The Urgency of Now

Today’s Monday Action is to contact our Senator to propose legislation for a price on carbon now.
We draw inspiration today from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s anti-Vietnam speech. His words, “The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways,” bring to mind our current emergency.

King speaks of, “a shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society,” and calls out for us to recognize when “a time comes when silence is betrayal” and urges that “Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.”

We must all protest now too and so included in today’s Monday Action is a letter kit for you to share. Think of a new person to invite to meet and direct their elected officials through Monday Actions — they will thank you.

Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore we need you to do all you can to get us a carbon fee and dividend with the fierce urgency of now.
I vote for a livable future, and that future must be carbon-neutral. I am not going away: I will repeat this ask until there is a true price on carbon.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Contact info for zip code 01002. Live somewhere else? Look up your representatives HERE. (State Reps are faster HERE)
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Ask someone to join you in 2016:
Dear Friend/Mom, Dad, Sis, Bro, Cousin…,
I don’t now if you know this about me, but I am deeply concerned about climate change. I wasn’t sure what I could do to help until I found Monday Actions.
What are Monday Actions?– Every Monday I get an email which supplies me with all I need to contact one of my elected officials to urge bold action on climate change.This is my “Monday Action”.
It takes me less than 5 minutes: sometimes I just cut and paste from this handy “muffin mix” email put together by local Mothers Out Front volunteers, sometimes I use the email they send me to pick up the phone and call the suggested elected official, and once or twice I even spent time writing something personal directly to my elected representatives.
It’s been easy and heartening. By checking in with them week by week, I’m getting a better sense of what my elected officials do for me- and how much they need to hear from us, their voters. In fact, until I started Monday Actions I was a little vague on who actually represents me.
It’s embarrassing, but it actually turns out a lot of us don’t know or pay attention to who works for us and what they can do for us. Monday Actions are my civic nudge and I feel a lot more “civic-ally fit” now that I have been through a few of these seven week cycles- contacting the president on down to my state representative. I’ve even received grateful notes back directly from senators and representatives. We voters are the “lobbyist” they most want to hear from!
We know laws must be changed to protect our future. And if we speak up we can make that happen. So let’s act fast: if you join me, and your friends join you, we’ll get this done swiftly, in the next two election cycles. But we have to speak up, now.
Will you join me in Monday Actions? It’s always the same ask, but each Monday we will be more voices calling for a swift and just transition from fossil fuels.
Don’t despair, or drown out your fears, instead give it just 5 minutes a week and then bring a friend. You’ll love how fast this is going to turn around. I’m happy to forward you these helpful emails, or you can follow the Monday Action BLOG to receive email directly. You can personalize for your zip code- or ask me to help you! But please, start your week with the solution.
Thank you, you give me hope,

YOUR NAME

P.S. This grass-roots, all-volunteer effort needs a “counter” to show how many of us have done Monday Actions to date. Do you know how to make one? Let me know- We need to see this growing, because it is!
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FYI: Your handy list of the representatives we cycle through to contact weekly. Write them anytime you like, they need it:
Contact info for zip code 01002. Live somewhere else? Look up your representatives HERE. (State Reps are faster HERE)
1. President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 205002. Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 205103. Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
4. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:
438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
5. Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
6. State Senator Stan Rosenberg
To call: (617) 722-1500
To email
To write a letter:
State House Office
24 Beacon Street,
Room 332,
Boston, MA 02133
7. State Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House,
Room 277
Boston, MA 02133

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Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday. Ask your friends to join. Thank you for being the change you want to see.
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NOTE: Never hesitate to cut and paste, call, or pour your heart out in email or letters and share your solutions.
Your voice gets counted in each case.
Thank you for making 2015 a watershed year for the climate,
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front
See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG: https://mothersoutfront.wordpress.com

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