Monday Action: A Convenient Action

PIONEER VALLEY Mothers Out Front

Inconvenient Sequel 2

This is your Monday Action for the week of 8/14/17: Take action at a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel.

We saw many of you at the 7:00pm sold out Amherst Cinema showing of An Inconvenient Sequel on Friday evening. Thanks to Ben Hellerstein for speaking about the 100% Renewable bill that Environment Mass took the leadership on writing. Over a hundred audience members signed letters to the chairs of the MA Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee to support the 100% Renewable bill H.3395/S.1849.

This week we encourage you to go to a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel.

  • Show up with 20 copies of this 100% Renewable bill letter and some pens.
    • Ask people on their way out to sign two copies to be delivered to the committee chairmen in person by Climate Action Now.
  • Bring the signed letters next Monday, 8/21, to the Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park with special guest, Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory, climate entertainment. 5:00-7:00.
    • Can’t go to the picnic? Come to the CAN meeting on 8/28.
      • Can’t go to the CAN meeting? Mail the letters yourself!

Non-profit Solar in Our Community

Our friends at Coop Power are a non-profit building clean energy and providing energy efficiency services. If you’ve been thinking about adding solar to your electricity mix, whether on your property or through community solar, they’ve got options available right now. Signing up with them helps our community by keeping our energy dollars local, creating local jobs, and increasing access to solar for low and moderate income households and non-profits. Find them at http://www.cooppower.coop.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the state.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 8/14, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meeting. 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Sunday 8/20, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Special guest: Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org. In September we’ll resume our 3rd Monday meetings as usual.
  • Monday 8/28 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. Northampton Unitarian Meeting House, Main St., Northampton.

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.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

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Here’s How the Children Thank You

Your Actions are part of what is stopping the pipelines! Good Work!

We are on a roll: Keep up the pressure, as we still need to prevent the expansion of Access Northeast, a natural gas project through the Eastern part of the state jointly proposed by Spectra Energy, Eversource Energy and National Grid.  We also need to make sure that the Kinder Morgan project is not just “suspended,” but cancelled.

Today’s Action:
Tell the MA legislature we want the new omnibus energy bill to prohibit public or electric ratepayer financing of new natural gas infrastructure.

And yes: Please, please send this to your friends all across the state. We need to enlist their help. The upcoming omnibus energy bill comes at a critical time for the planet and we need citizen input. You are the ones who can bring it by lighting up your networks: Ask at least one person to join you in Monday Actions: You can keep sharing this online petition. It directs to your personal state senators, state representatives and the Governor.

To help you think of friends in MA towns, we are including a Special List of the Legislators to contact who have not yet supported today’s ask.
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Dear State Legislator,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. I want to see Massachusetts get 100% of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind.

I therefore need the new omnibus energy bill to prohibit public or electric ratepayer financing of new natural gas infrastructure.  The lack of certainty on this issue was explicitly cited by Kinder Morgan as a reason for suspending the project.

Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. The children thank you.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
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

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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Special List of the Legislators to contact:

House Energy/Utilities Committee members who did not sign Dear Colleague pipeline letter:
Chicopee, Ludlow; Springfield, Belchertown
Thirty-second Middlesex, Consisting of Malden: Ward 5: Precinct 2; Melrose; Wakefield: Precincts 4, 5, 6.
Quincy: Ward 1, Ward 3: Precincts 1, 2, Ward 4: Precincts 2, 4, Ward 5: Precincts 1, 3, 4, 5.
Claire Cronin – Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov
Eleventh Plymouth, consisting of Brockton: Ward 1, Ward 3: Precinct D, Ward 7: Precincts C, D; Easton: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Bristol Co.)
Randy Hunt – Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov
Barnstable: Precincts 11, 12; Bourne: Precincts 1, 2, 7; Sandwich; Plymouth: Precinct 9 (Plymouth).
Tom Golden (chair) – Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov
Sixteenth Middlesex, Consisting of Chelmsford: Precincts 2, 3, 6; Lowell: Wards 5, 6, 9.

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Remember to contact your elected officials often,
they need to hear from YOU.

Enter your Town and State to look up your State Senator and State Representative HERE:
http://openstates.org/
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Upcoming In-Person Events:

  • Monday, April 25, 7:00pm, Northampton UU: Climate Action Now (CAN) General Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 3rd:

    • Come to the Boston Statehouse to Celebrate and Rally for a Renewable Future and No More Pipelines,
    • 11:30 Rally, Celebration & Pizza
      12:00 Training/Opportunities to Visit Legislative Offices and Push Hard on the Pipeline Tax
      1:00 Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change Hearing: Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Future

Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

We Need More Like You, Congressman

We’re “Taking Steps to a Renewable Future” this week. Walk with us and the Sugar Shack Alliance to protest the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley will walk as a group on Saturday afternoon when the walk goes through Greenfield. Join us for the walk, then lunch and creative family and youth empowerment activities, including a Pipelines 101 workshop (child care available). See details below.

Today’s Monday Action: Tell your congressperson you oppose natural gas pipelines and want a fair price on carbon.
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Dear Representative McGovern,
Every opportunity I have, I vote for the strongest climate advocates because I am urgently concerned about climate change. Future generations are depending on us. We therefore urgently need you to protect us against new fossil fuel infrastructure including the proposed Kinder Morgan NED (Northeast Energy Direct) “natural” gas pipeline. Gas is not a bridge fuel. It is a bridge to nowhere.

I applaud your strong opposition to the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. The threat of massive environmental impacts for limited economic potential is right in our backyard. Instead of funding new fossil fuel infrastructure, we should continue to lead the way in renewable energy, which is truly our best bet at improving safe, cost effective energy access in Mass.

To make that work, we need you to make fair carbon pricing part of the national climate strategy. In survey after survey, over 90% of economists say the most efficient and effective way to reduce climate pollution is through market-based policies that put a price on carbon.

Join us for the walk! A perfect chance to show your support again is this week, when many of your constituents will be participating in a 53 mile walk of the proposed pipeline, March 17 – 20th, organized by sugarshackalliance.org. Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley will be joining the walkers as they parade through Greenfield on Saturday afternoon. See you there!

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
Congressman Jim McGovernContact:
Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:

438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515


Live somewhere else? Look up your U.S. Rep HERE

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Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.

PLEASE 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. Ask your friends to join you in action. Thank you for being the change you want to see.
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Mothers Out Front will participate in the anti-pipeline walk

on Saturday 3/19 in Greenfield

Here’s how you can join in the action!

1 – Register at sugarshackalliance.org
2 – 12:15 – Meet at Tractor Supply Company, 72 Newton Street (exit 26 off I-91 North, first right turn on the way to Greenfield Center)
3 – Join the walkers, led by the Expandable Brass Band
4 – Walk one mile down Main Street (about 30 minutes)
5 – 1:00 Lunch at All Souls Church, 399 Main Street
6 – 2:15 Walk a couple of blocks to St. James Church, 8 Church Street
7 – 2:30 Pipeline workshops (beginners and advanced) as well as family activities and child care for ages 3 and up
A van will shuttle you back to your car as needed.
Questions? Contact Andra at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org

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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. Got election fever? You should run for local office: read this.

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 20500

2. Senator Elizabeth Warren

To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

3. 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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Thank you for all you do.
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

It’s Been 40 Weeks along the Road to Paris!

For 40 long weeks Monday Actions have been paving your the way to Paris. Now we have all arrived. Meet the five volunteers who penned these for you:

Karen Ribeiro

Karen: “Your voice matters, it’s all hands on deck.”

Andra Rose

Andra: “Let’s make voting sexy… and mom-partisan.”

Alisa Pearson

Alisa: “Growing the Monday Action drumbeat to a climate chorus.”

Madeleine Charney

Madeleine: “Build the boat as we sail it, and flex our collective civic muscle.”

Laura Friedland-Kays

Laura: “Our connection is our protection.”

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Are You Inspired?

Do you have any ideas for Monday Actions going forward? Tell us something you said or wrote. Tell us something you WISH you’d said or wrote. We want Monday Actions to continue. Are you inspired? Any helping hands out there? Many hands make light work. Write us on the Monday Action Blog,

Now, on to your Action!

Today’s Monday Action, thank the President for making this meeting important by going there himself:

Here’s a sample text for your 5-minute Action to call 202-456-1111,
write
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

or email https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact:
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Dear President Obama,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. I need you to be bolder than you ever thought possible to fight this threat.

I thank you for personally attending the UN climate talks in Paris this week. I and my family ask that you commit the USA to do what is necessary to halt global warming below the highly dangerous 2 degrees centigrade.

YOUR NAME
With Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
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That’s it! See you next week. And again, please share your thoughts here, your voice is urgently needed for, all together: “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

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Still here? Have time to go to Boston?
Attend the 12.12.15 rally on the Boston Common at 1 pm:
Please join for an organizing meeting for our New England wide action to be held in Boston on 12/12.  Visit http://ClimateActionNowMA.org for more details!

Onward!

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

Week 16: Obama Gets US Ready for Paris

MONDAY ACTION: Week 16Clean Power Plan – Obama keep moving in that direction!

Dear Mr. President,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting for real solutions to stop climate change. Be our climate hero, there is still time!

Thank you so much for creating our country’s first-ever Clean Power Plan, with national carbon pollution limits for new and existing power plants! I deeply appreciate how this action not only limits climate-warming carbon emissions, but also protects our health and ensures a safer future for generations to come. We’re also sending a message to the world that the United States is committed to the fight against climate change.

I stand by you in this historic effort. Thank you for your continued commitment to action on climate.

Please direct our Paris delegates to be bold on our behalf this December at the UN Climate Talks. I am part of a growing movement united in our desire to halt climate change. Your boldness is crucial to our collective future.

I exercise my right to vote.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact info:
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
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You did it! Bye. See you next Monday!
Thank you for being the change you want to see!
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Wait, you’re still here?
So that took you less than 5 minutes? Want to know more about the Clean Energy Plan?
From League of Conservation Voters:

http://wwlp.com/2015/08/03/mass-officials-praise-move-by-obama-on-power-plants/

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/08/daily-chart-washing-away-coal-blowing-away-carbon

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 the same in each case.

Thank you for making 2015 a watershed year for the climate!
~ Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

 

Week Action 25 – Celebrating Round Two!

Hello Monday Actionist!
Thank you for making this gentle wave to turn the tide!

We have arrived at the end of our second 8-week cycle of Monday Actions in the Countdown to Paris. We have three cycles to grow our numbers as we continue our virtual march toward the UN Climate Conference in Paris at the end of November 2015. (New to this? Check out the FAQ!)

Next week, a new cycle begins on Monday June 15, where we return to the top of the list of our elected officials (we start with Obama and work our way down to our state rep).

Congratulations: As of now you have contacted seven levels of government: For five minutes each of the last seven weeks you contacted seven elected officials who would rather listen to voters, than to big money. You are exercising (and increasing!) your free (doesn’t cost a cent) power. Review all those actions On this MONDAY ACTION blog. (Missed an Action? It’s OK to catch up with this “cheat sheet”!)

And FYI…we welcome other MOF community teams (like Belmont, Arlington, Lexington and Concord) to join in the Monday Actions. We are working to reach faith communities and other groups, such as Parent Teacher Organizations. Together with you, we have steadily increased in the number of people signed up for Monday Action posts and are poised to double our numbers and our power in this next cycle. Let’s do this! What groups are you a part of who might like to save the world? Tell us!

Week 25 Monday Action: Make or tend your own Monday Action Circle

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use this week to recruit a few (we recommend a maximum of five) people you would like to bring into these simple, steady, and important Monday Actions and check in with them by phone or email or even in person from time to time to see how their experiences with the actions are going.

Some people call this a Monday Action Circle. To hear how others are forming such circles, you are cordially invited to an hour conference call where Monday Action Circle leaders can share ideas. To join this call, dial 605-475-3220 from your phone and enter ID 555127# on Sunday, July 6, at 7 pm. You may also find the FAQ useful. Monday Action Circles are a way to be connected to others doing the actions each week.

If you are already in a Monday Action Circle, your circle leader may help you form your own circle or suggest a special action for your team this week. Here’s what is on that varied action menu:

• Email 2016 presidential candidates about the importance of climate change –and not just Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton–to say:

Dear Candidate:
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. If you want my vote, I urge you to be bold in fighting for real solutions to stop climate change. I will vote for the candidate with the bravest, boldest solutions to halt climate change NOW.

 Doughnuts! Bring your kid(s) big and small to Representative McGovern’s “office hours” at the Black Sheep in Amherst on June 30, from 2:30-3:30pm.

• Speak you mind on Thursday, June 11 at the DPU hearing from 7-9pm at the Greenfield Middle School (195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA.). Here we will be have a chance to speak with MA Department of Public Utilities about whether it is “in the public interest” for Berkshire Gas to make a long-term contract to buy natural gas from the pipeline builders. The federal approval process takes long-term contracts as one sign that the new infrastructure is necessary, so if we block those contracts, it is an important step in blocking the proposed pipelines.

 Call Parties with the four regions in mind:  Amherst – new solar project, Northampton – municipal solar option, Greenfield (Peru) – Rep. Paul Mark’s new Green Bank Bill (H3532), and Springfield – Rep. John Welch about Springfield’s Climate Action Plan and getting a full-time hire for environmental policy.
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This is so hopeful and exciting. Thank you for your continued weekly five-minute commitment. Our country truly needs this grassroots push. Together we are putting things back on track.

Here’s what others are saying about Monday Actions:
“I love knowing that this is making a difference and am doing all the actions.”
“I didn’t realize how many people answer to ME and how good it feels to flex my civic muscle.”
“I find the weekly email actions good – especially if I can send an email rather than make a phone call.”
“I just sent the article on Mayor Sarno to 5 people I know who live in Springfield and work at Springfield housing Authority!”

Click HERE to comment about your experiences with the Monday Actions – either in the pinned post or in the related action post. Thanks! we look forward to these ever widening circles.

Thank you for making this gentle wave to turn the tide!

In solidarity,
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

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