NY - Tompkins County Organizing Workshop

In late October, Mothers Out Front ran an organizing skills workshop hosted at Cornell University by the group Climate Justice Cornell. A mixed group of students, Mothers Out Front members and local allies spent four hours working and learning together. Among other skills we practiced relationship building through the one-to-one conversation and crafting an effective public narrative. The cross-pollination between students and community members was stimulating for all.
 
One participant said: "This was a great, thought-provoking workshop. Lots of ideas and energy. Worth the time."

 

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NY - Tabling at Rochester Alternative Fair

Michelle Long, Renee Scholz and Martha Kelley tabling at the Alternative Fair in Rochester, organized by Metro Justice. Linda Kubick (not pictured) did an amazing job and leaders from Rochester, Irondequoit and Orleans County - Susan, Harvey, Mark (not pictured) all pitched in to take tabling shifts Friday evening and Saturday and the group/team effort got more than 50 new sign ups!

 

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Photo credit: Renee Scholz




NY - Chemung County Leaders at the Elmira Town Board

November 19th - Chemung County leaders, Tara Escudero, Heather Stanton, and Jennifer Carman along with volunteer Jane Winters attended the November monthly board meeting at the Town of Elmira to show their support for the progress the town has made toward becoming a Clean Energy Community.

The town took its first step when they passed a resolution in favor of a Unified Solar Permit.

Other progress to date:

1) The energy benchmarking of all town buildings

2) Training of the town code enforcement officer scheduled

3) Contracting with other municipalities for LED street lights

 

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Jane, Tara, Heather and Jennifer

 


MA - Newton Signs Historic Green Energy Contract

 

How did Newton do it?

By Ellie Goldberg, Mothers Out Front Newton, November 29, 2018

On November 27, the City of Newton signed a contract for Newton Power Choice, a community choice electricity aggregation (CCA) program that will provide 60% local renewable energy (46% above the State requirement for renewables).

 

(Newton Press Release)


NY - Soup, Goal Setting and Year End

November was a month for soup, goal setting and the year end appeal.

The Chemung, Steuben, and Tompkins County NY teams all met in November for home made soup (potato leek and butternut squash), goal setting and writing notes on the Year End Appeal letters to go out to our supporters. A great way to stay connected and feel warm during this cold and busy season.

 

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Doug, Heather, Tara, Dawn, Freyda, Gail and Tara discuss 2019 goals. Tara explained about S.M.A.R.T. goals.

 


NY - Year end letter signing party!

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday and our year end appeal, a group of mothers gathered in Rochester, NY on the first week of November. They wrote notes and signed letters to the mothers, grandmothers and allies in New York state and across the country thanking them for their continued support and participation. 

 

                 Volunteers signing year end appeal letters

 


NY - Group of Mothers and Others supports Lighthouse Wind

With gratitude to the Lakeshore Mothers and Others team for working hard to change the conversation about #windenergy and congratulations for being #inthenews!

“We owe it to the next generation to do something about climate change,” [Susan] Campbell said during an interview last week at Yates Community Library.

She is encouraging supporters of the project to attend town meetings, write letters to the editor and letters of support to the NYS Department of Public Service.

“Right now the letters are lopsided,” Campbell said, noting that many of the public comments about the project are against Lighthouse Wind. “We’re trying to bring new voices to it.”

 

Find out more -> click the link below!

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MA - Beyond Gas for Cooking

Congratulations to the Gas Leak Allies, HEET, the Merrimack Valley Project, Professor Nathan Phillips and, Ania Camargo, Zeyneb Magavi and all the Mothers Out Front volunteers that made this happen! And thank you to Living On Earth for spotlighting this project!

"[Zeyneb] MAGAVI: Gas leaks – one thing about it is it’s unifying, there’s nobody that thinks they’re a good thing. Right? It doesn’t matter if you’re approaching it from, “hey, we’re wasting money,” or, “hey that sounds dangerous,” or the climate. Like whatever you’re approach is, everyone pretty much agrees they’re not a good thing."

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PODCAST: Building a Community with Mothers Out Front - Vanessa Rule

Thank you to MIT Climate for spotlighting mothers' voices in the conversation about climate change! Listen to this interview with Vanessa Rule, Co-founder and Director of Expansion and Learning at Mothers Out Front about how we are building a community of volunteers who are taking on fossil fuel infrastructure and sustainability in their communities.

“[Technology] - that’s not the missing piece of the puzzle, right now. So we have science and technology [to address climate change.]. But we also have incredibly powerful special interests at the decision-making table that are representing one set of interests. What we need is to have more people at the table because the more perspectives you have at the table, the better decisions you make. And so right now, most decision makers aren’t working to put the interests of children first and if they were, they would be making really different decisions. So our job is to represent those kids who don’t have a voice and to make sure that their interests are represented.” - Vanessa Rule

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NY - Supporters for wind energy projects need to make their voices heard

Way to go Chris Loss (Heritage Wind) and Mother Out Front Susan Campbell for the published Letter To The Editor!

"We – the mothers, grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers – will make the difference in whether these projects are built or not by showing our support and getting the true and exciting facts out about how they will help our towns and our world.

Click the link below and scroll down to the second letter to read their call to action on speaking up for wind.

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