Mothers in Massachusetts respond to National Grid's lockout of union gas works:
To National Grid:
We at Mothers Out Front are deeply concerned about National Grid's lockout of union gas workers. As members of a national movement of mothers and others mobilizing for a livable climate and protecting the health and safety of all children, we urge you to resolve the issue quickly. While we are outside of the negotiations and can’t comment on the details of the dispute, we are concerned for the workers, their families and the communities you serve.
Mothers Out Front in Brookline #InTheNews!
The signs are the product of Mothers Out Front Brookline, a group of “mothers and others” attempting to bring attention to non-lethal gas leaks. These leaks are responsible for the death of approximately 400 trees throughout Brookline, according to Brookline Mothers Out Front. Each of the signs mark spots where trees have died due to gas leaks from Brookline’s deteriorating underground pipeline system.
“There’s no real incentive to change that for a gas company,” said Brookline Mothers Out Front member Susan Helms Daley, who helped spearhead the ghost tree initiative. “So we’re trying to bring some awareness to this issue because it’s really the public who can bring pressure to the gas companies.”
An open letter to Speaker DeLeo from a Winthrop constituent
Speaker DeLeo: You and I live in Winthrop. Our streets are flooding; the storms are fiercer, more frequent and more damaging; our insurance costs are sky rocketing; but most importantly, our health and our grandchildren’s health–yours and mine–is compromised as our state warms. Please don’t ignore the heat waves, the mold from flooding, the increase in mosquito and tick borne-disease, the allergies and asthma, the heart and lung effects, the mental stress from losing everything.
Read Suzanne's letter on line here:
In late June, the Mothers Out Front Cambridge team had a busy evening at the Central Square Soccer Nights! We engaged with lots of families and gave out 62 LED light bulbs. LEDs are 85%, or so, more efficient than incandescents and 40% more efficient than compact fluorescents.
Watch the video below!
Last week the Cambridge team held a Spanish-speaking House Party which was high energy and a lot of fun! Minga Claggett-Borne and Mina Reddy co-led the meeting. This party came together because Mina held a focus group at the Cambridge Community Learning Center and met some great women who were interested in energy efficiency.
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.
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.
Music Out Front performing for the crowd gathered for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, June 8th.
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.
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.
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."