Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stop criminalizing poor people! Rally April 2

End the Criminalization of Homelessness & Poverty!  Join Us!
 Monday,  April 2, 2012
In Solidarity with the
National Day of Action for the Right to Exist
 Court Square, Springfield
Noon: Gather; 12:30: Music, speakers, then MARCH to Governor’s Office, 436 Dwight St. & Mayor’s Office
Why are the shelters full, when everywhere we see empty homes and buildings?
Why is the City of Springfield ignoring the housing needs of half of its people?
City: Replace the housing lost in the tornado!
State: Make shelters available to all in need!
Feds: Fund housing, not wars!
For more info, contact: Arise for Social Justice (413)734-4948
Cosponsors so far: Alliance for Peace and Justice, Anti-Racism Ministry Team of the First Congregational Church in Amherst, UCCWM American Friends Service Committee, PV Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Charles Hamilton Houston Inst. For Race & Justice , Community Labor Rebuilding Coalition, Craig’s Place, Fund Our Communities Not War, Grace Church Peace Fellowship, International Alliance of Inhabitants, Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Mass Law Reform Institute, Move On, Occupy Amherst, Occupy Western MA General Assembly, Out Now, Peace Pagoda, Picture the Homeless, Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Green/Rainbow Party, Springfield Bank Tenants Association, Springfield No One Leaves,Survivors Incorporated, UAW Local 2322, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Social Justice Committee, Western Mass Jobs with Justice, WRAP

¡Poner fin a la penalización por falta de vivienda y por pobreza!
Día Nacional de Acción por el Derecho a Existir:
Lunes, 2 de abril en Court Square, Springfield
(fecha en caso de lluvia: 4 de abril)
Mediodía:      inicio de la recolección
12:30:   música, altavoces
Marchar a la Oficina del Gobernador
Marchar a la Oficina del Alcalde
¡Sin vivienda, todos vamos a ser criminales!
Por qué están llenos los refugios para desamparados, cuando en toda parte hay casas y edificios vacíos?
Por qué ignora la ciudade de Springfield las necesidades de la mitad de sus habitantes?
Nuestros exigencias:
La ciudad: Reponga las viviendas perdidas en el tornado!
El estado: Haga que los refugios para desamparados sean disponibles a todos los necesitados!
El gobierno federal: Financie las viviendas, no las guerras!
Contactar Arise for Social Justice (Levántate por la Justicia Social), 413-734-4948

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Protest against Scott Lively goes national: join us Wednesday!

In December of 2010, WMA Jobs with Justice coordinator Jon Weissman sent an email to the Arise list-- did we know that the person who had opened a storefront church only a few doors from Arise was the notorious homophobe and hatemonger Scott Lively?  he has never been far from our minds since then, and we continue to organize against his messages of hate. 

“Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition” Organizes Nationwide Protest Calling for an End to Scott Lively’s Promotion of Hate against the Gay Community Worldwide

What:     Action/Rally

When:    March 14, 2012pm at 1:30pm

Where:   In front of the Federal Building, 300 State Street, Springfield

In early February 2012 the Ugandan government reintroduced the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB), a.k.a the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill, legislating draconian measures against its gay community, which continues to include the death penalty for homosexual acts.  One week following the reintroduction of this legislation the Ugandan government raided a peaceful gay rights conference causing the sponsor’s leader to go into hiding.  The LGBT community of Uganda is under increasing threats of violence, imprisonment and stigma.  American evangelical Christians played a role in stirring the anti-homosexual sentiment that culminated in the initial AHB legislation in Uganda and continues to heightened homophobia in that country today.

Scott Lively was one of three evangelical leaders who presented at a 2009 conference in Kampala, Uganda which resulted in the original Anti-Homosexuality Bill’s introduction just one month later.  Scott Lively likened his appearance to “a nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.”  From his home base at the Abiding Truth Ministries housed in the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop at 455 State Street in Springfield MA, Scott Lively’s anti-gay message filled with lies, propaganda and pray-away-the-gay quack science fuels anti-homosexual sentiment worldwide.

The Stop The Hate & Homophobia Coalition had an action against Scott Lively on November 18, 2011 to help educate the people of Springfield, MA about just who Scott lively is.  The protest on March 14th is a continuation of that action.  National solidarity actions also are scheduled for Kansas City, Washington DC, and Sacramento.  We will continue to advocate against the hate and homophobia Scott Lively and others promote until they stop.

The Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition was formed in January 2011 upon learning that Scott Lively was living and ministering in Springfield.  Lively is president of the Abiding Truth Ministries, which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and he has been running the Holy Grounds Coffee House on State Street, right near Commerce High School.  The coalition deplores hateful messages and actions, and calls for community education about the impact of homophobia on our communities, as well as calling for community leaders, neighbors, co-workers, family members, etc. to speak out against homophobia whenever it is perpetrated.  The coalition involves a number of community-based organizations, local college professors and students, members of the faith community and individual community members

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Our amazing solar system

Last night I dreamed I was on the Cape in the winter.  Mounds of snow were surrounded by elaborate dances of snow particles, which slowed as I approached and began again as I departed.  A lightening storm lit the sky, and from each cloud,where a lightening bolt descended, I could see lightening bolts descending as if they were the fires from  rocket launches.  Very beautiful and scary.

This morning I read that the sun released a large, class X solar flare between 7 pm. and 8 pm. last night.  .  Scientists say most likely the flare will produce a glancing blow today or tomorrow, rather than hitting the earth straight on.  if we're lucky, and the clouds cooperate, we may see the aurora borealis.