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East Boston

Mothers Out Front East Boston is a group of mothers, grandmothers and allies who are working to protect children in our community from the harmful physical and mental effects of air pollution.

Inhaling toxins generated by airports and roadway congestion can have major effects on the health and development of East Boston kids. Children in heavily polluted areas of East Boston are:

  • 3-4 times more likely to experience symptoms of asthma than children in other neighborhoods.
  • 2x as likely to experience COPD (chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease).
  • more likely to experience negative impacts on development and school performance.

This will only get worse with future airport expansion plans.

Our community is unfairly affected by pollution like so many other Environmental Justice communities in America;

  • 88% of Latinos live in areas that do not meet federal EPA air quality standards. Hispanic children are twice as likely to die from asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites. 
  • African American children are 4.4 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma, and 7.1 times more likely to die from asthma than white children.

Mothers Out Front East Boston is tackling these issues head on with real solutions. HEPA filters – which remove 75-82% of ultrafine particulate pollution from the air within minutes – are already being installed in two community centers, and potentially 20 homes for a pilot study. Our campaign is centered around getting MassPort to provide HEPA air filters to all public schools by September 2020, and all public spaces and residences after that.

In addition to fighting for indoor air filters—first and foremost at public schools—Mothers Out Front East Boston is supporting a number of initiatives to protect and grow trees, nature’s outdoor air filters.

Do you have a personal story regarding air pollution? We are collecting your stories. Please email mothersoutfront.eb@gmail.com