CA - Chevron's Huge Kern County Spill Endangers Valley Residents

California mothers are alarmed by an ongoing, uncontained oil spill in Kern County and are dismayed at the lack of independent oversight of California’s powerful oil and gas industry, as this powerful article quoting Linda conveys.

“We have lost all faith in the ability of DOGGR to do its job of protecting Californians, and we call on the Governor to completely reform this corporate-captured agency,” said Linda Hutchins-Knowles, California Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front. “Regulators should not be allowed to own stock in the very industry they’re supposed to regulate. As California faces serious water scarcity, we need increased protections for our aquifers, not weakened rules.”

Along with over 500 public-interest groups in Last Chance Alliance, mothers and others call on Governor Newsom to protect California’s communities and climate by agreeing to:

STOP new oil & gas permits,

DROP existing production in a just and managed transition, and

ROLL out science-based 2500’ buffer zones between drilling zones and sensitive sites like homes and schools. 

Will you amplify our call? Sign our petition to Gov. Newsom to STOP, DROP & ROLL for public health and climate safety. Let’s demand real climate leadership! Thank you! 

 


MA - Valley communities feted for clean energy initiatives, fighting climate change

Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley speaking out for 100% by 2035!

The event featured speakers representing Holyoke, Amherst and Northampton, Environment Massachusetts, and the climate activism groups Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now.

The 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act, H.2836 in the House and S.1958 in the Senate, was touted at the event. The legislation would transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and phase out fossil fuels for heating and transportation by 2045. So far 113 legislators have endorsed the legislation, according to Environment Massachusetts, including state Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, and state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton.

 

Read the story here: 

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MA - Somerville mothers demand National Grid fix gas leaks

Mothers Out Front Somerville is taking on National Grid, together with other teams throughout Massachusetts, to #FixBigGasLeaks!

“I’ve been in the same house for the last nine years and, like every other resident in East Somerville, I’m in National Grid territory,” she said. “I’ve known for years about gas leaks in the area — it’s been an ongoing problem for 20 years — but I started getting involved in Mothers Out Front in Somerville because I knew they were raising awareness about leaks as a safety threat and an environmental threat.”

- Mother Out Front Paola Massoli

 

Read the whole story here:

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CA - San Francisco Team joins allies to urge city to take bold steps

On Monday, July 22nd, San Francisco's District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman held a hearing on the city’s Climate Emergency response at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee. The hearing focused on high-priority strategies to achieve deep greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, as detailed in a newly-published report, Focus 2030: A Pathway to Net Zero Emissions (Climate Report, July 2019), from the Department of the Environment.

 

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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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CA - Action and a Victory in San Jose

 

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Rebecca Habermann, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, and other members at San Jose City Council meeting

 

The South Bay team is celebrating a big milestone in their campaign to Protect Coyote Valley, a 7400-acre stretch of natural and agricultural land. After months of rallying community and Council support, an enthusiastic group of 10 moms and kids delivered to the Councilmembers and Mayor 400 postcards in three languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese) urging them to protect Coyote Valley from industrial development. On June 11, the Council voted unanimously to consider changes to land use in Coyote Valley in the General Plan update process, a very significant step!

 


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.