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When our health and environment are threatened by pollution, it’s often up to everyday people to make change. In this podcast, we’ll bring you stories from the everyday people at the frontlines of pollution threats in the Northeast and how they’re leading the fight for real, lasting change in their communities and beyond. 
This podcast is hosted by Mireille Bejjani and Shaina Kasper of Community Action Works and features local community leaders from across the region. 

Stories from the Frontlines Community Action Works

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

When our health and environment are threatened by pollution, it’s often up to everyday people to make change. In this podcast, we’ll bring you stories from the everyday people at the frontlines of pollution threats in the Northeast and how they’re leading the fight for real, lasting change in their communities and beyond. 
This podcast is hosted by Mireille Bejjani and Shaina Kasper of Community Action Works and features local community leaders from across the region. 

    Alien Language

    Alien Language

    This week on Stories from the Frontlines, we’re sharing the story of John Walkey from GreenRoots, an organization in Chelsea, MA. John has been fighting to stop an electric substation from being built in an overburdened community, in a flood zone, across from a playground...next to giant tanks of jet fuel. Listen to John talk about navigating the overlapping obstacles of technical jargon, language barriers, and a pandemic all while finding the hope to keep building toward a just and healthy world.
    (Quick note that this episode was recorded in September, and John is referring to the November 2021 elections. Boston voters overwhelmingly voted “no” on the ballot question regarding building the substation - 83% were opposed).
    You can support the campaign by checking out GreenRoots’ website (http://www.greenrootschelsea.org/), and finding the group on Facebook (GreenRootsChelsea) or Twitter (@GreenRootsEJ). You can sign up for the mailing list at http://www.greenrootschelsea.org/signup and join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/132951814006894/. Check out #NoEastieSubstation and #Neversource on Twitter for relevant content.
    Learn more about Community Action Works on our website: https://communityactionworks.org/.
    We’re also on Facebook (Community Action Works), Twitter (@ComActionWorks), and Instagram (@ComActionWorks).

    • 27 min
    26 Years

    26 Years

    Tune in to this episode of Stories from the Frontlines to hear from Mary Fite, a community member in Bow, NH and a member of 350 New Hampshire Action. Mary found out in 2019 that there was a coal plant in the town that she and her family had just moved to in order to escape pollution elsewhere, and she immediately started fighting back. You’ll hear Mary talk about the financial misconceptions around this plant, the importance of holding polluters accountable, and what being an activist means to her.
    You can support the campaign by checking out No Coal No Gas’ website (https://www.nocoalnogas.org/), and finding the group on Facebook (No Coal No Gas), Twitter (@NoCoalNoGas), or Instagram (@nocoalinbow for the Bow account; @nocoalnogas for the broader campaign). You can also check out 350 NH’s website (www.350nh.org) or Twitter (@350NH_ACTION).
    Learn more about Community Action Works on our website: https://communityactionworks.org/.
    We’re also on Facebook (Community Action Works), Twitter (@ComActionWorks), and Instagram (@ComActionWorks).

    • 41 min
    A Backhanded Compliment

    A Backhanded Compliment

    This episode of Stories from the Frontlines features Susan Smoller from Breathe Clean North Shore. She and her neighbors are fighting a proposed gas power plant in Peabody, MA. Listen to Susan share why she first got involved, how lack of transparency has been a key challenge of the campaign, and why this plant makes no sense given our state’s environmental justice laws and our planet’s climate crisis.
    You can support the campaign by checking out Breathe Clean North Shore’s website (www.breathecleannorthshore.org), and finding the group on Facebook (Breathe Clean North Shore) or Twitter (breathe_ns). You can sign the petition against the plant at bit.ly/BCNS-petition.
    Learn more about Community Action Works on our website: https://communityactionworks.org/.
    We’re also on Facebook (Community Action Works), Twitter (@ComActionWorks), and Instagram (@ComActionWorks).

    • 37 min
    The Wider the Net, the Stronger the Fight

    The Wider the Net, the Stronger the Fight

    This week on Stories from the Frontlines, we’re talking to Rosemary Wessel and Jane Winn from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). They’re spearheading the Put Peakers in the Past campaign, aiming to shut down polluting fossil fuel power plants that are rarely used anymore.
    Listen in to learn about their corporate strategy, the effect these plants have on the community, and their vision for our electric grid’s future.
    You can support the campaign by checking out the website: tinyurl.com/EndPeak. Learn more about the No Fracked Gas in Mass project at tinyurl.com/NFGactnow.
    Learn more about Community Action Works on our website: https://communityactionworks.org/.
    We’re also on Facebook (Community Action Works), Twitter (@ComActionWorks), and Instagram (@ComActionWorks).

    • 33 min
    Lose the Forest for the Trees

    Lose the Forest for the Trees

    Stories from the Frontlines is back this week with Ian McDonald, from No More Dirty Power in Killingly! He and his neighbors are fighting a new power plant in Killingly, CT.
    Hear about how this plant got rubber stamped, how it will hurt an already overburdened community, and why Ian and others have stepped up to stop it.
    Check out Ian’s group on Facebook (No More Dirty Power in Killingly). Other groups supporting the work include Connecticut Climate Crisis Mobilization, Sierra Club CT, Sunrise CT, 350 CT, and Save the Sound, all also on Facebook.
    Learn more about Community Action Works on our website: https://communityactionworks.org/.
    We’re also on Facebook (Community Action Works), Twitter (@ComActionWorks), and Instagram (@ComActionWorks)

    • 32 min
    Call Them a Banana!

    Call Them a Banana!

    In this episode, you’ll hear from Alice Arena, a member of the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station who is fighting a fracked gas compressor station in Weymouth, MA. Hear about the community facing this fossil fuel threat, why Alice was inspired to take action, and where this 7-year campaign stands today.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

vhiggy ,

Yay!

Nicely put together stories.

elisapt ,

excellent inspiration and stories

it’s so important to listen to frontline communities fighting for justice! what a great listen. and the hosts are lovely, committed folks making real change.

ebejjani ,

Excellent and Inspiring resource

Such a great way to follow grassroots heroes making a difference in a way that we all could! Climate change and climate action can feel overwhelming, but this series helps flesh out what we can all do in our communities. These heroes deserve so much recognition and appreciation, and I’m so glad we get to meet them. Thanks for the great stories and the hard work!!

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