Action Week 32: Tell Obama NO Fast Track

Happy Monday Action.

Today we are knocking on President Obama’s door again as part of our five, 8-week cycles to Paris. This is for a total of 40 weeks of Actions. So this is the first action of the second “round” as it were. If you are just joining us – Welcome! There are more of us come knocking every cycle…

Here’s a sample text for your 5-minute Action this time:
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Dear Mr. President,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We deserve a fossil fuel free future for our energy needs.

I therefore urge you to direct your Paris delegates to be bold on our behalf this November at the UN Climate Talks.

As a member of Mothers Out Front, I am part of a growing movement united in our desire for vibrant and rich future for future generations. Thank you for doing your part to make it so.

I vote.

Sincerely,

(YOUR NAME!)
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Here’s what you need to make that contact:

Phone Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Email contact form:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Or write a letter if you’d find that more convenient:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

They all count!
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That’s it! Bye.
Thank you for being on this journey with us. You are part of the solution.
See you next Monday!
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Wait, you’re still here?
So that took you less than 5 minutes? You want more?

Here’s a Fun Fact: Did you know your elected officials get a tally of contacts like the one you just made? Senator Markey’s aide recently told us that they tally only issues and addresses and pass those numbers on to the Senator once a week. And that MA State Representative Peter Kocut said “6 calls from my constituents on one issue represents a mandate.”

So please never be afraid to cut and paste, call, or if it makes you feel better, to pour your heart out in email or letters and share your solutions. Your voice gets counted the same in each case.

Still here?
Are you looking for a sample letter to find inspiration from?
Meet two Community Organizing Team (COT) members, Madeleine Charney and Karen Ribeiro:
Madeleine is your COT House Party Coordinator, and here is her note to President Obama:

Dear Mr. President,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We deserve a fossil fuel free future for our energy needs. Your administration recently announced the US targets for emissions cuts, sent to the UN for the Paris 2015 COP meetings of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

I say that is not bold enough. Ask us to conserve energy as if we were in the fight of our lives, and you could get that number in a month.

You haven’t asked us to! Ask us!

Sincerely,
Madeleine Charney
Of Mothers Out Front, and mother to Eli, age 7.

Karen is your COT Coordinator. Here’s her letter:

Dear President Obama,
I am urgently concerned about climate change and want you to boldly convey the need for a FOSSIL FUEL FREE future — a goal ardently championed by Mothers Out Front — to our United Nations delegates for the climate talks in Paris.

What wakes me up at 3 am in a cold sweat is the “fast track secretive trade pact” Trans Pacific Partnership, known widely as “NAFTA on steroids.” The North American Free Trade Agreement has legitimized the closure of successful renewable energy manufacturers and has continued to benefit fossil fuel monstrosities. Please do NOT use your Special Authority for such madness. We must stop funding and supporting our demise!

Thank you for your leadership in extending wind Production Tax Credits and solar Investment Tax Credits to continue the growth of truly renewable energy sources (not natural gas!). I support your Clean Power Plan and look for even bolder proposals from our United States leaders.

Sincerely,
Karen Ribeiro, MA Voter
Mothers Out Front community organizer

Because you are a Curious George, we have some great reading for you:
These links are the White House fact sheet and the UNFCCC announcement, with links to all the agreements submitted to date, and also a Mother Jones article discussing these emissions targets. Enjoy.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/31/fact-sheet-us-reports-its-2025-emissions-target-unfccc

http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/united-states-submits-its-climate-action-plan-ahead-of-2015-paris-agreement/

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/us-offer-next-global-climate-talks-obama
With Hope,
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

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