The Day After: What’s Joe Arpaio Got to Do With It?

In his pardon of Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump accomplished five things.  He took a swipe at Latinos (never a bad thing in his book), letting them know that no matter what the Constitution says, they’re not protected against abuses by law enforcement.  He threw a big hunk of red meat to the baying mob that makes up his base.  He added momentum to the slide into authoritarianism in the US and flipped the bird at custom, propriety and civility.  He did his fervent campaign supporter Joe Arpaio a solid.  

And, oh yeah, he dangled the potential of a pardon in front of witnesses in the Mueller investigation.

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The Day After: People Get Ready

When the Mueller investigation gets close enough for Donald Trump to feel truly threatened, we need to be ready to act.  

resistDespite the cries of “fake news!” from Trump administration loyalists, it seems as if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is getting closer and closer to evidence that could lead to legal action — against members of the Trump campaign, members of the Trump administration, or against Trump himself.  The investigation of Paul Manafort (and in particular, the FBI raid on Manafort’s residence) sure suggests that Mueller is not on a mere fishing expedition, but that he already has information adding up to reasonable cause to believe that a specific crime was committed — and he’s shown it to a judge.
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Reminder: FCCPR Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 6, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

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.

Potluck Picnic, August 6–Celebrate FCCPR’s One-Year Anniversary!

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.

Support Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses

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!

Ferd Wulcan: Uncertainty and Instability, Trump and Sanders

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”

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?”