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04/24/19

Climate Action Now MA

Click into the link to read Climate Justice Alliance perspective on the Green New Deal and report from the first stop on the Sunrise Road to Green New Deal Tour in Boston. Don't miss the full interview with Reverend Mariama White-Hammond by Anthony Rogers-Wright of Climate Justice Alliance.

This is important perspective to read about the Green New Deal. "A key theme evoked throughout the discussion was the need for a Green New Deal to include concerted equity goals. This point was compounded by a segment led by local frontline youth who shared some of these initiatives with the audience including a call for “Greater racial and economic equity,” that would “ensure disproportionate benefits of a Green New Deal would go to the working-class families and communities of color that have endured disproportionate economic and environmental hazards for decades.” Reverend Mariama elaborated on this point by sharing with participants a troubling history of the allocation of environmental benefits, like subsidies for solar, to majority white/affluent communities. She explained, “Massachusetts may be great on solar, but not in communities of color. All the subsidized solar is going to majority-white communities like Northampton and Wellesley – we need to talk about this and why communities of color can’t get subsidized solar.”"

Some of you may remember the Rev, White-Hammond at the powerful & inspirational Interfaith Climate Service in Northampton a couple of years ago.

Climate Justice Alliance
Who's gonna bear the cost? Why do some communities always get the polluting facilities? Why do some communities never get the benefits of some of those subsidies that come out? Watch the interview with Rev. Mariama White-Hammond & read about the Boston #GreenNewDeal town hall: https://climatejusticealliance.org/green-new-deal-townhall-women-color-leading-way/ Institute for Policy Studies, The Jamaica Plain Forum, Climate Justice Alliance, Cooperation Jackson, NC Climate Justice Collective, Alternatives for Community and Environment, California Environmental Justice Alliance
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Saturday April 27 Northampton
Come on out to a Pete Seeger Singalong concert with 

Featuring:
Emma’s Revolution
Sally Rogers, Charlie King
Annie Patterson & Peter Blood
(Creators of Rise Up Singing & Rise Again)

for info & to order tickets:  www.riseupandsing.org/events

April 27th 7pm Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence
220 Main Street

A big thank you to Peter Blood and Annie Patterson for organizing this fabulous Singalong concert to benefit Climate Action Now!

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EARTH DAY TODAY.

Honor the earth, and the actions we will take to protect our life systems.
EARTH DAY TODAY.

Honor the earth, and the actions we will take to protect our life systems.

 

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Good article to read after watching this: https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-catastrophe-green-new-deal-democracy-revolution/

We really REALLY need you this week, if only for ONE crucial call!

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REP. THIS WEEK asking that they 1) vote for Amendment #1357 to H.3800 (House Budget), and 2) stand for a roll call vote on Monday April 22.
We can act now to raise $1 billion in new revenue per year by passing Amendment #1357 to the House Budget (H.3800), filed by Rep. Mike Connolly.

*Massachusetts has seen one of the largest tax decreases of any state over the past 40 years

*High-income households pay a smaller share of their income in taxes every year than low-income households

*MA systematically underfunds public education, public transportation & infrastructure programs

*This Budget Amendment #1357, will raise taxes on Long Term Capital gains from 5.05% to 8.95%.

*80% of all capital gains are earned by the top 1% of income earners.

*Only 3% of capital gains go to the bottom 80% of income earners. Even so, the amendment includes exemptions for low-income earners to ensure they aren't burdened by the tax.

*More information on the issue:https://www.actonmass.org/blog/budget-amendment

(If your Rep is on this list, call them to thank them for co-sponsoring but ask them to stand for roll call vote on 4/22)

Mike Connolly of Cambridge
Nika Elugardo of Boston
Tami Gouveia of Acton
Maria Robinson of Framingham
Jonathan Hecht of Watertown
Denise Provost of Somerville
Lindsay Sabadosa of Northampton
Jay Livingstone of Boston
Carmine Gentile of Sudbury
Patrick Kearney of Scituate
Chris Hendricks of New Bedford
Christine Barber of Somerville
Sean Garballey of Arlington
Peter Capano of Lynn
Michelle DuBois of Brockton
Jim Hawkins of Attleboro
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We really REALLY need you this week, if only for ONE crucial call!  

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REP. THIS WEEK asking that they 1) vote for Amendment #1357 to H.3800 (House Budget), and 2) stand for a roll call vote on Monday April 22.
We can act now to raise $1 billion in new revenue per year by passing Amendment #1357 to the House Budget (H.3800), filed by Rep. Mike Connolly.

*Massachusetts has seen one of the largest tax decreases of any state over the past 40 years

*High-income households pay a smaller share of their income in taxes every year than low-income households

*MA systematically underfunds public education, public transportation & infrastructure programs

*This Budget Amendment #1357, will raise taxes on Long Term Capital gains from 5.05% to 8.95%. 

*80% of all capital gains are earned by the top 1% of income earners. 

*Only 3% of capital gains go to the bottom 80% of income earners. Even so, the amendment includes exemptions for low-income earners to ensure they arent burdened by the tax. 

*More information on the issue:https://www.actonmass.org/blog/budget-amendment

(If your Rep is on this list, call them to thank them for co-sponsoring but ask them to stand for roll call vote on 4/22)

Mike Connolly of Cambridge 
Nika Elugardo of Boston 
Tami Gouveia of Acton 
Maria Robinson of Framingham 
Jonathan Hecht of Watertown 
Denise Provost of Somerville 
Lindsay Sabadosa of Northampton 
Jay Livingstone of Boston 
Carmine Gentile of Sudbury 
Patrick Kearney of Scituate 
Chris Hendricks of New Bedford 
Christine Barber of Somerville 
Sean Garballey of Arlington 
Peter Capano of Lynn 
Michelle DuBois of Brockton 
Jim Hawkins of Attleboro

04/08/19

Climate Action Now MA

Solar Panel manufacturing vs more boutique hotels and shoppes in Brooklyn...
Industry City: A Green New Deal Vs. Gentrification in Sunset Park

This story shows the reason that the Green New Deal policy writers and advocates must listen to frontline groups. UPROSE has been organizing in Brooklyn for decades.

"For UPROSE executive director Elizabeth Yeampierre, the cost is in lost opportunities.

“We would like to see some environmental amenities and some efforts to address the climate needs of our region and our community,” she told The Indypendent. “We’re living in the age of climate change. Development can’t look like what it’s looked like for our entire lives.”

Investing in sustainable energy and carbon-neutral infrastructure now can pave a smoother transition to a greener tomorrow. But, if climate action on the scale of a Green New Deal is delayed, locals fear that Sunset Park will be battered again by surging storm waters, as it was six years ago during Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s really sad to look at New York City and to think that there aren’t hubs for working-class people to work and build for this climate future,” Yeampierre said. “If there’s a million and a half square feet, I think there is something that can be done with that.”"Industry City: A Green New Deal Vs. Gentrification in Sunset Park: https://indypendent.org/2019/04/industry-city-a-green-new-deal-vs-gentrification-in-sunset-park/
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Solar Panel manufacturing vs more boutique hotels and shoppes in Brooklyn...
Industry City: A Green New Deal Vs. Gentrification in Sunset Park

This story shows the reason that the Green New Deal policy writers and advocates must listen to frontline groups. UPROSE has been organizing in Brooklyn for decades. 

For UPROSE executive director Elizabeth Yeampierre, the cost is in lost opportunities.

“We would like to see some environmental amenities and some efforts to address the climate needs of our region and our community,” she told The Indypendent. “We’re living in the age of climate change. Development can’t look like what it’s looked like for our entire lives.”

Investing in sustainable energy and carbon-neutral infrastructure now can pave a smoother transition to a greener tomorrow. But, if climate action on the scale of a Green New Deal is delayed, locals fear that Sunset Park will be battered again by surging storm waters, as it was six years ago during Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s really sad to look at New York City and to think that there aren’t hubs for working-class people to work and build for this climate future,” Yeampierre said. “If there’s a million and a half square feet, I think there is something that can be done with that.”

 

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Just for your info.......https://principia-scientific.org/solar-panels-generate-300-times-more-toxic-waste-than-nuclear-reactors/

ROAD TO A GREEN NEW DEAL.

This is the biggest project yet by the movement for a Green New Deal!
Sunrise Movement Tour and Town Halls.

April 18 Boston - Kickoff event of the Road to a GND Tour
April 22 Northampton - Forum - 6 pm High School

The Koch Brothers and their allies are terrified. They know we’re powerful and that the Green New Deal could successfully unite this country against them. Their think thanks are spreading lies. Their PR machine is in full swing. Their cronies in DC are parroting their talking points from the halls of Congress. They’re desperate to erode the incredible, bipartisan support that poll after poll shows for the Green New Deal.

If we don’t do something big this spring, their plan could work. After all, we’ve seen them use this same playbook for decades to stop action on climate, with devastating success.

These next few months will be crucial to combat their lies by getting the word out about how the Green New Deal will protect communities across the country from the worsening impacts of climate change, and boost our economy.

We can win this fight if thousands of people step up and take their message directly to their neighbors and communities. That’s what catapulted the Green New Deal to the top of the national agenda in just a few months, even when pundits said there was no way we could do it.

We can do it again, but we need people like you to help us. Showing up and speaking up to contribute to this vision this spring and summer is really crucial.

Northampton Forum: free
https://www.facebook.com/events/427850894686936/

Sunrise Boston event- get tickets here https://www.facebook.com/events/275065236752423/

Congressman Jim McGovern Jo Comerford David Narkewicz Clare Higgins Sunrise Movement Boston Sunrise Northampton Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley
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ROAD TO A GREEN NEW DEAL.

This is the biggest project yet by the movement for a  Green New Deal!
Sunrise Movement Tour and Town Halls.  

April 18   Boston - Kickoff event of the Road to a GND Tour 
April 22   Northampton - Forum  - 6 pm High School

The Koch Brothers and their allies are terrified. They know we’re powerful and that the Green New Deal could successfully unite this country against them. Their think thanks are spreading lies. Their PR machine is in full swing. Their cronies in DC are parroting their talking points from the halls of Congress. They’re desperate to erode the incredible, bipartisan support that poll after poll shows for the Green New Deal.

If we don’t do something big this spring, their plan could work. After all, we’ve seen them use this same playbook for decades to stop action on climate, with devastating success.

These next few months will be crucial to combat their lies by getting the word out about how the Green New Deal will protect communities across the country from the worsening impacts of climate change, and boost our economy.

We can win this fight if thousands of people step up and take their message directly to their neighbors and communities. That’s what catapulted the Green New Deal to the top of the national agenda in just a few months, even when pundits said there was no way we could do it.

We can do it again, but we need people like you to help us. Showing up and speaking up to contribute to this vision this spring and summer is really crucial.

Northampton Forum: free 
https://www.facebook.com/events/427850894686936/

Sunrise Boston event- get tickets here https://www.facebook.com/events/275065236752423/

Congressman Jim McGovern Jo Comerford David Narkewicz Clare Higgins Sunrise Movement Boston Sunrise Northampton Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley

 

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Boston event https://www.facebook.com/events/275065236752423/

Northampton event. * US Congressman James McGovern * State Senator Jo Comerford, * Mayor David Narkewicz * Community Action Pioneer Valley Director Clare Higgins Northampton High School Auditorium 6 pm - 7:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/427850894686936/

All the people in this graphic should be standing or showing a strong arm. Everyone is needed.

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