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:
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."
A Mothers Out Front team is taking shape in Worcester and they brought out the banner for the Worcester May Day Rally on May 1st. Thank you to those who came out and the little ones who brought their spirit!
Mother’s Day may be known for flowers, chocolates, and breakfast in bed, but the holiday has activist origins and a group of mothers in Bedford is reclaiming these roots.
The Mothers Out Front Jamaica Plain Team joined in the festivities for the 2018 Wake Up the Earth Festival; marching in the parade before spending an afternoon tabling to let their community know how important Boston Consumer Choice Energy is and why it needs to be implemented now!
Thank you to Boston Magazine for including Mothers Out Front!
"Boston mothers’ groups have political sway, can rally their ranks at a moment’s notice, and have the power to make or break a local business with a single post. Here’s how to get on their good side."
Three Massachusetts were represented at World Asthma Day at the MA State House!
"Here we are at the State House in support of #LetUsBreathe, World Asthma Day, Workers Rights Day, really organized by the Green Justice Coalitionincluding Neighbor to Neighbor,ACE, Deeper Than Water.
- Mina Reddy (Cambridge) Claire Humphrey (Jamaica Plain) and, Randi Soltysiak (Somerville).
On April 10th, Mothers Out Front Amherst and Town officials were honored to present our Town Zero Energy bylaw to the Mass Zero Energy Advisory Council in the morning and to the Town Meeting Warrant Review at night. Very proud of our successful collaboration with Select Board members Andy Steinberg, Connie Kruger, Town Manager Paul Bockelman and DPW/Fire Station Advisory Committee Chair J Lynn Griesemer. Thanks to Chris Riddle (pictured below), Rudy Perkins, Anne Perkins, and the rest of the Mothers Out Front Amherst team.
Written by Mother Out Front Andra Rose
Mothers Out Front Lincoln teamed up with the LS High School Environmental Club and Green Energy Committee to PASS four very important Green Resolutions at Lincoln’s Annual Town Meeting. The Lincoln team spent countless hours meeting with town administrators and employees, local boards and businesses to get broad support for these initiatives. In addition, a huge 'Get Out the Vote' effort was made that included tabling several mornings at the local transfer station, a 'Green Initiatives' postcard party and mailing, and an electronic phone chain/text to encourage people to show up and VOTE! And it worked!! Each of the following citizen petitions required a 2/3 majority citizen's vote and each passed with much more!
- Plastic Water Bottle and Plastic Bag Bans: The Town of Lincoln now joins its neighbors of Sudbury and Concord in banning the sale of both single-use plastic water bottles and grocery bags- two big steps towards protecting our oceans, wildlife, health and climate from harmful single-use plastic.
- Gas Leaks Resolution: The Town of Lincoln voted to support the Consumer Cost Protection Bill that will encourage local utilities to swiftly fix the 64 gas leaks in Lincoln.
- Community Choice Aggregation: The Town of Lincoln voted to allow the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process to pool electricity purchasing power, negotiate price stability and source more renewable energy.
On Thursday, March 15th, Governor Baker submitted to the Legislature a $1.4 billion bond bill — which would authorize the governor to spend the money at a future date — with $300 million slated "for critical infrastructure and the prevention, adaptation and mitigation of climate change," according to a letter Baker submitted with the bill. Climate resilience is just one element of the bond bill. (Source: http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/03/15/baker-climate-plan.)
Mothers Out Front Massachusetts joined others from communities impacted by current and proposed fossil fuel infrastructure and Mass Power Forward allies on April 3rd to attend and testify at the hearing on the Environmental Bond Bill.