We Speak Out

One of our goals is to be timely and thoughtful in response to major issues of injustice in the Berkshires, the region, and the country.

Below are links to letters, op-eds, and other statements from the Executive Committee, other Committees, and on occasion individual members in response to issues that have arisen.

Meaningful Diversity Efforts Require an Inclusion Report Card: Op-ed written by Dennis Powell, Antony Haynes, and Shirley Edgerton. Published in the Berkshire Eagle on February 4, 2023

Change Can’t Wait: Call to Action on Mental Health Services: Letter written by the Political Action Committee, Approved by the EC and submitted to the Berkshire Eagle which covered it with a front page story on May 6, 2022

Statement in Support of The City of Pittsfield’s Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion – read aloud at the Pittsfield City Council Meeting on February 22, 2022 by designated spokesperson pro temp, Kamaar Taliaferro.

Op-ed Telling Black Stories – written by members of the Executive Committee; submitted to multiple news sources, Feb. 2022

Op-ed written by President Dennis Powell about vigilante justice and submitted to the Berkshire Eagle

July 4th reflections on Douglass and keeping up fight for equality, an op-ed written by President Dennis Powell and published in the Berkshire Eagle on July 3, 2021

Read in the Berkshire Eagle The 4th of July

President Dennis Powell is a participant in James Mars Day on May 1, 2021 in Norfolk Connecticut. https://youtu.be/P9z8CXMa3Ro

Letter to the Editor from Executive Committee member Kamaar Taliaferro “A Black Woman Leading Pittsfield Public Schools would be a boon for underrepresented kids” March 18, 2021

Branch President Dennis Powell is featured in the Berkshire Eagle’s “Executive Spotlight” October 23, 2020