Currently in Boston— May 4th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Rainy and cool for midweek

I'd love to just skip ahead to the Thursday forecast because tomorrow looks cool and wet with an easterly wind and on and off showers. We should see anywhere from a quarter to 3/4 of an inch of rainfall and there might even be a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

As Wednesday's weather system pushes beyond our regions, skies will clear and Thursday is looking stunning. There will be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will reach well into the 60s to perhaps a few 70°F readings.

Friday also looks rather nice with a continuation of sunny weather in highs in the mid-60s a storm should pass south of our region on Saturday, but it will be close enough to keep a cool marine flow of air in place. Sunday looks dry, but a little below average. —Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

A draft decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, leaked by Politico, indicates that the Supreme Court could strike down the historic Roe v. Wade case later this year — the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

Today we published an Op-Ed by Ashley Fairbanks— an Anishinaabe artist, writer, organizer, and digital strategist. In response to the leak, she wrote a road map on how to embrace an ecosystem of changmaking, beyond just doomscrolling and telling people to vote.

Fairbanks wrote about how to plug into existing work,

“This is where we have to start. As close to us as possible. Let me give you a plan. Invite a few of your trusted friends to dinner. Maybe a potluck. Have a real conversation about your fears right now. Talk through different scenarios. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses as a group, and where you’re interested in plugging in. Make real plans.”

This methodology can be applied to what ever issue you're passionate about whether that's reproductive justice, climate, or another cause.

Here is Fairbanks’ big advice:

  1. Look for existing information. Google is your friend. People that are doing abortion protection work are already overextended. Don’t rely on them to give you personal advice.
  2. Show up and plug in to existing work.
  3. Do what people ask of you. If you’re new to movement work, try and listen more than you talk, keep your head down, and learn. Offer skills you have, but also realize that you taking out the trash allows someone to do work that only they can do.
  4. Don’t waste your time and energy critiquing people if you disagree with their tactics. Find your lane and do your thing.Read the full story: Beyond Doomscrolling and into Action.