A buffet of environmental messages for Congress

Congress is back in session this week. Today, I sent a batch of messages, with scripts arranged by the Environmental Defense Fund, to members of Congress in support of five efforts: • Protect the EPA’s budget: The proposed budget slashes the EPA by nearly a third, cutting funding for everything from cleaning up toxic waste … Continue reading A buffet of environmental messages for Congress

An Act Restoring Financial Transparency in Presidential Elections

A hallmark of American democracy has been a steady increase in levels of transparency. And that's good thing; as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." In many … Continue reading An Act Restoring Financial Transparency in Presidential Elections

Congress should act to counter white supremacists

After the violence in Charlottesville, many members of Congress took to Twitter or released statements condemning white supremacy. Today, I signed a petition from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, urging members of Congress to: Hold oversight hearings with the Department of Justice and other agencies that enforce criminal and civil rights laws to find out … Continue reading Congress should act to counter white supremacists

Somerville Climate Forward working group meeting

Today, I attended the first meeting for Somerville Climate Forward's Community & Economic Development working group. It was an engaged group and we had more questions for the city than we had new ideas for them. But I think it stimulated a lot good thinking on how Somerville might approach economic development differently. And we … Continue reading Somerville Climate Forward working group meeting