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EDGECAST: Black Lives Matter rally in Great Barrington

More than 2,000 people attended the Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of the historic Great Barrington Town Hall where the first resistance to British rule took place in 1775.

EDGECAST: Joe Kennedy III opens campaign for Ed Markey’s U.S. Senate seat

In Pittsfield, Mass., U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III begins his campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in the Democratic primary.

WATCH: CLOSE THE CAMPS, Lights for Liberty protest in Pittsfield

Watch this video of local demonstrations against the detention camps along the U.S.-Mexico border caging desperate immigrant families who are fleeing savage conditions in Central and South America.

EDGECAST: Berkshire activists sign up new voters at Pride Day, Portland ME

Let the 2020 campaigning begin. Politically engaged Berkshire residents in Portland, Maine, registering voters on Gay Pride Day 2019.

EDGECAST: In contest for NY19 District Joe Biden campaigns for Antonio Delgado

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.

EDGECAST: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at The Mahaiwe: We’re in this fight

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: March for Our Lives in New York City

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.

EdgeCast Video: Women’s March 2018

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Morgan Bulkeley at the Berkshire Museum

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Sandisfield pipeline protest at TD Bank

"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

EdgeCast Video: Sandisfield pipeline, the flotilla protest

The gas giant Kinder Morgan had just sucked half a million gallons of water from this state-protected pond to flush out their pipes.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren: Your voice matters

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) delivered an electrifying address to a packed auditorium of 800 citizens at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on July 8.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Sugar Shack Alliance makes a stand

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Women’s March in NY: This Pussy Grabs Back

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Sheffield Arbor Day, honoring Shays Rebellion

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Four Freedoms rally in Pittsfield

More than 2,000 people took part in the Four Freedoms rally and march on Saturday, January 7, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to protest the ascendance of bigotry and hatred in the national political environment. Edgecast producer Ben Hillman shot this film of the event; it is narrated by Jim Frangione.

EDGECAST: News in review, a podcast: Lynching threat, opioid epidemic, drunk driving by police, and a new trail network

The news behind the news with Edge Managing Editor Heather Bellow: lynching threat at Monument Mountain Regional High School; drinking and driving by Great Barrington Police officer; the BNRC's High Road trail network; and the lack of treatment options for the opioid epidemic in South Berkshire County.