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
Create a safe and inclusive community for immigrants in Berkshire County.
Create a more just and equitable community for people of color.
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
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