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.
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 - 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!
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.
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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.
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Mothers Out Front Worcester took to City Hall on June 17th to demand that Eversource repair 5 leaks near schools!
During the hearing, residents and Mothers Out Front volunteers spoke about their personal experiences with gas leaks in the city. Worcester resident and Mothers Out Front volunteer Rhonda Wahya Hicks said she couldn’t sleep when a leak was discovered at her granddaughter’s school.
“I’m very angry that it’s taken so long. We’ve been fighting this for a while. Why is it taking this long?” she said during the meeting. “Anything that has the words gas leaks and schools should not even be a public forum. It should already be taken care of. We shouldn’t have to do any kind of talking.”
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On a sunny Sunday afternoon in mid-May, Mothers Out Front-Jamaica Plain held our first-ever Green Living Tour, showcasing a wide range of ways to “go green”—from electric cars and bikes to worm composting, induction stoves, air and ground source heat pumps, and backyard bees and chickens. The feedback from the 150+ participants was overwhelmingly positive: “I had no idea so many of my neighbors were doing so much to shift to a green lifestyle,” “we brought our daughter with us to help her take her role and responsibility for nature seriously,” “the tour gave us a much better idea of which direction to take to reduce our own carbon footprint,” “It was cool to get up so close to the hive – we even got a look at the Queen being a total BOSS LADY.”
From Albany/Hudson Valley NY Organizer, Megan Root:
"Last month the town of East Greenbush (the east end of the pipeline) passed a resolution opposing the E37 Albany Pipeline Loop. Now the town of Bethlehem (the west end of the pipeline loop) joins in with voting to oppose this expansion. This is a result (although not mentioned) of Mothers Out Front organizing in the Town of Bethlehem to gain support. We were the main group out front on this end of this dirty fracked gas pipeline expansion."
From the article
The Bethlehem Town Board voted Wednesday night to oppose a $70 million natural gas pipeline that National Grid wants to build from Glenmont and under the Hudson River into Rensselaer County.
The town joins East Greenbush in opposition to the project, which needs approval from the state Public Service Commission.
"I don't think that these natural gas pipelines are our future," [Maureen] Cunningham said. "I don't think anyone believes they are. I do think that we have to look at the repercussions of every energy source."
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Find out about one mom's view of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Capital Region of NY:
As a mother of two amazing kids in the Capital Region, I strongly oppose National Grid's Albany Loop natural gas pipeline expansion project. It would have far-reaching health and environmental consequences for our communities, particularly in regard to our children's chance for a livable future and well-being.
Mothers Out Front California Senior Organizer, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, recently attended the CA Democratic Conference in San Francisco as an observer. When she ran into Governor Newsom in the lobby, she jumped on the chance to bring him a message from California mothers, saying:
"Thank you, Governor, for your strong words on climate. Mothers Out Front around the state now ask you to match your words with action. Please Stop, Drop & Roll for a livable climate for all children. We’re actually here collecting petitions asking you to do just that, and will deliver them to you soon. It’s our Last Chance!” Though non-committal, the Governor cheerfully posed for a photo.
We urge everyone to sign our petition to Governor Newsom and see why, along with hundreds of allies in the Last Chance Alliance, we’re asking him to Stop, Drop & Roll to address the public-health and climate emergencies. As the producer of much of the nation’s dirtiest oil—and the only oil-producing state without setback limits—it’s past time for California to make climate justice a top priority. Words are nice, but moms want to see action, now.