Noting that Massachusetts is in the middle of a worsening housing crisis for renters, Gloria Caballero-Roca, Green-Rainbow candidate for State Auditor, has issued a call for a thorough audit of state programs that are intended to assist renters in finding acceptable rental units and avoiding evictions. “Our state assistance programs need to be thoroughly revamped to give renters a chance of surviving punishing rent inflation and continuing shortages of rental units for lower-income families” Caballero-Roca asserted. Continue reading
Peace groups again rallied on the Boston Commons on October 22nd to oppose the disastrous war machine and the US-led role of NATO. Several representatives of the Green-Rainbow Party spoke to the audience. Mike Heichman, a founding member of the GRP delivered our co-Chairs' statement: "We strongly support this mobilization against injustice and war and for “People, Planet and Peace”. Our Party knows that NATO wars and sanctions are causing more misery and death across the globe while denying its own people economic and ecological sustainability at home. No to NATO!
At 94 years of age (born Oct. 20, 1928,) King has made a lifetime of gifts to justice in Boston and to the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts. In addition to his widely acclaimed community organizing in Boston and his tenure as State Representative of Suffolk, Mel King helped to form the Rainbow Coalition Party and subsequently in 2002, to merge it with the Green Party, resulting in a unique organization that not only advocates for social justice and equity, but also offers a path to political representation. Many happy returns, Mel!
One of the Green-Rainbow Party’s shining stars left this mortal world on September 5, 2022. Samuel Elie Yarden at the age of 99. Up to the very final days, Elie was an active contributor and supporter of the Green-Rainbow Party. He did not take fools kindly. He spoke his mind. He even thought to run again for Cambridge City Council at 97 just because Greens needed to be heard. Perhaps one of his final supportive acts was his offer to provide the registration fee to Green-Rainbow Party members who could not afford to attend the 2022 Green Annual Convention. A full testament to his life can be reached at the Green Party’s website at Elie Yarden Memorial.
by John Andrews. In the recent gubernatorial debate between Democrat Maura Healey and Republican Jeff Diehl, Healy effectively pledged allegiance to fossil fuel companies. Alison King (NBC Boston): And just quickly, is there anything about the Green New Deal that goes a bit too far, in your opinion? Maura Healey: "My plan is to have a diverse portfolio. One of the reasons that we’re in the fix we are with energy prices right now is that we’ve been held hostage by Big Oil and the fossil fuel industry. We need to diversify that here in this state. Solar, wind, storage, and the like. I’ve supported many of the moves of the Baker administration and of the legislature. We need to continue on that path. Our economic well-being, and frankly, Alison, our state’s competitiveness, is going to be dependent on this." Continue reading
by Zachary Kontra. Five months ago, I put my name forward to become a town meeting member representing my precinct in Holbrook, Massachusetts. I had no experience with local town meetings before, and I was excited at the prospect of serving my community and making the world a better place in some small way. I was delighted to get acquainted with several other local environmental activists, who were also serving as town meeting members themselves, and learned about the uphill battle they were fighting to protect our beloved Town Forest from planned destruction from developers who had the blessing of town officials. Continue reading
by John Blumenstiel. Today we explore: ”Grassroots Democracy” (decisions made as close as possible by those most affected) Many recall a game played as children called “paper, rock, scissors”. In it we would count, “One, two, three, shoot” and then throw out one hand in the shape of a rock ( closed fist), paper (open hand), or scissors (index and middle finger). The rules were simple. Paper-covered rock and won. Scissors cut paper and won. Rock broke scissors and won.-- Little did we expect our adult lives to be controlled by a similar, though far more consequential effort called “land, labor, capital”, otherwise, the organization of our economic world that determines winners and losers. Land, labor, and capital are the essential components of economic systems. How they are managed, which is prioritized, and how the parts are regulated have a great deal to do with today’s winners and losers. Continue reading
We are used to doing Green Party things on the state level and sometimes on the national level. But, there is an international group of Greens called the Global Greens! Founded in 2001, they have been presenting the "COP27 Webinar Series: Loss and Damage" in advance of this year’s COP27 (Conference of the Parties #27) documenting the fact that those people in the world who have contributed the least to the problem, are experiencing it the most, and the hardest. Continue reading