The winds of change were blowing through Northampton's Pulaski Park with a copycat Wall Street style occupation underway.
Not a lot of people involved.
But a lot of signs were participating.
Most of the signs had dull slogans on them, but a few like this one showed a sense of humor.
The protests in Boston had a contingent from Springfield, as seen in this photo by Michaelann Bewsee
In downtown Amherst there were cries of treason.
UMass students were focusing on fixing the bottle bill.
Big pot pow-wow at UMass this week - the general public is invited.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Hosted by: Cannabis Reform Coalition
It's time to talk about the elephant in the room, folks. Cannabis is making headlines in pop culture, medicine, politics, you name it. So how is it that something so present can still be so misconstrued? Well, we're working to solve that. Whether you're a cannabis connoisseur or just curious what all the hype is about, this is your event.
The UMass CRC Cannabis Colloquium will be an event centered on education about the drug and discussion of relevant topics. Members of the UMass CRC as well as student groups from the Amherst area and beyond will have tables to present information and answer questions on such topics as the Mexican drug cartels, hemp, and knowing your rights. In addition, we will provide speakers from organizations in the cannabis industry, including:
1:00: Terry Franklin Executive Director of The Freedom Bus Caravan.
1:30: Erik Wunderlich of Mass Patients (MPAA).
1:45: Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition(LEAP.)
2:25: Richard Cusick of High Times Magazine.
3:00: Allen St. Pierre of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
This morning while waiting for the bus I saw a kid doing yo-yo tricks in the lobby of the Academy of Music. I made this video holding the camera wrong so it came out sideways.
I got off the bus in Amherst by the Robert Frost library at Amherst College.
I noticed that they were having the ceremony for the induction of Carolyn Martin, the new college president and the first female one.
In honor of the occasion, in the Frost Library some Tibetan monks were making a psychedelic mandala using only finely colored sand, as seen in this video I made.
It rained a lot this week, as you can see from this picture I took out the back door of the Haymarket Cafe.
But that didn't stop Jordan Williams (below) and myself from doing some hiking around the Holyoke reservoir.
It was mostly just misting out, and eventually stopped completely.
The last rays of light at sunset made a rainbow fragment.