Monday Action: Let’s Light Up the Map in MA with Climate Action

PIONEER VALLEY
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Here’s your Monday Action for the Week of 7/17: Call and ask if your State Rep has signed the letter in support of Rep. Benson’s carbon pricing bill, and if not, ask them to do so right away. Then ask a friend to call their Rep.

We have a brand new tool we’re about to launch called Light Up The Map (LUM for short). We’re still working on it, but we couldn’t wait any longer because we need to reach across the state to show strong support for carbon pricing among our Massachusetts Representatives. That’s what LUM is for.
You:

  • register at Light Up the Map
  • make your call or send an email
  • click that you did it and then,
  • Voila!, you’ve added another light to the map on the site.
  • send the link to LUM to someone you know elsewhere in the state, like, in the Reps’ districts listed below or others you’ll see on the LUM website.

Check back on the LUM website in a few days after you do your action, or if you have trouble with the site, because we’re going to be adding and fixing every day.

Representatives who have shown support for the bill, but haven’t yet signed the letter:

Rep. Diana DiZoglio – North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence & Haverhill.
Rep. Paul Mark – Northern parts of Franklin and Berkshire Counties.
Rep. Adrian Madaro – East Boston
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez – Downtown Springfield
Rep. Colleen Garry – Dracut and Tyngsborough
Rep. Paul Brodeur – Wakefield
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier – Pittsfield
Rep. Edward Coppinger – West Roxbury to part of Brookline
Rep. Alice Peisch – Wellesley, Weston


Thank you! Let us know what you think of Light Up the Map, and let us know any suggestions you have by emailing us at info.ma.pioneervalley@gmail.com. We’re so excited to see how it works and hearing from you will help us make it better.


There’s actually another bill that’s close to our hearts that we want you to know about.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, an important climate bill by our Amherst/Pelham/Granby rep, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, will have a hearing along with other bills 10:30am – 1pm. The bill is H.3473, An Act relative to creating energy jobs, before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

The bill aims to make it easier for companies to develop clean energy technologies, which will stimulate investment, growth and new jobs. A carbon fee and dividend is one of 5 parts of this bill. Read more here.

Submit your written testimony for H.3473 by writing to the Chairs of the Committee:
Senator Eric Lesser: eric.lesser@masenate.gov
Representative Joseph Wagner Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov

Your testimony can be very simple. Tell them you care about climate change and why. Say that you support Representative Goldstein-Rose’s bill H.3473.

  • Mention that clean energy, storage and carbon pricing are all necessary to make our economy strong, grow jobs, and keep our energy dollars in state.
  • The bill does all this without appropriating any money, rather creates affordable financing, attracts private battery development with tax incentives, and has a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend.

Remember last week we encouraged you to make videos to speak your mind to Governor Baker. Well, we still want you to do that.

MOF lined up at Gov office
More than 100 mothers and others turned out last Tuesday to Stand with Andrea outside Governor Baker’s office – to support her ongoing efforts to help stop the compressor station in Weymouth.
We are so delighted that some of you have already joined in the social media campaign we kicked off last week. We’re sure hoping many more of you will do videos, too. Short messages are great. Learn about the video campaign. See examples on our Facebook page.

What Should I Say in My Video to Gov. Baker?

1. Record your video. You’ll probably repeat this step a few times before you decide there was a reason you didn’t go into show business.
2. Post your video on your Facebook page. 
Include in your post #MothersProtectCommunities @MothersOutFront.
3. Share your video on our Pioneer Valley MOF Facebook page.
4. Email videos to story@mothersoutfront.org
5. Extra credit: Tweet your video (max 45 sec) to Charlie Baker. Sample Tweet:
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@MassGovernor #MothersProtectCommunities like #Weymouth. Go see the site. Deny the permits. @mothersoutfront @MOFpv

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 7/17, 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! Maybe make a few videos to Baker. Families welcome. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Saturday 7/22, 11am-1pm, MOF at the Amherst Farmers Market. Join us for ice cream and have your picture taken with an infrared camera to see how ener-G-save’s thermal images of homes in the Pioneer Valley will show where the leaks are in the houses and motivate action! Can you volunteer? info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • 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.
  • Monday 7/24, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting, 6pm for Legislative and 100% Renewable premeeting. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St.
  • Saturday 7/29, 10:00am-2:00pm, Celebration for a Living Earth, at Lower Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest. Bring a picnic, enjoy music, presenters, and take stand against the Kinder Morgan pipeline extension. RSVP here.

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

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


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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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com

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

Tell Our Governor: Stop New Gas Infrastructure in Weymouth

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Moms and dads join Weymouth resident Andrea Honore in the Governor’s office, waiting for him to meet with her about the Weymouth Compressor Station. She’s been there every day during her lunch break for over 70 days. Ask the Governor to visit Weymouth with Andrea.

Monday Action for the week of 7/3/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to tell Governor Baker to oppose the effort to build the Weymouth compressor station and to refuse to let the cost of building fossil fuel infrastructure be passed on to the public. Also, please look below for local activities in the Pioneer Valley.

The good news is that another gas pipeline, Access Northeast, that would have cut through communities in MA, CT, and NY, has been shelved for the foreseeable future! YAY TEAM! Your calls and emails do make a difference! Savor the win on this Independence Day weekend.

But our work is not over. The South Shore was, up until last week, facing two projects that depended on the Weymouth Compressor station: Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast. Spectra is still awaiting permit approvals from Massachusetts for Atlantic Bridge. Though ANE has been withdrawn, our fight against the Weymouth compressor station continues. We still have to defeat Atlantic Bridge.

Part of the reason Access Northeast has been shelved is because the economics of fossil fuel infrastructure don’t work. Last year, the State Supreme Court shot down the Baker Administration’s pipeline tariff. However, utilities and pipeline companies remain determined to find a way to make ratepayers – us – pay to build infrastructure we don’t want or need.

Our US Senators Markey and Warren have taken a stand against the Weymouth compressor station. The candidates for Governor have all spoken out in opposition to it. It’s time for Governor Baker to take action to protect our neighbors, our children, our clean energy economy.

Call the Governor. Use the text here as talking points. Or email, but be sure to put it your way. Say why you care.


Dear Governor Baker,

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.

The Weymouth compressor station is not just a federal issue as you’ve said before, it’s a local and state issue that you have the power to allow or deny.

  • Direct the Department of Environmental Protection and Coastal Zone Management to deny vital permits.
  • New data shows high levels of air pollutants are already present near the proposed new compressor station in Weymouth. A health assessment must be done before permits are given.
  • At least go visit with Andrea Honore, who has been waiting for you to take a serious look at the proposed site. You’ll see how close the proposed site is to parks and neighborhoods.
  • We expect you to stand up for us against the gas pipeline and utility companies’ efforts to finance their pipelines by passing on the costs to ratepayers.
  • You have committed us to bold action on climate by signing on to the Climate Alliance in support  of the Paris Agreement. We cannot continue to build infrastructure for fossil fuels and meet our climate goals.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
with Mothers Out Front


Contact Info for Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

To email via his email form

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:

  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pmZero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for Amherst location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity 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.
  • Sunday 7/9, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton 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 7/104:30-6:00pm100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting – Presentation on CCAplus: Community Electricity – California Style, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on the side on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/176:00-8:00Amherst 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 (except August gathering will be in a park venue, TBD).

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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

 

Gov Baker, Tell DEP to Serve the People

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MOF protesting Weymouth, MA compressor station.

Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 5/29/17.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revealed that they routinely ask companies to edit draft permits.

It makes sense for the DEP to contact applicants to verify technical issues; however the DEP’s own regulations do not allow them to hand the draft to the company to alter in any way they choose.

We learned that DEP gave Spectra Energy the draft of their pollution permit for building a compressor station in Weymouth. Spectra edited the document in substantive ways that lowered the pollution standards they would have to meet, increasing the dangers to residents who live near gas infrastructure. Mothers Out Front and other pipeline opponents met with DEP when this news came out to demand the Baker administration revoke the air quality permit to protect the health and safety of the residents.

This week’s action is to demand that Governor Baker revoke the permit and put an end to this practice of turning a blind eye to a serious conflict of interest. You can use the sample words below as talking points or in an email. Make it personal.

See In Person Events below to join us in actions.


Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children whose future I have promised to safeguard depend on me, on us, to swiftly, justly, and completely transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.

Your DEP is allowing gas companies to edit drafts of permits which they have applied for. The DEP’s own regulations only allow the department to contact the applicant to verify that the permit is technically correct, not to hand them the permit to alter and edit out environmental standards they don’t like.

You are responsible for a fair and honest process and that didn’t happen here. Revoke the air pollution permit granted to Spectra for the Weymouth compressor station. Our children depend on your administration to ensure they have a safe and clean environment to grow up in.

Stop the unethical practice of letting gas companies rewrite draft permits behind the public’s back. Be a climate hero and stop allowing gas companies endanger our children’s health and future.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

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:

  • Wednesday 5/31, 1:00pm-3:00pmZero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings, Webinar and discussion of plans to reach this goal. Arrive at 12:45pm, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St).
  • Saturday 6/3, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Build a Better World, MOF and CAN are tabling in Northampton at this Forbes Library family fun event to highlight the work of organizations in the area. Let us know if you can help table! info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 6/4, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. Location TBD. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/5, 4:30pm, 100% Renewable Towns – All Workgroups Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St). 6:00pm dinner at Pita Pockets. 7:00pm Climate Action Now Legislative Committee Meeting.
  • Thursday 6/8, 1:00pm-2:00pmZero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings meeting. For location, contact anneperkins43@gmail.com.
  • Friday 6/9, 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.
  • Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Western New England University’s School of Law — J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor. Meet at 4:45pm at Sheldon Field, Northampton, to carpool. Testify or support, but let’s show up and tell the Senators that we want to go 100% renewable and how! Let us know if you want to learn how to testify:  info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • 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.

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/