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THE TOP LEFT CORNER 06-02-21

Welcome to this week’s episode of the Top Left Corner

If you’re here for the first time, the Top Left Corner is a locally focused weekly live internet radio show and podcast based in Williamstown, Mass. 

We do our best to wade through the spin and biases and bring back the important stuff that most of us really care about. Every week, we’re going to tell you what we think about local current events and the national stories that directly affect the people of Williamston and Berkshire County. We also interview amazing guests.

You can listen live–and participate live–at the link below. You’ll find a chat box you can use to comment live–anonymously if you wish. We do our best to read and address everyone’s comments on the air: 

–Jay and Steve

The Issues We’re Talking About This Week:

With the CDC’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium set to expire on June 30, and with states across the country ending their own eviction protections, we could soon be facing a housing crisis in the U.S. the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. We’re going to be following this story closely over the next several months…

Some resources re: the situation in Massachusetts and our area: 

https://bcrha.com/i-amwill-be-homeless/

https://www.westernmasshousingfirst.org/need-help/

https://theberkshireedge.com/homeless-in-the-berkshires-one-year-later/

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/05/17/coronavirus-emergency-order-baker-legislators-measures

OUR GUESTS THIS WEEK:

Meg Bossong is a member of Invest in Pittsfield, a grassroots group that seeks to allocate city and state resources where they can do the most good. From the website: “We want the funding and tools to invest in a just, healthy, and safe future for Pittsfield. This vision does not include the 3.5% budget increase for the Pittsfield Police Department, or a $55 million new police station.” Bossong is also Director of Sexual Assault Response, and Health Education at Williams College.

Natalia Romano of Williamstown served on the advisory committee formed to help the town hire a new Chief of Police after Kyle Johnson resigned last fall against the backdrop of the scandal involving racism, sexual harassment, and retailiation at the Willimastown Police Department. Natalia will join us to talk about that and other pressing issues here in the “Village Beautiful.”


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