Protesting TD Bank

On September 30 in Brattleboro, about two dozen people attended a rally outside TD Bank. They were protesting the bank's support for a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota that thousands of Native Americans in North Dakota are using civil disobedience and mass protests to try to stop.

Photos: March, Rally in Solidarity with Native Americans

More than 100 people marched in Brattleboro September 13 in solidarity with Native Americans in North Dakota who are fighting to stop a proposed oil pipeline. On the same day in Amherst, about 100 people attended a rally for the same cause. Both events were promoted by www.350.org. The Amherst photo shows the activists standing in a circle on the town common; they also held signs at the main downtown intersection. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." The Brattleboro photos are by Eesha Williams; the Amherst photo is by Gilbert Wermeling.

Amtrak Getting Better in the Valley

Activists are working to make Amtrak service between Springfield and Boston faster, more frequent, and cheaper. Thanks to their work, Amtrak is set to go much faster between the Valley and New York City starting in January 2018.

In addition to Springfield, Amtrak stops in Brattleboro, Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke. Activists are also working to increase the frequency of Amtrak service within the Valley. They have a web site at www.TrainsInTheValley.org.

Valley Residents Among Thousands at Philly March

At least five people from the Valley were among the thousands who marched against climate change in Philadelphia July 24. “The march was huge,” Paki Wieland of Northampton told the Valley Post on July 26. She traveled to the march with four other Valley residents. “I am here with CODEPINK,” Wieland said. CODEPINK is a women-led group that works to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect Americans' tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and related programs.

Rallies July 21

The environmental group 350.org is promoting rallies on July 21 in Keene and near Springfield, in Hartford, Connecticut. The Keene rally starts at 6 p.m.; the Hartford rally is at noon. Hartford is about 30 minutes from Springfield by car; Amtrak and Greyhound provide non-stop service.

“If elected, Trump would be the only national leader in the world to outright dismiss the science of climate change,” said event organizer May Boeve.

The Keene rally is at 44 Central Square. The Hartford event will be at 31 Pratt Street.

Photo: Northampton Conserved Land

This photo was taken on July 6. It shows a walking trail in the 719 acre Saw Mill Hills conserved land area in Northampton. A group that worked to protect some of the area has a web site at www.KestrelTrust.org. Saw Mill Hills is open to the public for hiking. A map is at this official city web page:

www.northamptonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5627

Construction Projects To Aid Planet

In Keene, workers are building a bridge over a busy highway. The bridge will be for the exclusive use of people walking or riding a bicycle. Near Brattleboro, electricity will soon be generated by a long-standing dam on the West River. A similar project is bring proposed in Keene.

Photos: Climate Activists Arrested

Activists from the Valley traveled by bus and carpool to Albany, New York on May 14. About 2,000 people marched; five people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. The people who marched, and those who were arrested, were calling on politicians to stop climate change.

The protesters sat on train tracks to block trains carrying oil. The action's organizers have a web site at www.albany2016.org. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." photos by Eesha Williams

Rides From Valley to Mass Climate Action in Albany

On May 14 in Albany, New York, activists will use non-violent civil disobedience to take a stand against climate change. Bus rides from the Valley are available. Climate change is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life, according to the world's leading scientists. The Albany action has been endorsed by www.350.org and other groups. The web site for the action is www.albany2016.org.

Group Works to Ban Plastic Bags in Keene

In Keene, a group of people are lobbying for the city to ban plastic bags. A plastic bag ban was enacted in Northampton in January. Danielle Baudrand lives in Keene and is leading the effort there. “We need more people to help,” she told the Valley Post in a phone interview March 9. “The law says the city can't ban plastic bags unless the state says it's OK.”