Communities in Action

Boston, MA: Community groups and activists honored with the 25 Years of Victories awards:
25 groups honored for their activism

This year marks Toxics Action Center’s 25th year of mobilizing the grassroots for a cleaner and greener New England. Since our origin in 1987, when we started as the Massachusetts Campaign to Clean up Hazardous Waste, we have worked side-by-side with over 700 community groups who have toiled diligently to protect their health and environment. What better way to celebrate our anniversary and the outstanding victories that have filled these past 25 years than with a room full of enthusiastic activists at our 25th Annual Environmental Action Conference.

At Northeastern University on March 3rd, over 300 activists from across New England came together for a day of inspiration, education and celebration. Attendees spent the day networking with other community groups, exchanging ideas on how to best work towards the future of renewable energy, better public transportation and a toxic-free environment. Citizen leaders shared their stories on challenges and triumphs and the energy of the day felt motivating and inspiring.

At this year’s conference, over a dozen workshops were available encompassing a range of topics including zero waste, renewable energy, pesticides, fracking and much more. We were also very fortunate to have two outstanding key note speakers this year; Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, and Jan Schlichtmann, the attorney who defended the families suffering from contaminated drinking water in 1987 Woburn case.

Toxics Action Center took the opportunity to announce the 25 Years of Victories awards and honor the community groups who were selected to receive them. The 25 community groups chosen to receive the awards were selected from over 100 nominees by a selection committee of distinguished environmental and public health professionals, alumni, and experts in the field. These 25 groups all worked tirelessly to defend their right to clean air and clean water and to protect the health of their communities. Groups were selected from throughout the New England states and all worked on issues ranging from cleaning up hazardous waste and putting an end to industrial polluters. More information on these 25 campaigns and the individuals who dedicated their time to the make these victories possible can be found on our 25th anniversary website, www.toxicsaction25.org.

We thank all of you who were able to join us on March 3rd to celebrate our anniversary and the efforts of these 25 awardees, and recognize the continued work of all the participating groups who contribute their time day after day to ensure that the health of our communities and the environment. Here’s to another 25 years and more victories ahead.

See more about the award winners here:www.toxicsaction25.org.