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Dear friends,

We mourn the lives of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and Breonna Taylor, all recently killed by police, and Ahmaud Artery killed by a former police officer. We honor the courageous resistance demanding accountability, and we declare in solidarity that Black lives matter.

For four centuries, state-supported violence against Black people has been a constant force on this continent. From slavery to Jim Crow to the Tulsa massacre (yesterday was the 99th anniversary), from redlining to mass incarceration to policies that perpetuate inequities in health and economics, to today's ongoing police violence—it is ever-present and relentless.

White people like me have the privilege of choosing whether or not to ignore the systemic oppression that for others is an inescapable reality. We in the 350 Mass community have chosen to fight for climate justice. But the climate crisis, like the pandemic, is hitting hardest in communities that already suffer from racial and economic oppression. If we care about justice for future generations, then we must care for the people who are suffering atrocities at the hands of our state right now. We must build power and unity in movements for justice in all its forms.

The public murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 shines a light on and urgent issues of police violence and racial oppression in the US. But as the system is challenged, it lashes out. I urge us to hear and respond to the calls for help from our neighbors, friends, and allies and mobilize resources to address immediate needs. I urge us to continue to educate ourselves and our communities on white supremacy and how to dismantle it. I urge us to keep fighting for systemic change that will address these combined crises by centering the needs and voices of those most impacted. Solidarity is a practice, and we won’t do it perfectly, but we have a responsibility to act. Here are a few ways to help:


Alan Palm
Director of 350 Mass Organizing

Mass Power Forward June 3 Digital Day of Action

June 4 is the deadline for many bills to be reported out of committee. Bills that are not reported out of committee are generally considered to be "dead" for the remainder of the session. We still have two priority bills that need a favorable report by June 4 from the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee:

  • S.1958/H.2836 - An Act Re-powering Massachusetts with 100% Renewable Energy
  • H.2810 - An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions

From now through June 3, we need you to help us use social media, phone calls, and emails to raise up these issues! On June 3, 350 Mass, alongside hundreds of organizations from across the state who are part of the Mass Power Forward coalition, will raise our voices together to show support for these two priorities Sign up here and see the Day of Action Guide here.

We'll also be hosting a follow up day of action on June 12. Save the date and stay tuned!

Support Emergency Paid Sick Time

Legislation for Emergency Paid Sick Time (H.4700 / S.2701) has been cosponsored by a majority of our State Representatives and Senators, and there was a virtual hearing last week. You can watch the testimony from the hearing here and help by amplifying posts about this testimony on Twitter and Facebook. Your legislators need to hear from you ASAP. Whether they've already cosponsored the legislation or are not official cosponsors, they can ask that members of leadership in their chamber prioritize it and take action to pass it. Contact them here.

An Intimate Conversation with Bill McKibben to Benefit 350 Mass

Only four spots left! Join Bill McKibben for a conversation about this particular moment in the climate crisis, how we can build more power, and how we can enhance our organizing to defeat the vested interests that are preventing a robust climate agenda. This event will be held on zoom and capped at 25 computers. We're asking for a minimum donation of $250 per person or $300 per two-person attendance on the same computer. Sign up here.

Other 350 Mass News

Give Chase an F on Climate: Join Climate Courage, our Direct Action group, to leave reviews for Chase Bank on a number of platforms, calling out their outrageous financial support of the fossil fuel industry! We'll send you a reminder email with easy, step-by-step instructions (plus sample reviews) for a variety of platforms like Yelp and Google Maps. Sign up here.

Sign a Petition to Build Back Better:  Support the 350 Mass North Shore and Greater Lowell nodes in their efforts to show their representatives that the people of Massachusetts demand action to address the climate crisis, reduce pollution, invest in infrastructure, and create good jobs. Sign here.

We Need Your Photos: Do you have any great pics or short videos of 350 Mass rallies, meetings, and other activities? We're looking for photos of our volunteers taking action, smiling, and having a great time! Please upload them here.

Write a Letter to the Editor: There has never been a better time to take part in 350 Mass' Letters to the Editor (LTE) team. Want to join? Email Alan Palm, Director of Organizing, to find out more! Our members have a great success rate in getting letters published!
Here are some recent letters:
In the Boston Globe a letter from 350 Mass member Brent Whelan: "Pandemic throws a wrench into clean energy effort" 



Other Climate Movement News

Tell BlackRock To Divest from Fossil Fuels: BlackRock is the world's leading investor in fossil fuels. Send a postcard urging CEO Larry Fink to be true to his words and "transform finance" in the face of the climate crisis.

Urge Liberty Mutual to Stop Funding the Climate Crisis: Liberty Mutual is a huge backer of the tar sands sector, which spells disaster for the climate and Indigenous rights. Are you a Liberty Mutual policyholder? You have a unique platform to voice concerns. Sign up here.

Solidarity Opportunities

PetitionTell Governor Baker that Reopening Plan Must Protect Workers and Hard-hit Communities: Essential workers, communities of color, and nursing home residents are bearing the worst brunt of the COVID-19 epidemic. None of these groups are represented in Governor Baker's Advisory Board for reopening the Massachusetts economy. Sign a petition demanding a more equitable reopening.

Stand With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe: The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the very tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 1600s, is at risk of losing what is left of their homelands due to a determination made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sign a petition to support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR.312).

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About Better Future Project and 350 Mass

Better Future Project (BFP) builds grassroots power to advance a rapid transition beyond fossil fuels. 350 Mass is Better Future Project's volunteer-led climate action network. 

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