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March 15, 2019:
International Youth Climate Strike

Members of the student group, R.E.V., at Mt. Greylock Regional School, Karen McComish, Sophie Jones, Maddy Art, and Ella Dudley speak at the Feburary 24 meeting of Greylock Together at the UNO Center in North Adams; photo by Jason Velázquez.
Members of the student group, R.E.V., at Mt. Greylock Regional School, Karen McComish, Sophie Jones, Maddy Art, and Ella Dudley speak at the Feburary 24 meeting of Greylock Together at the UNO Center in North Adams; photo by Jason Velázquez.

The youth of Earth have a message for its leaders today: You have failed to lead, so now you’ve forced us to.

By synchronizing worldwide demonstrations demanding action to reduce the human activities driving climate change, young people from elementary school on up through college are staging sit-ins, walkouts, marches, strikes, and town halls to make it clear to elected officials that they won’t sit by idly as the planet burns. Or floods. Or is ravaged by extreme weather. Or all of the above.

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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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The Top Left Corner #27: iBerkshires Featured on WGBY’s “Connecting Point”

PLUS Pittsfield Skate Park Sessions While School Is in Session?

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins TLC to talk about the some exciting news concerning Massachusetts’ (probable) oldest online-only newspaper. WGBY will feature the Berkshires’ extremely popular source for information on “Connecting Point” in the near future.

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Will Call #33 — Fall Festival of Shakespeare Brings that Naughty Thane to Greylock

The three Thanes of Cawdor in Mt. Greylock Regional School's production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" during this year's Fall Festival of Shakespeare; photo by Brittney Holland.
The three Thanes of Cawdor in Mt. Greylock Regional School's production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" during this year's Fall Festival of Shakespeare; photo by Brittney Holland.

The three Thanes of Cawdor in Mt. Greylock Regional School's production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" during this year's Fall Festival of Shakespeare; photo by Brittney Holland.
The three Thanes of Cawdor, left to right, are Jasper Rosenheim, Noah Savage, and Luc Park in Mt. Greylock Regional School’s production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” during this year’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare; photo by Brittney Holland.

We speak with Josh Aaron McCabe and Ally Allen of the Shakespeare & Company Education Department, as well as Luc Park, senior at Mt. Greylock Regional School, who will be playing one of three Macbeths in William Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy.

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