Northampton shuns business with companies involved in creating nuclear weapons 

  • Activists brought signs to City Hall on Thursday in response to Mayor David Narkewicz’s proclamation of “Nuclear Ban Day.” THE RESISTANCE CENTER FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE 

Staff Writer
Published: 9/24/2020 7:42:08 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Under a new state law, Northampton is allowed to refuse contracts with companies involved in the creation of nuclear weapons.

The act comes from a home rule petition recommended by Mayor David Narkewicz and approved by the the City Council in 2019.

“Basically, under Massachusetts contracting law, you are not allowed to discriminate against one sector or industry,” Narkewicz said, explaining the need for the change.

In July, Gov. Charlie Baker signed an act into law that reads, “the city of Northampton may disqualify from an award of a contract a bidder or vendor who participates in the design, manufacture or maintenance of nuclear weapons.”

Saturday marks the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Rallies will be held in Northampton, Springfield, Sunderland and Greenfield, according to Massachusetts Peace Action. In western Massachusetts, they are hosted by a number of organizations, including The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice and Arise for Social Justice. In Northampton, for example, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice is holding a rally at L3Harris Technologies at 11 a.m. at 50 Prince Street in Northampton. When L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. merged into L3Harris Technologies last year, the company said it created the sixth-largest defense company in the country and a top 10 defense company worldwide.

Saturday will also be “Nuclear Ban Day” in Northampton, as Narkewicz read a proclamation Thursday declaring it. 

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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