Paki Wieland

Environmental and social justice activists from around the world were in Paris during the last two weeks to observe and demonstrate during the conference that ended with nearly 200 countries agreeing to a plan to limit global warming. 

Among the activists was Paki Wieland of Northampton, a member of Western Massachusetts Climate Action Now.   

She spoke from Paris with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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A human rights and peace activist from Northampton, Massachusetts has just returned from El Salvador. Paki Wieland traveled there with a group of other activists to bring attention to the plight of women imprisoned for violating the country’s strict anti-abortion laws. The women insist they suffered miscarriages or stillbirths.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with 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.