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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Walpole Peace: Vigil on Thursday morning, February 2, 7:30 to 9:00 AM

The Walpole Peace and Justice Group is holding a vigil in Walpole on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 7:30 AM to 9:00 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 other signs.    

The Massachusetts Safe Communities Coalition is sponsoring a Boston Rally in Support of the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act at the State House on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 12:00 noon.  “The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry.”  See below for a summary of the Act. 

Massachusetts Safe Communities Act Summary – Extracted from the Coalition Fact Sheet
  • No state support for Muslim registry. Prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics.
  • Ensures Basic Due Process Rights for people detained in state and local facilities for civil immigration violations. Requires informing detainees that they have the right to decline an interview with ICE agents, and to have their own attorney present (at their own expense) if they so choose.
  • Ensures that police resources are used to fight crime, not separate families. Ensures that state, local and campus police don’t participate in immigration enforcement activities, including inquiries, investigations, raids, arrests or detentions that are based solely on immigration.
  • Prohibits agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agents, including county officers in Bristol and Plymouth sheriff's departments.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Peace Vigil on Monday a Success


Concerned people “Stood Together for Climate Action” at a vigil on Monday morning, January 23, 2016 in Walpole. It was sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group and joined with the People’s Climate Movement and other environmental and faith groups in holding a vigil in the first 100 hours of the presidential inauguration to draw attention to the issues of climate justice, show support for bold action, and to oppose any attacks on our air, water, atmosphere, economy, health, and families. Climate change is not a partisan issue, and the vigil was to recognize that all of our beliefs and faith traditions call us to be stewards of the earth. The vigil was calling people to join together to bear witness to the destruction of our climate and to call for responsible action at all levels, from individual through federal government.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Walpole Peace and Justice: Holding Vigil to Stand Together for Climate Action on Monday Morning, January 23, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM - Walpole

During the First 100 Hours of the New Administration
Stand Together for Climate Action on Monday Morning, January 23, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM

The Walpole Peace and Justice Group is joining with the People’s Climate Movement and other environmental and faith groups in holding a vigil to “Stand Together for Climate Action” on Monday, January 23, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM in Walpole at the corner of West and Main Street. It is one of many vigils being held in the first 100 hours of the new administration to draw attention to the issues of climate justice, show support for bold action, and to oppose any attacks on our air, water, atmosphere, economy, health, and families. Climate change is not a partisan issue, and we stand together in recognition that all of our beliefs and faith traditions call us to be stewards of the earth. We are responsible for urgent action on behalf of the planet and our most vulnerable frontline communities. The vigil is an opportunity for all of us to join together to bear witness to the destruction of our climate and to call for responsible action at all levels, from individual through federal government.

Friday, September 09, 2016

September 12, Moral Monday Day of Action at the Massachusetts State House

Please join us for a trip into Boston on Monday, September 12, 2016 to take part in the Moral Monday Day of Action at the Massachusetts State House.  

As explained on the Moral Monday website, http://www.moralrevival.org/, “’The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values’ is a national, multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics. The tour includes over 50 events led by national and local faith leaders in over 20 states. The Revival is pushing forth a broad social justice agenda that centers on five key issues areas: the economic liberation of all people; access to quality education for every child; healthcare access for all; criminal justice reform; and ensuring historically marginalized communities have equal protection under the law. Our goal is to support state-based fusion movements to combat extremism in state and national politics, and to be a catalyst for a resurgence of political activism in order to end poverty, racial inequalities, and the most pressing issues in our country.”

See the link, http://www.moralrevival.org/moraldeclaration , for a copy of the declaration.

See the link, http://www.uuum.org/pdf-downloads/mass_moral_monday.pdf  , for details on the Boston day of action.  

Friday, July 29, 2016

Peace Vigil, Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on Friday evening, August 5, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the corner of Main and West Streets


Please join us for a peace vigil on Friday evening, August 5, 2016  from 5:00 to 6:00 PM as we stand to remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to oppose the United States trillion dollar nuclear weapons modernization program. We will be standing on the Walpole Common at the corner of Main and West Streets.

As we reflect on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 71 years ago, we stand in opposition to the proposed 30 year U.S. plan to modernize our nuclear arsenal at a cost of one billion dollars.  William Broad and David Sanger, in their New York Times article, show how this plan threatens to revive the cold war and increase the risk of a nuclear war.  We  join with Massachusetts Peace Action and peace groups, people of faith, community groups, and all people who care about the future of humanity to call attention to the people’s demand to Stop the $1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Escalation.” See the Massachusetts Peace Action web link http://masspeaceaction.org/event/hiroshima-nagasaki-mass-2016/  for a list of other vigils in the area.