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The local NAACP chapter is calling on Pittsfield’s elected leaders to overhaul how the city responds to people in the throes of a mental health crisis – and to consider shifting that duty away from police.
The NAACP, Berkshire County Branch, will host a presentation on redlining in Pittsfield from 1900 to 1960 at its next general meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, via Zoom. A report, "Redlining in Pittsfield, Mass., A Case Study of the Westside Neighborhood," researched whether housing discrimination in the Berkshires matched what was happening in larger urban areas in the 20th century.
With dignitaries, spiritual leaders, racial justice advocates and townspeople gathered, a plaque and tombstone will be unveiled later this month at the Mahaiwe Cemetery, where the mortal remains of W.E.B. Du Bois’ granddaughter eventually will be laid to rest. This is just one of many events planned for Feb. 18-23 in Great Barrington to mark the legacy of a native son and civil rights icon.
Six candidates for School Committee met virtually Thursday evening in a debate hosted by the Berkshire County branch of the NAACP. Candidates talked school safety, teacher retention and how to adapt to prepare the school district for the future.
Nyanna Slaughter announced that she was withdrawing from the race for Pittsfield School Committee Thursday afternoon just hours before a candidate debate.
Candidate for the four at large City Council seats met in a Wednesday night debate to discuss the city's school district, economic future, climate change and government accountability just one month before the election.
The Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP will host a candidates forum for City Council candidates and School Committee candidates on Wednesda…
"Highly offensive" and "unacceptable." But a Williamstown police officer's decision, two decades ago, to display a photo of Hitler is not grounds for firing, the town's top board says.