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For Climate Action Now  BUSES TO DC for April 29 People’s climate march: gotoclimatemarch.org

Western MA Climate March April 29 in Springfield:  here
Facebook event for April 29 Western Mass Climate Justice March: here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to DC?  A Western MA contingent is marching in the Reshapers of Power (350.org, Renewable energy, fossil fuel resistance). This marching bloc is at the corner of 3rd and Jefferson, in front of the Museum of the American Indian. 20 of us will be carrying orange disks and white pinwheels (solar & wind) on tall poles, so you can find us under those  you want to meet up. Thanks, art build people, especially Robin M, for coming together to make these! We had fun. We have an equal number of these going to the Western MA Springfield sister march.
CAN person Dineen ORourke is on the way along with the rest of the #ourownsteam group from Western MA!  Were so proud to know you. See you in DC, ourownstreamers!

Climate Action Now MA shared their event.

ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, in Greenfield. Even our Attorney General has spoken out about this - now it's our turn.
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Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

April 26, 2017, 7:00pm

Greenfield Middle

Join Public Opposition to the Eversource Rate Hike Request! Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers. Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve: A 10% rate increase for residential customers in western Mass Increased investor profits to a guaranteed 10.5% (exceeding the average) Imposition of confusing demand charges on unsuspecting consumers and new fixed charges on households with solar panels What can you do? Attend a DPU hearing on the rate hike request Greenfield, Wednesday, April 26 – 7 pm, Greenfield Middle School Auditorium You can sign up to speak or simply attend to show your opposition. No signs allowed in the hearing room but T-shirts or buttons with messages are fine. Write to the DPU One easy way to send your comments to the DPU – actionnetwork.org/letters/eversources-anti-solar-rate-hike-is-absurd Please personalize the letter with your own words. Or send a letter to the Hearing Officer, Tassone@state.ma.us You must include the docket number (17-05), your name, a brief description in the subject line (eg Comment on Eversource rate hike request). Some talking points: I oppose the Eversource rate increase request because it asks for: Unjustified rate increases that will be hard on our families and businesses New charges to residents with solar panels that will slow the vital uptake of new solar installations Excessive profit for the companies and their stock holders with no assurance of the company meeting our clean energy and energy efficiency goals For more talking points go to this document.

Electricity Rate Hike Hearing

04/25/17

Climate Action Now MA shared Arise for Social Justice's event.

Springfield residents... you can attend this important meeting, then march with us right after the meeting.
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Springfield City-Wide CARP Community Meeting

April 29, 2017, 1:00pm

Public Library - Central

Free food, childcare, and spanish language translation will be provided! Climate Change and pollution are affecting our community, bringing hotter summers, wetter winters, increased risks of violent storms, and threats to our public health such as increased asthma rates. The City of Springfield is doing something about that: writing a Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. This plan of action will better prepare and protect our neighborhoods from the effects of climate change, lay out steps to bring down pollution across our city, and ensure climate justice by making sure communities that have been most impacted by pollution and climate change benefit from the plan. To do this, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Come out to learn more about the plan, and tell us what you think should be included in it to improve the environment in your neighborhood. We want to hear from you to make this the best plan of action it can be! To recieve more information or to recieve updates on the meeting, you can also register online here: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edz83ubo2be6e89c&llr=y7eiokcab&showPage=true

Springfield City-Wide CARP Community Meeting

04/24/17

Community bike caravan from Northampton to Holyoke to Springfield march start point! Thank you to organizer Kelly Silliman, founder of the tinydance project.
Join us, rain or shine, on a group bike ride to the Western Mass Climate Justice March in Springfield, MA
* Northampton: Meet at Pulaski Park in Northampton at noon for a 12:15 departure.
*Holyoke: Meet at McNulty Park in Holyoke at 1:00 for a 1:15 departure.
This is a community ride and will be timed accordingly (not too fast, not too slow, see map for approximate timing details). Riders should be prepared to handle any en route repairs themselves. Signs and banners are very welcome. We will be following all road rules (sharing the road, signaling, obeying lights and stop signs, etc). Please wear helmets. We will bike rain or shine unless there is thunder/lightening.
Contact Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project with any questions via email (ksilliman@gmail.com) or the website (www.tinydanceproject.com).

Climate Action Now MA shared their event.

Our monthly gathering in Northampton, tonight 💥
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

April 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering - April 24 - Local Premiere of a New Short Film The River Cried “Mni W’ Coni” by Jehann El-Bisi With Art Desmarais -April 29 Actions for Climate, Jobs and Justice -Statewide Legislative Campaigns -Resisting Kinder Morgan -Food Justice & Sustainable Farming and more! ** We are all in this together-everyone is welcome and needed! New Short Film The River Cried “Mni W’ Coni” by Jehann El-Bisi With Art Desmarais: Service and Solidarity in Standing Rock… a personal account documenting three trips to Standing Rock and an invitation to act for environmental justice and solidarity. Edited by Robbie Lepzer This Monday, April 24, 2017 7 to 9 PM Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA Handicap accessible and on a bus line Photo: Jehann El-Bisi We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us! Handicap accessible and on a bus line Everyone is warmly welcomed!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

04/24/17

Climate Action Now MA shared People's Climate Movement's video.

People's Climate Movement
Get on the bus to DC!! NEW - we have added a bus from Amherst - round-trip price is $35 or$15 for student/low income! We also have a handful of seats left for the Northampton bus. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Get on the climate action bus... April 29 is going to be a good day. For our buses, please see gotoclimatemarch.org, where you can sign up and pay for your ticket.

AMHERST AND HOLYOKE BUS
Tickets are available for a heavily-subsidized bus starting in Amherst and stopping in Holyoke. The bus will depart Amherst Center at 11:45 PM and Holyoke Shopping Center (Kmart Plaza), 2201-2211 Northampton St around 12:15 AM, and arrive in DC by 9:00 AM. It will depart DC around 6:00 PM, and will return home around 2 AM. The bus does not have a bathroom, but will stop at a rest area every two hours. (Note: the Amherst buses from UMass and Hampshire College are full.)

NORTHAMPTON BUSES
Tickets for the Northampton buses will be $65 dollars, plus merchant fees. Scholarships are available; no one will be turned away for want of means. Northampton buses will depart Sheldon Field around 12:00 AM and the Round House Lot around 12:15 AM, and arrive in DC by 9:00 AM. They will depart DC around 6:00 PM, and will return home around 2 AM. Long-term parking is available in Sheldon Field. These buses do have a restroom. Buses will stop at a rest area every two hours.
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On April 29th, we're going to take to the streets of DC surrounding the White House to make it clear that the resistance isn't going anywhere. Are you in? #ClimateMarch Get yourself to the march: www.peoplesclimate.org/find-a-bus/

04/23/17

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

April 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering - April 24 - Local Premiere of a New Short Film The River Cried “Mni W’ Coni” by Jehann El-Bisi With Art Desmarais -April 29 Actions for Climate, Jobs and Justice -Statewide Legislative Campaigns -Resisting Kinder Morgan -Food Justice & Sustainable Farming and more! ** We are all in this together-everyone is welcome and needed! New Short Film The River Cried “Mni W’ Coni” by Jehann El-Bisi With Art Desmarais: Service and Solidarity in Standing Rock… a personal account documenting three trips to Standing Rock and an invitation to act for environmental justice and solidarity. Edited by Robbie Lepzer This Monday, April 24, 2017 7 to 9 PM Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA Handicap accessible and on a bus line Photo: Jehann El-Bisi We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us! Handicap accessible and on a bus line Everyone is warmly welcomed!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

04/21/17

Climate Action Now MA shared Stephanie Ciccarello's event.

Climate Action Now will be there with an orange canopy - come and say hi! We'll have info on the climate marches in DC and Springfield next week (we still have seats available on the bus to DC!) , our legislative work, 12-point plan and more.
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8th Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival

April 22, 2017, 10:00am

Amherst Town Common

FREE educational AND fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of entertainment, local vendors, information on how to live a more environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle, exhibits, face painting, Orbitron rides and MORE!!

8th Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival

04/21/17

Bridge To Nowhere Action alert! Wednesday in Shelburne falls. Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/119492241932166/

Carbon Pricing meeting to move forward state-level carbon pricing legislation tomorrow at Panera's in Hadley. 9am. ... See MoreSee Less

04/17/17

CAN Legislative Team meets tonight, Monday 4/17.
7pm at the Unitarian Meeting House in downtown Amherst.

The first half hour will cover some legislative basics.

Tonight we will introduce everyone to the new feature on the Mass Legislature website that allows people to follow bills and divide up responsibility for following our CAN endorsed bills.

Other topics for tonight:

Preparation of testimony for upcoming hearings
Preparation for regular lobbying efforts
Upcoming Northampton city council resolutions
Updates on all our campaigns.
and more!
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04/17/17

April 29, Mobilize to protest climate inaction. Stand up and be counted, because people in DC are counting.  Get on the CAN  bus to Washington, DC, or add your body to a sister march. Our children are watching us.

Climate Action Now MA published a note.

APRIL 29. Western MA March for Climate Justice in Springfield.
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04/12/17

Our own  Dick Stein talking about fair carbon pollution fee & rebate at the recent conversations with legislators tour.

Climate Action Now MA shared Steve Kulik's photo.

A note from Representative Kulik, proving your letters, calls and tweets matter! " Since the legislative session began on January 3rd, I have received more calls, emails, tweets, letters and postcards about climate change than about any other issue." GO PEOPLE! This issue is gaining momentum (in the nick of time...) KEEP IT UP! Thank you Steve Kulik for the encouragement.
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Pictured here are some of the letters I have received in the past few months from constituents regarding climate change. Since the legislative session began on January 3rd, I have received more calls, emails, tweets, letters and postcards about climate change than about any other issue. I want to provide an update on some of the bills that have been filed in Massachusetts to address climate change, as well as the efforts I have undertaken and the role that the citizens of the Commonwealth can play in this process. The Trump administration presents a significant problem for environmentalists. With climate change deniers leading important environmental and energy committees at the federal level, it is imperative that Massachusetts redouble its efforts to enact policies that promote green energy investment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Experience has taught me that the public is well ahead of the legislature in terms of what they want to see us do on climate change, and in this current session we have tried to take cues from our constituents. When the legislative session began in January, my colleagues in the House and Senate filed many bills to promote sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. Some notable bills include a carbon pricing bill filed by Representative Jen Benson, a bill to divest the state’s pension fund from holdings in fossil fuel companies filed by Representative Marjorie Decker, and a bill to transition Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy by 2050 filed by Representative Sean Garballey. I co-sponsored all of these bills, as well as many others that pertain to protecting the environment. Passing these pieces of legislation will be a necessary step towards ensuring that Massachusetts complies with the Global Warming Solutions Act, which mandated that Massachusetts reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 80% from the 1990 level by 2050. In addition to co-sponsoring bills filed by my colleagues, I also filed numerous bills that promote sustainability in the Commonwealth. The bills I filed, if passed, would establish protections for old growth forests, create additional incentives towards donating land for conservation purposes, and create a program to provide financing to residential property owners for renewable energy improvements. Additionally, I filed a bill that was co-sponsored by over 70 of my colleagues to reform the Department of Public Utilities, and in doing so implement additional safeguards against the construction of unnecessary natural gas pipelines in the Commonwealth. You can find a complete list of the bills that I filed and co-sponsored on my legislator webpage. All of these bills have now been assigned to Joint Committees to be read and amended. Over the coming months, each of these bills will be called for hearings in their respective committees, and the ones that successfully navigate the committee process will reach the floor of the House or Senate for a vote. I have met with organizations like the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), Climate Action Now MA, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and many others to discuss how best to get environmental legislation through the committee process and passed into law. I also encourage constituents who are so inclined to create a MyLegislature account on MALegislature.gov. This tool allows constituents to track bills, and then be notified in advance of committee hearings on those bills, which are open to the public for testimony. Last year in Western Massachusetts, we were able to defeat the Northeast Direct Pipeline. It was probably the biggest citizen engagement that I have seen in 30 years. People of all political stripes, and all ages, got involved at the grassroots level to demonstrate that this pipeline was not beneficial to the Commonwealth or its people. More recently, and specifically since the presidential election in November, I have again seen increased citizen engagement as individuals from all across the Commonwealth have contacted me to express their concern about the threats facing Massachusetts. While climate change is certainly a grave threat, it is one that the Massachusetts legislature is well aware of and well suited to combat. My colleagues and I remain committed to making Massachusetts a leader in protecting the environment and promoting green energy. We have filed many bills to that effect. With your support, we will pass bills that will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, create a robust and growing green energy economy in Massachusetts, and demonstrate to the rest of the country what the way forward in the fight against climate change looks like.

04/07/17

A note from Representative Kulik, proving your letters, calls and tweets matter!   Since the legislative session began on January 3rd, I have received more calls, emails, tweets, letters and postcards about climate change than about any other issue.  GO PEOPLE!  This issue is gaining momentum (in the nick of time...) KEEP IT UP!  Thank you Steve Kulik for the encouragement.

Climate Action Now MA shared MassDivest Coalition's event.

A little street theater! It's time for any and all tactics.
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Billionaires Bash! "Celebrate" PRIM Support for Trump's Agenda!

May 16, 2017, 10:30am

MA PENSION FUND (PRIM) OFFICE 84 STATE STREET, BOSTON

Push Back Against Trump and Tillerson! JOIN THE BILLIONAIRES BASH! A Satirical "Celebration" of the MA Pension Fund's Continued Investment in and Complicity with Fossil Fuel Companies that are Disrupting the Climate (Part of the May 2107 Global Divestment Mobilization) WHEN: 10:30 AM, MAY 16, 2017 WHERE: AT THE MA PENSION FUND (PRIM) OFFICE 84 STATE STREET, BOSTON SPEAKERS/GUESTS: DIVESTMENT BILL SPONSOR, MARJORIE DECKER; FOSSIL FUEL FREE INVESTMENT EXPERT BOB MASSIE; THE SECOND LINE SOCIAL AID AND PLEASURE SOCIETY BRASS BAND PRIM is the board that manages the Massachusetts pension fund. Just like Donald Trump they have billions of dollars and they love investing in fossil fuels! As billionaires, we think that's great so we're throwing a party to celebrate it: Billionaires Bash #PRIM4Trump! We will be billionaires and fossil fuel executives dancing as the world burns! Wear your best tuxedos, top hats, gowns and tiaras. But seriously, the message will be that PRIM must dump its toxic assets. The science is clear. The moral arguments are compelling. The financial future of thousands of pensioners is at stake. The next generation is counting on us. The PRIM (Pension Reserve Investment Management Board) has invested billions of state employees’ and teachers’ pension money in fossil fuel funds, including: • almost $2 billion in coal, gas and oil, • $200 million in Exxon Mobil, and • over $50 million in the companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline. PRIM has steadfastly refused to consider divesting from these companies and it is time to shine a spotlight on their complicity with climate degradation and disruption. Experts agree that most fossil fuel reserves must remain underground if we are to have any chance of avoiding the most catastrophic results of climate change. Now more than ever - with the CEO of Exxon Mobil as Secretary of State and climate deniers in high office - we must take a stand here in Massachusetts. JOIN US ON MAY 16! Stay tuned for more details. Respond here if you would like to be on the planning committee, to help with sign-making, props, and media. Artbuild time and place TBD. See signmaking ideas here. docs.google.com/document/d/1QNHTGDvkshJ8Wq5hqyNlCSzs64XvbwKueGRnxLDZOxI/edit _____________ The MassDivest Coalition: The All Campus Divestment Collaborative, the Alliance for Climate Education, Boston Teachers Union, the Bristol Community College MCCC Chapter, Clean Water Action, the Climate Action Business Network, Climate Action Now, Divest Our Pensions Now, Educators for a Democratic Union, Environment Mass., the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the Fall River Educators Association/MTA, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, Massachusetts Nurses Association, Massachusetts Society of Professors/MTA, Professional Staff Union/MTA, Resist the Pipeline, SEIU Local 509, SEIU Local 888, the Sierra Club MA, Trillium Asset Management, the Unitarian Universalist Massachusetts Action Network, 350 Massachusetts, 350 Boston, 350 Central Massachusetts, 350 Martha’s Vineyard MassDivest.org

Billionaires Bash! Celebrate PRIM Support for Trumps Agenda!

04/05/17

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Food for the Lower 9th

April 22, 2017, 5:00pm

North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

Jambalaya (reg and veggie) and a screening of "Reversing the Mississippi," a documentary film featuring Nat Turner, founder of Our School at Blair Grocery, an organization dedicated to building food sovereignty in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. $5+ suggested donation.

Food for the Lower 9th

04/04/17

EVERSOURCE RATE HIKE HEARINGS
SAVE THE DATE!
SPRINGFIELD:APRIL 12 & GREENFIELD:APRIL 26

Eversource is requesting precedent-setting rate hikes that will especially burden low-income people and solar owners. They seek to increase profits by raising electric rates in ways that discourage solar and energy efficiency, the opposite of what is needed.

Our MA Attorney General has testified against this preposterous proposal. We need to join her and
amplify our voices in opposition!

Please plan to attend one of the area hearings (see below) and make a statement, or submit comments in writing. More information and talking points will be made available soon on the CAN website. Meanwhile, save the date!

April 12 at 7 p.m.
Springfield City Hall
School Committee Meeting Room
(Room 220) 36 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103

April 26 at 7 p.m.
Greenfield Middle School Auditorium
195 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
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04/03/17

April 29th. All hands on deck!  The movement to take back our common home for the people is growing by leaps and bounds. Come to DC with us, or join us at the Western MA sister march in Springfield!

Climate Action Now MA published a note.

Action Alert! Shouldn’t new contruction require electric-vehicle wiring? Please send an email today.
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03/31/17

Climate Action Now MA shared their event.

BUS INFO for buses to the People's Climate March in DC on APril 29 from Northampton, Amherst, Holyoke. Seats are going!
If people have other bus info to get to the march, please feel free to post a comment here or in the event.
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Western Mass goes to DC -People's Climate March 2017 - buses etc

April 29, 2017, 10:00am

Washington

UPDATED 4/26: A few seat left. on the buses A handful of seats remain on buses to Washington DC this weekend from Amherst Center, Holyoke and Northampton. These are buses from Michael's Limousine Service in Agawam, smaller than a normal coach, and from a reputable local company we’ve worked with before. We've upgraded the Amherst/Holyoke bus to a minicoach with more legroom and a bathroom. This is a very comfortable way to travel. Money is no object. Many people have been generous, and plenty of scholarships are available. Don’t let the cost deter you; let us know what you can afford. Make your voice heard in DC. Visit GoToClimateMarch.org today. People from western MA can organize & discuss everything about our effort to show up in DC for the People's Climate March: the March for Climate, Jobs & Justice. April 29, 2017 BUS INFO from AMHERST/NORTHAMPTON/HOLYOKE: Check GoToClimateMarch.org f Climate Action Now is organizing buses for DC. Some subsidies available. Leaving from a variety of location including Holyoke and Northampton. NORTHAMPTON: Please visit GoToClimateMarch.org to sign up and get the mailing address for payment. Tickets for the Northampton buses will be $65 dollars, plus merchant fees. Northampton buses will depart Sheldon Field around 12:00 AM and the Round House lot around 12:15 AM, and arrive in DC by 9:00 AM. They will depart DC around 6:00 PM, and will return home around 2 AM. Buses will stop at a rest area every two hours. HOLYOKE: We may have seats. Will update here. AMHERST: The Sierra Club has two buses leaving from Amherst. Tickets are $65 each, plus PayPal fees sierraclub.org/massachusetts/chapter-store Buses will leave UMass Amherst and Hampshire College around 9:30-10 PM on Friday, April 28, arriving in Washington DC Saturday morning, April 29. The buses will then depart Washington, DC around 7-8 PM, returning to their departure point early morning Sunday, April 30. BUS INFO FOR BERKSHIRES: email Berkshires@350MA.org #climatemarch #peoplesclimate #peoplesclimatemarch

Western Mass goes to DC -Peoples Climate March 2017 - buses etc

03/27/17

Climate Action Now MA shared their event.

Our monthly gathering in Amherst Monday night. All are welcome!
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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

March 27, 2017, 7:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA)

Breakout sessions this month will include pipeline resistance, state legislation work, planning the Western MA Springfield Climate-Jobs-Justice march (Apr 29), plans for getting some art together art builds for people going to the march in DC or Springfield, and more! We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us! Handicap accessible and on a bus line Everyone is warmly welcomed!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

03/24/17

Session by a longtime dedicated progressive journalist/organizer, Jordan Flaherty

Accountable Organizing and the Savior Mentality
What is the role for people of privilege in liberation movements? What are lessons from social justice struggles around the world?
A conversation featuring award-winning journalist Jordan Flaherty (Author, No More Heroes, Television Producer, Al Jazeera News Network).

Monday, March 27 5:30 PM
FPH West Lecture Hall - Hampshire College
Open to the public.

Organized by Ethics & the Common Good Project, CYL - Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program, Hampshire CPSC.
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03/24/17

Press release: Public Denied Access to Otis State Forest; Local Activists Vow Peaceful Resistance

############################################################### Public Denied Access to Otis State Forest; Local Activists Vow Peaceful Resistance For Immediate Release Contact: Abigail Ferla at abby.ferla@gmail.com and 860-882-7510 With tensions building regarding the controversial Connecticut Expansion Project in Sandisfield, MA, the normally sleepy Otis State forest has become the site of 24/7 private security detail and the apparent focus of intensifying law enforcement …

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Would you like to help with the April 29 Western Mass Climate Justice March?

If you wish to help with this march, here are some ways: * Please spread the word about the march, invite people, and make solid plans to show up with  your friends and family on this important day.  —     Click HERE for the march webpage.      —     Click HERE for the facebook event. …

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Sample Constituent Meeting Agenda

Sample Constituent Meeting Agenda     This is a sample to guide you; use your own words and let the conversation flow as much as possible! Remember – if the legislator or staff ask a question and you don’t know the answer, it’s a great opportunity to say: “I don’t know, but I’ll find out and …

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Refugees, Immigrants & Climate Crisis: Panel Discussion and Mini-Conference

  Refugees Immigrants & Climate Crisis A Panel Discussion and Mini-Conference Saturday April 15th 2017                11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Springfield Technical Community College, Scibelli Hall 1 Armory Square, Springfield 01105 Sponsored by Arise for Social Justice A panel of experts and activists on the connections between war, …

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Art build! Help Build Props for the Climate Marches in DC and in Springfield

Who wants to make some stuff? Help Build Props for the Climate Marches in DC and in Springfield  Come and work (play) with us as we construct large pin-wheels and solar disks on poles to carry in a group in both the Washington, DC and Springfield People’s Climate Marches. Help us represent creative Western Massachusetts and our plans for …

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Rate Hike Hearings! Pittsfield, Springfield, Greenfield.

SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!    Join Public Opposition to the Eversource Rate Hike Request! Show up,  speak up,  write a letter.  Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers.   Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve: A 10% …

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Urgent request: Seeking help for legal efforts to protect Otis State Forest

Dear Friends, Climate Action Now (CAN) has a long-standing commitment to challenge the construction of any new and existing fossil fuel infrastructure in our region.  As part of that commitment we have been deeply involved, along with other groups and organizations in Western Mass, in efforts to protect Otis State Forest, in Sandisfield, Mass. CAN …

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Sample Municipal Resolution

Content in process (3/2017)

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Sample town resolution

Content coming (3/2017)

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12 Point Massachusetts Climate Emergency Plan

  12 Point Massachusetts Climate Emergency Plan   With change imminent in national energy policy, states must assume leadership in preventing catastrophic climate disruption. Taking this emergency seriously requires a World War II scale mobilization and a broad and inclusive base of support. Particular attention must be paid to the voices of those least responsible and …

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What is our campaign for Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate?

We’re working to make Massachusetts one of the first states in the Nation to pass a fair price on carbon. We’re members of the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, a coalition of environmental, business, labor, and civic organizations that are working to insure that carbon pricing policies reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the …

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Have you heard of Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate? It’s an important part of the climate solution puzzle!

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Emergency = Action!

We are in a climate emergency. We are using our grave concern as fuel for action.  We are a grassroots, people-powered organization.  We do not have members; we have people who join in to help when they want to do so.  We usually have several areas that people are working on at any time.

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Action Alert – one more time – last push for Green Energy

 NEW statehouse call Action Alert. Phone numbers included: The Energy Bill is in conference committee at the state house and we are in the final weeks of the session. It is very important for us all to call the House conference committee members- Chair Dempsey, Reps Jones and Golden this week! Their phone numbers are below. …

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On Spectacle Pond: Resisting the Pipeline

 A Celebration of Solidarity with Berkshire Friends and Neighbors Fighting the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline proposed by Kinder-Morgan to run through the Protected Otis State Forest Saturday, July 16, 2016 Join us for one or both events!  KICK OFF RALLY Great Barrington: 12 pm – 1 pm  Gazebo behind Great Barrington Town Hall RALLY at Lower Spectacle Pond  2pm-4pm …

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Action alert! Call your rep today about making sure the green stays strong in the energy bill

ACTION ALERT! Negotiations are still under way in the state house for the green energy bill. We need to keep up the pressure right now. Calls are better than emails, but emails are better than nothing. CALL SCRIPT you can use, distribute, or adapt to your own needs; details on the bill in the comments. …

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Climate Action combined with Joy – this is how we do it

Every time you see one of these flags,you are looking at a spot where methane is being wasted, and also speeding up climate change. Join us on Saturday when we fan out all over Northampton to mark these leaks, after the INTERdependence Day Parade! This is going to be a beautiful, community-building Local Climate Action. …

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Action Alert! Last Chance to Shape MA Energy Bill Until 2018.

Help MA become the  leader in the Green Energy Revolution: get these amendments passed! The Senate votes on its Energy Bill (S.2372) this Thursday, June 30. This is our chance to shape the debate. The stronger the Senate Bill the better chance that the final Bill negotiated with the House will include our priorities. To find contact information for …

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