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Art is a vehicle for change: Power of Truths Festival returns to Florence to illuminate history of injustice, April 5-6
03-28-2024 3:43 PM


Can the arts help us reexamine our past and come to terms with injustice? Can music, film and other mediums become instruments for social change by helping us look differently at our history and our beliefs?Those are questions the Power of Truths Arts...

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Bomb threat Sunday forces Florence synagogue to be evacuated
11-20-2023 5:52 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Northampton’s Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, which also serves as a synagogue and congregational church, had to be evacuated on Sunday as part of a series of bomb threats made against places of worship across the commonwealth....

‘Your utopia doesn’t include Black people’: Northampton’s low number of Black people leave many feeling unconnected to community
07-03-2023 2:37 PM


NORTHAMPTON — For many residents, Northampton’s small Black demographic stands in stark contrast with its distinct political identity. The city boasts a mere 2.7% Black population in a nation with an average Black population of 12%.Yet Black Lives...

School at Smith College ends use of word ‘field,’ says it has negative connotations with racism, slavery
05-04-2023 3:23 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The Smith College School of Social Work will no longer use “field” in reference to any aspect of its program, a word the school says may have negative connotations with racism and slavery.In an email last week, School of Social Work...

City Briefing: ValleyBike start delayed; residents needed for reparations commission; NEF’s Trivia Bee
04-24-2023 6:44 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The ValleyBike share program, which currently serves eight communities across the region, is delaying its spring rollout due to ongoing contract negotiations between the city of Northampton, which oversees the program, and the company...

Northampton council sets structure for new reparations commission
03-31-2023 5:06 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The City Council revealed on Thursday some details on how the city’s joint commission to investigate racial harms against Black residents and workers will be structured. The City Council unanimously passed a resolution in February to...

Northampton names director for Division of Community Care
03-20-2023 6:28 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The city has found a leader for its fledgling new department that will soon provide alternative responses to some public safety calls.Kristen Rhodes has been named director of the Division of Community Care, which is part of the...

Northampton to create reparations commission to study racial harms, joining national conversation
02-17-2023 2:14 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The city is moving ahead with plans to create a joint commission to investigate racial harms against Black residents and workers in Northampton, making a statement as part of a nationwide conversation on reparations in the country.The...

Northampton lays reparations groundwork
02-03-2023 9:41 PM


NORTHAMPTON — When Garrick Perry told his grandmother 25 years ago that he was moving to Northampton from Washington, D.C., she reacted with skepticism.“I remember my grandmother when I was deciding to move here, she had a fear that I was going to the...

Northampton City Council set to vote on reparations panel
02-01-2023 8:29 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to introduce a resolution to create a commission that would look into racial injustices perpetrated against Black residents and workers in the city, part of ongoing nationwide efforts to explore the idea of...

Panel explores case for reparations in Northampton
01-26-2023 7:49 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Proponents of establishing a commission on reparations in Northampton for African Americans are lobbying the City Council to pass a resolution on the issue in February, coinciding with Black History Month. The Northampton Reparations...

‘Why Northampton?” Online panel will explore call for reparations commission
01-23-2023 5:26 PM


NORTHAMPTON — An online panel discussion regarding a proposed reparations commission for the city is set to take place Tuesday evening via a Zoom conference, in partnership with Forbes Library. The meeting, titled “Why Reparations? Why Northampton?...

Racist social media post spurs rally to support JFK Middle School principal
02-24-2021 9:45 PM


NORTHAMPTON —About 200 people gathered outside JFK Middle School on Wednesday, some holding signs in support of Principal Desmond Caldwell or with messages like “Hate has no home in our school,” and “yes there is racism here.” Several high school...

Attorney general probes Easthampton High School amid racial tensions
05-24-2017 8:41 PM


EASTHAMPTON — The state attorney general’s office has launched an investigation after months of racial tensions at Easthampton High School.During an update on race-related incidents and the school district’s response, Superintendent Nancy Follansbee...

Editorial: Improved climate needed at Easthampton High School
04-17-2017 8:37 PM

In the wake of parking lot violence and complaints of racism and harassment, Easthampton High School administrators have work ahead to improve the school’s climate and rebuild trust with students and parents.The walkout staged by hundreds of high...

Hadley school reacts, police investigate racist video
12-08-2016 11:53 PM


HADLEY — Police are investigating a video posted to social media featuring a Hopkins Academy student uttering racial slurs and advocating violence and white supremacy.Hadley Police Sgt. Mitchell Kuc said police have determined that the speech on the...

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