NY - District Mothers Urge Tarrytown Schools to Switch to Electric School Buses

Mothers Out Front Westchester Rivertowns team showed up to speak for #ElectricSchoolBuses in their district! 15 moms were in the house and two are quoted in this article!

Two vol­un­teers for the group Moth­ers Out Front used the pub­lic com­ment por­tion of the Feb­ru­ary 13 Tar­ry­town School Board meet­ing to urge the Board to com­mit to a plan that would phase out diesel-pow­ered school buses in fa­vor of zero emis­sion elec­tric buses. Thir­teen other Moth­ers Out Front mem­bers were there to show sup­port.

Arline Se­gal, a res­i­dent of Sleepy Hol­low whose two grown sons were K-12 Tar­ry­town stu­dents, spoke about the dele­te­ri­ous health and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of diesel buses. Switch­ing to elec­tric, she con­tended, can re­duce a ve­hi­cle’s emis­sions by 70%, as elec­tric buses pro­duce no ex­haust. Cur­rently, stu­dents are ex­posed to high lev­els of par­tic­u­late mat­ter emit­ted from diesel ex­haust, which con­tains 40 chem­i­cals clas­si­fied as “haz­ardous air pol­lu­tants” un­der the Clean Air Act. These pol­lu­tants are linked to de­creased lung func­tion, res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness, can­cer, and poor school per­for­mance.


CA - Last Chance Alliance Rally at State of the State Address

Mothers Out Front was proud to join our allies from the Last Chance Alliance to call for climate action in Sacramento on Wednesday, February 19th during Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State Address.  

A group called Last Chance Alliance was among those represented at the rally and they want the governor to end all new fossil fuel projects in California, create a plan to phase out all drilling for crude oil and natural gas, and provide support people in related jobs most impacted by such a transition.

"Parents around the state are appalled that California allows fossil-fuel production right next door to where our children live, study and play--prioritizing fossil-fuel profits over the health of our children and communities," insisted Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Senior California Organizer for Mothers Out Front. 


Meet Marnese Kris Jackson: Frontline Organizing Manager, Mothers Out Front

Shining a Light for Black History Month

 

 

There is a prevailing stereotype which says the climate crisis and the environment are not priority issues for communities of color. But consider this: many Black and Brown communities are more likely to suffer the ill effects of polluted air and water and less likely to have access to fresh, nourishing food. Those who live in these communities are also often more likely to suffer from health issues like asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure and less likely to recover from devastating hurricanes and other climate disasters. 

So caring about environmental justice is just as important as fighting for civil rights. After all, without clean air, clean water, healthy food and healthy families, we won’t be around long enough to reap the benefits of those social justice struggles. Fortunately, there are sheroes and heroes who are fighting the good fight of environmental & climate justice and all of the issues that intersect. 

As we observe Black History Month, we shine a light on one of these sheroes: Marnese Kris Jackson, the Pontiac, Michigan-based Frontline Organizing Manager for Mothers Out Front.


NY - Electric School Bus House Party on Long Island

The Huntington, Long Island Mothers Out Front Team had a really nice turnout for our first Electric School Bus house party on February 8! We started off watching the #FuelChange music video, which contained a brief clip of our team. Then we shared the Mothers Out Front theory of change and empowerment, made new friends, and had a lot of fun learning about our Electric School Bus campaign.

 

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Thank you to Adam Macchia of Macchia Photography for the pictures!


MA - Getting the Word Out in Boston

Wendy McCluskey and Kristine Jelstrup, from Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, went to the Boston Area Sustainability Group - Invite to Ignite - event on February 4th and spoke to lots of interested volunteers from all over the state. People want to DO something about the Climate Crisis and we were there to share with them that Mothers Out Front is a terrific movement to get involved with!

 

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Kristine Jelstrup presenting...


Meet Liliana Peliks - Mom, Nonprofit Professional & Leader with Mothers Out Front San Francisco

Liliana Peliks with her family

 

When a personal friend invited Liliana Peliks to attend the first Mothers Out Front house party in San Francisco, she walked away convinced. Liliana felt in her spirit that joining the effort to bring Mothers Out Front to San Francisco would be a perfect volunteer fit for her. So, she signed up and got busy helping to build the new team.

It was a boon for Mothers Out Front San Francisco.


CA - Thousands march in downtown San Jose for Women’s March 2020

Mothers Out Front South Bay/San Jose member, Jane Mulcaster is #inthenews at the Women's March in January!

The San José Spotlight wrote:
Among hundreds of creative and powerful signs, Jane Mulcaster, one of the thousands who marched on Saturday, held up the world… or at least, her 3D depiction of it. Mulcaster, 53, constructed a model of Earth from a giant yoga ball complete with blue netting to symbolize melting ice caps and rising sea levels as well as red, orange and yellow pom-poms to mark worldwide wildfires. The globe took five hours to make.
“I just envisioned demonstrating, in three dimensions, our planet and the effects of global climate change,” Mulcaster, a longtime Willow Glen resident, said. She attended the march with her daughter and friends, representing the group Mothers Out Front, a community organization that works to promote climate policy. Women, Mulcaster said, have a “unique” role in advocating against climate change. 
“We represent the future,” Mulcaster continued. “We bring future generations into the world, and as mothers, we feel a particular urgency to make sure that our children have a future to grow into.”

Read the whole story:

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CA - LTE: San Jose Mom applauds City council, Mayor Liccardo for climate plan

In December, Rebecca Habermann got a letter-to-the-editor published in the Mercury News thanking local leaders for acting to decarbonize buildings: (click on the image below to see the letter online.)

 


CA - Environmental activists urge VTA to shift funds from highway projects to mass transit

In December, Martina Keim was quoted in a San José Spotlight article about youth, mothers, and other concerned residents advocating for increased funding for public transit at a recent Valley Transportation Authority board meeting: 

Earlier in the meeting, the students received support from the South Bay chapter of Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Livable Climate.

“San Jose is expected to grow its population to 1.3 million,” coordinator Martina Keim said. “We are already experiencing a high density of traffic. And it is crucial for all of us to make this change now. It will help to reduce congestion, improve air quality and public health and go toward San Jose’s goal to be carbon free, since vehicle traffic is the leading source of carbon emissions.”


CA - San Ysidro School District commits to rolling out zero-emission buses

Congratulations to the San Diego Mothers Out Front Team for their first victory for cleaner emissions and for being #inthenews!

Supporters, led by a group of mothers, said the undertaking will combat the harmful health effects of emissions from diesel-powered buses that put residents at risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma. San Ysidro’s proximity to the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere has long led to poor air quality. 

“I’m happy to say we are committed to fighting climate change,” board member Antonio Martinez said. 

Local leaders of Mothers Out Front, a national coalition that works on the issue of climate change, said the district of about 4,200 students is the first to make a pledge to switch to zero-emission buses, though 15 districts in the state already started to use electric buses.

Read the whole story:


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