PITTSFIELD -- Addressing an increase in violence in the Berkshires and around the world, Berkshire Community College will host several conversations Thursday that will focus on how to reverse the trend.

Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice and BCC's Global Issues Resource Organization will sponsor a gathering called Reducing Violence in Berkshire County on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria in the Susan B. Anthony Center at BCC.

There will be nine presentations from nine different Berkshire organizations and law enforcement, including the Pittsfield Police Department, the Elizabeth Freeman Center, the Alternatives to Violence workshops and the District Attorney's office. Representatives will share crime prevention methods, and also the hopes for a violence-free future.

"There's so much violence going on, but there's also a lot going on to deal with it," said Marion Lathrop of the citizen's for peace and justice group, which puts on the peace demonstrations every Thursday at Park Square in downtown Pittsfield.

The idea to talk about violence prevention in a forum was conceived between Lathrop and her husband, Don Lathrop. He collected local headlines for six weeks between October and November that were about violence, compiling 18 in that time frame.

"It does appear there is a lot more violence," he said.

The event is free to the public. After the presentations, there will also be discussion groups on preventing violence in the Berkshires.

"What we hope is enough people come and hear the other things that are happening and so ‘Oh, that's my type of cause,' " said Amanda Hoag, a Peace and World Order major at Berkshire Community College.

To reach Adam Poulisse:
apoulisse@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6214.
On Twitter: @BE_Poulisse


What: Reducing Violence in Berkshire County, a gathering sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice and Global Issues Resource Organization at Berkshire Community College. There will be nine presentations from local law enforcement and organizations.

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

Where: Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., inside the cafeteria, located in the Susan B. Anthony Center.

Cost: Admission is free