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
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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.
“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.”
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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 Fairfax County are #inthenews again!
"HB 1140 was written with input from the Fairfax County team of Mothers Out Front, an organization that works to protect communities from the effects of climate change, WSET reports. The team is planning an event in Richmond to call for state legislators to support the bill on Jan. 21, according to its Facebook page."
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Mothers Out Front South Bay/San Jose member, Jane Mulcaster is #inthenews at the Women's March in January!
The San José Spotlight wrote:Among hundreds of creative and powerful signs, Jane Mulcaster, one of the thousands who marched on Saturday, held up the world… or at least, her 3D depiction of it. Mulcaster, 53, constructed a model of Earth from a giant yoga ball complete with blue netting to symbolize melting ice caps and rising sea levels as well as red, orange and yellow pom-poms to mark worldwide wildfires. The globe took five hours to make.“I just envisioned demonstrating, in three dimensions, our planet and the effects of global climate change,” Mulcaster, a longtime Willow Glen resident, said. She attended the march with her daughter and friends, representing the group Mothers Out Front, a community organization that works to promote climate policy. Women, Mulcaster said, have a “unique” role in advocating against climate change.“We represent the future,” Mulcaster continued. “We bring future generations into the world, and as mothers, we feel a particular urgency to make sure that our children have a future to grow into.”
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In December, Rebecca Habermann got a letter-to-the-editor published in the Mercury News thanking local leaders for acting to decarbonize buildings: (click on the image below to see the letter online.)
In December, Martina Keim was quoted in a San José Spotlight article about youth, mothers, and other concerned residents advocating for increased funding for public transit at a recent Valley Transportation Authority board meeting:
Earlier in the meeting, the students received support from the South Bay chapter of Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Livable Climate.
“San Jose is expected to grow its population to 1.3 million,” coordinator Martina Keim said. “We are already experiencing a high density of traffic. And it is crucial for all of us to make this change now. It will help to reduce congestion, improve air quality and public health and go toward San Jose’s goal to be carbon free, since vehicle traffic is the leading source of carbon emissions.”