Sunday February 17, 2013

As a member of Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice (BCP&J), I have been standing at Park Square almost every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. for over 10 years now. We started our vigil six months before the beginning of the Iraq War, so we focused first on peace in the world. But over the years as we’ve stood there, right here in Berkshire County people have been beaten, raped, murdered, threatened, made homeless, and so on. Standing there gives us a great opportunity to think about "What is peace?" and "Does Berkshire County have peace?" -- for "peace" is not just the absence of war. And violence is not exclusively physical or visible.

Are you concerned for the safety and well-being of your children? Are you worried about the violence in your neighborhood? Have you become aware of the growing amount of violent activities in Berkshire County over the years? Would you like to become involved in helping to diminish the violence around us, but don’t know what to do or who to contact?

On Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at Berkshire Community College in room Koussevitzky 110, there will be a gathering of various agencies and individuals who share these concerns. There are many people already working to make the Berkshires a safer place to live. Let’s take a stand and say "Not in our town!" Let’s share what we are doing, air what we would like to see done, encourage each other, and build a stronger, more peaceful county.


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This event is free and open to the public.

MARION LATHROP

Canaan, N.Y.