The Climate Coalition of Somerville has a few meetings with the City coming up, presenting to the Board of Alderman and separately sitting down with the Director of Planning. Today, I sat with another Climate Coalition member to start planning those meetings. Lots to do.
The split incentives problem is one that nags climate advocates who are pushing for energy efficiency improvements in buildings. What it boils down to is this: why would a landlord pay to make energy efficiency improvements (think insulation) if the tenant benefits, not the landlord, through savings on utility bills? The split incentive problem persists … Continue reading Renters initiatives
Today, I voted in the quarterfinals of the monthly Shared Nation crowdsourcing program, to direct funding to a worthy initiative. My votes tended toward international development this time around, as opposed to US social justice issues or environmental organizations. I actually vote multiple times every month, in an open round, and in quarterfinal, semifinal and … Continue reading Shared Nation voting
I was in touch with the Baby Trump tour back in July. They've been slow to respond, but a US tour is in the works. So I've filled out their tour request form to see if it might be possible to bring Baby Trump to HonkFest in October.
Today, I extended some planning work I've been doing for climate actions in Somerville. For one thing, the September 8 People's Climate rally is coming up. I'm trying to rally a group of Climate Coalition of Somerville and Indivisible Somerville folks to attend. Early accounts of the Boston event, however, are describing "teach-ins, skill-shares, and … Continue reading Taking action on climate
The cities of Somerville and Cambridge are urban orchards with mature fruit trees on private property. But most property owners are not interested or able to maintain or harvest the bounties from these trees. Today, I signed up to join the mailing list for the League of Urban Canners, a group of volunteers who work … Continue reading League of Urban Canners
Voter turnout in the United States is flagging and trails most other developed, democratic countries. One reason why is that our elections are held during the work week and there's no federal law that governs time off to vote. Only 23 states require paid time off to vote. Today, I joined with ElectionDay, which is trying … Continue reading Election Day should be a national holiday
The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) serves more than 450 formerly incarcerated men and women, who commit to living crime-free, gang-free and drug-free; enrolling in school, working, or actively searching for work; and being of service to their community. The majority of ARC members live in Los Angeles County. Today, I made a donation to ARC. And with … Continue reading Anti-recidivism — and Wonder Woman
The ACLU in Massachusetts is in the midst of a eye-opening campaign to raise the profile district attorney races. "What a difference a DA makes," says the ACLU -- and I'm convinced. They have an enormously wide amount of prosecutorial discretion that sets the tone for social justice in a county. Today, I went to … Continue reading Meet and greet with district attorney candidate Donna Patalano
The Buy Nothing Somerville community is nearly four times larger than when I started as co-moderator, about 13 months ago. It's reached an unsustainable point so we've begun discussions on how to "sprout" the community into smaller and more sustainable groups. It's going to take a lot of work. Today, my co-moderator and I worked … Continue reading Buy Nothing Somerville “sprout” planning