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Last week, the Office of Coastal Zone Management approved the final permit ([link removed]) for the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station. It was just another action in a corrupt Baker administration that works for the fossil fuel industry rather than its constituents.
But the fight is not over. Tomorrow, Enbridge, the fossil fuel giant building the compressor station, is a lead sponsors of a fossil fuel industry conference in the Boston Seaport Hotel.
We must show up and let them know that they can't get away with building the compressor station. 350 Mass members will be picketing the conference from 12-3pm tomorrow, Wednesday Nov. 20. Can you join us? Email [email protected] to RSVP.
If you cant make it at those times, join our allies and other activists to picket during the day on Nov. 20 and 21. See Facebook for more details ([link removed]) .
See you in the streets,
** Report from a Successful Mass Power Forward Lobby Day
Last Thursday, we headed to the State House to demand that our senators follow through on their promise to take bold climate action. We demanded environmental justice, a switch to 100% renewable energy, and equitable investment in green infrastructure. Because of our actions, the senators pledged to take action by the end of January 2020! Thanks to everyone who attended, talked to their representatives, and showed that our movement has remarkable people power.
Join the Clean Energy Caucus tomorrow at 11am in the State House Library for a press conference to continue the push for bold climate action!
** Get Ready: December 6 Boston Climate Strike
It's coming! On Dec 6, we strike from school and work to fight for climate justice. Join us to stand for a Massachusetts Green New Deal and an end to the climate emergency! For up to date information, check out @climatestrikeMA on Instagram and Twitter. See here (linktr.ee/bostonclimatestrike) for resources (flyers, toolkits, and more). Contact @ClimateStrikeMA or [email protected] with any questions!
** Other 350 Mass News
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 description ([link removed]) , and please share!
Clean Energy Caucus Press Conference: The Clean-Energy Caucus Co-Chairs, Sen. Eldridge and Rep.e Maria Robinson, Boston Climate Strikers, Sunrise Boston, and 350 Mass will call for the urgent implementation of climate policy by the state legislature in early 2020. TOMORROW, Wed, Nov. 20, 11am, MA State House Library, 14 Beacon St, Boston.
Metro North Node Drawdown Event: How can we reverse global warming and achieve a prosperous world? Join the Metro North node and others to find out! TOMORROW, Wed, Nov 20, 7:30-9 pm, Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St, Winchester.
Transportation Working Group Meeting: The next Transportation Working group meeting will be a call-in meeting Nov 25, 7-8 pm. All are welcome. For more details, e-mail [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
Racial and Climate Justice Training: Sunrise and 350 Mass are running a racial and climate justice training as part of our efforts to improve our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The training is for everybody and it'll be a great time! Register here ([link removed]) and see the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Sat, Dec 7, 12:30 pm-5:30 pm, Boston University, Stone Science Building room STO 453, 675 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
Playing for the Planet—World Music for Climate Change: Hear master musicians from three different musical traditions, including the cross-cultural violin master Beth Bahia Cohen, the Hindustani singing of Warren Senders, and the jazz improvisations of Stan Strickland and Josh Rosen. Proceeds benefit 350 Mass. See the Facebook event ([link removed]) and get tickets here. ([link removed]) Sat, Dec 7, 7-10:30 pm, Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston.
Survey from the 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.
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:
* Boston Globe: Kennedy’s absence at climate forum puts Markey’s record in bold relief ([link removed])
* The Providence Journal: Cranston’s progressive approach to energy is a winner ([link removed])
* The Herald News: The "small stuff" can create the right mindset on global warming ([link removed])
Want to join the team? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more!
** Other Climate Movement News
Paris To Pittsburgh Screening and talk with the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond: See a National Geographic documentary that celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions to climate change. Plus, hear from Mariama White-Hammond, a pastor, activist, artist, and facilitator working to build social movements in a way that's strategic, simple, grounded, and fun. Register here ([link removed]) . Tue, Nov 19, 6:30-9:30 pm, Moter Brook Arts & Community Center, 123 High St, Dedham.
Fossil Fuel Conference Standout: On November 20 & 21 there will be a fossil fuel industry conference held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Join FRRACS and others for a peaceful protest. RSVP here ([link removed]) . Wed/Thu, Nov. 19/20, noon-7:30 pm, Seaport Hotel, Boston.
Megadams Equals Megadamage: The Massachusetts Sierra Club Chapter is co-sponsoring the third annual Megadams equals Megadamage Northeast US Tour of First Nation community members. Hear about the years-long struggle to protect their land and waters from destructive Canadian hydropower. The Megadams Tour will dispel the myth that Canadian hydropower is renewable and clean. RSVP here. ([link removed]) Thu, Nov 21, 6 pm, 50 Federal St, Boston.
It's Time for Corporations to Pay Their Fair Share! Ask if Your Legislator Agrees: Big business lobbyists are pushing legislators to pass regressive taxes and fees that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income people. Contact your legislator ([link removed]) by phone or email and voice your opposition to regressive revenue and voice your support for corporations paying their fair share.
Faith Communities for a Solidarity Economy: Boston Ujima Project is growing a network of faith organizations that will build the solidarity economy in Boston. Learn how faith communities can be a part of this project for racial and economic justice. RSVP here ([link removed]) . Thu, Nov 21, 6-8 pm, JPCH, 65 Cornwall St, Boston.
UPDATED—Support the Safe Communities Act: We have a date for this act's hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security: Monday, December 2. Learn more about the act and how to support it ([link removed]) through MIRA, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Action coalition, and click here to tell Mass legislators to support immigrant families! ([link removed]) See the Facebook event here. ([link removed]) Mon, Dec 2, 9 am-5pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
Unmasking Fidelity: Fidelity Charitable, through their Donor-Advised Fund, approves financial support to groups that promote anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBTQ+ views and practices. Sign a petition ([link removed]) to demand that Fidelity Charitable adopt a moral clause that filters out groups who are involved in organized bigotry.
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** About Better Future Project and 350 Mass
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