Brattleboro March is Nov. 18

There will be a march to demand Vermont's two U.S. senators call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The march will start by the Brattleboro food co-op at noon on November 18. "Israel is the largest beneficiary of U.S. military and foreign aid: $3.8 billion a year. A bill in congress would send another $14.3 billion to Israel this year," march organizer Dan DeWalt told the Valley Post. On November 14, the Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation called for a ceasefire in Gaza.

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On November 14, Raia Gutman, a spokesperson for United Smith Student Workers, told the Valley Post that about 400 dining hall workers at Smith College have formed a union. The workers are also students at the college. The workers have a web site at www.opeiulocal153.org.

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Kathy Urffer works for a group in Greenfield that has a web site at www.CTriver.org. In a voice phone interview on November 15, she told the Valley Post she is keeping an eye on the state of Vermont's response to a company that spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Connecticut river, about 10 miles north of Brattleboro in Putney, Vermont on November 2. “The fine may be decided by the Vermont Attorney General and a judge,” she said. The company, Soundview Paper, is based in New Jersey. It owns a paper factory in Putney.

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On November 15 the Gazette published a news article about an effort by a lawyer to stop the city of Northampton's plan to make Main Street safer for bicycle riders and pedestrians. Christian MilNeil works for a group that has a web site at https://mass.streetsblog.org. He told the Valley Post his reaction to the Gazette article. The lawyer's alternate plan “is not a viable proposal and MassDOT is moving ahead with the plan that they've already vetted with the city in numerous public meetings. It's an established fact that multi-lane roads are much more dangerous, and have much higher crash rates, than two-lane streets."

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