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This week we talk about:
1. In Great Barrington town elections Tuesday voters two women scored significant victories: Leigh Davis won a seat on the Selectboard; Meredith O’Connor earned a post on the Finance Committee —indicating a progressive surge in GB politics:
2. And these elections come on the heels of a remarkable Town Meeting where voters affirmed a ban on single-use plastic bottles, and voted as well to rename the regional middle school after civil rights leader, and NAACP founder W.E B. Du Bois who grew up in Great Barrington: https://theberkshireedge.com/great-barrington-town-meeting-votes-to-rename-middle-school-after-w-e-b-du-bois-session-continued-to-tuesday-night/
3. Gwendolyn VanSant, founder of Multicultural BRIDGE, was honored as Berkshire Business and Professional Woman of Achievement:
4. Each Friday, in collaboration with the Railroad Street Youth Project, we’ve been running a a series titled “Talking with Teens about Substance Use.” These stories are composed of video interviews with teens — and their counsellors.
5. Getting away from news for a moment, we have a review of presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s ’Shortest Way Home.’ — he’s an impressive candidate:https://theberkshireedge.com/book-review-shortest-way-home-sheds-light-on-the-life-of-south-bends-mayor-pete/
6. And let’s give a shout out to students worldwide and locally who walked out of classes to protest inaction on climate change, which will affect their lives for more than their complacent parents:https://theberkshireedge.com/south-county-high-school-students-rail-against-inaction-during-youth-climate-strike/