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Women’s March Solidarity Event 1/20

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday, January 20th from 1:00 p.m.–4: p.m., Indivisible Pittsfield will be hosting a “March into Action” Resource Fair and Community Forum at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield Mass.

 

On the anniversary of the first Women’s March and in solidarity with the Women’s March 2018, Indivisible Pittsfield invites the public to join together in sharing our stories, re-affirming our community and preparing for action in 2018.

A resource fair with over 20 groups participating will be followed by brief spoken word performances, leading into a round-table discussion of ‘where do we go from here in the Berkshires’, featuring leaders of various social justice efforts and related organizations in the region.

Panelists will discuss the important issues facing our community in 2018, how we can build better partnerships to address these issues and how our community can help in the efforts.

 

The Panelists

The panel will include State Representative Paul Mark, Pittsfield City Councilor Helen Moon, Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell, Geraldine Shen from Greylock Together, and Kristen Van Ginhoven from WAM Theater, as well as representatives from the following organizations:

Berkshire Democratic Brigades, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, Berkshire Immigrant Stories, Four Freedoms Coalition, Great Barrington Town Democratic Committee, Lift Every Vote, Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations, and the United American Muslim Association of the Berkshires

Spoken word performances will be shared by artists and representatives from WordXWord and WAM Theatre.

Drew Herzig, co-chair of Indivisible Pittsfield says, “From the Women’s March to the Women’s Convention to the rallies and stand-outs we have organized here in Pittsfield, we’ve seen how powerful we are when we gather together, share space and lift each other up. Across the country Women’s March Chapters are organizing exciting anniversary events throughout the anniversary weekend, from marches to legislative actions to community events to voter registration drives. We are proud to be hosting one in Pittsfield that brings together so many organizations dedicated to taking positive action.”

Join the thousands of women, femmes and allies who will be coming together across the country to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and to launch the collective 2018 Women’s March agenda: #PowerToThePolls.

Doors will open at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact indivisiblepittsfield@gmail.com.

 

About Indivisible Pittsfield

Written by former congressional staffers, the 26-page Indivisible guide was originally distributed, via Twitter, as a Google Doc after the November 2016 Election. It went viral and its authors decided to formalize the document, making it freely available for download on its own website. Indivisible Chapters formed all over the nation, including the one here in Pittsfield.

Indivisible Pittsfield stands for an America that forwards the principles of human decency, respect, and community. Our diversity is our strength. We support activities related to embracing diversity, justice, and equality while combating racism, misogyny, homophobia/transphobia, and xenophobia in all its forms. Everyone is welcome to join us at our regular meetings. For more information, please write to indivisiblepittsfield@gmail.com

TLC #51: The Undead StandOut to Protect Obamacare, New Life at Louison House

Editor’s Note: Some of the text portion of the show notes for this episode were taken from officially released material from Louison House.

We speak today with Sherwood Guernsey about the standout planned for 5:00 p.m. in Park Square in Pittsfield to protest the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And we hear from Kathy Keeser, who explained how recent funding news means improvements and repairs that directly impact Louison House’s ability to serve homeless clients.

Fire displaced more than a dozen residents of the Louison House in 2016—funding announced by Director Kathy Keesler is expected to mitigate damage to the physical structure; submitted photo.
Fire displaced more than a dozen residents of the Louison House in 2016—funding announced by Director Kathy Keesler is expected to mitigate damage to the physical structure; submitted photo.

 

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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

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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