advocacy

Our Line in the Sand: A Peabody Peaker Update

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Mon, 10/17/2022 - 22:54

Guest article by Judith Black

Black delivered these remarks at a die-in rally at the Danversport Bridge on September 27, 2022.


At a time when cities throughout the nation are closing their peaker plants and replacing them with battery storage sourced from clean energy, a new peaker plant is being built in Peabody, MA. [Peaker plants provide electric power during times of exceptional "peak" need for electricity.]

The Dark Side, Free Markets, and Community Abuse

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Mon, 10/17/2022 - 22:24

Guest article by Monte Pearson

Pearson delivered these remarks at a rally at the Danversport Bridge on September 27, 2022.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, we experienced–mostly–the good side of fossil fuels–electricity, cars, and airplanes. Now in the 21st century, the dark side of fossil fuels is becoming more and more dominant.

“The Tide is Rising and So Are We”

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Tue, 02/15/2022 - 22:25

Guest post by Judith Black

As I listened to their presentations, it was really difficult to understand how they could be allowed to ballyhoo these same technologies year after year, with no real progress, while renewables are here, available, proven, and more affordable. Clearly, their real desire is to maintain the centralized creation, domination, and thus, capitalization of energy production.

This industry is fighting for their lives…not ours.

Sally Kerans: Called to Service

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 11/20/2021 - 23:04

A legislator with the hindsight to see where we have been and have a vision for where we need to go is rare. One of Representative Sally Kerans’ gifts is the way she integrates what she has learned: MPA from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University; from serving previous terms in the legislature; her life experiences; and her clear visions for the future. The issues she champions are far and wide, but all reflect that integration.

“My grandfather was the first Democrat ever elected to represent Danvers in our State legislature. My parents, from starting the Chess Club at the YMCA, to being president of the Little League, to the Democratic Town Committee, were always involved in the betterment of the town. I guess being civic minded runs in my DNA.”

Pat Gozemba, Justice Fighter

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 09/25/2021 - 21:01

Mary Harris Jones, the famous labor organizer, told a group of young miners who’d rented a church for their union meeting:

“Boys, you pray for the dead. You fight like hell for the living.”

Then Mother Jones snatched from the priest’s lap the hat, full of money that they’d paid to use the church hall, and led the miners out of the church into the fields.

If there were a contemporary incarnation of Mother Jones, it would be Pat Gozemba.

What Makes For An Activist?

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 01:57

Some people are so self involved that they don’t notice the world around them, except in the ways it touches them.

Some people see a problem, shrug their shoulders and say ‘That is too big! I can’t do anything about it.”

Lynn Nadeau looks at a problem, rubs her hands together, rolls up her sleeves, and says “Let’s get to it, now!”