Submitted by Sue Swanson on behalf of Mothers Out Front Bedford
Four Bedford residents (Laura Bergsten, Renu Bostwick, Rebecca Pomerantz, and Sue Swanson) joined 150 other members of the climate advocacy group Mothers Out Front at the State House on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in a rally to bring “Hands Together for Climate Justice.”
Governor Maura Healey, her new Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer, and her Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper met in person with Mothers Out Front.
The Bedford contingent met with members of Senator Michael Barrett’s staff (Evie Hobbs and Abigail Kuhn) and Rep. Ken Gordon’s staff (Seda Korroch and Loïc Segers). The Bedford group was glad they were able to “take time off from their busy schedules to take a photo and hear about Mothers Out Front’s priority issues and the need to keep focused on climate justice this legislative session.”
The large group of advocates was then led to Gov. Healey’s office by the musical ensemble “Music Out Front,” of which Rebecca Pomerantz is a member.
Members expressed gratitude for the Governor’s record of “strong action regarding climate justice as Attorney General and her equally strong start as Governor.” A letter with more than 3,000 signatures from across the state was presented to her. It identifies six key issues that Mothers Out Front will be supporting. Children read from the letter and presented them with bouquets of colorful cut-outs symbolizing “Hands Together.”
In addition to affirming her commitment to climate justice, Gov. Healey expressed delight (video here) that Mothers Out Front was the first group to meet with her since her inauguration.