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Lesley Blackner staying put



Blacker Lesley Blackner, the environmental attorney and major force behind Hometown Democracy, is continuing her fight to get the initiative to the ballot. 

Rumors were swirling last week, in part because Hometown Democracy didn't make the 2008 ballot, that she was giving it all up to become a purse designer. While Blacker has been making cloth purses for a few friends as encouragement to dump their leather bags for environmental reasons, she's not giving up the Hometown Democracy initiative.

"I don’t know where that came from," Blackner said. "No, it's not true." 

But, if she saw a widespread need or interest for her cloth purses, she would make more and donate her proceeds to Hometown Democracy, she added.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:12pm]


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