Climate Actions Around the Valley Oct. 24

Activists are planning a mass bicycle ride, marches, rallies with speakers and live music, and other actions around the Valley on Saturday, October 24 to protest the government’s lack of meaningful action on climate change. Climate change resulting in large part from burning fossil fuels in cars, electricity generation, and heating and cooling buildings, is causing glaciers to melt, which in turn causes flooding of places where people live and grow food. Droughts and severe rainfall are both becoming more common, which makes it harder for farmers to grow food.

War Tax Resistance Forum Near Brattleboro Oct. 9

New Englanders who refuse to pay taxes that fund war will speak at a free public event Oct. 9 near Brattleboro. More than half of the $2.7 trillion federal budget was spent on the military in the most recent fiscal year, according to the War Resisters League:

The Oct. 9 discussion starts at 7:30 p.m. and will include time for questions from the public. It’s part of a three-day conference Oct. 9-11, in Williamsville, Vermont. The event is the 24th Annual New England Regional Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters.

August 9 March and Bike Ride to Close Vermont Yankee

On August 9 at 10:30 a.m. two groups of anti-nuclear activists will meet at the gates of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The Walk for a Nuclear Free Future will march to Northampton. The Solar Rollers will ride bicycles to Burlington. Both groups welcome anyone to join them for all or part of their routes. For information about the march call Daniel Sicken at (802) 387-2798 or e-mail Hattie Nestel

Solar Rollers schedule:

Sun. Aug 9 - Brattleboro area
Mon. Aug 10 - Springfield, Vermont
Tue. Aug 11 - Randolph
Wed. Aug 12 - White River Jct

Latino Farmworkers Near Brattleboro

Two of these photos show Latino farmworkers harvesting blueberries near Brattleboro on August 1. The third, taken the same day, is of a peach tree laden with fruit, also near Brattleboro. To learn about farms where you can pick your own organic blueberries and peaches, visit To learn about the challenges facing Latino farmworkers in the U.S., and how you can join in their fight for justice, go to and To make the photos bigger, please click on them. photos by Eesha Williams

Audio: Police Crackdown in Downtown Brattleboro

The first edition of Valley Post Radio aired on WVEW Brattleboro Community Radio on July 21. Eesha Williams interviewed Ellen Schwartz, a public school teacher, activist, and long-time resident of downtown Brattleboro. Schwartz spoke about the recent police crackdown on people -- especially young people -- hanging out in downtown Brattleboro. Police began issuing $50 tickets for "loitering" following a drug-related murder on Elliot Street on June 15.

Photos: Mountains and Mergansers Near Brattleboro

These photos were taken in July in Putney, Vermont, near Brattleboro. They show hikers on Putney Mountain, and common mergansers in the Connecticut river. These common mergansers probably spend their winters in Mexico. One bird expert said she thought this photo is of a mother with her teenage ducklings. Male mergansers make a low croaking sound. Females say "carrrrrr." photos by Eesha Williams

Pigs in Heaven

This video shows pigs at the New Leaf CSA farm in Dummerston, Vermont, near Brattleboro. Most pigs in the U.S. – including organically grown ones -- live in barns and never get to be on grass. Pigs prefer to have access to grass. With their noses, they can turn over large areas of sod in a short amount of time. This video was filmed in the late morning on July 16, a hot and sunny day. The pigs reserve a small area of pasture as their bathroom. Pigs don't smell bad.

Photo: Sunrise Burns Fog Off Connecticut River in Brattleboro

This photo, taken on July 12, shows the Scott Farm in Dummerston, Vermont in the foreground, New Hampshire's Mount Wantastiquet in the distance, and Brattleboro in-between. (To make the photo bigger please click on it, then scroll down and click, "See full size image.") photo by Eesha Williams

Legendary Folk Singer Charlie King Concert Will Benefit Valley Post

Charlie King will perform a benefit concert for the Valley Post on August 1, just outside Brattleboro. Pete Seeger said, "Charlie King is one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time."

Video: Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli, June 26, Putney, Vermont

World famous singers Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli played a public concert on June 26 in Putney, Vermont, about 10 minutes from Brattleboro. The concert was produced by which has more concerts coming up in the Valley. video by Eesha Williams