CJ Chenier Concert is July 8

CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will perform in Northampton on July 8 at 7 p.m. CJ Chenier was born in 1957. According to his web site, he “spent his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas.” Chenier played with Ringo Starr on Paul Simon's album Rhythm of the Saints. Chenier performed with Simon on a concert tour. A video of CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band performing live is at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMMSv2WpYKw

Teachers, Healthcare Activists Fight Back

In Northampton on June 4, dozens of people protested a plan by President Trump and the Republican-controlled congress to eliminate health insurance for poor people. The activists staged a so-called “die in” to bring attention to the fact that thousands of people will die if the Republicans' plan is approved.

According to an article that appeared in the Washington Post on May 7, 2017, “A 2009 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that 45,000 deaths annually were linked to lack of health coverage.”

March for Truth About Trump

On June 3 in Northampton, there will be a march calling on President Trump to release his tax returns, and demanding that Congress investigate collusion between Russia and Trump to help him get elected.

“It is part of a nation-wide march demanding the truth,” Debby Pastrich-Klemer told the Valley Post. She is organizing the Northampton march. It will start at 11 a.m. at 2 Parsons Street. Fifty people had RSVP'd on Facebook as of May 31. More information is at:

www.facebook.com/events/406338116417417

AT&T Workers on Strike in Valley

Striking AT&T workers are asking the public to join them on the picket line in Hadley, Massachusetts. Hadley borders Northampton and Amherst. The picket line will happen on May 21, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. It will be at 359 Russell Street.

Photos: River Overflows Its Banks

These photos were taken on May 14. They show the Connecticut river overflowing its banks at the 724 acre Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is in Northampton and Easthampton. In the second photo (lower left) two swallows can be seen catching flying insects. Most of the birds' diet consists of flies. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click “see full size image.” The sanctuary is open to the public for hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. Details are at:

www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia

photos by Eesha Williams

In the Streets for Peace and Justice

Dozens of people attended a rally in Northampton on April 9 to protest President Trump's military attack on Syria. Sabine Merz spoke at the rally. "The way to help Syria is to open our borders to them," she told the Valley Post. The event was outside city hall. It was organized by the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts www.afscwm.org.

Nurses to Rally for Justice

In Greenfield, nurses are asking the public to join them at a rally for justice on March 9 at 4:30 p.m. The event will be at the town common. The nurses work at the Greenfield hospital, now known as Baystate Franklin Medical Center. They are members of a union, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which is organizing the rally. The workers want fewer patients per nurse, and better wages and benefits.

Alan Doyle Concert is March 22

Alan Doyle is scheduled to play with his band at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on March 22 at 7 p.m. His upcoming tour includes stops in New York City; Toronto, Canada; and Germany. You can hear one of his songs at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=F049FF-sceE

Son Little Concert is January 25

Soul singer Son Little will perform a concert at the Parlor Room in Northampton on January 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance. In November, he performed in Australia. In February, Little will play in Hawaii. You can hear one of his songs at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zilN0KCkhRA

Environmental Victories

Activists in the Valley who have fought to save the environment are seeing their work pay off. Government money that exists because of their work is being used to protect land near Keene, Northampton, and Brattleboro. “It's 182 acres of land along and around the West Cliff trail,” Emily McAdoo told the Valley Post in a telephone interview on December 28. She is on the board of the Putney Mountain Association, which “recently signed purchase and sale agreements” for the land in Brookline, Vermont, near Brattleboro, according to a letter from the group's president to its members.