NPD requests $225,000 for (more) riot gear APRIL JOLN [Update 3/1: We are changing the picture to Blarney Blowout, an event that Kasper says this equipment will be used at.] On Thursday, March 1, the City Council will vote on a riot gear request that is hidden in a financial order and buried in the … Continue reading Militarizing Northampton!
Manufacturing consent for Northampton’s kids. Will Meyer Three SUV police cruisers turn into a school. An officer gets out, and like a chauffeur in the movies, opens the door for the distinguished passenger. Emerging from the back seat, out comes Brody, a kindergartner, with a big fat smile on his face. He high fives the … Continue reading Trading Cards
What does a Dinosaur Cart look like? JULES MARSH On February 16 the Northampton City Council held its third meeting of the year. Councilor Murphy (Ward 5) was not present because he is recovering from knee surgery. The Council Chambers were packed with people overflowing into the hallway. Approximately 50-60 people attended the meeting. A … Continue reading I Go To City Council Meetings
It’s a huge step forward, but still could be better LES MACK The proposed Safe Communities Act, or “An Act to Protect the Civil Rights and Safety of All Massachusetts Residents,” consolidates local anti-deportation efforts by enacting on the state level what many municipalities have pioneered in the post-Trump era. In other words, creating a … Continue reading Understanding the Safe Communities Act