CA - Moms want urgent climate action, green new deal for Mother’s Day

Mothers Out Front San Francisco got this OP ED published for Mother's Day! Congratulations to Kathie & Maia Piccagli!

Youth are not the only ones panicked about inheriting a livable world. They are joined by many others, including an army of moms. We put so much love and energy into preparing our children for the future. Now that future looks precarious. We are scared!

This Mother’s Day we don’t want flowers, chocolate, or brunch. California mothers want to give our children the gift of a livable climate, and we ask our elected leaders to support us by endorsing the Green New Deal.

Recent reports tell us we only have until 2030 – or less – to stop fueling the temperature rise devastating the world with climate-change causing greenhouse gas emissions. But temperatures are rising, not declining. Half of all greenhouse gases have been put into the atmosphere in the last 30 years.

MA - Green New Deal advocates in Worcester urge reimagining of FDR’s signature program

Report-in from the Worcester Team: Mothers Out Front co-cooordinator, Gaylen Moore, being interviewed at the Worcester Townhall on the Green New Deal, organized by Sunrise Worcester. Gaylen was interviewed by Telegram and Gazette reporter, Steven Foskett. We tabled at this event, and one of our leaders, Wahya Wolfpaw, an indigenous grandmother, also opened the event with an blessing. 

Gaylen Moore of Worcester is a member of the local chapter of Mothers Out Front, a national environmental advocacy organization. The group has focused locally on raising awareness about unrepaired natural gas leaks near schools and day care centers. But Ms. Moore said Mothers Out Front’s goals are in line with the Green New Deal; she said natural gas is a contributor to climate change.

“We need to shift utilities to clean energy in a way that creates good jobs,” Ms. Moore said.

She said it frustrates her to hear people asking where the money will come from to fund Green New Deal initiatives. She said people need to instead ask what the cost is of doing nothing.


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VA - Dominion Energy touts its rate cuts instead of $1,000 rebates for SC customers

Mothers Out Front and allies are reported in the news around Dominion at the time of the shareholder meeting.

Activists said that the company won’t really embrace new technology until it vows to end its carbon emissions. “We have to get to net zero,” said Mary Cerulli of Boston, a member of the climate action group Mothers Out Front. 

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MA - Worcester Team files petition with City Council for Hearing on Gas Leaks

On the evening of Tuesday, May 7th, three members of the Mothers Out Front Worcester team, filed a petition to the Worcester City Council requesting a public hearing on Eversource's plans to fix current unrepaired gas leaks within fifty feet of Worcester Public School zones. We also asked that our city support the House F.U.T.U.R.E Act (An Act for A Utility Transition to Renewable Energy).


At the Dominion Shareholders Mtg in South Carolina!

Report in from the Utility Net-Zero Campaign, at the Dominion Shareholder Meeting on May 7th, in Columbia, South Carolina. Thank you to Mary Cerulli who, inspired by the words of Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland and Keynote speaker at our Spring Luncheon), “...we must get to net-zero,” works tirelessly to hold corporations accountable for our health and our future.

All of these people, representing half a dozen organizations, understand the power of shareholder advocacy and the need to pressure big asset managers. 




VA - Power bills have dropped since Dominion took over SCE&G. But protesters say beware.

At Dominion's Shareholder Meeting, the company celebrated cutting power bills, but protesters raised the issue of the costs that aren't being counted.

David Backer [Mothers Out Front Volunteer], a Massachusetts resident and Dominion stockholder, said Thursday’s comments by Farrell weren’t surprising. He said Farrell did a good job of emphasizing strides the company has made, but didn’t say much about the challenges faced by Dominion Energy.

The company should be able to stop or offset all air pollution in future years, but says it will only do so by 80 percent, said Backer, who voiced his concerns during the stockholders’ meeting.

“Yes, they are investing in solar, for instance, and they have a story to tell,’’ Backer said. “But I think it covers up a lot of things behind the scenes. I have heard this before.’’


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NY - Dutchess County Deliver 2000 signatures to stop Cricket Valley

Mothers Out Front Dutchess County team were at the New York State Capital on April 29th with STOP Cricket Valley Energy, Sane Energy Project, Food & Water Watch - New York and New Paltz Climate Action Coalition to deliver a letter asking the state to use its full authority to call for preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to reevaluate, comprehensively, the profound impacts of the #CricketValley Energy project.

Petition delivery for our Cricket Valley letter today. 2000 signatures!



MA - Benefit Concert for Victims of Gas Disaster

The concert included choral music by Koleinu and will feature Temple Emanu-El’s own Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Cantor Michael McCloskey of Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, and a singalong led by Music Out Front, the musical arm of Mothers Out Front.

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VA - Around Prince William: Pascal’s wager on climate change

Read the profile (linked below) on Tiziana Bottino, The Greater Prince William Climate Action Network's founder and chairperson, and Community Organizer for Mothers Out Front, Northern Virginia:

[Tiziana] Bottino shared that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts an increasing risk of extreme droughts, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people as early as 2030.  Anyone who reads the papers understands we are living this prediction. The network believes that educating the public and elected officials and influencing public policy is a good place to start. 

Moms worried about the future of their kids resonated with me.


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MA - Cambridge Mothers Connect with the Global Warming Youth Summit

Cambridge Mothers Out Front enjoyed connecting with young people and asking them to write postcards to Gov. Baker, at the Global Warming Youth Summit at MIT in Cambridge.