NY - Commentary: Find an alternative to gas pipeline expansion

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.

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CA - Mothers ask Gov. Newsom to seize Our Last Chance for Climate Justice

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.

 

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CA - San Jose moms deliver nearly 400 postcards to Council Members and Mayor!

On June 3rd, a group of 10 mothers, grandmothers and daughters from Mothers Out Front South Bay enthusiastically delivered to the San Jose City Councilmembers and Mayor Liccardo nearly 400 postcards in three languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Each of the 10 Councilmember received a stack of hand-signed postcards from their constituents urging them to protect Coyote Valley by allocating all available voter-approved Measure T funds to purchase the land from developers.

 

Left to right: Susan Butler-Graham, Isabelle Chappuis, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Danchi, Meg, DanAnh, Karina (and her sign), Mayor Liccardo’s staffer Mackenzie Mossing, Jane Mulcaster, Anika, and Kelly Graham

 

 

The clarity of youth: Meg explains that, while the City has zoned Coyote Valley for industrial development, “nature zoned it for open space.” 

 


CA - DYNAMIC DUO: Mother & Daughter OUT FRONT

 

As a lead team member and one of the original founders of Mothers Out Front South Bay, I was so uplifted to see our team receive San Jose's 2019 Climate Smart Champion of the Year award! It reminds me that our efforts over the past two years have been very successful, including helping to pass Community Choice Energy, Senate Bill 100, and Climate Smart San Jose.

This not only encourages me, but motivates me to continue with our ambitious efforts to create a more livable climate for all children. And the cherry on top of the cake is the fact that my daughter was named one of the three 2019 Youth Climate Champions of the Year! This makes me so very proud of her! As a youth, it is important for her to know she can make a difference and be a part of the solution to the climate crisis. It is an honor to be her mother and to know that her efforts have been commended as well. Together, we can help pass on a livable planet to future generations.

 


MA - Mothers Out Front brings visibility to Acton gas leaks

Terrific coverage of the Mothers Out Front Acton Team's art exhibit to change the conversation about #methaneleaks and to make the invisible, visible.

According to Judith Aronstein of Mothers Out Front Acton, an environmental activist group dedicated to addressing climate change, a 2017 survey funded by the Acton Board of Selectmen and completed by Gas Safety USA measured the size of some 234 gas leaks in town. These leaks were reported over time by National Grid to town the town Department of Public Works.

Aronstein said Mothers Out Front wanted to “make the invisible, visible” by finding a way to visually represent those leaks and their size to town residents to help them see the number and size of those leaks and discuss their impact.

She said the display was about eight months in the making. It was marked Tuesday evening by about 30 residents and community leaders.

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NY - Lansing Takes the Lead on Energy Transition

Following the recent news that the Cayuga Power Plant operators have abandoned their plan to convert from coal to gas, and instead develop a renewably powered data center, solar array and battery storage, Our Mothers Out Front community team held a community event to discuss the coming transition. More than 50 concerned citizens turned out to the Lansing Town Hall last night for our event, "Lansing Takes the Lead on Energy Transition."

Lauren Chambliss kicked off the meeting by telling the group how Lansing Community Team worked to engage the local community around the issue of the power plant saying, "I was really becoming a grandmother that convinced me with the support of Mothers Out Front to get over my fear and go door to door to talk to my neighbors about the Cayuga Power Plant."

 

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NY - Lansing Leads the Way on Energy Transition

Mothers Out Front NY in the news for their event on May 29th:

Mothers Out Front and Concerned Citizens of Lansing are hosting guest speaker Claire Muller, of Toxics Action Center in Massachusetts, to talk about a successful “Coal to Sol” transition in Massachusetts.

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VA - BLOG: Mothers Out Front!

Thank you to Al Markowitz for interviewing Mother Out Front Kim Williams from Virginia on the meaning of Mother's Day and what it means to be a member of Mothers Out Front!

I was invited by Virginia Organizing friends to attend the very first MOF House Party in Norfolk. I went to that party mainly to be supportive of the friends holding it. I told myself I was too busy to get involved, and that climate change was still far off and far away. Plus, I recycle and compost to do my bit for the earth, right? However, at that meeting a young woman asked me “so how has your life been impacted by sea level rise in Hampton Roads?”

Read the whole blog post here:

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MA - Gas Leaks Working Group Launch

Mothers Out Front's Gas Leaks Working Group launched on May 23rd with 20 people at the first meeting! 
 
The team planned a “two-way street” learning opportunity to share what we’ve done so far and develop a shared vision of where we can go and what tools and support will take us there. Stay tuned for more information on our campaigns!
if you'd like to get involved, please contact Amber Martin at amber.martin@mothersoutfront.org

 

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Ania Camargo presenting

 


CA - NEWS: Town Hall for Green New Deal meets Saturday, May 25

Mothers Out Front in Woodland/Sacramento joined this town hall meeting hosted by the Sunrise Movement, Yolo County Progressives, Sierra Club (Yolano Group), University Professional and Technical Employees, and Young Democratic Socialists of America at UC Davis

“As a mother and a frontline community representative here in Yolo County, I worry about the effect of the smoke from nearby fires on my two boys when they play and train for football outside,” said Adelita Serena of Mothers Out Front. “On hot days, heat stroke worries me, and I am very concerned to think that some day extreme heat will make it more difficult for kids to play outside and do the things they love.

Read the whole article here:

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