Frame Shift. Then Power Shift.

via Elena Letona, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor (and a 2005 Barr Fellow), shares lessons learned from an old, industrial city in western Massachusetts, where community members, labor groups, elected officials, and others found common cause in a winning effort to go from “coal to sol!” As I write this, a brave struggle rages […]

Energy to power 1,000 Holyoke homes coming from new $10 million Mount Tom Solar Farm

via The $10 million Mount Tom Solar Farm with 17,208 panels will be installed by late December beside a now-closed coal-burning plant on Northampton Street with energy to power 1,000 homes, officials said Thursday. “It’s a great event. It’s a great day,” said Frank Demaille, president and CEO of ENGIE North America. The company […]

Activists to party after solar-farm groundbreaking at former coal plant in Holyoke

via MassLive: HOLYOKE — Activists who pushed for years to end the coal-burning operation at the Mount Tom Power Station based on health concerns are so happy the plant owner is building a solar farm, they plan to party. “Five years after Action for a Healthy Holyoke! began organizing for responsible retirement of the Mount […]


(via SWAMPSCOTT — Protesters camped outside Gov. Charlie Baker’s home Sunday to demand that he protect youth with clean and safe energy. About 30 activists from organizations, including 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future and Neighbor to Neighbor, went to Baker’s Monument Avenue home with signs and megaphones. They wanted to present him with […]

N2N In the News: Massachusetts repeals automatic license suspension for drug crimes

(via BOSTON — Anyone who lost their license because they were convicted of a drug crime in Massachusetts can now get their license back. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law on Wednesday repealing the automatic license suspension of anyone convicted of a drug crime and the fine that goes along with it. The repeal is […]


(via LYNN — Despite being suspended last month, activists fear the Kinder Morgan pipeline will resume and threaten the city’s drinking water. The proposed $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline project would have run from New York through Lynnfield, West Peabody and Danvers to Dracut. Neighbor to Neighbor and 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future […]

N2N In the News: Holyoke protest targets utility bill surcharge dubbed ‘pipeline tax’ by opponents

(via HOLYOKE — Armed with signs and flyers from a statewide advocacy campaign, a small group in a downtown park Saturday spoke out against a proposed surcharge on Massachusetts ratepayers’ utility bills that would finance a new natural gas pipeline. Opponents have dubbed the utility bill surcharge a “pipeline tax” because, while not technically a tax, it would be a mandatory fee […]

N2N IN THE NEWS: Policy expert to talk funding at Gerena School meeting

SPRINGFIELD — After Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said at a meeting last week that it is up to the state to release more than $3 million necessary to repair Gerena Community School, activists and parents are ready to take action. “We are fighting for our school and our community,” said Jafet Robles, an organizer for the statewide advocacy […]

North End residents, activists protest conditions at German Gerena Community School – MassLive

SPRINGFIELD ‒ Stressing that “enough is enough,” North End residents and community activists called on city leaders Saturday to address structural and environmental issues at German Gerena Community School. More than two dozen protesters, including City Councilors Adam Gomez and Bud L. Williams, gathered outside the school’s Main Street entrance to bring attention to mold […]