Letter: Gathering in solidarity at Walk A Mile event
The city of North Adams began 2018 with a domestic violence related homicide. Out of this tragedy came immediate and sustained attention to the incidences and effects of domestic violence within North Adams and across Berkshire County as a public safety and public health priority. This work has engaged members of the city administration, the City Council, the police department, the public schools, healthcare providers, community-based agencies including the Elizabeth Freeman Center, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and the Northern Berkshire United Way, as well as residents affected by and concerned about domestic violence. We are speaking with one voice and standing in solidarity with the survivors and victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic and gender violence.
That's why I will be in Pittsfield on Thursday, Sept. 20, to participate in the 8th annual Walk a Mile march to benefit the invaluable and necessary work of the Elizabeth Freeman Center to provide free and confidential emergency, shelter, advocacy, and counseling services.
Thomas W. Bernard,
The writer is mayor of North Adams.
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