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Toxics Action '98 Conference



Toxics Action '98

"Building Connections"

March 21, 1998

12th Annual Conference of the Toxics Action Center

Gasson Hall, Boston College, Newton, MA

Featured Speakers
Dr. Barry Commoner, Director, Center for the Biology of Natural Systems and
author, Making Peace With the Planet

U.S. Representative John Tierney

David Struhs, Commissioner of the Massachusetts of Department of
Environmental Protection

Building Connections

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to
everything else in the universe."
- John Muir, founder, the Sierra Club

"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated.  We are all
caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment
of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
- Martin Luther King

Toxic pollution connects many lives, issues, and movements.  As tragic as
these connections may be, they can be a source of power.

The connections often start with a phone call to a neighbor, and then a
meeting of concerned residents.  But they don't have to end there.

A company that uses and emits toxic chemicals not only endangers nearby
residents, it harms its own workers.  These workers can and should be
allies in reducing this common threat.  And increasingly, unions and worker
health and safety groups, such as the American Nursing Association and
MASSCOSH, are collaborating with environmental groups do do just that.

Likewise, dioxin and mercury emissions from trash and medical waste
incinerators pose a health threat beyond nearby communities, entering and
contaminating the food chain.  Organizations, such as the Endometriosis
Association and the Women's Community Cancer Project, are taking action
against these dangerous waste facilities because they see the connections
between toxins in our air, food, and water and women's health.

The connections that environmentalist, unions, and other groups are making
also include a common analysis of the source of many of our problems -- the
growing power of corporations and a government more accountable to special
interests than the public interest.

By realizing these connections, the power of our movement grows.

Toxics Action '98 celebrates the connections being made by activists.
Toxics Action '98 will also provide you with the strategies, confidence,
tools, and tactics you need to fight toxic problems in your neighborhoods.

Skills & Issue Workshops (partial list)

*  Toxic Waste Sites:  Ensuring effective cleanups

*  Recycling Rejuvinated:  Model local waste prevention programs

*  Pesticides in Public Places:  Getting pesticides out of our parks and
schools

*  Getting the Message Out:  Designing and writing effective materials

*  Health Care Without Harm:  Preventing waste and pollution in hospitals

*  Clean Energy Alternatives:  How to replace fossil fuels and nukes

*  Talk of the Town:  How to speak in public

*  Leaky Landfills:  How to fight landfills

*  Sickness on Your Street:  Compiling and using health data

*  Healthy Schools:  Cleaning up the air for students and staff

*  Jobs & the Environment:  Building labor and environment coalitions

*  The Internet:  Using the 'net for local campaigns

*  Dioxin Factories:  Fighting trash incinerators

*  Digging Corporate Dirt:  How to research corporations

*  Effective Fundraising:  Going beyond passing the hat

*  Dirty Power: Fighting polluting fossil fuel plants

*  Asthma and the Environment: Getting at the source of respiratory problems

*  Geology 101: Understanding groundwater flow

Extended Workshop Sessions
*  Creating and Implementing a Media Plan

*  Building and Maintaining Your Local Group

*  Winning at Public Hearings

*  Developing Effective Neighborhood Campaigns

If you would like to attend one of the three-hour Extended Workshop
Sessions on Saturday morning, please register in advance as space is
limited.

Featured Workshop Leaders (partial list)

*  R.J. Lyman, Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act

*  Penn Loh, Assistant Director, Alternatives for Community & Environment

*  Patti Lynn, Field Organizer, Massachusetts Citizens for Safe Energy

*  Paul Burns, Toxics Program Director, MASSPIRG

*  Kelly Louaillier, Organizing Director, INFACT

*  Cheryl King Fischer, Coordinator, New England Grassroots Environment Fund

*  James Goldstein, Senior Scientist, Tellus Institute

*  Tolle Graham, Occupational Health Specialist, MASSCOSH

*  Rob Stuart, Director, Rockefeller Technology Project

*  Ed Meagher, Chair, People for the Environment

*  Cynthia Jennings, Community Environmental Organizer, O.N.E./C.H.A.N.E.

*  Mike Ellenbecker, Associate Director, Toxics Use Reduction Institute

*  Terry Greene, Research Associate, JSI Center for Environmental Health
Studies

*  Jamie Pullen, Partner, Community Assessment & Development Associates

*  Marcos Beleche, Community Leadership and Organizing Center

*  Kevin Carragee, Trainer, Media Research Action Project

*  Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility


Co-Sponsors
STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Alternatives for Community & Environment
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Clean Water Action
Connecticut Citizen Action Group
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
ConnectiCOSH
Environmental Diversity Forum
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Green Corps
Green Party of Maine
Health Care for All
Health Care Without Harm
INFACT
Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies
JSI Center for Environmental Health Studies
Massachusetts Association for the Chemically Injured
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
Massachusetts of Community Development Corporations
Massachusetts Citizens for Safe Energy
Massachusetts Green Party
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Massachusetts Nurses Association
Massachusetts Public Health Association
MASSPIRG
National Environmental Law Center
Neighborhoods Against Urban Pollution
Recycling Initiative Campaign
Tellus Institute
Union of Concerned Scientists
Vermont  Citizen's Participation Network
VPIRG
Women's Community Cancer Project

LOCAL GROUPS
Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety
Alewife Study Group (Cambridge)
ARISE for Social Justice (Springfield)
Boston Endometriosis Association
Boston University School for Public Health
Bowdoin Street Health Center (Boston)
Building Parent Power (Hartford)
Bunker Hill Neighborhood Association (Waterbury)
Canton Environmental Action Coalition
C-10 Research and Development Foundation (Newburyport)
Chelsea Green Space and Recreation Committee
Citizens for Environmental Protection (Foxboro)
Citizens Research and Environmental Watch (Concord)
Citizens Who Care (Winchendon)
Concerned Andover Citizens for the Environment
Coalition Against the Asphalt Plant (Boston)
Committee for Boston Public Housing
Concerned Residents around Broderick's Site (Westfield)
Concerned Residents Ensuring Safe H2O (Tyngsborough)
Citizens Research and Environmental Watch (Concord)
DOW/NED Neighbors (Wayland)
East Braintree Civic Association
Every Neighbor United for Fairhaven's Future
Franklin Field/ Dorchester Healthy Boston Coalition
Friends of Webb State Park & Back River (Weymouth)
Grassroots (New Haven)
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Green Decade Coalition (Newton)
Hands Across the River Coalition (New Bedford)
Haverhill Environmental League
Lake Shore Environmental Group (Ashburnham)
Lawrence Environmental Action Group
Lawrence Environmental Justice Council
Lawrence Grassroots Initiative
Mansfield Common Sense
Melrose Recycling Committee
Merrimack Valley Environmental Coalition
Merrimack Valley People for Peace
MWRA Study Committee (Weymouth)
Natick Cancer Study Task Force
Needham Heights Neighborhood Association
North End Task Force (Winchester)
O.N.E./C.H.A.N.E. (Hartford)
People for the Environment (North Andover)
People's Action for Clean Energy (Hartford)
Protect East Natick
RE-USIT (Concord)
ROCA (Revere)
Somerville Environmental & Recycling Volunteers
South Wilmington Against Toxics
Stoughton Citizens Association
Stratford Citizens Advisory Council
Students for Sustainability (University of New Hampshire)
Tewksbury Organized Against Toxics
Valley Citizens for a Safe Environment (Pioneer Valley)
Watchdogs for an Environmentally Safe Town (Westminster)
We Love Children (Somerset)
Working on Waste (Claremont)
Wrentham Environmental Coalition
Wrentham Research Group

Conference Agenda

Saturday, March 21, 1998

8:00 - 9:00     Registration (breakfast provided)

9:00 - 9:15     Conference Welcome
Matthew Wilson, Director, Toxics Action Center

9:15 - 9:45     Keynote Address
Dr. Barry Commoner, Director, Center for the Biology of Natural Systems

10:00 - 11:25   Workshop Session #1     10:00 - 1:00 Expanded Workshop
Sessions

11:35 - 1:00    Workshop Session #2

1:00 - 2:10     Lunch/Issue Caucuses

2:10 - 2:30     Citizen Awards

2:30 - 3:55     Workshop Session #3

4:00 - 4:30     Featured Speaker
U.S. Representative John Tierney

4:30 - 5:30     Reception/Silent Auction

Saturday Evening (additional $15)

6:00 - 7:00     Performance by Earthtunes

7:00 - 9:00     Dinner



The extended workshops, listed on the previous page, are limited to 30
people.  If you would like to attend one of them, please note this on the
registration form.

Registration
Name
Address
Town
State
ZIP
Phone
Email
Group

Fees:  The conference is $25, including breakfast and lunch.  The dinner
Saturday evening is $15.

# of people at conference _______ @ $25 = $ ______
# of people dinner    _______ @ $15 = $ ______

Enclosed is a check for $___________

Saturday Morning Extended Workshop Sessions
If you would like to attend one of the three-hour Extended Workshop
Sessions on Saturday morning, please write which one (space is limited):
_____________________

Children's Program with environmental activities (free)
Please list names and ages of children attending:__________________________

This is a "fragrance-free event."  Please avoid wearing fragrances, as well
as essential oils and natural oils.

If you need a scholarship, please contact us.

If you need a place to stay overnight in Boston, please contact us.

Please mail your registration and registration fee by March 9, 1998 to:
Toxics Action Center, 29 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111

Confirmation and directions to the conference will be sent upon receipt of
registration.

Questions?  Need more brochures?  Call (617) 292-4821, or (860) 233-7623.