We Go High, Senator

12/5/16 Monday Action:
When they go low, we go high. Tell your State Senator that more is riding on Massachusetts taking the high road toward a renewable energy future than ever before. We need to go into high gear growing our green economy.

As we celebrate the Water Protectors’ success in persuading Obama to reconsider the permit for the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline, we also know that we have much work ahead to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

The natural gas industry knows it’s running out of time. That’s why there’s a mad rush to put in new pipelines to meet the supposed increasing demand for energy. But they haven’t fixed the thousands of leaks across the state which means dangerous methane is escaping, accelerating the climate crisis, hurting our health and wasting our money.

The cost to our children’s health and the actual cost to ratepayers (almost a billion dollars each year just in the Boston area) cannot continue. See below to join a social media outcry on Saturday 12/10 to call attention to the leaks in your area.

Find the gas leak that matters most to you on this HEET leaks map. Click on the marker to see the address and use it in the talking points below where it says THESE LEAKS. Or copy and paste and mention the address of “your” gas leak in your email.
Please note: Calls and letters really count more on the state level. So if you can today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone.

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Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. I know you are making a difference through your leadership opposing the pipeline tax and supporting renewables, conservation and energy efficiency. Please make sure the bills that you and other legislators introduce for the next session will:

1. Halt the building or expanding of natural gas infrastructure.
Instead of making consumers pay for new pipelines, make the gas companies pay to fix THESE LEAKS in the old ones.
2. Expand programs for conservation and energy efficiency.
  We’re national leaders in energy efficiency here in MA, but THESE LEAKS are creating as much climate warming emissions as we’ve saved with all the energy efficiency programs so far.
3. Speed our complete and rapid transition to 100% renewable energy.
We need to build the renewable energy infrastructure NOW.

Thank you for protecting us and future generations.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN/CITY
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact info (or HERE: http://openstates.org/):
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

It’s really important that you bring this home to legislators all across the state by asking a friend in another zip code to do what you just did! You or your friend can enter an address and look up State Senators and State Representatives HERE: http://openstates.org/
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Timely Action Extras:
Mothers Out Front is calling attention to the gas leaks across the state by taking pictures of our families where leaks are in our towns and cities. Hold a sign that asks whether that leak is a super emitter (gas companies aren’t required to measure the volume of leaks!). Take your pictures ahead of time, but wait until Saturday 12/10, to post and tweet pictures to create a social media storm. Include your town, use the hashtag #FixTheLeaks and tag your gas company in your tweets and posts. For Berkshire Gas, use @AVANGRID, and also mention BG. If you’re in Columbia Gas territory please don’t target them because they are working closely with us. You can still share and retweet photos from other communities to contribute to the storm! On Saturday, check out our Facebook page and Twitter @MOFpv and please share and retweet all day! For more info contact amherstamr at gmail dot com.

Want to learn how to use Twitter or Facebook for getting attention to climate? We’re offering online seminars. If you’re curious, contact Andra: amherstamr at gmail dot com.

Support the Boston Gas Leaks Ordinance. This will be a model that towns and cities can replicate across the state to mandate strong local requirements for fixing leaks. Click here to sign the petition.

Tell Governor Baker we want a Carbon Fee and Rebate! A comment page is available for the next 10 days. For more information on what to say and why, go to http://climateactionnowma.org/carbonpollutionfeecomments/


Upcoming In-Person Events:

TODAY!!!! Walk & Water Ceremony to Stand With Standing Rock and Defund DAPLMonday, Dec 5th, 2016. 12pm – 1:30pm. Amherst, MA. Yes, it’s still on! We still have to pressure the banks to divest from pipeline projects and the DAPL is only being rerouted, not stopped. Meet at the North Common and march down N. Pleasant St to the TD Bank branch in Amherst. Wear blue, bring a small offering for the ceremony, find a friend with a TD Bank account who will close their account as part of the action.

Climate Solutions 101: Sunday, Dec 18, 10-11:30 in Amherst, MA. MOF explains it all! Come learn everything you always wanted to know about the climate emergency and the solutions we’re pushing for. Don’t be afraid to ask; there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Newbies especially welcome. RSVP to amherstamr at gmail dot com.

Mothers Out Front Community Meeting: Monday, Dec 19. 6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA: Learn about how we can get to 100% renewable energy by 2030 across our state. We will have time to mingle and snack. Children welcome.

RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com

Amherst Mothers Out Front House Party: Jan 8, 2:00 – 4:15 pm in Amherst, MA

Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front on how to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope.
RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com. Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 1/4 if you need care).

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,

MOF Pioneer Valley Organizing Team

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