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Don't forget to vote! Today's the day to make your voice heard and vote for your preferred Democratic presidential candidate. Find your polling place here. ([link removed])
As much as I'm feeling exhausted by the news, I always get a burst of energy and enthusiasm when I vote. I walk into my polling place, say hi to the volunteers and other members of my community, and I remember that I'm part of something bigger than myself. Also, sometimes there are bake sales at my polling place, and cupcakes make me feel pretty enthusiastic, too.
I wish you a safe, happy voting day. Go make change happen!
** Solidarity with GreenRoots
Last week, the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) published a draft decision approving Eversource's construction of a dangerous and unnecessary, high-voltage electrical substation in a flood-plain and environmental justice community in East Boston.
The EFSB will conduct a public meeting at 5pm on Wednesday March 11 at East Boston High School to consider this case. GreenRoots is calling all allies to come and support community members in their resistance to the Eastie Substation. Find more details on how to support here. ([link removed])
** Other 350 Mass News
Stop The Money Pipeline Webinar Video: Did you miss the webinar last week? Here's a link to the video. ([link removed])
Calling All Teachers: Are you a member of a 350 Mass node and also a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association? A group of active and retired MTA members have formed the MTA Climate Action Network and are busy organizing and mobilizing the union's members to become climate justice activists! If you're interested, please email Allston-Brighton node member (and MTA member) Justin Brown at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
Climate Courage Art Build: Last month's actions at Chase banks in JP and Brookline turned out over a 100 people total. Keep the momentum going at an art build to make new banners, signs, and chants. Everyone is welcome! Contact [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) with any questions! Sunday, Mar 8, 10-2 pm, Mandela Room, Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge.
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. Ask your legislators to commit to this pledge to take action before it's too late. More information here. ([link removed]) Now until 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 BU Professor Nathan Phillips, Alice Arena of FRRACS, and Regina La Rocque of the Physicians for Social Responsibility. More information and Facebook event here. ([link removed]) TOMORROW, 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 how the housing and climate crises are connected and how we can address them. RSVP here ([link removed]) and learn about the HERO campaign here ([link removed]) . TOMORROW, 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, and get 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.
Ballot Initiative Kickoff Meeting: Do you want bold climate legislation passed this session? 350 Mass is teaming up with other progressive organizations to let the Massachusetts Legislature know that we want climate laws now and we expect transparency when voting. Join us to strategize on how to organize in order to get our concerns turned into questions on the November ballot. Sat, Apr 4, 11:30 am-3 pm, Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis 415 South St, Waltham.
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])
* MetroWest Daily News: Is Bezos up to the challenge? ([link removed])
* The Boston Globe: Here's what you can do about climate change ([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
Contact Your State Representative NOW To Support Transportation: Please submit your comments ([link removed]) by TOMORROW, Wednesday March 4 at 8 am, to support two bills on revenue and borrowing. 350 Mass and our partners in Raise Up Mass and Transportation for Mass all support these bills because they'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making big corporations pay more in minimum taxes!
Support Clean Transportation: The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a collaboration of twelve states and D.C. that would cap transportation emissions and place a fee on fuel imports. It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise much needed revenue to modernize the transportation system. State leaders are soliciting feedback ([link removed]) on the program and will decide this spring if they will participate.
Climate Justice Dinner: Join the Codman Square Climate Justice Alliance to discuss climate change and how it will impact the local community. Anyone who wants to better the community is encouraged to attend! Free pizza and refreshments provided. Register here. ([link removed]) Thu, March 5, 6-8 pm, 193 Talbot Ave, Boston.
History of Mohawk Resistance Teach-In Fundraiser for Tyendinaga: The Mohawk of Tyendinaga, Kahnawake, and Kanesarke have maintained rail blockades in Canada since early February to pressure the Crown and the Canadian government to meet the demands of the hereditary chiefs of the Wetʼsuwetʼen people: Remove the ramp from Westuten territory, stop work on the Coastal Gas Link pipeline, and recognize Wet’suwet’en Sovereignty. See the Facebook event ([link removed]) for the teach-in and fundraiser, or donate to the legal defense fund here. ([link removed]) Sat, March 7, noon-2 pm, the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge.
Discussion on Environmental Voter Project (EVP): The Boston Area Sustainability Group will host a discussion with Nathaniel Stinnett, founder and Executive Director of EVP. EVP has identified nearly 16 million environmentalists who don’t vote. Discover what EVP has learned and what they're doing to encourage voting. Register here ([link removed]) and use the code ENVIRO for a $5 ticket. Tue, Mar 10, 6 pm, Cambridge Innovation Center, The Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge (Kendall Square).
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.
Raise Up Massachusetts: Our grassroots activists flooded legislative inboxes and offices, and as a result, the House released their transportation revenue package, ensuring:
* A Tiered Corporate Minimum: large, profitable corporations will pay a fair share of their taxes according to their size.
* Low- and middle-income families won't be paying a disproportionate amount to invest.
* A long-term commitment to the Fair Share Amendment.
Please contact your legislator ([link removed]) to thank them for their inclusion of a tiered corporate minimum, confirm their continued support of the Fair Share Amendment, and continue advocating for a fair and balanced revenue package.
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 how to get involved in specific campaigns. 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 about the truth and reconciliation process following the atrocities committed by child welfare authorities who separated Native families. More details here. ([link removed]) Fri, Mar 27, 7 pm, 105 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain.
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175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
Forum on Weymouth Compressor Station
Wed, Mar 4, 7-8:30 pm
First Church in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain
Tue, Mar 3, 6:30-8:30 pm (orientation for new members at 6 pm)
First Church Cambridge
11 Garden St, Cambridge
Thu, Mar 12, 7-8:30 pm
3090 Main St, Barnstable
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Westwood Public Library
660 High St, Westwood
Thu, Mar 5, 7-9 pm
First Universalist Society in Franklin
262 Chestnut St, Franklin
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Mill No. 5
250 Jackson St, Lowell
Wed, Mar 4, noon-1:30 pm
478 Main St, Winchester
Tue, Mar 5, 7-9 pm
Peace Lutheran Church
107 Concord Rd, Wayland
Wed, Mar 25, 7-8:30 pm
Medford High School, Rm V220
489 Winthrop St, Medford
Tue, Mar 17, 7-9 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton
1326 Washington St, Newton
Tue, Mar 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beverly Farms Library
24 Vine St, Beverly
Tue, Mar 10, 7-8:30 pm
First Parish Church in Taunton
76 Church Green, Taunton
Tue, Mar 3, 7:30-9 pm
Old Ship Church Parish House
107 Main St, Hingham
Mon, Mar 23, 7-9 pm
11 Washington St, Sherborn
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