Sen. Elizabeth Warren to visit Berkshires as part of 'America's Agenda' tour

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PITTSFIELD — The Democratic presidential campaign sort of makes a stop in the Berkshires next weekend.

On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren brings her "America's Agenda" tour to the Berkshire Community College West Street campus.

According to organizers, the doors at BCC's Boland Theater will open at 11 a.m. and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at elizabethwarren.com/pittsfieldppt

Since the mid-term elections two years ago, Warren has spoken out against income inequality in the country, focusing on the erosion of the middle class. In recent weeks, she has crisscrossed the commonwealth to discuss her agenda, at times doing so in the context of stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Warren reportedly was on Clinton's short list of vice presidential running mates, with the former first lady choosing U.S. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Warren has said in radio and newspaper interviews, the one-time U.S. senator from New York is best suited for taking back the federal government influence by corporate America.

It's a position she has maintained since the opinion piece she wrote in the Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2014.

"It's not the size of government that worries people; rather it's deep-down concern over who government works for," she wrote. "People are ready to work, ready to do their part, ready to fight for their futures and their kids' futures, but they see a government that bows and scrapes for big corporations, big banks, big oil companies and big political donors — and they know this government does not work for them."

Among Warren's reported economic solutions:

• Raising the minimum wage

• Create more jobs

• Protect Social Security and medicare and encourage more private pension plans

• Reduce Wall Street's grip on the American economic and political systems

• Close federal tax loopholes and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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