. Eversource is proposing a bill increase to you that would increase their revenue by about $100 million dollars. Eversource is asking the Department of Public Utilities to give them a guaranteed return on equity of 10.5%, which would be among the highest rate of any utility in the country. There are many parts of this proposal that are bad for solar, including imposing “demand charges” on residential customers and higher “fixed customer charges”; which will both have the effect of lowering net metering credits. The proposal is also bad for low income households (western MA families could end up with an annual bill of $500 before they even turn on the lights!), and for energy conservation. Go to: http://www.massclimateaction.org/
Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. (see above).