From Vignesh Ramachandran for 350 Mass <[email protected]>
Subject Climate Movement Weekly: Protect Native sovereignty, email your legislators, and more digital actions!
Date March 31, 2020 5:04 PM
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Addressing climate change is about taking care of people. Right now, there's another issue that affects our community, one that is intertwined with all our struggles.

Last week, the Trump administration moved to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation, attacking their autonomy and ability to govern on their land. In this uncertain time, we must support the Mashpee Wampanoag as they protect their land and reservation in Mashpee. Here’s how you can help:
* Read more about Friday’s attack ([link removed]) on Indigenous sovereignty.
* Sign this petition ([link removed]) to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
* Contact Senator John Hoven ([link removed]) , Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and urge him "to support the forward movement of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act."

I recognize that there are complex and contested histories of this land, but I hope we can take this time to support Native resistance to settler colonialism by learning more about the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Nipmuck, and all Native communities in Massachusetts.

In solidarity,
Vignesh Ramachandran
Digital Organizer

** Take Action to Extend the 2019-2020 Legislative Session

We understand that our legislators’ attention has been fully absorbed with the immediate medical and economic crisis and that our critical climate legislation waits in the wings. As of today, we have 4 months left of the 2019-2020 legislative session. But the legislature can and should extend the session to deal with climate issues. Send an email to your legislator so that our climate bills get the proper consideration they deserve. ([link removed])

** Join our Ballot Initiative Kickoff Meeting

The winds of change are blowing through the Massachusetts Legislature. ([link removed]) Do you want bold climate legislation passed this session? 350 Mass is teaming up with other progressive organizations to let the legislature know that we want climate laws now and that we expect transparency when voting ([link removed]) . Join us for a training on our ballot initiative efforts that will kick off at the end of April. Zoom link here ([link removed]) , Meeting ID: 813 524 968, dial-in: +1 646 876 9923 US. Sat, Apr 4, 4:30-6 pm.

** We're Hiring a Digital Organizer & Communications Specialist

350 Mass is looking for an experienced, strategic, and collaborative individual to lead our communications and digital organizing efforts. The Digital Organizer & Communications Specialist will support the statewide volunteer network of 350 Mass in using communications and digital tools for on-the-ground actions and in-person meetings as well as decentralized statewide campaigns. Read how to apply here. ([link removed])

** Other 350 Mass News

We Need Your Photos: Do you have any great pics or short videos of 350 Mass rallies, meetings, and other activities? We're looking for photos of our volunteers taking action, smiling, and having a great time! Please upload them here. ([link removed])

Should the Public Buy Columbia Gas?: Eversource wants to buy Columbia Gas. Check out this article by 350 Mass' Executive Director Craig Altemose ([link removed]) to find out more about this issue and learn why a government-owned department might be the best option.

Stay in the Loop with Climate Courage: Because of the pandemic, 350 Mass' direct action wing, Climate Courage, has had to adjust their plans. Sign up here ([link removed]) to stay in the loop about future actions.

Calling All Teachers: Are you a member of a 350 Mass node and also a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association? A group of active and retired MTA members formed the MTA Climate Action Network and are organizing members to become climate justice activists! Interested? Email Allston-Brighton node member (and MTA member) Justin Brown at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .

Mass Power Forward Climate Justice Pledge: MPF is advocating for the Climate Justice Pledge as a way to tell Representatives to vote on amendments and bills that will address climate issues in Spring/Summer 2020. Ask your legislators to commit to this pledge to take action before it's too late. More information here. ([link removed]) Now until Wed, Apr 1.

Write a Letter to the Editor: There has never been a better time to take part in 350 Mass' Letters to the Editor (LTE) team. Want to join? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more! Our members have a great success rate in getting letters published! Here are some recent letters:
* Taunton Daily Gazette: Everyone must take action now to combat climate change ([link removed])
* MetroWest Daily News: Is Bezos up to the challenge? ([link removed])
* The Boston Globe: Fossil fuel industry feels tug of divestment movement ([link removed])

** Other Better Future Project News

Intersectionality Panel: Food Security and Climate Change: Join Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to explore the intersection of food insecurity and climate change. This will be a virtual event hosted by Communities Responding to Extreme Weather via Zoom. RSVP here. ([link removed]) Tue, Apr 7, 6-7:30 pm.

Resilience Hub Webinar for Houses of Worship: Wondering how to ensure your faith community is prepared for the climate crisis? Join Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) for a quick webinar to learn how houses of worship and other community anchor institutions can build climate resiliency into their missions. RSVP here. ([link removed]) Wed, Apr 15, 10 am-10:30 am.

** Other Climate Movement News

Calling All Liberty Mutual Policyholders: Liberty Mutual is a huge backer of the tar sands sector, which spells disaster for the climate and Indigenous rights ([link removed]) . The Stop the Money Pipeline campaign is demanding that Liberty Mutual stop insuring tar sands pipelines. Are you a Liberty Mutual policyholder? You have a unique platform to voice concerns. Sign up here. ([link removed])

Take an Online Training from If you're stuck at home and you want to take your climate activism to the next level, try these online skill-ups ([link removed]) from Learn more about the science of climate change, discover how to have effective climate conversations, and find out how to run a grassroots campaign.

Weymouth Compressor Station Action: OSHA has issued a letter to Enbridge after FRRACS' many complaints to FERC and to OSHA regarding the continued construction during this time of pandemic. Thanks to all of you for your persistence! It's time to send another letter to FERC and OSHA to demand a shut down of construction. Learn more here. ([link removed])

Online Facilitation 101: This call will focus on online facilitation tips and tools, as we need to find ways to advance our work remotely. We’ll be sharing ideas and resources for facilitating effective meetings (and a bit about virtual trainings too) online. Register here. ([link removed]) TOMORROW, Wed, Apr 1, 8 pm.

Forests, Farms, and Our Food—Virtual Panel on Sustainable Agriculture: Hear a panel of local experts discuss the changes we must make to stop water pollution, fight climate change, and create healthy food. We'll discuss the role of individuals, corporations, and policy change in shaping a better food system. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Tue, Apr 7, 6:30-8 pm.

Sign a Petition Calling for a Moratorium on Construction of Pipeline Projects and Export Facilities: Our nation’s leading decisionmakers are charged with protecting all the people of our nation, including the health, safety, and rights of future generations. A moratorium on pipeline construction is needed to protect us all. Sign here. ([link removed])

2050 Roadmap Public Meetings: The State's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has been undertaking a planning process to address climate change, but COVID-19 has disrupted the planned meetings. Learn more, find audio recordings and slides from past meetings, and submit feedback here ([link removed]) .

Sign a Petition to Protect Indigenous Sovereignty: Right now in British Columbia, Canada, Indigenous Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and land defenders are resisting the construction of the TC Energy Coastal GasLink pipeline slated to cut through their territories. Sign a petition ([link removed]) to demand that Chase and KKR defund the pipeline.

Support Clean Transportation: The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a collaboration of 12 states and D.C. that would cap transportation emissions and place a fee on fuel imports. It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and modernize the transportation system. State leaders are soliciting feedback ([link removed]) on the program and will decide this spring if they will participate.

** Solidarity Opportunities

Raise Up Massachusetts: This coalition of community groups, faith-based organizations, and labor unions called for immediate passage of Emergency Paid Sick Time legislation in Massachusetts as part of the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read their statement here. ([link removed])

#GetMePPE: Healthcare workers need our help right now to make sure they can do their jobs to protect us. They're experiencing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). #GetMePPE is a movement of healthcare workers demanding we get the protection we need to protect ourselves and our patients. Learn how to help. ([link removed])

Support a Progressive Response to COVID-19: The current crisis harms our public health, our economy, and our democracy, compounding crises we were already facing, such as an inequality crisis that touches all aspects of society. It's time for our Legislature to act. Learn more and take action here ([link removed]) .

Building Up People Not Prisons—Week of Action: COVID-19 is already entering our prison system. Join a week of action to protect our communities, including our incarcerated communities. Learn more and find out how to help. ([link removed])

Petition to Suspend Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments During the Coronavirus Crisis: State and federal officials are encouraging people who feel sick to stay home, but many workers already struggle to make rent or mortgage payments. To protect the health and housing security of our community, ask Governor Baker to act now so workers won't have to make that choice. Learn more and sign here. ([link removed])

Make Schools Safe from ICE: Reports from Boston Public Schools are ending up in the hands of ICE, jeopardizing young people’s futures. The Boston Teachers Union and the Student Immigration Movement are taking action. Sign a petition ([link removed]) to curb this information pipeline.
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