Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.
Joe Grafton of the New England 10% Shift & Grace Ross of Worcester Local First.The 10% Shift represents organizations of Local Independents in over 20 communities in every state in New England. They are promoting a New England-wide campaign asking citizens, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to shift 10% of their annual purchases from non-local businesses to
Local Independents, which in turn will build stronger and more independent regional economy.
These New England Local Independents are asking the Governors and Lieutenant Governors of the six New England states to personally sign the Pledge; endorse The Declaration of Local Independents -- a document outlining the philosophy behind the 10% Shift -- and actively support the 10% Shift in their states.
Campaign organizers say they understand that moving state procurement policies and practices toward a 10% Shift will take considerable time and effort.
My guest is: Joe Grafton, executive director of Somerville Local First and coordinator of the New England 10% Shift.