Sep 09

350MA will be at the People’s Climate March in NYC!

10404004_10152393448912708_3861675539793054241_oWe can’t wait for the People’s Climate March in NYC! We are coordinating THIRTY-ONE buses from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

If You Are Riding on a Bus with 350MA: 

We want to make sure you have all the information you need for Sunday’s trip to NYC! Please do three things:

1. Check out our 350MA specific packing list to make sure you have everything you need.

2. Print out your Eventbrite ticket. On your ticket, it may say the event is either one or two days, which may not match the ticket you bought. Ignore that and just double check your ticket type, that’s what matters.

3. Please check out the final details about the departure of YOUR bus by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Cambridge one-day bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

Cambridge two-day bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

JP one-day bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

JP two-day bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

Brookline bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

MetroWest bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

South Shore bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

Worcester bus final details and bus-specific google doc.

4. Please join our text messaging system — you’ll receive text messages with vital updates on the day of the march. To join, text “@PCM350MA” in the text message box to the number 23559 (note: these are 350MA-specific updates, so they are not the same as the national text updates). 

If You Do NOT Have a Bus Ticket Yet: 

All THIRTY-ONE (!) of our buses are currently sold out, and we have 500+ people on the waitlist, so we are recommending that people pursue other options. You can see a rideshare board at the bottom of this page, and this Google Doc has some great Plan B options compiled by fellow 350MAers (note that anyone can contribute to this list!). We’re also suggesting Amtrak, Megabus, Greyhound, etc, etc!

For Everyone: 

We can’t wait to see you in NYC. To make sure everything runs smoothly, please do two things:

1. Check out the final logistics for the day of the march, including the 350MA meet-up spot, by clicking here.

2.  Please also join our text messaging system — you’ll receive text messages with vital updates on the day of the march. To join, text “@PCM350MA” in the text message box to the number 23559 (note: these are 350MA-specific updates, so they are not the same as the national text updates). 

Sep 08

Incredible Update on the Lobster Boat Blockade Trial!

10670244_873517429327655_2286747737602488265_n (1)The trial of the lobster boat blockaders just ended in an amazing — and entirely unexpected — way!

A little before noon on Monday, September 8, the district attorney walked out of the courthouse holding a copy of Bill McKibben’s latest article from Rolling Stone.
He told the cheering crowd of more than 100 people that he saw the need to take leadership on climate change and that he was dropping Ken and Jay’s criminal charges down to civil infractions. 
 “Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced,” he said — and added that he’d be joining us at the People’s Climate March in New York City in two weeks.
It’s clear that the DA — like so many of us — was deeply inspired by Ken and Jay’s story. 
As Ken said:  “DA Sutter in effect accepted our necessity defense….protest works, indeed protest may be the only thing that can save us.” 

There’s been incredible media coverage already from The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, WBUR, WGBH, Salon, Politico, Channel 10 NBC Boston, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and more. Stay tuned for a full listing of media hits at www.lobsterboatblockade.org!
 
And help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter

We’ll see you in New York!

Aug 24

Historic Trial of the Lobster Boat Blockaders

lobster boat meme 4Last spring, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara used a small white lobster boat  to blockade a delivery of coal to the Brayton Point Power Plant.

When they go to trial on September 8 and 9, they will seek to use a necessity defense to argue that they were defending their lives from the imminent threat of climate change. James Hansen and Bill McKibben, among other expert witnesses, are being called to testify.

Can you join Ken and Jay in the courthouse to show solidarity and support? RSVP here


WHAT: Trial for Ken and Jay, the lobster boat blockaders
WHEN: Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9
WHERE: Fall River District Court, 186 S Main Street, Fall River, MA

Aug 22

350 Massachusetts at the People’s Climate March!

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  • We’re bringing hundreds of Bay Staters to New York City for the People’s Climate March!
  • You can buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
  • For the most up-to-date information on bus departure times and locations, please go to the ticket purchasing page: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
  • In order to coordinate with all 350MA-ers before and during the People’s Climate March, we will be sending periodic updates to all bus registrants. If you’re planning to make your own way to the march, but you want to stay updated on 350MA’s plans, you can fill out this form to receive the updates. 
  • There will also be a mass texting system with updates, locations, and reminders before and day of the march. To sign up for that, text @PCM350MA to 23559.
  • Are you interested in helping with outreach and recruitment leading up the march, and then checking people in on the day of? Sign up to volunteer here! We’re especially in need of bus captains in Worcester, Boston, Cambridge, and Amherst. 
  • Help us pay the full cost of the buses by making a donation through the Better Future Project donation page!
  • Spread the word! Download our quarter-page flyers to let people know about the People’s Climate March and transportation options from Massachusetts.

Aug 20

Help Create Art for the People’s Climate March!

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Join us at any one of our scheduled art builds to create posters, banners, wearable art, noise makers, and more for the People’s Climate March!

What to bring: (whatever you can from this list): arts and crafts supplies of all kinds, old umbrellas, scissors, large markers, paints & paint brushes, latex wall, poster paint, bed sheets, hats, tin pie plates, stapler & staples, poster board, mat board, cardboard, dowels, bambou garden stakes, cardboard tubing, straight pins, ribbon, string, rope, twine, tape, sponges, rags, drop clothes, tarps, plastic buckets, aprons, razor cutters.

UPDATE: You can now check out the latest listing of scheduled MA art builds (plus other lead-up events!) here. 

 

 

Jul 29

Rally and Festival for Our Future in Salem

On Saturday, August 16th, we’ll gather at Salem’s Derby Wharf to continue our fight against the proposed gas plant and envision a better future for the North Shore and beyond.

We’re at a crucial juncture in our campaign against the gas plant. Despite preferential treatment from state and local officials, Footprint’s project is delayed and their financing is uncertain. Now they’re asking federal regulators to give them a break.

If we keep the pressure up, we can stop the sweetheart deals — and perhaps halt the plant entirely.

We’ll rally at 2 pm and enjoy a “Festival for Our Future” afterwards with music, a giant interactive art piece, kids’ activities, and more. Join us as we work together to envision a future that depends on renewables, not fracked gas! Register here! 


WHAT: Rally and Festival for Our Future
WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Derby Wharf, Salem, MA (next to the Orientation Center on Derby St.)

Jul 27

Join the Rally to Stop the Pipeline!

Here’s a riddle for you: what do goats, apple farmers and Bill Cosby all have in common? tumblr_n974c4OH9h1tgtyvgo1_1280

Stumped?

They oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline — as do poets, musicians, kayakers, chickens, kids, climate activists, dozens of state and local officials, and concerned citizens from all over Massachusetts.

Kinder Morgan, one of the country’s largest fossil fuel companies, wants to build a brand-new pipeline to bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania through our state. And citizens are being asked to pay for it. tumblr_n9bu1319XS1tgtyvgo1_1280

It’s outrageous. On Wednesday, July 30th, we’ll join people from all over Massachusetts to say NO to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, NO to the gas tariff, and NO to fracked gas in Massachusetts.

Can you be there?

WHAT: Rally against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the gas tariff
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston
WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th, 11 am – 1pm

RSVP now! 

Jul 21

Join the Divestment Vigils at the State House

S.1225_lobby-day_6-19-2013.181910We’ve fought long and hard to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to divest from fossil fuels, and we’ve made remarkable progress. Unfortunately, with the legislative session ending on July 31st, it’s looking unlikely that the legislature will pass the divestment bill this session. But there’s still hope: a modified version of the bill would create a commission to study divestment, potentially giving a huge boost to the bill when it is re-filed during the next legislative session.

350MA will be gathering solemnly for a rolling vigil at the State House to urge legislators to create the commission and move forward on divestment.

Register here to join us! If you can’t attend the vigil, help us build support for divestment by making calls — more details here.

WHAT: Divestment vigils at the State House
WHEN: Tue, July 22-Thu, July 2410am-4 pm
WHERE: MA State House, 24 Beacon St

Jul 17

Join Us for the People’s Climate March!

On May 21, Rolling Stone Magazine published Bill McKibben’s article, “A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change“.  The article announced a climate march in New York City on September 20 and 21, to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit.  Massachusetts accepts the invitation!

The march in New York City may be the largest action ever to demand a response to the climate crisis.  In addition to being large, the march will bring focus to the climate crisis as a global issue that must be addressed in concert by all nations. The march will be especially impactful with the memory of Superstorm Sandy still in our minds and the minds of our hosts in the New York area.

Massachusetts participation in the march will be a call to:Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 4.35.26 PM

  • The U.S. and nations of the world to act in concert and aggressively
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be an example of leadership
  • Local and global communities to care for those who suffer the impacts of climate change, including New York City refugees from SuperStorm Sandy who are still in temporary housing and all people impacted by the use of fossil fuels.

There are many details to be worked out, but you can expect a large contingent from Massachusetts to be there. The Massachusetts contingent will join with others from across the nation and around the world.  With support from you and others, this will be an event that changes the course of history.

If you’re planning to attend the march as a participant, please fill out the registration form for your region by clicking the links below. Not sure which area to register for? Click here to see a map.

Boston area: register here People's climate march meme
Cambridge area: register here
Metrowest area: register here
Cape Cod and the Islands: register here
Worcester: register here
Pioneer Valley: register here
Berkshires: register here
South Shore: register here
North Shore: register here
Lowell: register here
Rhode Island: register here

 

Plus: if you’re interested in helping with planning, logistics, and outreach, please fill out our volunteer interest form.

Jun 30

It’s Time to Ban Tar Sands!

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The horrors of the tar sands are familiar by now: poisoned water, clear-cut forests, broken treaties with First Nations peoples, and staggering levels of carbon pollution. That’s why it’s outrageous — almost unbelievable — that by 2020, 11-18% of Massachusetts’ oil could come from the tar sands. As part of the Climate Legacy Campaign, we have been calling on Governor Patrick to ban tar sands oil. On July 13th, Governor Patrick will meet with his peers at the New England Governors’ Conference. Together, they could implement a regional Clean Fuels Standard to ban tar sands oil from New England entirely. We are staging a People’s Conference to tell them to follow the will of the people and ban tar sands now!
WHAT: People’s Conference and Speak Out
WHEN: 12PM, July 13th
WHERE: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Register here to let us know you are coming so we can coordinate transportation!

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