Governor Baker's recent "State of the Commonwealth" speech last week was perhaps most interesting for what it didn't include. A good portion of the speech was devoted to energy -- and yet Governor Baker didn't ever mention the words "natural gas".
We know that behind closed doors, Baker's appointees at the Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Energy Resources are pushing to make all of us pay for new gas pipelines. But Governor Baker himself seems to think that if he never mentions gas, we'll assume he's on our side.
In a way, Baker's silence is a sign of our strength: he's staying quiet because he knows that our movement is loud, powerful, and united. But Baker's silence is not enough: we need him to actively stand up against new gas infrastructure.
Over the coming months, we'll be working to call on Governor Baker to take a stand and stop the pipeline tax. Join us: click here to tell Governor Baker that you don't want to pay for polluting new pipelines, and then share the link with your friends and family!
2,000+ People Turn Out for "Jobs, Justice and Climate" -- the Largest Climate Action in Boston History
On Saturday, as world leaders signed a historic climate deal in Paris, people from across New England came together for a massive rally and march for jobs, justice and climate! WBUR reported that 2,000 people were there -- making for the biggest climate march or rally in Boston history.
It was an incredible day, with powerful speeches from leaders like Karen Higgins, RN, national co-president of National Nurses United; Adrian Ventura of the New Bedford Workers' Center; Derek Pelotte of 350 Mass Lowell; and many, many more.
140+ organizations co-sponsored the event, and it was a powerful demonstration of the strength and diversity of our growing movement!
Take a look at some of the photos here and here, and check out the media coverage from New England Cable News, Fox 25 Boston, WBUR, The Boston Herald, and the Associated Press. And don't miss the video highlights featured below!
From Future Focus Media Co-Op:
From Bob Lawson of 350 Mass Metro West:
Photo credit: Tania Gomes-Castro
No matter what happens in Paris, we know what we need: real climate solutions that create secure union jobs and strengthen community power and resiliency. And to get there, we need to build an unstoppable grassroots movement that can unite organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice and climate justice groups.
It's up to us to lead the way -- and we're starting right here in New England with a massive rally on December 12, the day after the Paris talks end!
When: Saturday, Dec 12, 1-3 pm
Where: Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, Boston