Walking away from prisons and jails in Massachusetts

Group marches across state to stop new prison and jail construction By Sierra Dickey 300+ people took part in a 90-mile march from Springfield to the Massachusetts State Housein September to demand an end to new prison and jail construction. The march and the organizing behind it marks major growth in the movement for prison … Continue reading Walking away from prisons and jails in Massachusetts

Hiring Committee Named for Northampton DOCC Implementation Director

The Mayor’s appointees will begin the process of selecting an applicant to build the new department from scratch. By Brian Zayatz Applications for the position of Implementation Director for Northampton’s new Department of Community Care officially closed on Friday, September 24th, after one deadline extension. Mayor Narkewicz told the City Council during an update in … Continue reading Hiring Committee Named for Northampton DOCC Implementation Director

“I’m an Apolitical Person”

The Gazette covers David Murphy as “apolitical” while insinuating left-wing candidates have an agenda. By Will Meyer When former City Councilor David Murphy announced he would run this year for an At-Large City Council seat after losing re-election for his Ward 5 seat to Alex Jarrett, The Daily Hampshire Gazette let Murphy describe his political … Continue reading “I’m an Apolitical Person”

Holyoke City Council Meeting Provokes Heated Debate on ARPA Funds

The Council also discussed dispensary buffer zones, dirt bikes, and more. By Bella Levavi Holyoke City Council held a hybrid remote/in-person meeting on Tuesday, September 7th, discussing the allocation of money through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and leaving some councilors outraged at where the money went.  The federal government gave Holyoke $29 million … Continue reading Holyoke City Council Meeting Provokes Heated Debate on ARPA Funds