On February 19th, hundreds of people gathered to raise their voices against the building of the toxic Weymouth Compressor station. Several people from other organizations took direct action to slow down the work on the site. Mothers Out Front and others in the crowd stood with signs in support. Anne Goodwin, of Mothers Out Front (and Music Out Front), energized everyone through leading chants and songs.
We know continuing to build out fracked gas infrastructure puts our communities at risk today and our children's health and happiness on the line for tomorrow.
Wendy McCluskey and Kristine Jelstrup, from Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, went to the Boston Area Sustainability Group - Invite to Ignite - event on February 4th and spoke to lots of interested volunteers from all over the state. People want to DO something about the Climate Crisis and we were there to share with them that Mothers Out Front is a terrific movement to get involved with!
Kristine Jelstrup presenting...
With Mothers Out Front Somerville leading the way, a historical decision was made to emphasize repairing gas leaks!
For the first time in the City's history, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Department of Infrastructure and Asset Management (IAM) have allowed National Grid to replace a gas main during the City's winter moratorium to expedite efforts to eradicate gas leaks in Somerville.
On January 13, National Grid began work to replace a century-old gas main on the eastern half of Pearl St. and Myrtle St. in East Somerville. Due to its age, the Pearl St. gas main is prone to leaks and had been identified as a priority for replacement by local officials as well as partners including the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mothers Out Front, and other community advocates.
Large gas leaks have been shown to accelerate climate change and compromise local environmental conditions. In his January 6 inaugural speech, Mayor Curtatone underscored the need for urgent action, citing efforts to reduce gas leaks as a priority for 2020 and commending the persistent leadership and advocacy of Mothers Out Front on this issue.
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Arlington's January Community Meeting on January 6th was a tremendous success! We had a big "launch party" for our 2020 Goals and we had a great turnout—36 people came, including many people new to Mothers Out Front!
We introduced our new leadership team...
Ann Boland, Jill Manca, Alicia Russell, Amy Antczak, and Danie Descoteaux
Mothers Out Front Massachusetts teams were out in force, joining allies and each other, for hearings at the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
Committee members heard testimony about the "FUTURE Act” (For Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy), which is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use, increasing efficiency and encouraging renewable sources of energy and other energy policies. (H.2849, S.1940)
Newton Mothers Out Front attendees (left to right): unidentified man, Judy Boroschek, David Backer, Karen Slote, Ellie Goldberg, Pat Burdick
Mothers Out Front Amherst had an excellent turnout (~35) at our Electric School Bus Campaign Launch Party at the Jones Library in Amherst on November 24.
Our petition was signed by many and will go to the School Committee once we reach 150 signatories. Guest speaker was Brian Foulds, a strong advocate for electric school buses in Concord.
Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS). Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was scheduled to attend a political fundraiser in Worcester Tuesday evening, which Mothers Out Front Worcester saw as an opportunity to demonstrate support for FRRACS’ opposition to the proposed Enbridge fracked-gas compressor station near the Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth. This project is a lynchpin of Massachusetts’ commitment to fossil fuels, as it will connect pipelines from as far south as PA, all the way to Canada. Most of the dirty gas will be sold and exported, very little even serving residents of MA.
Mothers Out Front Amherst/Pioneer Valley are #inthenews fighting for a for a clean ride to school for our children!
Mothers Out Front recently launched an online petition, which the group anticipates submitting to school officials Dec. 17 with the signatures of community members and students, aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing pollution and improving the health of those affected by diesel exhaust.
On Tuesday, Mothers Out Front member Felicia Mednick told the School Committee that transitioning from fossil fuels to electricity will send a message to children that the town is taking the effects of climate change seriously and reducing its carbon footprint.
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Huge congratulations to the first cohort to complete the first ever Leadership Academy!No small feat! Now we have newly minted leaders knowledgeable in campaign strategy, one to one's, personal narratives and meetings with public officials. They will be unstoppable! Enormous gratitude goes out to all the trainers and staff who created curriculum and made all four modules happen. Hopefully this will be something that can be duplicated in other states!
A Mother's perspective on the historic Brookline, MA Warrant Article 21 prohibiting fossil fuel use in new construction and in renovations, published by Brookline Wicked Local:
Like any mother, I think about my children’s future all the time. I look at the world that they are inheriting from us and I feel great anxiety. As a mother, I want to protect my children no matter what.The looming reality of global warming and climate collapse is something that requires immediate action. I have realized that I need to do everything I can to urge individuals and communities to protect the future for all children.
Last Wednesday night, at the Brookline Town Meeting, our community took action. By an overwhelming favorable vote, we passed the broadest ban on gas and oil infrastructure in new construction and significant renovations in the entire country. From this decision alone, carbon emissions in Brookline will be lowered by about 10% over the next thirty years. Brookline is demonstrating that a clean energy future is possible, now.