Hello BRIDGE staff, board families, youth leaders,
BRIDGE has been partnered with Town of Great Barrington (and the State) on community engagement and cultural awareness/equity and inclusion as it relates to Climate Action and resilience for Vulnerable Populations.
We need your voices here. Stipends are available if you send us a receipt/confirmation of attendance and/or the survey. Many of you participated in our GB focus groups on vulnerable communities and climate change and food sovereignty. Now the State wants to hear our voices and have us join in discussion.
Please attend a session and do a survey and let BRIDGE know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and also let them know you heard about it from BRIDGE. Participation stipends available.
We have to take care of our Earth and our communities.
Details below —
You are invited to join a statewide conversation on how the impacts of climate change affect you and your community. This conversation will inform the 2022 Massachusetts Climate Change Assessment and builds on the meetings that the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs held in March. We are seeking your input to prioritize climate impacts based on your experiences and concerns for the future.
There are two ways to participate:
During the meeting we will provide an update on the priority climate impacts agreed upon by public and state government stakeholders to be assessed in this study, and then hear your experiences and concerns. An agenda is provided below. Due to COVID safety considerations, the conversations will be held via Zoom. A call-in number will also be provided (if needed).
Registration and Accessibility. Once you sign up, you will receive an email confirming your registration. During registration, please request reasonable accommodations for a disability or interpreter services in a language other than English, so that you can participate in the conversation. You must make interpretation requests at least 48 hours before the session you plan to attend. We will do our best to accommodate these needs to allow community members to participate as fully as possible.
Questions. Please contact Carolyn Meklenburg (email@example.com) or Hannah Stroud (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the agenda or logistics.
We hope you will consider participating!
Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Regional Coordinator
MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience
MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Hello BRIDGE Family,
We are inviting you and your family to march in the streets of DC to fight against poverty and low wages in America. The march will be held on June 18, 2022, there will be buses (free of charge) to take families or anyone interested in being a part of this march to DC. Children, 5-14 years of age are welcome however they must be accompanied by a guardian who will be responsible for them. You will also need proof of vaccination to enter the bus and must wear a mask at all times unless you are eating. Seats are very limited so if you are interested please sign up with the link below ASAP. We will need to know who is attending by June 15, 2022.
The pickup location for the bus will be at 1 Columbus Ave in Pittsfield (Greyhound Bus Terminal). The bus will leave Pittsfield on June 18th at 12:39 AM and arrive in Washington DC at 8:30 AM. We are expecting to arrive back in Pittsfield by 11:35 PM.
Please bring provisions; It will be hot in WashingtonDC, Sunscreen, Water
Sign up for the Pittsfield bus at https://rally.co/booking/115578/1698/trips To access the no-costs seats, after choosing "add 1 ride", then clicking either creating an account or "checkout as a guest", you'll see "do you have a promo code?" appear in the middle left of the page. There you can enter PPCMASS100, which will reduce the total owed to $0.
Stipends for food will be provided and the bus will be stopping at an eating establishment along the way, both going to Washington, DC, and returning to Pittsfield
There will be tents for people to take a rest
There will be a Medical Tent available - We Got This
EMTs and Physicians will be nearby
About the Poor People's Campaign March:
In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign.
Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people. This march is not a celebration but to mourn and fight for people suffering from the effects of poverty and low wages in America.
Please fill out this link if you are attending the trip.
Join us for Happiness Toolbox this Summer.
For More Information:
Disease, illnesses, and pandemics have been prevalent since the beginning of time.
They become more prevalent with larger cities, larger population, and increased global trade.
Watch this YouTube link https://youtu.be/_uL0ZgV6POc that breaks down the history of pandemics