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October 18: Amherst screening of Toxic Hot Seat

Posted on Oct 8, 2015

ToToxic Hot Seatxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary released in 2013, brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned fire safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.

Please join the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow for a screening of this powerful film:

When:     Sunday, October 18th, 2015 - Film starts at 6:30
Where:   Amherst College, Stirn Auditorium, 41 Quadrangle Drive  Amherst, MA 01002 (Directions)
RSVP:     Sara Moffett  -  email  -  413-584-9830 x1
What:     Film screening followed by panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.


Chemicals without Harm Book Launch

Posted on Sep 10, 2015

Chemicals Without HarmThe Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is pleased to announce the release of a new book Chemicals without Harm: Policies for a Sustainable World authored by Massachusetts' own Ken Geiser.

Please join us for a reception to launch this important new book:

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Conservation Law Foundation
    62 Summer Street, Boston, MA

Thousands of synthetic chemicals are used to make our clothing, cosmetics, household products and electronic devices.  However, many of these chemicals are hazardous and potentially dangerous to our health and the environment. For fifty years, the conventional approach to hazardous chemicals has focused on regulation, barriers, and control. Today, there is a growing international interest in going beyond a singular focus on toxic and hazardous chemicals and developing broader policies for managing all chemicals.


Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening with Suffolk Environmental Club

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

FighterJoin us for a very special Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening with Tony Stefani and Arlene Blum who are featured in the film!

Tony Stefani is a retired San Francisco Fire Department Captain, founder of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, activist against flame retardants. Dr. Arlene Blum is visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley's Department of Chemistry, award-winning writer, and American Mountaineer. Her work has brought about reductions in toxic chemicals in numerous different industries.

When: Thursday, April 9, 2015 

Where: Suffolk University                                     73 Tremont Street, 9th floor                                            
            Boston, MA 02108                                                          

RSVP: Amanda Sebert  asebert@cleanwater.org, 617/338-8131x201

Directions: Map your route here!

Panel discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments will be offered.


Cape Cod Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

Burning couchJoin us for a Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening on Cape Cod! 

Toxic Hot Seat is a powerful new film on the toxic dangers in our homes. It is an HBO documentary that brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Where: The Barnstable Senior Center
            825 Falmouth Road
            Hyannis, MA 02601

RSVP: Amanda Sebert asebert@cleanwater.org 617-338-8131 x 201

Panel discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments will be offered.


Join us for a powerful film screening: Toxic Hot Seat

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

Toxic Hot SeatAre the chemials in your couch toxic?

Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary, brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned safety regulations. CineSource Magazine describes Toxic Hot Seat as, “environmental filmmaking at its pinnacle-revealing, horrifying, infuriating, compelling, and hopeful.”

When: Friday, November 7, 2014                                           6:00pm-8:30pm

Where:The John D. O’Bryant African                        American Institute
            Northeastern University
            40 Leon Street, West Village
            Boston, Massachusetts 02115

RSVP:    Amanda Sebert                                                    617-338-8131 x 202.

Panel discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments will be served.   


Joining forces with firefighters to Give Toxics the Boot!

Posted on Mar 27, 2014


Firefighters risk their lives every day on the job, but flames aren’t the only danger they face.  They are especially vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure, one of the main causes of chronic diseases like cancer and reproductive disabilities.  You may be surprised to learn, for example, that the breast cancer rate in San Francisco female firefighters age 40-50 is six times the national average.

Here in Boston, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and the Boston Firefighters Union are teaming up to host a powerful event on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 as part of the nation-wide Give Toxics the Boot campaign.

Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening and panel discussion

When: 7:00 - 9:30 PM

Where: Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124


Don't miss! Unacceptable Levels Film Screening

Posted on Nov 5, 2013

ULCome join us on November 21st to see the new groundbreaking documentary Unacceptable Levels play at UMass Lowell! There will be a reception at 5:30 followed by the movie at 6pm. After the film, we'll get to hear from a panel including two local heroes who are featured in the film:



National Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals 2013

Posted on Nov 4, 2013

10578217515_7102781a4fTuesday October 29th was a huge day for the fight against toxic chemicals. Hundreds of women, men and children from all over the country came together in Washington D.C. for the second National Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals. Many mothers with their young children and babies in tow traveled from as far as Alaska to raise awareness and lobby against weak toxic chemical policies in congress. The event was organized by  Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families a coalition of over 11 million individuals and hundreds of diverse groups from across the nation all coming together to express their concerns about the toxic chemicals we’re exposed to in our environment. The message of the Stroller Brigade was clear; we need Congress to pass a strong, meaningful law that protects the public from the thousands of toxic chemicals we are exposed to every day.

A dynamic team of 4 women and one child (pictured on the right) traveled from Massachusetts to join the stroller brigade. Eugenia Gibbons who leads a strong mom network for Boston and lives in Revere came with her adorable 15 month old Sylvie. Lori Alper, a nationally recognized mom blogger; active Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaigner and mother of four came from Medford. We were also joined by Cheryl Durr Patry a mother of four who leads Medfield Green Moms and Madeleine Doggett a Northeastern University student and Clean Water Action intern currently living in Boston. These women, greatly concerned about environmental exposures to toxic chemicals especially in children and other particularly vulnerable communities took Washington by storm. They visited the offices of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward Markey, Representative Michael Capuano and Representative Joe Kennedy to express their concerns about our chemical laws.


Recap: The Safer Chemicals Act Stroller Brigade

Posted on Jun 15, 2012

Members of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow traveled from Massachusetts all the way to Washington DC to join mothers from across the country in a Stroller Brigade march in support of the Safe Chemicals Act.

Stroller Brigade to Congress: Toxics chemicals have to go!

Posted on May 24, 2012

MA delegationWith chants of "People have a right to know! Toxic chemicals have to go!" and "Chems in kids, that's the worst, time to put the people first!" Approximately 200 moms, nurses, cancer survivors and other passionate citizens from across the United States gathered in Washington DC on May 22nd for a Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals organized by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.  

The Stroller Brigade participants sent a strong message to Congress: Our families are sick and struggling and we are tired of unawarely bringing toxic chemicals into our homes and exposing our children and ourselves because the United States has inadequate chemical safety laws.  It's unacceptable that the only law we have is the broken, ineffective and outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).  We can do better and we must in order to protect our health and lower health care costs in this country.


State legislators to hold office hours at Medford wet cleaner Friday

Posted on May 15, 2012

State Representative Sean Garballey and State Senator Pat Jehlen want what's best  for their district. They care about local businesses, the health of residents, and the local environment. That's why they will be available to meet with residents this Friday to hear your concerns about environmental health, local businesses, or anything else on your mind.

Meet Rep. Garballey and Sen. Jehlen

Where: Best Neighborhood Cleaner, 570 High Street,  Medford, MA

When: Friday, May 18th, 11 am


Best Neighborhood Cleaner uses a process called wet cleaning, a nontoxic alternative to dry cleaning that can clean virtually everything just as well. The High Street business switched to this safe, healthy method from perchlorethylene (perc), a solvent, and probable carcinogen, used by many dry cleaners. For more information about wet cleaning and perc, visit the AHT website.

If you want to meet your state legislators or learn about a local business that's improving the health of your neighborhood, this is your chance!

Mass moms join stroller brigade to demand protection from toxics

Posted on Aug 10, 2011

Be our Hero Local moms respond to increasing concerns over toxic chemicals found in consumer products, ask Congress for leadership

Boston--Today moms across the country organized local stroller brigades to demand increased protections from toxic chemicals. A local event in Boston featured moms and children asking Senators Brown and Kerry to be leaders in increasing protections for American families. Children were dressed in red capes asking the senators to “be their heroes” by taking leadership on the issue.

Defined as a “mom-led movement”, the quest for safer chemicals has gained traction among women of all demographics and political parties.  Most recently the issue has gained celebrity spokespeople like actress and mother, Jessica Alba.


Movie premiere to promote safe and healthy personal care products

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

Deodorant  Have you ever wondered what is really in your cosmetics and personal care products? Or whether all those ingredients that you can barely pronounce are actually safe? And just what is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, anyway?

If you have questions like these, then come to the Boston premiere screening of The Story of Cosmetics, a seven minute video that reveals the environmental health and social consequences of harmful chemicals in everyday products like shampoo, bubble bath, makeup and cologne. View the teaser here.

Join us for The Story of Cosmetics video launch party! RSVP Here 
Thursday, July 22nd 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
WorkBar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Lower level, Boston, MA 02111


Join the Million Baby Crawl!

Posted on Nov 11, 2009

Million baby crawl Seventh Generation, a company known for a focus on safe, non-toxic cleaning products, is sponsoring the Million Baby Crawl to demand toxic chemical policy reform from Congress.

The Crawl consists of a virtual baby march. On the site, you can create a baby avatar to add to the march as fun way to show your support for a new law to protect us from health-harming chemicals.

Join us at the Crawl to Action:  November 18th, 2009 at the Burlington Mall - Kids Play Area.  Join to support toxic chemical policy reform, learn more about safe household products, enjoy family-friendly live entertainment and children's interactive activities, and receive free Seventh Generation products.


Messages in Bottles Delivered to Governor

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

8490 bottles and messages delivered to Governor Patrick Event covered on the front page of The Boston Globe

On Thursday, March 19th, 2009 about 30 parents and advocates from different parts of the State delivered 8,490 messages to the Governor at the MA State House. Some of those messages were delivered in baby bottles.

We said loud and clear that we want baby products free of toxic chemical BPA!

On Friday morning, there we were on the front page of the Boston Globe waiting to deliver petition signatures. Not shabby coverage at all!


Hundreds Push for Safer Alternatives

Posted on May 10, 2007

Massachusetts State HouseOn Thursday (May 10th), in honor of Mother's Day, hundreds of concerned residents from across Massachusetts descended upon the State House to lobby their state legislators about the need to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives.

Scientists are increasingly finding links between chemicals often found in common household products like cleaners, cosmetics and plastic with a variety of diseases and disorders including cancer, asthma and learning disabilities. Among the attendees of the lobby day were parents, ministers, teachers, workers, students, health advocates, doctors and many others.