California

Chevron's Huge Kern County Spill Endangers Valley Residents

California mothers are alarmed by an ongoing, uncontained oil spill in Kern County and are dismayed at the lack of independent oversight of California’s powerful oil and gas industry, as this powerful article quoting Linda conveys.

“We have lost all faith in the ability of DOGGR to do its job of protecting Californians, and we call on the Governor to completely reform this corporate-captured agency,” said Linda Hutchins-Knowles, California Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front. “Regulators should not be allowed to own stock in the very industry they’re supposed to regulate. As California faces serious water scarcity, we need increased protections for our aquifers, not weakened rules.”

Along with over 500 public-interest groups in Last Chance Alliance, mothers and others call on Governor Newsom to protect California’s communities and climate by agreeing to:

STOP new oil & gas permits,

DROP existing production in a just and managed transition, and

ROLL out science-based 2500’ buffer zones between drilling zones and sensitive sites like homes and schools. 

Will you amplify our call? Sign our petition to Gov. Newsom to STOP, DROP & ROLL for public health and climate safety. Let’s demand real climate leadership! Thank you! 

 


San Francisco Team joins allies to urge city to take bold steps

On Monday, July 22nd, San Francisco's District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman held a hearing on the city’s Climate Emergency response at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee. The hearing focused on high-priority strategies to achieve deep greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, as detailed in a newly-published report, Focus 2030: A Pathway to Net Zero Emissions(Climate Report, July 2019), from the Department of the Environment.

 

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Mothers & Others deliver 900 Green New Deal postcards to Senator Feinstein

 

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Pictured: Adelita Serena, Sharon Torres, Susan Butler-Graham, Linda Hutchins-Knowles and two youth members met with Field Rep Abby Ellis and two interns at Senator Feinstein's San Francisco office

 

On June 21, six mothers and others from San Jose and Woodland traveled to San Francisco to deliver 456 hand-signed postcards to Senator Feinstein’s office to urge her to co-sponsor the Green New Deal. That same day, five members of the San Diego team visited Senator Feinstein’s San Diego office to deliver 280 more postcards. Add this to the 165 postcards delivered by the San Francisco team in May, and Mothers Out Front from southern to northern California have given Senator Feinstein over 900 postcards from her constituents!


Action and a Victory in San Jose

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Rebecca Habermann, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, and other members at San Jose City Council meeting

 

The South Bay team is celebrating a big milestone in their campaign to Protect Coyote Valley,a 7400-acre stretch of natural and agricultural land. After months of rallying community and Council support, an enthusiastic group of 10 moms and kids delivered to the Councilmembers and Mayor 400 postcards in three languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese) urging them to protect Coyote Valley from industrial development. On June 11, the Council voted unanimously to consider changes to land use in Coyote Valley in the General Plan update process, a very significant step!

 


Mothers ask Gov. Newsom to seize Our Last Chance for Climate Justice

Mothers Out Front California Senior Organizer, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, recently attended the CA Democratic Conference in San Francisco as an observer. When she ran into Governor Newsom in the lobby, she jumped on the chance to bring him a message from California mothers, saying:

"Thank you, Governor, for your strong words on climate. Mothers Out Front around the state now ask you to match your words with action. Please Stop, Drop & Roll for a livable climate for all children. We’re actually here collecting petitions asking you to do just that, and will deliver them to you soon. It’s our Last Chance!” Though non-committal, the Governor cheerfully posed for a photo.

We urge everyone to sign our petition to Governor Newsom and see why, along with hundreds of allies in the Last Chance Alliance, we’re asking him to Stop, Drop & Roll to address the public-health and climate emergencies. As the producer of much of the nation’s dirtiest oil—and the only oil-producing state without setback limits—it’s past time for California to make climate justice a top priority. Words are nice, but moms want to see action, now.

 

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San Jose moms deliver 400 postcards to Council Members and Mayor!

On June 3rd, a group of 10 mothers, grandmothers and daughters from Mothers Out Front South Bay enthusiastically delivered to the San Jose City Councilmembers and Mayor Liccardo nearly 400 postcards in three languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Each of the 10 Councilmember received a stack of hand-signed postcards from their constituents urging them to protect Coyote Valley by allocating all available voter-approved Measure T funds to purchase the land from developers.

 

Left to right: Susan Butler-Graham, Isabelle Chappuis, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Danchi, Meg, DanAnh, Karina (and her sign), Mayor Liccardo’s staffer Mackenzie Mossing, Jane Mulcaster, Anika, and Kelly Graham

 

 

The clarity of youth: Meg explains that, while the City has zoned Coyote Valley for industrial development, “nature zoned it for open space.” 

 


DYNAMIC DUO: Mother & Daughter OUT FRONT

 

As a lead team member and one of the original founders of Mothers Out Front South Bay, I was so uplifted to see our team receive San Jose's 2019 Climate Smart Champion of the Year award! It reminds me that our efforts over the past two years have been very successful, including helping to pass Community Choice Energy, Senate Bill 100, and Climate Smart San Jose.

This not only encourages me, but motivates me to continue with our ambitious efforts to create a more livable climate for all children. And the cherry on top of the cake is the fact that my daughter was named one of the three 2019 Youth Climate Champions of the Year! This makes me so very proud of her! As a youth, it is important for her to know she can make a difference and be a part of the solution to the climate crisis. It is an honor to be her mother and to know that her efforts have been commended as well. Together, we can help pass on a livable planet to future generations.

 


NEWS: Town Hall for Green New Deal meets Saturday, May 25

Mothers Out Front in Woodland/Sacramento joined this town hall meeting hosted by the Sunrise Movement, Yolo County Progressives, Sierra Club (Yolano Group), University Professional and Technical Employees, and Young Democratic Socialists of America at UC Davis

“As a mother and a frontline community representative here in Yolo County, I worry about the effect of the smoke from nearby fires on my two boys when they play and train for football outside,” said Adelita Serena of Mothers Out Front. “On hot days, heat stroke worries me, and I am very concerned to think that some day extreme heat will make it more difficult for kids to play outside and do the things they love.

Read the whole article here:

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Mothers deliver Mother's Day postcards to Senator Feinstein

On the morning of May 15, seven Mothers Out Front members and co-founders (including two kids) delivered Mother's Day campaign postcards to Senator Feinstein's office, urging her to co-sponsor the Green New Deal. We met with two of her staffers, introduced Mothers Out Front to them, and presented them with approximately 165 postcards (which represent only a small portion of the postcards that Feinstein's office will receive from Mothers Out Front teams around the state in the coming weeks). We expressed the urgency we feel as mothers to take aggressive and bold action to make sure we retain a livable earth for our children and grandchildren.

 

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OP ED: Moms want urgent climate action, green new deal for Mother’s Day

Mothers Out Front San Francisco got this OP ED published for Mother's Day! Congratulations to Kathie & Maia Piccagli!

Youth are not the only ones panicked about inheriting a livable world. They are joined by many others, including an army of moms. We put so much love and energy into preparing our children for the future. Now that future looks precarious. We are scared!

This Mother’s Day we don’t want flowers, chocolate, or brunch. California mothers want to give our children the gift of a livable climate, and we ask our elected leaders to support us by endorsing the Green New Deal.

Recent reports tell us we only have until 2030 – or less – to stop fueling the temperature rise devastating the world with climate-change causing greenhouse gas emissions. But temperatures are rising, not declining. Half of all greenhouse gases have been put into the atmosphere in the last 30 years.