With the Winter Solstice behind us and the New Year just ahead we thought it wise to check-in with the Valley’s own old-growth guru, Bob Leverett on the state of our rooted senior citizens. Also, maybe John Dingell’s not so great after all AND other news, but first it’s time for....Revenge of the Critters! D.O. is not here tonight but we have one of his blasts from the past Earth First! Radio commentaries on disc. Check this out: it’s "Revenge of the Trees"!
In the news: Looks like the honeymoon definitely IS over w/the Dems. Grist does one ominous interview with John Dingell, the new chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The man from Big Auto seems to think the climate crisis isn’t much of a crisis after all! ALSO, We were wrong: King George really is an environmentalist! (groan). The boy emperor actually signs the New England Wilderness Act. There really IS a Santa Clause...he’s just a little...er...lame? (not to mention out-of-control & dangerous). AND how about some local forest issues, huh? Maybe Glen, Jean & Bob can get into some of that.
Dave Rovics' "Song for the Earth Liberation Front", from the Behind the Barricades disc, will hook you up with the elfs at work (very timely, we must say), and bring us to an extended interview w/Bob.
Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Thursday, January 4, the opening day of Congress. World Can't Wait is organizing a rally from 12:00 noon to 1:30 at Upper Senate Park, north of the Capitol. The rally will demand impeachment. The Bush Regime has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity; they have to go. Start the investigations, start the impeachment. Contact: 866-973-4463 ; http://www.worldcantwait.net/
Saturday January 6; SIREN TEST DIE IN; Noon, Brattleboro VT. Sirens to warn people that a serious accident has occurred at Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor are tested in Brattleboro VT the First Saturday of the month at Noon. In the Brattleboro area, activists are participating in a die-in protest whenever possible by freezing in place, standing silent or falling down "dead" when the sirens go off. For the full 3-5 minute test, people commit each month to stop their activities and reflect on what it would mean if this were not a test but the real thing. Info: Citizens Awareness Network 339-5781, mailto:email@example.com; www.nukebusters.org.
Saturday, January 13-15; Winter Retreat for Earth Lovers; Sliding scale of $150-$250 includes food, lodging, and workshop fee. "In a cozy and rustic setting surrounded by the deep stillness of winter, participants will come together with kindred spirits to laugh, cry, breathe, dance, sing, drum, journey, and play. Skilled facilitators will lead us through processes that invite people to share their stories, release their pain, embrace each others' passion, and heal the separateness from each other and the Earth." [a little woo-woo so you might want to wear yur' activism hat and spread the...um...gospel? -ed]. Registration: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978.724-0120
Sunday January 14; PETER BARNES: "CAPITALISM 3.0: A GUIDE TO RECLAIMING THE COMMONS"; 3pm, Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 at 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley, 534-7307 or 800-540-7307
That's about it until next year. Until then remember: Listen to your Mother!