In light of yesterday’s tragedy in Back Bay, today’s press conference has been cancelled but the film screening will go on. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the two firefighters who lost their lives in the call of duty.
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.
In Boston, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and the Boston Firefighters Union are teaming up to host two powerful events on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 as part of the nation-wide Give Toxics the Boot campaign.
MBCC is an active founding member of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and MBCC’s Board President, Margo Simon Golden, will be speaking at the press conference portion of the rally demonstration.
Give Toxics the Boot Demonstration at 11:00am at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The demonstration includes a press conference and a rally where Massachusetts firefighters will place boots on the State House steps in honor of their fellow heroes who have fallen victim to toxic chemicals.
Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening and panel discussion from 7:00-9:30pm in Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.
Give Toxics the Boot is a campaign organized by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the filmmakers of Toxic Hot Seat. Similar events will be held across the country on this day of action to demonstrate the need for toxics reform and protection of our firefighters, families, and homes. MBCC is a longtime member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition.
Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary released in November 2013, sheds light on the complicated, controversial answer to this very question. The film, set on the backdrop of the award-winning Chicago Tribune investigative series titled “Playing with Fire”, dives into an intricate story involving the chemical industry’s role and following the activist movement led by firefighters, mothers, journalists, and environmental activists to eliminate the use of toxic flame retardants.
Media Coverage of the National Campaign: