Thank you to Al Markowitz for interviewing Mother Out Front Kim Williams from Virginia on the meaning of Mother's Day and what it means to be a member of Mothers Out Front!
I was invited by Virginia Organizing friends to attend the very first MOF House Party in Norfolk. I went to that party mainly to be supportive of the friends holding it. I told myself I was too busy to get involved, and that climate change was still far off and far away. Plus, I recycle and compost to do my bit for the earth, right? However, at that meeting a young woman asked me “so how has your life been impacted by sea level rise in Hampton Roads?”
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Mothers Out Front and allies are reported in the news regarding Dominion at the time of the shareholder meeting.
Activists said that the company won’t really embrace new technology until it vows to end its carbon emissions. “We have to get to net zero,” said Mary Cerulli of Boston, a member of the climate action group Mothers Out Front.
Read the profile (linked below) on Tiziana Bottino, The Greater Prince William Climate Action Network's founder and chairperson, and Community Organizer for Mothers Out Front, Northern Virginia:
[Tiziana] Bottino shared that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts an increasing risk of extreme droughts, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people as early as 2030. Anyone who reads the papers understands we are living this prediction. The network believes that educating the public and elected officials and influencing public policy is a good place to start.
Moms worried about the future of their kids resonated with me.
The Richmond team gathered at Pocahontas State Park on Saturday, February 23 for a Public Narrative training facilitated by Kim Miller.
Storytelling is at the heart of what we Mothers Out Front do. We know that presenting the facts concerning climate change has failed to convince our elected officials to act. Stories tap into the emotions and have the potential to move decision-makers toward meaningful action.
Kim Miller, standing on the right.
A pipeline intended to transmit natural gas from the fracked shale fields of West Virginia has been under construction in our locale this summer. The nine-mile “Southside Connector,” owned by Southern Company/Virginia Natural Gas utility, will traverse the cities of Norfolk and Chesapeake, bordering two schools in the first city and five in the second. In Norfolk, the pipeline runs along streets lined with high density apartment buildings, a theater, and churches, along predominantly low income African-American neighborhoods, until it reaches Harbor Park Stadium. There it will cross under the Elizabeth River, emerge at Colonna’s Shipyard, and run through Berkley, along residential streets, and by churches, city parks and the Boys and Girls Club. In Chesapeake, it navigates more suburban streets, still predominantly African American. In that city, it largely runs through existing Dominion Energy utility easements that are home to electric transmission lines that pass behind rows and rows of houses.
One of the biggest challenges we all face is making sure community members are aware of fossil fuel infrastructure work in their neighborhoods. Virginia activists are bringing everyone together to keep people informed.
Members of the Berkley and South Norfolk communities listened intently as panelists spoke about why two pipelines are a danger to the community. The meeting was organized by three organizations: The Chesapeake Pipeline Resistance, Mothers Out Front and The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, to bring an open and honest discussion about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Southside Connector Pipeline.
"We passed the construction coming into the neighborhood," said Kim Miller with Mothers Out Front. Miller said she moved into the neighborhood recently and discovered many of her neighbors don't know what's happening. "Our streets are being diverted. People are thinking they're fixing the roads. I don't think Virginia Natural Gas was doing enough to educate their community they were putting natural gas in their backyards."
Mothers Out Front Hampton Roads in the news calling into question whether the "natural" gas being piped in is necessary!
Mothers Out Front insists that local consumers of natural gas will bear the cost of the infrastructure through raised energy bills and that African-American communities will be disproportionately affected by many negative aspects of the pipelines.
Mothers Out Front Hampton Roads is in the news! They are hosting a public house party on June 30th at 10am to invite Virginia Beach mothers to talk about climate change, local impacts and forming a team to take action. The article linked below was published June 25th in the local online news Southside Daily!
With gratitude to Rev. Leo Woodberry:
"Our elected officials must listen to climate scientists. They must put the interests of real people ahead of the interests of corporations. And they must be honest about counting all the costs — including pollution and climate degradation, and human health costs — when considering dirty energy sources that damage our land, air, water, climate, communities and health....
That’s the vision that brought the Justice First Tour to Portsmouth, where this past weekend we met with justice activists from groups including the Center for Sustainable Communities, Mothers Out Front, Portsmouth’s Cavalier Manor Civic League, Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, and ECO District Hampton Roads. We heard about important issues, from Virginia’s Carbon Reduction Plan to increased flooding in Hampton Roads neighborhoods to energy equity and 100 percent clean energy for all."