Monday, August 1, 2022
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Thursday, July 14, 2022
In this episode, the group sits down with Dr. Britney Butler and Mass State Senator Rebecca Rausch to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling reversing Roe v. Wade; what this means for Americans, who and where will be affected by this, what we can do now and what the future holds for us.
|More Perfect Union: 054 - The Roe v. Wade Decision (audio)|
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
It may seem that the horse is out of the barn, but we still ought to stand out to protest our courts having been packed. There are more horses, and this is definitely a get-out-the-vote issue.
I propose Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the Stop and Shop intersection (Franklin Village Plaza).
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Please find a statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland):
"Today is an extremely dark day for America, as we face what can only be called a ‘nightmare scenario’ for women and those who can get pregnant across this nation. It is important to stress that abortion remains and will remain legal in Massachusetts. This fundamental right to health care is here to stay in the Commonwealth, and I will fight every day to strengthen and protect it.
In its Fiscal Year 2023 budget, the Senate included language protecting access to reproductive health care, and today, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order which aligns very closely with this language. There is increased urgency to codify these provisions so that we can ensure the safety and continued protections of our residents. I remain grateful that the Commonwealth stands united to safeguard these protections."
"The Dobbs v. Jackson decision is a disaster of epic proportions that deeply stains our nation's history and jurisprudence. It erases decades of progress on reproductive justice and paves a clear path for dismantling droves of basic civil rights interpreted into the Constitution, including contraception, marriage equality, consensual private sex, forced sterilization, and more, and destroying access to massive swaths of reproductive health care, including not only abortion but also birth control, assisted reproductive technology, and miscarriage treatment. State legislatures, including Massachusetts, must act immediately to enact laws that preserve these rights. Absent robust state action, families will be torn apart, and pregnant and birthing people will die in numbers not seen in half a century.
Abortion is still legal in Massachusetts because of actions my colleagues and I took, together with organizational and grassroots advocates, in anticipation of this solemn day. But the work is far from over. We must ensure abortions are accessible to all who seek them in Massachusetts by vesting reproductive rights in people whose bodies and lives are on the line, ensuring reproductive care is provided regardless of who might be on call in an emergency room, and clearing away restrictions and roadblocks with no basis in medicine like excessive costs and provider deserts. Further, we must do everything we can within the confines of the Constitution, even as the Court tosses its language and precedent aside, to protect people from other states' egregious anti-abortion laws, both civil and criminal.
The Court today engages in drastic, unprecedented judicial activism that moves this country decades back in time. State governments are our last line of defense, and I will forever and always be a champion in this critical fight for our fundamental rights."
|MA Legislators statements|
A day at the Supreme Court that shakes America to its core.
What to say that hasn't been said but needs to be said again, and again, and again: This is not a court of humble jurists who are bound in any way by fidelity to precedent, the law, or common sense. There is nothing "conservative" about these damaging decisions, or the men and woman who have imposed their extreme views upon the American populace.
Right-wing politicians decry "elitism," but what is more elitist than unelected and unaccountable activists using the language of legal argumentation as a fig leaf for their naked exercise of power?
There is no way that these decisions would pass a vote of the American public. Indeed, a majority of the justices were installed by presidents who lost the popular vote. And the polling on the issues these rulings tear asunder suggests that what these justices are doing is unpopular — in many cases, very unpopular.
But they sneer from their echo chamber of extremism. They are emboldened by a system that has been fixed, with the complicity of Mitch McConnell and others, to advantage minority viewpoints by leveraging a branch of government not designed to be a political actors' stage in order to circumvent the legislative and executive branches.
Where to begin, and where will it end?
The Supreme Court has further cemented its role as a reactionary force in American life.
Today it was abortion, on top of recent decisions on gun regulations, public funding for religious schools, and Miranda rights. Soon they will likely gut environmental regulations, and we can guess at what comes next — gay marriage? Contraception?
We can't let this moment pass without recognizing what a horrific decision today's is, and how it will relegate women to second-class status in decision-making over their own bodies. This will lead to a host of suffering and likely death. It will imprison women where control will be imposed by the state. It is the opposite of freedom. It is a right that existed — and still should.
The Supreme Court depends on its legitimacy, and today that is as tattered as the constitutional rights on which it has trampled. The Roberts court will be marked as a cabal of intemperance that made America far less safe and far less free. It will be noted for its zealotry and its cynical embrace of the ends justifying the means.
But as with all chapters of history, how our present is ultimately viewed depends on what comes next. Will these rulings lead to outrage-fueled activism that upends the political system, or apathy and defeatism? Will the majority mobilize? Will there be reforms? Will there be a recalibration of the current balance of power?
One of the few things I have learned with any certainty over the course of my life is not to attempt to predict the future. I have seen unimaginable change come about. I have seen long odds overcome.
I leave you today with the words of Sherrilyn Ifill, civil rights lawyer and president and director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She has experienced the fight from the trenches of justice, and her perspective mirrors my own. I could not have expressed it better.
© 2022 Dan Rather
Friday, June 3, 2022
More Perfect Union: 049 - The Supreme Courts History, Missteps, and Where We're Headed In The Future (audio)
"In this episode, the group sits down to continue their discussion of the Supreme Court; recounting the history of the Courts System, famous cases, where's they've missed the mark in the past and what the future of the Supreme Court might look like.'
|Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)|
Friday, May 20, 2022
"In this episode, the group sits down with Jesse Mermell to talk about the pending Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision; what that decision would mean for the U.S., the policies in states like Texas that has made abortion more difficult, the work in front of America to better protect women with legislation, and what listeners can do to help."
|More Perfect Union - wfpr: 048 - Roe V. Wade (with Jesse Mermell) (audio)|
Sunday, May 8, 2022
by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 05/08/2022
This week on our radio roundtable: SCOTUS, The Supreme Court of the United States. We discuss the leaked ruling that would kill Roe v Wade as settled law.
We expect a Solomonic wisdom from SCOTUS. But, of late it appears to suffer the same polarizing politics of the legislative branch, having been biased effectively by them and the executive branch. I was taught that SCOTUS was an impartial arbiter of our laws, as measured by the truest letters and intents of our Constitution. Sadly, I have been disabused of that naïve notion, and there is no Santa Claus.
Recently, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa struck down the CDC’s authority regarding the use of protective masks on public transportation. Last I looked, the CDC had a public health charter? Yes/No?
During the height of the pandemic, many of those who argued vehemently against wearing masks had no issue with exposing others to grave risk of death. Many of them claimed, ‘I have my rights. It’s my body, my choice’. (Sound familiar?)
No masks? Pro-life? That strikes me as an odd Venn diagram of oxymoronic values.
hy·poc·ri·sy /həˈpäkrəsē/ nounthe practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
As a guy, it’s beyond me to experience pregnancy in unfortunate circumstances, perhaps with no partner for support, and perhaps no future. As a guy, I cannot walk in those shoes (be they flats or heels). I cannot achieve that wisdom. All I can do is extend something rare and precious that in today’s society (and perhaps our judiciary as well) is increasingly absent. We expect wisdom from the courts. We expect decrees that clearly exude that wisdom. Lately, some findings read more like op-ed pieces. Today, we are seeing justices that appear to come up short on balancing the scales of justice, and perhaps even shorter on applying mercy.
Where I have no wisdom, where I cannot frame fair justice, let me hold not righteous dudgeon, but rather, let me offer tender mercy.
Our winding path to a more perfect union is not an easy walk, but walk we must.
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching.
The Supreme Court episode of More Perfect Union => https://more-perfect-union.captivate.fm/episode/047-the-supreme-court
|Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)|
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
FM #747 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 747 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Mar 3, 2022.
This is part 4 of a series on Marking Sense of Climate. We talk of the weather variations, the recent MA House legislation touting wind power, the Ukraine situation, and how it ties to climate, as well recent news articles.
Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well.
If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session
The recording runs about 38 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ted McIntyre as he helps me “make sense of climate.” Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-747-ted-mcintyre-making-sense-of-climate-03-03-22
Links that are our talking points for this episode
Webinar for Complete Neighborhoods Initiative -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/webinar-scheduled-for-mar-10-complete.html
DOER Stretch goals (deadline extended to March 18 to submit input)
Link to read the details -> https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stretch-energy-code-development-2022
Email to provide feedback firstname.lastname@example.org
Net zero proposal
Baker stalling on EJ committee
Wind legislation editorial by Rep Jeff Roy and House Speaker Mariano
Link to IPCC report page
Bill McKibben article
Article on IPCC report in Globe
The Guardian article on the IPCC report
Court case could limit EPA
Implication of Supreme Court EPA possible decision beyond climate….
If you have a question to raise, you can use this form -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/02/ask-franklin-matters-you-ask-question.html
Original Climate link
The 13 point article we talk to -> From WBUR -> “What you need to know about the new MASS Climate law” https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/03/26/new-mass-climate-law-faq
Mass Climate Action Network -> https://www.massclimateaction.org/recs
This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.
How can you help?
If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com
The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
I hope you enjoy!
You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"
|RODRIQUE NGOWI/ASSOCIATED PRESS|