SMOKE & MIRRORS

Northampton rushes to enact the strictest smoking policy east of Berkeley. But will it produce cleaner air?

BRIAN ZAYATZ & HARRISON GREENE

DECEMBER 2, 2019


NORTHAMPTON RESIDENTS, CONGRESSMAN MCGOVERN CONDEMN COUP IN BOLIVIA IN THE FACE OF RAPIDLY SPREADING VIOLENCE

BY CELINA DELLA CROCE

NOVEMBER 16, 2019


WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT COVERS OPIOIDS

The Gazette allowed the DA’s office to write a four part series on drugs.

WILL MEYER

NOVEMBER 6, 2019


PIGS & CHICKEN

Chicopee police publicly cluck themselves in partnership with anti-LGBTQ chain

BY MAYA SHAFFER + JAMIE TRUMAN

OCTOBER 30, 2019


THE MASS STATE POLICE HAS SPENT TWO DECADES SPIRALING TOWARDS BOUNDLESS CORRUPTION

An unearthed report reveals two decades of turmoil in the state's most powerful police agency.

CHRIS FARAONE

OCTOBER 13, 2019


BUS OR BUST

Can the valley weather climate change despite underfunded public transit?

CHARLOTTE MURTISHAW

OCTOBER 6, 2019


IMAGINING A JUST TRANSITION IN WESTERN MASS PART V

Part V: Work, Education, and Conclusion

SARAH FIELD

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019


IMAGINING A JUST TRANSITION IN WESTERN MASS PART IV

Part IV: Food

SARAH FIELD

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019


IMAGINING A JUST TRANSITION IN WESTERN MASS PART III

Part III: Energy

SARAH FIELD

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019


IMAGINING A JUST TRANSITION IN WESTERN MASS PART II

Part II: Transportation

SARAH FIELD

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019


IMAGINING A JUST TRANSITION IN WESTERN MASS

Part I: Intro, Housing, Zoning, and Land Use

SARAH FIELD

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019


TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FISH DEAD AFTER SULFURIC ACID LEAK FROM BARNHARDT CO.

No public notification made by state or local officials after sulfuric acid leak.

SARAH ROBERTSON

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #11

Media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019


THE REVOLVING DOOR OF EMPTY STOREFRONTS

How small business owners in Northampton are misplacing blame as they’re forced to close their stores.

MOD BEHRENS

SEPTEMBER 8, 2019


FOR OCEAN VUONG, ENGLISH IS A LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE

The UMass professor’s widely acclaimed book interrogates power, belonging, and family through the distance of English.

SIERRA DICKEY

AUGUST 25, 2019


A REVIEW OF EIGHT: GRAPPLING WITH THE REALITIES OF MAKING ART IN NORTHAMPTON

A REVIEW OF EIGHT: GRAPPLING WITH THE REALITIES OF MAKING ART IN NORTHAMPTON

KATE NADEL

AUGUST 18, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #10

Media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

AUGUST 7, 2019


I GO TO NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS # 22

A resolution to support the right to counsel in eviction cases, beefed up security for the parking ticket and collections office, HRC receives a whopping $1,000

JULES MARSH

AUGUST 4, 2019


A NOTE FROM LABOR ON THE GRAND BARGAIN

ANDREW JONES

JULY 24, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #9

Media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

JULY 21, 2019


WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THERE WAS NOTHING?

Shelf Life writer Liz Walber on everything.

CHARLOTTE MURTISHAW and LIZ WALBER

JULY 14, 2019


INDIA'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS BHUTANESE REFUGEES

A Puzzle in Geopolitical Context

Bhuwan Gautam

JUNE 24, 2019


HOLYOKE STUDENTS ARE RESISTING THE DISMISSAL OF ONE OF THEIR MOST BELOVED TEACHERS OF COLOR

CELINA DELLA CROCE

JUNE 13, 2019


HAMPDEN COUNTY’S PEPPER SPRAY PROBLEM

Reports from the Hampden County Corrections reveal disproportionate use of chemical force against prisoners with psychiatric disabilities.

SETH KERSHNER

JUNE 18, 2019


THE CENSORSHIP OF PRO PALESTINIAN VOICES

A Q+A with attorney Rachel Weber with a photo gallery by Jen Patrice.

WILL MEYER & RACHEL WEBER

JUNE 10, 2019


ATTORNEY GENERAL REVIEWS MAYOR’S PANHANDLING WORK GROUP FOR ALLEGED OPEN MEETING LAW VIOLATIONS

THE SHOESTRING

JUNE 6, 2019


WHERE THERE’S SMOKE

Who belongs in a smoke free downtown?

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MAY 21, 2019


PRIDE, PROSPERITY AND PRISON INVESTMENTS

We went to a pre-Pride mixer at TD Bank hosted by the LGBT Chamber of Commerce

MOD BEHRENS & WILL MEYER

MAY 14, 2019


BHUTAN’S GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS IS HIGHLY OVERRATED

A local author reflects on how a Harvard conference praised Bhutan’s “gross national happiness” but omitted ethnic cleansing.

Bhuwan Gautam

MAY 11, 2019


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #21

JULES MARSH

MAY 2, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #8

Media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

APRIL 30, 2019


HISTORIC CHARLEMONT INN SLATED FOR DEMOLITION

SARAH ROBERTSON

APRIL 29, 2019


SO WHAT IS DEMOCRACY ANYWAY?

A Q+A with Astra Taylor

ASTRA TAYLOR & WILL MEYER

APRIL 22, 2019


EXPENSIVE ROBOTS, LONGER LINES, AND PENSION CUTS

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union calls for Stop & Shop workers to strike across New England for better pay and better benefits.

MOD BEHRENS

APRIL 16, 2019


“I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY ABOUT THAT.”

Hadley Select Boardman David J. Fill II responds to Mieczkowski comments and Instagram posts.

WILL MEYER

MARCH 26, 2019


THE SHOCKING RISE OF TASERS IN MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON INSTITUTE FOR NONPROFIT JOURNALISM

March 22, 2019


IF THE FUTURE OF THIS WORLD CAN’T BE DEPENDED ON, I’LL MAKE MY OWN

Fantasy Spaces in the 21st Century

KATE NADEL

MARCH 19, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #7

Weekly media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

March 14, 2019


HOLYOKE CITY COUNCIL NOTES #3

New hospital, renewed Medicare for all campaign on the way in Holyoke

DAVID T.

MARCH 13, 2019


THE FIGHT FOR AN IDEAL

Can Hampshire College Survive its “Manufactured” Crisis?

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MARCH 7, 2019


RIGHTS, CAMERAS, EXTRACTIONS

Hampshire County has the most violent small jail in the state, and one of the least transparent

Seth Kershner

MARCH 4, 2019


SO BE IT. SEE TO IT. INVITES VIEWERS TO IMAGINE POSSIBLE FUTURES

Candace Hunter creates collages inspired by the works of Octavia Butler

KATE NADEL

MARCH 1, 2019


A LETTER TO THE EDITORS

Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

Adele Franks

February 28, 2019


COPS AND CORPORATIONS TRAUMATIZED US

“What Really Happened” to the Berkshires

KATLYN ANDERSON

February 25, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #6

Weekly media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

February 21, 2019


NORTHAMPTON RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST US INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA

Celina della Croce

February 20, 2019


I GO TO NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #20

Northampton Weed Money, an Airbnb Tax, the City Charter Review, 27 new parking spaces and more.

JULES MARSH

February 19, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #5

Weekly media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

February 4, 2019


EDUARDO’S PROLONGED CAMPAIGN TO STAY IN THE U.S.

Eduardo Samaniego was deported today after three months of fighting for his freedom.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

February 1, 2019


A STEP TOWARD DECRIMINALIZATION

New Massachusetts house bills seek to decriminalize the selling of sex

JULES MARSH

JANUARY 23, 2019


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #19

The council gets shamed for requesting more information from the NPD and Walmart

JULES MARSH

JANUARY 17, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #4

Weekly media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

JANUARY 8, 2019


YEAR IN REVIEW 2018

THE SHOESTRING

January 6, 2019


I GO TO NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #18

The Council debates a gift of ammunition from Walmart, upsetting the Mayor

JULES MARSH

January 3, 2019


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #3

Weekly media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

December 30, 2018


I GO TO NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #17

Democracy Hypocrisy, Bathtubs, and Taxes

JULES MARSH

December 21, 2018


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #2

Weekly media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

DECEMBER 23, 2018


COP XMAS

Walmart and the Feds came bearing gifts of ammo and Tasers

WILL MEYER

DECEMBER 19, 2018


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Weekly Media Criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

DECEMBER 14, 2018


AFTER 48 YEARS, HUGO’S TO CLOSE ITS DOORS, MARKING CHANGES IN NORTHAMPTON

BECCA ABRAMS

DECEMBER 8, 2018


BIRTHRIGHT FOR COPS

Activist pressure persuades Mayor Narkewicz to cancel Chief Kasper’s trip to train with the Israeli army.

WILL MEYER & JASON KOTOCH

NOVEMBER 30, 2018


WHATEVER IT TAKES

Gazette employees say they’re forming a union “one way or another.” Management says a union will “erode” the paper lol.

WILL MEYER

NOVEMBER 15, 2018


HOW THE HOSPITAL INDUSTRY TORCHED SAFE STAFFING LIMITS

The hospital industry spent over $30 million to sew confusion and defeat the union-backed Question 1.

CHRIS BROOKS

NOVEMBER 9, 2018


HOLYOKE CITY COUNCIL NOTES 2: A MODEST PROPOSAL

Holyoke City Councilor Rebecca Lisi urges new rent control rules

DAVID T.

NOVEMBER 9, 2018


I GO TO NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #16

The Council passes a Resolution protecting gender identity and expression and financial director reports city revenues are on track

JULES MARSH

NOVEMBER 1, 2018


I AM A TRANSGENDER NURSE IN MASSACHUSETTS RIGHT NOW

Thoughts, Feelings and Experiences

LOCAL NURSE

OCTOBER 30, 2018


BOMBS AND BIPARTISANSHIP

Reaching across the aisle to support Massachusetts' commitment to militarism
petit bourgeoisie

LYDIA WOOD

OCTOBER 26, 2018


CLEARING THE SMOKE

Looking For Accountability At Shop Therapy

MOD BEHRENS

OCTOBER 22, 2018


I GO TO NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #15

Community members pack Council chambers to support resolution to stop the expansion of natural gas. And: Form-Based Coding and a PILOT agreement with Northampton Solar

JULES MARSH

OCTOBER 18, 2018


NANCY STENBERG SAYS YES ON 1

A Q+A with an organizer for the Yes on 1 campaign.

WILL MEYER & NANCY STENBERG

OCTOBER 18, 2018


HOLYOKE CITY COUNCIL NOTES #1

City Council approves exercises more hindsight than foresight with Lynch School rezoning approval

DAVID T.

OCTOBER 16, 2018


I GOT A CHARLIE BAKER MAILER

Baker will “fight for” the billionaires

WILL MEYER

OCTOBER 16, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #14

A PILOT program for Northampton Solar, financial aid for classes at the Senior Center, and a “gift” from Eversource

JULES MARSH

OCTOBER 2, 2018


FIRE SALE PT. 1

Even for weapons dealers who have flouted state laws, there is major money to be made by selling munitions to police in Massachusetts

CHRIS FARAONE AND CURTIS WALTMAN

OCTOBER 1, 2018


ONE YEAR AND STILL NO ANSWERS

Springfield Residents Demand Justice for the Murder of Community Leader Jafet Robles

ANDREA SCHMID

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

Nah.

READING BETWEEN THE "THIN BLUE LINES"

A look at the pro-police flag proliferating in Southeastern Massachusetts

Brian Zayatz

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #13

Mayor Narkewicz declares Sept 6th Usher Syndrome Awareness Day and requests funding for two local parks

JULES MARSH

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Nah.

WHAT DOES MAYOR NARKEWICZ’S TWEET EVEN MEAN?

Is it just a bad joke?

WILL MEYER & JULES MARSH

September 11, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #12

Financial reports, an order to strengthen democracy in public housing, and empty cans of iced tea

JULES MARSH

SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

Nah.

HOW TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE

Brian Zayatz

AUGUST 20, 2018


IT HAS TO GO WAY BEYOND THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORK

An interview with Caty Simon

FEY MARROW

AUGUST 13, 2018

Nah.

PRIDE AND SEEK

We tried to find out how Noho Pride Sold Out

MOD BEHRENS & JULES MARSH

JULY 30, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #11

The Council Ponders Democracy

JULES MARSH

JULY 26, 2018

Nah.

IF PIGS COULD FLY

How the Northampton Police Dept got drones and nobody even bothered to shrug

WILL MEYER

JULY 18, 2018


PA’LANTE RJ CONDUCTS STUDENT-LED RESEARCH ON THE ROLE OF RACISM AT HOLYOKE HIGH SCHOOL

Pa'lante Restorative Justice

JULY 11, 2018

Nah.

BRIC OF ICE

How state public records law is aiding ICE in Massachusetts

MAYA SHAFFER

JULY 5, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #10

A Resolution to end separation of immigrant children from their families & confusing property rights dialogue

JULES MARSH

JUNE 28, 2018

Nah.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS POLICE WITNESSES ARE “NOT TRUSTWORTHY.”

JULES MARSH & WILL MEYER

JUNE 21, 2018


DENNIS BIDWELL AND GAMING THE SYSTEM

WILL MEYER

JUNE 21, 2018

Nah.

MAYOR NARKEWICZ’S STANCE ON COP LINK - A POLICE DATABASE - CONTRADICTS ITSELF

The Shoestring spoke to immigrant workers about how Narkewicz is playing both sides

WILL MEYER

JUNE 4, 2018


LA POSICIÓN SOBRE COP LINK - UNA BASE DE DATOS - DEL ALCALDE NARKEWICZ SE CONTRADICE

The Shoestring habla con trabajadores inmigrantes de cómo el alcalde Narkewicz está jugando a los dos bandos

WILL MEYER

JUNE 4, 2018

Nah.

A HISTORY OF THE MAYOR'S WORK GROUP ON PANHANDLING

JULES MARSH

MAY 30, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #9

The City Budget, a Weed Cap, and the Grateful Dead

JULES MARSH

MAY 21, 2018

Nah.

THE EXCHANGE

A Story by Magenta Dynamite

MAGENTA DYNAMITE

MAY 21, 2018


THE GAZETTE AND THE CHAMBER SITTING IN A TREE…

WILL MEYER

MAY 21, 2018

Nah.

COUNCILORS ISSUE SCATHING OBJECTION TO PANHANDLING WORK GROUP

THE SHOESTRING

MAY 8, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #8

Leaf Blowers, the role of Newspapers, Teenage Voting, and a new director of Senior Services

JULES MARSH

MAY 4, 2018


ICE HAS ACCESS TO LOCAL POLICE DATABASES, INCLUDING NORTHAMPTON

A new report reveals how sanctuary cities share data with federal law enforcement

WILL MEYER

APRIL 30, 2018

Nah.

WHICH SIDE ARE THE POLICE ON?

Baystate management paid the police to manage the strike

KATE NADEL

APRIL 30, 2018


A VIGIL FOR GAZA

Northampton gathers in solidarity with the people of Palestine during the Great Return March

JULES MARSH

APRIL 25, 2018

Nah.

News Headlines Collage

HOW MUSICIANS ARE RESPONDING TO THE OPIOID CRISIS

Mod Behrens

APRIL 24, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #7

Snow is Expensive

JULES MARSH

APRIL 23, 2018

Nah.

LET THEM EAT COOKIES!

Northampton Connects and The Privatization of Public Dialogue

HARRISON GREENE AND WILL MEYER

APRIL 19, 2018


THE POLICE CAN'T FIX THAT

An interview with Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing
petit bourgeoisie

WILL MEYER

APRIL 17, 2018


ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SURVEY ABOUT 'PANHANDLING' FROM OUR PROGRESSIVE MAYOR NARKEWICZ

THE SHOESTRING

APRIL 12, 2018

Nah.

MAYOR’S ‘WORK GROUP’ STUDIES 'PANHANDLING ISSUE' IN SECRET

We asked houseless people what they thought of the Mayor’s confidential “survey on panhandling.”

THE SHOESTRING

APRIL 9, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #6

Water, Guns, n’ Weed

JULES MARSH

APRIL 9, 2018

Nah.

INSIDE THE KOCH MACHINE

How extreme right-wing forces use front groups to shape Massachusetts politics
petit bourgeoisie

JULES MARSH & WILL MEYER

APRIL 3, 2018


THE RIGHT TO BEAR INFLUENCE

How the President of Massachusetts’ NRA affiliate Walked Through Charlie Baker's Revolving Door

WILL MEYER

MARCH 19, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #5

A Resolutionary Council

JULES MARSH

MARCH 19, 2018

Nah.

DAVID NARKEWICZ, PLAYWRIGHT

Bombastic wonky bluster in five acts

THE SHOESTRING

MARCH 16, 2018


THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GET SLASHED

Baker’s budget will cut funding for the PVTA—disproportionately impacting the poor and non-white, while he coddles corporations with incentives

ROJAS OLIVA

MARCH 12, 2018


THE POLITICAL NATURE OF 'OBJECTIVEITY'

On reading last Wednesday’s Daily Hampshire Gazette

MARCH 12, 2018

LES MACK

Eduardo

FACT CHECKING JODY KASPER

Chief Kasper’s exaggerated claims don’t make people safe, they amplify fear

February 17, 2018

WILL MEYER

Eduardo

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POLICE CAPITAL REQUEST

Despite NPD's transparency efforts, we'd still like to know more

MARCH 5, 2018

THE SHOESTRING


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #4

Is a Ladder a Gun?

JULES MARSH

MARCH 5, 2018


MILITARIZING NORTHAMPTON!

NPD requests $225,000 for (more) riot gear

APRIL JOLN

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Nah.

TRADING CARDS

Manufacturing consent for Northampton’s kids.

WILL MEYER

FEBRUARY 25, 2018


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #3

What does a Dinosaur Cart look like?

JULES MARSH

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Nah.

UNDERSTANDING THE SAFE COMMUNITIES ACT

It’s a huge step forward, but still could be better

February 17, 2018

LES MACK


EDUARDO WALKS TO STAY HOME

February 17, 2018

WILL MEYER

Eduardo

ORGANICALLY PRODUCED LOCAL AUSTERITY

The petit bourgeoisie begs for spare change
petit bourgeoisie

JULES MARSH

February 10, 2018


MOVIE NIGHT!

A new local film designed to recruit future police officers isn’t very good

February 10, 2018

WILL MEYER

Noho Popo ARs

LES MACK

Noho Popo Target

I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #2

Northampton City Council owns a van

JULES MARSH

February 4, 2018

Blair Gimma's Radical Lenses

WHO WILL TONE POLICE THE TONE POLICE?

A new amendment to Northampton City Council rules could chill dissent in The Chamber

JULES MARSH & WILL MEYER

January 30, 2018


WHAT 1683 CAN TEACH US ABOUT 2018

On the history of a Hadley witch hunt in the age of Donald Trump

Sarah Jane Young

January 19, 2018

Nah.

I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

It is hot in there

JULES MARSH

January 19, 2018


MAYOR NARKEWICZ'S "DISAPPROVAL" OF THE ANTI-SURVEILLANCE ORDINANCE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE

Will Meyer

December 28, 2017

Nah.

a lady who was handing out free ice-cream as the nurses were walking out while management was locking them out

PLEASING EVERYONE AND REVEALING NOTHING

The fallacy of objective journalism on the Baystate nurses' strike

Rojas Oliva

December 8, 2017


WILL SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS STOP WAGE THEFT?

Nah.

Will Meyer

December 5, 2017

Nah.

Joe Arpaio

FIREARMS OF FEAR, CROSSES OF INCREDULITY, CONSTITUTIONAL CREATIONS

Reflections on a 2nd Amendment Rally

Les Mack

November 26, 2017


WELCOME TO GUN TOWN

Ted McCoy

November 20, 2017

Gun Town USA

News Headlines Collage

CHANGING HOW WE REPORT THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Mod Behrens

November 5, 2017



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