230 Rally in Winter Storm

To call on congress to remove Trump from office, 230 or so people attended outdoor rallies in the Valley on December 17. The rally in Springfield was during an ice storm. The Brattleboro and Keene rallies happened during a snow storm.

About 100 people were at the Springfield rally, organizer Debby Pastrich-Klemer told the Valley Post. "Shirley Whitaker (MD) sang 'There’s a Man Going Round Telling Lies,'" Pastrich-Klemer said. The below photo of Dr. Whitaker is from the doctor's Facebook page. 

Photos: 1,000 at Climate March in Brattleboro

More than 1,000 people marched in Brattleboro on September 20 to call on politicians to do more to stop climate change. The march closed Main Street to cars and trucks. One of the groups that organized the march has a web site at www.350vermont.org.

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On September 13 in Springfield there was a rally calling on politicians to pass stronger gun control laws. The rally was outside the corporate headquarters of Smith and Wesson, a maker of guns. The USA's gun murder rate is 25 times higher than other rich nations' rates. About 50 people attended the Springfield rally. The below photo shows people playing drums at the rally. To enlarge the photo click on it, then scroll down and click “see full size image.” photo by Liz Steinhauser

Rally for Homes for Homeless People

Rick Cohen lives in Keene and is one of the richest people in the world. In 2013, he had a “net worth” of more than $11 billion, according to an article published that year in Bloomberg News. Massachusetts is home to 11,000 or so people who make more than $1 million a year. Vermont has about 500 people like that. By taxing these people, the government could build homes for all the homeless people in the Valley.

400 at Rallies for Immigrant Rights

On July 18 in Springfield there will be a rally to stop a giant corporate bank from evicting a low-income family from the family's home. The group that's organizing the rally has beaten banks in Springfield in the past. A photo of one such victory is below. The group has a web site at www.SpringfieldNoOneLeaves.org. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click “see full size image.” This photo is by Joe Oliverio. He can be reached at joeoliverio@comcast.net.

The rally will be outside 98 Welland Road at 6 p.m.

Critical Mass is May 17

Critical Mass bicycle rides started in 1992 in California and have since spread around the world. Hundreds of people ride together in a group on roads, forcing cars to go at bicycle speed. They often chant, “Critical Mass, don't use gas!”

On May 17 there will be a Critical Mass bike ride in Brattleboro. The ride starts at 6 p.m. at the town common. The goal is to get politicians to deal with climate change, which the world's leading scientists say is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life. Details about the ride are at:


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On May 2 at 7 p.m. in Hadley, Massachusetts townspeople will decide whether to invest government money to protect farmland. Hadley borders Northampton and Amherst. The annual town meeting will be at 131 Russell Street. The 193 acre Szala Farm hangs in the balance. The USA is losing 6,000 acres of open space every day.

Workers Win

Hundreds of Stop and Shop workers in the Pioneer Valley went on strike and won. The strike started on April 11. On April 22, the strikers went back to work, victorious. One of the main reasons for the strike was low wages. The workers have a web site at www.ufcw1459.com.

Climate March is April 22

In Northampton on April 22 there will be a march calling on politicians to do more to fight climate change. The march will start at 5 p.m. at 129 Main Street. Details are at:


On April 9, five people from the Brattleboro area were among hundreds who completed a 65 mile, five-day march to the Vermont statehouse calling on politicians to do more to fight climate change. Among the five were Tara Bossard-Kruger, Nancy Braus, Byron Stookey, and Ann Zimmerman. The march organizers have a web site at www.350vermont.org.

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The union for public school teachers in Northampton held a well-attended rally to demand that all workers in the schools make at least $15 an hour. Starting pay for cafeteria workers is $11.64 an hour; for custodians it's $12.01. The rally was on March 28. About 100 people were there. A phone number for the union is at www.MassTeacher.org.