MA - The future is now: Worcester Youth and residents continue to fight against climate change

Read this opinion piece in The Gardner News covering the communities in Worcester continuing the fight against climate change, including Mother Out Front Selina Gallo and her daughter.

One Worcester family’s story

Xochitl Cruz-Gallo, a 13-year-old from St. Peter Central Catholic, and her mother, Selina Gallo, a professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross and member of Mothers Out Front, exhibit symptoms of climate anxiety and grief.

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Cruz-Gallo readily responded with “climate change activist.”

“She has no other choice,” added Gallo, who could not hold back tears when thinking about her daughter’s future.

“She’s always been super talented in the theater,” Gallo said. “She thought she would be a Broadway actor one day, but this year she told me ‘I can’t do that anymore because I have to work on climate change.’ That really sucks because I can’t tell her she’s wrong.”


MA - Arlington WIN! Select Board Listens to its Mothers on Future Act

On Monday, October 7, the Arlington Select Board passed a resolution in support of the principles of the Future Act. This is state legislation that would make our current gas system safer and provide a road map for the utilities to transition away from gas. 

Brucie Moulton, one of the Arlington Team Co-coordinators, first brought this to the Select Board in September. They asked for more information and decided to return to the issue on October 7. Brucie provided them with extensive information about the Future Act and organized people to attend the meeting. Brucie then spoke eloquently in support of the resolution. When she asked all the members of Mothers Out Front to stand, an audible gasp went through the room at the number of us who were there.  

 

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VA - VICTORY today in Hampton Roads!

Great News from Hampton Roads, VA!

The regional committee that consists of all Hampton Roads cities and towns was considering supporting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The vote was scheduled today (October 17th) but they decided to delay the vote (WIN) until after they have formed a committee that will include community stakeholders (Super Duper Win!) and study the issues/concerns for supporting it. From what I understand, that process could take over 6 months. (Woohoo!)

The chairperson for the committee said during the meeting that they received over 150 emails by yesterday afternoon, another 50+ came in overnight and we're sure even more came in today. This doesn't count the emails, tweets and tags that went out directly to the individual members of the committee. 

Over 20 people spoke during the public commenting period (which took over an hour!). Most of the speakers were speaking out against the ACP and associated pipelines like the Southside Connector and of them, most were residents of impacted communities from Georgetown in Chesapeake. 

Allied organizations included the Poor People's Campaign, Sierra Club, Mothers Out Front, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, SCLC and the NAACP.

This is very exciting for us in Hampton Roads!

 


MA - LTE: Bedford Opts Up—A Green Wave Growing in Town

Mothers Out Front teams know the value of a Letter to the Editor to get the message out, and they want Bedford, MA to know all the benefits of the Community Choice Aggregation program.

Besides contributing to the reduction of  harmful carbon emissions—a huge benefit for all of us who care about our children’s futures—this program provides additional options and benefits to which most of us may not have given much thought. For more information about Bedford’s program, please check the website (https://bedfordcca.com/).

 


NY - Mothers Out Front Plans Rally For Climate Action October 13 In Poughkeepsie

Mothers Out Front Duchess County (NY) is #inthenews as they get ready for a tremendous rally on October 13th! (You can join in by RSVPing here.)

“The earth has a fever, and it gets hotter every year. What is New York doing about this?” asks Johanna Fallert of Mothers Out Front–Dutchess County.             

On October 13, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the environmental advocacy organization will take that question public with Earth to Cuomo: The Rally for New York’s Climate, at Waryas Park, in Poughkeepsie. 

While the rally will include family fun, live music and food trucks, Fallert says, it will also send a strong message to Gov. Cuomo from his constituents. “We will voice our concerns about climate warming and the threat to health and the environment from the emissions of fracked gas power plants, pipelines and infrastructure throughout New York,” she says.

 


MA - Worcester Mothers join the #ClimateStrike on 9/27

After a big victory getting a Climate Emergency Resolution passed leading up to the Youth Climate Strike, Worcester ended the week of action with a rally on September 27th. The rally started at the Lincoln Square Plaza with a few hundred people in attendance. The march continued a few blocks down Main Street and made a stop in front of the TD Bank. Mothers Out Front Worcester volunteer leaders Wahya Wolfpaw, Christina Wertz and Selina Gallo-Cruz were in attendance and marched with the Mothers Out Front banner. The group met with others in front of the City Hall steps for the remainder of the program.

Wahya represented Mothers Out Front Worcester as one of the speakers in the program. She pleaded with the adults in the rally to support the young people's leadership to protect our community against the climate crisis. 


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MA - Easthampton Tags Gas Leaks

On Sunday, September 29th, Easthampton Climate Response’s group and Mothers Out Front had a gas leak tagging event. This event was sponsored by Easthampton's Democratic party. 

We wanted to use the momentum created by last week's "Climate Awareness Week" to let Easthampton residents know about the leaks existing in Easthampton so we can gather people to pressure gas companies to repair these leaks.

 

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Meet the ‘Raging Grannies’ and ‘Gray Rangers’ Calling for Climate Action

Thank you to author Mythili Sampathkumar for this thoughtful look at the intergenerational movement to fight the #climatecrisis.

The Grannies are part of a larger, worldwide support group of senior citizens armed with signs, buttons, songs, tips on proper ways to get arrested they perfected while protesting the Vietnam War, plenty of words of encouragement, and a wealth of experience in calling for change within and outside of the system. The Elders for Climate, Mothers out Front, and the Gray Rangers are just some of the groups that make up this overlooked contingent.

 

Read the whole story:

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CA - Victory for fossil fuel-free buildings at San Jose City Council

The Mothers Out Front South Bay team is celebrating the unanimous vote by the San Jose City Council on September 17th to adopt the most ambitious policy of any large U.S. city to incentivize the construction of all-electric (not fossil-fueled) buildings. Due to the advocacy of our mothers and allies, the city’s new “reach code" also mandates that all parking spaces in new multi-family buildings be at least EV-ready, giving these residents equal access to EV charging, thus boosting equity and lowering barriers to EV adoption.

 


Watch the video recorded by James Tuleya of Mother Out Front Susan Butler-Graham on the mic at the ceremony!


 

We appreciate the climate leadership of Mayor Liccardo who, along with Councilmembers Peralez, Diep, Carrasco, and Davis, listened to the mothers and improved the draft reach code from “meh” to “wow!” We also applaud Councilmembers Jimenez, Esparza, Arenas, Foley and Khamis for voting in favor (Jones was out of town). And we congratulate Mayor Liccardo and the City Council also for voting unanimously to declare a Climate Emergency. 

We recommend that the City move forward soon to convene a technical roundtable of experts to educate Councilmembers, staff and developers about the state-of-the-art technology solutions which enable even high-rise buildings to be built all-electric at a lower cost than with fossil fuels. #SJReachForTheFuture! 


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Members of Mothers Out Front South Bay wait to testify at the September 17th San Jose City Council meeting. Three team members (Rebecca, Susan, Hoai-An) gave stirring public comments, plus Rebecca’s daughter Ariana, whose speech brought down the house.

 


CA - Mothers Out Front at the San Francisco Climate Strike

Mothers Out Front San Francisco was proud to join youth in the September 20 climate strike in our city. It's youth that gives me the greatest hope—and for whom we feel the greatest obligation, of course. Here in San Francisco, the march was led by Youth vs. Apocalypse and many other youth groups. We adults fell into the march after they led. Here's part of our Mothers Out Front contingent; there were more of us marching with younger children.

 

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