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Smith College students end sit-in over divestment, but vow to expand their protest movement
04-09-2024 5:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Aiming to expand their protest across campus, students who have occupied Smith College’s administration building for almost two weeks said Tuesday they are moving the focus of their activism to Seelye Lawn.“We are choosing to relocate to...

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Protesters at rally at Baystate hospital highlight plight of health care in Gaza, call out Neal, American Medical Association
05-21-2024 1:36 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — Calling for an end to the destruction of hospitals and health care in Gaza, a dozen protesters gathered with songs and banners in front of Baystate Medical Center Tuesday morning.“If this were Palestine, we wouldn’t have this hospital,”...


‘We’re not playing games anymore’: Residents occupy McGovern’s Northampton office with Gaza demands
03-13-2024 9:27 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Pushing their congressman to do more to stop the destruction of Gaza, members of the Leahy Fast for Palestine Committee and supporters occupied Rep. Jim McGovern’s local office and spoke with him by phone for half an hour Tuesday...


Debate over cease-fire in Gaza heats up as four communities consider resolutions
02-23-2024 6:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A public outdoor workshop on creating and displaying peace cranes in downtown Amherst and a family-friendly rally scheduled for Monday evening are among steps supporters of a cease-fire in Gaza are taking to press Amherst councilors to adopt...


Health care workers urge Neal to stand up for Gaza cease-fire
02-06-2024 5:34 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — Dozens of area health care professionals rallied outside the federal courthouse Tuesday to demand that U.S. Rep. Richard Neal join their call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.Speakers representing the interfaith Healthcare Workers...


Hungry for an end to war in Gaza: A month into a daily fast, Valley residents won’t stop until demands are met
01-15-2024 9:40 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — Every day for the past month, a group of three local activists have fasted daily from sunrise to sunset as they protest the Israel-Hamas war and the U.S. government’s involvement in the conflict.The protesters — Peter Kakos, Nick Mottern...


Five College scholars join 1,000-plus educators to push New England senators for permanent cease-fire in Gaza
12-06-2023 6:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

More than 100 scholars from the region’s Five Colleges have signed onto a letter sent to the New England’s 12 U.S. senators demanding a permanent cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, the peaceful release of Israeli hostages and arbitrarily detained...


Health as peacebuilding: Northampton-based Healing Across the Divides funds, advises Palestinian and Israeli communities on health
10-30-2023 5:50 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — Tova Reznicek, an Israeli-American living in Israel, has spent the last three weeks worried that a rocket will fall on her neighbors, friends, colleagues and herself.Her street has already been bombed, and on a morning call with the...


Jewish Voice for Peace protesters call for Gaza cease-fire
10-16-2023 6:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — As Israel amasses troops along the border with Gaza in preparation for a likely ground invasion, around 50 protesters congregated at the roundabout in front of the Coolidge Bridge in Northampton Monday to call for a ceasefire in the...

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