From Vignesh Ramachandran for 350 Mass <[email protected]>
Subject Climate Movement Weekly: Supporting the MA Indigenous Peoples Agenda
Date October 15, 2019 4:30 PM
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For our intro this week, read this message from Adriene in the Allston-Brighton Node on Indigenous Peoples Day:

"As Indigenous Peoples Day (known in the City of Boston as Columbus Day) approaches, I’d like to invite you to consider the intersections of the climate movement and the indigenous rights movement. In order for environmental justice to be truly successful, we must acknowledge how environmental injustice uniquely affects Native peoples with regard to their sovereignty and legal rights.

The Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples Day Coalition is calling for individuals to submit written testimony in support of a statewide Indigenous Peoples Day bill. Renaming/replacing Columbus Day as a holiday helps to dispel the settler colonialist myths about U.S. history and draw attention to current challenges faced by Native communities.

You can find more information and a template HERE ([link removed]) .

For more by Dina Gilio-Whitaker about indigenizing the environmental movement, see this article in High Country News HERE ([link removed]) ."

** Petition on Improving Public Transportation
Public transportation in Massachusetts should be green, affordable, accessible, and reliable for every person in this state because it is a public good. As we fight for climate solutions, we must fight for better public transportation as a cornerstone of a Green New Deal. Sign the petition here. ([link removed])

** Other 350 Mass News

Franklin 2050—The Climate Crisis: Join the 350 Mass Greater Franklin node for a free educational forum on the climate crisis, its challenges, causes, effects and policy implications. More details and RSVP here ([link removed]) . Thu, Oct 17, 7-9 pm, Elks Lodge #2136, 1077 Pond St, Franklin.

Green New Deal Town Hall - Natick: Join local Sunrise and 350 Mass activists to learn about what a Green New Deal would mean for the MetroWest region and state! More details here. ([link removed]) Thu, Oct 17, 7-9pm, Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common St, Natick.

Judith Black at the State House: Listen to North Shore member Judith Black tell a story connecting our community safety to climate change and public health. Thu, Oct 17, 11-11:45am, House Members Lounge, MA State House.

Here Comes The Sun—A Climate Cabaret: Enjoy a fabulous night of theater, music, story, dance and a poem or two to explore the climate crisis and celebrate the work of 350 Mass and other groups. Learn more and buy tickets ([link removed]) . Fri, Nov 15, 7:30-9:30 pm, Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St, Gloucester.

Survey from Municipal Working Group: The MWG supports nodes working to pass climate solutions at the municipal level. Fill out this survey ([link removed]) to support the development of the Municipal Working Group.

Transportation Working Group: The next meeting of the TWG will be Thursday Oct. 17, from 5:45-8pm. Our guest will be Veena Dharmaraj of the Mass. Sierra Club. For more details and to RSVP, please contact

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:
* MassLive: Teachers must understand climate change ([link removed])
* Wicked Local Brookline: Supports proposed bylaw restricting fossil fuels ([link removed])
* Worcester Telegram: We must plan to lower carbon emissions ([link removed])

Want to join the team? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more!

** Other Climate Movement News

Sign a Petition in Support of Massachusetts House Bill 897, An Act Relative to Forest Protection: Sponsored by Representative Susannah Whipps. H. 897 would protect all state conservation land as parks or reserves where forest ecosystems are guided primarily by natural processes. It would fight climate change and enhance public benefits. Learn more and sign the petition here. ([link removed])

Julian Agyeman at Wright-Locke Farm: In his talk, Dr. Agyeman will outline his concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ – the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’ Details and RSVP here. ([link removed]) TOMORROW, Wed, Oct 16, 7:30pm, 82 Ridge St., Winchester.

MA Interfaith Power & Light: MA Interfaith Power & Light is holding its Annual Conference. The featured speakers will be Rep. Jennifer Benson, principal sponsor of An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions, and Professor Roger Gottlieb, the author of Morality and the Environmental Crisis. Thu, Oct 17, 7-9pm, Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St, West Newton.

Blackrock Pass Climate Class: Blackrock is one of the world's biggest investor in coal, oil, and gas. Join Mothers Out Front and allies to get Blackrock CEO Larry Fink to do his homework and lead the clean energy transition. More details here ([link removed]) . Tue, Oct 29, 11:45-12:45am, Blackrock Offices, 60 State Street, Boston.

** Solidarity Opportunities

Write a letter to support an official statewide Indigenous Peoples Day: Find the details to write an original letter to the join committee to support An Act Establishing An Indigenous Peoples Day. Find details here. ([link removed])

Building a Truly Affordable Boston: Join the Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston for an important action tomorrow! More details here. ([link removed]) TOMORROW, Wed, Oct 16, 3-5pm, Boston City Hall Plaza.
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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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Upcoming Node Meetings
All are welcome!

Mon, Oct 28, 6-7:45 pm
Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library
40 Academy Hill Rd

Wed, Oct 16, 6-8 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield

Tue, Oct 22, 7-8:30 pm
First Church in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain

Tue, Oct 15, 6:30-8:30 pm (orientation for new members at 6 pm)
First Church Cambridge
11 Garden St, Cambridge
Cape Cod
Thu, Oct 31, 7-8:30 pm
Sturgis Library
3090 Main St, Barnstable

Greater Franklin
Thu, Oct 17, 7-9 pm
First Universalist Society in Franklin
262 Chestnut St, Franklin

Wed, Oct 16, 7-8:30 pm
Mill No. 5
250 Jackson St, Lowell

Wed, Oct 23, noon-1:30 pm
Unitarian Church
478 Main St, Winchester

Tue, Nov 7, 7-9 pm
First Parish of Sudbury
327 Concord Rd, Sudbury

Tue, Nov 12, 7-8:30 pm
Medford High School, Rm V220
489 Winthrop St, Medford

Tue, Oct 15, 7-9 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton
1326 Washington St, Newton

North Shore
Tue, Nov 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beverly Farms Library
24 Vine St, Beverly

South Coast
Tue, Oct 22, 7-8:30 pm
First Parish Church in Taunton
76 Church Green, Taunton

South Shore
Tue, Oct 15, 7:30-9:30 pm
Old Ship Church Parish House
107 Main St, Hingham

Upper Charles
Mon, Oct 28, 7-9 pm
Sherborn UU
11 Washington St, Sherborn

Sun, Oct 27, 4:15-6 pm
The Residence at Watertown Square
20 Summer St, Watertown

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