The 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
How Did Environmentral Bills Fare?
Massachusetts Legislature operates on a two-year cycle. All bills that
are considered must be filed within a few weeks of the beginning of
the session. The session ends 18 months later; the session ended late
last night. While the 2011-2012 legislation session saw some
victories, this session will not be known as one that focused on the
environment. Many of our legislative priorities, such as the Bottle
Bill Update, had overwhelming public support, but were brushed aside
under pressure by moneyed interests and to protect corporate profits.
Click here for a list of
victories and defeats.
Primary will be
THURSDAY, Sept. 6th
The Secretary of the Commonwealth set primary day for Thursday
Sept 6. This was done because
many people travel on the Tuesday of that week. and that the second Tuesday this
year falls on 9/11, a date fraught with history and emotion.
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Bread and Roses Heritage Festival
Monday, September 3, 2012, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Campagnone Common, Lawrence, MA
Learn about the roots of the environmental justice movement at
this year's Labor Day festival in Lawrence. In 1912, workers went on
strike against difficult working and living conditions. Bob Murphy,
Sierra Club activist and chair of the Cape Cod and Islands Group, who
has long been active in healthy and safety work, will tell the bread
and roses story during an afternoon presentation. He'll also tell the
story of Ellen Swallow Richards, the pioneer ecologist. This is an
all-day festival with food, music, and a variety of family activities.
It's free. Contact the festival organizers for more information.
Telephone: (978) 794-1655.
Note: Many committees do not meet in August. Be sure to check
back in September!
Thoreau Group Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, 7:00pm
Concord Main Library, 129 Main St. Downstairs Meeting Room
The Thoreau Group executive committee meets the first Tuesday of the
month. Group meetings are free and open to Sierra Club members.
This group consists of Concord and
neighboring towns. Meetings focus on local initiatives, building awareness
of and support for Sierra Club programs and capacity building through
town team development. Launa Zimmaro, Group Chair
Massachusetts Chapter Executive Committee Meeting
Thurs. August 23, 2012, 6pm
Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street #632, Boston
Use 294 Washington St. entrance
Free and open to all Sierra Club members. Ask questions, make suggestions,
find out what you can do. Learn whether your state senator and representative
are environmental leaders. Hear updates on the chapter's varied work to
protect the environment. For details contact Dan Proctor; see
page for email address.
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of our statewide initiatives
working towards a clean energy future, curbing climate change and advocating
for critical environmental legislation.
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Ban Plastic Bags
Cape Cod & Islands
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with the Sierra Club's activities.
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Help elect green candidates! Work in a number of campaigns and on pol
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