Senators, Don’t Fast-Track Fracked Gas

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This Monday Action, for the week of 7/31/17, is brought to you by our friends at Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast. Contact Senators Markey and Warren and ask them to oppose the energy bill that would make exporting fracked gas easy. For the sake of the generations to come we have to stop building any new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Congress is trying to rush through a pipeline fast-track bill that expedites Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal approvals (creating “need” for more pipelines), requires increased deference to FERC from state, local and tribal governments, and much more. The House version – H.R. 2910 – just passed last week. The word is that the Senate bill could be voted on early this week, and that Bernie Sanders is so far the only Senator to have spoken out againstit!

Please make a quick call:

Capital switchboard: (202) 224-3121 – they will connect you to your Senators.

Basic message:  Please oppose S.1460 – it would fast-track LNG export and pipeline reviews, instead of giving them the additional scrutiny they need!  This energy bill moves us in the wrong direction in many ways.  The fossil fuel industry doesn’t need more handouts and FERC needs major reform, not more power to do the fossil fuel companies’ bidding.

Here is a fact sheet with more information about the bill; here is the full text.

While phone calls are best, here’s a quick link from Food & Water Watch with an editable form email that has the basics.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the country.

See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • Thursday 8/3, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Amherst Board of Health Meeting. We’ve asked the Board to sign a letter to the Governor to study the health effects of methane from pipelines. Please come and show that mothers and others care about the health of children and planet. Bangs Center, Room 101. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Friday 8/4, 4:00-5:30pm, Community Choice Electricity, also known as CCAplus, Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Amherst location. Bring food if you like. After dinner we’ll walk up the hill to Amherst Cinema. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Friday 8/4, 7:00pm, An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore’s new film, followed by discussion with Ben Hellerstein of Environment Mass. Amherst Cinema.
  • Sunday 8/6, 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 8/14, 600pm-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.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! 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

Promises

Today’s Monday Action: Call on U.S. Senators Warren and Markey to help lead the 100% renewable revolution so that our children’s lives may be filled with promise.

Please note: Calls and letters count more. So today, reach for the phone or grab a postcard: Use the text below as is or adapt it, perhaps make it personal, by mentioning the ages of children you love. If you’re not in Massachusetts, you can write your own senators with the general pitch.
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Dear Senators Markey and Warren,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This fight we cannot lose: Future generations depend on us to pull back from the brink. Ready or not, we are the emergency brake.

The American people were promised brighter futures and new jobs in this campaign season. We urgently need the green jobs necessary for a huge shift in energy infrastructure away from fossil fuels. The Stanford University Solutions Project has mapped out HERE what each state can do to get to 100% renewable energy. We urgently need your leadership to build just such new infrastructure for a livable future, together on this beautiful Earth.

We “need to accelerate our efforts to reduce carbon pollution and shift our energy economy to clean energy to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.” (Senator Markey, Oct. 4. 2016): The Solutions Project demonstrates how we can create good local jobs while we divest from fossil fuels. This is the new infrastructure we need, not Keystone, Dakota Access Pipeline or other proposed pipelines meant to drag filthy gas across our prairies, aquifers and back yards to sell to the highest international bidder from our coasts. For climate, natural gas is worse than coal when taking into account the methane leaked from extraction through combustion. It’s a “bridge” to nowhere.

Together, we can pull back from the brink. Thank you, as ever, for your leadership in these extraordinary times.

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

Contact:

Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Not your Senators? Find those who serve you here:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
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You did it! That was your 5-minute Monday Action. Well done.
Thanks for being the change you want to see. Onward!
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Other ways to be involved:

  1. Attend the monthly MOF Community Meeting on Dec. 19 6-8pm RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  2. Attend the next MOF house party on Jan. 8. 2-4:30pm in Amherst– for details contact ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com
  3. Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online. Or use this form to tell us about you.

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_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

Senator, FERC Hurts Us

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Monday Action for week of 10/3/16: Direct your Senators to reform the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC. FERC oversees gas pipelines that cross state lines. Their mission should be to protect us from climate change not accelerate it by approving nearly every pipeline that’s proposed.

Please note: Calls and letters count more. So today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone: Use the text below as is or adapt it, maybe make it personal, by mentioning the ages of children you love. If you’re not in Massachusetts, you can write your own senators with the general pitch above.

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Dear Senator Warren,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We can’t lose this fight: Future generations depend on us to pull ourselves back from the brink. Together, we can. But we urgently need to source 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We need to be ramping down our use of fossil fuels, not building more pipelines and we need a real price on carbon ASAP.

Senator Warren, we watched with gratitude and awe as you demanded straightforward answers from Mr. Stumpf of Wells Fargo, never allowing him to evade your questions.

The fossil fuel industry has been stealing from citizens for decades with the help of FERC. We’ve had private property taken by eminent domain, our water poisoned by fracking, and our children’s and grandchildren’s future compromised by climate change. FERC continues to approve pipelines that don’t have all their permits, that plow through sensitive environments in conservation areas, and that are headed to export terminals. The Administration’s directive that all federal agencies have to consider the impact of their decisions on climate change applies to FERC too.

It’s past time to reform FERC! We’re asking you to bring the same tenacity to questioning FERC’s mission as you did to the banking industry. Thank you for bringing your considerable influence to be our climate champion. 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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Thanks for being the change you want to see.
Thanks for all you do. Onward!

Other ways to be involved:

  1. Vote on this site to put climate questions on the next presidential debate.
  2. MOBILIZE TODAY by sharing this video and talking with others about the climate emergency: Wake Up, Freak Out. Get a Grip.
  3. Attend a community meeting on October 17th or a house party on October 20thVisit 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

Fox Guarding the Henhouse

Monday Action for 8/15/16: Senators, demand that FERC use unbiased data when determining whether to build new pipelines.
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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 ages of children or impact of climate change where you live.

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Dear Senators Markey and 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 source 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We need to fix gas leaks, not build more pipelines and we need a carbon tax ASAP.

Thank you for continuing to seek more detailed information on how FERC chose NRG to do the environmental review of the Atlantic Bridge pipeline. With the AIM pipeline passing by a nuclear power plant and the Atlantic Bridge passing a working quarry, too much is at stake to rely on a potentially tainted analysis for approval of the pipeline.

Therefore, I urge you to demand that FERC issue a Stop Work Order until outstanding questions about NRG’s conflicts of interest are resolved, and another, genuinely independent EIS, or analysis, has been completed.

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

Senator Ed Markey

To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

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Upcoming In-Person:

Mothers Out Front at Climate Action Now monthly meetingMonday, August 22, 7-9pm at the Northampton UU Society, 220 Main St.

Mothers Out Front House Party: Sunday, September 11, 4-6:15 pm in South 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 alisapearson at hotmail dot com

YOU WILL LEARN TO:
—Support and inspire one another.
—Find a role, if you wish, in our Gas Leaks 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 9/6 if you need care).

Thanks for all you do. Onward!
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

Senators Holding FERC Accountable

Today’s Monday Action: Thank our Senators for questioning FERC’s objectivity. *(see note below action for more details)

To contact our Senators, find their phone numbers, address, and link to their email below the letter. To email, copy the letter, click on the email link with the contact info, and paste into the body of your email. It’s good to personalize the email, but if you’ve got to move quickly to get this action done, just send it!

For local climate events, see the end of this blog.
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Dear Senators Warren and 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. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. We have to be bold and act fast.

Thank you for calling on the nation’s top energy regulator to redo its environmental review of a proposed natural gas pipeline project after reports of possible conflicts of interest surfaced:

I was pleased to learn of your letter to Norman Bay, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, noting that a third-party contractor FERC hired to vet Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project had already been working for the developer on a separate project.

Thank you for your vigilance in pointing to a post in the green website “DeSmog Blog,” which claimed a third-party contractor, Natural Resources Group, was hired to vet the Atlantic Bridge project. According to the blog, NRG was also contracting on the PennEast project — which Spectra partially owns — that would stretch from northeastern Pennsylvania into New Jersey.

I am delighted by your call on FERC to redo the environmental assessment it released earlier this year on the Atlantic Bridge gas project. FERC found the pipeline expansion proposal would have no “significant impact” on the environment.

You both rightly said that the relationship appears to constitute a conflict of interest according to FERC’s standards. Commission rules bar contractors from having an ongoing relationship with applicants or financial or other interests in the outcome of a commission decision.

Thank you, keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
US Senator Elizabeth Warren

To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

US Senator Ed Markey

To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

*Warren and Markey noted that a third-party contractor FERC hired to vet Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project had already been working for the developer on a separate project,and wrote: “To ensure the thoroughness and objectivity of the environmental review process and to restore public confidence in that process, I urge you to issue an environmental impact statement on the Atlantic Bridge project using only third-party contractors without ties to the natural gas industry,… Even if NRG managed to technically avoid a conflict of interest, the company’s myriad ties to the natural gas industry make it difficult to believe that it could objectively evaluate the environmental impact of the Atlantic Bridge project”.

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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today. Share this Environment MA petition to Ban Fracking.
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Local Climate Events

There are hundreds of gas leaks under our streets which the gas company hasn’t fixed, even those they’ve known about for years. Get involved:

6/20 (today!) MOF Community Meeting in North Amherst from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for details write to RSVP to greenzinnia at comcast dot net

6/26 12:45pm – 3pm.  Find out more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved in our Gas Leaks Campaign by attending a  House Party in Shutesbury. RSVP for childcare and address to greenzinnia at comcast dot net

7/2 Noon – 2pm, Northampton. The World We Love is an intergenerational, theatrical climate crisis protest that will also be the launch of our Northampton Gas Leaks Flagging Action.

7/14 Call on Governor Baker to stop pushing pipelines– 350 Mass and Mass Power Forward kick off a 43-mile, four-day march against new gas pipelines. We’ll walk along the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline and past the proposed Weymouth compressor station. We’ll stand with our allies at Resist the Pipeline to stop construction in West Roxbury. And then we’ll march to the State House itself. Together, we’ll remind Governor Baker and our legislators that if they don’t do what’s necessary to stop climate change, we will.

Thanks for all you do. Onward!

Senator Warren, Please Watch the Dogs at FERC

Today’s Monday Action:  Urge Warren to Watchdog FERC
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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. I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. Natural gas is 85% methane, which has 80 times the heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere, meaning small amounts can have a significant impact on global warming. We watch with great approval as you fight tirelessly for our rights with agencies such as the SEC and with Leonard Chanin at the Banking Hearing on Consumer Finance Regulations. We need you to turn your laser beam focus on FERC:

Here in Massachusetts, citizens are concerned about the threat to our environment posed by unnecessary and unwanted pipelines; we are also concerned by the power FERC has to overrule the will of the people. We therefore urgently ask that you call for an evidentiary hearing at FERC, with an administrative law judge, on the fundamental question of whether the NED pipeline is needed. Congressman McGovern has made this request on the FERC docket, CP16-21, as have multiple organizations and municipalities.

FERC’s current modus operandi is leading to the overbuild of natural gas infrastructure, to the detriment of communities and the climate. This 400-mile, five-state project needs a more rigorous review on the threshold question of need before more time and money is invested on siting and environmental reviews.

Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. All the children 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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Well done! See you next week (and hopefully in person on 4/16 and 4/18- see below!)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 actions?
1.  Amherst Sustainability Fair

Saturday, April 16 from 10:00-3:00 on the Amherst Common

Stop by at the Mothers Out Front table. Learn about renewable energy, local actions and plugging up local gas leaks while you try your hand at our Cork Toss Game.

 

2. “Light Up The Map” Work Party

Saturday, April 16 from 4:00-6:00 at Grace Church (off the Amherst Common)

Come to the Parish Hall at Grace Church in Amherst (Spring Street Entrance).  We’ve heard from our politicians that six calls from constituents constitutes a mandate. What if we contact our friends and relatives throughout the state to join together to stop the pipeline and say yes to a fossil free future? Together we can have a huge impact. We will have the tools to set up people you know to say “No New Pipelines” directly to their elected officials.

 

Representative Ellen Story plans to attend to help inspire us!  

There will be snacks and time for schmoozing, and plans to follow up!  Bring your friends! Interested in helping with child care/bringing your child? Please contact: AlisaPearson at earthlink dot net.

 

3.  MOF Community Meeting

Monday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00 in Amherst, MA

“Pipe Up About the Pipeline”  Get the facts and practice talking about why we don’t want or need the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We will have time to mix and mingle and snack!

RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.

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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