Easthampton

After two years of debate, consideration, and legal review, the Easthampton City Council unanimously passed the Welcoming Community Trust ordinance on July 10, 2019 with close to a hundred people watching and without opposition from any of the attendees. The Welcoming Community Trust campaign in Easthampton involved collaboration between the Resistance Center for Peace & Justice, the Easthampton Community Coalition, and the Easthampton City Council––in particular City Councilor at Large Peg Conniff and District 2 Councilor Homar Gomez. The Resistance Center worked closely with Peg Conniff to educate community members and break down some common misconceptions about the ordinance, in addition to building connections between Easthampton councilors and organizers and the many officials and advocates in neighboring “safe cities” who publicly expressed their support for the Welcoming Community Trust ordinance.