Paki Wieland

On the day a new Congress convenes in Washington D.C., a “People’s Congress” is being held in western Massachusetts.  Activists from more than a dozen local social justice organizations are holding a public forum at the First Churches of Northampton.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Paki Wieland of Raging Grannies, which is sponsoring the event along with the American Friends Service Committee.

A peace activist from Northampton, Massachusetts is part of a delegation of 100 women who are traveling to Gaza for International Women’s Day on March 8th.   Paki Wieland was just released from a jail in New York. She was among a group of a dozen people convicted of disorderly conduct as a result of a protest outside the Hancock Air National Guard Base.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Wieland about the air base protest and the trip to Gaza.

An American drone strike Thursday in Pakistan reportedly killed a militant commander who had directed attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.  The U.S. military for several years has waged a campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan.  Recently, a peace activist from Northampton Massachusetts, Paki Wieland traveled to Pakistan, and the region of Waziristan, where most of the drone strikes occur, to protest American policy.   She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.