Massachusetts

Bringing Paris Home in Cambridge

Our Cambridge team kicked off its “Bringing Paris Home” Campaign. Our federal government may have backed away from the International Paris Climate Agreement, but “We’re still in!” was the rallying cry at the kickoff event held at the Central Square Library on Thursday, May 31. About 40 attendees, including City Councilors Sumbul Siddiqui and Quentin Zondervan, gathered to snack on French foods, sing along with Music Out Front, hear an informative presentation, and engage in spirited small-group discussions.

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Walking the Talk at the US Conference of Mayors

Walking the Talk

Cambridge Mothers Out Front members were among the lively and vocal crowd gathered in Copley Square on the morning of June 8th to be sure that Marty Walsh and the other attendees of the US Conference of Mayors heard their message: that our cities need to be in the forefront of renewable energy innovation and infrastructure.

Mothers Out Front and other climate action allies were urging the mayors to Walk the Talk on climate by

  • Committing to 100% renewable energy and taking concrete steps to increase renewables now. For Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, that means implementing community choice energy.
  • Halting new fossil fuel infrastructure, including fracked gas.
  • Championing net zero construction for new buildings.
  • And divesting public holdings from fossil fuel.

 

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Music Out Front performing for the crowd gathered for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, June 8th.

 

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Column: Mother’s Day Inspires Climate Activism

Mother Out Front and Columnist Felicia Mednick shares what Mother's Day means to her:

As a part of honoring the mothers in our lives, and as members of Mothers Out Front, we honor the many women who have organized mothers to take action. They give us strength to face the climate crisis, to raise our voices, and to organize. They took their messages to their communities, to the streets and to the halls of government.

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A Warm Line from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania

by Anne Goodwin, Mother Out Front

The passion of parents to protect our children and the power of personal stories resonated in our hearts when Mothers Out Front co-hosted four fracking activists from Pennsylvania this week. Lois Bjornson, Jane Worthington, and father and son Brian and Ryan Latkanich spent two days as our guests telling the stories of how their livelihoods, land, health, and children’s health have been destroyed by intensive fracking for methane gas fuel all across their rural area.

 

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Pictured - Back row: some of the Co-sponsors - Susan Lees, Anne Goodwin, Cindy Luppi;
Front row: our guests from PA - Brian Latkanich, Ryan Latkanich, Jane Worthington, Lois Bjornson.

 


Keeping Rachel Carson’s Legacy Alive - Newton

Congratulations to Mother Out Front Ellie Goldberg for her publication in Medium!

"On May 23 at Newton City Hall, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller honored the legacy of scientist Rachel Carson by proclaiming her birthday, May 27, as City of Newton Rachel Carson Day. Carson‘s birthday is an urgent call to action for the policies and safeguards that protect us from threats such as climate change, pollution, and waste."

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Mothers Raise Their Voices for #BostonCCE

Boston Mothers Out Front Jamaica Plain sparked a Twitter Storm on Mother's Day and the campaign continues! Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

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Why?

Boston CCE was passed unanimously by our Boston City Council and signed by Mayor Walsh in the fall of 2017. However, it STILL hasn’t been implemented.

We want to thank Mayor Walsh for CCE and let him know how important it is to us to implement it now.

 

What is Community Choice Energy?

Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known as municipal aggregation, will increase Boston’s clean energy portfolio by 5% and help Boston reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. It is an easy way to increase renewable energy use in Boston because there is no change to your electricity provider or the billing process. You turn on the lights and you are using 5% more clean energy.

Watch this video for more information!

 

Twitter Storm Highlights!

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Another Ipswich House Party!

May 16, 2018 - Another great HP in Ipswich thanks to the organizational efforts of Sarah Simon! Getting closer to having a solid team up there, yay! If you know anyone in Ipswich who may be interested, please send them to Sarah Simon, Betsy Erickson or Kristine Jelstrup.  Please send an email to info.ma@mothersoutfront.org!

(Thank you to Kristine Jelstrup for this story and photos.)

 

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Volunteer Madeleine Charney profiled in Yale Climate Connections!

Madeleine Charney, Mothers Out Front Amherst Volunteer, takes her responsibility as a librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

"Charney: 'It’s not just inviting someone to come and speak in your library for programming, but you yourself as a librarian can be the front person if you feel called to this climate change topic.'"

Find out more:

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Mothers Raise Awareness of Trees Killed by Gas Leaks

IN THE NEWS: On Saturday, May 12, Mothers Out Front Brookline and Newton teams held events to call attention to "natural" gas leaks in their communities and the consequences of those leaks. It's helpful to remember that we pay for this leaked gas and it creates a health risk and increases our greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change.

#MomsAsMegaphones #FixBigGasLeaks #BrooklineGhostTrees

Watch the video report on NBC10 here:

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Local moms rekindling the radical spirit of Mother’s Day - Arlington

Thank you to Mothers Out Front Arlington for your inspiration!

"Mother’s Day dates back to the 1850s in the part of Virginia that would soon become West Virginia. There, Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mother’s Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions for children. These women worked to lower infant mortality by fighting disease and curbing milk contamination. They also championed ideals of compassion, unity and peace, tending to wounded Civil War soldiers, Confederate and Union, and holding “Friendship Day Picnics” to bring together former foes.

Fast forward to 2018, and Arlington mothers say they are carrying on this spirit with action. While they may set aside a few hours to honor their own mothers, they say this is a time to unite for their children."

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