Mothers in the news with allies in New York:
Members of Mothers Out Front and allied groups, including SANE Energy, Stop Cricket Valley Fracked Gas Plant, the Schaghticoke First Nation and Ulster Climate Action, demonstrated outside the New York State Capitol building Monday, April 29, after delivering petitions requesting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the planned Cricket Valley Energy Center to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Thank you to the Town of Huntington Mothers Out Front Team for this report-in and for spreading the word about Green Transit for our schools!
This photo is of a mother and child who came to the Family Earth Day Expo at Heckscher Park in Huntington on April 13, 2019, where the Mothers Out Front team (Jennifer Rogers-Brown, Billii Roberti and Jenny Strandberg) was tabling about electric school buses. The little girl had just finished coloring in the yellow school bus as part of the #FuelChange music video campaign in support of transitioning to electric school buses. Behind them is a poster board displaying heart-shaped Earths that other children had colored, while, their parents signed our Mother’s Day postcards about electric school buses. We collected 55 postcards that will be presented to the various school boards to show community support for the initiative.
Earlier in April, Mothers Out Front San Francisco stood up at a press conference with Supervisors Ahsha Safai and Vallie Brown and representatives from the Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter and 350 Bay Area to hear Mayor London Breed announce San Francisco’s commitment to a just and swift transition to 100% renewable electricity in buildings citywide by 2030, and to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
#AtTheTable #OnTheStage #OutFront
In an official ceremony at San Jose City Hall in March, the Mothers Out Front South Bay team was named San Jose’s Climate Champion of the Year! And three of the young members of the team were named Youth Climate Champions of the Year!
Congratulations to the teams and thank you for your leadership!
Catherine Mosley at Apex Clean Energy writes "Congratulations to Susan Campbell who was awarded the Bruce Kershner award this week by the Niagara Chapter of the Sierra Club for her "commitment to community and environment"! We couldn't agree more! Thank you also to Sierra Club Niagara Chapter, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and Mothers Out Front, particularly Ellen Banks and Neely Kelley who are also pictured here."
Neely Kelley writes " Susan’s message has consistently been: the Lighthouse Wind turbines will ensure a strong local economy, provide good paying jobs, give us tax relief, increase funding for our schools, support our farmers, all the while ensuring a livable planet for all future generations. She is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 13, and is the family breadwinner. The countless hours she has spent to ensure economic growth and prosperity to her hometown is laudable and worthy of recognition. It is Susan Campbell’s tireless and fearless grassroots volunteer leadership that is changing the world. She is showing her community, and the world, how we can fight with dignity, grace, compassion and courage for environmental and economic justice and a 100% clean and renewable energy future."
Photo Credit to Niagara Regional Group of the Sierra Club
On April 6th & 7th, nearly 200 mothers from across the country gathered for Mothers Out Front’s first National Meeting. The power of connection was palpable as local fights gained greater context as pieces of a larger picture. Mothers united for their children. Mothers determined to take on the impossible.
Watch our highlights video below!
Story courtesy of Croton team coordinator, Megan Dyer:
It’s funny what makes me happy these days and this Sunday in Croton was a banner day. Mothers Out Front arrived at the Eco Forum early with ten other organizations and local leaders from Croton Climate Initiative to set up our tables. People began streaming in to what was a standing room only. We were all there to hear presentations on the latest information on climate change. The keynote speaker, Croton resident, Dr Chandu Visweswahriah, CEO of Utopus Insights a global renewable energy company, gave a clear and compelling presentation on the IPCC report. Afterwards information was shared on what we can do collectively to protect our children’s future.
Jessica Kuntz, Lisa Marshall, Megan Dyer and Berty Barranco Feero
Donald and Cari Gardner (Mothers Out Front Greene Team) sent in a letter to the editor outlining why two utility scale solar farms are needed for a rural lake community in Coxsackie, NY. On March 31st, the Mothers Out Front Greene County NY team held a neighbor to neighbor event to discuss the questions and concerns the area residents have.
Click here to see the Letter to the Editor: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/sleepy-hollow-could-benefit-solar-farms
Over 40 Mass. Mothers Out Front members gathered Thursday March 28th to officially launch our two-year “Beyond Gas” campaign and a new Campaign Team and structure. Every Task Force, Working Group, and Functional Team, the Mass Leadership Team, and most Massachusetts Community Teams were all represented.
We started the Launch Meeting with a celebration of all that has been done in past years to limit the use of dangerous fracked gas, and to stop the build-out of gas infrastructure in Massachusetts. Attendees wrote our successes out on a timeline on the wall, and then added our visions for the future: the wins we hope to have in this two-year campaign. Members were hopeful that we would stop the Weymouth Compressor Station, join the fight in Western Mass. against the Agawam Pipeline Expansion, pass the FUTURE bill (SD1953 and HD3719) and fix all large volume leaks near schools throughout the state — and more! We toasted (with non-alcoholic bubbly cider) to our past and future successes, and to the determined and talented members from across the state that were in the room!