Victory! History was made on September 10th in California, as Governor Brown signed into law SB 100, Senator Kevin De León's landmark bill that will fast-track California’s transition to 100% clean energy. It represents a victory of people over polluters, through a grassroots coalition of environmental, business, labor, consumer, science and faith-based groups—and moms!
Congratulations to the Mothers Out Front San Jose team, whose persistent advocacy of their Assemblymember, Evan Low, helped to secure his vote. Thanks also to the new Mothers Out Front team in San Francisco, who joined them in lobbying for SB 100 and whose Assemblymembers, Phil Ting and David Chiu, co-authored the bill. Everyone is thrilled that over a year of hard work has paid off with such an important win, making California only the second state in the nation (after Hawai'i) to commit to 100% clean energy by 2045—and to 50% clean energy by 2026.
August 28, 2018 - Today is a historic day!! This evening, in a bipartisan vote, the California state Assembly passed Senate Bill 100. Once Governor Brown signs it into law next month, the fifth largest economy in the world will be on track to be powered entirely with clean electricity by 2045!
Make no mistake, this is a victory of the people over the fossil fuel industry. SB 100 was heavily opposed by PG&E and the Western States Petroleum Association, the most influential lobby in Sacramento. Yet their money was drowned out in a sea of petitions, postcards, calls, tweets, and lobby visits from a grassroots coalition of consumers, people of faith, environmental justice advocates, labor unions, scientists--and moms!
Adelita Serena of Woodland, one of the participants in the rally and press conference, emphasized what is at stake if the Legislature passes AB 813.
“I’m here for our children’s future,” said Serena, a member of Mothers Out Front. “As a mother, I’m concerned about the increasing risk to our kids if AB 813 passes through the Legislature. This bill would put the control of California’s electricity grid into the hands of the Trump administration and California would be at great risk. I urge folks to call their local senators to stop this bill from becoming law.”
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On August 12th, mothers gathered for the first time at a Mothers Out Front House Party in Woodland to join in the #RiseForClimate campaign and push our leaders toward clean energy policies for our families.
In the team's second lobby visit in three days, Co-coordinator of Mothers Out Front South Bay, Amanda Senior, and her sons joined a delegation from Orchard City Invisible to Assembly Member Evan Low’s Cupertino office. This group of 11 adults and children spoke with Patrick Aherns, Assembly Member Low’s senior representative, urging him to support Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act, which will come to the floor for a vote sometime in August.
As Amanda put it, “Actions speak louder than words.”
A group of 11 citizens including Martina Keim, the co-coordinator of the Mothers Out Front South Bay Team, met with Assembly Member Evan Low’s staffer for the environment to urge him to co-author Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act. Mothers Out Front South Bay has now delivered over 350 postcards from constituents to Assembly Member Low asking for his support on SB 100, the most important environmental bill of this legislative season. We hope he will announce very soon that he will vote for SB 100 when it comes to the floor for a vote in August.
VIDEO! Watch the report on how Mothers in South Bay/San Jose helped to push for more renewable energy in their state. Local action translates to real climate action when it happens in a lot of places all at once. Let's get started!
On June 13th, outside Governor Brown’s office, members of the Mothers Out Front South Bay (San Jose) and San Francisco teams pose with their 265 “Yes on SB100” postcards for Governor Brown and their kids’ handmade signs.
At their team meeting this weekend, members of the South Bay (San Jose, CA) Mothers Out Front team celebrated getting 655 hand-signed postcards from constituentsin favor of Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act.
You can join them on June 13th as they deliver the postcards in person to Sacramento. They're inviting parents, grandparents and children to join them as they advocate for a livable climate for all children!
Mothers Out Front and allies from around the state called on Governor Brown to show true climate leadership, five months ahead of a Global Climate Summit in San Francisco.
Two members of the Mothers Out Front South Bay community team spoke at the San Francisco press conference launching the Brown’s Last Chance campaign, along with leaders of Idle No More SF Bay, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Greenpeace, Breast Cancer Action, and Youth Vs. Apocalypse – 350 Bay Area.
The mothers pointed out that fighting for renewable energy is just 50% of the battle; the other 50% is leaving fossil fuels in the ground. CA's kids deserve 100% effort. 50% is an F!
Watch a video of the event here. (Scroll to approximately minute 18:51 for Rebecca’s & Linda’s comments.)
Billboard in downtown San Francisco: