Stories from the Frontlines
Stories from the Frontlines

Season 1, Episode 5 · 6 months ago

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.

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Hello and welcome back to stories from the front lines brought to you by community action works. At Community Action Works, we believe that environmental threats are big, but the power of well organized community groups is bigger. That's why we work side by side with everyday people to confront those who are polluting and harming the health of our communities. I'm one of your hosts near a PA, Johnny, the Western Massachusetts community organizer with Community Action Works. Today I'll be speaking to marry fight, a member of the three hundred and fifty node in Boue, New Hampshire, fighting the MERRIMAC generating station, a coal power plant. They're welcome, Mary. I thank you. So excited to have you here. We would love, you know, the other listeners to hear a little bit more about you and the node, your group and your campaign. Can you introduce yourself in the community effort that you're a part of? Yeah, sure so. As you said, I work with the bow node of three hundred and fifty New Hampshire action and we are currently supporting the no coal, no gas campaign, which is a laborative effort, and I am a resident of bow as well, in Boning Hampshire, is where the Merrimax station is located. I'm also a mom and a therapist locally. Thanks. Thanks for sharing a bit about that. He knows a little bit more about what brought you to this issue. You know, when did you move to bow? What got you worried about this power plant? Yeah, we moved to bow in two thousand and nineteen at the start of the year, and we our journey to pose kind of a complicated one. My daughter had a led exposure and we had to leave the housing that we had at the time because we weren't really sure where the lead was coming from and we thought maybe it was in the yard, but there was lead paint in the house as well as the exterior of the house. She was about two years old at the time and we thought it was safe at just to to move away from that exposure, the element. We just wanted to feel a little bit safer in our home. But it was hard to find housing in our pricing level that was led free. We actually had a really hard time. We were we were surprised by that and we eventually found a log cabin that was in bow and had no paint anywhere, and so we were really stoked about that and we researched the town in a hurry because the market was, I guess, not as crazy as it is now, but there was a lot of pressure to make an offer or not get the housing. So we were researching bow we lived on the wikipedia page and the town's website. We didn't see any mention of the power plant, by the way, but we did see that the town really invested in children. They had a great school system on the great recreation. Even though it's like a small town round eight thousand people, there's all sorts of sports and Yoga and, you know, community events happening and we really like that. The library here is amazing. We Love The library and here, so we felt pretty excited. There's cool hiking trails to and the cabin happened to be right on a pond and we just thought, okay, this is it, this is the safe space for our family. We were so pumped and we sent a letter to the previous owners about how much we really wanted to live here and you know how this really would help...

...our family be in a safer spot because of the lad exposure, and we ended up getting the House and moving about two months later. We were reading the conquered monitor my partner and I and we saw an article about the action that was being planned by three fifty New Hampshire action at the coal plant, the MERRIMAC station, and and I was kind of shocked that that was a thing. I ended up I have my kids with me at the time and I packed them in the car and we drove to the power plant and just looked at it and I was just like really upset, really heartbroken that here again in our backyard, like about fifteen minutes from our house, was this like environmental hazard that my family was living here. Wow. Yeah, what a story that is, and I mean just the what you were saying about wanting to feel safe in your own hope. That's something that every family and every parent with kids should be able to have and so frustrating that pollution keeps popping up at every corner. Can you tell us a little bit more about this power plant, that MERRIMAC generating station? What is it and why is it so bad for bow? Yeah, so it's a peak or plant, which means it runs on the hottest and coldest days of the year and I it provides around one percent of the grids electricity so how it's able to afford being on standby and running only on peak moments, which I think last year was twenty three days. So it really runs very infrequently. But it affords to do so by utilizing capacity payments paid through New England Electric Bill Rate Pairs. So if you pay an electricity bill in New Hampshire, I mean in New England, you're funding this plant. So I think it's problematic for bow and it's kind of it's a little bit controversy. Controversy in our town about it because it provides a portion of our tax base. It, some people say, supports our good schools and our good library, and maybe that, I believe, was true in the s and s, but now that it's hardly ever running and the properties just depreciating in value, I don't think that's so much true. In fact, in two thousand and sixteen they put a mercury scrubber on the plant to make it a little less hazardous for local residents and surrounding towns, and then the town manager overestimated the value of the property and so ever source the previous owner. Now it's owned by grant shore power, but the previous owner ever show ever source sued the town for overadge of tax payments and then we as a town ended up settling out of court for eleven million dollars. So literally, this plant that is pumping toxic material into the soil, water and air that we're breathing sued us and and you know, we gave them money for this. So at the moment the like. I was told by a slick board member that it's only about one percent of our tax base. So it's pretty small financial piece now and I know that can feel concerning to people in town worried about their tax rates increasing and, you know, affording their they're living and they're their housing. But the the plan itself, so even with the Mercury scarber still omits mercury into our air when it's running, and that depends on the type of coal burnt and other factors. I've heard that, you know, it can reduce mercury by up... sixty four percent in one article, and then the plane itself reports about eighty five percent. So the plant monitors their own data about the mercury and that seems concerning to me. I know the Department of Environmental Services oversees some of that but they're not keeping track of that data. They're just kind of like taking it in from time to time making sure that that data collections happening. There's some monitoring stations, some monitor air quality around in surrounding towns and that there's not one in bow, but there's one in Pembroke, which is like right across the river from bow, and the MARRIMX stations located right on the Merrimack River. So across the river there is a monitoring station that used to monitor particulate matter but right now it's only monitoring sotwo. So it's pretty problematic. They and I was told that that's a funding issue, that in two thousand and fourteen they they lost some funding. So we don't really even know the specifics about what the plants doing to the air right now, but it is for sure that they have historically polluted this area and that the water is you know, hot water is being discharged into the river right now and has been for a long time, and that doesn't just like affect the Merrimack River here and bow, that affects it in a really large way downstream, and not to mention climate change. So this plant emits more cotwo in one hour of operating than the average American does in twenty six years of their life. That faust always just is mindboggling to me about this facility. Me Too, I learned that fact through being part of the now coal, no gas campaign and I just felt floored by that, like, oh my gosh, like this plant in one hour of operating is like more than my child's whole life of their carbon footprint. And the plant owner wants to minimize that. They want to say that like this wouldn't really make a dent in, you know, the carbon footprint if we close this plan or you shuttered the plant. I think is what the owner said. It wouldn't, it wouldn't make a difference, but I really believe that's not true. And people in town feel intimidated by, you know, the idea of closing the plant because they've been told for so long that without the plant we wouldn't have reliable power. And I just don't feel like we have to choose between like a healthy, safe community or stable economy. I think we can have both. It is absolutely possible. We have power. Is One option that people are talking about and that seems really feasible. For New Hampshire. I heard that. I think I heard that New Hampshire has like the highest recorded wind speeds in the country or something like that on the planet. On you hand, it has the highest wind speeds ever recorded on the planet earth, the whole planet. It's insane to think about. Like it's so exciting to think about that. We live in this state with so much opportunity, you know, and and this property Merrimac station sits on. You know, there's a lot of potential there. It's right on a river, there's train tracks to it, there's power lines directly to it. So, you know, I would like to see the shift into something that still does provide, you know, support for our towns tax base but also, you know, and energy for the grid, but also keeps the community safe and, you know, is good for the future of our species. Yeah, I think it raised so many great points. Just now to just thinking about the carbon footprint and the and how...

...the power of the plant owners. You know, try to make it sound so dramatic. Shuttering the plant is going to be disastrous and this false choice that were so often given between a stable economy and a healthy future, and that's just not a decision that we need to make. We can have both, as you pointed out. You know, now that we've heard a little bit more about all the problems with this facility, I'd love to kind of circle back to what you described when you first heard about the plant and you drove out there with your children and you were standing there looking at it. Can you share a bit more about what was going through your head in that moment and and then what happened next? What do you decide coming out of that visit to the plant? Yeah, so when I was a kid, I grew up in Nashvia and New Hampshire and I lived right down the street from a super fun site, Sylvester Super Fun site, and that was an illegal dump where like, and I think is cannon engineering, engineering firm in Massachusetts, was dumping toxic chemicals into the ground. And that was happening in the S and s. But in the s when I was born, that to hought, some of those toxins leached into our well water that was shared amongst our neighborhood. We had. We were living in a trailer park with this shared well, and so that was really problematic. Quite a few people in the neighborhood had cancer and we're part of a class action lawsuit. My mom eventually had cancer and I was born with as a healthy baby. You know, I my mom drank this water through a pregnancy with me and I have this water in my bottle. But when I was like a kid, about seven I think it started, I started having symptoms of what was later diagnosis an autoimmune disorder, currents disease, which hadn't been seen in my family before. So the family folklore was that, like it was this water that made me sick. And, you know, no one else in my family had this illness. And I used to buy my bike by it and think, like I'll get the polluters, you know, like I was watching Captain Planet or something, and I really felt empowered to do something about those polluters. I wanted to nurture the earth, and so I guess like I kind of felt that way when my daughter had lad poisoning and then again when I went to see this plant. I felt like that those polluters, you know, like I wanted to do something to support people making a better choice and I felt unsafe. I felt I felt afraid, and I think of anger sometimes as more of a defense than a feeling. Not to say that anger's not valuable. I think it's extremely valuable and important that we honor and and express our anger and I felt really angry. I felt angry and I didn't really know what to do with that feeling. And so is so happy about that article in the paper because I then reached out to leader at three hundred fifteen new Hampshire action and spoke with her about my feelings and you know, my situation and what I thought maybe I wanted to do, and she was really welcoming and, you know, eager to support me and whatever action I felt able to take. Thank you for sharing all that and I'm sorry that you have had you gone through not one or two, but three specific moments in your life when polluters have had a direct impact on you and your family's health, and I feel like that's unfortunately not an uncommon story. In those...

...feelings of fear and anger are definitely things that I've heard a bunch from community leaders that I've worked with and that anger, as you mentioned, can be such a good, powerful tool and, can you know, fuel a lot of action towards change. So yeah, definitely really important to to be able to process all of those reactions to the impacts that pulters have on our communities and then figure out how we can hold them accountable. So, going off of that holding them accountable, you mentioned you know, you reached out to three fifty New Hampshire action. Can you tell us a little bit more about going from there? I know that you have had conversations with the community. You mentioned a little bit the economic piece of this. Can you talk a bit about how you have honed it on the best messaging to use to get your neighbors on board with this? What what resonates with folks when you talk about this issue and what does that prought? What has that ongoing process looked like? Yeah, so, I guess my birth as an activist and I still feel daunted using that term to describe myself. But my my initial spark was came from my nurturing part. It came from the experience of, like, mothering other little humans and wanting to take care of the earth at large, and so like I really I think that's where my anger came, that protective, I will protect my family kind of Vibe, and I felt that way about the town in general. Like I want to protect the town's children. And recently I was reading a book that had a quote from John Bolby that talked about if you care for the child, you must care for the parent, and that really supported me and, you know, and still supports me actually and talking to people, because I like that notion of their being the polluter or the enemy or the person to direct that anger at. I mean, I do want people who are making choices that don't support community health and, you know, other safety to be accountable for their choices, but I don't feel like that mindset helps me connect to other people in my community and I think that a lot of parents deal with their anger and their fear in different ways and that's okay. But I think the more open I am to seeing them and, you know, their full humanity, the more lovingly I can approach this problem and hopefully the less, you know, defensive people feel when I have a different opinion than them or when I'm talking about something that makes them uncomfortable. So trying that, try, trying that. Still growing in that but yeah, I I think like we I plan to have it be like a playdate and we were going to talk about sustainability and then Shana your cohost was going to present about, you know, like the coal plant in general, and I was going to kind of shift into you know, sometimes we really take it on as it's all something we have to do, we have to make these changes, and that's true. We should be accountable for our choices, but also, you know, seventy percent is a of pollution comes from like ten companies. Is that the stat like? So we also have to hold others accountable and have a voice about that, like have that be a dialog we're having in our community, and then covid happens. So we didn't have that presentation under that approach, but hopefully that's in the works, you know, so that we can be supporting parents and having..., you know, socializing with their kids, while also having these important discussions. But for now kind of how we've approached it is having these discussions more in a virtual platform as well as just like on the Internet in general, like, you know, talking on Internet groups. I'm a homeschool family, so we talked to a lot of other homeschoolers online, you know, parents of preschoolers and Bo I've spoken with about the coal plan online, and I think the virtual platform, you know, can be kind of hard sometimes. There's there's challenges to it, but it also offers a lot of opportunity for, you know, accessibility to people to yeah, definitely thanks for sharing that. Yeah, so important to to have an open mind and talking to folks who may see things differently your have different priorities, and figure out how we can all you know, at the end of the day, a community is all bringing rereading the same area, drinking the same water and therefore wanting to keep their family safe. I know you you talked a bit earlier on about the controversy in town around the kind of financial pieces of the plant and people having different views on that. What do you have a sense of, like kind of generally in bow what the feelings are towards this facility? Are People mostly upset about it, orninglessly thinking that it's a good idea because of the finances? What's the kind of vibe and how have you, if as you've started to talk to folks, managed to maybe shift how some folks look at the situation? Yeah, I feel like there's quite a bit of misinformation out there and, you know, I feel like the owners of the plant have used scare tactics to promote a lot of misinformation. I remember my neighbor came over to help us. Fell a tree, which was really awesome of him because it's a really big tree and it was dead and we were just trying to get it off. We live right on the edge of the pond, so he was just trying to like make sure didn't fall into the water or on to our house, and he had a lot of expertise. He's lived in the woods of bow for a long time and he was really helpful. And we started talking about the power plant, because I try my partner as well, to talk about that whenever we can with locals, you know bringing it up, and he got kind of upset and said, you know, it's like thirty percent of the town's tax base and I can't afford to pay any more taxes than I already pay, like I got to get out of this town, like I can't, I can't afford to live here anymore. And he started talking about like financial stressors or instability, and we could totally relate to that. So we were, you know, holding some space for him to talk about that. But then, you know, I tried to figure out what percent is it actually that this coal plant provides and it was really hard for me to figure that out. Looking on the town's website, like you can see the tax, you know, amounts that the plant has paid. It split into multiple properties, but it's really kind of hard to understand what it is that they pay and then have the lawsuit settlement payment kind of interfering with that. So I asked select board members and I sent a message to all of the towns select board members, but only one responded to me and said that I really shouldn't be worried about the financial piece of it because it's only like one percent of the tax base. So if it closes we're gonna be fine. Taxes wouldn't increase because of a closure of the plant. So I thought those interesting that it was so different than what a lot of people in town have been saying to me. Yeah, I feel like when I first brought up the plant it was pretty soon after the law...

...settlement happened and so people were really having some some big feelings about about that. You know, I think it was kind of a complicated topic to bring up. It was either people having really big emotional responses to like the mismanagement that happened or having to pay this plant money after, you know, the Mercury scrabber was installed and they thought that was a positive thing for the community. Turns out now they're thinking maybe, I guess it wasn't. So you know, I have that response. And then I had a lot of people in town tell me they don't really know anything that there's you know, they didn't even know there was a plant. And you know, that was really interesting to me too. And I know thanks to the action that Nickele no gas, that was put into the wikipedia page. But like Wikipedia, I think is a main source of people just quickly looking up something out their town. Seems like, I don't know, it's like kind of secretive to me. There wasn't really anything big out there that the plant was there. Yeah, that's you mentioned again of this. I failed to like react as much before the first time, the fact that this plant not only is polluting the community but then made the community pay money to this facility for being there, which is just observed that lawsuit. But what you're talking about in terms of misinformation or just playing lack of information is such another theme that we see in so many of these cases across the region across the country of you know, these polluters getting away with a lot more than they would if people actually knew everything that was going on and knew that something was there or was a problem, and that is so frustrating as well. And just finding the information can be really hard. You've mentioned no coal, no gas a few times and I want to dig into that a little bit. I know that this is a broader regional effort that has been taking action around the bow plant as well as some other pieces of the energy picture. Can you talk a bit more about the kind of dynamics with the local efforts being supported by no Nicle, no gas, where those two pieces have support of each other are built off of each other? What does that look like? Yeah, so I'm so thankful for the no coal, no gas campaign. I'm a mother and it, you know, time as a crunch, and I'm not, you know, I'm pretty green, new to activism and I think there is a lot of resources people pulling together and n Cole my gas. That has been really supportive to me and has helped me to feel safer in my community. So our community group meets once, we are twice a month. Sorry, and then there's also like larger nicle no gas, all calls that we can join in and usually they happen actually on the same day that we tend to meet, so we just meet with the larger group instead. And it's been helpful to have people, you know, that have different perspectives about the plant and different expertise and are coming, you know, with different ideas about the potentials you know that this plot of earth could be like. You know how how we could approach this, and it's felt really supportive. But I also feel like they do a great job about holding space for, you know, the voices of the local group, and that has been really helpful. That's great. And you mentioned no Colemo Gas. Have Been Big action two years ago in two thousand and nineteen that got a lot of media attention around the plant and involve some direct action, folks getting arrested, and then there actually was another action just over the weekends that. This was the first weekend of October.

Yeah, do you want to share a bet about what that look like what the goal there was? Yeah, I mean the goal, I think, is to shut this plant down, to get a shutdown date for the Merrimax station and you know, before in two thousand and nineteen. They were talking about the campaign was bucket by bucket, we will take this coal out of her bucket by bucket if you don't, and they did. They were taking buckets of pull off the property and they even brought some of that coal to the State House. I think that was my kid and my kids and I are first interaction with people in real life, a local no gas as we went and saw them put the coal on the steps at the State House and that was really powerful for us. And this this time around, they were working to do some gardening and planting edible plants as well as indigenous plants, golden road and astor flowers, to help clean the soil and to take care of the people that work there, which, by the way, I don't know any local. I've yet to meet a local that works at the power plant. I'm still still looking for someone to say my uncle works there, but I don't know. There are there employees that work there and I think no coal, no gas. Their message this time around was that, you know, they want to take care of this this earth, and they want to shut down date for this plant and a just transition for the the people that work at the plant and you know they have ideas for what this plant could become. Eighteen people chose to participate in civil disobedience and we're arrested, most of them for for gardening on behind the gate. There was a I was really disturbed by the riot gear police were wearing. It seemed like an over response to a peaceful protest. They tried to block us from parking anywhere near the where the permitted peaceful protest was occurring. That was interesting and I know the local police also barred us from using the town's boat launch, which the boat launch in bow. The access to the river in bow is actually on the power plants property line, but part of the deal when the plant was first built, I guess in the S, was that the town would always have access to this boat launch because it's the only access to the river publicly for the town. So for them to block that really didn't sit well with me because part of the protest was we had about fifty people jumping into canoes and kayaks and paddle boards other watercraft to paddle in the river for a boat rally and it seemed, yeah, a little a little off putting that they the response that we had and in some ways maybe empowering, because it's obvious that the planter, the plant owner, is intimidated by our presence. Definitely, yeah, and I was lucky to be able to be there for this action myself and partake in some of the planting of native plants and and food plants, which was a really powerful action. And I yeah, definitely Reson of what you're saying about the police response and I think there's a whole other, whole other piece we could get into there in terms, yeah, right, in terms of the links, you know, between corporate polluters and broader societal pieces and where power is held. But would love to talk...

...a little bit more about kind of how you see yourself in this movement. You talked about the importance of being a mother and that role and briefly mentioned that it's still feels weird for you to own, to own the kind of the word activists. Can you talk a bit more about what the word activist means to you and what does to you? What does who normally fills those shoes and how have you seen yourself filling those shoes? Yeah, I guess that that role sounds like such a competent, powerful label to me like I think of like the big names, I think like Martin, Luther King, and I don't feel like I guess maybe that's the way in which I've internalized some impression where I feel like I can't step into a roll or feel a little bit daunted kind of putting my voice out there. So that's something, you know, for me to reflect on and grow with. But I see activism is like, you know, when people feel empowered to make change, when they have a sense of agency, and I definitely feel that way and I think my activism and by nurturing part my you know Motherhood Label feel really much the same. My urge to, you know, provide for my family and keep them safe feels a lot like my urge to, you know, have a safe, healthy community and to shut them this power plant. Yeah, I totally hear what you're saying about I think the word activism can can bring up a certain image for a lot of folks, the specific people throughout history who've taken on that role and can feel like that kind of more radical word than some people are comfortable with, especially as their first stepping into this work. And I think, yeah, sometimes organizer feels less on tank to folks, but I totally I love that you are coming into your own with that and I think that everyone you know has the potential to take on some element of that role in their own community. And it's often too, folks who didn't expect to see themselves in that situation but are kind of pushed into it through a threat so big and personal that they, you know, feel compelled to take action who end up being some of the most powerful folks in making change. So I want to take a quick step, kind of back a little bit further and no Como Gas to this regional grid operator we have Isaso New England. A lot of the stories we are touching on this season on the podcast have to do it. I assend New England in some way and how they are keeping our grid hooked on fossil fuels. Can you touch briefly on how I assow New England factors into this story and bow and how it has showed up or been mentioned or what's going on there? Yeah, so the plant, as they mentioned, is the peaker plant and it's able to stay open because of the capacity payments the the grid gives to the plant owners. So I wish I had the the amount right now, but it's like a lot of money. It's like millions of dollars that is just given to the plant owners for being there polluting our town, our earth. So it's pretty problematic. And when I spoke with my utility bill, so these capacity payments are funded through our electricity rates. So I think it's like ten to twenty percent of our electricity like rate goes towards capacity payments. And it's...

...not just to this plant, it's to other fossil fuel polluters as well, and it's really problematic for me. And I didn't sign a waiversing. Do you want to support the plant in town that's bluting the are your children are breathing? I didn't have any notice about it. So I feel like it's not, you know, it's without my consent and that part really doesn't sit well with me. And I've called my utility company and told them, you know, I'm not comfortable paying as capacity payment and they say, well, you need to speak with the grid about that. And I've called IASO New England and they say, well, actually, we are just purely economical. We just go for the cheapest person. So you need to talk to governors, and knewnew about that and soon never returns my calls. But so I just feel like I get the run around and I feel like a lot of people aren't aware that that portion of their electricity bills going towards funding fossil fuels. And why can't we be funding, you know, renewables, like can we be funding technology that's growing, not technology that's really dying off? I mean, coal is an old, dirty technology and there's not innovation in the the coal burning field, like that's just not happening. There's plenty of innovation elsewhere that, you know, I'd rather be investing my money into. So yeah, it's pretty linked. You know, if the grid wasn't operating as such, this plant wouldn't be feasible. Definitely. Yeah, and I I love the you know how specific you make it on a kind of personal of every rate payer, basically in the northeast, is is funding these projects, and directly and more directly really, and I think that's something that's so many customers of our utilities are not at all aware of. So I want to wrap up with a question we've been asking everyone. I know you know I mentioned briefly how a lot of folks, some of the most powerful community leaders that we work with, didn't necessarily expect to see themselves working on a campaign like this. You know, it comething came up and they felt like they had to take action. Looking back at when you first start taking steps against this against this coal plant, did you expect what has happened when you first got involved? What would you tell yourself if you were talking to two thousand and Nineteen Mary at this point, and what keeps you going? Good question. That's such a good thing to keep reflecting on too. I think I would tell myself, you know, to not worry about the negative feedback and to just really be fueled by my passion and my moral need to take action, because sometimes I get sidetracked in that like, you know, wanting to be liked. I'm human. I don't want someone to think poorly of me because I think differently than them or because I'm telling them something that makes them uncomfortable, you know, but I really think that I can't let that get bigger than my my moral like need to to take action on this. Thank you so much to marry for coming on and sharing her story. With us to support the bow campaign, including no coal, no gas and three fifty in Hampshire. Check out the links in the show notes. Thank you all for tuning in today and join US next time as we shift gears a bit to a different kind of energy infrastructure with a story about a proposed substation in East Boston from John Waukee of green groups. And if you have it yet, be sure to subscribe to this podcast on whichever podcast platform you use so that you won't miss new episodes as they get posted. Share this episode and write us a review to help others find us too. To learn more about... action works, check out our website and social media, and again, all of these links are in the show notes. Thanks for listening and talk with you next week. Stories from the front lines is brought to you by community action works. It is recorded by me near a PA Johnny, with support from Shana Casper, edited and produced by Lilly McLaughlin. Special thanks to Theo Rosen for research and development, to Gage Calhoun for supporting this project through her fundraising work and too, Aaron Matthew for composing and recording the original music. We wouldn't be able to make this happen without the incredible work of the movement and the support of the community action works team, especially Ruthy rickenbacker. Our campaigns are made possible through our Dou paying members, donors and funders, but really through the hard and tireless work of our community leaders who've been fighting pollution and seating solutions across the region since one thousand nine and seven. Thank you.

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