Monday, July 11, 2016

WP&JG Peace Vigil on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 to 11:30 AM and People over Pipelines march from Medway to Boston, July 14, 2016 to July 18, 2016

Peace Vigil on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on the Walpole Common at the corner of Main and West Streets. We will stand in vigil for peace and a moment of reflection  in response to the shootings in Baton Rouge,  St. Paul, Dallas, and the issues of violence and racism in America.   

People over Pipelines march from Medway to Boston, July 14, 2016 to July 18, 2016. We will be joining the NoWalpoleGasPipeline Group and other groups in supporting this walk in opposition to the Access Northeast gas pipeline. You can get more information and sign up on the People over Pipelines website, Please join us on Thursday,  July 14, 2016 when the walkers will be stopping in Walpole at the United Church in Walpole, 30 Common Street, for a water break at about 4:15 PM. We will be greeting them and some of us continuing to walk with them to Sharon. 

Also, please join us on Monday, July 18, 2016, when a contingent from the  the NoWalpoleGasPipeline Group will be going into Boston for  a rally at 9:40 am sharp at the State House marking the end of the People over Pipelines march. A group of us will be taking  the 8:09 am commuter train from Walpole station to go into Boston.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Walpole Peace and Justice Group sponsors talk on proposed Spectra Energy gas pipeline on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Library

What You Should Know About the Proposed Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts

The Spectra Energy 30 inch gas pipeline, proposed for transit through Walpole, will be the subject of a talk at the Walpole Public Library on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM.   Carolyn and Rand Barthel will offer information about the pipeline, its potential impact on Walpole, why it is not needed, and what Walpole residents can do about it.  

The pipeline is part of the Access Northeast Project, which is upgrading the 125-mile Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline from New Jersey to Massachusetts.   This pipeline would be developed by Spectra Energy, Eversource Energy, and National Grid at a cost of three billion dollars. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office released a study,  “Power System Reliability in New England:  Meeting Electric Resource Needs in an Era of Growing Dependence on Natural Gas”,   concluding that, under existing market conditions,  there is no electric sector reliability deficiency through 2030. The study indicated  that no additional pipeline gas capacity is needed to meet electric reliability needs. 

Carolyn Barthel is a climate activist and founder of the Central Mass and Greater Franklin Nodes of 350 Mass.  Rand Barthel is also a climate activist and  a member of 350 Mass. 350 Mass was created by the Better Future Project to support volunteers working in their communities on local issues and climate awareness. Better Future Project is a Cambridge-based climate organizing nonprofit founded in January 2011. 

The talk is sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group. It will be held in the Community Room at the Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street, Walpole, MA.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Talks on important peace issues offered in the area

Below are two talks and a movie on important peace related issues that are being presented in Natick and Millis. We are fortunate that there are many groups in the area working on peace and sponsoring educational talks on these important subjects. 

Sunday, March 6, Dr. Elaine Scarry speaks on Thermonuclear Monarchy: Why we​ should abolish nuclear weapons.  6 PM at Gallery 55, 55 S. Main St., Natick Sponsored by Metrowest Peace Action
Friday March 18"This Changes Everythingmovie: Why is climate change incompatible with capitalism? This movie inspired Naomi Klein's recent book of the same name.  Millis Public Library, 961 Main St., Millis. 6 PM Sponsored by Metrowest Peace Action.

Wednesday March 23, Alison WeirShould the US Keep Giving Israel 10 million dollars Per Day? 
Common St. Spiritual Center, 13 Common St., Natick, 7 PM Sponsored by Peace for Palestine and Pax Christi Metrowest and Metrowest Peace Action.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Walpole Peace and Justice Group sponsors talk by Dr. Bacevich on his book 'America's War for the Greater Middle East' on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Public Library

Dr. Andrew Bacevich will give a talk on his upcoming book, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Public Library. In his book, Dr. Bacevich makes a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East. Over the past four decades, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like “permanent war” and “open-ended war” have become part of everyday discourse. Understanding what America’s costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly.

Dr. Bacevich is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He received his PhD in American diplomatic history from Princeton. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. His three most recent books, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War , and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, have all been on the New York Times bestseller list. His essays, reviews, and op-eds have appeared in publications and newspapers like The Wilson Quarterly, Foreign Affair, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe.

Dr. Bacevich’s talk is sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group. It will be held in the Community Room at the Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street, Walpole, MA.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Walpole Peace and Justice Vigi in support of Syrian refugees on Saturday on February 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on the Walpole Common, corner of Main and west Streets

Please join the Walpole Peace and Justice Group  for a peace vigil in support of Syrian refugees on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on the Walpole Common at the corner of Main and West Streets. With all of the harsh rhetoric it is important that people stand up for the support of all refugees, particularly those from Syria who are fleeing war in numbers not seen since World War II. We also stand for bringing peace to Syria and the Middle East.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Presentation on Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age on December 7 - Candlleight Vigil for Peace on Decmber 10 - Rally for Climate on December 12

There are three peace and justice related events in the next week that you may want to attend. These are:
  1. ‘Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age: Libraries as Bulwarks of Freedom and Democracy’ – Kade Crockford, ACLU and the Library Freedom Project.  Monday, December 7, 2015, 7:30 PM at the Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street, Walpole. The meeting is open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Walpole Public Library, at their annual meeting.
  2. Candlelight Vigil: War is Not the Answer, Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30 pm, at the Boston Common on  Human Rights Day. Sponsored by United for Justice withPeace
  3. Jobs, Justice, Climate: Rally to Defend New England's Future!  Peace Rally to “call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future.”  Saturday,  December 12, 2015 at 1pm - 3pm, Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. Sponsored by many peace, justice, environmental, and faith  groups and unions. 
These events are an opportunity to learn about and make a personal statement about issues of peace, justice, and  climate change. See below for more details on each.

Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age: Libraries as Bulwarks of Freedom and Democracy

Kade Crockford will give a presentation on “Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age: Libraries as Bulwarks of Freedom and Democracy” on Monday, December 7, 2015, 7:30 PM at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Walpole Public Library. The meeting will be in the Community Room at the Walpole Public Library. 

Government agencies and corporations collect more information about all of us than ever before. Technologies we use to communicate and move through the world leave digital trails behind us, and those trails are valuable to secretive entities in ways we are only beginning to understand. Pushing back against the encroaching surveillance state can seem overwhelming, but librarians are leading the charge with courage and conviction. 

Kade will talk about the current threats facing your privacy and the work The Library Freedom Project and ACLU are doing to protect privacy in the digital age. The Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries. By teaching librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop surveillance, they hope to create a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and the local communities they serve.

Candlelight Vigil: War is Not the Answer

Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30 pm
Boston Common - Human Rights Day

War is not the answer. We should:
  • Welcome and fund refugees forced to flee their countries to avoid war and death inflicted by others.
  • Isolate ISIS by beginning to demilitarize the region. Immediately end all arms shipments to the Middle East. Weapons shipped to U.S. allies and “opposition forces” have fueled the Syrian War and often fall into ISIS’ hands. Suspend US bombing and military actions and withdraw US/NATO troops now.
  • End material and financial support to ISIS and Al Qaeda and their clones. End the U.S. -Saudi Alliance, that has been so critical to the emergence and funding of these forces.
  • Support self-determination for Syria. Only Syrians can decide the fate of their country. 
  • Negotiate an agreement in which Russia, the U.S., Iran and European countries stop fighting to achieve their own strategic goals under the guise of “fighting ISIS” and instead together put their full weight behind diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria and Iraq.   
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Jobs, Justice, Climate: Rally to Defend New England's Future!

From November 29 to December 11, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate treaty. This is their 21st attempt, and we already know that even if they reach an agreement, it won’t be nearly as strong as we need it to be. 2015 is on track to be the hottest year on record, and unprecedented storms, floods and droughts are happening around the world. We are running out of time, and we must create an unstoppable grassroots movement for real climate action. 

On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. We envision a movement that unites us all, and we will lift up the voices of New England's organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together. 
It's time to show the world that true climate leadership means a brighter future for all. Can you join us?
WHEN: December 12, 2015 at 1pm - 3pm
WHERE: Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Budget for All Resolution Hearing on Wednesday in Boston at the State House

Please join us in Boston for this important Budget for All Resolution hearing on Wednesday  at the State House.  Walpole and Norwood voters in the 12th Norfolk State Representative District  voted overwhelmingly YES for the Budget for All referendum question in 2012 by 72%  to 28%. The Norfolk State Representative District consists of half the Walpole precincts and all of Norwood.  The referendum question called on our state senators and representatives to vote for a resolution from the Massachusetts state legislature asking Congress and the President to support the Budget For All.  A convenient way to get to Boston is via the Franklin line train out of Walpole at 11:06 AM, which will get you to Boston in plenty of time for the rally at 12:30.   

Hearing on the Budget for All Resolution!
Wednesday, October 28
Massachusetts State House 
Rally 12:30 pm · State House Steps
Hearing 1:30 pm  Gardner Auditorium

Speakers: Mel King, community organizer • Carolyn Federoff, Mass. AFL-CIO • Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Political Economy Research Institute • Craig Altemose, Better Future Project • Cassandra Bensahih, Jobs not jails • Michael Kane, Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants • Joel Wool, Clean Water Action • Grace Ross, Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending • Wayne Smith, Vietnam Veteran • Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies • Phil Mamber, Mass. Senior Action • Chris Horton, Worcester Unemployed Action Group • Concetta Paul, Save Our Section 8 • Mary Popeo, Global Zero • Cleve Rea, Boston Homeless Solidarity • Prof. Jonathan King, MIT • and more