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    June 4, 2021

2021 Peacemaker Awards honor student activists

For the 21st time, the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace & Justice have honored teens from Franklin County for social justice accomplishments in their schools, churches or wider community.

In 2020 the traditional May timing met with Covid-19 restrictions and caution. Thus no special evening event was possible, as in years passed, when the students were honored with music and many friends and supporters at Greenfield Community College.
This year was different, as via zoom,
twelve Franklin County students and two student groups, from the eighth through 12th grades, were honored on May 27. See media coverage here. And the full program is now available on YouTube, here.

What can we do to stop war and oppression?
Stop funding it!

$3.8 billion goes to Israel's military yearly
Read our  Traprock statement on the Israel-Palestine conflict

A letter to US Reps. Jim McGovern and Richard Neal

MY TURN, Greenfield Recorder, June 2, 2021


The resurgent violence in Israel/ Palestine has created a humanitarian crisis that breaks our hearts and demands the attention of the U.S. government, as U.S. tax dollars — your constituents’ tax dollars, our tax dollars — fund the military aid that’s killing Palestinians, destroying their homes and other critical, life-sustaining infrastructure in Gaza. Israel is not “protecting itself ”; it’s an occupying force protecting its domination. It cannot, under international law, dominate Palestinians and then use the claim of self-defense in order to protect that domination. We know there have been deaths in Israel. We’re saddened by all loss of life, Israeli and Palestinian, but one must recognize the disproportionality: approximately 20 Palestinians to each Israeli...
Read full letter on our website

On the first anniversary of George Floyd's death, May 25, 2021,

70 local residents met at the Sunderland Library and walked with signs and banners to the bridge spanning the Connecticut River for a vigil there, and later rally on the Deerfield side of the river.

Meanwhile, Saturday vigils for racial justice continue:

IN GREENFIELD at the Town Common, 10-11am,  with an additional peace and democracy focus from 11am to noon.
IN ORANGE:  10-11am, Orange Memorial Park by the Peace Statue, Main St.

Thursday, June 10, 6:30PM

This zoom program will focus on the experiences of three local Black people, Jeanne Hall, Gloria Matlock, and Dick Hall, who have generously offered to share what it means to be Black in Franklin County, MA,
and the country. 

The 2-part program, on June 10 and 17, is co-hosted by Orange's
Wheeler Memorial Library and Racial Justice Rising.
 For more information and to sign up:

Presented by Varinda Robinson and Letha King Brooks
Information and registration, click here or on image below:


For years, the highest-income households in Massachusetts – those in the top 1 percent – have paid a smaller share of their income in state and local taxes than any other income group.
They’ve also benefited from repeated federal tax cuts...
 The Fair Share amendment will change that: read the Fact Sheet

Rally for the Fair Share Amendment

Saturday June 12 Noon on the Greenfield Town Common

Sign up here

FCCPR is taking a leadership role in the western Mass. Fair Share Organizing Committee.
We need your help to make sure that this ballot initiative passes in 2022.


Save Massachusetts Forests & Climate Action Now Present
Protecting Massachusetts Forests in a Time of Climate Emergency
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Alosada Kpiwi - Let's Walk in the Woods:
Finding Our Place Among All of Our Relations
with Rich Holschuh
Tuesday, June 15, 2021    7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Rich Holschuh is a resident of Wantastegok (Brattleboro, VT) and an independent historic and cultural researcher. He has served on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public liaison and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki, members of the contemporary Indigenous community. Rich is founder and director of the Atowi Project, an Elnu community initiative to affirm Native relationships to the Land and its inhabitants, raise Indigenous voices, and foster inclusion with understanding. His work draws upon indigenous history, linguistics, geography, and culture to share beneficial ways of seeing and being in relationship with place. 

Register HERE for this talk
Co-Sponsors: Representative Paul Mark, 2nd Berkshire District; Attorney Meg Sheehan; Green Berkshires; 350MA Berkshire Node; Arise for Social Justice, Climate Change Group; Concerned Citizens of Franklin County; Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution Climate Change Group; The Enviro Show; Extinction Rebellion Western MA; Friends of Peru State Forest; Keep the Woods; Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley; Partnership for Policy Integrity; Restore: The North Woods; Springfield Climate Justice Coalition; Traprock Center for Peace and Justice; Wendell State Forest Alliance

Hands Across the Hills has developed an intensive, three-day, in-person training program making it possible for people from communities across the country to learn critical dialogue skills.

  • October 9, 10, and 11, 2021 (holiday weekend), in Leverett, Massachusetts.
    All details here

  • Tuition: $750 per person.  Limited scholarship support available.

    Check the  Hands Across the Hills website for history, background and more.

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