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February 3, 2021
 

YES WE BAN!

Welcoming the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in effect from January 22






 






 

 





Greenfield Common: At the January 23 Saturday vigil we joined others around the world in celebrating this move to ban nuclear weapons with flags widely displayed in Europe.
Originally passed in July 2017, the treaty became international law when ratified by 50 of the 122 signing countries. More on the Treaty here: https://www.icanw.org/
Although mainstream media seemed to miss this historic event, activists with The Nuclear Resister reported over 80 actions in the U.S., many more throughout the world -- at nuclear weapons sites, corporations making nuclear weapons, in cyberspace, and on town commons. NuclearBan.US coordinated events at the General Dynamics company in Pittsfield, and the L3 Harris plant in Northampton. General Dynamics makes the launch mechanism for submarine-launched nuclear missiles, and L3 Harris is a subcontractor of Northrop Grumman’s $85 billion contract to build a new intercontinental ballistic missile system for the US.
And from The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons that worked so hard to make the treaty happen:
see their special ICAN January 22 program here. And photos from actions worldwide at this ICAN Flickr account here.

 

..."The spirit of Black History Month goes beyond achievement. It is also about remembering and demonstrating that our lives and contributions are creative, industrious, transformative and joyful. Given the traumas of the last year, it’s important to call out that our experience is about more than the deaths we protest and the pain we hope to heal. Black life is so much more than that. We are not only triumphant and resilient, we deserve to be celebrated and valued. Our minds, our bodies, and our spirits are worthy of real investment..." --  February 1, 2021, By Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Executive Director


 
Webinar: Remaking the Economy: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap and the Case for Reparations Thursday, February 18th at 2:00 pm EST
NPQ’s latest webinar in our Remaking the Economy series looks at the racial wealth gap, focusing on Black Americans. In 2017, a report titled The Road to Zero Wealth noted that at current trends, by mid-century the median wealth of a Black family in the US would fall below zero (i.e., more than half of all Black Americans would be in a net debtor position).
Click here to register for the webinar!
 
 
 

"It’s us versus the Canadian multinational, and the home team’s doing pretty good...
If you can’t travel out here, go to our website at either StopLine3.org or HonorEarth.org. You’ll find a lot of people listed you can write letters to. You can send us some money, send us some more winter tents. .. You know, this pipeline is yours too. Nobody needs more carbon in the atmosphere. You can’t drink oil." -- Winona

Follow Honor the Earth on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/honortheearth/
 


As we rely ever more on computers and virtual meetings, this article may open eyes -- and close cameras!

Want to help the environment? Turn off that Zoom camera during work meetings

While global emissions dropped by record levels in 2020, the pandemic-prompted shift to remote work
are presenting their own environmental challenges that are only expected to grow
https://www.deseret.com/utah/2021/1/23/22233199/ok-keep-camera-off-jam-virtual-meetings-jammies-helps-environment-purdue-study-carbon-emissions

 
 
 

Did you miss this important talk? No problem, see and hear
Vanessa Nakate and Varshini Prakash online now, here:

Young People Fighting for Climate Justice

2021 Baldwin Lecture, from February 1
also available in Spanish

"Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, executive director of the Sunrise Movement Varshini Prakash, UMass '15, reflect on their personal experiences in the movement and share their organizing strategy, insights, and visions for the world they’re fighting to win."

 


 

Militarism: Violence against Women as a Weapon of war

This international webinar in English, one of the peace programs of the virtual World Social Forum on January 24, 2021, offers excellent presentations from women peace activists from war affected countries and issues:  including in Cameroon, Bosnia, South Korea and more. Organized by Women Say No to NATO, moderated by longtime activists Corazon Valdez Fabros (Philippines) and Kristine Karch (Germany) watch here



Another international webinar at the Forum, Global NATO – All Countries Are Affected By NATO
"showed that the largest military alliance in the world, NATO, is a war machine that affects each country in different ways. Not only NATO members push militarization in their countries, but also non-members support it, as they are involved in NATO policy through cooperation agreements such as Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue, and others. -- World Beyond War

Witnessing Democracy in Venezuela: Resisting Empire
February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

More info and registration here



Join us for a webinar with embassy protectors Margaret FlowersAdrienne Pine and David Paul, who went to Venezuela as elections monitors. Learn about their experiences in Venezuela meeting people across the country as well as about their evaluation of the election process and the results.  The webinar will be moderated by Hector Figarella, a Venezuelan-American activist from Western MASS.         Register to attend.
Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and the Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Mass.  

 

Join a virtual series on increasing access to affordable housing in Franklin County.

On March 27, 2021 at 9 am, we kick off the event with a panel who will explore why affordable housing is difficult to find. We will consider how housing became a commodity, how it has been impacted by systemic racism created by government policy and what we can do with or without government help to create more affordable housing. Eight virtual workshops in April and May will dive deeper into specific action areas.

For more information and to register, click HERE!

There is no fee for the keynote or any of the workshops.

 



FROM OUR WEBSITE: RECENT POSTS

Paula Green:  How do we heal now?

MY TURN (Op Ed) Greenfield Recorder, February 1, 2021:

“To heal is to return to an original state of health: repair, rebuild, restore. However, because of America’s original sins of genocide and enslavement, our task is to build rather than rebuild, to cocreate a more healthy and equitable nation." ... (full text here)

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