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Mystic River Watershed Association

Today, I made a donation to the Mystic River Watershed Association. It’s the lead organization for some regional climate adaptation programs that cover parts of Somerville. And, of course, it hosts the herring monitor citizen science volunteering program.

St. Mark Community Education Program

Today, I made a donation to the St. Mark Community Education Program, an organization that provides English-language and citizenship education programs for adult immigrants and their families.

ELM Action Fund

Today, I made a donation to the ELM Action Fund, a PAC aligned with the Environmental League of Massachusetts.


George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in Minneapolis after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Chauvin handcuffed Floyd and put his knee to Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground for nearly 10 minutes. Captured on video, the incident has inspired protests around the country, once [...]

Races for state representative

Today, I made donations to two candidates for state representative, for two different districts in Somerville. (One of them is my district.)

Movement Voter Project

Today, I joined an info session and fundraiser for the Movement Voter Project. Movement Voter is looking at the presidential and senate races this November, but it focuses its theory of change on helping local organizations that are already operating within key districts and states. Great turnout for a Zoom call, with about 100 people [...]

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.

Basil Tree Catering and Community Cooks

Basil Tree Catering is an amazing local company that has been“catering with a conscience” for 32 years. I led a discussion with the founder for Conscious Capitalism Boston almost exactly a year ago. And Community Cooks is an awesome nonprofit that arranges for volunteers to cook meals (at home) for distribution to domestic violence shelters [...]

Union Square Main Streets

Union Square Main Streets is an amazing advocate for the emerging Union Square neighborhood of Somerville. It’s a great community, one that needs support through the coronavirus crisis. Today, I made a donation to Union Square Main Streets, for its participation in Grassroots Relief for Main Streets.

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