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Primary Day was a great day for women here in Western Mass and across the state. That held true in the Amherst town election too. The results of the preliminary Town Council election can be found here.
We will keep the MOF questionnaire up and will allow candidates to update their answers as they learn more and talk with voters. We have removed the candidates who did not make it to the general election list. The purpose of the survey remains the same: voter education and candidate education.
As a service to the community, Mothers Out Front in Amherst asked all the candidates for the first Amherst Town Council to answer four questions on Sustainability and Diversity. We want residents to have a chance to know the candidates' positions on these issues so they can choose who will best represent them. We also want to educate candidates and the public about initiatives on energy and diversity policies and rules that this Council will decide. In particular, we call attention to Community Choice Energy and Amherst's Zero Energy Municipal Buildings bylaw.
The questions we asked are:
1. Amherst, Northampton and Pelham are currently discussing Community Choice Energy. Is this an idea you support? What are the advantages and disadvantages that you see?
2. How will you explain to voters the initial costs and long-term savings of new Town-owned buildings under the Zero Energy Municipal Buildings bylaw?
3. What are your ideas for making Amherst more affordable for low and moderate income renters and owners?
4. If elected, what will you do to increase racial and class diversity in town government - from Council to committees?
The candidates' answers are organized by where they are running. You can look up your District here.
THANK YOU TO THE CANDIDATES FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR SURVEY!
- Monday 10/15, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Focus on local and statewide MOF strategy and as always, connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! NEW LOCATION! RSVP felicia.mednick "at" verizon dot net.
The Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front communities are vibrant and growing. We have two organized locations, in Amherst and in Northampton, with many members all over Western Massachusetts.
We facilitate house parties, hold monthly meetings/discussions the third Monday of each month, arrange family potlucks, host speakers, and partner with other climate change-related organizations, so check out our Facebook page to stay up to date.
And here is a list of current meetings and What You Can Do Now. Also see below.
Our leadership groups, the Organizing Teams, are made up of open-hearted and dynamic women who actively engage mothers, grandmothers, and others to do something NOW about our children's future.
If you want to join in, there are plenty of opportunities, big and small.
Contact us: email@example.com
New Gas? No Thanks! We're Going with Clean Energy.
Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley is working with other organizations in the Valley to plan for a just transition to 100% renewable energy in the near future. We are working to:
1. Use less energy overall by increasing home and municipal energy efficiency and conservation. MOF in Amherst and Northampton helped to pass local resolutions for 100% Renewable Energy. We are part of a Valley-wide coalition to combat a plan by Columbia Gas for expanded infrastructure with energy efficiency in Northampton and Easthampton.
2. Convert our buildings from gas and oil heat to electric. In Northampton, we helped to lead a city campaign to convert home heating and cooling to highly efficient mini-splits. In Amherst, we passed a bylaw mandating Zero Energy new municipal buildings which forbids the use of fossil fuels for building systems.
3. Build local renewable energy sources. We are helping to lead an inter-municipal collaboration to localize and green our energy sources, create local jobs, and let communities choose their energy future. Members in Pelham on the Select Board and Energy Committee are overseeing expanded solar and resilience development.
Join us at a House Party! Learn about Mothers Out Front Front’s approach and current actions, meet other compassionate, concerned mothers and others.
Mothers Out Front Amherst holds Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of every month in Amherst from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Topics discussed and actions taken in recent meetings: natural gas leaks, green development, 100% Renewable in Amherst, engaging friends and family in discussions and actions around climate change.
Open to all! Light dinner served. Children welcome. For more information and to RSVP: felicia.mednick "at" verizon.net.
Mothers Out Front Northampton meets during the academic year every other week on Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm. In the summer we meet once a month. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a region, we also participate in Climate Action Now meetings on the fourth Monday of every month. Meetings alternate each month between the Unitarian Society in Amherst and in Northampton.
Like us on Facebook and get updates on our next events and other news.
What Can I Do?
- Become a member, support the local, state, and national movement, get Monday Actions and other MOF emails
Like Pioneer Valley MOF on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/MothersOutFront.PV/
Like the national movement on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mothersoutfront/
Follow our Monday Actions blog and share it with others https://mothersoutfront.wordpress.com/
Get a free home energy audit, call ener-G-save 413-279-9141 or online: ener-G-save.com
Switch to Clean Energy. Ask friends, neighbors, colleagues to do the same
Locate gas leaks in your town: http://www.heetma.org/squeaky-leak/natural-gas-leaks-maps/
Attend the monthly meeting of Amherst MOF – third Monday, 6pm in Amherst. Open to all. Light dinner served. Children welcome.
- Attend the every other week meeting of Northampton MOF - Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm, meetings are usually at the Smith College Campus Center, but email to check.
Host a house party at your home or institution.
Join Climate Action Now. Meetings are 4th Mon. 7pm, rotating Amherst and Northampton UU churches. Sign up for the Climate Action Now MA newsletter.
Attend a Springfield Climate Action Coalition meeting to do anti-poverty work and implement the Climate Action Plan for the city. Contact felicia.mednick at verizon dot net
Attend a MOF training (past offerings: environmental justice, house party coordinating, facilitator, telling your story).
Contact info email@example.com
Our Amherst Community Team has many tools to share with you:
- Write to elected officials, business and community leaders to ask them to step up the pace of building renewable energy infrastructure. Ask them to conserve energy and switch to green energy in their own home!
- Help us Light Up the Map with other people willing to call their state representatives to support bills that could transform our economy from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Watch how students at UMass Amherst did this at the bottom of this page.
- And if you want a quick overview about what Renewable Energy Credits are, check out this 2 minute video.
Telling our personal narratives is a core organizing tool in Mothers Out Front. Hearing what moves one of us to do something about climate change moves all of us. Our stories bind us together. What's yours?
On January 25, 2017 Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley partnered with Climate Action Now for a community event called "Climate Action in a Time of Crisis." There were 650 people in attendance at First Churches in Northampton. Lily Lombard, Northampton MOF member, was moderator for the four speakers: Solomon Goldstein Rose, State Rep for Amherst/Pelham/Granby; State Senator Stan Rosenberg; Marty Nathan, community activist and physician; Nat Fortune, physics professor, Smith College. Mothers Out Front members led a variety of break out groups including Talking with Children About Climate Change, Consumerism and Climate Change, Telling Your Story/Public Narrative, Talking to Local Officials About Climate Change, and more. These small groups were not only rich and rewarding.
Gas Leaks Campaign
Over the spring and summer of 2016 we brought attention to the hundreds of gas leaks in our neighborhoods all over the Pioneer Valley.
At the Amherst Sustainability Fair in April, 2016 we debuted our map of Amherst with holes where the unrepaired gas leaks were. Children played at throwing corks through the holes to "plug the leaks" while parents talked with us about our work for a livable future for our kids.
We co-sponsored a June presentation by Ania Camargo of Mothers Out Front, Boston, about the dangers of gas leaking under the streets of every town and city. Below are the leaks from 2015. The Yellow tags mark unrepaired leaks.
We joined in The World We Love...
An Interdependence Day Pageant July 2, 2016 included parades, giant puppets, a play and singing.
Mothers out Front members were involved in all aspects of the spectacle. Then we and our allies led the crowd to tag gas leaks in all directions from downtown Northampton.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette carried a two page spread in the Calendar section the next week of photos of the event.
...and tagged gas leaks in Northampton!
Countdown to Paris 2015
The Climate talks in Paris started on November 30th, 2015. On Sunday, November 29th, Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley, co-sponsored family-friendly local gatherings with Climate Action Now and faith communities. We shared our commitment to a clean, healthy future for the next 7 generations.
On Thursday, June 11th, 2015 we were in Greenfield for a hearing with the MA Department of Public Utilities. Four Mothers Out Front leaders testified about why new pipelines are not in the public's interest. We told the Baker administration we want renewable, diverse sources of energy for our children's future. The entire 4 hour hearing is here. Below you can see the full house of 700 people and our own Alisa P. chatting with one of the union guys who came to support the pipeline because Kinder Morgan employs their union.
On April 12th, 2015, we celebrated the 8th week of our 40 week "Count Down to Paris" - Monday Actions.
On February 23rd, 2015, we launched our 40 week "Count Down to Paris" - Monday Actions
On January 23rd, 2015, Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front was featured in an article on our Switch Campaign in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Check it out here.
On November 21st, 2014, Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front went to Boston for the Climate Crossroads, Climate Choices rally. We stood on the Governor's front steps representing two futures, the dark of increasing fossil fuel infrastructure and the bright colored future we have chosen by reducing our energy consumption and switching to clean electricity.
"And no challenge—no challenge—poses a greater threat
to future generations than climate change."