Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

All BCP&J programs will be held at the Unitarian/Universalist Church,

175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield, MA.

These events on Thursday  begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 14, 2017  The Age of Consequences

Through the lens of national security and global stability, a look at the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity and migration. As part of a case-study analysis, admirals, generals and military veterans take viewers beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis — and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

350ma-berkshires will be co-sponsoring this film and Alvin Blake of 350 will be co-facilitating the discussion to follow the film.

Thursday, December 21, 2017  –  No Program this night due to the proximity of the Christmas holiday.  However, the vigil will take place as usual and all are invited.

Thursday, December 28, 2017  –  What I Want My Words To Do To You

“What I Want My Words To Do To You” offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler, consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose their most terrifying realities as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women’s writing by acclaimed actors Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei.  This outstanding film will serve as preparation for the following Thursday’s presentation by

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, author of “Liberating Minds – The Case for College in Prison” will be addressing us on the subject of her book. The film scheduled above provides a good introduction to some realities of prison life confronted by Ellen.

NOTE:  Our regular 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. vigil will take place at Park Square as usual every Thursday.  It is now in its 16th year without a Thursday when there was no one present.  Please join us if you can.