Peace Rally Planned

Unless it's postponed due to coronavirus, there be a peace rally in Brattleboro on April 15. The rally will be outside 2 Main Street from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. With 4 percent of the world's population, the USA spends as much money on war as the rest of the world combined. This year the USA will spend $1.6 trillion on war. That's 47 percent of the federal budget, meaning about half your income taxes go to war. This data is from:

www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/fy2021piechart.pdf

More information on the Brattleboro rally will be posted soon at:

https://nwtrcc.org/programs-events/tax-day

Information about the Brattleboro rally is available from Daniel Sicken (pronounced SEE-kin) by e-mail dhsicken@yahoo.com or by phone at (802) 387-2798.

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On March 20 at 4 p.m. in Hatfield, Massachusetts there will be a rally in solidarity with Native Americans in Canada who are fighting a proposed fossil fuel pipeline. Hatfield borders Northampton. The Hatfield rally will be on Elm Street at Interstate 91, exit 21.  It will be postponed if it rains. As of 9 a.m. on March 20, the hourly forecast at www.weather.gov said a 50 percent chance of drizzle or mist at 4 p.m.

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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In January 2020, about 500 people took part in the Springfield, Massachusetts Women's March. Photos are at:

www.valleypost.org/node/1565

On March 7, the national Women's March group sent an e-mail to its members asking people to contact Biden and Sanders and demand they pick a woman of color as their running mate.

On March 15 Biden said he will pick a female running mate. Sanders said he will likely do the same.

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On March 20, the New York Times reported that Trump is using coronavirus as an excuse for “an assault on organized labor.” The Valley Post will soon publish an update on the status of unions in the Valley. To support unions, or to join a union, contact the group that has a web site at www.jwj.org.

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A coronavirus vaccine should be available in about 12 months. Treatment will likely be available before then, according to a March 20 CNBC report. Prevention information is at:

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

When the coronavirus is under control there will be more marches, rallies, strikes, and non-violent civil disobedience in the Valley, and around the world.

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The below article is by Jacki

The below article is by Jacki Brown of Jamaica, Vermont.

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The Link Between the Coronavirus and the Climate Crisis

As clever and evolved as we humans are, we are a selfish and arrogant species. We have a plethora of scientific journals and books that prove without question that we need to severely limit our carbon dioxide emissions within a very short amount of time in order to avert catastrophic consequences to our global ecosystem; yet we continue to reproduce, to produce, to consume, to dispose, to drill, to burn, to pollute -- more and more and more and more.

Many in America have looked at their retirement accounts or their stock portfolios and reveled in the booming economy. But this has been a misleading snapshot of the health of the country. With the unfathomable pandemic we are now experiencing, we know how quickly money can evaporate and security can be lost.

Some of us bring reusable bags to the grocery store, buy organic cleaners, and compost our food waste thinking if only everyone did these things we would all be okay. Sorry friends, that is great, but it is an infinitesimal drop in the proverbial bucket. We need to do so much more. And soon.

Fortunately, we have some scientists, journalists, environmentalists, and concerned citizens who are relentless in their efforts to inform us of our untimely demise if we do not act immediately despite low or no pay and ridicule from those who are further up the food chain. But we do not listen to them.

As one of the few politicians who foresaw the dire consequences if we didn’t change our ways, Vice President Al Gore outlined the horrors that could happen with inaction in his 2006 book and documentary aptly named “An Inconvenient Truth.” Turns out the solutions he proposed were much too inconvenient for Americans, or the world, to embrace.

So, what does this all have to do with the more eminent threat of the Coronavirus?

I believe that this planet is too perfect to have formed without some sort of divine creation. And as females are the givers of life and the nurturers of all living things, God is naturally a female deity in my mind. I call my god Mother Nature. She is kind yet at 4.3 billion years old, she is angry. She has given all creatures this abundantly wonderful gift called Earth, and unlike the millions of other living species on Earth,