January 18, 2020 Pioneer Valley Women’s March: 3rd Annual. Springfield. Gather at Northgate Plaza, 11am. March starts at noon and goes to Springfield City Hall for a rally, activist fair, and yoga for activists. Focus: Climate action and equality and justice for women and gender-oppressed people.
100th Anniversary Book Group
All are welcome to join us at Lilly Library, Florence
February 11, 6:30 – 7:45 Reading “Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol,” Nell Ivin Painter
March 26, time to be arranged
In 1923 Alice Paul introduced the 1st version of the ERA in Congress .
The suffragist Alice Paul made this banner to keep track of progress in ratifying the 19th amendment. She sewed on a star each time a state ratified the amendment. Tennessee was the 38th state needed for final ratification.
Tennessee voted to ratify the ERA; then it voted to recind ratification. Which vote will Congress recognize? Photo of Alice Paul from “The Equal Rights Amendment May Pass Now. It’s Only Been 96 Years, NY Times, 11/6/19.
In the News: Medicare for All in MA
Hampshire Gazette 6/26/19 “Why Medicare for All Works,” L. Pareles and C. Flory Read article…
Hampshire Gazette. Senator Jo Comerford is a cosponsor of S683, An Act Establishing Medicare for All in MA. Senator Jo Comerford answers questions about Medicare for All
HR 1, For the People Act (Action 1)
Permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Act (Action 3).
Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (Action 4)
Action 12: Two bills protect children & families at U.S. borders
Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act and the Help Separated Families Act mitigate harm to children at U.S. Borders. Read more…
Two bills provide incentives to purchase electric vehicles and school buses: Driving America Forward Act, Clean School Bus Act of 2019 Read more…
ACTION 10: No more biomass plants in MA
Send emails to legislators: “Pass bills to remove incentives for biomass burning and to provide environmental justice to Springfield and all low-income, racially diverse communities, by keeping out polluting industries.” Read more, info and contacts…
Action 9: Energy Storage Tax Incentive & Deployment Act of 2019
The bill allows tax credits for (1) energy storage technologies, and (2) battery storage technology. Read more…
ACTION 8: MA Carbon Pricing (fee and rebate) bill
H2810 and S2018 put a price on carbon emissions to incentivize a move toward renewable energy and help us meet or exceed the Greenhouse Warming Solutions Act emissions target. Read more…
ACTION 7: DOE: Do not roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs
ACTION 6: Education Promise Act
Revises the Foundation Budget Formula for funding public schools. Read more…
ACTION 5: Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019
It “will restore sections of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court stripped in the Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013. Read more…