The Equifax hack has put hundreds of millions of people at risk of identity theft. Equifax's competitors, Transunion and Experian, stand to gain a lot of business. They will also make a windfall on people freezing their credit in reaction to the Equifax hack. The Identity Theft Resource Center’s petition is asking all three major … Continue reading Free credit freeze
Today, I added my name to a Greenpeace campaign to reach out to the leadership of major corporations and convince them to end plastic pollution. Let's face it, packaging waste is fouling our oceans, waterways and coasts, and these leaders are in the best position to reduce that waste by changing their practices. To be sure, … Continue reading End plastic pollution
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a trash vortex into which tons of plastic and other waste has gathered. We're not talking about a dumpster worth of trash -- the patch is as large as a decent size country: France. Some enterprising activists figured out that the France-size mound of trash could actually qualify as … Continue reading Citizen of the Trash Isles
Today, I went to the biweekly Indivisible Somerville energy and environment lab meeting. Good agenda today, planning some actions later in the Fall. There are really only four of us but we think we can activate a much larger IS community.
Today, I voted in Somerville's preliminary election. It's not a presidential election year, so this election has a low profile. Very low. In my Somerville ward, there are no alderman or school board committee members on the ballot for the preliminary election (which is designed to get the number of candidates down to two for … Continue reading Preliminary election 2017
Today, I went to the monthly meeting of the Climate Coalition Somerville, representing Indivisible Somerville. Long discussions of Somerville Climate Forward experiences and of some open space zoning brainstorms. Actually, great brainstorming that led to some new ideas to bring city Alderman into the conversation.
Two years ago, I stepped down as board president of the Brattle Film Foundation, which operates the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, after serving the maximum term of six years. But I remain involved as a volunteer, because the theater means so much to me. Indeed I'm a little embarrassed that volunteering for the … Continue reading Celebrating the Brattle Theatre’s great supporters
Those in positions of power sometimes feel threatened by debate. They shouldn't. Healthy intellectual discourse makes democracy stronger. Debate is not just about challenging power structures, it's about making policies better. That's because policies are more robust when they're conceived with multiple perspectives from different stakeholders. Today, I signed a change.org petition to ask Boston … Continue reading Boston Mayoral debate
Actually, I've never been to Texas. Can you believe that? But that doesn't mean I can't support a city that's struggling to recover from the most devastating hurricane in US history. I made a donation a week ago. Today, I attended my friend Devin's fundraiser, called I Left My Heart in Texas. He and his sister … Continue reading I left my heart in Texas (a fundraiser)
I'm a rank amateur when it comes to activism. So when I saw an evening workshop from an experienced hand titled "3 Steps to Waging a More Effective Activist Movement," I immediately signed up. Today, I went over to the workshop. But there didn't was no workshop to be found and nobody there knew anything … Continue reading 3 Steps to Waging a More Effective Activist Movement