#134: ValleyBikeShare, Tunnel Boys, FrancesCrowe on VietnamDraftCounseling

maybe i’ll describe this post more in detail later, but i’m traveling to KY June 14-July 3.

Valley Bike Share – opening celebration June 28th, Pulaski Park

Beweegen electric-assist bicycles – Stanley Brown, James Duffney, Jim Duffney

Bike tunnel boys  – 7th graders from MontessoriSchool, Duane Ranney, Ethan Tupelo. MassDOT secretary Stephanie Pollack, N’ton Mayor David Narcewicz

and the feature interview:  Frances Crowe, on how she got involved with educating young men, and the draft board, about Conscientious Objection during the Vietnam War, 1968-1969.

songs by El David Aguilar, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeter,

#133: Felipe (Zapatero), JacqDBikeWedding, GfldHitch,

4m: Felipe Gonzales runs Mariachi shoe and boot repair on Ave A in Great Falls/Turners Falls.  He can fix/alter any boot, shoe, zipper, belt, leather case, etc.  He famously even turned a left shoe in to a right shoe once!  He gives me a tour of his shop, hightlighting the advantages of reusing scrap materials, and doing work by hand, as compared to much of modern-day industrialization.  This interview is in Spanglish.

Also in this episode, Jacqueline Dauphinais, former housemate and PPerson, in town for a friend’s wedding, shares the joy of giving the brides rides in bike trailers through Florence.

Also last week, I took a Sunday trip to Greenfield and back.   There’s(no PVTA bus service Sundays, so I share my travails in attempting to find a ride back to Northampton.  And interview Wendy Perry, who was selling her wares outside of Greenfields Market/Co-op.


#132: Howard Moore – N’ton Walking School Bus; Bill Morrow racial justice talk at Knoxville TN UCC

7m – driverless car rolls away at transfer center
9m – I join Howard Moore, a walking school bus driver, and 75 other people walking to Bridge St School.
16m Diamond Rio sings “Meet in the Middle”
20m – Bill Morrow, a speaker at Church of the Savior (UCC) in Knoxville, TN (a mostly white church), references the parable of the Good Samaritan and asks white people to notice ways we are in the ditch of ignorance and arrogance. Many times when people with more financial resources look at communities with less, and ask “How can I help?”, the “savior” overlooks the assets of the community they’re trying to “help.” “I’m rich; you’re poor. Let’s be friends.”
51m – Appalatin sings “Primavera”

#130: JimW – Blood Donor; MaryDL-old days; RW DC Prayer

My dad Jim Woodring, blood donor since 1977….
Mary Denis Lentch, growing up in the 1940s sharing a home, a bedroom, and a bed, with 3 sisters.
Me, Ruthy Woodring, with a prayer for humanity in front of the Capitol
..more details coming soon -rw

#129: Miguel de EnCargo, cycloenthusiast de Bogota

Miguel just showed up in the valley, bringing with him a great love of cycling, from Bogota, Colombia. He shares about initiatives in Bogota to make it a bike-friendly place: cyclovias every Sunday, where many streets are closed to motorists; monthly bike-to-school days, with the government distributing the bikes; a recent law saying motorists must give cyclists 1.5m clearance when passing; etc.
En la entrevista, Miguel habla en espanol en , y yo traduzco.

#128: Blue Apron, Marty the Pirate, Kali Baba, smokin pole

2m – the mystery of the blue apron – What is this highly-packaged boxed food delivery service?  Erik Lokensgard (former service subscriber), Kristen Wilmer (works with local farmers), Lingeng (trash hauler) and I (trash hauler) share our views.

11m – song:  Plastic State of  Mind

14m – watching a utility pole catch on fire

18m – Kali Baba McConnell playing guitar and spreading the love

22m Marty “the Pirate” Mirabol Jr, on having his campsite/belongings removed by the City earlier in Jan/Feb

30m – Living Colour sings Open Letter to a Landlord

38m – Alex Jarrett shares about going rafting on the CT River Feb 21st, and having lunch on an iceberg

41m – National War Tax Resisters Coordinating Committee.  If you don’t like the military budget, then redirect your taxes.   Easier said than done, but check out http://nwtrcc.org for resources.

43: I found in DTT a sealed plastic cup with pomegranate seeds in it.  Now why would human beings take something in nature’s perfect packaging, well-preserved, and remove the peel and put it in plastic?!

44: song “Barges”, parody of Thrift Store,   Everything comes on Barges, too much shipping and packaging, let’s grow our own.

48: a reading of Jim Woodring’s writing on his favorite season, and the joy of being alive today

53: Fishbone sings “Every Day Sunshine”


#127: Hema Preya (racial justice research), Niall Gengler (bike builder/fitter)

2 min: a turtle from Conway who got washed to Hartford in Hurricane Irene (2011), and the next spring, was found back in the South River in Conway??!

3-32 min: Hema Preya, a UMass docotoral candidate who did a research study last year about the role of white people in the struggle for  racial justice (specifically focusing on black-white categories in the U.S.), talks about the study.  Last week the first 13 minutes aired; this week you can hear the entire 26-min interview.  Hema’s partner at UMass in this study was Dr. Ozden Melis Ulug.

16m: Macy Gray sings “White Man”

32m: Youssou N’Dour and Nineh Cherry sing “7 Seconds”

38m: Black History Month announcements

42m: Niall Gengler, bike builder and bike fitter, of Pioneer Valley Frameworks in Easthampton, talks about the importance of bike fit for your comfort and efficiency.

53m: Lauryn Hill “Everything is Everything”



#126: JimW (domestic violence counseling in KY); Hema Preya (racial justice research)

3-30 min:  When my dad (Jim Woodring) was driving me to the bus station in Knoxville, TN, back in January, he asked me if I had any 5-yr plans. No, nothing major. I asked him about his, and he told me about the process of becoming certified in batterer intervention, and his work with domestic violence counselling.   You can read more in his book, “Always My Fault”, a survivor’s story.   There is one dv shelter, with 30 beds, serving a 9-county region in southeastern KY with a population of around 320,000 people.

20 min- John Prine sings “The Great Compromise.”

26 min:  David and Roosevelt from Shop n Share, an annual drive for supplies for domestic violence programs in KY.  David and Roose were at Kroger in Middlesboro, KY, on Feb 3rd asking for shoppers to take the list of supplies requested by the dv shelters, and add something to their shopping list if possible.      People were generous, donating 25-30 boxes of supplies by the end of the day.  A statistical note – mean household income in Bell Co, KY, is $21,000, compared with $61,000 in Hampshire Co, MA.

People were also very generous with the liquid hand soap bottles.  Liquid hand soap, how did this become normal?   A housemate once said to me that she was concerned about bacteria living on the bar.  No, research says it’s not a risk.  Liquid hand soap, it’s just another niche consumer market.  I read online that people tend to use a lot more, per hand wash, than with bar soap, and it can end up costing 10x as much.  Plus plastic trash.

31m Jim’s writing on Valentine’s Day and true love.

35m Hema Preya, a researcher from UMass, shares about her project, done last year, asking people who identified as black or as white what they thought were the most important things they could do for racial justice.  I only had time to play half of this interview, so check next week for the other half.

Check out coming-together.org, based in Amherst, for their racial justice resources.

53m Bideew Bou Bess sings “My Feeling”




#125: Maida (farmer), Amadou (cab driver), Annie S-C (coop finances), Hitching

I’ve been in KY the past 3-4 weeks, and today’s show features people I met in my travels.

First is Maida Ives, manager at Book and Plow Farm at Amherst College, where she farms with athletic strength and flair. She mentions Farm for Good, an organization that connects aspiring farmers with available land.

at 14 min: When I got off the bus in Knoxville, 5am on a 12-degree night, people without bus tickets were trying to the escape the cold, and Greyhound security was trying to make them leave. A young man recounts his version of witnessing this earlier in the evening/morning. Sadly, this was a common scene in many of the bus stations I passed through on this trip.

15 min: Amadou Camara, a taxi driver in Knoxville, shares his enjoyment of the job, and desires to improve the taxi industry’s efficiency, sustainability, use of technology, and viability, especially given the uneven playing field with Uber and Lyft.

21 min:  Israel Vibration sings “My Master’s Will”

27 min:  Annie Sullivan-Chin, former Pedal Person now living in Brooklyn and part of A Bookkeeping Cooperative, is working on a financial literacy “toolbox” to help other cooperators and justice oriented groups to develop financial skills with anti-oppression and collective ideology.  http://www.toolboxfored.org

45 min:  Thoughts of a hitchhiker standing alone on the side of the road, as I try to get 60-75 miles from Knoxville up to  KY.

54 min: Bideew Bou Bess sings “I Belong”

58 min addendum:  immediately after this show aired, when Democracy Now came on , their headlining piece was about taxi drivers in New York City struggling to make a living in the current livery business environment, with Uber unfairly influencing politicians, driving down wages,  and flooding the market with unregulated vehicles.  https://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/7/nyc_taxi_driver_kills_himself_at

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