Aug
22
to Aug 26

50 Mile Walk for Gun Violence - Volunteers Needed

Massachusetts students are planning a 50 Mile walk for gun violence prevention next month, this is part of a national campaign started by youth in Wisconsin. On August 22nd, students will gather in Worcester. Beginning the next morning they will walk west to Springfield, ending on August 26th at Smith and Wesson’s headquarters. Students are demanding that Smith and Wesson stop selling guns outside of Massachusetts that are not allowed to be sold in Massachusetts and for funding from Smith and Wesson for gun trafficking research. In order to accomplish this task, students need a variety of adult volunteers, including adult walkers, first aid helpers, meal preparers and drivers. 

Please help the students reach Smith and Wesson through one of the options below:

Volunteer (a variety of shifts available on August 22ndAugust 23rdAugust 24thAugust 25thAugust 26th): http://bit.ly/50mmmVolunteer

Buy a t-shirt to support their cause: https://www.bonfire.com/50-miles-more-ma/

Make a tax deductible donation for food, security and permits: http://bit.ly/50milesmoredonate

Join them at the end of their walk at 12:00pm at a rally across the street from Smith and Wesson on August 26th.

For more information, please contact: Zoe Grover   executivedirector@stophandgunviolence.com

 

 

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Food Justice & Health Equity - Candidates Forum

Food Justice & Health Equity Hampshire-Franklin-Worcester Candidates Forum
Sponsored by The Food Bank of Western MA

When: Tuesday, August 14, 6:30-8:30
Where: Shea Theater, 21 Avenue A, Turners Falls

What: An open discussion with Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester Senate Candidates focusing on our region’s food insecurity and its underlying causes. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn how they intend to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.

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Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

Hampshire/Franklin Senate District Candidate Forum

Six candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester state Senate seat recently vacated by Stan Rosenberg. Five of them are write-in candidates; only one name will be printed on the ballot. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters together with the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder, WHMP, NCTV, GCTV.

Deerfield Academy
 

 

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Aug
4
to Aug 26

Canvassing Opportunities in New Hampshire (Keene) - Swing Left

Here are the links to sign up for the next four weekends of canvassing in New Hampshire, based in Keene. Please sign up ahead of these dates so we know how many people are coming to the carpool meeting places (Pioneer Valley Cohousing in North Amherst and Sheldon Field in Northampton), and how many people will be driving up to Keene on their own.

Sat. 8/4 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sat4

Sun. 8/5 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sun4

Sat. 8/11 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sat2

Sun. 8/12 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sun1

Sat. 8/18 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sat3

Sun. 8/19 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sun2

Sat. 8/25 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sat1

Sun. 8/26 - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044baeab29a0fd0-sun3

Every little bit counts! If you can canvass once or several times, please do what you can to help keep this House seat Democratic.

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Jul
31
to Aug 7

Submit a Public Comment - 2020 Census

“Submit a Public Comment on…”

The Content of the 2020 Census questionnaire is described as follows:

"The proposed questions for the 2020 Census questionnaire include age, citizenship, Hispanic origin, race, relationship, sex, and tenure.”

I object to the inclusion of questions about “citizenship” in the 2020 Census questionnaire. This is a new, additional question that increases of burden upon respondents and also the costs of data collection. The question appears to be designed to reduce the participation of non-citizens. This will disadvantage states like my state--Massachusetts--that have significant immigrant populations. It will result in an undercount of Massachusetts residents and less funding where the formula depends, in part of in whole, on accurate population counts.

Office of the Federal Register: form to submit a formal comment by August 7

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Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Food Justice & Health Equity - Candidates Forum

Food Justice & Health Equity 1st Hampshire Candidates Forum
Sponsored by The Food Bank of Western MA

When: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30-8:30
Where: WWII Club, 50 Conz St, Northampton

What: An open discussion with 1st Hampshire Candidates focusing on our region’s food insecurity and its underlying causes. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn how they intend to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.

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Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Candidates Night for Senate Seat

Candidates Night for Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester Senate Seat

When:  Tuesday, July 24, 7-9 pm
Where:  The New Salem Town Hall, 15 South Main Street, New Salem

What:  A regional committee of local town Democratic committees will host the candidates.  The evening will open with an hour of comments by audience members alerting the candidates to the particular problems of the north region followed by comments by the candidates and questions.  Voters of all parties and ages are encouraged to attend. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Mary-Ann Palmieri, Secretary of the New Salem Town Democratic Committee at (978) 544-2611, or mapalmieri1126@gmail.com

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Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

Pelham Democratice Committee Meeting - Meet Mindy Domb

Pelham Democratic Town Committee meeting

When:  Monday, July 23, 7:30 pm
Where:  Pelham Free Public Library, 2 South Valley Rd, Pelham

What:  The Pelham Democratic Town Committee will host Mindy Domb in a meet-the-candidate forum.  Ms. Domb is a Democratic candidate challenging Independent Solomon Goldstein-Rose as the State Representative for the 3rd Hampshire District.

After providing brief opening remarks, Ms. Domb will take questions from the audience.  The public is cordially invited, and refreshments will be served.

Contact Judy Eiseman, Chair, judyeiseman@comcast.net, (413) 253-2932

 

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Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Action Group Meeting

Climate Action Now's Carbon Pollution and Fee Rebate Group Meeting

When:  Tuesday, July 17, 9-10:45 am
Where:  Panera's, 335 Russell St (Mountain Farms Mall), Hadley

What:  Meetings focus on educating legislators and interested groups about carbon pricing.  Get trained to meet with legislators and work with a statewide coalition focused on carbon pricing legislation. 

For more information
For questions or to get involved, contact Mary Jo Maffei at maryjomaffei22@gmail.com or 413-265-6390
 

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Jul
15
8:00 AM08:00

Canvass Opportunity for NY19Votes

Dear Pioneer Valley friends and neighbors,

US Rep. John Faso (NY19), our NY neighbors' representative, now has a Democratic opponent! Progressive Antonio Delgado won Tuesday's primary in a seven-way race. With only four months to election day there is no time to waste. 

To help elect Delgado and defeat Faso this fall, join us on Sunday, July 15th, to canvass in that district as part of a campaign organized by NY19Votes. NY19Votes is a grassroots organization we have been working with for months. 

To get started do two things:

1) Click here and register to canvass. We recommend you register to canvass in Brunswick, NY, the closest location (about 1 and 3/4 hrs drive from Northampton); and

2) Email Elaine Fronhofer at efronhofer@gmail.com and let her know you are coming. Elaine is coordinating carpooling AND helping NY19Votes tally volunteers coming from our area. 

You can also email Elaine with any questions you have about this event.

This race will be very competitive but winnable. And if we all work together we will TAKE BACK THE HOUSE!

Here's to much-needed change in the mid-term elections and beyond!!

 

 

 

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Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Food Justice & Health Equity - Candidates Forum

Food Justice & Health Equity 1st Franklin Candidates Forum
Sponsored by The Food Bank of Western MA

When: Thursday, July 12, 6:30-8:30
Where: Shea Theater, 21 Avenue A, Turners Falls

What: An open discussion with 1st Franklin Candidates focusing on our region’s food insecurity and its underlying causes. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn how they intend to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Valley Action Meeting -

Valley Action Meeting - 20th Consecutive Action Meeting to help create positive change

When:  Wednesday, July 11th

Where:  Bangs Community Center Room #101, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

Time:  6:30-8:30 pm

Please bring laptops and cell phones so that effective ACTION can be a huge part of the meeting.

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Western Mass Medicare for All - meeting

Western Mass Medicare for All


When:  Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Where:  Community Room at Hampton Court, 20 Hampton Ave, Northampton

What:  Updates, actions, information, and resource-sharing.  Connect with other Medicare for All supporters and groups across the region.  Help make Single Payer a reality in Massachusetts and the nation.

Please RSVP to info@wmmedicareforall.org. New folks welcome!
 
About Western Mass Medicare for All

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Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Phone Calling & Postcarding

Phone calling and postcarding into NY-19 and NH-2
 

All phone banks will begin with updates on current House races, and refreshments will be served.  

We are calling and post carding into NY-19, and calling into NH-2. Join these and other efforts to flip NY-19 and preserve NH-2.
 
• At 18 Center St, Northampton:
    Tuesday, July 10, 6-8 pm
    Wednesday, July 18, 6-8 pm
    Tuesday, July 24, 6-8 pm
    Wednesday, Aug 1, 6-8 pm
• At Valley Action Meeting, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst:
    Wednesday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

SIGN UP for one or more of these actions

 

To stay informed about ongoing Take Back the House actions, including phone banking, postcard-writing, and information on how to help on other campaigns nationally, sign up on the TBTH 2018 Website.  

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Jul
6
6:30 PM18:30

Represent Western Mass - meeting

Represent Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, July 16, 6:30 -8:00 pm
Where:  Greenfield Savings Bank, 325 King St, Northampton

What:  Monthly meeting of the local chapter of the non-partisan group Represent.Us, working for campaign finance reform and fighting government corruption. Work to get big money influence out of government by moving local, state, and national initiatives forward. Find out how your town can have a voice for clean government. All are welcome.

For questions or carpooling, email repwma@gmail.com

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Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Meet and Greet State-Wide Candidates

Informal Meet and Greet with State-wide Candidates

Hosted by the Democratic committees of Amherst, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton, Southampton, S. Hadley, Sunderland, and Western MA Young Dems

When:  Monday, June 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm

Where:  JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd, Florence

What:  We’ve invited all of the Democratic candidates running for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretary of State to come for an informal evening to meet and mingle, and to give brief presentations.  Most of the candidates have already confirmed their attendance.  Light refreshments.

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Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

GLAD Event in Hartford - Nancy Wyman - Connecticut Lt. Governor

The Studio at Billings Forge
539 Broad Street, Hartford, CT

This Sunday, join GLAD for an inside look at critical LGBTQ issues in Connecticut, New England, and the nation. Hear how you can make a difference and meet other dedicated supporters of equality.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of our marriage equality victory in Connecticut! Don't miss a chance to celebrate past successes - and look ahead to a future of true justice. 

And honoring

Nancy Wyman
Connecticut Lieutenant Governor

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