155 Rally

About 100 people attended a Northampton rally in solidarity with Asian American women following a racist, sexist mass shooting in Atlanta. The Northampton rally was on March 19. Organizers have a web site at

https://ValleyWomensMarch.org

About 25 people attended a Brattleboro rally about the same issue on March 23. Tracy Donahue organized the Brattleboro rally. She told the Valley Post, "It's important that all of us are educated on this history of violence."

Phoebe Maltz Bovy wrote in a 2015 article in the New Republic magazine, "Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets and, as much as possible, on police." Hunters can use bows and arrows.

In 1996 and 1997, the government of Australia collected about 650,000 privately owned guns. In the years following the mandatory gun buyback program, gun violence plummeted.

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On March 20 in Hadley, Massachusetts, 30 or so people attended a union rally. Hadley borders Northampton. The rally was outside Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon. Six-thousand Amazon workers in Alabama are trying to form a union. Amazon is fighting the workers. The Hadley rally organizers have web sites at

www.MassPeaceAction.org

and

www.wmalf.org

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In Worcester, Massachusetts 800 or so nurses have been on strike since March 8. They are asking the public to attend a rally on March 27. Worcester is an hour by bus from Springfield. Details about the strike, and the rally, are at:

www.facebook.com/events/3927613633998566

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An earlier version of the Valley Post's March 18 article about an upcoming peace rally in Brattleboro listed the wrong date. The article has been fixed.

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