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In September, youth and allies shocked the world with a series of mass protests. Millions of people took to the streets in the largest climate actions the world had ever seen. Here in MA, we helped organize and took part in a 10,000 person strike, rally, and march. And this past Saturday, students from Harvard and Yale, with support from Better Future Project's Divest Ed, held a historic disruption of a Harvard-Yale football game.
We've had some remarkable successes, and now it's time to get louder.
As a part of their cycle of escalation, youth and their allies are gearing up for bigger and bolder action. Join us on Friday, Dec. 6 for the next climate strike. ([link removed]) We'll march from Copley to the Common and demand that our politicians take action.
This strike is a stepping stone for bigger action on Earth Day, for the end of the MA legislative cycle (July 31), and the Nov. 2020 election. It's on. Come be a part of this historic moment. ([link removed])
See you in the streets,
** December 6 Boston Climate Strike
It's coming! On Friday, Dec 6, we strike from school and work and continue the 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 ([link removed]) for resources (flyers, toolkits, and more). Contact @ClimateStrikeMA or [email protected] with any questions! RSVP here! ([link removed]) See Facebook ([link removed]) for more details. Fri, Dec 6, 10:30 am, Copley Sq, Boston.
** 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 listing. ([link removed])
The Cut The Chase Challenge Has Begun: JP Morgan Chase is the #1 funder of fossil fuels in the world. We're challenging people to cut their Chase cards. Since the kick-off date Friday, we have 10 new videos (Check out this one ([link removed]) and this one ([link removed]) ). Now it's your turn!
* Search for #CutTheChaseChallenge on social media: Facebook ([link removed]) , Instagram ([link removed]) , Twitter. ([link removed])
* Share and like the videos.
* Grab your pet or friend and make a video (Instructions here ([link removed]) , sign up here ([link removed]) for updates)
* Spread the word! ([link removed])
* Send a letter ([link removed]) to JPMorgan Chase and any of your card's companies after you post
* For more, see the FAQ. (bit.ly/CutChaseFAQ)
Capitalism and the Global Environmental Crisis: Join us for a free panel on global efforts to confront urgent socio-environmental crises, featuring 350 Mass, the Association for India's Development, the Citizens Climate Lobby, the MA Department of Energy Resources, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Wed, Dec 4, 1:30-3:30 pm, Lesley University, University Hall Amphitheater, 2nd Floor, 1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge.
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, 12:30-5:30 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.
Solidarity Working Group—Visioning and Relaunch: Want to raise your skills in talking about the intersectionality of the climate justice movement? Want to increase your engagement? The 350 Mass solidarity working group is for you! Bring your passion for housing, racial, immigrant, and other forms of justice and join us for a fun, interactive working meeting. RSVP here ([link removed]) . Sun, Dec 8, 1:30-4:30 pm, Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham.
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:
* The Cambridge Tab: Much more revenue is needed for public transportation ([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
Support Solar Workers: Last week, a group of construction workers at the NYC solar company Bright Power was fired for organizing to form a union. This would have been one of the first ever unions at a solar company. Supporting workers is an essential part of the Green New Deal. Send a letter to Bright Power's CEO Jeffrey Perlman. ([link removed])
Global Climate Strike Nov 29: Fridays for Future is organizing a climate strike this coming Friday. It's time to start acting for our future. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, so come build the momentum! Learn more here. ([link removed]) 11 am-1 pm, Boston Common between Park St and the State House.
Fund the North American Indian Center of Boston: The MA legislature has voted to fund a sorely-needed $600K renovation of the North American Indian Center of Boston, located on S. Huntington Ave. This crumbling historic building supports the local native population with social and educational services and job training programs. They can't access the money until Gov. Baker signs the bill. Please call him at 617-725-4005 to demand that he sign it now!
Indivisible Conference 2019: We are coming together to jumpstart our activism, expand our toolkits, and catalyze collective change. Join us for engaging workshops, panels, and speakers, as well as opportunities for statewide networking with other activists. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Sat, Dec 7, 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester.
Fix our Upside Down Tax System by Becoming a Trainer: Raise Up Massachusetts will be holding a Train the Trainer for people interested in learning how to facilitate their progressive revenue workshop. Contact Jon ([email protected]) for details. Sat, Dec 7, 11 am-3 pm.
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.
Support the Safe Communities Act: This act's hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is Monday, December 2. Learn more about the act and how to support it ([link removed]) through the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Action coalition, and tell Mass legislators to support immigrant families! ([link removed]) See the Facebook event here. ([link removed]) Mon, Dec 2, 9 am-5 pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
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** About Better Future Project and 350 Mass
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