Local News Round-up

In Holyoke on February 21 at 4 p.m. there will be a rally in solidarity with Native Americans in Canada who are fighting construction of a fracked gas pipeline. The rally will be at 12-6 Mt. Park Road. More information about the rally is available by calling Gia at (413) 512-1192. More information about the pipeline is on the web site of the tribe that's leading the fight to stop it:

www.wetsuweten.com/territory/pipelines

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On March 7, there will be free rides available from Brattleboro to a rally to support Medicaid. The rally will be a one-hour drive from Brattleboro in the Connecticut river valley town of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Lebanon is home to a hospital that lots of Vermonters go to. The hospital accepts Vermont Medicaid. For a ride to the rally e-mail windham@workerscenter.org. More information is at www.WorkersCenter.org. Vermont's Republican governor is trying to cut millions of dollars from Medicaid, which provides free health care for young and middle-age poor people.

Medicare is Medicaid for old people. A new Yale study says Medicare for All would save residents of the USA more than $450 billion and prevent 68,000 deaths annually. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders support Medicare for All.

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Last month, about 500 people took part in the Springfield, Massachusetts Women's March. Photos are at:

www.valleypost.org/node/1565

On February 19, the national Women's March group sent an e-mail to its members that reads, “Bloomberg has a well-documented history of sexual harassment.” An article with details is at:

www.gq.com/story/bloomberg-sexism

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