Four Freedoms Forum
The Power of Protest
Thursday, February 8
This Town Hall-style conversation inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings will explore the history and power of protest, and whether group demonstrations impact policy and affect change. Expert commentators will offer observations, explore solutions, and inspire community discourse. Refreshments and a reception will follow. Free.
The commentators are:
Berkshire Eagle Reporter
Will Singleton Ed.D
Preparatory: Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, Mass.
Undergraduate: Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Graduate: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Degree: Master of Arts
New York University, New York, N.Y.
Degree: Doctor of Education-1991
1968-1974 Public School Educator Washington, D.C.
1974-2001 Public School Administrator
2013-2014 President, Berkshire County Branch, NAACP
Human Rights Commission
Drew Herzig is currently the Chair of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Pittsfield. In addition to hearing complaints concerning violations of human rights, the Human Rights Commission convenes community forums on human rights issues. In 2017, the Commission presented forums on antisemitism and Islamophobia, LGBTQ issues, Asian-Americans in the Berkshires, and the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Drew Herzig is also Co-Chair of Indivisible Pittsfield, one of the many activist groups in the Berkshires focusing on political action for equity and justice in response to the Trump administration’s actions and policies.
Before moving to Pittsfield, Drew Herzig served on the City Council for the City of Astoria, Oregon. While on the Council he led efforts to improve the lives of low-income and homeless individuals in Astoria, including a utility assistance program to help low-income individuals with their water and sewer bills, and by opening a warming center to provide overnight shelter for homeless individuals during the winter months. He was also responsible for introducing an extension of the City’s anti-discrimination policy to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
In addition, he served as the Chair of the Lower Columbia Diversity Project, charged with promoting diversity in the Northwest region of the state, educating the public on the benefits of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, and providing a forum through which diversity issues could be addressed in the community. In this capacity, he convened and facilitated presentations, community conversations, and panels of speakers on various topics, such as racial diversity in Oregon, the contributions of Chinese Americans to Astoria’s development as a community, the Hispanic population of Clatsop County, the plight of the Chinook Nation, Black Lives Matter, wage inequality for women, domestic violence, and medical issues faced by transgender individuals.