A new group in Cherry Valley is looking at ways to have a "positive" impact in the community.

The Positive Action Group of Cherry Valley held its third meeting Jan. 4 in the Old School Café on Main Street in Cherry Valley. The group was formed by a group of local environmental and social activists following the national election in November.

“I think that this is a great way to encourage grass-roots activism in this area,” said co-founder Eliot Adams. “This is what we need in our community.”

Groups under the title “positive action” seek to inspire and influence political change in their region through peaceful and positive demonstrations, movie screenings, concerts, talks and other events.

“We need to be linked through positive action,” said Cherry Valley resident Kat Chiba, who hosted the most recent meeting. “We need to support our local businesses, organizations and communities.”

The Positive Action Group of Cherry Valley said it aspires to provide examples of positive change in the local area that will offset recent claims made against climate change, social justice and gender equality advocacy. Monthly meetings, hosted by the group, act as open conversations about the effects of the current political atmosphere on social, economic and environmental topics, the group said.

At its most recent meeting, the group focused on the upcoming presidential inauguration and associated national protests. Members of the group plan to participate in a Washington D.C. march, a New York City march, or a march and vigil being held in Cooperstown on Jan. 21.

“We have more than we think,” Sharon Springs resident Cindy Campbell said. “If we say what we think, we will get closer to what we want.”

The group’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the café side of the Cherry Valley Community Center on Main Street in Cherry Valley, and is open to the public.