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Reading Frederick Douglass together

Today, I joined a Zoom call hosted by the Somerville Museum and the Somerville Media Center, during which the edited community reading of “Reading Frederick Douglass together” was broadcast. I recorded a segment, so it was good to see the whole piece come together. It was followed by an amazing talk by Keidrick Roy, a [...]

Movement for Black Lives and Reading Frederick Douglass

Today, I joined a national mobilization call for the Movement for Black Lives. This call was geared specifically toward rallying environment justice advocates for upcoming Juneteenth actions. Today, I also recorded a passage of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is 4th of July?” speech for a Somerville Museum/Somerville Media Center project called Reading Frederick [...]

Local journalism

Today, I subscribed to the Somerville Journal, a local paper that’s been revived by its one reporter over the past couple of years. Today, I also donated to the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. Because local journalism is important.

Somerville Museum

Cultural institutions are getting hammered in the coronavirus pandemic, without the ability to charge admissions for people to enter their spaces. That includes the Somerville Musuem, of which I’m a member. Today, I made a donation to the Somerville Museum, to help them keep running.

Covering climate

Today, I joined a webinar hosted by the Environmental League of Massachusetts about covering climate. The featured speaker was David Abel, whose beat with the Boston Globe is the environment.

Post Industrial

I supported journalism start-up Postindustrial last year. The Pittsburgh-based organization tells important stories from the Rust Belt and Appalachia. Now, they need to adjust, to keep afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, and also tell new stories of challenges, hope and resilience across that region. Today, I supported them again on Kickstarter.

Brattle Development Committee

The Brattle Theatre has gone dark for the coronavirus crisis. It’s an existential threat, to be frank. But the community has really come out in support, donating about $38,000 in just a week or so. Today, I joined a Development Committee call to talk about opportunities to continue the momentum.

Mobilizing Art: Pots On Wheels

Today, I supported Pots on Wheels, a truck that brings ceramic arts to kids in disadvantaged communities, through Kickstarter. Pots On Wheels received a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, so my donation is doubled.

Letter to the Boston Globe

Today, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe. There was an op-ed today about the need for mandatory home energy assessments to help homebuyers. I made the case it was even more necessary for renters.

The Brattle Theatre’s Oscar Party

Today, I went to the Oscar Party held every year by the Brattle Theatre. Because of the timing, this was less of a fundraiser than in past years, but I wanted to spend some time cultivating members and donors.

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