Join us to rally for Highway Justice in Somerville
Mothers Out Front is joining the Welcome Project of Somerville and environmental justice groups to speak out about the air and noise pollution, lack of pedestrian safety, and health risks related to the I-93, Mystic, and McGrath Highways. This situation in East Somerville, the combined result of racism, inequality and dependence on polluting fossil fuels, is inextricably linked to MOF’s values around preserving a livable climate.
PLEASE JOIN US for the Highway Justice for People Rally to speak up about this injustice.
When? Wednesday 5/26 at 6-7pm
Where? The corner of McGrath Highway and Broadway in Somerville at the former gas station lot (the "Not Art" empty lot across from Foss Park).
Who? All are welcome, including children; a family friendly event.
What? Highway Justice for People Rally: Mystic & McGrath Highway (see the facebook event).
This event is organized by Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets (SASS). Speakers include Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Mayor Joe Curtatone, State Representatives Christine Barber, Mike Connolly and Erika Uyterhoeven, and Councilors Matthew McLaughlin and Jesse Clingan. We rally to demand that MassDOT prioritize the safety of people over the speed of cars in the neighborhoods adjacent to Mystic and McGrath Highway. We are demanding that MassDOT:
-Accelerate McGrath/Mystic Avenue safety improvements
-Create Blakeley Ave. crosswalk NOW
-Enact traffic calming measures NOW
-Erect sound barriers along Rte. 93 to reduce noise and fine particle air pollution from automobiles
For more information on the issues at play, and the history of health and safety efforts, see Rep. Mike Connolly’s blog. Air pollution coming from I-93 traffic has been linked to vastly elevated rates of asthma and heart disease in East Somerville. In addition, three recent pedestrian deaths in the area painfully demonstrate the need for traffic mitigation. As construction efforts are underway to upgrade I-93, without corresponding efforts to mitigate the effects of I-93 on nearby residents in East Somerville, and as pedestrian safety continues to be threatened, we are calling for safety improvements and air and noise pollution barriers that prioritize people over cars.
Please RSVP if you plan to go or have any questions; you’ll hear from an MOF member ahead of time with a reminder/details. We hope to see you there!
May 26, 2021 at 6pm - 7pm
The corner of McGrath Highway and Broadway in Somerville at the former gas station lot (the "Not Art" empty lot across from Foss Park)
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