BIO as agent for change

Since 2014, the members of BIO have been acting toward justice by building relationships within our communities and across lines of difference.

Significant wins include:

 

  • An Accompaniment program of support for our immigrant neighbors as they met with Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • Black History added to the Pittsfield School District curriculum. 

  • Wheels for Wellness free transportation program for medical and wellness appointments.

  • The recent House passage of the Work and Family Mobility Act allowing our immigrant neighbors access to a driver license.

 

BIO is moving forward in its purpose, through teaching and utilizing the tools of community organizing among its member groups. We are a flexible, creative, determined group of people, ready to retool with the changing environment. As we come out of a time of COVID isolation we invite you to join with us in these efforts.

Institutional and Leadership Goals

1

Create a safe and inclusive community for immigrants in Berkshire County.

2

Create a more just and equitable community for people of color.

3

Increase public and private transportation options for Berkshire County, to improve access to jobs, medical care, and affordable, nutritious food for low-income residents.

ARK Community Church, Dalton

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Cathedral of the Beloved, Pittsfield

Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams

Congregation Knesset Israel, Pittsfield

First Church of Christ on Park Square, Pittsfield

First Congregational Church, Dalton

First Congregational Church, Williamstown

Lee Congregational Church, Lee

Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, North Adams

Price Memorial AME Zion Church, Pittsfield

Second Congregational Church, Pittsfield

Sisters of St. Joseph

South Congregational Church, Pittsfield

St. Mark Catholic Parish, Pittsfield

St. John's Episcopal Church, Williamstown

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pittsfield

Unitarian Universalist Church, Pittsfield

Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield, Pittsfield

BIO Community Leaders

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Member Groups