Pa’lante RJ conducts student-led research on the role of racism at Holyoke High School

by: willshoestring July 12, 2018

On May 22, members of Pa’lante Restorative Justice (Pa’lante RJ) presented the findings of their Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) to a packed room at Holyoke High School (HHS). Pa’lante students chose to research the presence of racism in their school.  The focus on racism was chosen in part due […]

BRIC OF ICE

by: willshoestring July 5, 2018

How state public records law is aiding ICE in Massachusetts BY MAYA SHAFFER OF CRITICAL MASS [We are pleased to share a piece from our friends at the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. While the peg for this piece is in Boston, we believe it has statewide implications and is […]

I Go To City Council Meetings #10

by: willshoestring June 28, 2018

A Resolution to end separation of immigrant children from their families & confusing property rights dialogue BLAIR GIMMA On Thursday, June 21, the Northampton City Council held their eleventh meeting of the year. Councilor David Murphy (Ward 5) was present but left after the financial portion of the meeting. Approximately […]

Assistant District Attorney says police witnesses are “not trustworthy.”

by: willshoestring June 21, 2018

In the high profile Matlock case, ADA Opsitnick denies the defense discovery materials, claiming that the police would falsely report implicit bias tests Blair Gimma & Will Meyer On April 9, 2018, during a pre-trial hearing, assistant District Attorney Bob Opsitnick responded to Attorney Dana Goldblatt’s request for implicit bias […]

Dennis Bidwell and Gaming the System

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  Will Meyer [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/465679767″ params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Recently, The Shoestring published an in depth history of Mayor Narkewicz’s so called Work Group on Panhandling. Shoestring co-editor Blair Gimma dug through countless Youtube clips and minutes that documented obscure city council committee meetings in order to piece together […]

La posición sobre COP LINK — una base de datos — del Alcalde Narkewicz se contradice

by: willshoestring June 4, 2018

The Shoestring habla con trabajadores inmigrantes de cómo el alcalde Narkewicz está jugando a los dos bandos Por Will Meyer; Traducido por Andrew Meyer [Todas las citas han sido traducidas al español] El Alcalde de Northampton David Narkewicz ha expresado su apoyo por los inmigrantes no documentados. En 2014, él […]

Mayor Narkewicz’s Stance on COP LINK – a police database – Contradicts Itself

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 The Shoestring spoke to immigrant workers about how Narkewicz is playing both sides Will Meyer [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/457085499″ params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz has been vocal in supporting undocumented immigrants. In 2014, he issued an executive order declaring that “Northampton is a welcoming city.” The order states […]

A History of the Mayor’s Work Group on Panhandling

by: willshoestring May 30, 2018

  BLAIR GIMMA [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/452970825″ params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] When Mayor Narkewicz recently released the ‘Opinions on Downtown’ survey on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on April 11, he did not include the fact that it was produced by his Work Group on Panhandling. Since the release of the […]

I Got To City Council Meetings #9

by: willshoestring May 21, 2018

The City Budget, no Weed Cap, and the Grateful Dead BLAIR GIMMA   On May 17, the Northampton City Council held its ninth meeting of the year. Approximately 7 people attended. A reporter from The Gazette was there. Public Comment One community member noted that he was a father of […]

The Exchange

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A Story by Magenta Dynamite Magenta Dynamite There was a full moon on the night she witnessed the exchange, and she later recalled the buzz in the air, that strange heightened glow of a night on which streetlights are extraneous and the world expands. It was one of the first […]