Pioneer Valley Mobilization for Another World

This mobilization was part of the World Social Forum’s Global Days of Action (www.wsf2008.net). Throughout the world people organized to resist oppression and create another world. This is a listing of activities that CPE helped to organize:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH
IRAQ MORATORIUM VIGILS Non-localized, decentralized call to action around the unpopular war in Iraq. Over 70% of Americans are against this war. This is a chance to mobilize locally. Contact: Eric Wasileski, meekman@wildmail.com or www.iraqmoratorium.org

12Noon, 1st Congregational Church, Ashfield Ringing of the church bells followed by brief Peace Prayer Service.

12Noon—1PM, State & Main St, Northampton Vigil in front of Edwards Church, State & Main St.
For more info, visit: ww.northamptoncommittee.org

12Noon—1PM, Town Common, Amherst Vigil with signs and black arm bands.

12Noon—1PM, Green in front of Post Office, 74 Elm St, W. Springfield Vigil with signs and black armbands. W. Springfield Citizens for Peace. For more info, contact: Diane Crowell, dcpjk@aol.com

5—6PM, Town Common, Greenfield Gather behind Greenfields Market at 5pm. Candlelight procession up Main St. to end in Vigil on Town Common.

5—6PM, Iron Bridge, Shelburne Falls Candlelight Vigil. Bring a candle, black arm bands provided.

5:30PM—6:30PM, Veterans Park, Main & Exchange Sts, Athol Candlelight Vigil

FRIDAY NIGHT FREE FILMS A FORCE MORE POWERFUL
7PM, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St, Northampton Classic PBS documentary on nonviolence presents 6 success stories: Nashville desegregation, the overthrow of Apartheid, Danish resistance to the Nazis, Ghandi, the overthrow of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, and the Polish solidarity movement. For more info: www.northamptoncommittee.org.

CLASS ACTION BENEFIT CONCERT
8PM, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St, Greenfield Folk Artists Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers, Charlie King & Karen Brandow in 4th annual Duopalooza. Nationally known musicians: Claudia and Sally appear regularly on Prairie Home Companion. King and Brandow are musical storytellers and political satirists. $15 advance, $18 at the door, proceeds to benefit Class Action the locally-based organization shedding light on the issue of classism. For more info, to purchase tickets, or to hear samples of the artist’s music: www.classism.org. Contact: Sarah, 413-585-9709 x 201 or sreid @ classism.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19TH
NUESTRAS RAICES WORKDAY
9AM—2PM, Chicopee Help to dismantle a greenhouse donated by Chicopee Comp High School for use in a partnership between Nuestras Raices’s Farm program and the Dean Technical High School’s School to Career Program. People of all skill levels are welcome. Carpenters, electricians and plumbers are especially welcome. Please sign-up in advance and get directions by contacting Eric Toensmeier, erict@nuestras-raices.org or 413-531-2767.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST

ARISE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKDAY
Begins at 10AM, 467 State St., Springfield Arise is having a workday at our new office to prepare for reopening to the community. We’ll be painting, unpacking and putting away. For more info contact Liz at 413-364-3834 or Ellen at 413-736-4774.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TOUR
10-11:30AM, Pine St., Florence This inaugural tour begins at the Sojourner Truth Memorial statue on Pine St. and ends at the Florence Community Center with cookies and hot chocolate. The 1.5 mile walk includes the homes of Sojourner Truth, other former slaves, and members of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry. For more info, contact: www.westernmassafsc.org or 413-584-8975.

MLK DAY COMMUNITY GATHERING
2PM—4:30PM, Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton Through video, performance, and discussion, this interactive program will ask participants to reflect on the parallels between Dr. King’s 1967 message about the consequences of the Vietnam war and the consequences of the current war against Iraq. Participants are encouraged to review King’s call for a “Revolution of Values” as expressed in his 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam.” Text of the speech can be found at: www, WesternMassAFSC.org. Optional childcare with art activity is available for children under 7. For more info, contact: www.westernmassafsc.org or 413-584-8975.

MLK DAY TALENT SHOWCASE
6—9PM, Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St., Northampton Youth from LAUNCH, Video Vanguard, and Youth Leadership in the Arts present an interactive evening focusing on the connections between racism, materialism and militarism, as framed by MLK’s life work. We will look at the links between the 1960’s and our current year. How far have we come? There will be open mic opportunities, food, performance, and interactive activities. For more info, contact: www.westernmassafsc.org or 413-584-8975.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: INTRO TO THE “SOLIDARITY ECONOMY”
7-7:45pm, Northampton Fire Station Community Room, 26 Carlon Drive (at King St/Route 5 across from Northampton Athletic Club), Northampton (587-1148).
Emily Kawano, Executive Director, Center for Popular Economics at UMass Amherst (www.populareconomics.org) will introduce the “Solidarity Economy” – an alternative economic framework that is grounded in solidarity and cooperation, rather than the pursuit of narrow, individual self-interest. It promotes social and economic democracy, equity in all dimensions (race, class, gender, etc), and sustainability. What does a solidarity economy look like? How do labor unions fit into it? Contact: Emily Kawano, 545-0743; programs@populareconomics.org. This public presentation precedes the regular monthly meeting of the Hampshire/Franklin Central Labor Council. Community and labor activist guests are welcome to stay for the meeting, but first contact Pres. Fiore Grassetti, 877-725-0357, org7 @ comcast.net.

REDUCING SOLID WASTE: COMPOSTING, RECYCLING, & HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE DISPOSAL
6-7pm, Valley Free Radio WXOJ-LP; 103.3FM
The Enviro Show, a weekly radio show, broadcasts news & views on the environment from the local to the global. Have you recovered from all that ’07 Holiday glut yet? Well, recovery is what this Enviro Show is all about, resource recovery or solid waste if you like. We’ll checkout waste reduction, composting, recycling, and household hazardous waste with Amy Donovan, Program Director for the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. Also, we’ll shudder together at the dark deeds of Darth Cheney and the boy emperor as well as scope out the news on the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. And, our regular Revenge of the Critters! and the Bus Stop Billboard segments will, of course, remind us to…..listen to our Mother! Contact D.O. for more info: enviroshow @ valleyfreeradio.org

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24TH
A BETTER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE: UNIVERSAL SINGLE-PAYER
5:30—7:30 PM, Jones Library, 43 Amity St. Amherst Three short videos on single-payer basics followed by a short discussion/Q&A session. This event is sponsored by the Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition. For more info, contact: Steven G. Randall, chanrandall24 @ comcast.net or 413-256-2130.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25TH
NUESTRAS RAICES WORKDAY
9AM—5PM, See Friday Jan. 18th entry for info.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH
DAY OF INNER ACTION: CONTINUAL MEDITATION FOR WORLD PEACE
8AM—8PM, The Synthesis Center, 274 N. Pleasant St., Amherst You are welcome to drop in to sit in the silence and look inward for rejuvenation, direction for next action steps, and to hold your intention for unfolding personal and universal peace. Drop in on the hour or half hour, stay as long as you like. For more info, contact: Konnie Fox at 413 256-0772 or counseling @ synthesiscenter.org.

NUESTRAS RAICES WORKDAY
9AM—2PM, See Saturday Jan. 19th entry for info.

SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE: WHAT’S MISSING IN THE HEALTHCARE DEBATE
9:30AM—11:30AM, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Community Room (downstairs), Northampton Single payer healthcare is genuinely universal, cost effective and is a proven system. The forum will include short presentation, film clips and discussion. Event sponsored by the F/HHCC (Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition). For more info, contact: Frank Olbris at: olbris @ admin.umass.edu or 413-545-3158.

LEAFLETING BIG Y FOR JUSTICE AT SMITHFIELD
12Noon, Big Y, 136 King St, (Rt. 5), Northampton, MA Smithfield operates one of the largest slaughterhouses in Tar Heel, NC – a sweatshop where workers trying to organize have been met by violence. We’re asking Big Y to join the national campaign (Stop & Shop and Atkins are on board) and stop carrying Tar Heel pork. Please call or email for more details if you plan to participate. Jon Weissman, 413-827-0301 or wmjwj@wmjwj.org.

6TH ANNUAL ANTI-RACISM FILM FESTIVAL
1PM – 9PM, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St, Greenfield, MA “The Letter” at 1PM, “The Edge of America” at 3PM and “Freedomland” at 6:30PM. There will be facilitated discussion after each film. Pizza and salad (donation requested) from 5:30pm-6:30pm. For more info: www.uugreenfield.org, Molly Chambers, 413-772-0003.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29TH

ADP GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF PARTY

6-9PM, Amherst Regional High School, 21 Mattoon St, Amherst, MA. A coalition of Western MA groups and residents have come together to form The Good Neighbor Fund, a rapid response system to provide financial assistance to pay for emergency legal support for immigrants in Western MA. Evening of food from local restaurants and music and performances by students from ARHS will raise the initial money to create this fund. Performances by Project 2050, Conjunto de Bomba and special guests The Alchemystics. Food from La Veracruzana, Mi Tierra, Ben & Jerry’s, Bueno y Sano, and The Sub & Pizza. $5 students, $15 adults. This event is sponsored by the Alliance to Develop Power (ADP) and Amherst Regional High School student groups. Snow date January 30. For more info, contact: ADP, www.a-dp.org, 413-739-7233.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH

NUESTRAS RAICES WORKDAY
9AM—2PM, See Saturday Jan. 19th entry for info.

FOCUS THE NATION MILK & COOKIES KICK OFF!
7PM—10PM, Mt. Holyoke College 50 College St. S. Hadley, MA Focus the Nation is a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America—Help kick-off events at Mt. Holyoke College with an evening of music, storytelling, and community. Performances by Erica Wheeler, storytelling by Marge Bruchac, and a community viewing of the nationwide webcast, “The 2% Solution.” Join Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, and green jobs pioneer Van Jones. Refreshments will be served. Local organizations are encouraged to come. For more info: www.focusthenation.org, www.mtholyoke.edu/ce, Alexandra Weston at westo20a@mtholyoke.edu, 413-538-3091.

FOCUS THE NATION-CLIMATE CHANGE WEBCAST EVENT
8PM; Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Interactive national web cast “The 2% Solution” at Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. Featuring Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones, and youth climate leaders for a discussion of global warming solutions.www.smith.edu/green/focus.php

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31TH

FOCUS THE NATION MAIN EVENTS
Starts 9AM ; Smith College, Seelye Hall, Room 312.
Attend/participate in one or more lively facilitated discussions at Smith College’s main event called “Global Warming Solutions for America”. Community activists will be paired with college professors to co-facilitate a variety of discussions. CET’s Peggy MacLeod will be co-facilitating one of the discussions — “Psychology of Effective Persuasion: How to Get People to do the Right Thing” at 10:30 a.m. in Seelye Hall, Room 312. www.smith.edu/green/focus.php

FOCUS THE NATION BAG LUNCH
12 NOON; Smith College, Carroll Room, upstairs in the Campus Center
Please come and eat a brown-bag lunch 12 – 1 with other community members in the Carroll Room, upstairs in the Campus Center. For more information and a schedule of discussion topics, go to: www.smith.edu/green/focus.php