Massachusetts

Three Actions to Take June 15-19

Mothers are a powerful force at the intersection of COVID-19, racism, and climate. Below are three opportunities to use your power this week:

First, please write and call your Massachusetts State Senator TODAY about the safe and fair election bill S. 2755. 

Second, use social media on Thursday 6/18 to say now is the time to plan for getting Massachusetts off gas.

Third, support Black Lives Matter and environmental justice on Juneteenth, Friday 6/19.


Fruits of our Labor: June 12 Virtual Lobby Day and Campaign Wins!

June 12 Virtual Lobby Day:

Friday, June 12, meetings to be scheduled between 1:00 - 4:00 PM - Registrants will be sent meeting time and logistic info

RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/CCmmPyVL8fr7bXox9

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/241887410433798/

Mass Power Forward is organizing virtual meetings with legislators and their constituents by county. Please sign up here by Sunday June 7 if possible.

This is a shirt up/show up/speak up opportunity! Wear your Mothers Out Front t-shirt and set your camera so everyone can see it! Let them know that the Mothers Are Here and demand Environmental Justice and bold climate policy NOW! 

Campaign News

  • Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) won a legal victory in federal court that vacated the Weymouth compressor station air quality permit. Although construction continues, this ruling shows that the MA Department of Environmental Protection did not follow its own protocols to protect the residents of Fore River Basin. There may well be delays in the project, and there is a possibility that Enbridge may not be able to bring the compressor online.
  • Attorney General Maura Healey, our ally and hero, has called for the Department of Public Utilities to plan for the transition off gas. Please make some noise on social media about this, like: Thank you @MassAgo for petitioning the DPU to investigate the future of the natural gas industry so we can meet our climate goals and protect our kids!  #BeyondGas #MAGasPlan @EEASecretary @mothersoutfront #mapoli

Legislative Update

 

 


Switch the Source Newsletter May 25, 2020, Issue #84

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Updates and information about our Massachusetts statewide activities

May 25, 2020

IN THIS ISSUE:

    • New MA Leadership Team Takes Office
    • Stay Tuned for Upcoming Legislative Action 
    • Virtual House Party, June Debut
  • Calendar 
    • Ask your MA State Legislators - Tues., May 26, at 12:00 pm 
    • Weymouth Compressor Station - Tues., May 26, 5-6:15 pm
    • How Gas Leaks Affect Our Trees - Thurs., May 28, 1-2 pm
    • Pass Bold Climate Legislation in 2020 - Deadline by May 31
    • Team Needs Assessment Survey: Community Team Leader Tools and Technology Assessment
    • Share your story about voting ahead of Election Day
  • Recommended Reading
    • Webinar Recording: Two Public Health Crises: Coronavirus and Climate Change - The Path Forward
    • Op-Ed Article: Want to prevent the next pandemic? This doctor is prescribing climate action
    • Article: Good News In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S
  • Resources
    • COVID-19 Updates and Information
      • Food Link MA Fights Food Insecurity
      • COVID-19 Community Aid
      • Support our neighbors in Chelsea, East Boston, and Lawrence

 


Switch the Source Newsletter, April 13

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Updates and information about our Massachusetts statewide activities

April 13, 2020

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Message from National Leadership, "Finding Comfort and Resolve in this Challenging Time"
  • Path to Power Vote April 18th
  • Earth Day April 22-24
  • MA Legislative Team Report
  • Coaching Coordinator Hired
  • Connecting and Support
  • Training
  • Fun for all ages  

Showing up for Weymouth, MA

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.

 


Getting the Word Out in Boston

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!

 

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Kristine Jelstrup presenting...


A First for Somerville: Gas main replaced during winter moratorium!

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.

Read the whole story:

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Arlington 2020 LAUNCH Party

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...

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Ann Boland, Jill Manca, Alicia Russell, Amy Antczak, and Danie Descoteaux

 


At the State House: Mothers and Mass Power Forward!

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)

 

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Newton Mothers Out Front attendees (left to right): unidentified man, Judy Boroschek, David Backer, Karen Slote, Ellie Goldberg, Pat Burdick

 


Amherst Electric School Bus Campaign Launch Party!

 

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.

The event got news coverage from WWLP and was funded by a grant from Climate Change Conversations in Libraries.