"Any event that starts with juice boxes has to be a good event," said Senator Katherine Clark, the lead sponsor of the Safer Alternatives Bill, as she addressed the stroller brigaders on the Boston Common.
Clean Water Action, along with our partners from the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, and many Massachusetts moms and kids came together on June 28th for a Stroller Brigade to support safer chemicals. Kids wore superhero capes and decorated cards to give to Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Stephen Brewer and Senate President Therese Murray, asking them to "be our hero" and bring the Safer Alternatives Bill to the Senate floor for a vote.
The groups represented at the rally were Coalition for Social Justice/Coalition Against Poverty (pictured above), Massachusetts Teachers Association, Health Care Without Harm, and Medfield Green.
The Safer Alternatives Bill is before the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The Senate has until July 31st to pass the bill before the Legislative Session ends.
Sam Patry, age 8 of Medfield, asked Chairman Brewer and President Murray the question that was on everyone's mind: "Why do I have to keep coming back to the State House every year? Can't the Senators just pass the Safer Alternatives bill now?"
Enjoy some of the photos from the rally below!
The Patry brothers signing the card to support the Safer Alternatives Bill!
Another superhero signing the cards.
Samantha supports safer chemicals!
Senator Katherine Clark, the lead sponsor of the bill, addresses the stroller brigade group!
The youngest superhero, Samantha, wants safe pillows, mattresses, and couches to sleep and snuggle on.
One group picture before we march up to the State House!
"What do we want? Safe Chemicals! When do we want them? NOW!"
Heroes make their way up the State House steps.
A young superhero ready to present Senate President Therese Murray the card!
Thomas Estabrook from the Massachusetts Teachers' Association, talks to Senate President Therese Murray's staff about the links between toxic chemicals and learning disabilities.
Cheryl Durr Patry and her sons Matt and Sam of Medfield ask when the Senators will pass this bill.
Some superheroes ready for legislative action!
The stroller brigade group after a successful rally day!