Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

2020 Elections Mini-Summit

When: Wednesday, October 16, 7-8:30 pm
Where: JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd, Florence

 What: This meeting will kick off local discussion/actions to help flip the Maine Senate seat and work in New Hampshire to insure a Democratic victory in the presidential race. 

Tim Grose, Political Director of the Maine Democratic Party, and New Hampshire Democratic State Party Executive Director Amy Kennedy and Political Director Slate Goodwin will be attendance.  They will speak to efforts that are already underway in their states and how we can help with those efforts.  Also speaking will be Diane Garey, a local Swing Left leader who coordinates voter registration, letter writing, and other efforts in many key states around the country.

Please feel free to circulate this email to friends and allies.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Silver, eliz.silver999@gmail.com, 413-531-9937.

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Showing Up Whole in Racial Justice: A conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum and community leaders

Hosted by The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership

When Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00pm- 8:30pm
Where: Northampton Center for the Arts

What: The Truth School brings Dr. Beverly Tatum back to Northampton as the featured speaker for this free event. Dr. Tatum is President Emerita, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA and author of the bestselling book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race. 

Dr. Tatum will be joined by panelists Mehlaqa Samdani, Executive Director of Critical Connections;  Rose Sackey-Milligan, Former Senior Program Officer Mass Foundation for the Humanities and Contemplative Educator for Social Action; Natalia Munoz, Multimedia Journalist and Communications Consultant; and Lindsey Peterson, Organizer, Queer Faith and anti-racism educator, singer, songwriter and activist. Rev. Andrea Ayvazian, founder of The Truth School, will moderate this far-reaching conversation.

 This event held from 7 to 8:30 PM will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, which is wheelchair accessible. Copies of Dr. Tatum’s book will be available for purchase.

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Oct
18
11:30 AM11:30

Rural Public Health: A Path Forward Oversight Hearing

Hosted by: Joint Committee on Public Health, Rural Caucus, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Baystate Health, Cooley Dickinson Health Care

When: Friday, October 18, 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Where: John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield

What: The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health will hold an oversight hearing to review the public health and health care findings and recommendations of the Rural Policy Plan developed by the Massachusetts Rural Policy Advisory Commission.
Rural health care and public health stakeholders will discuss how they are addressing rural health inequities in innovative ways and how to improve the health of the residents of the Commonwealth’s 170 rural communities.

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

Swing Left Reach Out to Virginia Voters - Northampton

When: Monday, October 21, 5-6:30 pm
Where: Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St, Northampton

What: Please join us in encouraging likely Democratic voters to register to vote. The ability to turn out the vote is critical for Dems in this upcoming election. The Voter Participation Center found an increase of 4.3% in registrations and 1.6% in voting through letter-writing campaigns.All materials are provided. You just write a brief note and address the envelope. If possible, please bring 15 stamps or a donation of $8 to cover their cost.

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Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Indivisible Northampton Bimonthly Meeting - Action Meeting

When: Monday, October 21, 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.)
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path (Pathways Cohousing), Florence

What: Action Meeting and roll out of our new group, Immigration Ride Share; Debby Pastrich-Klemer will be leading. We will be working with Javier Luengo-Garrido from the Western Mass ACLU and the Resistance Center to form a community wide service to help immigrants get to their mandatory court appointments.
Please contact debp326@gmail.com if you are interested, and join us to find out more.

About Indivisible Northampton

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Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Represent US Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, November 4, 6-7:30 pm
Where:  Greenfield Savings Bank, 325 King St. Northampton. Across from the Bluebonnet Diner.

What:  Monthly meeting of the local chapter of the non-partisan group Represent.US, working for campaign finance reform and fighting government corruption to make our democracy stronger.  This is a crucial meeting as we mobilize for initiatives getting underway this fall.

Work to get big money influence out of government by moving local, state, and national initiatives forward. Find out how your town can have a voice for clean government. All are welcome.

For questions or carpooling, email repwma@gmail.com

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Pioneer Valley Citizen's Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 13, 7-8:45 pm
Where: Unitarian Society, 220 Main St (downstairs), Northampton

What: Monthly meeting. New and experienced CCL volunteers learn, practice skills, connect with and inspire each other, and strategize moving our country toward solving climate change. We focus on carbon pricing as the policy with the most impact to spur innovation and make fossil fuels obsolete. There are several carbon pricing bills to support in both the Massachusetts and U.S. Congress.

Contact lorasandhusen@gmail.com, peterthunfors@hotmail.com; adonson@umass.edu, or markdhart56@gmail.com.

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Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

Postcard Writing for Debra Rodman in VA

When: Sunday, October 13, 5 pm
Where: The Odyssey, 100 College St, S Hadley

What: Debra Rodman, currently a State Rep, is running for State Senate. She is endorsed by NARAL, Swing Left, Eric Holder, Mark Warner, Emily's List, the Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, Sister District, and many others. She's a great candidate.

From the organizer: "I buy prepaid postcards and create graphics to print on to them. I'd ask you to reimburse me $.42 for each postcard, postage, and ink I use for printing. I provide pens, scripts, and addresses, and also some snacks. Feel free to bring snacks to share, too. Please bring extra highlighters if you have any."

Please RSVP so Ellen knows how many postcards to get: Ellen Schwartz, boenel.verizon.net@send.mailchimpapp.com.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Swing Left Voter Letter-Writing in Holyoke

When: Sunday, October 13, 10am
Where: Bistro at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St, Holyoke

What: In the 2020 presidential election, many people who agree with Democratic policies are not yet registered to vote. Swing Left is working to increase registration among unmarried women, people of color, and millennials in key states. Join us to help reach these likely-Democratic voters at a house party that will be stocked with drinks, snacks, and friendly volunteers. Please bring as many stamps as you can; the host would like to keep this event open to all regardless of circumstance, so if you are able please bring at least one 20 stamp book of 55 cent stamps. Volunteers will cover the cost of printing and envelopes. Our partners at Voter Participation Center have found an increase of 4.3% in registrations and 1.6% in voting through letter-writing campaigns. With elections determined by razor-thin margins in key states, these efforts may mean the difference between victory and defeat. RSVP and join us as we build the good government we want and deserve.


RSVP and join us as we build the good government we want and deserve!
Coffee, snacks and a fully-loaded brunch will be available to purchase. Handicap Accessibility: The Bistro is accessible.
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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Pioneer Valley Citizen's Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 9, 7-8:45 pm
Where: Unitarian Society, 220 Main St (downstairs), Northampton

What: Monthly meeting. New and experienced CCL volunteers learn, practice skills, connect with and inspire each other, and strategize moving our country toward solving climate change. We focus on carbon pricing as the policy with the most impact to spur innovation and make fossil fuels obsolete. There are several carbon pricing bills to support in both the Massachusetts and U.S. Congress.

Contact: lorasandhusen@gmail.com, peterthunfors@hotmail.com; adonson@umass.edu, or markdhart56@gmail.com.

Click here for more about Citizen's Climate Lobby

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Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Western Mass Medicare for All General Assembly

When: Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 pm
Where: 20 Hampton Ave, Community Room, Northampton

What: Updates, actions, information, and resource-sharing. Connect with other Medicare for All supporters and groups across the region. Help make Single Payer a reality in Massachusetts and the nation.
Please RSVP to info@wmmedicareforall.org. New folks welcome.

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Sanctuary in the Streets Monthly Meeting - Cafe and Restaurant Workers Panel and Community Discussion

Hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Mass and Western Mass Jobs with Justice, and Western Mass Area Labor Federation

When: Monday, October 7, 6-8 pm
Where: The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton

What: In the first hour, a panel of unionized restaurant workers, including groups from Montreal and Ithaca, NY, will discuss building worker power. During the second hour, we will break into committees to discuss organizing food system workers and supporting the fight to get access to drivers' licenses for everyone in Massachusetts, regardless of immigrant status. Childcare provided.

If you have questions or want to get involved with a small team who is organizing the event email rose@pvworkerscenter.org

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Represent US Western Mass - Action Planning Meeting

When: Monday, October 7, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Greenfield Savings Bank, 325 King St. Northampton. Across from the Bluebonnet Diner.

What: Monthly meeting of the local chapter of the non-partisan group Represent.US, working for campaign finance reform and fighting government corruption to make our democracy stronger. This is a crucial meeting as we mobilize for initiatives getting underway this fall.
Work to get big money influence out of government by moving local, state, and national initiatives forward. Find out how your town can have a voice for clean government. All are welcome.

For questions or carpooling, email repwma@gmail.com

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Oct
6
4:30 PM16:30

Swing Left Get Out the Vote Letter Writing for Virginia - Holyoke

When: Sunday, October 6, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Where:
Barnes and Noble Cafe, 7 Holyoke St, Holyoke

What: Why Virginia? The GOP holds slim majorities in both the State Senate (21 -19) and the State House of Delegates (51 - 49.) All of these seats are up for election this November. In the Pioneer Valley we can help Virginia Democrats win majorities in both houses with our letters to potential Democratic voters. A victory will mean that Democrats can address gerrymandering and bring the state’s focus to important climate and immigration issues. Do letter-writing campaigns work? Our partners at the Voter Participation Center have found an increase of 4.3% in registrations and 1.6% in voting. With elections determined by razor-thin margins in key states, your efforts may mean the difference between victory and defeat. RSVP and join us as we help Virginia Democrats take back two houses.

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Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

March, Rally, and Ritual for Immigration Justice

Hosted by Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice of Western Massachusetts, Area Jewish Congregations, Indivisible Northampton, and Pioneer Valley Workers Center

When: Sunday, October 6, 4-6:30 pm
Where: Various starting locations in Northampton, details below

What: March from Northampton and Hadley to the boat launch below the Coolidge Bridge for Tashlich ritual and rally. The ritual of throwing bread crumbs to represent a cleansing is traditional during the Jewish high holy days. Instead of breadcrumbs, we will cast pebbles to represent the sins against immigrants done by the federal government in our name. Everyone is welcome to attend.

March to the Coolidge Bridge, Bring signs, shofars, water, and energy. Marchers will start in different places to converge by the Hadley bridge. Starting locations:
- 4 pm/Pulaski Park, Northampton;
- 4pm/Corner of Railroad St at West St, Hadley (park allowed at Paragus and Most Holy Redeemer Churches);
- 4:30 pm/Sheldon Field (Northampton)
5 pm--Rally and Tashlich ritual. Gather at the Coolidge Bridge Boat Launch (down from the bikeway parking lot).

Contact Alice Levine alicelevine12@gmail.com for more info or to co-sponsor.

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Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Fix It Movie Showing

Sponsored by Granby/South Hadley Hub of Western MA Medicare for All

When: Thursday, October 3, 6:30
Where:
Granby Public Library, 297 East State St, Granby

What: Screening of Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point. Followed by open discussion about healthcare.

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Oct
1
8:30 AM08:30

Health Policy Legislative Forum--Medicare for All, Boston

Hosted by the Mass. chapter of American Nurses Association.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8:30-1:30
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston; may be available by video in Western Mass.

Where: Panel includes Boston-area experts and Christine Schrauf, an active member of South Hadley/Granby Medicare for All Hub.

Register here: https://www.anamass.org/events/register.aspx?id=1235768
More information: www,anamass.org

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Sep
27
1:00 PM13:00

Food is Public Health Oversight Hearing

Hosted by Senator Jo Comerford and organizations listed below.

When: Friday, September 27, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield

What: Join us for an oversight hearing on the impact of food insecurity and inequitable access to nutritious food on public health. Experts on the food system and its impact on public health will discuss how state, federal, and non-profit programs work together to improve the health of the Commonwealth. Topics will include food as medicine, food deserts and healthy food access, the role of agriculture in public health, and school food programming. Hosted by Joint Committee on Public Health Massachusetts Food Systems Caucus, Baystate Health, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, CISA, the Food Bank of Western Mass, Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc, MA Food System Collaborative, Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass.)

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Sep
27
11:00 AM11:00

Rebellion Begins

When: Friday, September 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Amherst Center, Amherst College and UMass Amherst

What: Western Massachusetts Extinction Rebellion putting on street theater. Actions will take place in Amherst Center, Amherst College and UMass. Includes a dramatic funeral and die-in at UMass, launching the rebellion and symbolically presenting UMass with their four demands.

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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Solidarity Training: Rideshare and Court Accompaniment

Hosted by the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

When: Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm (Rideshare training 6:30-7:30 pm; Accompaniment training 7:30-8:30 pm)
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave, Springfield

What: Training to join The Pioneer Valley Workers Center Rideshare and Court Accompaniment networks, details below.

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Rideshare: Many PVWC members are not able to drive. Rideshare drivers participate in a one-hour training and are then notified of opportunities to drive community leaders when needed. Rides support PVWC worker members organizing for justice, and also support Lucio Perez and his family during this time in sanctuary. The community counts on this vital support. Email contact sisrideshare@protonmail.com

PVWC Court Accompaniment: Many PVWC immigrant members are fighting immigration cases and have regular ICE check-in appointments and court dates. Court Accompaniment volunteers provide support in these stressful times by attending the appointment or court date with immigrant community members. The Workers Center has received many requests recently for this solidarity support. Attend this one hour training and join the team.

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Sep
23
5:30 PM17:30

Census Briefing with Rep. Paul Mark, Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, and Rep. Sabadosa

When: Monday, Sept 23, 5:30-7 pm
Where: Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave #200, Northampton

What: Join Reps Mark, Sabadosa, representatives from the US Census Bureau, and the local Complete Count Committee for a briefing on the upcoming 2020 Census. They will do a quick canvass training, provide canvass literature and script, and then send people out to knock doors and spread the word about the importance of the upcoming census.

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Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

We The People Local Solidarity Rally

Hosted by Indivisible Northampton

When: Saturday, September 21, 1-2 pm
Where: Pulaski Park, Main St, Northampton

What: If you can't make it to Washington, DC for We the People March, come to the local solidarity march. We the People are rallying to be seen and heard. We are here to remind our elected officials that they work for us. We are here because the current regime is a threat to out democracy and values. We are here to demand action. Silence and inaction are complicity. Speakers include Jennifer Taub, others TBA.
Contact Debby Pastrich-Klemer if you would like to volunteer at debp326@gmail.com or if you would like to help organize a bus to the DC march, if there is enough interest.

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Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

Boston Climate Strike

When: Friday, September 20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: City Hall and Statehouse

What: In Boston, high school students are organizing a rally from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM with speakers, chants, music, chalking, a live stream of Greta, and a march from City Hall to the Statehouse. This will be the largest event in Massachusetts, and an inter-generational moment. Do all you can to make it there, particularly if you are young or can help a young person go. Youth organizers are also seeking funding and help reaching out to their peers, both to publicize strikes across the region and to help those who want to get to Boston.

Main event page - bit.ly/boston-climate-strike.

Bus interest form: bit.ly/wmass-rsvp.

Donate: bit.ly/strike-donate.

Share school contacts: bit.ly/give-us-your-school-contacts

Visit http://climateactionnowma.org/september-strike-week/ for other links and transportation options.

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Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Phone Banking, or Writing Postcards and Letters to the Editor in Support of the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act (S1401, H3573)

This event is sponsored by the Tikkun Olam Committee of the Jewish Community of Amherst. 

When: Wednesday, September 18, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Where:
Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst

What: Build support for the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act (SCA) to get this bill to a hearing and favorably reported out of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security after the hearing. The SCA protects the rights of immigrants and also helps make communities safer for all. Find more information at miracoalition.org/safe-communities.

Call registered Democratic voters in target districts, write postcards to voters in these districts and to our legislators, and write Letters to the Editor of the various area newspapers. For phone banking, please bring your laptop computer, and your cell phone, along with chargers. If you don’t want to phone bank, come to write postcards or letters.

Please RSVP to Jane Myers (janemyers18@gmail.com) or Annique Boomsma (anjeff@caremail.every1.net)

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Sep
17
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Action Now's Carbon Pollution and Fee Rebate Group Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 17, 9-10:45 am
Where: Panera's, 335 Russell St (Mountain Farms Mall), Hadley

What: This is an important time to build on the success of gaining many co-sponsors on the carbon pollution pricing bills. Meetings focus on educating legislators and interested groups about carbon pricing. Get trained to meet with legislators and work with a statewide coalition focused on carbon pricing legislation.

For more information.

For questions or to get involved, contact Mary Jo Maffei at maryjomaffei22@gmail.com or 413-265-6390

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