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

Senator Adam Hinds 617 722-1625

Senator Donald Humason 617-722-1415

Senator James Welch

 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

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

Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team


Rep, The World We Love is 100% Renewable Energy

join the parade - WWL smallest

Here’s your Monday Action from the Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front, for the week of 6/26/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to ask your State Representative to support 100% Renewable Energy and join The World We Love puppet pageant (pictured above) and direct action this Saturday in Northampton. See below for other upcoming events as well.

On Saturday, July 1, please join us in calling for 100% Renewable Energy at The World We Love. People of all ages, giant puppets, activists, and musicians will parade through the streets of Northampton, watch a play in Pulaski Park and then fan out into Northampton to speak to individuals and businesses about their part in reducing Massachusetts energy use and becoming 100% renewable. See details below.

We’re joining a nationwide commitment to 100% renewable energy. Ask your State Rep to support a bill calling for 100% Renewable Energy which was introduced by Rep. Sean Garballey and Rep. Marjorie Decker (H.3395) in the House, and by Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1849) in the Senate. It sets a bold goal of getting our electricity from all clean energy sources by 2035. The rest of the economy, including buildings, transportation, industry, would go 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Western Mass Representatives who signed on as cosponsors of the bill are:
Reps Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Peter Kocot in Hampshire County;
Rep Stephen Kulik in Franklin County;
Reps Gailanne Cariddi, Paul Mark, and William Pignatelli in Berkshire County;
Reps Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Tosado, Aaron Vega, and John Velis in Hampden County.

If your Rep is on the list of supporters, thank them and encourage them to get their colleagues on board.
If your Rep isn’t on the list, ask them to support H.3395/S.1849.

You can use the text below as talking points in calling your Rep, or in an email. Just be sure to personalize it by mentioning the children you love or other reasons you’re motivated to act on climate.

Dear Representative {YOUR REP},

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children I love depend on us for a livable future. I want you to accelerate the pace of change in policies to ensure those children have hope for their own and their world’s health.

I’m asking for your {or thanking you for your} support of the 100% Renewable Energy bill, H.3395/S.1849. It will help make a swift, complete, and just transition from fossil fuels to the clean energy future that is within our grasp. The bill accelerates the annual increase in the amount of clean energy electric companies must include in their portfolio. It also calls for workforce development in clean energy, and directs state agencies to study and implement clear strategies for attaining the goals.

Please work with your colleagues to gather support in the House for passing this bill this session. There is no time to lose.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.

with Mothers Out Front

 To contact your representative, look them up here.

The World We Love

The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration, The World We Love Giant Puppet Parade performance and direct action, will be on Saturday July 1.

To join Mothers Out Front for the parade, gather between 1:30 and 1:45pm at the County Court House Lawn. We’ll be representing the element Air from the East, carrying the winged creatures. Wear yellow, bring wings and puppets and stuffed animals of the winged type if you like. There will also be stick puppets and larger puppets to carry. For the parades from the other 3 directions, see the Facebook page.

2:00pm Parade begins to Memorial Hall Lawn and Pulaski Park Lawn.

2:30pm Community Performance of The World We Love-Its in our Hands!

Immediately following the performance join the Direct Action to connect with businesses and individuals about reducing their energy usage to help us achieve 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Sign up on Facebook.
To help make puppets this week, contact Beth Fairservis,


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.

In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St. 
  • Thursday 6/29, 4:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm, PVTA Public Hearing on Bus Route Cuts, City Council Chambers, 212 Main St, behind City Hall, Northampton. Come defend our public transportation system that connects the valley for education and jobs, and lowers carbon emissions.
  • Saturday 7/1, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, The World We Love, Northampton. (see details above).
  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Zero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact
  • Sunday 7/9, 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
  • Monday 7/10, 4:30-6:00pm, 100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

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

Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

March, March Wherever You Are!


Monday Action for the week of 4/24/17:

Time to get out in the street!

Speak for the trees, the children of the world, and all the species we are privileged to live with on this beautiful Earth.

Today’s Monday Action is to prepare for the Climate March and let us know if you will join us on Saturday 4/29. RSVP for DCBostonSpringfield, or Greenfield
(There are seats remaining on a heavily-subsidized bus from Amherst Center and Holyoke to the People’s Climate March in DC. Amherst seats are $35 general/$15 student & low income. Holyoke seats are $30 general/$10 student & low income. Additional scholarships are available. Please help spread the word. Info here.)

Can’t march? Just respond to this email and tell us what your message would be and we’ll add it to a communal sign with all of your words!

See other local activities coming up here and below.

We were on the move this week:
Felicia giving Sec Beaton Lorax
Earth Week took Mothers Out Front to the Bridge of Flowers in Buckland/Shelburne Falls to welcome Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. Over 50 sign carrying protestors showed up to remind him that Otis State Forest is protected and (to paraphrase a certain Springfield born author) “Unless Someone like him Cares a Whole Awful Lot, Nothing is Going to Get Better. It’s Not.” We all signed a copy of The Lorax and gave it to him after he spoke. He said he heard our message and would read the book to his children.
The Lorax 2
At the action in Buckland and at our next stop, the Amherst Sustainability Fair on Earth Day, our Lorax No Pipeline in Otis magnets were very popular. We’ll keep them on hand when we’re at events so come over and get one for yourself.

We saw many of you at the Sustainability Fair and lots of you signed a postcard to Governor Baker which we’ll hand deliver to him just before Mothers Day. Children made Climate Hero Shields, tossed corks into the gas leaks board, and listened to climate change inspired music. Check out facebook for more about the music. And here’s how the Gazette described our booth and the Climate Transformer.

Amherst Sustainability Fair mom capes

Want your own Super Hero cape for the march that says MOM or GMOM or DAD or AUNT or HERO or KID? Make one at home! Download instructions for Shields or for Capes.           

You did it, thank you! See you at the March, and next Monday.


In Person Events:

TONIGHT! Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.

Thursday 4/27, 7:00-9:00pm, Sierra Club Climate Activist Training, Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst. RSVP here.

Friday 4/28, 4-6pm, Community Choice Aggregation 2.0. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable in our region. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com

Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches! Where to meet and RSVP:  D.C., BostonSpringfieldor Greenfield

Sunday 4/30, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact

Tuesday 5/9 6:15-8:30pm, MOF House Party in Leverett. Meet other moms, dads, grandmoms, aunts, etc. Learn about MOF and KidPower! Discussion on how to support and empower children about climate change. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

Monday 5/15, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

Sunday 5/21 1:30-3:45pm, MOF House Party in Amherst. Meet other moms, dads, grandmoms, aunts, etc. Learn about MOF and our local 100% Renewable campaign, including Community Choice Aggregation 2.0. RSVP and questions 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 MOF Pioneer Valley Monday Action BLOG

Your Monday Action Team

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.
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 Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley will be joining the walkers as they parade through Greenfield on Saturday afternoon. See you there!


With Mothers Out Front

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

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.

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
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

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

Senator Warren: Call to Rally After Paris

The UN Climate Talks in Paris are in progress. We know that the agreement won’t solve climate disruption tomorrow. We are watching for strong commitments and goals that can be adjusted and accelerated in the next few years.

Global actions are planned for this Saturday, December 12th, the day after the Paris talks are scheduled to end. We will join a major rally, from 1-3pm on Boston Common, with a broad coalition of organizations for climate justice. Mothers Out Front members from all over will come together at the rally.

Right after the rally, 3:30-5:30pm, creative direct actions will take place in nearby locations in Boston. Western MA activists, including MOF members, are taking the lead in planning actions through Climate Action Now. See below for more information.

Today’s Monday Action: Take 5-minutes now to ask Senator Warren to call for increasing pressure to exceed goals after Paris.
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Your optional copy-and-paste text for email or talking points if you call:

Dear Senator Warren,

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.

Please call attention to the Obama administration’s strong leadership in Paris. Demand that in the next few years we will accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and exceed the goals set this week by the governments of the world.

My loved ones and I look to you for your leadership.


With Mothers Out Front


Contact Info:

Boston Office
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203

Boston Office: (617) 565-3170
Springfield Office: (413) 788-2690

Looking to personalize this for a different state?
You can look up your Senator here:
Thank you! See you next Monday!

Please forward this Monday Action to a friend today: To fight Climate Change voters must take a stand.

Still here? Want to do more than a Monday Action email or call? Be the one we are waiting for!

Join in person on Saturday, 12.12.15 Jobs, Justice, Climate: Defend New England’s Future

1-3pm, Rally on the Boston Common to demand swift and just transition from fossil fuels

3:30-5:30pm, Creative Direct Actions nearby. We’re doing street theater, a flash mob dance, making waves with long streams of blue material representing the seas rising, and engaging shoppers in conversations about climate justice.

If you want to get on the bus or carpool to Boston, contact Andra at More information on facebook:

Thank you for doing Monday Actions. Your work is causing waves!
Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley