We the People

No Boundaries in Art, Episode 3: Hanna Koczela

Tuesday, Mar 14 - “The power of theatre lies in its ability to transform our understanding of all human experience. There cannot be boundaries in the arts. We do not discriminate. Our buildings are sanctuaries for everyone to tell their stories.” -- Kate Maguire, artistic director, Berkshire Theatre Group

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

Monday, Mar 13 - Republicans' new health-care bill is a mass transfer of income that cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while cutting federal benefits for the middle and working class. -- Washington Post

NEWS BRIEF: ACLU resistance training sessions

Wednesday, Mar 8 - The American Civil Liberties Union is organizing mass resistance to President Donald Trump’s threats to civil rights, liberties, and basic constitutional freedoms.

The Bill of Rights and Constitution of the United States

Monday, Feb 20 - On this President’s Day, when our nation is in turmoil and its democracy may be in doubt, let us remind ourselves of – and celebrate -- our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, that guarantee our rights as free citizens, regardless of race, creed, country of origin, or gender, in a country guided by the rule of law and the will of its people, freely expressed.

Lessons from the Women’s March in Washington

Wednesday, Feb 1 - On Inauguration Day, I headed for Washington, D.C., my hometown, with three other Berkshire women… our hostess — who is the wife of a long-time career foreign-service officer — offered “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

The Berkshires gear up for Women’s March on Washington and local solidarity events

Wednesday, Jan 18 - In Berkshire County, we have a free indoor sister event in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event was organized by a local steering committee that includes Kristen van Ginhoven of Lenox-based WAM Theatre, which focuses on work by female theater artists and stories for women and girls, and volunteers Jayne Benjulian, Lynn Festa and Mary Lincoln.

Thousands march for 4 Freedoms in Pittsfield, protesting ascendance of bigotry, hatred

Sunday, Jan 8 - “I am originally from Mexico, but I am not a rapist or a murderer or a thief. I am basically just a nice person. The American Dream can become the American Nightmare in times of intolerance when immigrants and naturalized citizens are made to feel afraid.” -- Eleanor Velez, Director of the Berkshire Community College Multicultural Center