From Vignesh Ramachandran for 350 Mass <[email protected]>
Subject Climate Movement Weekly: How to engage in electoral politics in 2020!
Date February 25, 2020 5:26 PM
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Check out the latest news from the Massachusetts climate movement!
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The repeated refusal of Massachusetts’ municipal and state governments to take sufficiently bold action to address the climate crisis has made it clear that we need more strong, climate-protection advocates in elected office – at local as well as state and federal levels.

Our sister organization 350 Mass Action is asking for your help in making that happen.

As an electorally-enabled 501c4, 350 Mass Action is planning to support several climate progressives for seats in the state legislature this fall, in collaboration with other progressive electoral groups.

As we head deeper into election year, they're calling for all hands on deck. Join 350 Mass Action at their kickoff event on Sun, Mar 8 to learn more about how to engage and get climate protectors in office! ([link removed])

Steven E. Miller
350 Mass and 350 Mass Action Volunteer

** Report back from Mass Protest at the Weymouth Compressor Station Site

Dozens of 350 Mass members joined hundreds at the site of the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station last week to collectively witness Enbridge's injustice. Thirteen brave individuals were arrested for putting their bodies on the line to stop the construction of this ill-conceived project. Take the Pledge to Take Action in defense of Weymouth here. ([link removed]) If you're interested in learning more about non-violent civil disobedience, RSVP for this training ([link removed]) in Lincoln on Saturday, Feb 29!

** Other 350 Mass News

Webinar: Stop The Money Pipeline Massachusetts: In January, a coalition of over a dozen groups launched Stop the Money Pipeline—a major new mobilization, targeting the financial sector’s funding of climate chaos. Join Bill McKibben, activists from 350 Mass and Mothers Out Front, and others to learn more about the campaign! RSVP here. ([link removed]) TODAY, Tue, Feb 25, 8-9pm.

Mass Power Forward Climate Justice Pledge: MPF is advocating for the Climate Justice Pledge as a way to tell Representatives to vote on amendments and bills that will address climate issues in Spring/Summer 2020. We are asking you to ask your legislators to commit to this pledge in the Spring to take action before it's too late. More information here. ([link removed]) Mon, Feb 25 - Wed, Apr 1.

Forum on the Weymouth Compressor: Join the 350 Mass Boston Node and allies for a screening of the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) documentary "Telling the Stories - Health Impacts in the Fore River Basin," followed by a panel featuring: Nathan Phillips, BU Professor; Alice Arena, FRRACS; Regina La Rocque, Physicians for Social Responsibility. More information and Facebook event here. ([link removed]) Wed, Mar 4, 7 pm, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain.

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.

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, Mar 21, and Thu, Apr 23.

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])
* Cape Cod Times: Science is under attack from DC ([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])

** Other Climate Movement News

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training: Learn about strategies for practicing nonviolent civil disobedience, legal and practical information, background on local efforts to stop the fossil fuel industry, and more! RSVP here ([link removed]) . Sat, Feb 29, 10-4pm, St. Anne's Church, 147 Concord Road, Lincoln.

Climate Justice: How Enforcement Can Help Communities at Risk: TOMORROW, hear from leading experts on legal enforcement, litigation, and the climate crisis. Join the Center for Progressive Reform and their allies for a discussion and presentation on EPA enforcement policy. RSVP for Zoom link here. ([link removed]) TOMORROW, Wed, Feb 26, 2 pm.

Planning the Green New Deal: Planning the Green New Deal is a student-organized conference at the Harvard Graduate School School of Design that will focus on how to bring about necessary societal transformations in the form of a Green New Deal. Register here. ([link removed]) Sat, Feb 29, 9 am, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

RSVP for the 350 Mass Action Summit: Join 350 Mass Action to launch their 2020 campaign to elect climate protectors into office! RSVP here. ([link removed]) Sun, Mar 8, 9-2pm, Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham.

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.

** Solidarity Opportunities

#NoEastieSubstation: The Energy Facilities Siting Board is publishing a draft decision on the fate of the substation THIS Friday, Feb 28. GreenRoots is calling on folks to contact @ClimateKatie on Twitter or Secretary Theoharides by phone ((617) 626-1000 (tel:6176261000) ) to tell the state that the substation is unnecessary and is an environmental injustice. More details here. ([link removed])

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.

World Water Day: Indigenous & Palestinian Perspectives: On this 'World Water Day' Indigenous and Palestinian speakers will describe their struggles for water, land and self-determination and what it will take to build a sustainable future. There will also be short films and food, as well as the opportunity to learn about specific campaigns you can get involved in. More details here ([link removed]) . Sun, Mar 22, 5 pm, 105 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain.

Film Screening + Discussion: Dawnland: Join NAICOB and allies for a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film "Dawnland" - a film about the truth and reconciliation process following the atrocities committed by child welfare authorities who seperated Native families. More details here. ([link removed]) Fri, Mar 27, 7 pm, 105 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain.
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** About Better Future Project and 350 Mass
Better Future Project (BFP) ([link removed]) builds grassroots power to advance a rapid transition beyond fossil fuels. 350 Mass ([link removed]) is Better Future Project's volunteer-led climate action network.

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