Coming this fall, Mothers Out Front Needham invites you to learn about renewable energy solutions your neighbors are already using!
What: Mothers Out Front 2020 Neighborhood Green Crawl
When: Fall, 2020 (Date TBD based on guidelines issued by the MA Department of Public Health).
See ways to reduce your carbon footprint, curb pollution and take steps towards making a better planet for our children.
Come visit Needham homes and talk to homeowners who already are using green technology and innovations to improve their homes and lives. Choose which topics interest you, such as:
- Solar Array (Panels)
- Solar Hot Water Heaters
- Air Source Heat Pumps for Heating and Cooling
- Electric Vehicles (EVs)
- Induction Stoves
- Compost bins
Questions about any of these technologies? Ask away – get the scoop on benefits, initial costs and costs savings of going green.
Visit as many or few of your neighbors’ houses as you want, however we encourage you to make multiple stops as no two experiences are the same!
Please join Mothers Out Front Needham for this fun learning experience!
Contact: Liz Gregg at email@example.com for more information
For more than five years, the frontline community organization in the Fore River Basin, FRRACS, has brilliantly and bravely led the fight against Enbridge’s plans for a compressor station in Weymouth. Every day this toxic and dangerous project has been delayed has been a win for FRRACS, the residents of the Fore River Basin and our planet - and an expense for Enbridge.
In spite of the unyielding fight by FRRACS and allies across the state, Enbridge started construction in January, 2020. Their construction process daily defies the agreements made for site remediation. Huge drills have dug deeply into the arsenic and asbestos laden soil, throwing these and other toxins into the air. Trucks pound and break up the buried furnace bricks, releasing asbestos. Workers are without masks and without proper coverings. Unmarked trucks transport the toxic soil to a New Hampshire landfill, and maybe to Maine - and, it seems, without properly disclosing what is in the soil. (Hint to DEP: This is not ‘historic fill’).
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been complicit in all this - aiding Enbridge, and not protecting the community. Since October, 2019, they have refused communication with FRRACS and residents. Now important things are happening:
On January 22nd, FRRACS led a powerful delegation to the DEP office in Lakeville. (Alice Arena and other FRRACS members, supported by allies, led 2 1/2 hour occupation and teach-in, resulting in a 4 hour meeting being set for early February with DEP officials!!!)
And on Wednesday, January 27th, our friend Nathan Phillips began a hunger strike to help protect the residents of the Fore River Basin - and beyond.. He has put forth three simple demands. Let’s please back him up with our phone calls, tweets, posts and messages so the Nathan can cease his hunger strike. Our message is aimed at the two men in our state who have the power to act, who could meet the reasonable demands Nathan has made, but so far have refused to do so.
We are asking for calls and tweets to Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental Protection. Please call and tweet! - anytime day or evening - urging Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental Protection to meet Nathan’s three simple demands.
- Governor Baker’s office: 617-725-4005
- DEP Commissioner Suuberg’s office: 617-292-5500, extension for messages: #71098
Say, “I am calling to urge you to meet the three demands about the Weymouth compressor construction site that will allow the ongoing hunger strike of Nathan Phillips to cease.”
Use this hashtag and tag these twitter accounts:
@MothersOutFront @nathanpboston @MassDEP @MassGovernor @FRRACS_MA
Thank you for taking action to support just and realistic climate policy in
Call and Email Your Representative!
We still need to get our priority bills out of the Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Committee (TUE). The House members of the TUE Committee extended the deadline for their report on the FUTURE Act until June 4th. We want the bill reported favorably out of the committee as soon as possible. We are still asking Representatives in the House to reach out to the TUE Committee Chair Rep Thomas Golden about our support for the bill. We also ask that you reach out to constituents in other parts of the state where there may not be a strong climate voice to contact their Representatives.
See sample email and call script below.
Sample Email text or Call Script
Email subject line: In support of H.2849 and H.2810
Dear Representative _________,
I am urgently concerned about the climate crisis and the health of my children and grandchildren, and the burden they will bear, if we don't act boldly now. I support H.2849, the FUTURE Act, and H.2810, the carbon pollution pricing bill.
Will you please let Representatives Golden and Dykema know that your constituents want these bills, and other bold climate bills, reported favorably out of the TUE in time to pass this session?
I support H.2810 because it will ensure:
- An effective and equitable price on carbon covering transportation and fossil fuel use in buildings
Protection and benefits for low to moderate income households, rural residents, and export-driven
- Investment of 30% of all revenue in local clean transportation, resiliency, and renewable energy projects.
I support H.2849, the FUTURE Act, because it will ensure:
- OUR SAFETY NOW: TRIAGE our leaking and hazardous gas system. We cannot move
forward to the future without always, first, minimizing the risks today.
A BETTER FUTURE: TRANSITION our gas system beyond gas:
- Allow gas companies to sell utility-scale renewable thermal energy.
- Include gas companies in the Alternative Portfolio Standard.
- Allow pipe replacement plans to include utility-scale renewable thermal pipes.
- IMPROVED DECISION MAKING: INCLUDE climate impacts as well as public health and
safety in energy decisions at the Department of Public Utilities.
Please take my message to the TUE leadership, for all our children.
Welcome to the Supermom Challenge!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to motivate one or more constituents of State Representative Carolyn Dykema, the House Vice-Chair of the TUE (Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Committee). We know that Rep Dykema wants to pass some of the climate bills in her committee, but needs to hear from her constituents that they care. As a leader in the House, Rep Dykema is in a key role to move Massachusetts swiftly and boldly toward fair climate solutions.
The TUE is the committee where the fate of the carbon pricing bill H.2810 and the FUTURE bill H.2849, and other bold climate change bills, will be decided. We need the TUE to vote these bills favorably out of committee by February 5th. There are sometimes extensions, which would give us more time for this Supermom Challenge, but that's not what we're asking for.
Rep Dykema's district includes Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and part of Westborough; it's where 495 and the Pike intersect. Neighboring communities are Framingham, Milford, Marlborough (see map below).
Think about who you know in Rep Dykema's district, or who you know nearby who might know someone there. Call them and email them now with this important request for raising their voice about climate change.
All they have to do is give their name and where they live, and ask her to pass bold climate legislation now!
Representative Carolyn Dykema, (617) 722-2680, Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov
Here's a sample call script or email (Subject line for email: Please pass climate change bills):
Representative Dykema, I'm [calling/emailing] because I know you care about taking action on climate change. My name is_________ and I live in ________. I'm very concerned about climate change because [Your reasons, like: I'm a parent, grandparent/I see the destruction in the world/I worry about the burden we're leaving to future generations]. Please do all you can to pass bold climate bills now. Thank you, [Your name, address, phone number]
Ask them to let you know after they call or send an email and thank them profusely (would they like to be on the Mothers Out Front mailing list?). Please let Andra know what happened, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need ideas for finding people? Announce the challenge and towns in her district at services and events. Post on Facebook and search Facebook for the towns and see if any of your connections live or work there or nearby. Ask them to help you connect with someone they know in Dykema's district.
Questions, ideas? Contact Andra email@example.com.Become a volunteer
Thank you to the 57 attendees of the Strategy Summit, held Saturday, Oct 20th, for your dedication, creativity and care when thinking about our statewide direction for the next couple of years. Of our 18 community teams, 13 were represented at the Summit. The decision making was expertly facilitated by Edith Buhs and Anne Wright. We thank all the proposers for the time and thought they put into their proposals.
We are pleased to announce that, in response to strong support from participating community teams, the 2019-2020 statewide strategy for Massachusetts Mothers Out Front will focus on a campaign based on the Beyond Gas and Pipeline proposals. We are indebted to the Gas Leaks and Pipelines Task Forces for the tremendous accomplishments they have achieved over the past 3 years, which we will be building on for our next two year strategy.
As a key next step, the MA Leadership, Statewide Strategy, and Structure Teams will convene a conversation(s) that will include representatives from the Gas Leaks and Pipelines Task Forces, as well as from across MA Mothers Out Front to focus the selected statewide campaign further regarding:
- Impact & people goals of the campaign
- Creation and design of a campaign committee and decision-making guidelines
- Charge for the campaign committee
This conversation will also begin the process of shaping this campaign to ensure it meets our three main criteria for meaningful impact, building power, and providing a meaningful role for mothers and mothers' voices.
Continuing Work and Volunteer Opportunities
Legislative Team Opportunity: The carbon pricing proposal had strong support from the community teams at the Summit and several bills were included in the original Gas Leaks and Pipelines proposals. However, given the need to consider all legislative possibilities in greater detail, Summit participants decided to create a MOF Mass Legislative Team that is empowered to select a maximum of 3 bills to champion in the upcoming state legislative session.
If you're interested in being a part of this new legislative team, please let Andra Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org, know.
Structure Committee Opportunity: The Structure Committee is developing a new governance and committee structure that brings the power of our grassroots organization together to make key decisions and monitor statewide strategy. To learn more, please contact Anne Wright, email@example.com.
Study Group Opportunities: There are also various study group opportunities.
- Regenerating Earth’s Carbon Sponge; for more information contact Melissa Ludtke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Transportation; for more information contact Andee Krasner, Andee.email@example.com.
- Reducing food waste; for more information contact Carolyn Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the successes of the Strategy Summit. There were moments of levity and laughter too throughout the day, which is a testament to the supportive and entertaining vibe in the air. The MA Leadership Team has created this feedback form about the strategy process so far, so that we can learn what everyone found helpful, inspiring, challenging and what could be done differently as we continue.
Mothers Out Front Arlington has been hard at work all summer getting gas leaks fixed, protesting pipelines, AND spreading the word about Arlington’s new electricity program: Community Choice Aggregation. We are getting close to our goal of 300 Arlington families OPTING UP to 50% or 100% renewable energy. (We’re at 235 right now.) So we need your help!
If you’ve thought about getting involved, now’s the time. We especially need people who can help for an hour or two at TOWN DAY, coming up on September 16th, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Choose from two roles:
- AT TABLE: Mothers Out Front will have a table throughout the day. For each 1.5 hour time slot, we need two people at the table — distributing flyers about current campaigns and helping people OPT UP. Don’t worry if you’re new. We’ll have seasoned people at the table to train you.
- IN CROWD: During each time slot, we also need 3 people to “work the crowd.” You’ll be wearing a sandwich board, distributing flyers, and sharing information about OPTING UP. Again, don’t worry if you’re not an expert. We’ll train you, and if people have questions, you can always refer them to the Mothers Out Front table.
Click to sign up for a time slot below, and provide your name and email. We will email you to provide more information.
|Time||Role||Slot # [Name]|
|8 AM - 9:30AM||Set Up||
Slot 1 Andrea Winslow
Slot 2 Ann Boland
Slot 3 Sign Up
|9:30 AM - 11AM||Table||
Slot 1 Jill Manca
Slot 2 Sarah Conn
Slot 3 Nancy Strong
|9:30 AM - 11AM||Crowd||
Slot 1 Deb Lewis
Slot 2 Linda Clark
Slot 3 Sign Up
|11 AM - 12:30 PM||Table||
Slot 1 Ann Boland
|11 AM - 12:30 PM||Crowd||
Slot 1 Sue Donnelly
Slot 2 Jacqueline Chakrabarty
Slot 3 Sign Up
|12:30 PM - 2 PM||Table||
Slot 1 Alice Trexler
Slot 2 Karen Thomas-Alyea
|12:30 PM - 2 PM||Crowd||
Slot 2 Maggie Schramm
Slot 3 Peggy Gardiner
|2 PM - 3:30 PM||Table||
Slot 1 Lynn Baldridge
Slot 2 Nili Perlmutter
|2 PM - 3:30 PM||Crowd||
Slot 1 Andrea Winslow
Slot 2 Jessica Kuznick