Hands across
the hills
Leverett, MA | Letcher county, KY

I Could Cry a River

LEVERETT – After a year of drawing attention solely from The Greenfield Recorder, this town’s Hands Across the Hills effort and its organizer, Paula Green, are in the spotlight nationally and internationally as an effort to help bridge the political – and now racial – divides in...

LEVERETT — Hands Across the Hills, the grassroots project that aims to build bridges across a political and cultural divide that seems to be widening in this country, is being awarded a “U.S. Peacebuilding Award of Excellence” for its work between residents of Leverett and Letche...

LEVERETT — A European television crew is focusing on this town’s efforts to bridge the cultural divide as it produces a documentary about the divisions in U.S. politics and culture.

The hour-long documentary, being produced by ARTE TV, a German-French arts and cultural network, br...

LEVERETT — Even though many of them had already heard about the trip, about 200 people filled Leverett Elementary School Tuesday night to listen to details about the Hands Across theHills visit to Kentucky last month.

A dozen Leverett residents, dressed in identical “Hands Across...

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Many of the questions are left unanswered, on both sides of the Leverett-Letcher County, Kentucky, divide that members of each community brought to their recent conversations.

“When will you feel safe letting go of coal?”

“Is there a way of overcoming the stigma o...

WHITESBURG, Ky — Last week’s meeting of hearts and minds in this Appalachian city of about 2,200 represented the coming together of vastly different political, economic and cultural perspectives of Letcher County and Leverett, Massachusetts, residents.

The local group — which came...

LEVERETT — Don’t expect bourbon, or even moonshine.

But Leverett residents, including those recently returned from a cultural exchange to Kentucky, have long had a hankerin’ for a watering hole where they can come together.

The idea for the town’s first pop-up pub, planned for May...

HEMPHILL, KY — No one expects the “Hands Across the Hills” exchange to lead Leverett, Mass. voters or their Letcher County, Ky. counterparts to suddenly change their divergent political behavior.

But the effort to bridge the divide between Western Mass. and Eastern Kentucky has al...

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The voices of Hands Across the Hills speak with honesty and empathy and reach for common ground.  Video by David Rabinovitz.

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Hands Across the Hills:

Chapter 1

View our short film capturing the spirit of the October 2017 visit of Kentuckians to Leverett.  Video by David Rabinovitz.