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Mothers with Switch bannerWe are a group of mothers who refuse to stand idle while climate change threatens the future of all our children. Join us in learning how to build and flex our civic muscles as we TAKE ACTION every Monday, every week. Share Monday Actions on FB and Twitter! Thanks in advance!

~ The Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front

Note: We compassionately design our Monday Actions with your busy schedule in mind. Hopefully they take you less than 5 minutes each week. Feedback or ideas? Comment here or Email info.ma.PioneerValley@MothersOutFront.org

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Monday Action: A Convenient Action

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This is your Monday Action for the week of 8/14/17: Take action at a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel.

We saw many of you at the 7:00pm sold out Amherst Cinema showing of An Inconvenient Sequel on Friday evening. Thanks to Ben Hellerstein for speaking about the 100% Renewable bill that Environment Mass took the leadership on writing. Over a hundred audience members signed letters to the chairs of the MA Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee to support the 100% Renewable bill H.3395/S.1849.

This week we encourage you to go to a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel.

  • Show up with 20 copies of this 100% Renewable bill letter and some pens.
    • Ask people on their way out to sign two copies to be delivered to the committee chairmen in person by Climate Action Now.
  • Bring the signed letters next Monday, 8/21, to the Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park with special guest, Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory, climate entertainment. 5:00-7:00.
    • Can’t go to the picnic? Come to the CAN meeting on 8/28.
      • Can’t go to the CAN meeting? Mail the letters yourself!

Non-profit Solar in Our Community

Our friends at Coop Power are a non-profit building clean energy and providing energy efficiency services. If you’ve been thinking about adding solar to your electricity mix, whether on your property or through community solar, they’ve got options available right now. Signing up with them helps our community by keeping our energy dollars local, creating local jobs, and increasing access to solar for low and moderate income households and non-profits. Find them at http://www.cooppower.coop.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the state.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 8/14, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meeting. 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Sunday 8/20, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Special guest: Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org. In September we’ll resume our 3rd Monday meetings as usual.
  • Monday 8/28 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. Northampton Unitarian Meeting House, Main St., Northampton.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Senators, Don’t Fast-Track Fracked Gas

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This Monday Action, for the week of 7/31/17, is brought to you by our friends at Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast. Contact Senators Markey and Warren and ask them to oppose the energy bill that would make exporting fracked gas easy. For the sake of the generations to come we have to stop building any new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Congress is trying to rush through a pipeline fast-track bill that expedites Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal approvals (creating “need” for more pipelines), requires increased deference to FERC from state, local and tribal governments, and much more. The House version – H.R. 2910 – just passed last week. The word is that the Senate bill could be voted on early this week, and that Bernie Sanders is so far the only Senator to have spoken out againstit!

Please make a quick call:

Capital switchboard: (202) 224-3121 – they will connect you to your Senators.

Basic message:  Please oppose S.1460 – it would fast-track LNG export and pipeline reviews, instead of giving them the additional scrutiny they need!  This energy bill moves us in the wrong direction in many ways.  The fossil fuel industry doesn’t need more handouts and FERC needs major reform, not more power to do the fossil fuel companies’ bidding.

Here is a fact sheet with more information about the bill; here is the full text.

While phone calls are best, here’s a quick link from Food & Water Watch with an editable form email that has the basics.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the country.

See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • Thursday 8/3, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Amherst Board of Health Meeting. We’ve asked the Board to sign a letter to the Governor to study the health effects of methane from pipelines. Please come and show that mothers and others care about the health of children and planet. Bangs Center, Room 101. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Friday 8/4, 4:00-5:30pm, Community Choice Electricity, also known as CCAplus, Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Amherst location. Bring food if you like. After dinner we’ll walk up the hill to Amherst Cinema. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Friday 8/4, 7:00pm, An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore’s new film, followed by discussion with Ben Hellerstein of Environment Mass. Amherst Cinema.
  • Sunday 8/6, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 8/14, 600pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meeting. 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org. In September we’ll resume our 3rd Monday meetings as usual.
  • Monday 8/28 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. Northampton Unitarian Meeting House, Main St., Northampton.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Reps, Sign On to Carbon Pricing by 7/27!

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Monday Action for the Week of 7/24/17: Contact state reps and write to committee chairs to support three bills that will lead to a fair price on carbon and a clean energy economy for future generations.

[Last week you used our new website, Light Up the Map. Did you see your light on the map? If not, please select the action again and SAVE so we can see everyone who is taking actions.]

1. If you’ve already asked your State Rep to sign the letter in support of the Massachusetts carbon pricing bills, we need your help to get lots of people in other districts to ask their Reps to sign on by July 27th. If you haven’t asked your Rep, ask them to do so right away. Here is the letter we’re asking them to sign and a list of who has signed that we’ll update.

Read about the Carbon Pricing bills at Light Up the Map, make your call or send an email, click SAVE to confirm that you did it and then, Voila!, you’ve added another light to the map on the site. Please send the link to people you know elsewhere in the state. Explain why you took this action and how important it is to get their state Rep to sign on.


2. Please submit written testimony in support of Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose‘s billH.3473, An Act relative to creating energy jobs.

The bill aims to make it easier for companies to develop clean energy technologies, which will stimulate investment, growth and new jobs. A carbon fee and dividend is one of 5 parts of this bill. Read more here.

Submit your written testimony for H.3473 by writing to the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies:
Senator Eric Lesser: eric.lesser@masenate.gov
Representative Joseph Wagner: Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov

Your testimony can be very simple. Tell them you care about climate change and why. Say that you support Representative Goldstein-Rose’s bill H.3473. Here is a sample letter. Or write your own:

  • Mention that clean energy, storage and carbon pricing are all necessary to make our economy strong, grow jobs, and keep our energy dollars in state.
  • The bill does all this without appropriating any money, rather creates affordable financing, attracts private battery development with tax incentives, and has a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend.

You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 7/24, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting, 6pm for the Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Meeting. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. 6pm meeting is downstairs, enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Saturday 7/29, 10:00am-2:00pm, Celebration for a Living Earth, at Lower Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest. Bring a picnic, enjoy music, presenters, and take stand against the Kinder Morgan pipeline extension. RSVP here.
  • Thursday 8/3, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Amherst Board of Health Meeting. We’ve asked the Board to sign a letter to the Governor to study the health effects of methane from pipelines. Please come and show that mothers and others care about the health of children and planet. Bangs Center, Room 101. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 8/6, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 8/14, 600pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meeting. 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org. In September we’ll resume our 3rd Monday meetings as usual.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Monday Action: Let’s Light Up the Map in MA with Climate Action

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Here’s your Monday Action for the Week of 7/17: Call and ask if your State Rep has signed the letter in support of Rep. Benson’s carbon pricing bill, and if not, ask them to do so right away. Then ask a friend to call their Rep.

We have a brand new tool we’re about to launch called Light Up The Map (LUM for short). We’re still working on it, but we couldn’t wait any longer because we need to reach across the state to show strong support for carbon pricing among our Massachusetts Representatives. That’s what LUM is for.
You:

  • register at Light Up the Map
  • make your call or send an email
  • click that you did it and then,
  • Voila!, you’ve added another light to the map on the site.
  • send the link to LUM to someone you know elsewhere in the state, like, in the Reps’ districts listed below or others you’ll see on the LUM website.

Check back on the LUM website in a few days after you do your action, or if you have trouble with the site, because we’re going to be adding and fixing every day.

Representatives who have shown support for the bill, but haven’t yet signed the letter:

Rep. Diana DiZoglio – North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence & Haverhill.
Rep. Paul Mark – Northern parts of Franklin and Berkshire Counties.
Rep. Adrian Madaro – East Boston
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez – Downtown Springfield
Rep. Colleen Garry – Dracut and Tyngsborough
Rep. Paul Brodeur – Wakefield
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier – Pittsfield
Rep. Edward Coppinger – West Roxbury to part of Brookline
Rep. Alice Peisch – Wellesley, Weston


Thank you! Let us know what you think of Light Up the Map, and let us know any suggestions you have by emailing us at info.ma.pioneervalley@gmail.com. We’re so excited to see how it works and hearing from you will help us make it better.


There’s actually another bill that’s close to our hearts that we want you to know about.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, an important climate bill by our Amherst/Pelham/Granby rep, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, will have a hearing along with other bills 10:30am – 1pm. The bill is H.3473, An Act relative to creating energy jobs, before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

The bill aims to make it easier for companies to develop clean energy technologies, which will stimulate investment, growth and new jobs. A carbon fee and dividend is one of 5 parts of this bill. Read more here.

Submit your written testimony for H.3473 by writing to the Chairs of the Committee:
Senator Eric Lesser: eric.lesser@masenate.gov
Representative Joseph Wagner Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov

Your testimony can be very simple. Tell them you care about climate change and why. Say that you support Representative Goldstein-Rose’s bill H.3473.

  • Mention that clean energy, storage and carbon pricing are all necessary to make our economy strong, grow jobs, and keep our energy dollars in state.
  • The bill does all this without appropriating any money, rather creates affordable financing, attracts private battery development with tax incentives, and has a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend.

Remember last week we encouraged you to make videos to speak your mind to Governor Baker. Well, we still want you to do that.

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More than 100 mothers and others turned out last Tuesday to Stand with Andrea outside Governor Baker’s office – to support her ongoing efforts to help stop the compressor station in Weymouth.
We are so delighted that some of you have already joined in the social media campaign we kicked off last week. We’re sure hoping many more of you will do videos, too. Short messages are great. Learn about the video campaign. See examples on our Facebook page.

What Should I Say in My Video to Gov. Baker?

1. Record your video. You’ll probably repeat this step a few times before you decide there was a reason you didn’t go into show business.
2. Post your video on your Facebook page. 
Include in your post #MothersProtectCommunities @MothersOutFront.
3. Share your video on our Pioneer Valley MOF Facebook page.
4. Email videos to story@mothersoutfront.org
5. Extra credit: Tweet your video (max 45 sec) to Charlie Baker. Sample Tweet:
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@MassGovernor #MothersProtectCommunities like #Weymouth. Go see the site. Deny the permits. @mothersoutfront @MOFpv

You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 7/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting and PICNIC! Light dinner, bring if you can. We’ll eat and meet outside if the weather cooperates! Maybe make a few videos to Baker. Families welcome. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Saturday 7/22, 11am-1pm, MOF at the Amherst Farmers Market. Join us for ice cream and have your picture taken with an infrared camera to see how ener-G-save’s thermal images of homes in the Pioneer Valley will show where the leaks are in the houses and motivate action! Can you volunteer? info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 7/23, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 7/24, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting, 6pm for Legislative and 100% Renewable premeeting. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St.
  • Saturday 7/29, 10:00am-2:00pm, Celebration for a Living Earth, at Lower Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest. Bring a picnic, enjoy music, presenters, and take stand against the Kinder Morgan pipeline extension. RSVP here.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Time for Mama Bear to Speak to the Governor about #Weymouth


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Monday Action for the week of 7/10/17.

This week’s Monday Action builds on last week’s call to the Governor’s office. This week we’re asking you to channel that Mother Bear inside you to speak to the Governor, virtually. And remember to scroll down to see what events are happening this week; there’s lots of ways to join in.

Across the state, Mothers Out Front members are taking action over the next 10 days to move Governor Baker away from his support of fossil fuels by focusing all our effort on the proposed Weymouth compressor station.

Key permits from the state are needed to build the station. Those permits are due in August. There’s evidence that the existing industry already is causing violations of MassDEP guidelines for 8 toxic air pollutants. The air quality estimates provided by the pipeline company didn’t take all the existing pollutants into account.

Now is the time to mobilize our power as mothers and others who speak for the next generations.

There’s two actions this week:

Join Mothers Out Front at the State House

If you’re near Boston, join us tomorrow, July 11th, at noon, in front of the State House. Then we’ll line the halls in front of Baker’s office, silently urging him to visit the compressor station site and meet with the community. For more information contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org and we’ll put you in touch with the organizers.

Make a Video to share

Here comes the bit about channeling Mama Bear. We’re asking you to speak to the Governor by making your own short video. What should you tell him? First introduce yourself. Tell him why this matters. Whose future are you protecting? Tell him about your loved ones, maybe even have them join you in recording your message. Choose one of these three things to ask him to do:

  • Visit the proposed site and meet with the community.
  • Deny all permits for Weymouth because they violate regulations.
  • Conduct independent air quality testing at the site.

The next step is to join the chorus of voices we’ll create on social media. Post your video on your Facebook page or on ours. In your post, write why you’re doing this and include @MothersOutFront so we’ll find it and can post it. Check our Facebook page for examples of videos and please share them too. This is what social media is great for – echoing an important message.

If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter, you can send us a link to your video and we’ll put it on our Facebook page. (If you don’t know how to send a link to your video, contact us, or ask your teenage granddaughter, for help.)

This isn’t so easy

Yes, we know this is not your typical Monday Action. Feel ridiculous talking to your phone camera? Say so! The truth is that this is one of the things that stands out about the Mothers Out Front message. We’ll do things we never thought we could do because the children we love are depending on us to raise our voices! Wow, that’s really powerful. 

If there’s just no way the video is going to happen, here’s last week’s action. You can do it again, but this time write a letter or call if you already emailed.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 7/10, 5:30-7:00pm, 100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting – Presentation on Community Electricity – California Style, reports from all workgroups. Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on the side on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. Bring dinner!
  • Thursday 7/13, 8:30am – 10am, Zero Energy Amherst. Join our team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for Amherst location.
  • Friday 7/14, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 7/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting and PICNIC! Light dinner, bring if you can. We’ll eat and meet outside if the weather cooperates! All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Sunday 7/23, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com

You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Tell Our Governor: Stop New Gas Infrastructure in Weymouth

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Moms and dads join Weymouth resident Andrea Honore in the Governor’s office, waiting for him to meet with her about the Weymouth Compressor Station. She’s been there every day during her lunch break for over 70 days. Ask the Governor to visit Weymouth with Andrea.

Monday Action for the week of 7/3/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to tell Governor Baker to oppose the effort to build the Weymouth compressor station and to refuse to let the cost of building fossil fuel infrastructure be passed on to the public. Also, please look below for local activities in the Pioneer Valley.

The good news is that another gas pipeline, Access Northeast, that would have cut through communities in MA, CT, and NY, has been shelved for the foreseeable future! YAY TEAM! Your calls and emails do make a difference! Savor the win on this Independence Day weekend.

But our work is not over. The South Shore was, up until last week, facing two projects that depended on the Weymouth Compressor station: Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast. Spectra is still awaiting permit approvals from Massachusetts for Atlantic Bridge. Though ANE has been withdrawn, our fight against the Weymouth compressor station continues. We still have to defeat Atlantic Bridge.

Part of the reason Access Northeast has been shelved is because the economics of fossil fuel infrastructure don’t work. Last year, the State Supreme Court shot down the Baker Administration’s pipeline tariff. However, utilities and pipeline companies remain determined to find a way to make ratepayers – us – pay to build infrastructure we don’t want or need.

Our US Senators Markey and Warren have taken a stand against the Weymouth compressor station. The candidates for Governor have all spoken out in opposition to it. It’s time for Governor Baker to take action to protect our neighbors, our children, our clean energy economy.

Call the Governor. Use the text here as talking points. Or email, but be sure to put it your way. Say why you care.


Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children I love depend on us for a livable future. I want you to accelerate the pace of change in policies to ensure those children have hope for their own and their world’s health.

The Weymouth compressor station is not just a federal issue as you’ve said before, it’s a local and state issue that you have the power to allow or deny.

  • Direct the Department of Environmental Protection and Coastal Zone Management to deny vital permits.
  • New data shows high levels of air pollutants are already present near the proposed new compressor station in Weymouth. A health assessment must be done before permits are given.
  • At least go visit with Andrea Honore, who has been waiting for you to take a serious look at the proposed site. You’ll see how close the proposed site is to parks and neighborhoods.
  • We expect you to stand up for us against the gas pipeline and utility companies’ efforts to finance their pipelines by passing on the costs to ratepayers.
  • You have committed us to bold action on climate by signing on to the Climate Alliance in support  of the Paris Agreement. We cannot continue to build infrastructure for fossil fuels and meet our climate goals.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
with Mothers Out Front


Contact Info for Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

To email via his email form

To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.
See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pmZero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for Amherst location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 7/9, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 7/104:30-6:00pm100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting – Presentation on CCAplus: Community Electricity – California Style, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on the side on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/176:00-8:00Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting and PICNIC! Light dinner, bring if you can. We’ll eat and meet outside if the weather cooperates! All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place (except August gathering will be in a park venue, TBD).

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.
You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

 

Rep, The World We Love is 100% Renewable Energy

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Here’s your Monday Action from the Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front, for the week of 6/26/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to ask your State Representative to support 100% Renewable Energy and join The World We Love puppet pageant (pictured above) and direct action this Saturday in Northampton. See below for other upcoming events as well.

On Saturday, July 1, please join us in calling for 100% Renewable Energy at The World We Love. People of all ages, giant puppets, activists, and musicians will parade through the streets of Northampton, watch a play in Pulaski Park and then fan out into Northampton to speak to individuals and businesses about their part in reducing Massachusetts energy use and becoming 100% renewable. See details below.

We’re joining a nationwide commitment to 100% renewable energy. Ask your State Rep to support a bill calling for 100% Renewable Energy which was introduced by Rep. Sean Garballey and Rep. Marjorie Decker (H.3395) in the House, and by Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1849) in the Senate. It sets a bold goal of getting our electricity from all clean energy sources by 2035. The rest of the economy, including buildings, transportation, industry, would go 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Western Mass Representatives who signed on as cosponsors of the bill are:
Reps Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Peter Kocot in Hampshire County;
Rep Stephen Kulik in Franklin County;
Reps Gailanne Cariddi, Paul Mark, and William Pignatelli in Berkshire County;
Reps Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Tosado, Aaron Vega, and John Velis in Hampden County.

If your Rep is on the list of supporters, thank them and encourage them to get their colleagues on board.
If your Rep isn’t on the list, ask them to support H.3395/S.1849.

You can use the text below as talking points in calling your Rep, or in an email. Just be sure to personalize it by mentioning the children you love or other reasons you’re motivated to act on climate.


Dear Representative {YOUR REP},

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children I love depend on us for a livable future. I want you to accelerate the pace of change in policies to ensure those children have hope for their own and their world’s health.

I’m asking for your {or thanking you for your} support of the 100% Renewable Energy bill, H.3395/S.1849. It will help make a swift, complete, and just transition from fossil fuels to the clean energy future that is within our grasp. The bill accelerates the annual increase in the amount of clean energy electric companies must include in their portfolio. It also calls for workforce development in clean energy, and directs state agencies to study and implement clear strategies for attaining the goals.

Please work with your colleagues to gather support in the House for passing this bill this session. There is no time to lose.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
with Mothers Out Front


 To contact your representative, look them up here.


The World We Love

The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration, The World We Love Giant Puppet Parade performance and direct action, will be on Saturday July 1.

To join Mothers Out Front for the parade, gather between 1:30 and 1:45pm at the County Court House Lawn. We’ll be representing the element Air from the East, carrying the winged creatures. Wear yellow, bring wings and puppets and stuffed animals of the winged type if you like. There will also be stick puppets and larger puppets to carry. For the parades from the other 3 directions, see the Facebook page.

2:00pm Parade begins to Memorial Hall Lawn and Pulaski Park Lawn.

2:30pm Community Performance of The World We Love-Its in our Hands!

Immediately following the performance join the Direct Action to connect with businesses and individuals about reducing their energy usage to help us achieve 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Sign up on Facebook.
To help make puppets this week, contact Beth Fairservis, beth@bethfairservis.com.


 

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In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St. 
  • Thursday 6/29, 4:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm, PVTA Public Hearing on Bus Route Cuts, City Council Chambers, 212 Main St, behind City Hall, Northampton. Come defend our public transportation system that connects the valley for education and jobs, and lowers carbon emissions.
  • Saturday 7/1, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, The World We Love, Northampton. (see details above).
  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Zero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 7/9, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 7/10, 4:30-6:00pm, 100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

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Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team