BIO Appoint New Director

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Pittsfield, Mass. — The Berkshire Interfaith Organizing has appointed Dondei Dean as its director and lead organizer.
 
"I'm excited to develop the work that Wendy and BIO leaders have done to build a network of residents throughout the county who are eager to work together on real life issues faced by the most vulnerable among us," Dean said. "Particularly in the urgent areas of racial justice and immigrant justice. Together we've made progress on these fronts, but there's still so much more that we can and must do."
 
Dondei Dean has been a community organizer at Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO), involved in all aspects of the group's work. She has been particularly focused on organizing residents harmed by issues of racial injustice and immigrant injustice. 
 
Her efforts helped lead to the recruitment and training of more than 70 volunteers who are now prepared to accompany local immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appointments and appearances in immigrant court and to better outreach from schools to families of the children hardest hit by the move to remote learning.
 
Dean is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in studio art and minored in government and Spanish, in which she is fluent.
 
She succeeds Wendy Krom, the group's founding lead organizer, who has gone on to serve as an independent trainer and consultant.
 
BIO is a coalition of 19 congregations, other groups, and individual members working to advance justice throughout the county.
 
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'Haunted Streets' To Air On PCTV

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television has teamed up with the city's Recreation Program for a television event to air in place of the canceled 2020 Pittsfield Halloween Parade. 
 
"Once it became clear that the Halloween Parade could not happen in its usual form, we realized we needed to do something to keep this annual tradition alive in some fashion as it brings much joy to the community," Becky Manship, recreation and special events coordinator for the city of Pittsfield said.  "Since PCTV has been covering the parade for twenty-five years, the decision to do a retrospective of past parades was simple.  We hope the community will enjoy a look back in time as we have." 
 
PCTV will present "Haunted Streets: A Celebration of 25 Years of Halloween Parades" in place of when live coverage of the parade as it stepped off on Tyler St would have begun.  The program will look back at some of the best floats and moments of the past 25 years of PCTV's parade coverage.  
 
The television event is hosted by Manship and PCTV's parade commentator Jody Spielmann and will debut on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. airing on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301, and also on the PCTV Select App available on Roku, Apple TV, and on the web at PittsfieldTV.org.
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