On Monday evening, January 22, members of our UU Church and other Manchester residents learned about the crisis of childhood lead poisoning in our city. Phil Alexakos, Deputy Public Health Director, presented a report on the situation, the causes, and the tragedies it brings to families. He also spoke about the newly formed city commission to address the crisis. The report and presentation were followed by a question and answer.
The event was held in Fellowship Hall and was co-sponsored by the UUCM Social Responsibility Committee and Granite State Organizing Project. A follow-up event is being planned for the spring.
The event was filmed by Manchester Community Television. Until broadcast times are known, you can view the video at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n4Po4lHNoks
Many thanks go to our fellow congregants who hosted the event with refreshments, welcomed and ushered our visitors, facilitated the AV component, planned the event, participated, set up and cleaned. Thank you Liz Alcauskas, Angela and Travis Audet, Don Beecy, Lila Cate, Dave and Judy Corbit, Pam Eliason, Marge Goudreault, Penny Hussey, Cypress Rose, Jackie Spenard, and Edna White.
Phil Alexakos from Manchester Public Health
Left to right: Phil Alexakos, translator Ilana Barreto from GSOP, Hispanic community member Alida, Ward 4 Alderman Christine Fajardo, Hispanic community member Elizabeth, and former Alderman-at-Large June Trisciani.