Victories for Nature, Justice

In Springfield, 170 people marched on May 21 to protest a proposed fossil fuel pipeline. "It was amazing," Susan Theberge told the Valley Post. She is one of the organizers. The organizers have a web site at:

www.arisespringfield.org/springfield-climate-justice-coaliti

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In Brattleboro, about 10 people attended a rally for farmworker justice on May 21. The organizers have a web site at www.MigrantJustice.net.

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On May 24, the nurses' union at the Greenfield hospital announced it had a victory when the hospital agreed to keep open its mental health department, which it had threatened to close. The nurses have a web site at www.MassNurses.org. A photo of a 2012 strike by nurses at the Greenfield hospital is at:

http://valleypost.org/2014/02/01/greenfield-nurses-will-strike

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Amtrak is adding another daily round-trip from Springfield to New York City, starting June 5, Ben Heckscher told the Valley Post. He runs a Northampton-based group that has a web site at www.TrainsInTheValley.org. Traveling by train is better for the environment than traveling by car.

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