Hundreds at Rallies: Tax the Rich, Stop Climate Change

President Trump wants to cut taxes for billionaires, and help fossil fuel companies make climate change worse. In the Valley on November 8 and November 10, hundreds of people attended rallies calling on politicians to fight Trump's agenda. Raising taxes on billionaires would make it possible for the government to cut taxes for everyone else, improve Amtrak, and help poor people in Africa, among other possibilities.

Around 300 people attended the rally in Amherst, which was organized by Patricia Fiero. “It went well,” she told the Valley Post in a telephone interview. The organizers of the rallies have a web site at It says, "We envision a world marked by equality, sustainability, justice, and love."

Erin Freed organized one of two simultaneous rallies in Springfield. Hers was attended by 51 people. “This won't be the last time that we do this,” she told the Valley Post in a phone interview after the rally. “I think we'll keep getting more and more people.”

The below photo from her rally was provided by Freed. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image."

Steve Harvester organized the other Springfield rally, which 62 people came to. “The rule of law will prevail in this country,” he told the Valley Post. “The truths being discovered by the Mueller probe will come out. A Democratic House will act on those findings.”

More than 100 people were at the Northampton rally.

About 70 people attended the rally in Putney, Vermont, near Brattleboro.

There were rallies in Brattleboro and Greenfield.

More than 50 people attended the Keene rally.

In other Keene news, on November 10, the teachers' union held a rally at Central Square. More than 100 people were there. The goal was to win a fair union contract. The teachers have a web site at


Nov 8th Rallies - "No One Is Above the Law"

Regarding the headline of this article, our rallies in Longmeadow and Springfield on Nov 8th were "No One is Above the Law" actions. As Steve mentions above, they were part of the nationwide rapid response network that organized to activate if and when President Trump attempts to impede the rule of law. When Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker as AG on Wednesday, Nov 7th, MoveOn activated the network, and within 24 hours, we hit the streets.

Looking forward ... while I hope Trump doesn't do anything else to impede justice, if he does, we'll be ready.

To sign-up for the next rapid response team action near you, go to We'd love to have you join us!

Erin Freed Volunteer
Longmeadow, MA

No one is above the law

While I am in solidarity with all the positions mentioned in this article, the Springfield rally I organized was focused on one issue: whether or not Donald Trump is above the law. Ours was one of over 900 demonstrations, large and small, across the country, to voice our opinion that he is not. He cannot hire an unqualified lackey to quash the Mueller probe. He cannot declare it a “witch hunt” and make it disappear. The truth will come out, and a Democratic House will act on those findings,

Steve Harvester volunteer
Westfield MA

"The end result of this

"The end result of this legislation is corporations will receive a massive, permanent tax cut and the biggest gains will be going to the wealthiest families. At the last minute, Republicans lowered the tax for those who earn more than $500,000 from 39.6% to 37%, again enriching the richest! Everyday Americans will see some savings initially, but that is only temporary, the savings are to be phased out in less than ten years. Which means these everyday Americans will be paying more in taxes than they do now. Rather than put the time and effort into securing a fair and equitable tax deal for all, Republicans are banking on a future Congress to prevent that tax hike from taking place!" Page 110, "A Presidential Aberration" https//

Terri O'Rorke, member
Monadnock Progressive Alliance
Keene, NH

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