January 13, 2017
 
 
 
 
UPDATE ON CONNECTICUT EXPANSION
Native American Sites in
CT Expansion pipeline path in peril

Much like the path for the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, the Connecticut Expansion pipeline route, already approved by FERC, has been found to contain traditional cultural features sacred to Native Americans in the region. 73 features of ceremonial stone landscape were identified this fall after a survey on behalf of several Tribes. The pipeline construction plan by Tennessee Gas (div. of Kinder Morgan), would destroy a full third of these sites.

The Nolumbeka Project, a nonprofit that works with local native tribes, filed a letter with FERC on January 12  in support of the Narragansett Indian Tribe's efforts to have ceremonial stone landscape features along the CT Expansion route in Sandisfield protected. 

After submitting his own letter of concern to FERC, a tribal historical preservation officer, Doug Harris, recently put out a call for help in the Berkshire Edge
“There are not enough Indians to fight this fight; the local communities have to be informed about the issue and have to be able to…protect these ancient sites.”

With so many people who have been standing up to protect Otis State Forest, the “local community” is large! Please follow the Nolumbeka example and file a comment with FERC (CP14-529) calling for  a resolution to the section 106 tribal consultation process that is fully respectful of all tribes with a historical, cultural, and religious connection to this land. Also be sure to Cc the ACHP (Advisory Council on Historic Preservation) and ACE (Army Corp. of Engineers) when sending your comments.


Contradance to benefit PLAN-NE this Saturday!

To help raise funds for the fight to appeal the Massachusetts 401 Water Quality Certificate for CT Expansion, Hilltown activists have organized a fun fundraiser, featuring local musicians, caller Sadie Stull and catering from renowned local caterers Alice's Kitchen for January 14 at the West Cummington Church Parish House, 27 West Main St., West Cummigton.

Even if you can't attend, you can donate online.


Hearing: Otis State Forest Settlement
There will be a hearing in Pittsfield on the proposed settlement agreement on Otis State Forest eminent domain takings of the easements and the negotiated compensation package. 

There will be a stand-out rally beforehand as well.

February 6th, 2017

1:00
Stand-Out in Opposition to the OSF Settlement

Sidewalks around Park Square area
(See maps for acceptable protest locations and parking)

2:00 pm
Court Hearing

Berkshire County Superior Court
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA
(See courtroom rules)
DAKOTA ACCESS UPDATE

Blackstone ends talks for $5 billion Energy Transfer stake
Reuters, Jan 10, 2017

Private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) is no longer looking at buying a $5 billion stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP.N), a source familiar with the matter confirmed on Monday.

In December, Blackstone was said to be looking at a stake in ETP, the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. ETP shares fell 2.4 percent on Monday to close at $36.53 a share after the news, first reported by Bloomberg.

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LOCAL EVENT
Still Standing: Standing Rock's Struggle Continues Under Trump

As part of the American Friends Service Committee's annual Martin Luther King Day event on peaceful and non-violent resistance, Western Massachusetts Solidarity With Standing Rock will host a 2 hour workshop about the present and continued peaceful struggle for Indigenous and Environmental Justice in North Dakota.

• Linda Black Elk will be joining via Skype to discuss the present situation at the camps and what she believes will be the best way to fight the pipeline and keep the resistance alive under the upcoming Trump Administration.

• Kandi Mosset from Indigenous Environmental Network, who has been at Standing Rock since the beginning of the struggle against DAPL, will also be joining via Skype.

• Urban Thunder, an inter-tribal Native American drum group will be guiding the workshop by singing prayers throughout the event.

• Local Indigenous Activists, who have recently traveled to Standing Rock, Rhonda Anderson and Anthony Melting Tallow will speak of their experiences at the camp as Water Protectors.

•  Laurie Leyshon, a local advocate for Indigenous rights who also spent time at Standing Rock, on the importance of decolonization.

Information will be provided regarding the importance of continuing the Defund DAPL movement especially under the upcoming Trump Administration and also the need to continue peaceful and non violent direct actions locally.
Western Massachusetts Stands in Solidarity With Standing Rock. We will remain standing for Indigenous and Environmental rights in North Dakota and around the world. The struggle continues....
Created for Western Mass Solidarity with Standing Rock

MONDAY, Jan 16, 2017
5 PM
Lymon Hall
First Churches of Northampton
129 Main St.
Northampton, MA

Featured Events
Many more online! Keep up with the latest on our Events Page

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 18, 2017 — PELHAM, NH
Public information meeting concerning upgrades to the Pelham Compressor Station on Mammoth Rd in Pelham, NH. This station is part of the infrastructure to move gas through the Concord Lateral. While the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co’s NED (Northeast Energy Direct) project has been withdrawn, we still must pay careful attention to new activities regarding routing more gas through Dracut, Pelham and the New Hampshire towns north of us.
6:00 pm
Pelham Town Hall
6 Village Green
Pelham, NH


MONDAY — JANUARY 23, 2017 — UPTON, MA Any questions, please contact: uptonsolarcoach@gmail.com



WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 25, 2017 — BOSTON, MA

Mass Power Forward Lobby Day: Clean Energy for All! Hundreds of members of the Mass Power Forward coalition are descending on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future! The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead.
On January 25, we'll meet with our representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy. We'll push for at least 50% clean power by 2040, expanded investments in solar (especially community and low-income solar), and further action on gas leaks. And we'll call on our legislators to say no once and for all to pipelines and nuclear power. Join us!

Please register with
» this Google Form

so that we can help you arrange meetings with your rep or senator

10 AM - 2:30 PM
Massachusetts State House
(exact location within State House TBD!)
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA


SATURDAY — JANUARY 28, 2016 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
Forum: Climate Action in a Time of Crisis. Featured will be representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come.
For those of us who are working to fight climate change, if the cabinet choices are any indication of its direction, the effect of the new administration could be catastrophic. We are on the verge of a meteorologic crisis, with elevated temperatures provoking “tipping points” in further emissions and warming that can no longer be stopped by human intervention. Failure to address the climate crisis is creating a political crisis. It will take a smart and thoughtful movement of ALL of us, using every tool available, to accomplish the necessary economic and structural changes our country needs.
3 PM - 6 PM
First Churches of Northampton
129 Main St.
Northampton, MA


SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 11, 2017 — PIONEER VALLEY (TBD), MA
NVDA TRAINING. This highly interactive training will introduce you to the theory and practice of non-violence and help you decide whether you might be willing to risk arrest. You are under no obligation to be willing to risk arrest to be part of this training. We will also help you get into a Sugar Shack Alliance Affinity Group if that is what you want.

While this training does give you some background on the Alliance's structure, function and history, it is generic enough that if you want to take the training to prepare for activities outside of Sugar Shack, this will also be appropriate for you.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more details including the location of the training. We expect folks who do register to show up for the training as the trainers, Alice Grendon and Sandra Boston, need to know numbers in order to tailor the activities to the actual size of the group.

This Sugar Shack Alliance training is free but we do pass the hat to cover space rental, cost of the printed materials you will receive and some reimbursement for the trainers' time. Most folks give between $5 and $20.
**Registration closes February 7th. Thanks **
»» To register, click here
9:30 to 5:30
Amherst or Northampton MA
(Registrants will be informed of location when decided)

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