EAST LONGMEADOW—Given how she envisioned the arc of her life, Sydney Levin-Epstein doubts she would have sought public office if things went differently. Now she is locked in a heated race with Ludlow State Representative Jake Oliveira for one of region’s coveted State Senate seats.
It cannot be said more plainly. The Supreme Court has discredited itself. Its conservative majority has overreached and abused its role and the solemn respect the institution has accumulated over time. The evidence for this is not merely overturning Roe v. Wade. I
SPRINGFIELD—It may have been the largest New England city without a Women’s March in 2017, but this year Springfield hosted the Pioneer Valley chapter of the nationwide, intersectional women-led movement. After three years in Northampton, last Saturday the local Women’s March held its first event,
NORTHAMPTON—When considering Lindsay Sabadosa and the arc of her life, her election to the State House of Representatives makes perfect sense. She was a political activist before she could vote. Women’s issues and feminism have always been a focus of hers. Even her interests in
Upper House, Upper Valley is a series on the candidates for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester Senate Democratic primary on September 4. NORTHAMPTON—On March 29, Chelsea Kline set to out to do something that had not happened since 1991. She announced a challenge Senator Stanley Rosenberg
UPDATED 2:26PM: For a correction. A prior version of this post called the 2016 primary a five-way race. In fact, six candidates competed for the Democratic nomination that year. UPDATED 8/4/18 6:51PM: Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose has dropped out of the race. The Democratic primary is
SOUTH HADLEY—A flurry of progressive organizing, actions and meetings across the country has followed last November’s election. The Pioneer Valley is no different, but there are challenges. Activism is no stranger to college towns like this one, the home of Mount Holyoke. Hampden County, home to