Red Alert! Save Our Healthcare!

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.
​The plan:  
  • 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
  • Procession to Pulaski Park
  • Calls to Senate from the event

 

Sponsored by Progressive Pioneer Valley and FCCPR.

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”

100% Renewable Energy Informational Meetings

Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? By joining the statewide campaign outlined by Mass Power Forward, we can follow a step by step approach that will help us move towards this goal in all of our towns. Together with many other communities across the state we can provide an example to the rest of the nation about how this can be done.

Come hear about the details of this plan at any one of our forums in Franklin County. For more information and to RSVP to one of our events, use this link.

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.