Press Release: TCM Joined A.O.C., Sanders, and Blumenauer in Unveiling Climate Emergency Declaration

JULY 9, 2019

Contact: Malik Russell / malik@climatemobilization.org  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Climate Mobilization Joined Representatives Blumenauer, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders in Unveiling Climate Resolution 

WASHINGTON, D.C  (July 9, 2019) — Today, amid a week of massive flooding in the nation’s capital, The Climate Mobilization (TCM) joined the offices of Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in announcing the introduction of a nonbinding resolution seeking to declare the climate crisis an official national emergency in the United States. Once officially introduced, TCM will mobilize a national climate emergency coalition to get the declaration passed through the House and to recruit all of the 2020 presidential candidates to publicly declare a climate emergency.


Click here to take action by contacting your representatives!


 


CA - Mothers & Others deliver 900 Green New Deal postcards to Senator Feinstein

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Pictured: Adelita Serena, Sharon Torres, Susan Butler-Graham, Linda Hutchins-Knowles and two youth members met with Field Rep Abby Ellis and two interns at Senator Feinstein's San Francisco office

 

On June 21, six mothers and others from San Jose and Woodland traveled to San Francisco to deliver 456 hand-signed postcards to Senator Feinstein’s office to urge her to co-sponsor the Green New Deal. That same day, five members of the San Diego team visited Senator Feinstein’s San Diego office to deliver 280 more postcards. Add this to the 165 postcards delivered by the San Francisco team in May, and Mothers Out Front from southern to northern California have given Senator Feinstein over 900 postcards from her constituents!


NEWS: Mothers Out Front Named McNulty Prize Laureate

 

The McNulty Foundation Announces Four New Laureates for 2019

 

JULY 16, 2019

The Laureates for the $100,000 leadership award are working in India, the United States, South Africa and across Central America.

The announcement will be celebrated on July 24 at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Watch the Laureates share their bold visions, following an interview with international statesman & McNulty Prize juror Olara Otunnu at 6:00 MDT on July 24: agln.aspeninstitute.org/live

 

Contact: Nina Sawhney
McNulty Foundation
nsawhney@mcnultyfound.org

Philip Javellana
The Aspen Institute
philip.javellana@aspeninst.org

 

Aspen, CO, July 16, 2019––The Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the 12th annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates, five extraordinary individuals who have leveraged their expertise, experience and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures.


MA - NEWS: Mothers helping to fight Air Quality Permit Approval for Weymouth

Mother Out Front Susan Lees #InTheNews and demanding that Governor Baker stand by our communities and our families rather than fossil fuel interests.

“Permitting this dangerous and toxic facility next to neighborhoods where residents raise families, send their children to school, and build communities is deeply negligent,” said Susan Lees of Mothers Out Front, an environmental activist group. “Governor Baker must show that he has the backbone to stand up to large energy corporations and intervene in this broken permitting process.”

#NoWeymouthCompressorStation

Read more here: 

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VA - Testimony on Roanoke Gas Rate Increase

Thank you to our friend, Freeda Cathcart, for capturing Desiree Shelley's testimony regarding Roanoke Gas' rate increase proposal and its potential impact on our communities. You can watch it below! We've included the text below as well.

 


PROFILE: In Upstate NY fossil fuels will turn into solar and data

 

Lisa Marshall isn’t your typical activist. For one thing, she’s not into crowds. “I don’t really like rallies,” Marshall, a mom of three from upstate New York, said. “They’re a little stressful — not my favorite thing.”

Marshall, who has two degrees in earth science, remembers being concerned about fossil fuels when New York activists began to push Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to ban fracking in the early 2010s. But she didn’t know the best way to become involved. “At that time, one of the main strategies, which was very effective in New York, was to just show up wherever [Cuomo] was and make sure he had no peace from the activist community until he banned fracking,” she said. “It just was very overwhelming.”

Then, at one of her first organizing events for the activist group Mothers Out Front, Marshall realized that organizing wasn’t just about making noise.

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CO - An Accidental City Council Meeting Encounter with ConocoPhillips

Mother Out Front Maria Ogneva found herself at an Aurora City Council meeting regarding ConocoPhillips and was left with questions about how the process worked with 300 oil wells in the balance.

On Monday, June 10th, I got to attend an odd public hearing at the Aurora City Council on the topic of adopting an Operator Agreement (OA) for ConocoPhillips, which would allow it to drill up to 300 oil wells in Aurora.

What made it so odd was that it was advertised as just one of the items on the agenda, but instead it was a 4 hour meeting, dominated by presentations from the company and its legal team, followed by public comment, and then followed by 30 minutes in which all other business was addressed. I’m not sure people who went to the meeting knew they were going to a public hearing, unless they were going to speak.


MA - TV NEWS: Worcester Residents Demand Gas Leak Repairs

MA - WORCESTER! We want to send a huge shoutout to Mothers Out Front Worcester for their incredible progress on gas leaks this month, including TV press coverage (below), interviewing Gaylen Moore and Patricia Kirkpatrick. The team has been working to get gas leaks fixed at elementary schools and to highlight the health risks of gas, particularly for children. Worcester has one of the highest rates of asthma in the nation.

With gratitude and congratulations to the team!


MA - Editorial: Work together to make gas leaks an issue

Thank you to Bill Shaner for echoing our thoughts and for your support. Congratulations on the published editorial!

That’s why I was encouraged to see the local environmental activist group Mothers Out Front take to the Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services earlier this week to demand that Eversource, the city’s natural gas supplier, fix all leaks in and around city schools. In the past, they’ve also petitioned the School Committee, the school administration and brought in a gas leak expert to tour the grounds of city buildings with a specialized car to detect leaks.

Read all about it below:

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MA - WBUR: Confused About The Weymouth Compressor? Here's What You Need To Know

THANK YOU to WBUR for this incredible resource on the Weymouth Compressor Station story. In their words, "whether you've been reading about the issue for years and have questions, or are hearing about the project for the first time, here's what you need to know." We agree.

Click the link for the whole story:

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