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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

In public forum District Attorney and Sheriff candidates address issues of racial justice

District Attorney Andrea Harrington and Berkshire County Sheriff Candidate Alf Barbalunga answered questions regarding how they would handle issues involving racial justice at a candidates forum organized by The Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education and moderated by CEO and Founding Director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant.

Bits & Bytes: Four Freedoms Forum; fermentation workshop; ‘Our Beloved Kin’

With original scholarship and creative narration, Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity and Native resistance during King Philip’s War.

BRIDGE develops ‘New Pathways’ of leadership, organizing in answer to COVID-19

Lee -- Since 2007, the Multicultural BRIDGE mission has been “Promoting mutual understanding and respect among diverse groups serving as a resource to both...

Bits & Bytes: ‘Campus Unrest’ reading; virtual Sam Gomez Road Race; Pittsfield Prospers programming

The race will begin in conjunction with MCLA's virtual Take Back the Night event Thursday, April 30, to stand against sexual assault, harassment and domestic violence, and to continue to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

Use Treasury checks to support the community

In a letter to the editor, Fred Clark writes, "I am going to do my part to rectify this situation by my actions and donate my stimulus check to support food, housing and medical support groups."

Renew, Build, Restore: Celebrating MLK’s life

The sermon by Rev. Sloan Letman IV of the Congregational Church built on the theme of the service. Sloan wove modern motifs, politics and current events into the complex fabric of the struggle for human rights and justice.

BRIDGE of western Massachusetts is named finalist for prestigious Everyday Democracy Award

Everyday Democracy helps people create spaces where they can build skills to bring difficult topics to light and address them effectively over the long term, helping communities move conversation into action, and action into lasting positive change.

Community, town must engage in dialogue for healing cultural violence

In a letter to the editor, BRIDGE members write, "Reflecting on, learning about, reckoning with and repairing this country's colonialist and genocidal legacy is hard, uncomfortable, invaluable work that we must engage in by following the leadership of those most deeply impacted."

On hate speech: Building structures for engaging in dialogue

What happens in schools is tied to what happens outside of them. How can we better engage everyone to support a broad cultural shift?

Business Briefs: WAM Theatre donations; MCLA lauded for gender equality; Business Model Canvas workshop; holiday house tour volunteers; designation for Russo

A report from the Eos Foundation examining gender equality in Massachusetts colleges and universities has identified Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the top four-year public institution among only 40% of schools to achieve gender equality.

Bits & Bytes: Community dialogue on racism; Lenox Land Trust conversation; ‘Love Travels Fast’; Berkshire Theatre Awards

During the presentation, Gwendolyn VanSant will address personal identity and bias and their relationship to systemic racism and cultural barriers.

Dedication of the Du Bois homesite: A 50-year anniversary celebration

The original 1969 homesite dedication was deemed so controversial, in part because of Du Bois' embrace of communism late in his life, that no town officials attended the event.

Celebrating 10 years with BRIDGE’s Happiness Toolbox summer program

The 2019 Summer Program will build on ongoing Happiness Toolbox themes of Mindfulness, Character Strengths, Diversity Leadership, Growth Mindset, and the rich History and Heritage of Berkshire County.

Looking back, looking ahead: Efforts to name a school after the legendary W.E.B. Du Bois

Now another movement to rename a different school building in Berkshire Hills is taking shape. Supporters of Du Bois are ramping up an effort to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in memory of Du Bois.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Playwrights Lab gala; ‘A Novel Night Out: Chapter Two’; Berkshire Dance Party & Cabaret; ‘MORE Room for IMPROVment

With help from friends from Monument Mountain Regional High School, Friday’s performances will mark third annual wholly original night of comedy written and performed by students from Berkshire Waldorf High School.
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