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  • Call script for TUE Feb 5

    Thank you for taking action to support just and realistic climate policy in

    Massachusetts 

    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. 

    Find your Rep's phone number and email here.

    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
      manufacturers.
    • 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.

    Thank you,

    Name

    Address

    Phone

     

  • Calls to Rep Dykema

    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, [email protected]

    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 [email protected]

    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 protected]

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  • Summit Next Steps

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    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.

    Statewide Campaign

    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.

     

    Summit_Sue_and_Ann_proposing.jpgContinuing 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, [email protected], 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 protected].

    Study Group Opportunities: There are also various study group opportunities.

    • Regenerating Earth’s Carbon Sponge; for more information contact Melissa Ludtke, [email protected].
    • Transportation; for more information contact Andee Krasner, [email protected].
    • Reducing food waste; for more information contact Carolyn Weaver, [email protected].

    You can read more about the study groups and Strategy Summit campaign proposals on the Mothers Out Front website.  

    Summit_small_group.jpgThank 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.