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Michaelann Bewsee, Anti-poverty Activist, Dies

     A noted activist in western Massachusetts has died.

    Michaelann Bewsee spent more than 30 years as a community organizer advocating against poverty and war and for environmental policies to combat climate change.

       She was 71.

       Bewsee helped found Arise for Social Justice in Springfield in 1985 during a state budget battle over welfare benefits.

    As she prepared to retire as director of the organization last October, Bewsee spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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