Sixteen of the 24 protesters arrested fighting the pipeline in Sandisfield showed up in court Thursday morning ready to proudly say they are not criminals.
The state agrees their actions don't warrant criminal charges and entered a motion to convert those charges to civil citations. Those who were arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct then left the courtroom without an arrangment.
Public safety officials are preparing for the worst case scenario when it comes to protests surrounding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. approval to move ahead with a natural gas pipeline expansion through Otis State Forest. The ruling was issued last week approving the Connecticut expansion, which includes tree cutting and installation of the pipeline through four miles of pipeline through the Otis State
Waving signs and chanting in the middle of a town where just 13 percent of the vote went to Donald Trump, Wednesday's anti-Trump protest may have felt a little like preaching to the choir.
But for the five dozen people of all ages who braved the cold at the corner of Spring and Main Streets, the gospel of resistance needed to be preached.
The demonstrators of all ages filled Field Park with signs reading "Not Out President," "Love Trumps Hate" and "Black Lives Matter." Cars driving by honked, eliciting cheers from those at the demonstration, which was organized by North Berkshires for Racial Justice in conjunction with students and staff from MCLA and Williams College, Buxton School, and other community members.