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Worcester Peace Center update (the cost of war)

By Michael True

In a recent announcement of its office at 901 Pleasant St., Worcester, the Center for Nonviolent Solutions committed itself to providing education and resources for people in the Worcester Area to help increase our understanding of nonviolence and to reject violence in resolving conflict.
On October 17, at the Center’s successful launch at the Worcester Public Library, Congressman James McGovern said he expected to be attending “a meeting.” Instead, he added, he came upon” a movement”—a broad coalition of peace and justice organizations, neighborhood groups, churches, colleges and universities, in the Worcester area.

Over the past three months, the Center has committed itself to programs for achieving its vision, by providing educational resources for concerned citizens, such as information and assistance on nonviolent solutions to conflict. Continue reading Worcester Peace Center update (the cost of war)

The Canal District’s secret meetings

By Rosalie Tirella

I spent the first 19 years of my life in Green Island. My mother grew up in Green Island – a great gal in a great Polish neighborhood – and spent 65 years there! I know/knew the neighborhood like the back of my hand and I love it like no other Worcester ‘hood. Jim Lukes, City Councilor Konnie Lukes’ hubby, grew up in the area, too. His dad had a diner on Millbury Street and the family still owns property in Green Island. District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller represents the neighborhood. And none us – not a person! – can make our way into Allen Fletcher’s secret “Canal District” (the yuppie monikor for Green Island) Taskforce meetings.

That’s right! Since Fletcher bought the old Ash Street school off Green Street several years ago, he has decided that he will remake the district in his own bony-ass image – or to his, and his supporters’, liking. Anyone with a different point of view, anyone with any sort of question, even folks with longstanding ties to the Green Island neighborhood like me or Jim Lukes, are not invited to play in Fletcher’s reinder games. We don’t even know when and where the meetings are!! (somewhere in Green Island, I’m guessing!) Continue reading The Canal District’s secret meetings