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This Wednesday is the last day to register to vote for the Massachusetts primary elections, which take place on March 3.
These elections are a chance to let the candidates know that a strong climate change policy is a must for any presidential candidate. That we can't keep pretending there's no crisis. That we can't keep coasting along doing business as usual and borrowing from our children's future.
Your vote is your voice. Be heard. Register here. ([link removed])
** Mass Protest at the Weymouth Compressor Station Site
As Enbridge continues their construction of the compressor station, we'll be holding space at the site to collectively witness the injustice firsthand. Enbridge has a long track record of violating state law and Indigenous sovereignty. Come let your voice be heard. See the Facebook event here. ([link removed]) Wed, Feb 19, 8 am-2 pm, 50 Bridge St, North Weymouth. Park at 352 Bridge St or the Quincy Point Congregational Church.
** Other 350 Mass News
Solidarity Working Group Call: On the next call, we'll be joined by one of the coordinators of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition to discuss the Corporate Fair Share campaign. See the Zoom link. ([link removed]) Meeting ID: 705 812 285 Thu, Feb 13, 8 pm.
Sign Up for Actions Targeting Chase Bank: Chase Bank is the top lender to the fossil fuel industry. Climate Courage, the direct action wing of 350 Mass, is planning several upcoming actions targeting various Chase Bank branches. Locations and details for each date are being worked out, so sign up here ([link removed]) to stay in the loop. Sat, Feb 22, Sat, Mar 21, and Thu, Apr 23.
Webinar on Housing and Climate: The Housing and Environment Revenue Opportunities (HERO) Coalition is a group of environmental and housing advocacy organizations that have joined forces to advocate for new investments to protect our communities from the housing crisis and climate change. Join activists across the State and State Senator Jamie Eldridge for a webinar to learn about how the housing and climate crises are connected and how we can address these issues. RSVP here ([link removed]) and learn about the HERO campaign here ([link removed]) . Wed, Mar 4, 8 pm.
Local Environmental Action 2020 Conference: 350 Mass is a lead sponsor of this annual gathering of community leaders and activists. Sharpen the skills you need to make change, learn more about the problems facing our world today, and be inspired to keep up the fight. Learn more and register here. ([link removed]) See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Sat, Mar 7, Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston.
Screen FRRACS' Documentary in Your 350 Mass Node: Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) has made a documentary about their movement to stop Enbridge (here is the trailer ([link removed]) ). We want to screen the documentary far and wide across the state (our goal is a screening in EVERY community we're active in!). Sign up here if you’re interested in hosting a screening. ([link removed]) Also, check out this new video about the Weymouth Compressor Station, Governor Baker's Toxic Legacy.
Write a Letter to the Editor: 350 Mass members write lots of letters to the editor, many of which get published! Here are some recent letters:
* Taunton Daily Gazette: Everyone must take action now to combat climate change ([link removed])
* The Boston Globe: Civic engagement drives us - climate advocacy is good example ([link removed])
* The Boston Globe: Yes to free bus service ([link removed])
Want to join the team? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more!
** Other Better Future Project News
Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and How To Respond: Save the date! Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) invites you to a summit that brings together religious and spiritual communities from Boston and the surrounding area to engage in a discussion about climate change. Discover resources that will help us prepare for extreme weather-related issues. Sun, Mar 29, 2-6 pm, North American Indian Center of Boston, 105 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain.
Host a Boston-area Divest Ed Fellow Next Summer: Divest Ed, Better Future Project's national campus divestment program, will be hosting an in-person Boston summer fellowship for up to 15 student divestment leaders. If you live in the Greater Boston Area and have a spare room in your home, please consider hosting a fellow and fill out this form! ([link removed])
Divest Ed is Hiring a Director: Better Future Project is looking for a Divest Ed director to start in 2020! We need someone with a vision for the student fossil fuel divestment movement, a passion for student and youth organizing, a commitment to climate justice, and experience working with young people and partnering with other movements. See here for the job listing. ([link removed])
** Other Climate Movement News
Unite to Oppose the Weymouth Compressor Station: Hear hunger striker Professor Nathan Phillips make an announcement, standing in solidarity with Weymouth and Quincy/BU faith leaders, local indigenous leader Kerry Labrador of the Mi’kmaq tribe, frontline Weymouth resident Lisa Jennings, faith leader Rev. Vernon K. Walker, Alice Arena, and DivestBU. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) TODAY, Feb 11, 3-4 pm, 735 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
Talk—Climate Change, Pentagon Fuel Use, and the Costs of War: Hear a talk from Professor Neta Crawford of Boston University and Brown University, plus a discussion of how peace and climate groups can work together, led by members of the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion. TODAY, Tue Feb 11, 6:30 pm, Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St, Cambridge.
Support Wet'suwet'en Activists Against Pipelines: The Canadian RCMP has invaded sovereign Wet'suwet'en land in Northern British Columbia and indigenous activists are calling for solidarity actions across the world. See this Facebook event ([link removed]) for a save the date and watch out for more details. Thu, Feb 13, 2-6 pm, Boston.
Green New Deal Town Hall, Somerville: In February 2019, Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution. Central to the resolution is ensuring a democratic, inclusive process for determining how we move forward. Ed invites you to join him in Somerville for a town hall discussion on the Green New Deal and more. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Thu, Feb 13, 6:30-8 pm, Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave, Somerville.
Call on Liberty Mutual to Ditch Fossil Fuels: The Stop the Money Pipeline campaign is calling on Liberty Mutual to ditch fossil fuels and close the loopholes in their new coal policy (read more here ([link removed]) ) and stop insuring tar sands and pipelines. Are you a Liberty Mutual policyholder? Did you reeive an invitation to the members meeting on April 8? Sign up here ([link removed]) to get involved.
Rally at Liberty Mutual Headquarters: Join the Rainforest Action Network, MassDivest Coalition, Mothers Out Front, and Insure Our Future Coalition in Boston's Back Bay to pay Liberty Mutual a visit! We'll be reminding them that the Boston-based insurance giant must step up action to meet the urgency of the climate crisis. Wed, Apr 8, 10-11 am, 175 Berkeley St, Boston.
Make Schools Safe from ICE: Reports from Boston Public Schools are ending up in the hands of ICE, jeopardizing young people’s futures. The Boston Teachers Union and the Student Immigration Movement are taking action. Sign a petition ([link removed]) to curb this information pipeline.
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