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December 29, 2020

To know where you're going,
it's good to see where you've been


As we plan for the new year and decade, learn about Traprock's work in 2020 here. We hope for our community's continued support.
Donations are tax deductible, online here


COMING ACTIONS

January 22-23, 2021


 One plan for 2021, building on our opposition to the dangers and costs of nuclear weapons, is to join international celebrations and demonstrations on Friday-Saturday, January 22-23, welcoming the "Entry into Force" of the hard-won International Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons.

More on the Treaty here: https://www.icanw.org/
Stay tuned to our next e-news on January 12  for details

 



 

Frances Crowe Film Series: The Penalty
NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 30

 
Penalty showcases the impact of the death penalty on the lawyers, the murder victims and the families of someone who is wrongfully convicted of murder. It follows the stories of a man wrongly convicted who spent 15 years on death row; a lawyer fighting against increasingly inhumane, botched executions; and a mother battling against the state's pursuit of the death penalty for her daughter's murderer.
Watch the film any time from now through 6 pm Dec. 30, online at:
https://vimeo.com/486373089/3e711422d1
Then join the Discussion Dec. 30th at 7:30pm:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85660299188?pwd=SlVYd3QrWDVJd3BMRjEyZTIweUZXZz0
 
 
Mass Peace Action is hosting a two part study group on the book As Long as the Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker. The book examines environmental justice and injustice through the unique lens of indigenous struggles in the past and contemporary assaults. about the Indigenous fight for Environmental Justice.


The study group will meet on two Saturdays, Feb. 6 and March 6, 2021, from 2-4 pm, by Zoom. Sponsored by the Racial Justice and Decolonization Working Group and the Climate and Peace Working Group of Massachusetts Peace Action. 
For more information and to register:




Dismantling Antisemitism, Winning Justice
This panel discussion from December 15th is online, offering a platform for social  justice movement and political leaders as they share what fighting antisemitism looks like to them and how it connects to their own liberation struggles. Panelists will address their own experiences of fighting oppression, how they learned about and have experienced antisemitism, and how this informs their approach to the fight against antisemitism. Together, we will explore how learning from one another helps us fight against antisemitism, as well as those that seek to wield charges of antisemitism to undermine progressive movements for justice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKrije5j5Gk&t=1s


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NO to the biomass power plant
in Springfield
you can help! See Climate Action Now's
URGENT ACTION ALERT


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And starting
the New Year with hope for our future


Members of Musica Franklin support a Saturday Black Lives Matter vigil.

Note new date: On Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, Racial Justice Rising, Gloria Matlock's Twice as Smart Program and Vicki Citron’s Musica Franklin will present the voices of Greenfield children discussing their lives during the pandemic. The zoom program, online at 1:00 pm with the help of GCTV, opens with two 30 minute videos made by children. Musica Franklin will close with a song and violin playing. 
RSVP  to Guacomolly54@gmail.com for zoom link
Check out our website at www.racialjusticerising.org  


THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:
RECENT POSTS ON OUR WEBSITE

Peacemaker award for Franklin County teens
Letter to the Editor, by Kate Mason, Peacemaker Award Committee member, from Greenfield Recorder, December 16, 2020
Inequality and its consequences MY TURN  by Pat Hynes in the Greenfield Recorder, Dec. 4, 2020
Given there is no magic bullet, no weapon, no gun shop to solve our state of social fear and insecurity, how, then, can we grow economic democracy to reduce income inequality and personal insecurity?

 


Dress warmly! Despite winter weather, Saturday solidarity and peace vigils continue in Greenfield and Orange

On Greenfield Town Common: 10-11 am, Racial Justice Rising weekly vigil. If weather too bad, check with Guacomolly54@gmail.com
11am-noon, Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil.

At Orange Memorial Park by the Peace Statue: 10 to 11 a.m.
Bring signs expressing solidarity      Wear a mask
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