San Francisco Mothers Speak Up for Setback Limits

Mothers Out Front San Francisco community team members, Tina Martin and Kathie Piccagli, attended a state regulatory hearing in Oakland on March 9th regarding setbacks for new oil and gas drilling and fracking operations. At the last CalGEM Public Health Pre-Rulemaking Workshop before California’s shelter-in-place order took effect, they joined Last Chance Alliance allies to advocate for a 2500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone to separate toxic drilling from schools, playgrounds, homes, and hospitals, etc. To help make their case, they displayed a vivid poster of a child swinging near oil derricks, painted by Mothers Out Front South Bay team member Susan Butler-Graham. 

 

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Thanks to everyone who spoke up to protect the health of our communities and the future of all children!




Information and Resources for Current Outbreak of Coronavirus

In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to ensure that our staff and members are placing their health and wellbeing at the forefront. It is important that we adapt how we work in the near term to ensure as best we can that we are prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and members. 

In accordance with CDC and WHO protocols of social distancing, Mothers Out Front staff and member leaders will be looking at how we creatively continue to move our campaigns forward in a digital capacity while also ensuring access to all who need it. 

Some ways we’ll be moving digital include:

  • Moving portions of upcoming state leader meetings to online gatherings
  • Host trainings in messaging, social media and other digital tools to help teams move campaigns to a digital space
  • Offer training videos to support digital work
  • Offer digital campaign tools to create social media, call-in and email, etc., campaigns to teams

We will be updating this page frequently with the latest information and resources. If you have a resource you'd like to contribute, please email michele.gielis@mothersoutfront.org.


 


VA - NEWS: What will it take for Virginia to get all-electric school buses?

Mothers Out Front Fairfax County are in the news and credited with raising the sense of urgency for a transition to Electric School Buses for Delegate Mark Keam.

After the Fairfax County chapter of Mothers Out Front brought the issue to Keam’s attention, he began to view the matter as equally urgent.

“I have two kids, one with severe allergies and seasonal asthma. I never put two and two together about the health impacts of using diesel school buses,” he said. “We’re exposing a lot of kids to one of the most toxic fuels on the roadway: diesel.”

Read the whole story:

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VA - Dominion’s Role in Electric School Bus Plan

Mothers Out Front Fairfax County were mentioned in this article as proponents of #CleanBuses4Kids in their community!

As for the school buses, Frisch said while running for office that they were one of his top goals. (The initiative also supported by Del. Mark Keam (D-35th District) and groups like Mothers Out Front Fairfax.)

Now, as the program is becoming a reality, he said it is a “fantastic” opportunity for the district.

“Dominion Energy will cover the difference in cost so that school districts pay no more for electric buses than they would for diesel models,” according to the FCPS website, which added that the company will also cover the cost of the charging stations.

See the whole story:

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MA - Showing up for Weymouth, MA

On February 19th, hundreds of people gathered to raise their voices against the building of the toxic Weymouth Compressor station. Several people from other organizations  took direct action to slow down the work on the site. Mothers Out Front and others in the crowd stood with signs in support. Anne Goodwin, of Mothers Out Front (and Music Out Front), energized everyone through leading chants and songs.

We know continuing to build out fracked gas infrastructure puts our communities at risk today and our children's health and happiness on the line for tomorrow.

 


CA - Rally at State of the State calls on Newsom to phase out oil production

Mothers Out Front California were present and accounted for at the Rally at the State of the State on February 19th! Together with our allies, we were also #InTheNews!

Adelita Serena from Woodland, an organizer from Mothers Out Front, said, “We are here today asking the governor to listen to us as we share our three demands. We are putting pressure on him to be the climate leader that he has to be for the state and the nation. California is seen nationally as one of the most progressive states, yet it is still a major oil producer. I’m so happy that there are so many diverse people from young to old here today.”

See the whole story:

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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. 


Mothers Out Front South Bay Activates for Another Silicon Valley Win Against Fossil Gas!

 

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Mothers Out Front South Bay team leaders with other Fossil Free Buildings Silicon Valley members and Campbell Vice Mayor Liz Gibbons

 

Last night, Mothers Out Front joined allies to convince reluctant Campbell City Councilmembers to amend the building code to reduce dependency on fossil gas. After overwhelming public support, the Council voted unanimously in favor of a mostly electric reach code that exceeds state standards! The new code prohibits the use of “natural” fossil gas for warm air heating and water heating in all new residential living units, ensuring that they will be powered by clean electricity instead. 


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!