Greening Greenfield joins with Racial Justice Rising, FCCPR (Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution) and others in supporting all BLACK LIVES MATTERS vigils and protests!
Racial justice and environmental justice are inseparable. Greening Greenfield, as a group that advocates for the environment and for all things that lead to "Sustainability," understands well that Sustainability must include the concept of Livable Cities and neighborhoods. Cities and neighborhoods must be “livable” for ALL – in more ways than just environmentally. Like many primarily-environmental groups, we at Greening Greenfield are appalled at recent and past events, of police brutality, like the one that led to the murder of George Floyd, and raise our voices in a public statement to condemn racism and violence in their many forms and support Black Lives Matter. We call on everyone to take this moment in history as an opportunity to be seized, and to work together on transformative change that will eliminate inequality, which plagues our society.
Only when there is more equality, more justice, a healthier environment, and vibrant economy for all, can we truly have a world considered Sustainable, since the welfare of each human depends upon the welfare of all living things, and the earth itself. In recognition of this, we pledge to work with other organizations in Franklin County, in Massachusetts, and throughout the country to develop new approaches to the long-standing problems of our country so that we may create a society that puts the needs of people and the environment above those of corporate growth and the pursuit of profit.
A New Rental Ordinance for Greenfield
Greening Greenfield supports a new Rental Ordinance that will ensure rental units in Greenfield meet health and safety codes. The ordinance is being presented at the Appointments and Ordinances Committee meeting on August 12 at 5:30 PM. In an effort to make rentals of non-owner-occupied housing safe for tenants, the ordinance would require a health inspection of vacant units before they could be reoccupied. Greenfield will be a Livable City only when it is Livable for ALL of its residents.