[Check out this 2-minute Youtube documentary to see the #PeopleOverPipelines Marchers in action!]
From July 14-18th 2016, hundreds of Massachusetts residents marched the route of Spectra’s proposed pipeline projects all the way to the Massachusetts State House, where the 43-mile #PeopleOverPipelines March culminated with a rally on the steps of the Grand Staircase. As we walked, we picked up new marchers, major media coverage and a growing sense of our own political power. By the end of the march, eight state legislators and US Congressman Stephen Lynch had joined us, and our story had earned over 50 media hits, including The Boston Globe, WBUR, WGBH, and even FOX News!
Together, we sent an unmistakable message to Governor Baker and our state legislators: if they don't stop new gas pipelines, the people will! A State House insider told us we “moved the needle on the [pipeline tax] issue with our march.” Though the major energy bill passed at the end of July did not include the pipeline tax ban we advocated for, we will take the power we’ve built and set our sights on the Baker Administration, the pipeline tax’s sole remaining proponent.
The Massachusetts Climate Movement made this march happen. Deepest gratitude to our co-sponsoring organization Mass Power Forward, the #PeopleOverPipelines planning team and our many partners in this effort: UU Mass Action, First Unitarian Church of Sharon, the First Unitarian Church of Franklin, United Church of Walpole, Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Norwood, Theodore Parker Church, Stratford Street United Church, Church on the Hill, No Sharon Gas Pipeline, No Walpole Gas Pipeline, No Canton Gas Pipeline, No Stoughton Gas Pipeline, Fore River Residents Against the Compressor, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral, Resist the Pipeline, Black and Pink, the Criminal Justice Police Coalition, Progressive Asset Management, Boston Mobilization, the Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action, Mothers Out Front, Alliance for Climate Education,Consumers for Sensible Energy, and too many others to name!