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TLC #39: Berkshire Four Freedoms Rally—Full Audio

U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts delivers his words in support of the Four Freedoms—the frequent thunderous applause nearly drown out the senator; photo, the Greylock Glass.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts delivers his words in support of the Four Freedoms—the frequent thunderous applause nearly drown out the senator; photo, the Greylock Glass.

Estimates by the Berkshires Four Freedoms Coalition, and reported by the Greylock Independent reveal that nearly 2,000 Berkshire residents assembled in downtown Pittsfield, Mass., to demonstrate community strength and spirit and commitment to the ideals encapsulated in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech delivered January 6, 1941.

This episode is supplemental to our release of Top Left Corner, #38 of earlier this week, and contains the full audio of the rally. The Greylock Glass provided live streaming of this historic event, and now makes available the full audio of the rally. For reference, and more information about the event, please visit the show notes for TLC, Episode 38. Enjoy.

 

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

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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