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    May 7, 2021

Elephants in the room: Tax day 2021, by Pat Hynes

From Traprock's Sarah Pirtle
Julia Ward Howe's efforts to gather women of all nations was the real start of Mother’s Day.  This Sunday I’ll read her proclamation at 1 pm followed by five poets during this free event created by Nature Culture. Acclaimed Abenaki poet Cheryl Savageau will be reading as well as others on the poster above. 
It was at the Village Church in Cummington in 1881 that Julia Ward Howe spoke to 400 people along with Lucy Stone for women’s suffrage, as organized by Cummington sisters Henrietta Nahmer and Fanny Rogers. I keep thinking of that stirring vision now as pastor of that very church.
Use this link to register for Sunday’s Peace and Poetry free event:

Resistance Studies Initiative Spring Webinar Speaker Series: Distinguished researchers and activists share critical reflections on resistance issues.
(click on title link below for full information and registration)

Keeping kinships, re-membering futures:
Indigenous Peoples protecting wild salmon in Alaska
Talk by Carol Kalafatic and Chief Gary Harrison

Thursday May 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT/USA  Zoom webinar

Carol Kalafatic (Quechua, Spanish & Croatian) is a Resistance Studies Fellow with the Resistance Studies Initiative at UMass Amherst and has been working with Indigenous Peoples (IPs) since 1991, as an organizer, workshop provider, trans-disciplinary scholar, and policy advocate for IPs’ self-determination and food sovereignty.

Chief Gary Harrison (Ahtna), is Traditional Chief of Nay'dini'aa Na' Kayax' (Chickaloon Village), Alaska, and Tribal Chairman of Chickaloon Village Traditional Council. He was named Traditional Chief in 1994. For decades he has been a sovereignty activist and helped guide Chickaloon as a Tribal Government, outside of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, to become an important, alternate governance model for other traditional indigenous communities around the world.

Grassroots Resistance
to Industrial Logging on Public Lands

A Standing Trees Vermont Conversation with Danna Smith of Dogwood Alliance

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm ET

 At Dogwood Alliance, Danna has worked successfully across the southern United States to build grassroots resistance to the wood pellet industry and industrial logging in a region rich in biodiversity but long targeted for extraction. Come learn about the history of southern forests, strategies and tactics for resistance we can adapt to the Northeast, and opportunities for the future.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link following registration.

Hosted by Standing Trees Vermont
Sponsored by Extinction Rebellion Vermont


Climate scientist, Dr. William Moomaw, and Danna Smith co-authored the groundbreaking report “The Great American Stand: US Forests & The Climate Emergency”.


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