Governor Baker, if you want to stay– Get on board

YOUR MONDAY ACTION
Call or write Governor Baker to support Carbon Pollution Pricing.

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 Baker,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. I vote for those who do the most to protect us from climate change. Will you be one of them come November?

We need you to get behind Carbon Pricing, just like the Senate did last Thursday* because our system rewards polluters and that’s not good for the children we love. I disagree with what you have said previously: energy isNOT a combo-platter, because natural gas, coal and oil are too deadly a diet for life on earth.

It’s time to do the right thing. Thank you.
Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


That was your Monday Action, good job!

 *Last Thursday the MA Senate passed a clean energy bill with many good features by a vote of 35-0. It includes a requirement to implement a market-based mechanism with carbon pricing for transportation by the end of 2020, for commercial and industrial buildings and processes by the end of 2021, and for residences by the end of 2022. The Senate became the first state chamber in the country to pass carbon pricing.


 In Person Events:

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

  • Monday 6/18, 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! Same location as usual. RSVP greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.
  • Monday 6/25, 7:00-9:00 pmCAN General Meeting, Unitarian Universalist Church, Northampton.
  • Time/date TBD, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College. New summer location: McConnell Hall (building along College Lane with the overhead glass walkway that connects it to Sabin Reed and Burton Hall. The door is under the walkway. We will meet in the lobby, where there are windows that look out to patio and kids can play). Park on Green Street and walk over. If you can’t find us, call 727-204-2762). Contact info.ma

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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

June 18, 2018

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Senator Warren, Call for Carbon Tax

Dear Senator,
I am with Mothers Out Front, mobilizing for a livable climate. I do this because, though my time on earth is brief, I think a lot about those who will follow after us and I know you do too.

There will never be enough action for climate health until we tax carbon pollution. It is time to stop rewarding fossil fuel interests, including the newly emboldened natural gas industry. I therefore urgently ask you to Speak Out for Carbon Pricing.
Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)



You did it! Well done. Tell a friend.

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Contact: 
US Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510
Have you seen this VIDEO? We are paying the price of carbon already, let’s make it fair and put a price on carbon.
Please keep pushing, we are with you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME and town
With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

In person actions:

  • Monday 6/18 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! Same location as usual. RSVP greenzinnia at hotmail dot com
  • Monday 6/25, 7:00pm-9:00 pm, CAN General Meeting,Northampton Unitarian Universalist Society, 220 Main St.

Join a Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front Working Group:


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

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The tide is going to turn: Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

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June 11, 2018

Mayors, Walk the Talk on Climate

Your Monday Action is to demand the mayors gathering in Boston this week hear our message to Walk the Talk on Climate.

On Thursday June 7, Boston will host the International Mayors Climate Summit. The following day, on June 8th, the US Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting begins.

Hundreds of mayors and their staff, from across the USA, will gather to talk about the future of cities and the well-being of people living in them. Last year, these same mayors passed a resolution supporting a just transition to 100% renewable energy for their communities by 2035. This year they need a reminder that these weren’t just words. We need bold action now to make sure all children have a clean, healthy climate in their future.

Call your Mayor, or a Mayor near you who needs to be reminded, to Walk the Talk on Climate.

Join the rally Friday morning in Boston if you can to call on Boston Mayor Walsh or your Mayor, and all US mayors to turn their climate promises into climate action! They must ‘walk the talk’ on climate.

1. Commit to 100% renewable energy, and take real steps to increase renewables now!
2. Halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, including fracked gas.
3. Champion net zero construction for new buildings.
4. Divest public holdings from fossil fuels.

Mayors listen! Mayor Sarno of Springfield took action when he felt the pressure mounting from the Poor People’s Campaign action today at City Hall. He created the full-time sustainability staff position, which will also be the facilities director. The charge of this position is the implementation of Springfield’s Climate and Resilience Plan


Zero Energy Building Tour
June 9, starting at 9AM, Crotty Hall, 411-417 North Pleasant St, Amherst

With zero-energy remaining an important topic for Mothers Out Front, the organization arranged visits to four large zero-energy buildings in Amherst on June 9. These will start at 9 a.m. at Crotty Hall, 411-417 North Pleasant St., continue at 10:30 a.m. at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., move on at noon to the Kern Center, on the Hampshire College campus and finish at 2 p.m. at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St. Cosponsors Climate Action Now and Sustaining Amherst.



 In Person Events:

  • Tuesday 6/5, 7:00pm-9:00pmState Rep. Candidate Forum on Climate and Energy for the 1st Hampshire District (away held by the late Reply Kocot). JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd, Florence.
  • Saturday 6/9, starting at 9AMZero Energy Building Tour. Starts at Crotty Hall, 411-417 North Pleasant St, Amherst
  • Monday 6/18, 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! Same location as usual. RSVP greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.
  • Monday 6/25, 7:00pm-9:00 pm, CAN General Meeting, Northampton Unitarian Universalist Society, 220 Main St, Northampton.

Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get involved here.

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.


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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Environmental Justice and Health, Senator

Your Monday Action is to contact your State Senator to support the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) and to spread the word that on June 4th, Springfield is the focus of the campaign in Massachusetts.

The Poor People’s Campaign is a national series of actions leading up to a march in Washington on June 23rd. Each week focuses on a different theme and next week, June 3-9, the theme is:

The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care.

In Massachusetts, all eyes will be on Springfield on Monday, June 4th at City Hall. Mothers Out Front, under the leadership of Arise for Social Justice, is helping to plan the rally with other groups. Please show up and advocate for the health of our children in Springfield where almost one in five have asthma, and it has just been rated as the most challenging city to live in with asthma. The PPC declaration on environmental justice and health explains the intersections between poverty, human health and climate health. Contact us if you want to help or carpool.

We ask our State Senators to stand up for the children of Springfield by showing up in Springfield on the 4th and taking bold action to combat climate change. Find your State Senator here.

For those of us in Stan’s district, call any (or all!) of our neighboring Senators:

Senator Eric Lesser 617-722-1291 eric.lesser@masenate.gov

Senator Adam Hinds 617 722-1625 adam.hinds@masenate.gov

Senator Donald Humason 617-722-1415 donald.humason@masenate.gov

Senator James Welch 617-722-1660 james.welch@masenate.gov



 In Person Events:

  • Sunday 6/3, 4:30-6:00 pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Location TBD. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 6/4, 2:00pm? (to be confirmed soon!), Poor People’s Campaign Rally on Ecological Devastation and Health Care. City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield.
  • Saturday 6/9 9:00 amZero Energy Tour to see how large ZE buildings are working. Starting at Crotty Hall, then 10:30 Kern Center, 11:30Hitchcock Center, 2:00 South Church, all in Amherst. More info at zeroenergyamherst.weebly.com.
  • Monday 6/18 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! Same location as usual. RSVP greenzinnia at hotmail dot com
  • Monday 6/25, 7:00pm-9:00 pm, CAN General Meeting,Northampton Unitarian Universalist Society, 220 Main St.

Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get involved here.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildingsCommunity Choice Energy, or home energy efficiency, or 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.

Monday Action: Environmental Justice and Health

Your Monday Action is to contact your State Senator to support the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) and to spread the word that on June 4th, 1-3pm, Springfield is the focus of the campaign in Massachusetts.

The Poor People’s Campaign is a national series of actions leading up to a march in Washington on June 23rd. Each week focuses on a different theme and next week, June 3-9, the theme is:

The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care. 

In Massachusetts, all eyes will be on Springfield on Monday, June 4th at City Hall. Mothers Out Front, under the leadership of Arise for Social Justice, is helping to plan the rally with other groups. Please show up and advocate for the health of our children in Springfield where almost one in five have asthma, and it has just been rated as the most challenging city to live in with asthma. The PPC declaration on environmental justice and health explains the intersections between poverty, human health and climate health. RSVP if you want to be part of the MOF contingent or carpool.

We ask our State Senators to stand up for the children of Springfield by showing up in Springfield on the 4th and taking bold action to combat climate change. Find your State Senator here.

For those of us in Stan’s district, call any (or all!) of our neighboring Senators:

Senator Eric Lesser 617-722-1291 eric.lesser@masenate.gov

Senator Adam Hinds 617 722-1625 adam.hinds@masenate.gov

Senator Donald Humason 617-722-1415 donald.humason@masenate.gov

Senator James Welch 617-722-1660james.welch@masenate.gov



 In Person Events:

Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get involved here.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildingsCommunity Choice Energy, or home energy efficiency, or 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.


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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Reps Debate, Reps Listen

Your Monday Action is to show up for State Rep candidate climate debates and to help get constituents to meetings with their Reps in sister districts.

TONIGHT, Sunday 5/20, come to the State Rep. Candidate Forum on Climate and Energy for the 3rd Hampshire District at 7:00 p.m. at the Amherst Unitarian Universalist Society.

Next up: Wednesday 5/23, come to the 1st Franklin district Climate Change Debate at 7:00pm at Frontier Regional High School, 113 S. Main St., S. Deerfield.

Come to all of them! Here in Western Mass our Reps work for the region and we should care about the climate commitments of the candidates for all the races for Rep offices. Sponsored by Climate Action Now and League of Women Voters.


Call constituents to join meetings with their Reps in sister districts.

Mothers Out Front Amherst is collaborating with MA Sierra Club by calling Sierra Club members to plug into their very effective Peer Outreach campaign.  This involves making 5-7 outreach calls per week to fellow Sierra Club members to encourage constituent lobbying in districts deemed high priority. Calls can be made from home and simply require computer and phone. This is highly structured, supported, and strategic work, and has resulted in over 20 in-person constituent meetings with MA legislators. Volunteers can be trained over phone in 15 minutes.

To arrange a brief training, please contact Lilly Lombard.



 In Person Events:

Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get involved here.

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.


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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action TeamRep

State Rep, Hey, Make Us Greener!

Your Monday Action today is to ask your State Representative to find out what’s throttling solar grants.
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MONDAY ACTION: Contact State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
(Not your rep? Find your representative here.)

Call: (617)-722-2425
Note: 
Stay on the line, this is number serves multiple reps.
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov
Letter: State House, Room 437, Boston, MA 02133
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THE SCRIPT

Dear Solomon,
In an attempt mitigate the increasing damages caused by climate change, Governor Baker just released grants for Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness or MVP that have little more than a three-week turn around time.

Three weeks. Three months would be quick for a town to write a grant- let alone a small town:

And most of MA is made up of small towns run by volunteer boards and commissions that can’t dream of reacting that fast. Small towns look at the 400K dangled by the Governor’s MVP grant as a carrot and despair.

This is distressing.

Also, the MVP grants require “nature-based” solutions- only not the sun. That’s right, solar is not supported. When the grid goes down, a local solar-powered micro-grid with batteries could mean the difference between life and death. That’s Vulnerability Preparedness, all right.

Towns are noticing that neither Green Communities Grants, nor Community Preservation funds support solar projects. Why is that? We do not see a need to throttle the solar industry. Why is this happening? What can you do to help?

Please look into this for us. Thank you.

Thank you,
Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)
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