Belchertown Voices for Justice (BVJ) is answering the call of our youth who are demanding that we act to create a future free of gun violence in all of our communities.
Last year, the Swift River Sportsman's Club in Belchertown hosted the Annual Flag Day 2nd Amendment Rally with appearances by racist, anti-immigrant former sheriff Joe Arpaio and other concerning speakers. On June 16 it's happening again, with anti-government extremists such as Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who staged a 41-day armed siege of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016. They call themselves patriots.
BVJ challenges the idea that those who advocate for the removal of laws designed to protect the lives of our neighbors, friends, and children are patriots. Just as we challenge the idea that patriotism means never taking a knee to protest racial injustice. We believe the flag represents freedom and justice for ALL, and the ability for all of us to live full lives without the constant threat of gun violence.
We hope you'll join us on June 16. In solidarity with National Gun Violence Awareness Day this month, BVJ encourages supporters to wear orange.
Peacekeepers have kindly agreed to attend.
Come out early to make signs starting at NOON at Old Town Hall (next to BUCC on Belchertown Town Common). Some sign-making materials supplied. Please feel free to bring more.
Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley
Belchertown United Church of Christ
Moms Demand Action
Pioneer Valley Women’s March
Pioneer Valley Resist Coalition
Pioneer Valley Students for Gun Control
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
Western MA Young Democrats
If your organization would like to co-sponsor, let us know!
RAIN PLANS: Rally in Old Town Hall (next to BUCC on Belchertown Town Common)
Pioneer Valley Women's March
January 18 | 12:00 -3:00
Women, gender-oppressed people and our allies are uniting across communities to stand in solidarity, fight for our rights and demand immediate action on the climate crisis - join us!
Starting this year, the official Pioneer Valley Women's March will be held in a different city or town in the Pioneer Valley to build solidarity and bring together women and allies to fight for common causes. In 2020 we will take the march to Springfield, where the theme will be action on the climate crisis: "Unity Across Communities to Save Our World."
MARCH STARTING POINT
Northgate Center, 1985 Main Street, Springfield
GATHERING & PRE-RALLY START TIME
MARCH STEP OFF TIME
Springfield City Hall
1:00 pm (approx.)
We will be marching rain, snow or shine - if there are any changes to the march or rally due to weather we will post about it here and on the website.
Sign up to volunteer: www.tinyurl.com/pvwmvolunteer
Sign up to carpool: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/9ydh7i
Visit https://pioneervalleywomensmarch.org/ for detailed directions, frequently asked questions, and information on speakers, performers and more.