Community Activism Across Massachusetts in 2015:
Congrats to all the amazing leaders working for a healthier Massachusetts!

 

As we get ready to celebrate the holidays, we also take time to celebrate the work of heroic residents across the state protecting their neighborhoods and families from toxic pollution. Massachusetts is a healthier place because of their work. Certainly cause for celebration!

 

Curbing Pesticides and Going Organic

Sue Phelan, Sandra Larsen, Amanda Murphy and others from GreenCAPE continue to fight NSTAR’s plans to spray toxic pesticides underneath power lines in 15 Cape Cod towns. You inspire us!

 

Holding Polluters Accountable

We’re proud to continue supporting Sidney and Junia Faust, Kristen Nason, Anne Sullivan and Alex Volfson and members of Framingham Action Coalition for Environmental Safety (FACES) as they watchdog the cleanup of General Chemical, a hazardous waste facility that polluted their neighborhood.

There’s some amazing work happening in Milford: Diane Goguen and neighbors are working to stop a concrete batch plant from being built in their residential neighborhood.

Alan and Sue Rousseau and Gardner Clean Air are continuing their important efforts to stop the unnecessary expansion of a sludge landfill in town.

We were glad to support neighbors Karen Buckley and Debby and Raymond Chavez in advocating for a full cleanup and compensation from a massive gasoline underground storage tank leak in Marlborough.

We are proud to partner with Friends of the Malden River to support Hue Holly, Karen Buck, Joe Rogers, Kathy Vandiver, Teresa Bello, Rusty Russell, Philip Bronder-Giroux and others in their ongoing work to clean up legacy contamination sites along the riverbanks in the city.

 

Ending Our Dependence on Dirty and Dangerous Energy 

This year has seen incredible organizing against new fossil fuel infrastructure: too many to mention! Congrats on your progress Paula Terrasi, Cathy Kristofferson, Vince and Denene Premus, Diane and Richard Hewitt, Emily Norton from Stop the Pipeline, Katy Eiseman from Mass Pipeline Awareness Network, Rosemary Wessel from No Fracked Gas in Mass, Mary King, Jim Cutler, Ivan Ussach, Leigh Youngblood of Mount Grace, Jane and Bruce Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and many more fighting the North East Direct pipeline. Meanwhile in Sandisfield, Jean Atwater Williams and STOP, Alice and Rachel with Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station…..We believe in you!

After Massachusetts’ last coal plants announced plans to retire, local leaders have kept up the fight for a just transition. Coalition for Clean Air South Coast is building support for clean energy in Somerset, including off-shore wind. We congratulate Pauline Rodrigues, Dave Dionne, Connie Brodeur, Emily Johns, Reverend Jim Hornsby, Richard Munger, Maryellen Kurkulos, Nancy Arthur and others for their outstanding work to move towards a healthier new economy!

¡Action for a Healthy Holyoke!: Carlos and Rosa Rodriguez, Carmelo Diaz, Bob and Muriel Griffin, Rick Perez and Jane Andersen have been working hard with Toxics Action Center and Neighbor to Neighbor for responsible retirement of the Mount Tom coal plant and we look forward to supporting the cleanup and redevelopment.

Adam Houser, Tracy Stewart, Rachel Wolff-Lander, Brian Adams, David Blackwell, and their group Stop Medway Power Plant are fighting against the expansion of Exelon’s fracked gas and oil power plant in town. We’re so impressed with your activism!

Also, thanks to Sierra Club, Conservation Law Foundation, Clean Water Action, Better Future Project and others working with us to provide statewide support for these local fights.

So much important work on the South Shore and Cape has finally resulted in a major milestone: Pilgrim Nuclear reactor has announced a retirement date! Congratulations to Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim with Heather Lightner and Norm Pierce, Cape Cod Bay Watch with Meg Sheehan and Karen Vale, Jones River Watershed with Pine duBois, Pilgrim Watch with Pixie Lampert, David Agnew and Bill Maurer of Cape Downwinders, and Anna Baker, co-founder of Pilgrim M.U.S.T. for taking on the Goliath energy company, Entergy!

Mary Ann Babinski, Gail Bean and Westfield Concerned Citizens have been blocking a dirty oil and gas plant planned for their community. We’re grateful for your dogged determination to protect your community, and excited to keep working with you and ACE to stop this big and unnecessary polluter.

We’re proud to continue working with the awesome activists at Arise for Social Justice and folks like Michaelann Bewsee, the Warner Family, John Miller, Jesse Lederman, Audrey Ortega, Frank Cincotta, and Roxanne Langevine. Nice job on the Climate Plan and holding the line against the biomass incinerator!

 

Cleaning up and Preventing Toxics

 In New Bedford, Hands Across the River Coalition and other groups continue critical work to watchdog cleanup of historic contamination. Karen Vilandry, Sue Grace, Bill Cussin, Cathy and Bud Potter and others are heroes in for the long haul for environmental justice for New Bedford Harbor! We’re also grateful for our partners at BU School of Public Health’s Superfund Research Program.

 

Moving Towards Zero Waste

Thank you to Kirstie Pecci being the amazing watchdog she is. As Casella ramps up for another landfill expansion, you can bet she’s 10 steps ahead!

This year, the Boston Recycling Coalition won a commitment to zero waste in the city’s Climate Action Plan, conducted a community survey that demonstrated Roxbury and Dorchester are key partners in Boston’s zero waste planning, and worked with stakeholders to begin the planning process. We couldn’t have done it without Alex Papali, Elizabeth Saunders, Tolle Graham, Marcy Gelb, Curtis Rollins, Monica Wilson and Lor Holmes. We are grateful for our partnership and feel privileged to work with each of you and your colleagues at Clean Water Action, MassCOSH, Boston Workers Alliance, GAIA, and CERO. Thank you!