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Let us introduce ourselves. Hi, we're Climate Courage!
Climate Courage is the direct action wing of 350 Mass. We use street theater, nonviolent civil disobedience, and other creative actions to target the fossil fuel industry and its supporters.
We're part of a nationwide movement ([link removed]) targeting JPMorgan Chase, the world’s leading lender to the fossil fuel industry. We also partner with other direct action groups confronting the climate crisis and ecological breakdown, including specific targets such as the Weymouth compressor station and the coal-burning plant in Bow, NH.
We have several actions planned as we ramp up for a big show on Earth Day. (See the announcement below.) We envision growing these efforts in part through encouraging formation of affinity groups and providing training on design and implementation of direct actions.
Want to join us? Sign up here ([link removed]) and we'll keep you in the loop about future actions and training opportunities.
** Greater Franklin Node Games and Brews Fundraiser
Start the new year off with tasty brews, friends, and climate action! We’re asking for a $25 suggested contribution at the door which gets you a free beer, snacks, and games. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Sun, Jan 26, 6-8 pm, CraftRoots Brewing, 4 Industrial Road, Milford.
** TODAY: People's State of the Climate Rally
Today, Governor Baker will deliver his State of the State address in the House Gallery beginning at 7 pm. Mass Power Forward and Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station call for everyone to join us in The People's State of the Climate Rally! Bring your signs, songs, chants, banners, flashlights, battery candles, and words to let Governor Baker know that all is NOT well when it comes to climate. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Today, Jan 21, 7 pm, Massachusetts State House steps.
** Other 350 Mass News
TODAY—Roadmap Lobby Day: January is the critical month for the Roadmap bill (H.3983), the state's commitment and plan to achieve net zero emissions. The bill is in the House Ways and Means Committee and needs to be reported out favorably by the end of the month for a vote by the full House. Join us at the State House to lobby key representatives! Join us at 1 pm in Room 437 at the State House for training, assignments, and handouts. At 2 pm we break into teams for lobbying.
Transportation Working Group Meeting: The Transportation Working Group will meet next week with pizza in Cambridge. Our guest will be Jon Wishnie, Better Future Project's Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer. For more information, please email Jo ([link removed]) hn Macdougall (mailto:[email protected]) . Thu, Jan 23, 5:45-8 pm.
Action against Chase Bank: Chase Bank is the world’s leading lender to the fossil fuel industry. Join a lively street protest outside the Chase Bank branch in Jamaica Plain, organized by Climate Courage and partnering with allies. See details and sign up here. ([link removed]) Sat, Jan 25, 701 Centre St, Boston, 10 am-noon.
Scaling Up Energy Democracy: How can we rapidly transition away from fossil fuel energy while increasing democratic control of the energy grid? Larry Rosenberg, an activist with Elders Climate Action and 350 Massachusetts, will talk about what we need to to make 100% renewable energy possible. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Wed, Jan 29, 7-8:30 pm, Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.
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 today, and be 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.
Screen FRRACS' Documentary In Your 350 Mass Node: Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) has made a documentary about their movement to stop Enbridge (here is the trailer ([link removed]) ). We want to screen the documentary far and wide across the state (our goal is a screening in EVERY community we're active in!). Sign up here if you’re interested in hosting a screening. ([link removed]) Also, enjoy a new video about the Weymouth Compressor Station, Governor Baker's Toxic Legacy.
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:
* WBUR Cognescenti: We are all Australians ([link removed])
* Cape Cod Times: Support a candidate who will take climate change seriously ([link removed])
* The Boston Globe: Yes to free bus service ([link removed])
Want to join the team? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more!
** Other Better Future Project News
Calling All Librarians: Last September, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) helped Massachusetts librarians offer over 90 programs as part of the annual Climate Preparedness Week. If your library participated in Climate Preparedness Week—or even if it didn’t—read here to find out more about how you can incorporate climate resilience programming! ([link removed])
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])
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])
** Other Climate Movement News
Strength in the Struggle—Renewing Spirits for the Work of Climate Justice: In cooperation with Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS), local faith leaders invite interfaith colleagues, members of faith and spiritual communities, and all people of good will to a public spiritual witness for climate justice. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Mon, Jan 27, 10 am-12:30 pm, Quincy Point Congregational Church, 444 Washington St, Quincy.
Webinar—Affordable Housing as a Climate Solution: Are you interested in learning from experts about why sustainable housing is a key part of the climate solution? Join this webinar, the third of a four-part series hosted by MCAN, LISC, and the Smart Growth Alliance. Learn more and RSVP here. ([link removed]) Tue, Jan 28, 7-8 pm.
Visions of Justice Forum: Come to this second annual forum of speakers, visual arts, music, and conversation on social justice issues. This year’s program focuses on the disproportionate impact of environmental changes on marginalized communities. Speakers include Sonja Spears of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Susan Church at Demissie & Church, and Craig Altemose of Better Future Project. Sat, Feb 8 (snow date Mar 7), 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Area Church (UUAC), 11 Washington St, Sherborn.
Climate Change—A Course for Everyone: This free and open course is intended to promote climate change education, resilience, and action. We'll examine the basic science of climate change, its local and global impacts, and strategies for preventing its worst outcomes while preparing for those we can no longer avoid. Learn more here ([link removed] ) and see a live stream here. ([link removed]) Ongoing through Wed, April 8, 6-8 pm, Northeastern, 40 Leon St, Boston.
Support Corporate Fair Share: After years of underinvestment, Massachusetts’ transportation systems are at a crisis point. We need significant new revenue for investment in transportation. At the same time, far too many large corporations pay only minimal taxes here by exploiting loopholes, tax breaks, and offshore tax havens. Ask your legislator to support corporate fair share! ([link removed])
Support the MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda: There are five bills in the 2019-2021 legislative session that would benefit Indigenous Peoples. Learn more about the Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples Legislative Agenda here ([link removed]) and support it here. ([link removed])
Safe Communities Act Hearing: It's past time people in Massachusetts stand up and say loud and clear: Immigrants are welcome here. The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hold a public hearing on the Safe Communities Act. You're free to testify, but even if you don't, you make an impact with your presence. RSVP here ([link removed]) and see the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Fri, Jan 24, 11 am, Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
No War on Iran! U.S. Troops Out! Global Day of Protest: The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war that could engulf the whole region and turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences. It's time to demand clearly: no war on Iran and U.S. troops out of the Middle East! See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Sat, Jan 25, 1-3 pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
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** About Better Future Project and 350 Mass
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Unitarian Universalist Church
175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
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First Church in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain
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First Church Cambridge
11 Garden St, Cambridge
Thu, Feb 13, 7-8:30 pm
3090 Main St, Barnstable
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Westwood Public Library
660 High St, Westwood
Special Event: Games and Brews Fundraiser
Sun, Jan 26, 6-8 pm
CraftRoots Brewing, 4 Industrial Rd, Milford
Node Meeting: Thu, Feb 6, 7-9 pm
First Universalist Society in Franklin
262 Chestnut St, Franklin
Wed, Jan 22, 7-8:30 pm
Mill No. 5
250 Jackson St, Lowell
Wed, Jan 22, noon-1:30 pm
478 Main St, Winchester
Tue, Feb 6, 7-9 pm
Peace Lutheran Church
107 Concord Rd, Weyland
Wed, Jan 22, 7-8:30 pm
Medford High School, Rm V220
489 Winthrop St, Medford
Tue, Jan 21, 7-9 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton
1326 Washington St, Newton
Tue, Feb 4, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beverly Farms Library
24 Vine St, Beverly
Tue, Jan 28, 7-8:30 pm
First Parish Church in Taunton
76 Church Green, Taunton
Tue, Jan 21, 7:30-9 pm
Old Ship Church Parish House
107 Main St, Hingham
Mon, Jan 27, 7-9 pm
11 Washington St, Sherborn
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The Residence at Watertown Square
20 Summer St, Watertown
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