We who live in the Fore River Basin are keenly aware of the toxic legacy of the industrialization of our coastal home. Here at FRRACS we have heard story after story of cancers, asthma, and autoimmune disorders--many of these illnesses familial and generational.
FRRACS is undertaking a project to document the health stories of those who have lived with this issue. We will be working to collect your stories by video, by recordings, and by writing. We will make a short documentary film that will be premiered at a very special meeting in the fall.
Are you a long-time resident of the Fore River Basin? Do you know anyone in or around the Fore River Basin who has experienced illnesses that could potentially be linked to environmental toxins? We are collecting stories as part of the fight against the compressor station to emphasis the fact that we cannot bare to have anymore toxic facilities in the community.
If you, your friend, or your family member feels comfortable sharing their story, we would love to hear from you. We invite you to attend one of our community meetings to learn more about the project, and to share your story.
Join us at any one of the following meetings:
April 25 from 7:00 - 9:00PM at the Whipple Senior Center - McElroy Rm. in N. Weymouth
May 7 from 6:30 - 8:30PM at the Thayer Public Library in Braintree
May 22 from 6:30 - 8:30PM at the Germantown Community Center in Quincy
June 6 from 7:00 - 9:00PM at the Fore River Clubhouse in Quincy
There will be a short presentation about the toxicity of the Fore River Basin, as well as an overview of our project, followed by some Q&A, and opportunity to share your stories. Each meeting will be the same, so you only need to attend one.
To access an online version of the questionnaire, click here.
Project details: The Fore River Basin is home to 8 different industrial facilities. These facilities release many pollutants that are damaging to our health and environment. That is one of the many reasons why we do not support the construction of yet another toxic facility. We believe that these facilities are harming people who live in the area. Our concern about existing health conditions in the Basin has led us to pursue a new project: Telling the Stories. This project is aimed at documenting the health issues that people are living with in the Fore River Basin. We will collect (voluntary) information and stories from folks in the community and will create a short documentary film to share these stories.
Our documentary film maker, Sue Murad, made this short video about the upcoming community meetings: