The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida set forth a predictable pattern of mass public outrage and concentrated political apathy. Yes, the NRA really is that powerful. This time, however, the level of activism that has emerged feels more potent. That includes many forceful rejoinders from the high-school survivors of the … Continue reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
The City of Somerville is looking for public comment on its proposed new zoning code, so that it can finally revamp a century-old code. And it's reasonably well thought out. But it's also an opportunity to push the city to be more aggressive in setting out a code that will help it achieve its own … Continue reading Climate Coalition of Somerville crash course on zoning
Today, I made another Kiva loan. This one went to Tenika from Pittsburgh, who is a female carpenter hoping to expand her business.
Today, I attended a Sierra Club Massachusetts training called, "What You Can Do Now." The event was held in Jamaica Plain, and the reason they chose that location became clear as they honed in on their legislative agenda and the importance of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee -- who happens to represent Jamaica … Continue reading Sierra Club training
My alma mater, MIT, was founded in 1861, the same year the Civil War began. While the fact that those dates match may be coincidental, there were no institutions of the time unconnected to or unaffected by slavery. Indeed, slavery from 1820 to the start of the Civil War and even through Reconstruction was a core … Continue reading MIT and the Legacy of Slavery
The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change (I think we're the only state that has one, by the way) released its omnibus bill, called "An Act to promote a clean energy future," on Monday. Today, as part of the Climate Reality Project Boston chapter, I received a briefing from Senator Marc Pacheco … Continue reading Briefing from Senator Pacheco
Today, I chaired another meeting for our Indivisible Somerville Energy & Environment lab. We're prepping for some bigger campaigns coming soon, related to state legislation and city divestment. Oh, and I also sent letters to my state representatives to support Mass Power Forward's 5-point agenda to meet at least 50% of our energy needs with … Continue reading IS #ee meeting
Zoning is the process of planning how a city will be used. Zoning sets guidelines that direct urban growth and development. A zoning code will designate permitted or prohibited uses for different parts of a city. Naturally, a city's zoning code is a contentious document, placing requirements on new development, with impacts on many stakeholders. The City … Continue reading Zoning and Somerville’s Land Use Committee
Today, I led another check-in call for the Programming Committee of Conscious Capitalism's Boston chapter. Boring post, I know, but an important task as we get into our 18 events this year.
Philadelphia has held the title of “America’s Poorest Major City” for a decade, with 26% percent of residents living below the poverty line. Nearly 40 percent of all children in the city under 18 live below the poverty line. Today, I donated to a Kickstarter project to open a barbecue restaurant called the Lucky Well. … Continue reading The Lucky Well