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.

Progressives Shaping the Democratic Party Platform

FCCPR delegates and other interested Franklin County residents met April 23 to discuss and unify on revisions to the Democratic Party platform in preparation for the June 3 Democratic Party Convention in Worcester.

The revisions resulting from the hearing will be forwarded to the Democratic Party Platform Committee as well as to Our Revolution Massachusetts, which is holding similar forums around the state and has produced some draft changes in conjunction with Progressive Democrats of America Massachusetts and Progressive Massachusetts.

My Turn/Susan Worgaftik: Health insurance for all? It is possible

This letter by FCCPR member Susan Worgaftik appeared in the Greenfield Recorder,  April 05, 2017.

In his March 31 column, Chris Collins described the presentation that Mass. Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny made to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. McAnneny’s concern was the increasing cost of health insurance to the Commonwealth might result in the state not having sufficient cash reserves to cover government costs during an economic downturn. Certainly, this is a reason for concern.

The recent debacle known as “Trumpcare” points to the difficulties of developing a health insurance system that covers us all equitably and completely. But there is a solution … and one that is pending in the Massachusetts Legislature right now. It is single-payer health insurance. Yep, a government-run insurance plan that covers us all and is paid through taxes. It works in most other developed countries in the world; why not here?

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