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|Relocalization in Massachusetts; Rebuilding Community for a Sustainable Future|
Men anpil chay pa lou. This Haitian proverb means many hands together make the burden light. It was written on an old political poster, printed by the Red Sun Press on display at the Haley House Café in Dudley Square, Roxbury. This proverb evokes the ideas of community, justice, and change—all of which are crucial elements of Relocalization in Massachusetts. Relocalization is a national movement to bring life closer to home, to a local level, in order to create “resilient, healthy, just, diverse, sustainable, people-powered communities.”
|A PROPOSAL FOR CONVENING: Building a New Economics|
Western Massachusetts has long been at the forefront of envisioning and rebuilding a different kind of setup for our communities, our economy, and our democracy. So it is with great excitement that we received the news from the E.F. Schumacher Society in Great Barrington that they are reconfiguring themselves and partnering with England’s New Economics Foundation to establish The New Economics Institute.
|Building momentum for a relocalized, revitalized, democratized Massachusetts|
With economies and ecosystems unraveling all around us, it’s clear we need bold and decisive action IMMEDIATELY for a healthy, just, green future. Thankfully there is a grassroots movement bubbling up from below, pushing for transformative action.
|A note from our new MCHC President|
MCHC was founded with the belief that truly healthy communities exist only when all their constituent systems are healthy and working together. For this reason, we believe that people concerned with different aspects of our continuing economic, environmental, and democracy crises should work together on the fundamental issues that are impeding progress toward the readily available solutions.
|Relocalization Recap and Moving Forward|
October 18th Relocalization Conference
|Secure Green Future – A MCHC Project|
Secure Green Future
|Notes From the Field, July 26, 2009|
Read how one Massachusetts farm is affected by the Northeast’s tomato and potato blight, and the ways in which the Community Supported Agriculture model helps them thrive with or without tomatoes.
|Environmental Group Denounces House Energy Bill as Sham|
Press Release: Environmental Group Denounces House Energy Bill as Sham
|The Real New Deal|
The Real New Deal: Energy Scarcity and the Path to Energy, Economic, and Environmental Recovery
|The Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet Plan|
Here’s how the Mediterranean Diet plan affects your health and lifespan – and can help you achieve your diet goals! This Q & A with Dr Jill Stein reveals how this eating plan affects your body, brain, and lifestyle – and even how it influences Mother Earth.
|Voters Give Landslide Endorsement to Urgent Transition to a Secure, Green Econom|
On Tuesday, voters in 11 Massachusetts House districts gave a resounding endorsement to a nonbinding public policy question calling for greatly accelerated efforts to create a secure green economy in the state. Overall voters approved the measure by better than a 4 to 1 ratio.
|Protecting the Environment Can Avoid Disease|
Protecting the Environment Can Avoid Disease
|A Billion for Biotech: Good Investment or Tax Dollar Giveaway?|
A Billion for Biotech: Good Investment or Tax Dollar Giveaway?
|Should Lead Be in Children’s Toys?|
Should Lead Be in Children’s Toys?
|Global food crisis looms as climate change and fuel shortages bite|
Soaring crop prices and demand for biofuels raise fears of political instability
|The Future Is Drying Up|
Scientists sometimes refer to the effect a hotter world will have on this country’s fresh water as the other water problem, because global warming more commonly evokes the specter of rising oceans submerging our great coastal cities.
|European cities fight climate change at home|
European cities fight climate change at home
|Repeal of Chapter 40B May Be on 2008 Ballot|
Citizens Group Proposes Repeal of Chapter 40B
A citizens groups called Repeal 40B has filed a ballot petition to repeal the state’s much-abused Chapter 40B comprehensive permitting law.
|Day to focus on living green|
Daily Hampshire Gazette
|Power of people topic of event|
Power of people topic of event
|Patrick Moves to Curtail Citizen Rights to Appeal DEP Decisions|
Patrick Moves to Curtail Citizen Rights to Appeal DEP Decisions
|Legislature rolls back tidelands protection|
Legislature rolls back tidelands protection
|Learning from California:|
Learning from California:
The Mello-Roos Act and Chapter 40T
|Citizens for Limited Taxation Opposes Chapter 40T|
Citizens for Limited Taxation Opposes Chapter 40T
|Legislative Hearing Raises Questions on Surplus Land Legislation|
Legislative Hearing Raises Questions on Surplus Land Legislation
|North Point Development in Disarray, Developers Turn on Each Other|
North Point Development in Disarray, Developers Turn on Each Other
|Toxics Bill Still Awaiting Action|
Toxics Bill Still Awaiting Action
|Partners’ row may threaten project|
Partners’ row may threaten project
NorthPoint creators suing each other over payments, contracts
|Legal battle could mean NorthPoint’s headed south|
Legal battle could mean NorthPoint’s headed south
|Tidelands Bill Meets Opposition from Community Advocates and Legislators|
Tidelands Bill Meets Opposition from Community Advocates and Legislators
|Deval czar feted at NorthPoint law firm|
[Editor’s Note: Gregory Bialecki, the state’s expedited permitting chief, contends that he has distanced himself from involvement in the Patrick Administration attempt to weaken the Public Waterfront Act on behalf of NorthPoint developers. But after saying this, he attended a reception in his honor at his former law firm which is the legal counsel for NorthPoint. The separation between Bialecki the public servant and Bialecki the developer lobbyist appears to be paper thin. Boston Herald report on the event is reprinted below.]
|Local Legislators Tell Patrick: Don’t Weaken Waterfront Protections|
Legislators from Cambridge and Somerville tell Governor Deval Patrick that they will not go along with Administration’s bill to weaken the Public Waterfront Act.
|Chapter 91, The Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act|
Chapter 91, The Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act
|House No. 847 – Changing the definition of “public purpose”|
House No. 847 – Changing the definition of “public purpose”
|Patrick bill would help project that had employed 2 aides|
Patrick bill would help project that had employed 2 aides
|Patrick Rebuffs Citizens, Tilts toward Developers|
Patrick Rebuffs Citizens, Tilts toward Developers
|H3757 – AN ACT REGARDING THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR LANDLOCKED FILLED TIDELA|
[Note: This is the text of the legislation filed by the Patrick Administration to eliminate certain permitting requirements for projects affecting tidelands.
|Deval says coast is clear: After court ruling, gov moves to aid projects|
Deval says coast is clear: After court ruling, gov moves to aid projects
|Patrick bill paves way for vast E. Cambridge project|
Patrick bill paves way for vast E. Cambridge project
|Analysis of North Point Tidelands Decision|
Analysis of North Point Tidelands Decision
By The Supreme Judicial Court
|Developers Ducked Needed Permit, says Court – State’s New Permitting Chief was A|
Developers Ducked Needed Permit, says Court – State’s New Permitting Chief was Attorney for Developers
A community activist surveys the good and bad of Governor Deval Patrick’s first weeks in office.
|Preventing Tobacco Deaths: It’s Time to Act|
What would happen if a group of unprincipled conspirators were to launch an assault upon the people of Massachusetts that resulted in 9000 fatalities? One would hope that the Governor would take immediate action and that our legislators would move promptly to provide all resources needed to defend our citizens. The very last thing we would expect would be for the Governor to look the other way and our legislators to establish financial relationships with the assailants and modify the state budget to weaken our defenses.
|Health Care Amendment killed as 101 legislators defy state constitution to table|
Health Care Amendment killed as 101 legislators defy state constitution to table measure
|Surplus Land Yields New Park, Affordable Housing|
Surplus Land Yields New Park, Affordable Housing
|Legislature Paves Way for Questionable Property Seizures|
Legislature Paves Way for Questionable Property Seizures
|Health Care Amendment up for Vote|
Health Care Amendment up for Vote
|Senate Acts on Surplus Land Bill|
Senate Acts on Surplus Land Bill
|Resolution Opposes Expedited Permitting|
Resolution Opposes Expedited Permitting
|Closed-door meetings with economic development agency violated open meeting laws|
Closed-door meetings with economic development agency violated open meeting laws, judge rules.
|ON THE WATERFRONT|
[The following editorial concerns a 2006 attempt by real estate lobbyists to weaken the Public Waterfront Act by eliminating the right of citizen appeal. The measure was part of the expedited permitting legislation. It was removed after a number of public interests groups protested. Note that the Globe concluded that arguments put forth by David Belgelfer, chief executive of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, were misleading. Belgelfer’s organization has filed 8 bills in the 2007 Legislative session. – Ed.]
|Troubling Direction on Health Care|
Troubling Direction on Health Care
|Bill aims to speed development permits|
Bill aims to speed development permits
|Developer seeks wildlife land in no-bid deal|
Developer seeks wildlife land in no-bid deal
|Many Ideas for Reforming Chapter 40B|
This year at least 33 bills have been filed to make changes in the state’s 40B affordable housing law. Most seek to curb its abuses and make it more effective. A few would give even more power to developers.
|Connecticut Enacts Public Financing Law|
Connecticut Enacts Public Financing Law
|SENATOR PROPOSES REFORM OF HOUSING LAW|
Sen. Richard Moore wants to reform the Chapter 40B housing law to prevent developers from inflicting potentially harmful development on communities while making excessive profits.
|LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL PASSES HOUSE, STALLS IN SENATE|
LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL PASSES HOUSE, STALLS IN SENATE
|COMMUNITY GROUPS OPPOSE SURPLUS LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL|
COMMUNITY GROUPS OPPOSE SURPLUS LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL
|The Politics of Pork|
The Politics of Pork
Thanks to the recently passed economic stimulus bill, the pubic will help foot the bill for a project of developer Arthur Winn.
|Massachusetts Doctors Say DiMasi, Travaglini, and Romney Plans Won’t Achieve|
Massachusetts Doctors Say DiMasi, Travaglini, and Romney Plans Won’t Achieve Universal Health Care
|Expedited Permitting Favors Developers Over Communities|
Expedited Permitting Favors Developers Over Communities
Local controls would be undermined by “expedited permitting” schemes.
|Urgent Community Needs Take Back Seat to Corporate Handouts|
Urgent Community Needs Take Back Seat to Corporate Handouts
INVEST IN HEALTHY ECONOMY – NOT CORPORATE SUBSIDIES
|Additional Talking Points/Background|
Additional Talking Points/Background On The
House Economic Stimulus Package H4404, Passed 10/6/05.
|Economic Stimulus: The New Face of Corruption|
Economic Stimulus: The New Face of Corruption
|Towns press Healey on sharing the wealth:|
Towns press Healey on sharing the wealth:
Want state surplus used for local aid
|Energy Efficiency Bill Advances|
Energy Efficiency Bill Advances
|House Would Tie Hands of Health Regulators|
An Appeal for Action – House Would Tie Hands of Health Regulators
|Separate health insurance from jobs|
Separate health insurance from jobs
|H4278 Opens the Door to Biolabs|
H4278 Opens the Door to Biolabs
|Keep community process in place for surplus lands|
Last year saw the fulfillment of the three-town effort that led to the disposition of the Metropolitan State Hospital property, yielding more than 250 acres of open space and the present redevelopment of the Lexington portion into apartments, including almost 100 units of affordable housing.
|State land auctions frustrate officials|
State land auctions frustrate officials
|Lawmakers mulling health care reform|
Lawmakers mulling health care reform
|Pignatelli fights bill on state land sales|
Pignatelli fights bill on state land sales
|Speaker puts surplus land debate aside for now|
Speaker puts surplus land debate aside for now
|GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL|
GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL
|Chapter 7 Saved!|
Chapter 7 Saved!
|Press release for immediate release/GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL|
Press release for immediate release/GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL
|House abandons controversial land legislation|
House abandons controversial land legislation
|Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands.|
PRESS RELEASE//FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // CONTACT: Jill Stein 617-852-4727 // July 21, 2005
Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands.
|Press Release: Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Publ|
Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands.
|Westport and Hanover Selectmen ask Legislature for Due Process|
Westport and Hanover Selectmen ask Legislature for Due Process
|New Bills Threaten Surplus Lands and Community Rights|
New Bills Threaten Surplus Lands and Community Rights
|Waltham lauds end of 'fast-track’ land sales|
Waltham lauds end of 'fast-track’ land sales
|SALES OF SURPLUS LAND REVERT TO OLD METHOD|
SALES OF SURPLUS LAND REVERT TO OLD METHOD
|Rushed Public Land Sales to End!|
Rushed Public Land Sales to End!
|WALTHAM ASKS FOR A VOICE|
WALTHAM ASKS FOR A VOICE
|MCHC Calls for Rejection of Budget Amendment on Surplus Land|
MCHC Calls for Rejection of Budget Amendment on Surplus Land
|SENATE WOULD EXTEND EXPEDITED SURPLUSING OF STATE LANDS TO 2008|
SENATE WOULD EXTEND EXPEDITED SURPLUSING OF STATE LANDS TO 2008
|COMMITTEE SEEKS TO CONTINUE EXPEDITED SALES OF STATE LANDS.|
COMMITTEE SEEKS TO CONTINUE EXPEDITED SALES OF STATE LANDS.
BUT CITIZENS SAY THIS DISEMPOWERS COMMUNITIES.
|The Letter the Globe Would Not Print|
The Letter the Globe Would Not Print
|FLOOR AMENDMENT 790FY06 BUDGET|
FLOOR AMENDMENT 790
|FLOOR AMENDMENT 1266 FY06 BUDGET|
FLOOR AMENDMENT 1266
|Effort to Extend Surplusing Law Underway|
Effort to Extend Surplusing Law Underway
|RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND:|
RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND:
A COMMUNITY-BASED, SMART GROWTH PLAN
|RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND:|
RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND:
A COMMUNITY-BASED, SMART GROWTH PLAN
|Sample Letter/Our Land, Our Communities|
Our Land, Our Communities
|Privatization of Eminent Domain and Privatization of Taxes: The Story of Chapt|
Privatization of Eminent Domain and Privatization of Taxes:
The Story of Chapter 40Q
|Planning Group Finds Flaws in Fast-track AuctionsBut proposed new legislation|
Planning Group Finds Flaws in Fast-track Auctions
But proposed new legislation still disempowers communities
|Land issue matter of balance: Some question process, underline need for localc|
Land issue matter of balance: Some question process, underline need for local community oversight
|CITIZEN GROUP RIPS NEW FAST-TRACK PERMITTING PROPOSAL|
CITIZEN GROUP RIPS NEW FAST-TRACK PERMITTING PROPOSAL
|Speaker DiMasi Unveils New Privatization Plan for State Lands|
Businesses to get land, infrastructure and tax breaks.
|DIMASI TO SEEK TAX BREAKS FOR JOB CREATION|
DIMASI TO SEEK TAX BREAKS FOR JOB CREATION
|Taking Back Our Future – A Workshop on Just and Sustainable Development|
Taking Back Our Future – A Workshop on Just and Sustainable Development
|Affordable Housing Supply in Jeopardy|
Affordable Housing Supply in Jeopardy
|The Land Question|
The Land Question
|Opposition to Fast Track Auctions Gains Momentum|
Outside Sections and the (Un)Democratic Process
|Williamsburg land undecided|
Williamsburg land undecided
|Williamsburg objects to state surplus land saleResidents, officials request au|
Williamsburg objects to state surplus land sale
Residents, officials request auction delay at hearing
|Amendment Seeks to make Healthcare a Right for All|
Yes, there is another Massachusetts Constitutional Amendment. One that is truly in the spirit of making equal and upholding an essential human right for all. An amendment which will, and I quote the exact language, “…ensure that no Massachusetts resident lacks access to comprehensive, affordable and equitably financed health insurance coverage for all medically necessary preventive, acute, and chronic health care and mental health care services, prescription drugs and devices.”
|Rosie’s Place Announces New Campaign|
Of all the guests at Rosie’s Place, those living with addiction have been among the hardest for whom to secure services. These women are in need of much more support in achieving sobriety and getting the pieces of their lives back together. Society has deemed addicts a group who are morally weak and therefore not worthy of assistance. Yet, with treatment, social supports, and de-stigmatization of the disease of addiction, those in recovery are now productive members of society.
|The “Give Us Your Poor” Project Thinks Out of the Box about Homelessness|
“Let’s do an inventory of what we’ve got right now.” Taking his cue from the movie, Apollo 13, Give Us Your Poor project director, John McGah issued that challenge to the 90 people who braved a recent icy Saturday to attend “Out of the Box: A Community Action Forum to End Homelessness in Greater Boston” held at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
|Studies in sacrifice: Selected schools to take budget hit|
Boston public schools with shrinking enrollments as well as the most populated campuses could endure the harshest budget cuts this fall, resulting in possible teacher layoffs and shortened library hours at some schools.
|Reductions Hurt Across State, Say Union and Administrators|
About 1,400 teachers have lost their jobs, class sizes have grown so large that they’re hard to control, and some students are paying high fees for sports, activities, and transportation.
|Grafton board rues state plan to auction land|
Grafton board rues state plan to auction land
Former state hospital parcel
|Spending on Prisons Surpasses Higher Education|
Due to recent budget cuts, Massachusetts now spends more on prisons than higher education.
|Hundreds Attend Health Care Hearing|
Coalition supports universal, single-payer health care.
|Money was Big Winner in 2002 Elections|
Nearly $12 million was spent in Massachusetts legislative races.
|Citizens Call for Alternatives to Toxics|
Legislation would target ten key toxic chemicals.
|Budget Cuts Are a Pain – Literally|
Dental problems of poor and elderly go untreated.
|Schools Open With Fewer Teachers, Higher Fees|
Budget cuts are eroding the quality of our schools.
|Health Coverage Declining in United States|
Coverage decined from 63 per cent to 45 per cent.
|Aid to Elderly and Disabled to be Cut|
17,000 will see monthly benefits drop
|Rally Calls for Peace in the Streets|
Concerns rise as programs for teens are cut.
|T Riders Vow to Oppose Fare Increases|
Hikes of up to 33% are seen as unfair and unwise
|Activists Call for Funding, Not Cuts|
18 arrested activists return to State House
|Press Release/GROUP DEPLORES UNDEMOCRATIC “COVERT ACTION” BY HOUSE ON SURPLUS LA|
Press Release/GROUP DEPLORES UNDEMOCRATIC “COVERT ACTION” BY HOUSE ON SURPLUS LANDS
|Why does the Legislature hide business?|
Why does the Legislature hide business?
|Health Funds Raided to Provide Corporate Handouts|
$110 in tobacco settlement money to be given away
|MBTA Fare Hikes Spark Protest|
Opposition grows to inceases for bus and subway fares.
|Veto Strikes at Toxics Use Reduction Institute|
Romney proposes elimination of toxics reduction program.
|Romney Vetoes Finneran’s Pay Raise Bill|
Payoffs for loyalty called inappropriate in tight budget year
|Aid Cut For Rape Crisis Centers|
Aid cut for rape crisis centers
70 percent lower under new budget
|Fix It Now!|
Groups Call State Budget A Disaster
|Coalition of Groups Calls State Budget A Disaster|
Calls for Legislature and Governor to “Fix It Now!”
|Universal Coverage is Called a Savings|
Report says over $65 billion is being lost
|Teachers Picket Against Budget Cuts|
Education suffering, say Boston Teachers
|Who Voted to Kill Clean Elections?|
We asked the Senators how they voted.
|Library Closings Begin|
Budget cuts have closed their first library.
|Housing Money is Displacing People|
MIT Professor notes problems with federal program
|Senators Polled on Clean Elections|
MCHC asks where they stood on repeal
|Broad Attack on Environmental/Health Protection|
Bill would make it difficult to protect public health and environment
|Public Wants Health Care, Not Tax Cuts|
National poll shows public wants health care extended
|Finneran at center of redistricting law suit|
Did Speaker Finneran violate rights of minority voters?
|>>>> THE BUDGET BATTLE <<<<|
Reports on the struggle for a fair budget
|More Budget Mischief: MBTA Fare Hikes|
House goes after public transportation riders
|Lobbying is big business in Massachusetts|
$53.8 million is spent each year to influence legislators
|>>>> NEWS SUMMARY <<<<|
Summary of recent news articles
|Photos from the Big Rally|
Our photo gallery from the April 30 rally
|Speaking Out for Health Care Reform|
Groups seek to reverse contraction of health coverage
Finneran speaks out for corporate tax breaks
|—- more photos|
Photos of April 30 rally
|Quotes from the News|
They said it!
|House Budget Slashes Programs, Protects Loopholes|
House outdoes Romney in slashing programs and refusing to close tax loopholes.
|Raytheon Asked to Reveal Tax Breaks|
How much does Raytheon really get in tax breaks?
|MCHC Testimony on Solving the Budget Crisis|
MCHC presented testimony before the House Revenues Task Force.
|House Moves to Stifle Budget Debate|
New House Rules Make Massive Cuts More Likely
|A Search for Taxing Answers (newpaper article)|
Natick meeting calls for tax fairness.
|Untapped Millions in Energy Fund Tempt State|
Legislature thinking of taking the entire Renewable Energy Fund for other expenses.
|Mass Nurses Association Blasts Governor’s Health Care Cuts|
Calls Cuts Shortsighted, Misguided and Devastating to Children and Seniors
|Massachusetts State College Association responds to proposal|
On Feb. 24, the Boston Herald carried an article concerning the rumors coming out of the Romney administration concerning the new Governor’s plans to re-configure/re-organize the Massachusetts Higher Education system — specifically, closing one or two community colleges (rumor is Bunker Hill and/or Mass Bay), and turning two state colleges into privately funded institutions (Mass Art and/or the Mass Maritime Academy).
MASTER PLAN: Governor Mitt Romney has been on a PR blitz since the release of his budget. Will Beacon Hill buy it? Will the public? And will anyone ever figure out just what’s in it?
|Budget Ax Falling on Libraries|
Service cuts will affect many programs.
|Battle brews on ending Bulger’s job|
Governor Romney’s budget calls for “consolidating” the state college system. A closer look reveals that attacking Billy Bulger to score political points and turning public resources over to private enterprise under the guise of “privatization” and “alliances with business” is what will result.
|MCHC Calls for Alternative to Romney Budget|
Stable revenues and fair taxes needed to save vital programs.
|Mass. Senate Kills the Renewable Energy Trust Fund|
Three Mass. Senators try to save Renewable Energy, but President Travaglini calls the vote.
|Save Our Communities!|
Citizens Call for New Approach to the Budget
|HEALTH CARE: Medicaid Cuts Hitting Home|
Cuts will take effect on April 1.
|House kills rules reform|
Democracy is axed as Finneran tightens grip
|Arts and culture takes a hit|
Cuts loom in outreach, youth, arts education programs
|Roll Call Votes – House|
Roll call votes in the House of Representatives