Here in Northern CA, we are mobilizing a diverse, grassroots network of mothers and other nurturers to push for local policies championing renewable energy. Since the November election, we’ve hosted several house parties in San Jose and formed the South Bay Mothers Out Front team. We plan to expand into the Peninsula soon.
Our South Bay team’s first campaign is to encourage the San Jose City Council to vote for Community Choice Energy (CCE) in May. Adopting a CCE program is the single most effective thing any city can do to dramatically lower its greenhouse gas emissions. Virtually all of the other cities in the Bay Area have already formed CCEs, while San Jose has been studying it for six years. We hope to convince the City Council to move forward with CCE by showing them how much their constituents want it. We’re meeting with our City Councilmembers, giving public comments during City Council meetings, publishing letters to the editor, and delivering hand-signed postcards in favor of CCE to each City Councilmember from constituents.
We need YOU! How would you like to get involved? We are actively recruiting volunteers to help in the following ways:
• Sign a postcard! If you’re a San Jose resident, please download, print, sign and deliver this postcard ON OR BEFORE MAY 11th to your City Councilmember. You can find out who represents you on this map. Please let us know if you send one so we can add you to our count. (Click on the images below, print each one, tape together, add your message and mail!)
• Host a Mother Out Front house party! All you need to do is gather 5 to 15 guests & feed them snacks (chocolate is always popular!). We’ll provide trained facilitators to lead an engaging discussion about the urgency of climate change & how Mothers Out Front is mobilizing to address it.
• Get trained as a Mothers Out Front house-party facilitator! Ever feel at a loss for how to talk about climate change? Learn how to facilitate informative, connecting and empowering discussions about climate change and how Mother Out Front is mobilizing to address it.
• Sign up to be part of a local Mothers Out Front team! We'd love more help here on the South Bay team as we hope to have teams working on different campaigns throughout Santa Clara county. In addition, we plan to build teams across the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact us to find the team nearest you.
We hope you’ll join us! This is an exciting and important time to be rolling out Mothers Out Front teams across Northern CA, as we mobilize a powerful network of mothers and others to ensure that CA serve as a model for local and statewide action for a livable climate. If parents don’t stand up for our children’s future, who will? Let’s do this!