In August 2020, citizens submitted Articles 36 and 37 to our Annual Town Meeting which were voted for nearly unanimously.
Article 36: “Not in Our County Pledge”
-We proposed this Citizens’ Petition in order to call on all institutions, organizations, and businesses in our community to speak out in the face of intolerance or hate based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, country of origin, ability, or any other factor.
-We proposed that Town representatives pledge to report personally witnessing potential incidents of bias, discrimination, hate, exclusion or intolerance on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, country of origin, ability or any other factor.
Article 37: Equity Petition
-We proposed this Citizens’ Petition to recommend that Williamstown boards, committees, and agencies critically reexamine policies with a renewed commitment to accessible housing.
-We requested that boards and committees make changes that allow for our Town to become more supportive of people with a wide array of racial and economic backgrounds.
-We proposed that the Town of Williamstown commit to providing ongoing equity training for Town employees which focuses on confronting and breaking down systemic inequities.
We are deeply grateful to Multicultural Bridge for instructing us and developing the Not in Our County-Berkshires campaign to unify communities throughout the county to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.