FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER—ATTEND A JUNE 30 EVENT!
Jun
30
2:30 PM14:30

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER—ATTEND A JUNE 30 EVENT!

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Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families.

But we won't allow it to continue. On June 30, we're rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!

Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics. 

Join us on June 30 to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together! 

event: Saturday, June 30, rally in Pittsfield @ 12noon @ Park Square

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GB ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - BWAG ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSAL
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

GB ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - BWAG ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSAL

The Environment Committee of the Berkshire Women’s Action Group is taking a bylaw proposal to the GB Annual Town Meeting this Monday night (5/7). It would ban the sale of plastic bottles of still water (not sparkling or flavored – just the stuff you can get out of your tap) in Gt Barrington.

This is really important. We simply MUST send the message that (1) plastics are destroying our environment, (2) recycling is NOT the answer, and (3) our children and grandkids are really and truly going to have to pay the price, which gets higher every day.

The only solution is to limit the production of plastic. This ban, which began in Concord, MA, and which we expect will be imitated in our county and across the country, will get that ball rolling.

The meeting is this Monday night (5/7), at Monument Mountain High School. It starts at 6 PM but the Warrant Article is #22, so it’s OK to get there later: 7:00 should be safe.

The only thing that will prevent this Article from passing is if people who agree with it do not show up to vote! Plus, we know you’ll enjoy our presentation. Please come.

Thank you!

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Mar
28
11:00 AM11:00

TEAM HINDS STAFF OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH IN CHESTERFIELD AND EGREMONT

TEAM HINDS STAFF OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH IN CHESTERFIELD AND EGREMONT

PITTSFIELD – State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) announces today that his district aides will be available in the communities of Chesterfield and Egremont for this month’s staff office hours on next Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from11:00am – 1:00pm.  All residents of his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government they wish to share, or if they require assistance from the Senator's constituent services team.  Everyone is welcome!

As a part of his ongoing efforts to be accessible to all constituents, no matter where they reside, Hinds directed his district staff, A.J. Enchill and Jon Gould, in early 2017 to hold roving office hours outside of their primary work locations once a month.   Enchill is based in the Senator’s Pittsfield office, Gould splits his time between Pittsfield and Williamsburg.  This outreach program is continuing throughout 2019.

This month the Senator’s staff will be available to meet with constituents and local officials in the communities of Chesterfieldand Egremont at the following locations:  

·        Chesterfield Town Hall, located at 422 Main Road (Route 143) in Chesterfield;

·        Egremont Town Offices, located at 171 Egremont Plain Road (Rt. 71), in Egremont.  

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at (413) 344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at (413) 768-2373.  These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or programs to speak with Hinds’ constituency services staff in person.   

 

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MARCH FOR OUR LIVES - in DC
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES - in DC

Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd NW and 12th NW

Pennsylvania Ave NW and 3rd Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

When:Saturday, March 24, 12:00 PM

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

NAACP ANNOUNCES PROTEST IN ADAMS

The Berkshire County branch of the NAACP invites all community members concerned about the rising number of incidents of bigotry and racial discrimination in Berkshire County, including the racial profiling that took place in the Town of Adams last Wednesday, to join them at a standout this Saturday, February 3rd, at the Adams Town Common in downtown Adams.

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Jan
23
to Apr 2

WINDOW FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON CIVICS EDUCATION

The BWAG Education Committee has been looking at Civics education in the public schools in the state of Massachusetts as an important feature of developing an informed citizenry.

As it happens, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is currently in the process of revising its History and Social Science Curriculum to include a more substantial Civics component and is inviting all interested Massachusetts citizens to publicly comment on the Framework.

This document will set the standards for Civics (and a new initiative for Financial Education) for all students who attend public school in the Commonwealth, preschool--12th grade.

If you have an interest in the development of an informed citizenry in Massachusetts through a comprehensive Civics curriculum, please support the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education initiatives for revising its History and Social Sciences curriculum by going to the links below and submitting the 10—20-minute online survey. Even if you are not an educator, by filling out the survey to the best of your ability you will be sending a message that you feel the Board is moving in a direction you support.

*Public Comment Period: January 23 – April 2, 2018 - Please Participate! *

RECOMMENDED ACTION

  1. Before April 2, 2018, go to Public Survey

  2. Click on the link for the 2018/Public Comment Draft of Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.

  3. Check out the standards made for Grade 8, United States and Massachusetts Government and Civic Life where there is a new civics curriculum (page 78).

  4. Limited time? Simply skim the 2018 Framework (new material is highlighted).

  5. If you have more time and interest, go to page 21 and familiarize yourself with A Guide to Reading the Introductory Page for Each Grade or Course.

  6. As you complete the survey, here are some suggestions:

    1. When asked about your role, say you are a community member or “other” unless you’re CURRENTLY teaching in the public school.

    2. In general, stick to the questions that are looking for broad feedback--you can do the multiple choice and skip the open-ended comment box.

    3. Please consider clicking on “AGREE” when asked about the new eighth grade civics curriculum, the inclusion of the HS financial literacy class, whether the new frameworks (2018) improve the old (2003), the revisions to the high school history class, and the new section that assists teachers in developing inquiry questions for all grades      Thanks for your advocacy and participation!

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Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

WOMEN'S MARCH SOLIDARITY in PITTSFIELD

PITTSFIELD
Indivisible Pittsfield invites everyone in the Berkshires to join in a gathering on Saturday, Jan. 20th, in solidarity with the Jan. 20th Women’s March in NYC. Our venue will be the Colonial Theater, 111 South Street, Pittsfield MA.
A resource fair will be followed by brief spoken word performances, leading into a round-table discussion of ‘where do we go from here in the Berkshires’, featuring leaders of various action organizations in the region. Doors will open at 1 pm on Saturday, January 20th — Everyone welcome!

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Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

WOMEN'S MARCH 2018

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NEW YORK CITY WOMEN'S MARCH
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
11:00am Enter rally area at 72nd & Central Park West.
route will run along Central Park West with the rally beginning on 61st Street and Central Park West. We will march south around Columbus Circle, East on 59th Street then South on 6th Avenue. march will have 3 exits along 45th, 44th, and 43rd

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