Senator Markey, We Can’t Wait

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Monday Action for week of 1/30/17:

Do you hear the ROAR? That’s the full-throated growl of millions of Mother Bears saying “We will do anything to defend all that’s precious to us.” And we’re not going to wait for the next generation to grow up. It’s our responsibility and we need to solve it NOW.

Let’s focus that outrage on Scott Pruit, an outrageous nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency.

You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste the text below. But Senator Rosenberg suggested at Saturday’s climate forum (attended by 750 people!), that personalizing your message makes it count a lot more. Better yet, call if you can.


Dear Senator Markey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I commend you for being bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

Thank you for introducing the resolution for 100% clean electricity by 2050. Yet, it seems that every week, new research finds that climate change is advancing more quickly than scientists had predicted. Any movement towards 100% renewables is welcome, but it’s become clear that we need to move much more quickly than we previously thought: 2050 is too late!

To avoid the worst scenario, we need to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035 as proposed in new legislation filed in Massachusetts.

The election of a president hostile to clean energy and pushing fossil fuels means that we are losing precious time to halt climate change. His choice of Pruitt to head the EPA is a move in the opposite direction. We, and the children we protect, no longer have time for missteps. I urge you to vote “no” on Pruitt’s nomination. Our children’s future depends on our leaders making the right choices NOW. Before they grow up.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front


Contact Senator Markey:

By Phone: 413-785-4610
By Email
By Mail:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510


You did it!

Thank you! See you next Monday!


Still here? Want to help pass more bills on climate change?

State bills must gather their cosponsors by Friday 2/3. Help strengthen legislation for climate by asking your State Rep to cosponsor the bills listed here. You can join Climate Action Now in Boston on Wednesday, 2/1 to ask in person and help deliver to every legislator the plan CAN has developed for getting to 100% Renewable.


In Person Events:

  • Wednesday 2/1, CAN Lobby Day at the Statehouse, contact dumint140@gmail.com
  • Wednesday, 2/8, 2:00pm, MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Hearings on GHG Emission Reduction Rules, Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield. Testify at the DEP hearing and help control CO2 and Methane emissions. Coaching available to help you prepare your testimony. Contact Andra amherstamr@gmail.com
  • Sunday, 2/12, 1:00-3:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting, Location TBD. We’re honing in on making Amherst the model for deep energy efficiency and community financing of new renewable infrastructure. Join us in deciding and planning our strategy. Contact Andra amherstamr@gmail.com
  • Monday 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30, MOF Family Potluck. We’re not having a meeting as usual on the 3rd Monday in February because many people will be away during school break. But you’re invited to a potluck with your family on. Location TBD. RSVP Andra amherstamr@gmail.com.
  • Saturday, 2/25, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com

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 Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

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Thank you President Obama, Join Us Citizen Obama

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Monday Action for the week of 1/16/17:

This is the last week of President Obama’s term and the beginning of an uncertain and, for many, frightening political reality at the national level. Some of us will join the hundreds of thousands marching (see info below) on January 21st. Some of us will speak out in other ways. We are motivated because we cherish our families, friends, and communities.

This week, thank Obama and ask him, as a private citizen, to join us in bringing in a swift transition to a clean energy future for our children.
Here’s your optional talking points or copy-and-paste text:


Dear President Obama,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be ferociously bold in continuing to fight climate change and champion clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

I’m grateful to you and to Michelle for loyally serving our country. I will miss your integrity, vision and intelligence as President. As a private citizen, you could accomplish so much. I’m writing to ask you to join me and focus your energy next on climate change. We have a window of only a few years to get it right.

The private sector can play a key role in solving the climate crisis at a time when our national government may not, as you cogently argue in your recent article in Science Magazine. Help us build a worldwide clean energy economy and build on your legacy on climate change.

I hope you’ll harken back to your roots in community organizing and treat the whole world as your community. Your efforts now, working for a swift and just transition to clean energy, will ensure that our children will have a safe and healthy future.

Mothers Out Front and so many others are working to get to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. Yes we can, with your help!

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front


Contact President Obama

To call: 202-456-1111

To email


Thank you! See you next Monday!

Want to do more online activism? Object to the nominations of climate deniers. Click here for the schedule and contact info for the Senate Committees holding hearings.


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday, 1/16, 6:00-8:00pmAmherst MOF Monthly Meeting. Join us in community. Pursue Active Hope. Connect, learn, act.  Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine, greenzinnia at hotmail  dotcom. No meeting in February, but we’ll have a potluck on 2/20. Monthly Meetings start back on March 20th.

  • Saturday, 1/21, Women’s March on Washington – Massachusetts sister marches. Bus from Northampton to Boston. March in Pittsfield or Greenfield.

  • Monday, 1/23, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St.

  • Saturday, 1/28, 3:00-5:00pm, Climate Action in a Time of Political Crisis, First Churches, Northampton. Forum with elected officials and action-oriented discussions in breakout groups. Sponsored by CAN, MOF, and other community groups. For more info contact, Karen at innerfortune dot com.

  • Sunday, 1/29, 1:00-3:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable meeting. Amherst MOF Green Buildings campaign, Valley Businesses Going Green, financing energy efficiency and renewables; other topics welcome. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. Contact Andra, amherstamr at gmail dot com.

  • Thursday, 2/2, 7:00-8:30, For the Love of Earth and Children: Take Action, Jones Library, Amherst. Part of the On the Same Page series focused on the 6th Extinction.

  • Monday 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30, MOF Family Potluck. We’re not having a meeting as usual on the 3rd Monday in February because many people will be away during school break. But you’re invited to a potluck with your family on. Location TBD. RSVP Andra, amherstamr at gmail dot com.

  • Sunday, Feb 26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

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 Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

Don’t Fight Climate Change Alone

Monday 11/14. The better climate candidate lost, and suddenly we face both tremendous danger and tremendous opportunity.
You’ll see two offerings to inspire you this week. The first one might be mostly for you, Dear Monday Actionist.

Today’s Monday Action: Write to President-Elect Trump
Please note: 1) Donald Trump does not use a computer. 2) We have a feel-good, click extra to Obama below. 3) Listed here too are lots of in-person events for you this week. You are not alone with this work.
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VERSION A
Thank you, President-Elect Trump,
Your clarity woke me up. I am changed. From now on, every time I worry about climate change I will ask myself:

“What am I doing to save the world I love?” Then I’ll ask myself: “What more can I do to save the world I love?”

Then I will act.
This fills me with a great new hope, because
This, I can do.
And I know I am not alone.

I daresay most of us love this beautifully functioning, temperate world and do not want it to go off the rails –including you, you sly fox.

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

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VERSION B
Dear President Elect Trump,
I was heartened by your acceptance speech when you said you would be president for all of us in the country. In that vein, I implore you to keep the Paris Climate Agreement. It represents the world coming together to protect what we all have in common. We have a limited time to protect the earth from irreversible damage. No country can do this alone. THERE IS NO PLANET B.

You are in a unique position. You are not beholden to special interests, like the fossil fuel industry. You can help prevent some of the problems that are becoming more and more evident as the earth warms, like flooding, droughts, new diseases, more and more displaced persons and more refugees.

Again, I implore you for the sake of our children and future generations to work with other world leaders to protect the earth.
THERE IS NO PLANET B.
Thank you.

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

President-Elect Donald Trump
Letter:
Attention Donald Trump,
C/O The Trump Organization,
725 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10022
Email
Campaign Phone:  646-736-1779

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Extra:
simple click Obama, Finish Strong.
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Upcoming In-Person Events:

1. Friday, 11/18, 12:30 pm Kid Power at Black Sheep. Interested in talking with children about climate change? Join this Kid Empowerment group.

2. Saturday, 11/19, 10 am – 4 pm, MOF Massachusetts Fall Summit in Cambridge. Meet MOF activists across the state, learn new communication and organizing skills, be inspired by the successes of other communities in stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure and greening the grid. For more info contact Andraamherstamr@gmail.com.

3. Sunday, 11/20, Mothers Out Front House Party: November 20 from 4-6:15 pm in Amherst, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front: We have a short but real window of opportunity to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. For directions and if you need childcare RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

YOU WILL LEARN TO:
—Support and inspire one another.
—Find a role, if you wish, in our Green Buildings campaign.
—Act on our inspirations and strengthen our “civic muscles” as we find ways to help our planet.
Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 11/15 if you need care).

4. Monday, 11/21 6-8pm – Monthly MOF-PV Community Meeting in Amherst. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

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Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online. People can also subscribe themselves to Monday Actions by following the Monday Action blog.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Mothers Out Front · 30 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States

200 Nations, Together

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Monday Action 11/7/16: Remember the Paris Climate Accord a year ago, when the world decided to finally act on climate change? We have good news:
The Paris Climate Accord is taking effect faster than we’d dreamed. We are encouraged that our voices are being heard. Today we are back to stop the new pipelines in our own nation, a struggle peacefully led in North Dakota by America’s original Nations:

Today’s Monday Action: Ask Elizabeth Warren (or your Senator) to Shine a Light on injustice at Standing Rock.

Please note: Calls and letters count more. So today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone: Maybe make it personal, mention ages of children dear to you.
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Dear Senator Warren,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to get 100% of our energy from clean sources like solar and wind. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground- including natural gas.

The Paris Climate Accord is taking effect faster than we had hoped. The USA must do its part to Keep It in the Ground:

Together we will peacefully stop new pipelines: We need you to speak out for the injustices being meted out against the brave protesters at Standing Rock by fossil fuel giants. We need you to sing out that the People’s watchdog, FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was founded to protect the People, not to fast track new pipelines, as FERC did again 10/28/16 (to pass by the Indian Point nuclear power plant in NY).

Yet FERC is literally in bed with Fossil Fuel companies (see husband and wife team) while pipeline interests set dogs on peaceful protesters and their children. This must stop– please get out your impressive megaphone for a call to action.

Thank you for bringing your considerable influence to be our climate champions. The children and I thank you.

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

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

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Upcoming In-Person Events:

1. Friday, 11/18, 12:30 pm Kid Power at Black Sheep. Interested in talking with children about climate change? Join this group of parents for Kid Empowerment.

2. Saturday, 11/19, 10 am – 4 pm, MOF Massachusetts Fall Summit in Cambridge. Meet MOF activists across the state, learn new communication and organizing skills, be inspired by the successes of other communities in stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure and greening the grid. For carpool and other info contact Andra amherstamr@gmail.com.

3. Sunday, 11/20, Mothers Out Front House Party: November 20 from 4-6:15 pm in Amherst, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front: We have a short but real window of opportunity to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. For directions and if you need childcare RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

YOU WILL LEARN TO:
—Support and inspire one another.
—Find a role, if you wish, in our Fossil Fuel Free Amherst campaign.
—Act on our inspirations and strengthen our “civic muscles” as we find ways to help our planet.
Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 11/15 if you need care).

4. Monday, 11/21 6-8pm – Monthly MOF-PV Community Meeting in Amherst. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
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Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online. Check out our Facebook page too.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Mothers Out Front · 30 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States

Sen. Markey, Our Children Thank You

Today’s Monday Action: Thank Senator Ed Markey for asking Obama to stop the DAPL (just as we did in last week’s Monday Action).

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Dear Senator Markey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to source 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We are glad you agree that we need to fix gas leaks, not build more pipelines. 

Thank you for your letter this week to President Obama asking him to halt construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. You know that here in MA we are moving ahead to replace fossil fuel sources with solar and wind because it can and must be done now.

We have a lot to be proud of in the Commonwealth as a leader in climate solutions. In the Pioneer Valley we just celebrated the groundbreaking of what will be a large solar project at the site of the former coal-fired power plant on Mount Tom in Holyoke. We are #1, tied with CA, for energy efficiency.

And we know we need to push harder for net-zero carbon emissions.

Thank you for putting your shoulder to that wheel with us. The children and I thank you.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Please note: Calls and letters count more. So today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone: Maybe make it personal, mention the ages of children in your lives.
Contact:

Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Extra Credit: Ask Warren to add her name:
Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: 202-224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

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Sources:
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and four other senators on Thursday asked President Barack Obama to stop the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, just days after more than two dozen protesters were arrested at a construction site in North Dakota. The senators — Sanders, I-Vt., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., and Edward Markey, D-Mass. — called for further research into the pipeline’s “potential climate impacts”, citing data provided by Oil Change International, an advocacy organization.

Upcoming In-Person Events:

Mothers Out Front Community Meeting TONIGHT:
Monday, October 17 from  6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA
:
We’ll be talking about meeting with local VIPs to talk about 100% renewables and we’ll explore a new idea- “Kid Power” to fuel climate health.
We will have time to mix and mingle and snack.
RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com

Mothers Out Front House Party: Thursday, October 20 from 6:15-8:30 pm in Amherst, MA

Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front: We have a short but real window of opportunity to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. For directions and if you need childcare RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Senator, FERC Hurts Us

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Monday Action for week of 10/3/16: Direct your Senators to reform the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC. FERC oversees gas pipelines that cross state lines. Their mission should be to protect us from climate change not accelerate it by approving nearly every pipeline that’s proposed.

Please note: Calls and letters count more. So today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone: Use the text below as is or adapt it, maybe make it personal, by mentioning the ages of children you love. If you’re not in Massachusetts, you can write your own senators with the general pitch above.

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Dear Senator Warren,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We can’t lose this fight: Future generations depend on us to pull ourselves back from the brink. Together, we can. But we urgently need to source 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We need to be ramping down our use of fossil fuels, not building more pipelines and we need a real price on carbon ASAP.

Senator Warren, we watched with gratitude and awe as you demanded straightforward answers from Mr. Stumpf of Wells Fargo, never allowing him to evade your questions.

The fossil fuel industry has been stealing from citizens for decades with the help of FERC. We’ve had private property taken by eminent domain, our water poisoned by fracking, and our children’s and grandchildren’s future compromised by climate change. FERC continues to approve pipelines that don’t have all their permits, that plow through sensitive environments in conservation areas, and that are headed to export terminals. The Administration’s directive that all federal agencies have to consider the impact of their decisions on climate change applies to FERC too.

It’s past time to reform FERC! We’re asking you to bring the same tenacity to questioning FERC’s mission as you did to the banking industry. Thank you for bringing your considerable influence to be our climate champion. The children and I thank you.

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

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

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Thanks for being the change you want to see.
Thanks for all you do. Onward!

Other ways to be involved:

  1. Vote on this site to put climate questions on the next presidential debate.
  2. MOBILIZE TODAY by sharing this video and talking with others about the climate emergency: Wake Up, Freak Out. Get a Grip.
  3. Attend a community meeting on October 17th or a house party on October 20thVisit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team