Letter from the Director
As many of you know, we were inspired into being by the tragedy in Woburn, Massachusetts, when W.R. Grace and other companies contaminated drinking water, leading to a childhood cancer cluster that claimed the lives of 14 children. In 1987, Community Action Works (formerly known as Toxics Action Center) was created to help residents facing their own Woburn-like situations.
Today, our work to help communities address legacy pollution continues. However, much of our work can no longer be described as “toxics.”
I’m so inspired by the breadth and depth of change-making happening in our network today. Pueblo Verde, a coalition of Latinx youth, parents, small business owners, interfaith leaders and labor organizers, formed in the wake of fracked gas pipeline explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts to work for a just transition to locally owned and sourced clean energy. The North End Coalition in Springfield, Massachusetts is fighting to right climate injustice and secure a safe and healthy Gerena School for their kids. And Don’t Waste Maine, a group of neighbors and Penobscot Nation leaders, is fighting landfill pollution, working to stop Maine from being the dumping ground for our region, and advocating for a shift toward a circular, zero-waste economy.
We’re not changing our mission, but we are changing our name. In these uncertain times, we’re evolving to become Community Action Works! And today, I’m prouder than ever to stand with you.