Peace Rally

There be a peace rally in Brattleboro on May 17. The rally will be outside 2 Main Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. With 4 percent of the world's population, the USA spends as much money on war as the rest of the world combined. This year the USA will spend $1.7 trillion on war. That's 48 percent of the federal budget, meaning about half your income taxes go to war. This data is from:

https://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/fy2022pie_chart-low_res...

More information on the Brattleboro rally will be posted soon at:

https://nwtrcc.org/tax-day-actions-2021

Information about the Brattleboro rally is available from Daniel Sicken (pronounced SEE-kin) by e-mail dhsicken@yahoo.com or by phone at (802) 387-2798.

On January 6 in Northampton, 21 or so people attended a pro-democracy rally. It was organized by Northampton resident Michael Klare. He is a professor at Smith College. One of his books says the USA uses its military to steal oil and other resources from poor nations in Africa.

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The town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts borders Amherst. Amp Energy Corporation of Canada wants to clear-cut 190 acres of forest in Shutesbury to build solar panels.

Among the 196 nations in the world, only three drill more oil than Canada. The USA is number one for oil drilling.

Chris Matera runs the Northampton-based group Massachusetts Forest Watch. He told the Valley Post, "The idea of using public subsidies to cut down forests for solar installations, to allegedly 'help' the carbon problem, is as dumb as a stump, and just more commerce masquerading as concern for nature. Public subsidies for solar should only apply to installations in places such as rooftops, highway medians, parking lots, and other locations that do not degrade the environment we are claiming to 'help.'"

Jane Winn runs the Berkshire Environmental Action Team. In a voice phone interview with the Valley Post on March 12, she said, "The idea that cutting down trees to put up solar panels is a net positive is just ridiculous. Once every rooftop and parking lot is covered with solar, then we could see considering where else we might want to put panels."

To see a big photo of seven acres of solar panels over a parking lot in Amherst, click on the small photo of "Lot 44" at:

www.umass.edu/dcm/campus-solar

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