6-Call Mandate to Stop the Pipeline!

We are stopping the pipeline: We’ve heard MA State Representative Ellen Story say: “Six Calls from My Constituents is a Mandate.”

Just. Six. Calls.

When a handful of us activate our little networks, that’s a lot of power. Together, we can find people in every town in Massachusetts to say “no” to new pipelines. This weekend’s test-run, called Light Up the Map! showed 15 people knew pipeline opponents in 116 towns: So think about it, when 50 of us activate our personal networks, that is enough for a state-wide mandate to stop the pipelines.
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Today’s email therefore is a kit for you to forward to your friends. Roll up your sleeves for this 7-fer and also share with your friends in other MA towns! Let’s blow the lid off the fiction that natural gas is a “bridge” fuel.
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Today’s Mega Monday Action: Urge all seven of your representatives to:
Block New Pipeline Infrastructure.

SPECIAL HELP TODAY, courtesy of Environment Massachusetts! Thank you Ben! Use this online petition:
It directs to your personal state senators, state representatives and the Governor.

But note this: Calls and letters count more. If you are short on time, certainly use the above petition.
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Dear Governor Baker,

I want to see Massachusetts get 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We owe it to our children and future generations to do everything we can to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

That’s why I oppose building new gas pipelines in Massachusetts. These pipelines will harm local communities and natural landscapes, and keep us hooked on fossil fuels for decades to come.

We don’t need fossil fuels to power our lives. We can meet 100 percent of our needs with our abundant renewable energy resources. Why do we have yet to see a study of the gas companies’ need including all realistic alternatives? Please get us one, as the study the Attorney General, Maura Healy, initiated only covered the utilities’ needs, and concluded definitively that we do not need the pipelines.

Please support efforts to prohibit spending public money on new gas pipelines, and please do everything in your power to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

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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This list is for zip 01002

Who Needs to Hear from YOU:
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. 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
————————————check your zip code starting here (see help with this at the bottom you this list)
5. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:
438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

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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5. Current representatives

6. and 7.
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 18 from 6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA: MOF Community Meeting
“Pipe Up About the Pipeline”  Get the facts and practice talking about why we don’t want or need the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We will have time to mix and mingle and snack. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.

• Sat, April 23, 7pm – 10pm: Montague Retreat Center, North Leverett
Dance-dance-dance to the sax-fueled rock-&-roll of Trailer Park, a Valley favorite band. Chow down on pizza, salad, and vegan chili from Hillside Organic Catering.$20 (or more!) Requested donation benefits the Town of Montague’s Intervention at the Mass DPU, challenging a Berkshire Gas contract to buy into the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. Pipeline Awareness Network of the Northeast (PLAN-NE) for more details.

• Monday, April 25, 7:00pm, Northampton UU: Climate Action Now -CAN- General Meeting

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

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You’re Growing the Action Network

Today’s Monday Action is to contact our Senator — plus something for 2016…

A “letter kit” for you to share: You’ll find a description of Monday Actions below which you are welcome to use to ask people in your network to join you in action. Remember, the more voices asking, the faster we’ll turn the tide!

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 right away.
I vote for a livable future, and that future must be carbon-neutral.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact info for zip code 01002. Live somewhere else? Look up your representatives HERE. (State Reps are faster HERE)
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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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 gotten 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 action posts directly – they’ve been coming weekly for over a year now. But please, start your week, every week, with a solution-oriented action.

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:
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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You did your Monday Action, well done! 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

Mothers Out Front Says Paris Here We Come!

Homestretch! Just one week left to go to Paris Climate Talks. Some of you have been here for almost 40 weeks: Great work, whether it was one Action or the whole enchilada. Next week we’ll introduce the volunteer team that has been bringing you Monday Actions.

Last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy’s report came out, proving conclusively there is no need for new gas pipelines. Today’s Monday Action is a huge thank you to the Attorney General for her courage to shine a light on how unwelcome this costly fossil fuel-driven proposed pipeline is:

Contact the AGO: ago@state.ma.us

Dear Attorney General,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I thank you for being bold in fighting for real solutions to stop climate change.

Thank you for protecting rate-payers from predatory energy practices pushed by the fossil fuel lobby. While countries gather at the U.N. Climate talks in Paris to agree on global solutions to climate change, I am heartened that you are here with us concerned citizens, on the ground in MA, making sure that we do our part to fight global warming and the injustices that it brings, with all that we have.

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
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Gather Locally for Paris
There are actions all over the world next weekend. Find the event nearest you to be part of the Global Climate March. Since the attacks in Paris made it impossible for the large marches there to take place, it’s more important than ever for us to march for those in Paris.
In Western Mass there are actions in Springfield, Amherst and Northampton on the eve of the Climate Summit in Paris.

Northampton 5:30 Step off from the high school, march to City Hall for rally 6-7pm. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/131746587186234/

Amherst 6-7pm Amherst Common. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/164706183879340/

Springfield 5-6pm Eastfield Mall. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/465109347006043/

In Northampton, bring a 2 sentence statement to the negotiators in Paris about what you want to save and what you want to create and expand in the face of catastrophic climate change.

In Amherst, bring a 3 sentence “Letter to the Future” by completing the following three prompts. You can share it aloud at the rally if you want and then send it to our leaders in Paris.

For children:
1) The world I want will be…
2) My family is making that world by…
3) I ask the world’s leaders in Paris to…
Adults: imagine writing to a child of the future descended from your family
1) The world I want for you will be…
2) I’m making that world for you by…
3) I ask the world’s leaders in Paris to…

The rallies in Amherst and Northampton include the Raging Grannies and other singers, students, faith groups and community organizations. The rallies will end with the ringing of church bells.

Also:
Tonight! 11/23 7pm-9pm Make art, props for rallies on 11/29 at the Unitarian Society in Amherst, during Climate Action NOW’s monthly meeting.
and:
12/3 7pm – “This Changes Everything”, UMass Library. Limited seating to this free screening and discussion. RSVP greenzinnia@hotmail.com

Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage and on Facebook for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

Yours in Hope,
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

Please forward this email.

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

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

Week 7: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Thank you to everyone doing these “5 minute or less” Monday Actions! We’ve got 7 more weeks to go in our 40-week countdown along the Road to Paris, where the UN Climate Summit will take place starting on November 29th. Our chorus grows louder every week thanks to YOU (and your friends – ask a few today to join you!)

This Week’s Monday Action:
Tell Your Senator to Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies:

For the Pioneer Valley Folks: Senator Markey
Call his office:  617-565-8519
and/or
Email his office: Contact

Not from Massachusetts? Look up your senator’s contact here

Here’s a sample email or phone script:

Dear Senator,

I am deeply concerned about climate disruption. Every day we read more news about planetary instability. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting to end fossil fuel subsidies NOW.

You know there are $7 BILLION annual subsidies to the fossil fuel profiteers.

What are you doing to end fossil fuel subsidies? As a concerned voter, I want assurance that my legislators are being bold leaders on behalf of future generations.

~ Your Name
With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
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Thank you! See you next week.

Please share this with friends in other states. They can look up their senators’ contact info.

Have you been to a Mothers Out Front House Party? There are two coming up:
October 21st 6:30-8:30pm in Amherst
November 4th 6:30-8:30pm in Leverett
Contact greenzinnia at hotmail dot com for more information.

We welcome your comments.
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Thank you for all you do. Onward!

Sincerely yours,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

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

Week 15: Senator Markey, Hold their Feet to the Fire

Thank you to everyone doing these “3 minute or less” Monday Actions! We’re in week 15 of our 40-week campaign along the Road to Paris, where the UN Climate Summit will take place in December.

Our chorus grows louder every week thanks to YOU (and your friends – ask a few today to join you!)

This Week’s Monday Action:

Tell Senator Markey to hold the fossil fuel barons feet to the fire:

Call his office:  617-565-8519
and/or
Email his office: Contact

Are you writing from another state other than Massachusetts? Look up your senator’s contact here


Here’s a sample email or phone script:

Dear Senator Markey,

I am deeply concerned about climate disruption. Every day we read more news about planetary instability. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting to end fossil fuel subsidies.

In a recent email from your office you noted the $7 BILLION annual subsidies to the fossil fuel profiteers. What are you doing about ending these?

At a recent climate conference, a director of shareholder advocacy specializing in engaging fossil fuel companies reported a few beliefs common to all gas and oil barons:

  • “yes IEA says we can’t burn even 1/3 of the 2800 GT of fossil fuels we have on reserve, but no matter what happens, we’ll be okay”,
  • “demand for our product won’t peak for several decades”,
  • “government’s job is to put a fair price on carbon and since they haven’t done this, we have carte blanch permission to continue”,

As the Chairman of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, I would like you to report on progress being made in this effort. What are you doing to end fossil fuel subsidies?

As a mother and concerned voter, I want assurance that my legislators are being bold leaders on behalf of future generations.

~ Your Name
With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
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Thank you! See you next week.

Please share this with friends in other states. They can look up their senators’ contact here.

You can comment about your experience with these Actions on the Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front BLOG, where you can review all the actions to date.

Still here and looking for more spice?

You might also consider this:

  • The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is hosting Environmental Justice Policy Listening Sessions! 
    • The Springfield Listening Session will be held:
    • Wednesday August 19 from 3:30-5:30 at the Community Music School of Springfield. This is sponsored by Partners for a Healthier Community and ARISE for Social Justice
  • Senator Markey has yet to take a position on the Iran nuclear deal that took 2 1/2 years to negotiate and would avert another war in the Middle East. American Friends Service Committee will be planning an action in Senator Markey’s Springfield office on August 26th. Stay tuned for details here.

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Thank you for all you do!

Onward!
Sincerely yours,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

 

Week 22 – Senator Markey Petition Fellow Senators

Thank you to everyone doing these “5 minute or less” Monday Actions! We’re in week 22 of our 40-week “labor” along the Road to Paris, where the UN Climate Summit will take place in December.

Our chorus grows louder every week thanks to YOU (and your friends – ask a few today to join you!)

This Week’s Monday Action:

Tell Senator Markey to Petition His Peers On Climate Issues:

Call his office:  617-565-8519
and/or
Email his office: Contact

Are you writing from another state other than Massachusetts? Look up your senator’s contact here

Here’s a sample email or phone script:

Dear Senator Markey,

I am deeply 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. We thank you for your leadership with your Boston Globe op ed piece about Pope Francis’ encyclical which I have read and your Climate Change petition which I have signed.

But as the Chairman of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, I would like you to report on progress being made in this effort. Where do your fellow Senators stand on Climate Disruption and what are you doing to motivate Decisive Action?

As a mother and concerned voter, I want assurance that my legislators are being bold leaders on behalf of future generations.

~ Your Name
With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
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Thank you! See you next week.

Please share this with friends in other states. They can look up their senators’ contact here.

And comment about your experience with these actions here, where you can also review all Monday Actions to date.

Still reading and looking for more spice to communicate to Senator Markey?

You might also consider this:

  • With the two largest carbon-emitting countries now in agreement on emissions targets (China and the U.S.) — and the European Union having established a target of its own — Markey thinks the stage is set for a significant advance when officials from 196 countries meet in Paris in December for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
  • Senator Markey understands the importance of renewing the federal tax credits for wind (which expired in December 2014) and solar (which are set to expire at the end of 2016). Ask him what he thinks the likelihood will be for renewing these tax credits!
  • Mothers Out Front helped fund an alarming HEET squeaky leaks report of “natural” gas leaks in MA. Because taxpayers are paying billions$ for thousands of miles of gas leaks, Markey introduced the Pipeline Modernization and Consumer Protection Act of 2013 and the Pipeline Revolving Fund and Job Creation Act. Ask him how likely these pieces of legislation are to pass!

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Thank you for all you do!

Onward!
Sincerely yours,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

 

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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