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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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Remember this guy?

MONDAY ACTIONToday we have a little video for you

Al Gore is looking at google searches and concludes…well, watch and see:


In Person Events

You asked,   “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

Fieldtrip
! Visit the Susan B. Anthony Museum in Adams, MA. Born in 1820, women got the vote in 1920. Women in Anthony’s day were beaten to death in jail for registering to vote. Sometimes it seems change will never come- until it does.
Green Your Ride (and save money on -not buying-gas): Here is Consumer Reports, and MassEnergy.

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

We are all in this together. 
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

http://ma.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_main

 

August 23, 2018

Amherst Action: This Town Was Made for You and Me

Remember the song? This land is your land. This land is my land…

Well that’s how we feel about Amherst, isn’t it? We all want what we cherish about town to be maintained. And we want to make it better, to live up to our highest ideals, to be a model of energy innovation and inclusiveness at the municipal level.

The upcoming election on September 4th is the beginning of forming a new Town Council which will shape our town. Every District gets two Councilors, but some have 6 candidates. The preliminary election 9/4 will narrow the field to 4 candidates per District.  Do you even know what District you vote in? It’s not easy to find out so we’ve made a District cheat sheet for you. Feel free to pass it on.

It’s time to speak up, ask questions and express what matters to you about leadership in Amherst. Join us tomorrow, Tuesday 8/21 at 6:00 pm at the UU (directions below) to prepare for the Candidate Forums. We’ll get talking points and practice making our questions of candidates memorable by speaking from our hearts about the future we want for our children in their home town. That’s what Mothers Out Front does best, and governmental officials across the state tell us how effective we’ve been in getting climate change on the agenda. At 6:45 pm we’ll fan out to the 5 District Candidate Forums ready to get climate on the Council candidates’ agenda. See below for locations.

Can you help us spread the word about our Candidate Survey on Sustainability and Diversity? We’re just starting to get responses back from the 31 candidates for Town Council. You can see their answers as they come in over the next week or so.

Curious about the climate positions of candidates in other races? Climate ActionNow did a survey of the State Senate and Rep candidates in the region. They’ll have the results on their website soon.

In Person Events

  • Tuesday 8/21, 6:00-6:45Prep for District Candidate Forums, Public Narrative Practice. Unitarian Universalist Society, 220 E. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at side entrance off Kellogg St.
  • Tuesday 8/21, 7:00-9:000 pm, Meet the District Candidates for Amherst Town Council, League of Women Voters Forums in 5 Districts:
         District 1: Amherst Survival Center
         District 2: Pole Room, Bangs Center
         District 3: Large Activity Room, Bangs Center
         District 4: Woodbury Room, Jones Library
         District 5: Munson Memorial Library
  • Monday 8/27, 7:00-9:00 pmCAN General Meeting. First Churches of Northampton, 129  Main Street.
  • Wednesday 8/29, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., LWV Forum for At-Large Candidates for Town Council, Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium. Ask your climate and local energy questions.
  • Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 9/4, VOTE!
  • Monday 9/17Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Focus on local and statewide MOF strategy and as always, connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! NEW LOCATION! RSVP felicia.mednick “at” verizon.net.

Onward!

Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Your Shopping List

MONDAY ACTION: Who is on your list for Tuesday, September 4?

As a voter in our democracy, you hold currency: your vote

And in the primaries, those who vote can have at least twice their usual clout because so many voters sit out the first round.

Take some time this week to read about who is running for reelection. The people we shine a spotlight on in Monday Actions are:

1 Governor, 2 US Senators, 1 US Congressperson, 1 State Senator, 1 State Representative, the Attorney General- or people’s lawyer, and the President. Six of them want your vote on September 4. Time to do some shopping for the best climate protectors. Start here.


Thank you for doing Monday ActionsMonday Actions are a practice, like yoga, like music.
They ground us, and take us on a path to a better world.


 In Person Events

  • Monday 8/20, 6:00-8:00 pmAmherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! NEW LOCATION! RSVPfelicia.mednick@verizon.net.

August 13, 2018

Children Change the Climate

MONDAY ACTION: Write letters with your children: CHILDREN CHANGE THE CLIMATE

It is very rare that law-makers get letters these days– hand-written letters from children, that is.
This week, why not sit down with a child and write to Governor Baker. Here’s a start:

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Contact: Governor Baker

Call: (617) 725-4005 or 888.870.7770 in state)
Email 
Letter:
 Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133
____________________________________________________________________________

Dear Governor Charlie,

My name is ________________________________.

I am ________ years old.

My favorite thing to do is____________________________.

I love ___________________________________________.

Kids do have a voice!

Did you know that the US Supreme Court just unanimously upheld kids right to sue Trump over Climate Change? I think that is good.

I know you are running for reelection. On September 4th, voters are going to be looking at what you did to protect us kids when they compare you to the other two candidates Bob and Jay.

What do you tell your own kids?

How are you the best candidate to protect us kids from Climate Change?

Thank you, I hope you can write back.

Sincerely,

 

 


Boston Globe: Baker’s Department of Public Utilities is already moving ahead with plans to allow National Grid and Eversource to charge their electric ratepayers to help finance the expansion of natural gas pipelines in New England.

Thank you for doing Monday ActionsMonday Actions are a practice, like yoga, like music. They ground us, and take us on a path to a better place.


 In Person Events

  • Monday 8/20, 6:00-8:00 pmAmherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! NEW LOCATION! RSVP felicia.mednick@verizon.net.
August 6, 2018

One More Day

 

MONDAY ACTION: Last chance this legislative session

Join the chorus: Join the Twitter Storm info asking our state reps for clean energy.


Thank you for doing Monday ActionsMonday Actions are a practice, like yoga, like music. They ground us, and take us on a path to a better place.


 In Person Events

  • Monday 8/20, 6:00-8:00 pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! NEW LOCATION! RSVPfelicia.mednick@verizon.net.

July 30, 2018

Talk About Climate Change at the Beach

MONDAY ACTION: Talk about Climate Change at the Beach

We hope you’re enjoying time with family and friends, at home or travelling. Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, evangelist and climate researcher, has some wisdom to share about talking with anyone about climate change, wherever you encounter them.

Even at the beach, you can pick up the phone and call some of the MA legislators in the conference committee who are deciding right now what energy bills will get a final vote and go to the Governor. Last week you probably got a message explaining what to say to these legislators. Here it is again (be sure to click on the red + to get the phone numbers; no need to fill in your local rep). This is the week to make those calls. As Dr. Katherine Hayhoe says, we have hope as long as we all work together. Your voice counts.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions. Monday Actions are a practice, like yoga, like music. They ground us, and take us on a path to a better place.

Once a week we know we have a date to think about where we are and ask for the world.

 In Person Events

  • TONIGHTMonday 7/23, 7:00-9:00 pmCAN General Meeting,Unitarian Universalist Society, 220 E. Pleasant St, Amherst.
  • Monday-Thursday 7/23-7/26  a series of vigils outside the offices of the conference committee members who are failing to act on climate and immigration: 
      • Monday from 12-1pm 
      • Tuesday from 11-12pm (there will also be an Immigrant Rights vigil from 12-1:30)
      • Wednesday from 12-1pm
      • Thursday from 12-5pm (culminating in a HUGE mobilization)

    For carpool info, contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

  • Time/date TBD, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College. Summer location: McConnell Hall. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 8/20, 6:00-8:00 pmAmherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! NEW LOCATION! RSVP felicia.mednick@verizon.net.

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

We are all in this together. 
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

July 23, 2018

Monday and Done

MONDAY ACTION: Start your week off right, then go out and enjoy life:

Keep up the pressure on the House of Representatives! Call now and leave a message: It is crazy how much gets done in the next few days and hours.

CALL 2-3 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE TODAY  WITH 2 SIMPLE REQUESTS:

1) Increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 3%.

2) Protect us, the consumers, from a pipeline tax forcing us to pay for new pipeline construction.

And, Massachusetts residents, great news:

Ireland Expected To Become World’s First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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Thank you for doing Monday Actions. Monday Actions are a practice, like yoga, like music. They ground us, and take us on a path to a better place.
Once a week we know we have a date to think about where we are and ask for the world.

In Person Events

You asked,   “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

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

We are all in this together. 
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

http://ma.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_main