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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Gov Baker – Carbon Fee and Dividend Now!

Monday Action for the week of 6/19/17. See below for In Person Events for Pioneer Valley

This week’s Monday Action is directed at Governor Baker at a critical moment for carbon pricing legislation.

Two carbon bills will be considered in a hearing at the State House tomorrow, Tuesday 6/20, from 1pm – 5pm. We’re packing the auditorium with carbon fee and dividend supporters.  Carpool sign up here.

The Governor has declared that Massachusetts will meet the targets of the Paris Agreement. A carbon fee and diviend, enacted this year, would fulfill that promise. There is no other policy that could. We think the Governor should hear that from a LOT of people

Carbon fee and dividend will put us on the path to a swift, just and complete transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future. To understand how, watch this 3 minute video with Robert Reich.

Tap the Mama Bear in you. Call Governor Baker’s office and speak with all your heart. Create a loud chorus that shakes the State House by forwarding this action to friends.


Dear Governor Baker,

I’m urgently concerned about climate change. Solutions have to be big, bold, and now! My children {grandchildren, nieces/nephews, me & my friends, friends’ children} are growing up and I refuse to accept anything less than a healthy, livable future. The way to jump start our progress is a carbon fee and dividend policy.

Thank you for throwing our Massachusetts hat into the ring to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

You’ve now made a promise to us and the next generations. We need speedy solutions to meet the spirit of Paris, policies that rock the boat and make business as usual expensive.

Carbon fee and dividend is a fair and fast policy to reduce our reliance on oil and natural gas, which in our state are the contributors to our emissions.

We have momentum in both houses of the legislature on this. This is the pivotal moment when you prove your commitment to Paris: Tell our Senators and Representatives that you will sign a carbon fee and dividend bill that puts money back into the pockets of low and middle income residents and keeps money from fossil fuels in our local communities.

Please do it now. You would be a climate hero if you do.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To fill out a contact form, click here and scroll down on that page.

To write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

Office of the Governor

Room 280

Boston, MA 02133


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 6/19, 6:00-8:00Amherst 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.
  • Wednesday 6/21, 4pm-5pm & 6pm-7pm, PVTA Public Hearing on Bus Route Cuts, Bangs Community Center. Come defend our public transportation system that connects the valley for education and jobs, and lowers carbon emissions.
  • Thursday 6/22, 5:30pmNorthampton Health Board meeting Northampton High School library. Come convince the health board to sign the letter to Gov Baker re public health impacts of pipelines.
  • Friday 6/23, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity Choice Energy (Aggregation plus). Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with local energy in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 6/25, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting with 100% Renewable breakout session, Legislative Committee meeting 6pm-7pm, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.

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
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Yes, Senator, We Want a Price on Carbon

cropped-i-care-deeply.jpgMonday Action for the week of 1/9/16: Thank State Senate President Stan Rosenberg for making a price on carbon a priority. @SenStan

Not your state senator? Call Senator Rosenberg, but also encourage Your Senator to put a price on carbon. Your elected officials must know you ask this. Give them courage: Your vote is their currency.


Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change: It is immoral to leave all children from now forward with an irreparable climate. We will not stand by while a small group of individuals reap huge short-term benefits from pushing us all past the point of no return on climate. We say enough, and need you to act now – decisively, courageously, and with great speed.

Congratulations on your unanimous re-election as State Senate President. Your support of carbon pricing gives me great hope. This is indeed the driver we need in times of climate crisis.

Thank you for protecting us and future generations. I look forward to your success and look forward to supporting you in this.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN/CITY
With Mothers Out Front


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 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 HERE: http://openstates.org/


Upcoming In-Person Events:

Monday 1/16 6:00-8:00pm – Amherst MOF Monthly Meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia@hotmail.com. We are not meeting as usual on the 3rd Monday in February. Next monthly meeting after 1/16 will be March 20th.

Monday, 1/23, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now (CAN) meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. Monthly meeting of the regional climate activists organization.

Wednesday, 1/25, Climate Lobby Day, State House. Organized by the climate coalition Mass Power Forward to encourage our legislators to cosponsor bills we support. Contact Andra if interested, amherstamr@gmail.com.
Saturday, 1/28, 3:00-5:00pm, Climate Action in a Time of Political Crisis, First Churches, Northampton. CAN, MOF and many other organizations are putting together this forum with legislators, climate experts, activists, and YOU!

Sunday, 1/29, 1:00-3:00pm, Amherst MOF Green Building meeting, location TBD. Help get your community on track to 100% Renewable Energy.

Thursday 2/2, 7:00-8:30pm, For the Love of Earth and Children: Take Action, Jones Library, Amherst. Amherst MOF is leading a workshop as part of the library’s On the Same Page programs about The 6th Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.


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

Thursday is Vote on MA Senate’s Omnibus Bill

June 27, 2016

Today’s Monday Action: Senators, amend the Omnibus Energy Bill NOW!

Massachusetts’ energy future is being discussed in the Senate NOW. Can you call or write your state Senator by Thursday? Last Friday, lawmakers in the Massachusetts Senate released its version of the “omnibus” energy bill, S2372. The good news is that S2372 does even more to promote clean energy than the House bill that passed a couple of weeks ago. But the Senate bill neither addresses the thousands of leaks in our natural gas pipelines, nor does it prohibit making consumers pay for unnecessary new gas infrastructure or improve the entirely unnecessary solar bottleneck in MA.

There is time to further improve the bill before the Senate votes on Thursday. Contact your Senator by Thursday noon (contact info for your Senator is here)! Here’s a script you can use when you call, or you can cut and paste into an email if you write:
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Dear Senator Rosenberg,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon.

My name is _______ from TOWN. I’m happy that S2372 is strong on clean energy! I’d like to ask you to support or co-sponsor the following amendments to the bill:

1. Senator Eldridge’s amendment to require utilities, rather than ratepayers like me, to pay for natural gas that’s lost through leaks or unaccounted for, and to add provisions for worker safety.

2. Senator Jehlen’s amendment that prohibits the utilities from charging electricity customers, like me, for the construction of new gas pipelines.

3. Senator Eldridge’s 3 solar amendments to address the regressive nature of H4173 and to support and encourage the purchase electric vehicles by the state and by consumers.

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, copy and paste the letter above into your email message. Personalize your message if you can.
To write a letter:
State House Office
24 Beacon Street, Room 332,
Boston, MA 02133

Not your State Senator? Look up your senator here

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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today. For those too shy to call or write share this Environment America petition to prevent the CT pipeline expansion through Otis, MA.
If you reach out to your Senator, thank you, & let us know! Read below for more information about the bill. More information here from our friends at MassEnergy consumer’s alliance and SolarIsWorking.


Please contact your Senator before Thursday at noon and take a stance against the threat of climate change. We appreciate you taking the time to take action!
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Thanks for all you do. Onward!

MA Senators: Turn the Tide with Energy Bill

Tell MA State Senators we won’t get another chance: We need you to create an Omnibus Energy Bill that will turn the tide of the climate crisis NOW.
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Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. We have to be bold and act fast.

Senator, we need you to work towards an Omnibus Energy Bill in the Senate that will turn the tide of the climate crisis! Massachusetts has 8000 megawatts of wind potential in the federal waters off our shores. That’s enough to power every home in the state. And just last week Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Boston will host a major climate summit in 2017. Let’s push ahead! There is no time to lose: It is imperative that we increase our commitment to offshore wind to at least 2000 megawatts; restore fair reimbursement rates to community and low-income solar; double the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS); ensure environmental standards for large transmission projects, and most emphatically ban any form of pipeline tax.

Thank you for all you do, I know it’s not easy. We are counting on you to improve this key energy bill.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front

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Contact: State Senator Stan Rosenberg
To call: (617) 722-1500
To email, copy and paste the letter above into your email message. Personalize your message if you can.
To write a letter:
State House Office
24 Beacon Street, Room 332,
Boston, MA 02133

Not you Senator? Look up your senator here
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Mothers Out Front in the Pioneer Valley is a community of strong, concerned parents, grandparents and many others who care about the generations to come.

Please join our Community Meeting to take action around gas leaks:
Monday June 20, 6pm – 8pm at Madeleine’s in North Amherst.
Light meal provided.
RSVP for childcare and address to greenzinnia at comcast dot net.
Our next House Party in Shutesbury on:
Sunday, June 26, 12:45pm – 3pm.
RSVP for childcare and address to greenzinnia at comcast dot net.
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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today.
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Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

 

MA House: Make it Law, No Pipeline Tax

The omnibus energy bill is expected out of the House Ways and Means committee TODAY, Monday, and there is a very short window for amendments to be filed before the full bill goes for a vote on Wednesday. 

Today’s Action: Ask your State Representative to support an amendment that clearly prohibits electric ratepayer funding of gas infrastructure (a definitive ban of the “pipeline tax“).

Light Up The Map: If your rep, like Ellen Story, is already committed to forbidding a pipeline tax, tell her instead that you’re enlisting the help of your friends across the state. The omnibus energy bill comes at a critical time for the planet and you are the ones who can bring it by lighting up your networks: Ask at least one person to do today’s Monday Action: For phone numbers for this urgent action use This Link from the State

To help you think of friends in MA towns, see below the Special List of Legislators to target.

Calls are critical today. But if that’s a no go for you, then cut and paste the suggested letter below and email it to your State Representative and to one person in another part of the state.
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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.  

We also need:
At least two thousand megawatts of offshore wind (or NY will grab it from us- it’s federal waters off our shores and NY needs the power. 2K MW is enough for infrastructure to be built in MA. That means jobs!).
Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 2% a year.(this means that we’ll get local green jobs twice as fast as now, and it means the industry can count on investing in twice as much infrastructure -because it is currently at 1% growth).
Environmental standards for massive transmission projects (Gov. Baker is pushing big hydro and that means tearing up our landscape to bring power from Canada).

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 Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House, Room 277
Boston, MA 02133

And, if you can:
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
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Special List with TOWNS (Know anyone in these towns? Call them today!) of the Legislators to target:

James.Murphy@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2240, Fourth Norfolk, Consisting of Weymouth: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18; Hingham: Precinct 2 (Plymouth Co.)
Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov617-722-2582 – Eleventh Bristol, Consisting of Acushnet; New Bedford: Ward 1: Precincts A, B, C, Ward 2, Ward 3: Precincts B, C
Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov617-722-2210 – Eighth Bristol, Consisting of Fall River: Ward 1: Precinct A, Ward 6: Precincts A, B; Freetown: Precincts 2, 3; New Bedford: Ward 1, Precincts D, E, F; Westport

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Remember to contact your elected officials often,
they need to hear from YOU and your mother, father, best friend, colleagues…you get the picture.
(NEED A CLICK: You can also keep sharing this generalonline petition. It auto-directs to your personal state senators, state representatives and the Governor.)

Enter your Town and State to look up your State Senatorand State Representative HERE:
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Upcoming In-Person Events:

  • June 26: MOF House Party at in Shutesbury. 12:45-3pm. RSVP to LightUpTheMap (at) gmail (dot) com. Childcare available if you let us know.
  • Fix the Gas Leaks Campaign: For details including locations RSVP to amherstamr (at) gmail (dot) com

    • June 6 Planning Meeting for marking every gas leak in Northampton 7:30 pm Forbes St. Noho
    • June 18 and 25 Art Work Days: Help Beth Fairservis with puppets and props for street theater action on July 2
    • June 20 Planning meeting Massasoit St. 7 pm.
    • June 27-July 2 Children’s camp to prepare for July 2
    • July 2 “The World We Love” and launch of Gas Leaks Flagging.

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

All I Asked for Mothers Day…

Mothers Day was originally a day of war protest by mothers trying to save their sons. That’s all we want now. A healthy, livable future for children everywhere. We have a chance to shape the biggest energy bill in Massachusetts this decade, which will shape the energy landscape of tomorrow.

Today’s Monday Action:
MA Senator, these unrepaired gas leaks could explode unless we get a great Energy Omnibus Bill.

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: 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 saysTHESE LEAKS. Or copy and paste and mention the address of “your” gas leak in your email.

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 a Town and State and look up State Senators and State Representatives HERE: http://openstates.org/

Remember our state legislators tell us over and over:  Six Calls From My Constituents is a Mandate.
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Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am very concerned about climate change. Thank you very much for your leadership opposing the pipeline tax and supporting renewables, conservation and energy efficiency. I know you and other legislators are working on a very important, energy ominbus bill before you leave for June recess. Please make sure the bill 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.
  MA leads the nation in energy efficiency, 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 renewable energy.
The cost to our children’s health and the actual cost to ratepayers of THESE LEAKS (almost a billion dollars each year just in the Boston area) cannot continue. We need to build the renewable energy infrastructure NOW.

Tell the utilities and pipeline companies: You don’t get more when you can’t fix what you have. 

Thank you for protecting us and future generations.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
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
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Upcoming In-Person Events:
Mothers Out Front Community Meeting: Monday, May 16.  6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA
: Learn about how to stop the dangerous gas leaks across our state. We will have time to mingle and snack. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com

Mothers Out Front House Party: May 22, 12:45 – 3:00 pm in Florence, MA

Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front on how to protect all children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 5/16 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,

Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team