Senator, Fall on your Sword for Us!

Are Monday Actions working? Read on…
By making your voice heard each week, you are helping build momentum toward the UN Climate Talks in Paris, now only 11 weeks away. Here are a few stories to validate that our officials read what you write, listen to what you say, and consider your Monday Actions.

Last week we contacted Congressman Neal for our Monday Action. Neal’s staffers told a Monday Actionista they are NOT hearing public support for the pipeline. He also reported that Congressman Neal doesn’t support the pipeline in its current form — that it should not cross protected lands and aquifers. That is not what he was saying earlier!

Did you know that one of our Monday Actionistas was invited to the White House in response to her Monday Action message to President Obama? A few weeks ago this Actionista got a call from the White House Office of Correspondence saying that her message impressed the staff and she was invited to a major event on the South Lawn of the White House for a ceremony with the President and the Pope. Of course, thousands of other people were also invited, but what a validation of our efforts!

This week, for the 4th time, we will write and/or call our state Senator, Stan Rosenberg of Amherst. Have we made a difference? Yes! Senator Rosenberg said on the radio last week that his constituents want him to take more dramatic actions against the pipeline.
Senator Stan Rosenberg

Now are you ready to call or write your state senator? If it’s not Stan, please find your own person using the contact guide below.

Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I’m deeply concerned about climate change. In a recent WHMP interview, you reported that, “People are yelling at me almost every day, ‘Why aren’t you falling on your sword for us, Stan?’” I’m one of those people asking you to do everything in your power for Massachusetts to keep leading the way on climate change legislation. Future generations are relying on us to make the switch to renewables before it’s too late.

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to respond to the proposal for the NED pipeline by hosting your own FERC hearing last week in Greenfield.

Please point FERC’s attention to Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. Do they know that the taking of conservation land requires passing legislation with a two thirds majority in both houses of the Massachusetts legislature? In a 9/11/15 Letter to the Editor in the Hampshire Gazette, Susan Wright of Northfield pointed this out and highlighted the relevant sections from Article 97:

The people shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of their environment; and the protection of the people in their right to the conservation, development and utilization of the agricultural, mineral, forest, water, air and other natural resources is hereby declared to be a public purpose…. Lands and easements taken or acquired for such purposes shall not be used for other purposes or otherwise disposed of except by laws enacted by a two thirds vote, taken by yeas and nays, of each branch of the general court.

Please remind FERC of our right to be protected, and to protect the future of our land and the life it sustains.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley
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That’s all for this week. Thank you for using your civic power to be the change you wish to see.
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Contact Guide: Find Your State Senator:
Not in Massachusetts? Look up your legislator here.
Look up MA state senators and representatives here.
For finding what parts of what counties are in Stan Rosenberg’s district, use this map.

Stan Rosenberg
Call his Northampton office:  413-584-1649 or Boston office: (617) 722-1500
and/or EmailStan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
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That’s it, see you next week! Thank you, from your Amherst Mothers Out Front team. Join us Wednesdays at noon at All things Local Coop in Amherst.
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Got time for more this week?
• Are you an Amherst resident ready to engage in efforts to build a solar array? Please attend theinformation session regarding a preliminary proposal for a solar program in Amherst on Wednesday, September 16th at 7 PM in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium. For more information, please contact Stephanie Ciccarello, Sustainability Coordinator, at ciccarellos@amherstma.gov or via telephone at (413) 259-3149.

• There are multiple public forums next week that will inspire, inform and connect our community around the Pope’s Encyclical (in Amherst and Northampton and beyond). Details here: http://bit.ly/1PxmTTS

News here: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/area_events_set_around_pope_fr.html

• You can truly help stop the proposed MA/NH pipeline. There’s still time (and need) for you to send comments to FERC. Here’s inspiration and fodder for your FERC comment – copy, use or write your own. Here’s how to navigate FERC‘s process.
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Thank you, Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online!
Find all our Monday Actions here.

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

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