A few years ago, Boston Magazine ran a story contrasting the history of the Charles and the Mystic rivers. Both used to be extremely polluted, and in the 90's the Charles river got cleaned up. But people living along the Mystic river, in communities like Chelsea, Charlestown and Everett, don’t have the kinds of resources of people in the Back Bay and as a result, the Mystic is still a dumping ground for carcinogenic, toxic waste. That article closed with a call to action, asking for a hero to emerge willing to fight back and champion these communities. I hope this interview will convince you that Damali Vidot is that hero. In the last at-large city council election in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Damali won the most votes because people in her community know that she will stand up for them. She’s been doing it for years, working with other progressives and across the aisle to build community programs that have helped shape the city for the better. She is a genius when it comes to finding creative solutions and level-headed and strategic when it comes to implementing them. She understands the effects of systemic discrimination and environmental racism because she has lived them. She’s also teaming up with GreenRoots and the Conservation Law Foundation to sue Exxon Mobil and help keep her community safe. So listen to what Damali has to say, and do what you can to support her in the run up to this election. Donate to her campaign, phone bank, and vote. Also read this interview on Medium and get involved at www.votedamali.org
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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
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