Thank you President Obama, Join Us Citizen Obama

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Monday Action for the week of 1/16/17:

This is the last week of President Obama’s term and the beginning of an uncertain and, for many, frightening political reality at the national level. Some of us will join the hundreds of thousands marching (see info below) on January 21st. Some of us will speak out in other ways. We are motivated because we cherish our families, friends, and communities.

This week, thank Obama and ask him, as a private citizen, to join us in bringing in a swift transition to a clean energy future for our children.
Here’s your optional talking points or copy-and-paste text:


Dear President Obama,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be ferociously bold in continuing to fight climate change and champion clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

I’m grateful to you and to Michelle for loyally serving our country. I will miss your integrity, vision and intelligence as President. As a private citizen, you could accomplish so much. I’m writing to ask you to join me and focus your energy next on climate change. We have a window of only a few years to get it right.

The private sector can play a key role in solving the climate crisis at a time when our national government may not, as you cogently argue in your recent article in Science Magazine. Help us build a worldwide clean energy economy and build on your legacy on climate change.

I hope you’ll harken back to your roots in community organizing and treat the whole world as your community. Your efforts now, working for a swift and just transition to clean energy, will ensure that our children will have a safe and healthy future.

Mothers Out Front and so many others are working to get to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. Yes we can, with your help!

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front


Contact President Obama

To call: 202-456-1111

To email


Thank you! See you next Monday!

Want to do more online activism? Object to the nominations of climate deniers. Click here for the schedule and contact info for the Senate Committees holding hearings.


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday, 1/16, 6:00-8:00pmAmherst MOF Monthly Meeting. Join us in community. Pursue Active Hope. Connect, learn, act.  Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine, greenzinnia at hotmail  dotcom. No meeting in February, but we’ll have a potluck on 2/20. Monthly Meetings start back on March 20th.

  • Saturday, 1/21, Women’s March on Washington – Massachusetts sister marches. Bus from Northampton to Boston. March in Pittsfield or Greenfield.

  • Monday, 1/23, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St.

  • Saturday, 1/28, 3:00-5:00pm, Climate Action in a Time of Political Crisis, First Churches, Northampton. Forum with elected officials and action-oriented discussions in breakout groups. Sponsored by CAN, MOF, and other community groups. For more info contact, Karen at innerfortune dot com.

  • Sunday, 1/29, 1:00-3:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable meeting. Amherst MOF Green Buildings campaign, Valley Businesses Going Green, financing energy efficiency and renewables; other topics welcome. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. Contact Andra, amherstamr at gmail dot com.

  • Thursday, 2/2, 7:00-8:30, For the Love of Earth and Children: Take Action, Jones Library, Amherst. Part of the On the Same Page series focused on the 6th Extinction.

  • Monday 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30, MOF Family Potluck. We’re not having a meeting as usual on the 3rd Monday in February because many people will be away during school break. But you’re invited to a potluck with your family on. Location TBD. RSVP Andra, amherstamr at gmail dot com.

  • Sunday, Feb 26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP 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 Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

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Obama, Stop the Dakota Pipeline

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Monday Action for 9/12/16: Urge Obama to kill the Dakota Pipeline. He could. He rejected Keystone and it’s back here in a different guise.

Maybe you signed an email about this already? Know this: Obama really responds to personal notes and calls. Did you know he personally wrote back to our Monday Actionists? Climate Change is his stated issue (see this week’s New York Times article) yet the man really needs to hear from voters – that’s what makes him act. Let’s help him out:
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Dear President Obama,
Like you, I think the trends are terrifying: 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 a call to action, a nationwide War Effort against Climate Change, as Bill McKibben described recently. You can set the tone for your successor.

McKibben reminds us that your administration announced months ago that new projects would now have to pass a climate test before being approved–we need that test applied to the Dakota Access pipeline. And we need to make sure that anything in Indian country never gets built again without full tribal consultation.

President Obama, it’s urgent that you push as hard as you can. We need you. All our children need you. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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Contact: President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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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 350.org petition to stop climate denial.
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In Person!

Join our next Community Meeting on Monday, Sept 19th from 6pm to 8pm in North Amherst. We’ll be focusing on writing about climate change from our hearts plus our community goals for 2017. All are welcome. Please RSVP to get the address and if you’re bringing children. We’ll arrange for childcare. Contact Greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. Light meal provided, bring something if it’s easy.

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

Pres Obama, Cool it on the Coolants

Monday Action for the week of 8/1/16: Urge Obama to push for an aggressive phase-down of the less well known greenhouse gases, HFCs.

 


Dear President Obama,

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. There are also other gases dangerously warming the planet.

We know that the coolants now used in aerosols, air-conditioners and refrigerators are better for the ozone, but still dangerous: these hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, are becoming more of a threat to planetary warming. Currently, the contribution of HFCs to greenhouse warming is 1% of that of CO2, but by 2050, if we follow the “business as usual” path, that contribution is likely to increase to 10% of that of CO2.

Luckily, reducing HFCs offers a huge benefit for little comparative cost. Please continue to push for more aggressive world-wide phase-down. We can and must be as successful as we were with CFCs that threatened to grow the now healed ozone hole. We must freeze the global growth of HFCs by 2021 at the latest, and rapidly make the transition to more sustainable alternatives such as ammonia.

President Obama, it’s urgent that you push as hard as you can. We need you. Your girls need you. Thank you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact: President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today. Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

Still here?

We have another concern you could share with the President if you want:
“I also strongly disagree with your assistant secretary of energy for fossil fuels, Chris Smith, who has said that you don’t want to Keep It In The Ground. Please stop listening to the fossil fuel lobby. Keep It In The Ground we must, and we shall. We must break free from fossil fuels today: Where are our US-made hydrogen cars powered by renewable energy? Toyota and Hyundai can do it- so can we!”

Breaking News:

The Massachussetts Omnibus Energy bill passed the MA House and Senate last night in the final hour of the month, without much discussion. The most exciting part of the bill is that it adds 1600 megawatts of off-shore wind power which is the biggest procurement for wind in any state. We’re also pleased with the inclusion of some new regulations of gas leaks we asked for. Unfortunately the bill didn’t include the pipeline tax ban or any solar. So we’ll be back next session pushing for more of what we need from our state legislators. Meanwhile Governor Baker will get this bill.


Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

President Obama, Use Your Authority to Keep It In The Ground

Today’s Monday Action: Urge Obama to ban oil and gas leasing in all federal waters.
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Dear President Obama,
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 oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. Natural gas is mainly composed of methane, which traps heat and has 80 times the effect of carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere, meaning small amounts can have a significant impact on global warming. Thank you for your recent ban of Atlantic Drilling, but this week brought more urgent climate news (Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly):

We urgently need you to use your remaining time in office to ban oil and gas leasing in all federal waters and lands, something the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 45 other groups sought in a legal petition filed 3/29/16, an action you have the full legal and moral authority to take. The petition is part of a growing national Keep It in the Ground campaign urging you to halt all new fossil fuel leasing on public lands and offshore areas – a step that could keep up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution from reaching the atmosphere. There’s a direct link between climate change and fossil fuel production on federal lands.

As with the unwanted natural gas pipelines threatening us here in MA, those leases last for decades, delaying a transition to the clean energy future the world needs. As you know all too well, offshore oil production also carries an unacceptably high risk for major oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon disaster, endangering vulnerable wildlife.Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. All the children will thank you.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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Contact: President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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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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Still here? Are you looking for an in-person action?
Make Connections to Stop the Pipeline at Grace Church in Amherst, MA on 4/16, tell your friends and share broadly:

Join us for a Map Party to stop the pipeline and to create a Fossil Free Future, Sunday 4/16 from 4-6pm.
Bring your computers and address books! We gather at the Parrish Hall at Grace Church in Amherst to Stop the Pipelines (Spring Street Entrance). We’ve heard from our politicians that six calls from constituents constitutes a mandate. Bring your friends and loved ones to brainstorm who you know in neighboring towns. Together we can stop the NED pipeline. We’ll have the tools to set up people you know to say “No New Pipelines” directly to their elected officials across the state.

We will Light Up the Map of Massachusetts:
Because “six calls constitutes a mandate”, we will show you how to connect those six voices to their representatives If we each contact people we know across Massachusetts we can together have a huge impact –more than the sum of our parts. Maps available for everyone. You’ll be surprised how many towns you know people in. Interested in babysitting/bringing your child? Please contact: AlisaPearson at earthlink dot net.
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FYI your list of legislators. Contact them often, contact them NOW. They need you.
Local contact info for zip code 01002. Live somewhere else? Look up your elected officials 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

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

Mr. President, Make FERC Pipe Down

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#PresidentsDay Monday Action: Ask Obama to investigate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC.
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Dear Mr. President,
Happy President’s Day and thank you for working hard for our children’s future: I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We need you to do all you can to keep fossil fuels in the ground. “Natural” gas is a dirty fossil fuel, not a bridge fuel to a green energy future, yet we are threatened with the prospect of huge new pipelines that would last for decades, delivering gas for export and endangering our hometowns and our climate.

FERC has not turned down a pipeline application since 1986 and is now reviewing the proposed NED (Northeast Energy Direct) pipeline. We are very concerned: FERC does not appear to be an agency that protects Americans; instead it steadfastly promotes the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our lands and our future. MA Attorney General Maura Healy’s independent report proves that we do not need the proposed NED pipeline, yet now all that stands between us and the pipeline is FERC.

If FERC is corrupt, we need that corrected and look to you for help. Please urge the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit FERC as soon as possible. Thank you for your attention in this urgent matter.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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CONTACT: President Obama

To call: 202-456-1111
To email cut and paste the suggested message above or write your own.
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today!
Other thoughts? Contact you legislators! Find your personal State Legislators here.
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.
In collaboration,
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

It’s Been 40 Weeks along the Road to Paris!

For 40 long weeks Monday Actions have been paving your the way to Paris. Now we have all arrived. Meet the five volunteers who penned these for you:

Karen Ribeiro

Karen: “Your voice matters, it’s all hands on deck.”

Andra Rose

Andra: “Let’s make voting sexy… and mom-partisan.”

Alisa Pearson

Alisa: “Growing the Monday Action drumbeat to a climate chorus.”

Madeleine Charney

Madeleine: “Build the boat as we sail it, and flex our collective civic muscle.”

Laura Friedland-Kays

Laura: “Our connection is our protection.”

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Are You Inspired?

Do you have any ideas for Monday Actions going forward? Tell us something you said or wrote. Tell us something you WISH you’d said or wrote. We want Monday Actions to continue. Are you inspired? Any helping hands out there? Many hands make light work. Write us on the Monday Action Blog,

Now, on to your Action!

Today’s Monday Action, thank the President for making this meeting important by going there himself:

Here’s a sample text for your 5-minute Action to call 202-456-1111,
write
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

or email https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact:
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Dear President Obama,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. I need you to be bolder than you ever thought possible to fight this threat.

I thank you for personally attending the UN climate talks in Paris this week. I and my family ask that you commit the USA to do what is necessary to halt global warming below the highly dangerous 2 degrees centigrade.

YOUR NAME
With Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
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That’s it! See you next week. And again, please share your thoughts here, your voice is urgently needed for, all together: “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

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Still here? Have time to go to Boston?
Attend the 12.12.15 rally on the Boston Common at 1 pm:
Please join for an organizing meeting for our New England wide action to be held in Boston on 12/12.  Visit http://ClimateActionNowMA.org for more details!

Onward!

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

Your State Rep Needs to Hear About Your Climate Concerns

Just 3 more weeks in our 40-week countdown to the UN Climate Summit in Paris. And big things are heating up: the President rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and China is burning 17% more coal than we thought. We have to go for broke: What would it take to wean us from fossil fuels this decade?

Today’s Monday Action:
Urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to be bolder than ever before.
Find your personal State Legislators here.  (If your representative is Ellen Story, copy and paste this sample letter; if not see suggestions below)
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Dear Representative Story,

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. We look to you for your leadership.

This week the Pacific Ocean was 9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, what the NYT called a “cauldron”. It’s time to pull the emergency brake: We need very bold action. What are you doing to wean us from fossil fuels this decade? I would like to see that plan.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:

The State House:

    Room 277

    Boston, MA 02133

    Phone: 617-722-2012

    Email: Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov

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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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Still here? Are you looking for an in-person action?

Should Monday Actions continue? And if so, do we need a frame, like “Elect the Greenest Candidates”? What would it take for you to get people to join you in Monday Actions? Let us know this week.

Here are some upcoming local events:
Tues 11/10, 4-8:30pm – Climate panels at Hampshire College
Weekend of 11/28-29:  9-noon – Simple Diaper “Stuff” swap, Holyoke and UN Climate Talk candlelight vigils from 6-7pm at the Amherst Common and the corners of Main & King Streets in Northampton
Thurs 12/3 7:00 – “This Changes Everything”, UMass Library
January house party in Amherst (date TBA)

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