A movement towards equity

March 28, 2008

Just two weeks ago, 60 Massachusetts advocates, activists, academics and policymakers convened in New Orleans to join a national conversation about social and economic equity with 1,800 colleagues. Equity 08: The Third National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice and Smart Growth was an opportunity to engage in strategy workshops, panelist presentations and share successes in a city where inequitable policy and its tragic effects has underlined the urgency of such conferences.

Participants viewed an award-winning new documentary film about Katrina produced by Danny Glover who also spoke afterwards. Before the diverse crowd of attendees, Angela Glover Blackwell, the CEO of Policylink, declared the crystallization of an Equity Movement. Read more...

Massachusetts Power Shift Conference

Charting the Path to a Sustainable Future

April 11 - April 14 at:

Boston Convention Center
Boston University
The Boston Common
The Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts Power Shift is a world changing event where over 1,000 citizens will converge in Boston to learn, connect, get inspired and take action to solve the climate crisis and chart the path to a just, sustainable future. This will be the largest convergence of climate activists in Massachusetts history.

Forum on Alternative Energy and Nanotechnology

The Museum of Science and Northeastern University present a Forum on Alternative Energy and Nanotechnology.

Climate change concerns, rising energy costs, and dwindling natural resources are causing people everywhere to think harder about the relationship between human activity and our environment. The emerging and exciting field of nanotechnology presents great promise to address these issues, but carries a great deal of uncertainty…and perhaps its own environmental risks.

In this forum, you and other participants will become the decision makers, as you weigh the possible environmental benefits of nanotechnology against its potential pitfalls. Should the bulk of research funding be dedicated to the implementation of existing technologies and to conservation, or should more efforts be dedicated to designing new nanotechnologies that might be of greater long-term impact?

Thursday, April 3
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dodge Hall at Northeastern University

Refreshments will be served from 6:30 until 7:00; the forum will begin promptly at 7:00.

But what about the buses?

March 26, 2008

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported on the MBTA's $3.75 billion capital investment program to be implemented over the next five years. Planned improvements consist mainly of maintaining the current system as opposed to expansion, from inspecting tunnels and bridges to making current subway stations more accessible.

We are concerned with the amount of the funds designated for the bus system. Bus riders make up 30 percent of the T's ridership, but are only being given 12 percent of the overall budget. (The Globe sites bus funding at 15 percent, but that figure lumps in other transit projects like The RIDE.) Read more...

Radical Organizing Conference this Saturday!

March 25, 2008

The Radical Organizing Conference (ROC) brings together change makers to build relationships, common understanding and united strategies to make radical social change for our communities. Join us at the fourth ROC for exciting workshops, new ideas and activist trainings.

Saturday, March 29
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
at SEIU 1199, 150 Mt. Vernon Street in Dorchester

by the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line

Keynote speaker: Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. Read more...

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