Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rally on Monday, March 27, 11:30 AM, in Boston to Support Farm-worker Rights Leaders Detained by ICE

Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:30 AM, Boston: Rally to Support Farm-worker Rights Leaders Detained by ICE.  “Please spread the word that Migrant Justice leaders Zully and Kike and farm-worker community member Alex are all going to immigration court in Boston on Monday, March 27th and we need a huge turnout to speak out for their freedom and immediate release!” Meet at 11:30 AM in front of the JFK Federal Building. For more information see www.migrantjustice.net.

From the Migrant Justice Network: “Jose Enrique ‘Kike’ Balcazar Sanchez, 24, and Zully Palacios Rodriguez, 23, were surrounded by four undercover ICE vehicles soon after leaving the Migrant Justice office in Burlington, VT on Friday March 17 after being followed from a Migrant Justice organizing meeting. Migrant Justice organizers arrived on the site of the arrest in time to see the two being loaded into separate vans and driven away. The detention came two days after agents arrested dairy worker Cesar Alexis Carrillo Sanchez, 23, outside the Chittenden County courthouse Wednesday morning. At the time, Mr. Carrillo, known as Alex, was accompanied by his wife, Lymarie Deida, a U.S. citizen. The two have a four-year-old daughter together.

Friday, March 24, 2017

With regret, we are announcing the cancellation of the Walpole People's Climate Rally

With regret, we are announcing the cancellation of the Walpole People’s Climate Rally, previously scheduled for Saturday, April 29.  After assessing our own hands on deck, we realized that some of our key players will not be available to work on/ attend a Walpole Rally.  Some of us are planning on attending the Washington March.  The marches in Boston and Washington have great appeal and we urge you to attend one if possible.  Of great importance, too, is the ongoing work of making our voices heard. We call upon our Senators and Representatives and all government officials, national, state, and local, to oppose the proposed draconian budget cuts to the EPA and support aggressive measures addressing climate change and other critical environmental issues.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Talk on "Protecting Our Civil Liberties Under the Trump Administration" by Kade Crockford, ACLU, at Walpole Library on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 PM

Protecting Our Civil Liberties Under the Trump Administration

On Wednesday, March 22, Kade Crockford, Director of Technology for Liberty at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM), will be the featured speaker for a meeting of Walpole Democrats at the Walpole Public Library at 7:30 PM. The future of our civil liberties is a major concern under the Trump administration. Ms. Crockford is an expert on privacy issues.  She will be talking about bills pending in the Massachusetts legislature and the urgency of securing our rights at the state and local level, given the authoritarian views of the incoming national administration.
As Director of Technology for Liberty, Ms. Crockford works to protect and expand core First and Fourth Amendment rights and civil liberties in the digital 21st century, focusing on how systems of surveillance and control impact not just the society in general but their primary targets—people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and dissidents. She has written for The Nation, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, WBUR, and many other publications, and regularly appears in local, regional, and national media as an expert on issues related to technology, policing, and surveillance.

The meeting will be in the Community Room at the Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street. Coffee will be available. To learn more about the ACLU, visit aclum.org. To learn more about the ACLU’s privacy work, visit privacysos.org.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Immigration Talk on Wednesday, March 15 - Postponed

Due to the snowstorm, our speakers for ”Immigrants under President Trump’s Enforcement Regime”, scheduled for tomorrow night, March 15, have asked that we postpone the talk.  We will let you know when it is rescheduled.   

SAVE THE DATE: The Walpole Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring a Walpole People’s Climate march and rally on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Walpole Common. Join us in Walpole if you cannot attend the major march in Washington, DC  or the march in Boston. We will be marching in Walpole, united in solidarity with marches in Washington, DC and communities across the country. Marking 100 days of the Trump Administration, we will rally for climate justice, calling on our elected leaders to protect our environment. Our country needs to take bold action to address climate change by supporting the Paris agreement, moving to renewable energy, and opposing any attacks on our air, water, atmosphere, economy, health, and families. We will be standing together to bring awareness to climate change as well as various justice and equality issues facing our nation today.

We will gather at the Walpole Common at the corner of Main and Common Streets at 1:00 pm, march around the center of Walpole, and end back at the Walpole Common for speeches. The plan is tentative. You can RSVP and get more information at the link below:  

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Walpole Peace Group Talks: "Immigrants under President Trump’s Enforcement Regime" on Wednesday, March 15 at Walpole Library

Gabriel Camacho, of the American Friends Service Committee, and Liza Ryan, of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, will give a talk, “Immigrants under President Trump’s Enforcement Regime” on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Walpole Public Library. President Trump’s immigration policies and executive orders are not new. His cabinet appointees and advisors have long influenced the debate on immigration policy.  Mr. Camacho and Ms. Ryan will describe the situation of immigrants in Massachusetts, where they came from and why they came to the United States. They will show the impact of the harsh policies of the Trump Administration, through the Executive Orders and the expansion of existing enforcement programs, on immigrants and their families.  Throughout the nation a grassroots movement has been growing and successfully pushing back on these policies. Many municipalities in the Commonwealth are on the forefront in protecting immigrant families and the civil rights of all residents.

Gabriel Camacho has served as the Immigration Programs Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in New England for over a decade. His work includes grassroots organizing within immigrant communities, leadership development, wage recovery campaigns for undocumented workers, policy analysis, and promoting humane immigration policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Liza Ryan is the Organizing Director at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). She has over ten years of experience working with refugees, immigrants, and foreign/public policy everywhere from sub-Saharan Africa to throughout the Middle East and Europe.

The talk is sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group and is open to the public. The Walpole Public Library is located at 143 School Street in Walpole.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Walpole Peace Group Talks: "Fixing Our Broken Democracy" on Wednesday, February 22 at Walpole Library - "Climate Change" on March 8


The Walpole Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring two timely talks at the Walpole Public Library on important issues:

“Fixing Our Broken Democracy”- February 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Public Library: A slide show chronicling  the ordinary citizen’s loss of political power, will be presented by Sharon resident Paul Lauenstein. The talk shows how corporations and wealthy citizens have thwarted the democratic process, and how “We, the People” can regain our rightful control of our government. 

“Climate Change Study Finds N.E. May Face Rapid Warming” – March 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Walpole Public Library:  Professor  Ambarish Karmalkar will talk about the conclusions of a recent study by the Northeast Climate Science Center that New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming compared to the global average warming as well as warming in the lower 48 states. 

See below for more details on these talks. 

Fixing Our Broken Democracy
A slide show chronicling  the ordinary citizen’s loss of political power, will be presented by Sharon resident Paul Lauenstein in the Walpole Public Library’s Community Room on Wednesday evening, February 22, at  7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Walpole Peace and Justice Group, this talk shows how corporations and wealthy citizens have thwarted the democratic process, and how “We, the People” can regain our rightful control of our government.
  
In his immortal Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln wished that, "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” However, according to a 2014 study by political scientists from Princeton and Northwestern, we now live in an oligarchy controlled by corporations and billionaires. A series of Supreme Court decisions culminating in Citizens United v. FEC (2010) have opened the floodgates to money in politics, allowing an economic elite to pressure our politicians to serve their interests rather than those of the general public. How can "We the People" assert our constitutional sovereignty over powerful special interests, and live up to Lincoln’s vision of government that serves all the people?

Paul Lauenstein is a retired business owner from Sharon who volunteers for We the People Massachusetts overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision with a constitutional amendment affirming that artificial entities are not people and money is not speech.

Climate Change Study Finds N.E. May Face Rapid Warming
On Wednesday, March 8,  at 7:30 PM in the Walpole Public Library’s Community Room, UMass Professor Ambarish Karmalkar will talk about the conclusions of a recent study by the Northeast Climate Science Center that New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming compared to the global average warming as well as warming in the lower 48 states. As the lead author of the study, Ambarish will speak about the science behind climate change and the methodology used to predict its impact at a regional level. Understanding the projected climatic changes specific to the northeast US holds great importance for our regional planners.

Ambarish is a research fellow at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) and the Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geosciences, UMass Amherst, and the lead author of the study on the regional  consequences of global warming in the United States. At the NE CSC, he is working on understanding observed and projected climatic changes in the northeastern US relevant to hydrological and ecological impacts. The main focus of his work is communication of information on climate change and associated uncertainties for impacts assessment.

The Walpole Public Library is at 143 School Street, Walpole. The talk is sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Walpole Peace and Justice Group: Vigil on Immigration on Saturday February 11 at 9:30 AM

The Walpole Peace and Justice Group is holding a vigil in Walpole on Saturday, February 11, 2017, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM to protest the Trump Administration’s Executive Orders on immigration. It’s so important that people continue to speak out. The vigil will be held at the corner of Main and West Streets in the center of Walpole across from the Walpole Cooperative Bank. We will have a  six foot banner and several 3 foot banners. Please join us even if it is only for a short time.