May 25 is BLM Rally

On May 25 there will be a Black Lives Matter rally in Sunderland, Massachusetts, near Northampton and Greenfield. The rally will be at 4:30 p.m. on the bridge between Sunderland and Deerfield on Route 116. One of the groups that's organizing the rally has a web page at:

www.facebook.com/groups/548230779189803/

To get there from Brattleboro takes about 30 minutes by car.

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In Amherst on May 5, about 200 people attended a rally calling on politicians to build more affordable housing in the Amherst area. The organizers have a web page at:

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About 300 people attended a labor rally in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 28. One of the speakers was Nellie Taylor. She graduated from Smith College. She then spent five years working at the Pioneer Valley's Deerfield Academy and she now works at UMass Amherst. Deerfield Academy is 19 miles from Brattleboro. The rally organizers have a web site at www.MassTeacher.org.

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On April 28 in Amherst about 100 people attended a labor rally. The organizers have a web page at:

www.facebook.com/psumta

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200 March, Rally

About 100 people marched in Amherst on April 21. They were calling for peace. With 4 percent of the world's population, the USA spends as much money on war as the rest of the world combined. The march organizers have a web site at https://WeAreDissenters.org.

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About 150 people attended a rally on April 18 in Belchertown, Massachusetts, which borders Amherst. They were defending the rights of Jewish people. The principal of Belchertown's Jabish Brook middle school on April 3 said the school was investigating recent anti-Semitic behavior by many students at the school. Students did Nazi salutes and joked about the Holocaust.

Win for Nature

Environmental activists in Northampton had a major victory April 10 when the city bought 229 acres of forestland and wetlands to protect them from development. The USA is losing 6,000 acres of open space to development every day. The Northampton land is on Sylvester Road. It will have hiking trails that will be open to the public.

Photos: 145 People March, Rally

On April 5, about 100 people marched in Amherst to abolish the UMass police. In Holyoke, about 45 people attended a rally for high quality, affordable housing. More information on those two events is below.

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On April 15 at 9 a.m., there will be a climate rally two miles from Brattleboro in Dummerston, Vermont. The public is invited to attend. The world's leading scientists say climate change is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life.

Keene, Greenfield, Amherst Rally

In Keene, New Hampshire about 45 people attended a climate rally, Karen Seaver told the Valley Post. “It was cool to see it happen on just a few days' notice,” she said. Seaver was at the rally. She is a professor at Keene State College and she works at the Harris Center for Conservation Education. The rally was organized by a group that has a web site at https://ThirdAct.org. The rally was on March 21.

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About 150 people attended a climate rally in Northampton on March 21. The rally was outside Chase bank's new location in the middle of downtown. Chase supports climate change by loaning money to oil companies. The rally was organized by a group that has a web site at http://ClimateActionNowMA.org. The March 22 edition of the Gazette had no coverage of the rally. The number one cause of climate change is overpopulation.

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About 300 people were at a labor rally at UMass Amherst on March 6. “UMass Amherst is trying to privatize 100 jobs to evade oversight and regulations, undermine union contracts, and end benefits and pensions,” organizers said. The organizers have a web page at www.facebook.com/psumta/

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In Springfield on March 5, about 25 people were at a rally calling on politicians to cancel all student debt. The organizers have a web site at https://wmalf.org.

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Workers Win

About 350 workers in Springfield, Massachusetts had a major victory when they voted to approve a new union contract. “I feel great,” Iris Rivera-Medina told the Valley Post in a voice phone interview on February 9. “We fought hard. Everyone is happy with the contract.” She has worked making breakfast and lunch for children at the public schools in Springfield for seven years. Rivera-Medina works for Sodexo corporation. “We won a raise of $3.50 an hour over the three year contract. New hires make $15.92 an hour now. People who have worked here for a long time make more.”