Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned last week in Kingston, N.Y., on behalf of Democrat Antonio Delgado who is seeking to unseat Republican Congressman John Faso in the NY19 district bordering the Berkshires in New York State.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke to an overflow audience of more than 1,000 Sunday (July 22) at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. She addressed issues of immigration, income inequality, and the opioid epidemic. Here is a video of her remarks.
Ben Hillman recorded this video of the March 24 March for our Lives in New York City, one of hundreds of such marches nationwide prompted by the February 14 slaughter of 17 high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. During the marches hundreds of thousands expressed their outrage at the prevalence of guns, assault weapons, gun violence, and the cowardice of Congress in not enacting gun control measures to keep our children safe.
Filmmaker Ben Hillman, accompanying a contingent of Berkshire County residents, recorded the Women’s March this past weekend in New York City that protested the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants, the environment, women’s rights, and Trump’s threat to the integrity of democracy. Here is the video report, narrated by Jim Frangione.
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has mounted a major retrospective exhibition of the work of artist Morgan Bulkeley entitled 'Nature Culture Clash.' Videographer Jason Brown and Jim Frangione interview the artist at the museum for this EdgeCast. The exhibit will be on display through February 4, 2018.
"We demand TD Bank stop using our money to fund tar sands pipelines that our communities and planet cannot afford. We call on our neighbors, elected officials, and pension managers to close all accounts with TD Bank unless they immediately stop financing tar sands pipelines."
-- Divest the Globe statement
As chainsaws wielded by workers from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company began to bite into the state-protected trees of Otis State Forest, members of the Sugar Shack Alliance stood in defiance of this dismemberment of the sanctuary for a natural gas pipeline. Ben Hillman provides a video report.
The Berkshires goes to the protest: a taste of the festivities. Our Edgecast video crew with Edgecast Copter was on hand for the New York City Women's March on January 21, 2017 which drew an estimated 400,00 to 500,000 participants, among them quite a few from the Berkshires.
Arbor Day in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was celebrated by planting trees around the Shays Rebellion Monument (newly restored) commemorating protests in 1787 by former Revolutionary War soldiers against a dysfunctional financial system.