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TLC #38: The Four Freedoms March

The Four Freedoms march and rally in Pittsfield, Mass. on Saturday, January 7, celebrates the highest aspirations for democracy in modern times, as elucidated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941.

Slivers of Norman Rockwell's iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings.
Slivers of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings.

Today is Friday, January 6th, 2017—Happy New Year to all of you out there in Greylock Nation This is episode #38 of TLC. I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I thank you for tuning in. Keep Reading

Top Left Corner #37: The BSRW “Tinseliner”—Holiday Magic on Rails

The Hoosac Valley Train Ride, the “Tinseliner,” provides a dose of holiday nostalgia in a form of moving history that enchants all the senses. To help round out the experience, the North County organization, PopCares has set up an old-time Christmas Tree stand complete with a free marshmallow roasting fire and hot chocolate.

Visitors can step back in time as the visit the Hoosac Valley Train Rides' museum car, which also serves as ticket booth and gift shop (photo, Jason Velázquez).
Visitors can step back in time as the visit the Hoosac Valley Train Rides’ museum car, which also serves as ticket booth and gift shop (photo, Jason Velázquez).

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Top Left Corner: Tree Logic at MASS MoCA Site of Tree-mancipation

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—For six Flame Maples, prisoners of “Tree Logic,” the fight for liberty has finally shattered the shackles that have root-bound them for years. Sort of.

In an apparent victory for activist organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Trees (PETT), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has decided to release the latest group of trees that have been part of the installation created by Natalie Jeremijenko in 1999. Keep Reading

Top Left Corner #36: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Christine M. Canning

Christine M. Canning is running, unchallenged on the Republican ticket, and will not, therefore, be on the September 08 Democratic primary ballot (campain photo).
Christine Canning is running, unchallenged, on the Republican ticket, and will not, therefore, be on the September 08 Democratic primary ballot (campain photo).
Christine M. Canning is running, unchallenged, on the Republican ticket (campaign photo).

About Christine Canning

(excerpted from submitted materials)

Christine Canning was born and raised in Berkshire County. Her mother, Kathy, was a Latin teacher for over 30 years at Saint Joseph’s. Her father, John “JAY”, was the award winning principal of Monument Mountain in Great Barrington. Currently, Chris resides in Lanesborough, MA with her children Katherine and Alex. Her husband, Doug, died of Leukemia thirteen years ago.

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Top Left Corner #35: Jessica Sweeney Discusses New ROOTS Teen Center

Jess Sweeney, executive directory of the ROOTS Teen Center, with members of the MCLA LEAD Academy, who helped get the center ready for operations.
Jess Sweeney, executive directory of the ROOTS Teen Center, with members of the MCLA LEAD Academy, who helped get the center ready for operations.

I’d been looking forward to having Jess Sweeney on the show again, and with the upcoming grand opening of the new ROOTS Teen Center, the reason couldn’t be better!

Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez
Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective, is the founding executive director of the new ROOTS Teen Center; photo by Jason Velazquez

 

 

 

 

 

 

The center will be a safe, welcoming place where youth can explore their creativity and build strong, positive connections to their community. Check out their Facebook page for updates.

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Top Left Corner #34: The Prejudice We Deny, the Racism that Kills

Part 2 of our series, “The Shattered Shield” examines the way institutionalized racism subtly, sometimes subconsciously, guides official action leading to dire consequences.

Tracey Benson, former principal of Pittsfield High School (still image from interview by We Are Pittsfield). Perspectives on racism were not discussed in that interview.
Tracey Benson, former principal of Pittsfield High School (still image from video interview by We Are Pittsfield).

Today is Sunday, September 11, 2016. I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I do thank you for tuning in to Episode 35 of the Top Left Corner.

This installment of the show features a tragic continuation of a conversation that I had with Tracey Benson, who was first a guest on this show in April of 2015 in advance of his MCLA appearance with Veronica Benavides. That public discussion revealed the outcome of their case study, “Letters from Ferguson: A Community’s Response to Race and Racism.”

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Top Left Corner #33: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Andrea Harrington

Andrea Harrington, a native of XYZ, will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).
Andrea Harrington, a native of XYZ, will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).
Andrea Harrington will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).
Andrea Harrington will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).

About Andrea Harrington

(excerpted from submitted materials)

For Andrea Harrington, this district is home. She grew up here, she attended Taconic High School in Pittsfield, and now with her husband Tim, she’s raising two young sons as a mom herself. Having spent the past decade of her life in the district, she knows on a personal level that it is defined not by its geography, but by its people.

Get in touch with Andrea Harrington

http://www.andreaforsenate.com
https://www.facebook.com/andreaharringtonforsenate
https://twitter.com/andreaforsenate

Andrea is a practicing attorney and started her law practice 13 years ago. While working to defend those who had trouble affording representation and fighting to overturn wrongful convictions, she saw first-hand the problems that plague our criminal justice system. Andrea also gained a deep understanding of the importance of listening to people and earning their trust.

As a small business owner, an attorney, a parent, and a true local, Andrea Harrington has the unique experience and perspective to represent this district Her experiences have reaffirmed the importance of hard work and being responsible; the very values that her parents and teachers instilled in her from a young age. She’s proven herself a competent businesswoman and attorney, a doer who can seize the initiative and who knows what it takes to succeed.

And LEST we forget…Andrea Harrington was the only candidate to correctly identify the Western Mass (Un)Official Salutation…

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Top Left Corner #32: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Rinaldo Del Gallo

Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).
Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).
Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).
Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).

About Rinaldo Del Gallo

(excerpted from submitted materials)

Rinaldo Del Gallo III has not only been in the Berkshires for the last 16 years, he was raised in Pittsfield. He is one of us and has not been living elsewhere. He has also been a highly visible member of the community during the entirety of that time.

Get in touch with Rinaldo Del Gallo

http://statesenate.rinaldodelgallo.com

https://www.facebook.com/DelGalloforSenate2016

https://twitter.com/delgallo4senate

Since returning to the Berkshire 16 years ago, Del Gallo ran a free legal clinic for the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition, for non-custodial parents (and sometimes custodial parents) for over a decade. With the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition, he has appeared in the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, the North Adams Fall Foliage Parade, and the Pittsfield Halloween Parade on over 35 occasions, turning the organization into a community group benefiting the community.

From doing the pro bono work of any 30 average attorneys in Berkshire County for the indigent; to writing about progressive causes for local papers (as well as other topics) without compensation; to his endless volunteer hours at the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition both lobbying and running a weekly free legal clinic for over a decade; to his fight for the First Amendment pro bono or for almost no cost; to his volunteer efforts to have good zoning laws; to his fight for animal’s rights and the environment (done also without pay); to his involvement in numerous other causes and issues of public interest too numerous to enumerate without recompense; to volunteering as an usher and greeter at both Tanglewood and Shakespeare and Company; Del Gallo has shown a willingness to give and volunteer for the betterment of his community over and over again. He has big heart that will serve him well in the legislature.

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Top Left Corner #31: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Adam Hinds

Adam Hinds spoke with the Greylock Glass before the August 17 debate at MCLA (campaign photo).
Adam Hinds spoke with the Greylock Glass before the August 17 debate at MCLA (campaign photo).

About Adam Hinds

(excerpted from submitted materials)

A native of the district, Adam was raised in Buckland and attended Mohawk Trail Regional High School, where his mother was a librarian and his Vietnam Veteran father was a school teacher.  He studied at Wesleyan University before studying international law and negotiation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Get in touch with Adam Hinds

http://www.adamhinds.org
https://twitter.com/adamghinds
https://www.facebook.com/adamhindsforstatesenate

Adam has been a resident of Pittsfield in recent years, where he started Pittsfield Community Connection, a program designed to proactively engage at-risk youth before exposure to and engagement in violence and crime.  He, along with Pittsfield City officials, was successful in winning a grant that will bring up to $5 million to Pittsfield to move young men engaged in illegal activities towards education, jobs, and counseling. He continues to serve as the Chair of the program’s Steering Committee and is an active Board Member of Downtown Pittsfield Inc., dedicated to fostering local economic development.

Adam is currently the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition based in North Adams. As the leader of this organization, he works to connect, engage and empower regional residents and actors to respond to local challenges. This includes issues related to employment, health and addiction.

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The Top Left Corner #30 — Special Report: Shattered Shield, Part 1

"Diorama of Lunch Counter Sit-Down Protests," at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.; photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
“Diorama of Lunch Counter Sit-Down Protests,” at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.; photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

This episode, as you may have guessed already, is a little out of the ordinary. It is the first installment of a series on the escalating violence between police and minority communities, particularly African Americans in recent days. Our guest is Dennis Powell, president of the Berkshire County Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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The Top Left Corner #29: The Unintentionally Property-Themed Episode

The plight of abandoned, dilapidated, and sometimes contaminated properties is up for discussion today as we present to you the podcast version of our live Top Left Corner show that aired Tuesday, June 21.

The Cliff Street house is representative of the fate of much of North Adams' housing overstock (photo, iBerkshires.com).
The Cliff Street house is representative of the fate of much of North Adams’ housing overstock (photo, iBerkshires.com).

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins us for a surprisingly focused conversation about land re-purposing. We also talk about the plight of perfectly usable, attractive property (like Williamstown golf courses and surrounded addresses) that awaits the outcome of ongoing zoning discussions.

NOTE: Jason’s half of the audio is messed up. We know that. We’ve isolated the problem and dealt with it. Thank you.

 

Be sure to ready Tammy Daniels’ story about the condemned Cliff Street house in iBerkshires.

Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com
Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com

 

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TLC #28: SPECIAL — Vigil for Orlando in Park Square

Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez)
Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez)

PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Hundreds of people converged on Park Square in Pittsfield Tuesday to show support for the survivors and families of victims of the massacre at an Orlando, Fla. nightclub two days earlier. The event, the Vigil for Orlando & Against Violence and Hate, included song, prayer, oratory, and calls for action to end such gun violence.

Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 at the Vigil for Orlando (photo by Jason Velázquez)
Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ “Kim” Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez)

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In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 29 year old Omar Mateen walked into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm handgun, Mateen opened fire on the unsuspecting patrons of the club, killing 49 and injuring 53. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in United States history. It was also the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the U.S.

Vigil for Orlando quickly assembled by local volunteers

People in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, like most Americans, were stunned and horrified at this tragic episode. While the police investigation continued, and details about the shooter and his victims trickled in, volunteers quickly organized a vigil in Park Square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, held the evening of the following Tuesday. One of the volunteers, longtime community organizer and arts advocate Meghan Whilden was on hand to help guide the vigil and introduce performers and speakers, including local residents, members of the clergy and political figures.

This episode is the full audio of this vigil, attended by hundreds of people who came to mourn the loss of life in solidarity and call for action to prevent future massacres. The recording begins just after Meghan Whilden has introduced the Reverend Dr. James Lumsden Pastor at First Church on Park Square, who led the crowd in singing “We are a gentle angry people, singing for our lives.”

Read more about the event on its Facebook page or at iBerkshires.

 

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