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We promote environmental & social health by preparing and supporting Massachusetts ballot questions and legislation in addition to sharing information and supporting lawsuits.

focus areas include clean government, democracy, and insuring laws exist to protect public health, Native ecosystem, and intellectual freedom, especially in relation to technology.

Bills are listed under MA Legislation and include protecting student privacy, reducing school screen time, hard-wiring the Internet for safety, and protecting trees.

Kirstin wrote several, many of which were co-sponsored by Rep. Patricia Duffy. However, these are bills that require popular public support for passage.

Please stay posted to sign onto our testimony in support of these bills. Sign up to help support state legislation HERE.

Please also make contact using our email address if you'd like to meet like-minded people.

Please help get meetings with the following legislators to help fix some bills and support others. Some advocates propose replacing the wireless commission bill with the New Hampshire bill but this would fail in Massachusetts for reasons discussed here.

If you can get a meeting, please contact via:

Kirstin is working on testimony with good information for everyone to sign, since generic templates can overwhelm legislators. Testimony will be posted here soon for signatures.

If you write your own testimony, please also send to testimony@ preceding our domain name lasttreelaws.com or mailed to Kirstin Beatty, 149 Central Pk Dr, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Information on bills and instructions for providing testimony are listed on the MA Legislation page.

Last year, the legislature did not count all the testimony in support of some of our bills. This year, we request a copy of any testimony you've written for the starred legislation on the MA legislation page (i.e. bills where Kirstin had a hand).

We don't have a Twitter account, but you can follow @BeattyKirstin to share tweets on legislation.

If you can help with letters to the editor, etc., please do!

Please also share the MA Legislation listed relevant bills with legislators, schools, and others, as well as these educational resources.

 

 

Testimony and hearings apply pressure to prevent agencies from abusing their powers. Please help testify! Information on hearings and instructions are below:

Due by 5 PM 9 September & 7 Sept for Hearing  - Grid modernization remains an issue as we need:

    • restrictions on cutting down trees for grid maintenance, alternative energy, etc.
    • the question of electromagnetic safety, raised by a recent court decision, addressed before investing further in the 'smart' grid
    • analog meters for fire and electromagnetic safety
    • fees to opt out of smart meters dropped
    • banks of smart meters on multi-unit dwellings stopped
    • restrictions on unusually high costs
    • View sample testimony & utility filings here by entering docket number 21-80 (or others) - e.g. view Director K. Beatty's testimony here but know testimony can be shorter!
  • HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY
    • To testify in person send an email by Tuesday, September 7, 2021, to Sarah.Spruce@mass.gov with your name, address, and email address and join hearing 9 September here or dial (646) 558-8656 & enter the ID# 965 0200 1483
    • Email testimony:
      • Submit testimony as PDF file with your name, address, and listing RE: DPU 21-80, 21-81, 21-82 (scroll down for example) -- do not exceed 20 MB for any file or 50 characters for any file name.
      • In your email give your name, address, a statement that the attached documents are for DPU dockets 21-80, 21-81, and 21-82
      • Send email to dpu.efiling@mass.gov sarah.spruce@mass.gov
        alexandra.blackmore@nationalgrid.com melissa.liazos@nationalgrid.com dwinter@keeganwerlin.com kmoriarty@keeganwerlin.com

TO: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
FROM:
DATE:
RE: MA DPU 21-80, 21-81, 21-82 (Grid Modernization)

The questions of electromagnetic safety and tree protections must be addressed before investments in the smart grid continue . . .

Due by 5 PM 14 September or 9 Sept for Hearing  - Electric vehicle infrastructure remains an issue as we need:

    • protections for undeveloped land, beauty, and historic buildings
    • the question of electromagnetic safety, raised by a recent court decision, addressed before investing further in the 'smart' grid & electromagnetic platform
    • safety regulations for electric cars with powerful fields and wireless emissions
    • restrictions on unusually high costs
    • View sample testimony & utility filings here by entering docket number 21-90 (or the other no.s)
  • HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY
    • To testify in person 14 Sept. then by 9 September either (a) email Scott.Seigal@mass.gov with your name, address, and email address or (b) if commenting by phone, then dial (617) 305-3771 and leave your name, telephone number, and mailing address. Join zoom hearing here 14 September or dial in at (312) 626-6799 (not toll free) and enter ID# 973 4697 9923 -
    • Email testimony:
      • Submit testimony as PDF file that includes your name, address, and listing RE: DPU 21-90, 21-91, 21-92 (scroll down for example) -- do not exceed 20 MB for any file or 50 characters for file name.
      • In your email give your name, address, and state that the attached files are for DPU dockets 21-90, 21-91, and 21-92
      • Send email to dpu.efiling@mass.gov Scott.Seigal@mass.gov melissa.liazos@nationalgrid.com
        alexandra.blackmore@nationalgrid.com dwinter@keeganwerlin.com kmoriarty@keeganwerlin.com

TO: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
FROM:
DATE:
RE: MA DPU 21-90, 21-91, 21-92 (Electric vehicles)

The questions of electromagnetic safety and environmental health must be addressed before investments in the electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure continue . . .

The DPU hires the lawyer within the Attorney General's office, and so the lawyer is less than independent.

However, if you feel that the smart grid is a civil rights problem, then file a civil rights complaint with the Attorney General and perhaps it will bypass the utility lawyer.

Please email if interested in meeting like-minded people in  your town for strategizing. The email address is in the town section, or elm followed by the domain lasttreelaws.com.

Holyokers: please email Holyoke followed by the domain lasttreelaws dot com and include your address and phone number, which will be kept private, to verify you are a real person, to work on limiting cell towers in Holyoke.

Holyoke, Pesticide Action. City Council is not interested yet, but if you live in or represent a local or relevant organization, please sign this letter for Holyoke  to prevent aerial spraying of a toxic pesticide. See the resources page, chemicals section, for more information.

We will launch a signature gathering drive and petition initiative in 2023 to support a Massachusetts constitutional amendment.  This requires a great deal of planning and support, so please sign up for news and how to help HERE.

This proposed constitutional amendment is to require easy access to easy-to-understand summaries of conflicts of interest of certain state officers and candidates in executive and legislative branches, as well as candidates for the Massachusetts federal delegation to Congress, President and Vice-President. Tax returns and other required disclosures under oath are to be randomly audited. Reasons to support this amendment can be found here.

Constitutional amendments can be amended by the legislature. Therefore, your help will be needed to help set up meetings with legislators to prevent misuse - please sign up here for information on helping.

A version of this ballot measure was submitted in 2021 to the Massachusetts Attorney General and was found to have one error, illegal inclusion of judges, which will be corrected. The time between 2021 and 2023 will also be used to allow further review and editing to improve the amendment purpose.

Donations will be posted soon online (this is in progress).

To donate online, see the donate link in the navigation menu or the donorbox at the top of the MA Legislation page. Here is how to send a check:

    • Mail to ----
    • Address check to ----- (cash is restricted)
    • Include this information (required by law - the state accounts for this and it is public information):
      1. Your occupation
      2. Your employer
      3. Your name and address

Donations will be posted soon online (In progress). For online, see the donate link in the navigation menu or the donorbox at the top of the MA Legislation page. Here is how to send a check:

    • Mail to ----
    • Address check to ----- (cash is restricted)
    • Include this information (required by law - the state accounts for this and it is public information):
      1. Your occupation
      2. Your employer
      3. Your name and address

Wired Only Letter! This letter was prepared by CHD, which was part of a lawsuit where the courts said the FCC wireless guidelines are terrible. Share the news with this automated letter - click here.

Wired Only Call! Tell Biden & your federal legislators we want wired communications only - and tell your state legislators you want wired-only too! See our 2 phone scripts, contact info, & summary of federal wireless legislation.

Safe & Sound Pro measurements - Dr. Magda Havas asks citizens to survey and report local wireless levels. See https://globalemf.net for information.

We've posted resources and information freely to educate, and will continue in hopes that you will act and lead on these issues independently. We hope a swarm of independent actions will disrupt industry manipulations.

Officially, the leadership is as follows:

Kirstin Beatty, director, who became active after becoming ill from wireless exposures. Kirstin works on writing, content, legislation, testimony, and research for Last Tree Laws as a volunteer. She has a website, Beatty.fyi, with further writings, educational materials, and an option for patronage. Her Twitter tag is @BeattyKirstin.

Our new ballot question committee will just have Kirstin as officer, until arrangements can be made otherwise. By law the name of the ballot committee must have Kirstin's name and the topic of the ballot measure.

Tatiana Cheeks, was previous co-chair and works with Arise and Science for the People for greater accountability to prevent mold in housing. Tatiana is also a long-time volunteer and mold organizer with Springfield-based ARISE, which focuses on the rights of the poor such as access to safe environment and housing.

Anonymous is the webmaster, who prefers to remain anonymous!

We're focused on legislative avenues for change. Last Tree Laws was formed as mainly to focus on legislation, including as a Massachusetts ballot measure committee to put forward popular legislation that state legislators will not put forward for a vote.

Reducing wireless exposures and protecting environmental health are focus areas, but ballot measures and legislation include other topics.

Other work includes:

  • Analyzing Massachusetts laws & conflicts;
  • Researching &  synthesizing relevant information;
  • Freely sharing information neatly online;
  • Organizing educational events;
  • Stop 5G MA ordinance development;
  • Ballot measure development.

Our fight for technology regulations isn't just about the environment or technology, but social justice.

A lot of legislation out there provides special favors and business opportunities for a few - instead, we favor legislation that helps everyone and avoids promotion of products, individuals, or businesses. Addressing societal problems should not be an exclusive business opportunity or require payment for knowledge or safety.

Locally, technology needs to be regulated in areas such as:
▪ developing safer, accessible technologies;
▪ limiting toxic chemicals & managing waste;
▪ limits on digital marketing & excess screen time;
▪ protecting digital privacy;
▪ protecting public education & curriculum;
▪ alternatives, such as eco-friendly jobs and entertainment;
▪ reducing electromagnetic emissions (wireless and electric exposures);
▪ acknowledge hubris and ignorance (e.g. genetic and nano engineering outcomes)
▪ limiting resource consumption (mining, scarcity);
▪ limits on automation (education, jobs, life);
▪ protecting quality of life and democracy in Massachusetts and globally;
▪ preventing monopoly, and
▪ preventing poverty.

The domain name email (lasttreelaws.com) is preferred.

The elm option is the best choice, as this is our main account.

The PM.me option is a protonmail account for protonmail emails. Mainstream email providers do not always accept protonmail - please switch to protonmail if emailing protonmail or try another ProPrivacy recommendation!

Please also whitelist our email address AND our domain name lasttreelaws.com. Please search duckduckgo.com for information on how to whitelist with your provider.

Post can be sent to Last Tree Laws, c/o Kirstin Beatty, 149 Central Pk Dr, Holyoke, MA 01040