Ferd Wulkan: Amid lots of activism, what’s FCCPR’s role?

In addition to attending our huuuuge FCCPR meetings, I have gone to smaller meetings of progressive activists in Orange, Montague, Leverett and Shutesbury the past few months.  A few things stand out for me.

People are hungry—hungry for a new kind of activism, inspired by Bernie, in a way few of us could have predicted.  They are serious—the dangers they see us facing under Trump lead them to be thoughtful and committed when some might have predicted demoralization and despair.  Continue reading “Ferd Wulkan: Amid lots of activism, what’s FCCPR’s role?”

Mary Malmros on Noho Pride March–Then and Now

Those who want to march with the FCCPR contingent at the Noho Pride March on Saturday, May 6, should email marti.hobbes@gmail.com ASAP to sign up and get your marching credentials. Note: We are allowed a maximum of 25 marchers.

On Saturday we’ll be marching again, this time in the Northampton Pride March. For me, it will be my first Pride march in years. I was a volunteer march organizer of Northampton Pride back in the mid ‘80s, and I marched in Boston for years after I moved there. Then I stopped going to Pride marches. Frankly, the celebration got to be too much for me.

Back in the ‘80s, the Northampton Pride March was a very different event. Continue reading “Mary Malmros on Noho Pride March–Then and Now”

Ferd Wulcan: Review of April 23 Our Revolution Livestream

About 20 CPR members and friends gathered at 12 Federal Street on April 23 to watch Our Revolution’s (OR) live stream.  OR is the national group formed by staffers from the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, and which is affiliating state and local groups like ours.  The hope has been that this would become a powerful, grassroots organization that, like CPR, would work both inside and outside the electoral arena.  Many of us in CPR have until now been disappointed by the slow pace and exclusive focus on candidate endorsement by OR so far. Continue reading “Ferd Wulcan: Review of April 23 Our Revolution Livestream”

Support Franklin Medical Center Nurses

The Labor Task Force of FCCPR is urging members to turn out and support the nurses on their informational picket line Thursday, April 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Baystate-Franklin Hospital, 164 High St., Greenfield.  

Or, sign their petition.

A letter from Donna Stern and Jillian Sicard, co-chairs of the Nurse Union said:

In recent weeks, the more than 200 BFMC nurses voted to authorize a one-day strike, filed six unfair labor practice charges against Baystate with the National Labor Relations Board and have participated in a community rally. We are fighting for safe patient limits, improved security for everyone at the hospital, and fair benefits and wages. Baystate refuses to agree to our patient safety and security proposals, and instead seeks to degrade our health benefits and mistreat nurses.

 

Eversource customers criticize proposed rate hike

FCCPR member Bob Armstrong, speaking as a customer as well as a Conway selectboard member, told Massachusetts DPU representatives at an April 26 hearing on Eversource’s proposed energy rate hike, “My strongest opposition is based on what feels like an outright attack on residential and commercial solar.” Read more about the hearing in the Greenfield Recorder http://www.recorder.com/DPU-hearing-on-Eversource-rate-case-9522568

Deerfield to Back ‘Improved Medicare for All’ in Massachusetts!

A resolution to support the Medicare For All in Massachusetts bill was voted on and passed at the Deerfield Town Meeting April 24. FCCPR praises Deerfield resident Joan Joshi and other members of FCCPR’s Single Payer Healthcare Task Force “for bringing the campaign for single payer into their own towns.”

Next up are the towns of Leverett (4/29), Colrain (5/1) and Shelburne Falls (5/2), where FCCPR members have put forward similar resolutions for their annual meetings.

Consider asking your upcoming town meeting to support the bill.

For tips on how to do this or for more information about the Medicare for All in Massachusetts bill, email Judy Atkins at judithga@comcast.net or visit the task force website.

FCCPR Says NO to Eversource Rate Increases

Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m., Dept. of Public Utilities Hearing, Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St.
Eversource is proposing a 28% rate increase for residential customers in our area. It is up to the state’s Department of Public Utilities to approve, deny, or modify the request. The DPU’s hearing starts at 7 p.m., and FCCPR members will be outside demonstrating against this increase at 6 p.m.

  • Eversource made a profit of almost $1 billion in 2016.
  • The salaries of the 5 highest-paid executives of Eversource total over $21 million.
  • Eversource’s stock price has increased by 200% since 2010!

Please join us ining protest at the DPU’s public hearing in Greenfield, April 26.

‘Starfish Throwers’: Film and Discussion

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-9 p.m., First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield. Please park behind the church and come in the back door. FREE, donations requested, refreshments served.

In the documentary film “The Starfish Throwers,” three extraordinary people, half a world apart, fight for a seemingly lost cause, to feed the poor—until they discover their impact may reach further than their actions. Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Deb Habib, Seeds of Solidarity. Sponsored by Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice.