FCCPR has added Don Alexander, who is running for School Committee, to its slate of progressive candidates for the November 7 Greenfield elections. While Don is not yet a member of FCCPR, he agrees with our platform. We believe Don will be a positive ally for us on the School Committee and that he and Bob Cooley, our other endorsed candidate, can work well together. An endorsement by FCCPR commits us to help these candidates get elected and, after the election, to encourage and support their efforts to support a progressive platform on the School Committee.
Don has an M.Ed in Education from the University of Massachusetts and is currently on the School Committee, having been elected by the School Committee to fill a vacant position.
Supports a strong civics education curriculum;
Supports the civil rights of all students;
Supports single-payer health insurance;
Opposes the expansion of charter schools; and
Opposes high stakes testing.
We urge our entire FCCPR membership–Greenfield and non-Greenfield residents alike–to pitch in and help with their campaigns in the coming weeks. Every Saturday, and possibly Sunday, between now and the end of October, we’ll be out on the streets working for a progressive Greenfield. Sign up to canvass, phone bank, leaflet, sponsor a house party, and fundraise by visiting the candidates’ websites or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To support the campaigns financially, send a check payable to “FCCPR Progressive PAC” to FCCPR Office, P.O. Box 216, Greenfield, MA 01302, or donate online. To earmark the money for a specific candidate or purpose, put that on the memo line. If amount is greater than $50, include your address. If amount is greater than $200, include name, address, employer and job title.
Come to the FCCPR Office [345 Main St., Gfld] from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, to write letters to our state legislators urging them to support an increase in the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
A new report finds that increasing the Massachusetts RPS by 3 percent per year will allow the state to fully realize the benefits of new clean energy demand and lower wholesale electricity prices.
The letters will be hand-delivered by FCCPR members attending a September 19 State House hearing on the topic.
Join FCCPR members, family and friends to celebrate FCCPR’s one-year anniversary. Bring a yummy dish to share, and bring your swimsuit, folding chairs, frisbees, etc. Meet us at the pavilion anytime from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. BLUE SKIES ARE FORECASTED! Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, 1 Nash’s Mill Road, Greenfield.
It’s a party! It’s a picnic! It’s time to get together with FCCPR friends and families to relax, swim and share a potluck to celebrate FCCPR’s one-year anniversary (almost)! Come anytime from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, One Nash’s Mill Road, Greenfield.
Bring your favorite dish to share, as well as bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, basketballs, frisbees, etc.
For more information, call Susan Triolo at 413/665-8246 or Penny Novack 413/625-9741.
If Baystate does not agree to a fair contract, nurses will strike for 24 hours starting at 6 a.m. on June 26 and be prepared to re-enter the hospital at 6 a.m. on June 27.
Nurses and supporters will be picketing for the entire 24-hour period outside the hospital at 164 High St. Please join us to let Baystate know that nurses and all hospital staff deserve to be treated with respect and bargained with in good faith.
Baystate has threatened to lock out nurses from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Wednesday. This reckless decision by Springfield executives was made to retaliate against our nurses for exercising their legal right to strike. Baystate would rather pay replacement nurses from outside the community than properly value and respect BFMC nurses.
On Sunday night, June 25, stand with us starting at 7 p.m. outside the hospital!
As Franklin County CPR (Continuing the Political Revolution) has been talking with people about the many issues we face in our daily lives, we realize that we are facing more instability and uncertainty in our lives than ever before. Consider the following:
More and more jobs are part-time, short-term or have unpredictable hours, leading to a new term for this growing group of workers – the precariat. Unlike in the past, few corporations are seen as kind employers, and very few people make a lifelong career out of working for one company. This has many causes including corporations moving work almost at will to wherever labor costs are lowest, companies realizing they can increase profits by offering benefits to fewer workers, and cities and states offering ever larger tax breaks to attract companies. Continue reading “Ferd Wulcan: Uncertainty and Instability, Trump and Sanders”
At this very moment, 13 senators are secretly meeting behind closed doors to take away our healthcare by July 1st. No hearings, no reviews, no public forums! Even Republican voters oppose these kinds of cuts. The bill’s passage depends on secrecy.
Join Progressive Pioneer Valley and FCCPR to stop the draconian Senate healthcare bill. We will rally at City Hall in Northampton from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 22.
Wear RED to represent that we are on RED ALERT.
Bring pots and pans ‘Cacerolazo’ style (a South American noise making protest)
Speakers and entertainment
Personal stories–those affected by health care issues
Join us to celebrate FCCPR’s new office space at 345 Main St., Greenfield (below Greenfield Coffee). Pop upstairs to meet our neighbors, Greenfield Community Acupuncture, and get a free ear acupuncture and $5-off coupon.