Time for Mama Bear to Speak to the Governor about #Weymouth


Monday Action for the week of 7/10/17.

This week’s Monday Action builds on last week’s call to the Governor’s office. This week we’re asking you to channel that Mother Bear inside you to speak to the Governor, virtually. And remember to scroll down to see what events are happening this week; there’s lots of ways to join in.

Across the state, Mothers Out Front members are taking action over the next 10 days to move Governor Baker away from his support of fossil fuels by focusing all our effort on the proposed Weymouth compressor station.

Key permits from the state are needed to build the station. Those permits are due in August. There’s evidence that the existing industry already is causing violations of MassDEP guidelines for 8 toxic air pollutants. The air quality estimates provided by the pipeline company didn’t take all the existing pollutants into account.

Now is the time to mobilize our power as mothers and others who speak for the next generations.

There’s two actions this week:

Join Mothers Out Front at the State House

If you’re near Boston, join us tomorrow, July 11th, at noon, in front of the State House. Then we’ll line the halls in front of Baker’s office, silently urging him to visit the compressor station site and meet with the community. For more information contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org and we’ll put you in touch with the organizers.

Make a Video to share

Here comes the bit about channeling Mama Bear. We’re asking you to speak to the Governor by making your own short video. What should you tell him? First introduce yourself. Tell him why this matters. Whose future are you protecting? Tell him about your loved ones, maybe even have them join you in recording your message. Choose one of these three things to ask him to do:

  • Visit the proposed site and meet with the community.
  • Deny all permits for Weymouth because they violate regulations.
  • Conduct independent air quality testing at the site.

The next step is to join the chorus of voices we’ll create on social media. Post your video on your Facebook page or on ours. In your post, write why you’re doing this and include @MothersOutFront so we’ll find it and can post it. Check our Facebook page for examples of videos and please share them too. This is what social media is great for – echoing an important message.

If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter, you can send us a link to your video and we’ll put it on our Facebook page. (If you don’t know how to send a link to your video, contact us, or ask your teenage granddaughter, for help.)

This isn’t so easy

Yes, we know this is not your typical Monday Action. Feel ridiculous talking to your phone camera? Say so! The truth is that this is one of the things that stands out about the Mothers Out Front message. We’ll do things we never thought we could do because the children we love are depending on us to raise our voices! Wow, that’s really powerful. 

If there’s just no way the video is going to happen, here’s last week’s action. You can do it again, but this time write a letter or call if you already emailed.

You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.

In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 7/10, 5:30-7:00pm, 100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting – Presentation on Community Electricity – California Style, reports from all workgroups. Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on the side on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. Bring dinner!
  • Thursday 7/13, 8:30am – 10am, Zero Energy Amherst. Join our team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for Amherst location.
  • Friday 7/14, 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 info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 7/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting and PICNIC! Light dinner, bring if you can. We’ll eat and meet outside if the weather cooperates! All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Sunday 7/23, 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.

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

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

Our Public Lands Belong to Our Children


Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 6/12/17:

The White House and some members of Congress are working on legislation to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR, in Alaska) for oil drilling as well as other public lands that are currently protected.

ANWR is “the wildest place in America” and it makes no sense economically to develop the ANWR for oil. The Trump administration is examining a broad range of public lands for potential other uses.

This week’s Monday Action is to contact Senator Markey and ask him to oppose any legislation that is put forward to transfer national parks to state ownership, or to open up public lands to resource extraction.

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.

The White House and some members of Congress, including Senator Murkowski from Alaska, are working on legislation to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. President Trump is also looking into redefining other public lands, including 27 National Monuments.

With our children’s future hanging in the balance, we can’t risk such foolish actions. It is a fatal mistake to promote more fossil fuel use, and also to destroy natural environments that were protected for future generations and are the best and last areas of climate resiliency.

Please lead the opposition to any legislation that is put forward to transfer national parks or monuments to state ownership, or to open up public lands to any form of resource extraction.

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of the children of Massachusetts, the country, and the world.




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!


In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00, Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Western New England University’s School of Law, Moot Court Room, 1st floor. Meet at 4:45pm at Sheldon Field, Northampton, or at Atkins, South Amherst, to carpool. Testify or support, but let’s show up and tell the Senators that we want to go 100% renewable and how! info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 6/13, 10:00am-12:00pm, Zero Energy Amherst Town Buildings, Discussion with Darren Port from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St).
  • Monday 6/19, 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.
  • Tuesday 6/20, 1-5pm Committee Hearing at the State House on several bills including Carbon Pricing bills. Please sign up here.
  • Sunday 6/25, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. New location! at the offices of “Cultivate & Bloom” 20 Hampton Ave, Suite 160 (behind Sylvester’s). Contact 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

Your Monday Action Team

All I Want For #MothersDay is the #ParisAgreement


This week’s Monday Action, brought to you a day early for Mothers Day from Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front: Ask Ivanka to tell her father that All We Want For Mothers Day is the Paris Agreement.

Two years ago we began Monday Actions as a weekly countdown to the Paris Climate talks. Then we celebrated what seemed to be international progress against the threat of climate change after Paris. Now, with a new administration in Washington D.C. we are in danger of pulling out of this critically important agreement.

If the world’s leaders fulfill the commitments made in Paris, our children have a chance at a healthy livable climate tomorrow.

Today, on Mothers Day and all week, we are writing, posting and Tweeting to Ivanka Trump urging her to advise the President to stay the course on the Paris Climate Agreement. Feel free to use the sample letter below or edit it in your own voice!

Dear Ivanka Trump:

As a fellow mother I think that you will understand why I am urgently concerned about climate change. Our children depend on us to do whatever we can to fight for a livable future for them.

The U.S. must remain a strong member of the Paris Climate Agreement in order for other countries to follow and reduce the use of fossil fuels and their emissions. For our children’s sake, we must remain true to the agreement that was made in 2015. 

So much depends on U.S. leadership on this critical issue. If we invest in clean, renewable energy we’ll combat climate change and our economy will thrive.

Now is the time to strengthen these agreements so that all children can have a healthy environment today and a livable climate tomorrow.

Thank you for caring and speaking for the children of the world. Be their hero and their hope.


With Mothers Out Front

Contact information for Ivanka M. Trump, Special Assistant to the President:

Email: Ivanka.m.trump@who.eop.gov


Office of the Chief of Staff
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20500

OK, time to get those social media fingers tapping. We’ve got some sample Facebook posts and Tweets for you. Never Tweeted before? Get that 14 year old granddaughter to show you how.

Sample tweets:

.@IvankaTrump: All we want for #MothersDay is the Paris Climate Agreement. @MothersOutFront for a livable climate #MothersProtectChildren.

Click to retweet now!  

Facebook Post:

Dear Friends: Please join me in urging Ivanka Trump to advise her father to honor our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The U.S. should lead the way for reducing fossil fuels and building clean and renewable energy sources. Click here to learn more.

I urge you to tweet @IvankaTrump, send her a letter (sample tweets and text in the link) and ask 5 friends to do the same!

Thank you!

Share and post the picture at the top of this message:

(Click on picture to go to Facebook then share it to your account!)


Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.

Ask your friends to join you in action. Thank you for being the change you want to see.

Upcoming In-Person Events:

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

    • Friday 5/19 4:30-6:00pm Western Mass Community Choice Aggregation PLUS, meeting location in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

    • 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.

    • Sunday 5/21 4:30-6:00pm (no meeting on Mothers Day!) Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

    • Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St.

    • Wednesday 5/23, 2:00-3:00pm, Carbon Pricing Webinar in Person! Sponsored by MOF Pioneer Valley, League of Women Voters, and the Unitarian Universalist Amherst Green Sanctuary. At Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St. Contact amherstamr@gmail.com.


Thank you for all you do.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.

Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front

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
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
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.
Thank you for all you do. Onward!

Sincerely yours,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

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