Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Single-Payer Healthcare: others have it and we need it

When: Sunday, August 18, 1pm-3pm
Where:
Massachusetts Green Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke

What: Roundtable discussion on why Medicare for All’s time has come and what can be done to gain Representative Richard Neal’s full support. Panelists: Dr. Marty Nathan, Jerry Friedman PhD, Hon. Alex Morse, Stephanie Nakajima, Larry Cervelli, Russell Freedman, and Judith Atkins.

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Aug
19
7:30 PM19:30

Indivisible Northampton Bimonthly Meeting - Action Meeting, Ranked Choice Voting

When: Monday, August 19, 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.)
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path (Pathways Cohousing), Florence

What: Jeanette Rivera from Voterchoicema.org will run a training on how to collect signatures on a ballot petition drive to be prepared in the event we need RCV on the ballot, which would require collecting 120,000 signatures which would start the second week of September. Come learn about action groups, or start one.

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Aug
20
9:00 AM09:00

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


When:  Tuesday, August 20, 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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Aug
20
9:00 AM09:00

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

When: Tuesday, August 20, 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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Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation Launch Meeting

When: Thursday, August 22, 5-7 pm
Where: VFW, 18 Meadow St, Florence

What: The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF) invites all working people to our launch meeting. Join together across trade and industry for an introduction to the WMALF and strategize how to deepen solidarity and build power for the working people of Western Mass. The WMALF is an exciting new coalition that brings together workers and leaders to build a stronger and more unified voice for the more than 50,000 union members and the hundreds of thousands of non-union workers across Western Mass. Food provided and drinks available for purchase

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Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

“Time To Act” Picnic

Sponsored by the Democratic Committees of six towns (Leverett, Pelham, New Salem, Shutesbury, Sunderland, New Salem)

When: Sunday, September 8th, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury

What: Picnic with Congressman Jim McGovern, State Senator Jo Comerford and State Representative Natalie Blais. Tadea Martin-Gonzalez, representing Pioneer Valley Students for Gun Control, will speak. 

Representatives from area action organizations will be on hand to provide information on ways to be active and involved. The following will be represented: Climate Action Now, Medicare For All, We the People Massachusetts, Abortion Rights Fund of W. MA., Western MA Young Democrats, and Voter Registration.

Music by the Helen Winter Trio.   Food and drink!   All are welcome!

Contact: Penny Kim, Chair, Shutesbury Dem. Committee Pen2noho@msn.com

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Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Western Mass Medicare for All General Assembly

When: Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 pm (After the August break, now resuming monthly meetings the second Wednesday of every month.)
Where: Mass Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke

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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Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Represent US Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

Represent US Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, September 16, 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 – bring a friend!

For questions or carpooling, email repwma@gmail.com

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Leverett Outreach to Voters by Mail

When: Thursday, August 15, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where:
173 Shutesbury Road, Leverett, MA 01059

What: Write to voters in North Carolina. Learn about Swing Left's 2020 strategy, and find out how you can be a part of defeating Trump and his allies, and to meet other activists in our area. 

On Tuesday, September 10th, an important election will take place in North Carolina’s 9th district. This election "redo" pits solar entrepreneur Dan McCready against a nationally known homophobe and the author of North Carolina’s notorious “Bathroom Bill.” McCready would be the first Democrat to represent the district in nearly 50 years. 

Swing Left and Vote Forward have launched a national campaign to get 45,000 letters to voters in North Carolina’s 9th District. Come write letters to Democrats to remind them of the importance of voting in this special election.

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Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

Represent US Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, August 12, 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 – bring a friend!

For questions or carpooling, email repwma@gmail.com

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Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Application Deadline for Women's Fund Open Application for Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) 2.0: Strategies for Social Change

Application Deadline August 12 (deadline extended from July 31.) Learn to lead and create social change through this program led by The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy (UMass SPP), and the Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program. Course sessions will take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Program and application information here

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Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Demonstration Calling on Mass Dems to Support a Climate Debate

When: Saturday, August 10, 9am-2pm
Where:
Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton

What: Join the Sunrise Movement in showing up at the local Democratic office, where they’ll tell their stories, bring signs and demand local Democratic Party committees call on the DNC to host a #ClimateDebate. People from all over the state will be gathering at the entrance to Easthampton HS at 8:30 to greet attendees as they arrive. Those who want to can attend the meeting as well.

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Aug
7
4:00 PM16:00

Swing Left Voter Registration Postcard Writing

When: Wednesday, August 7, 4-6 pm
Where: Mill 181 Park, 180 Pleasant St, Suite 217, Easthampton

What: In the 2020 presidential election, 90 percent of registered voters are likely to vote, but 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 at Mill 180 Park to send out brief messages to encourage these people to vote. Sandwiches, salads, snacks, wine, beer and coffee are all available for purchase. Scripts and other materials will be provided. Donations for stamps are encouraged but not required. Parking can be found in the lot on Pleasant St or along the street.

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Host contact info: janifleur@gmail.com

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Aug
6
5:30 PM17:30

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration on the banks of the Connecticut River

When: Tuesday, August 6, 5:30
Where: Unity Park Riverfront, 1st Street, Turners Falls

What: Organized by the peace task force of the Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, and co-sponsored by the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, the event will start at 5:30 pm with the formation of a peace symbol on the ground, made from participants’ flowers and banners. A circle will form at 6 pm, with a short program of remembrance and calls for nuclear disarmament. 

The organizing groups call for endorsement of the July, 2017 UN treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons and treaty and forge a path to total worldwide nuclear disarmament. (See: http://www.icanw.org/the-treaty)

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Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

NOTE LATE CHANGE IN EVENT TOPIC--Indivisible Northampton Bimonthly Meeting - Indivisible Update, Not Asylum Support Network

NOTE CHANGE IN EVENT TOPIC:

The Indivisible Northampton meeting for tonight, Monday, August 5th, has had a topic change: the Asylum Seekers folks had to cancel at the last minute, and we'll be rescheduling them in the near future. Instead, Natalie Dunn, our new Regional Coordinator from Indivisible National, will speak tonight about what's happening in Indivisible at the national and regional levels, how she can help us be more effective activists, and answer all questions Indivisible, organizational and political. We'll also have actions to take at the meeting.

When: Monday, August 5, 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.)
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path (Pathways Cohousing), Florence

What: Indivisible update. Come learn about action groups, or start one.

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Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly - Mass Incarceration and Detention

Hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Real Cost of Prisons Project, Western Mass Jobs with Justice, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

When: Monday, August 5, 6-8 pm
Where: The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton

What: Join us to draw connections between Mass Incarceration and Immigrant Detention and talk about concrete ways we can stop criminalization and detention and organize to pass drivers licenses for all regardless of immigration status.
We will be joined by Lois Ahrens organizer and founder of the Real Cost of Prisons Project a national organization working to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization. We will also be joined by members of The Fang Collective, an organization that mobilizes around issues of climate and racial justice, with emphasis on supporting frontline community groups and building solidarity across movements. Information about FANG's Shut Down ICE campaign can be found here.
Bring a potluck dinner item to share if you would like. Childcare provided.

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Jul
31
7:45 PM19:45

Democratic Debate Watch Party with Sunrise Amherst and Sunrise Northampton

Democratic Debate Watch Party with Sunrise Amherst and Sunrise Northampton

When: Tuesday, July 30, 7:45 PM

Where: Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton

What: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet • New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand • Former Secretary of HUD Julián Castro • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker • Former Vice President Joe Biden • California Sen. Kamala Harris • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio


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Jul
30
7:45 PM19:45

Democratic Candidate Debate Watch Party with Sunrise Amherst and Sunrise Northampton

Democratic Debate Watch Party with Sunrise Amherst and Sunrise Northampton

When: Tuesday, July 30, 7:45 PM

Where: Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant St, Amherst


What: Author and activist Marianne Williamson • Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper • Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock


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Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Inhumanity of Detaining Children

When: Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Where:
Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St, Northampton.

What: Listen to witness reports and analysis about detention centers in the USA. Featured:
-Shel Horowitz, who was part of a group visiting Homestead, Florida. This center has become the nation's biggest location for detaining immigrant children.
-Javier Luengo-Garrido, from the ACLU Immigrant Protection Project visited facilities in Texas.
-Laura Briggs, from UMass Amherst will be able to provide historical context of child internments in the USA. Her forthcoming book is titled, Taking Children: An American History of Terror from Slavery to the Border

This is a free event. Everyone is welcome.

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Jul
28
5:00 PM17:00

Untitled Event

When: Sunday, July 28, at 5 pm
Where:
Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA

What: Come and write postcards to elect Hala Ayala in VA. From the organizer: I purchase prepaid postcards from the post office and create graphics which I print on the postcards. You all reimburse me at $.42 each for the postcards,  postage and the ink I use for printing.  I provide the postcards, pens, scripts and addresses, and also some snacks.  You are welcome to bring some snacks too.  And if you have them, bring some extra highlighters.  It really sparks up the graphics.

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Jul
15
6:00 PM18:00

Represent US Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, July 15, 6-7:30 pm
Where:  Lathrop Community Function Room, 1 Shallowbrook Lane (off Bridge Rd near Hatfield St), Northampton

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.  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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Jul
15
6:00 PM18:00

Western Mass Young Dems Meeting (Region 2)

Hosted by Western Mass Young Democrats and Young Democrats of Massachusetts

When: Monday, July 15, 6-7 pm
Where: Forbes Library (Watson Room), 20 West St, Northampton

What: Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss initiatives in Western Mass. We will also be continuing to fill open leadership positions: Vice Chair -Region 1 (Hampden County); Vice Chair- Region 2 (Hampshire/Franklin County); Vice Chair- Region 3 (Berkshire County); and, Political Director.

For more info, contact us at western_mass@ydma.org.
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Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Abolish ICE and CBP National Day of Action

Hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center

When: Friday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Location TBD (Check Facebook link closer to the date)

What: PVWC's immigrant and worker committees have called on Sanctuary in the Streets, our rapid response network, to join in the National Call to Action against increased raids and deportations. We say no to detention and no to state sanctioned violence.

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Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Western Mass Medicare for All General Assembly

When: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 pm (second Wednesday of every month)
Where: Mass Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke

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.
About Western Mass Medicare for All

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Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

Solidarity Training: Rideshare and Court Accompaniment

When: Tuesday, July 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where:
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave, Suite 200

What: Training to join The Pioneer Valley Workers Center Rideshare and Court Accompaniment networks. Sign up here. More info on Rideshare and Court Accompaniment below.

Rideshare training 6:30-7:30pm
Accompaniment training 7:30-8:30pm

RIDESHARE:
Driving is essential, but many PVWC members are not able to drive for a variety of reasons. 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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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Solidarity Training: Rideshare and Court Accompaniment

When: Saturday, July 6, 10am-12pm
Where:
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave, Suite 200

What: Training to join The Pioneer Valley Workers Center Rideshare and Court Accompaniment networks. Sign up here. More info on Rideshare and Court Accompaniment below.

Rideshare training 10-11am
Accompaniment training 11-12pm

RIDESHARE:
Driving is essential, but many PVWC members are not able to drive for a variety of reasons. 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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Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Sister District Action Network Postcard Writing

Sister District Action Network Postcard Writing


When:  Sunday, June 23, 5 pm
Where:  Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley

What:  We will be writing postcards for Hala Ayala, a Virginia state legislators running for reelection in November.  The host purchases prepaid postcards and create graphics printed on the postcards. Participants will reimburse the host at $.42 for the postcards,  postage, and ink used.  Postcards, pens, scripts, addresses, and some snacks are provided; you are welcome to bring some snacks and extra highlighters.

Please RSVP to boenel@verizon.net

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

A Night of Food Justice with Mark Bittman:  Fundraiser - Benefit for the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and the Food Chain Workers Alliance

Fundraiser - A Night of Food Justice with Mark Bittman:  A Benefit for the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and the Food Chain Workers Alliance

When: 
Tuesday, June 18, 6-10:30 pm
Where:  Valley View Farm, 16 Walpole St, Haydenville

What:  Ticket includes dinner, music, and a talk facilitated by Monte Belmonte with Mark Bittman and restaurant and farmworkers about food justice.

Details and tickets here

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Jun
18
9:00 AM09:00

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

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


When:  Tuesday, June 18, 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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Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

Indivisible Northampton Bimonthly Meeting - Action Meeting

Indivisible Northampton Bimonthly Meeting - Action Meeting


When: Monday, June 17th, 7:30 - 8:45pm  (Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.)

Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path (Pathways Cohousing), Florence

What: This meeting will be devoted to taking postcard and/or phone bank actions together.  The specific actions will be announced closer to the date to ensure timeliness.  Join us in taking actions to make change.  

About Indivisible Northampton.

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