Massachusetts

Green New Deal advocates in Worcester urge reimagining of FDR’s signature program

Report-in from the Worcester Team: Mothers Out Front co-cooordinator, Gaylen Moore, being interviewed at the Worcester Townhall on the Green New Deal, organized by Sunrise Worcester. Gaylen was interviewed by Telegram and Gazette reporter, Steven Foskett. We tabled at this event, and one of our leaders, Wahya Wolfpaw, an indigenous grandmother, also opened the event with an blessing. 

Gaylen Moore of Worcester is a member of the local chapter of Mothers Out Front, a national environmental advocacy organization. The group has focused locally on raising awareness about unrepaired natural gas leaks near schools and day care centers. But Ms. Moore said Mothers Out Front’s goals are in line with the Green New Deal; she said natural gas is a contributor to climate change.

“We need to shift utilities to clean energy in a way that creates good jobs,” Ms. Moore said.

She said it frustrates her to hear people asking where the money will come from to fund Green New Deal initiatives. She said people need to instead ask what the cost is of doing nothing.

 

Read the whole article here: 

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Worcester Team files petition with City Council for Hearing on Gas Leaks

On the evening of Tuesday, May 7th, three members of the Mothers Out Front Worcester team, filed a petition to the Worcester City Council requesting a public hearing on Eversource's plans to fix current unrepaired gas leaks within fifty feet of Worcester Public School zones. We also asked that our city support the House F.U.T.U.R.E Act (An Act for A Utility Transition to Renewable Energy).

 


Benefit Concert for Victims of Gas Disaster

The concert included choral music by Koleinu and will feature Temple Emanu-El’s own Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Cantor Michael McCloskey of Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, and a singalong led by Music Out Front, the musical arm of Mothers Out Front.

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Cambridge Mothers Connect with the Global Warming Youth Summit

Cambridge Mothers Out Front enjoyed connecting with young people and asking them to write postcards to Gov. Baker, at the Global Warming Youth Summit at MIT in Cambridge.

 

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Worcester Team held a Community Forum on Gas Leaks

On Saturday, March 31st, on a beautiful spring day, the Mothers Out Front Worcester team held a community forum on Gas Leaks in school zones and climate change. The forum was a culmination of months of research, strategy-planning and thinking from the Mothers Out Front Worcester team.

 

 

The forum attracted a crowd of fifty people who represented a wide cross-section of the Worcester community. In attendance, there were Worcester Public School parents, college students, community activists, environmentalists, residents concerned about gas leaks in schools, in the community and climate change, moms, dads, grandparents.

 

 

Worcester's Mayor came, as well as District 3 City Councilor George Russell, State Representative Keefe, School Committee member, Dante Comparetto, and two school committee candidates. Local grassroots organizations, like, SunRise Worcester Chapter, the Regional Environmental Council, RENEW, Socialist Alternatives, 350 Central Mass, also came to support this team's work. 

 

 


WBUR: New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says

A new state regulation requires utilities to identify these super leaks of methane gas! Two Mothers Out Front, Zeyneb Magavi and Debbie New are quoted in this article, as well as our friend Audrey Schulman from HEET!

In the words of Father Out Front and Professor Nathan Phillips regarding WBUR 90.9 FM's coverage linked below:

"Congrats to HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)& the #GasLeakAllies for translating research to policy; to Margaret Cherne-Hendrick& Bob Ackleyfor key research; Gas Safety USAfor being first to raise the issue; & Mothers Out Front for engaging MA communities to fix this!"

 

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Zeyneb Magavi, Audrey Schulman, Nathan Phillips and Debbie New                                  Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Zeyneb and Audrey

 

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MA Mothers Out Front Launches “Beyond Gas” Campaign Team and 2-Year Campaign

Over 40 Mass. Mothers Out Front members gathered Thursday March 28th to officially launch our two-year “Beyond Gas” campaign and a new Campaign Team and structure. Every Task Force, Working Group, and Functional Team, the Mass Leadership Team, and most Massachusetts Community Teams were all represented.

 

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We started the Launch Meeting with a celebration of all that has been done in past years to limit the use of dangerous fracked gas, and to stop the build-out of gas infrastructure in Massachusetts. Attendees wrote our successes out on a timeline on the wall, and then added our visions for the future: the wins we hope to have in this two-year campaign. Members were hopeful that we would stop the Weymouth Compressor Station, join the fight in Western Mass. against the Agawam Pipeline Expansion, pass the FUTURE bill (SD1953 and HD3719) and fix all large volume leaks near schools throughout the state — and more! We toasted (with non-alcoholic bubbly cider) to our past and future successes, and to the determined and talented members from across the state that were in the room!

 

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Media Advisory for Saturday, March 30, 2019

Contact: Alise Murawski at amurawski@westendstrategy.com or 202-702-6903

 

Concerned Mothers Hold Urgent Public Forum About Gas Leaks, Climate Change

Over 800 methane gas leaks in Worcester alone, community must act

 

WORCESTER, MASS.Mothers Out Front Worcester is holding an urgent public forum on gas leak safety and climate change on Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.

After months of research and an audit of gas leaks, Mothers Out Front Worcester is gathering the community to take action against the serious threats posed by aging gas infrastructure and climate change. Worcester has over 800 methane gas leaks, some on school properties and in other sensitive locations.

The forum will discuss actions that can be undertaken by the community and individuals to reduce the harm caused by Worcester’s aging gas infrastructure. Speakers will include representatives from Gas Safety USA, Mass Energy Consumer Alliance, the Worcester Tree Initiative and more.


Big Step Forward for Clean Energy in Boston and MA

GREAT NEWS! We've achieved a big step forward for clean energy in Boston -- and across the state.  

Boston is the state's first big city to commit to a community energy plan, and Boston-based Mothers Out Front are celebrating this milestone.  With the city's new commitment, some 190,000 homes and 31,000 businesses will get their energy from a municipal provider, who will be under contract to provide more renewable energy citywide.  The Jamaica Plain and Downtown Boston teams started advocating for this in 2017 and it's taken longer than expected to bring it to fruition. Kudos to these moms and all our Boston-based allies for their persistence in getting this done!

 

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MA Hired Energy Industry Execs to 'Independently' Review State's Gas System

Mothers in Massachusetts are holding the governor's administration accountable for a fair and unbiased review of the state's gas infrastructure, following last September’s gas explosions in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley.

Debbie New of Mothers Out Front still holds hope the review will reflect the public’s interest. “There's an opportunity now for our DPU that hired them — and that's on the Independent Review Panel — to demonstrate that they're working for the public, not the utilities, by giving us a comprehensive, transparent report.”

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