Welcome to the 350PDX newsletter, where we highlight action opportunities, upcoming events, and more!

Take Action

For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action Page. Take the Pledge of Action for more updates.

Take action for clean air in Multnomah County

Multnomah County Commissioners have a huge opportunity to pass an electrification resolution that would help us fight back against the gas industry and enact policies that ensure cleaner and safer air for us all to breathe. The Commissioners need to hear from us now! Join us in telling the Commissioners that the people of Multnomah County support them voting yes on this critical electrification resolution.

3 ways you can take action:

1)  Email Multnomah County Commissioners to say we need Clean Air Quality Standards NOW!

2)  Come testify to the County about this issue. We will help you come up with a 2-minute testimony you can share. Meetings are Thursday mornings at 9:30 am. Reach out to Dineen at dineen@350pdx.org to learn more about how you can support.

3)  Call Chair Vega Pederson to ask that the county schedules a vote on the electrification resolution.

☎️ Call Multnomah County Chair Vega Pederson: 503-988-3308

CALL SCRIPT (leave a voicemail): “Hello Chair Vega Pederson. My name is __ and I am a Multnomah County Resident. I am calling to encourage you to schedule a vote on an electrification resolution to address the significant air quality and climate impacts of using fossil fuels in homes and buildings. It is critical that the county moves quickly to take action on the issue in order to protect public health and our climate. Please schedule a vote on the draft resolution before budget season starts. Thank you”

Join us in thanking our legislators for passing climate justice bills!

The Oregon legislative session wrapped up this past weekend, and we are celebrating that several climate justice bills passed! Over the past month, over 400 people in the 350PDX community sent messages to their legislators calling on them to prioritize climate justice during the session, and dozens more lobbied their legislators in person or submitted public testimony. These bills only passed because of support from the local climate justice movement — from people like you — contacting their legislators again and again.

While we are disappointed that some bills didn’t pass, we would still like to thank our legislators for what they did pass this session — and to call on them to deepen their commitment to climate justice by listening to us, the people of Oregon, in all future decisions. Join us in thanking our legislators for passing climate justice bills, and calling on them to prioritize climate justice next year.

You can also read our full 2024 Legislative Session Wrap-Up blog post here, for more information on what bills passed this session.

Events & Opportunities

Check out our full calendar here.​​​​

350PDX March Action Night – City Council Candidates Meet & Greet!

Wed, March 20, 6:00-8:00PM — 350PDX Office (3639 N Mississippi Ave) – learn more and sign up here

Join us next week — Wed, March 20, from 6-8pm — in the 350PDX Office (3639 N Mississippi Ave) for a Portland City Council Candidate Meet & Greet! RSVP here.

With the upcoming Portland City Council elections this November, we are inviting City Council candidates from all four districts to our March Action Night. Join the City Council Candidate Meet & Greet for a chance to get to know candidates from your district. Consider what climate justice issues you’re noticing in your community, or around the region, and bring these up with candidates. What do you most want to see the city council do in the next several years? This is your chance to ask questions, share your concerns and ideas, and have informal conversation with candidates fairly early in this important election year.

Please invite friends to attend this with you! We want to show candidates the strength of the climate justice vote. We also want to start building up momentum and excitement for the potential we have ahead of us this year, to make a positive change in our city leadership in the transition to a new form of voting and new city council districts.

Candidates who have agreed to attend so far (or a few of them will send a campaign surrogate): Andra Vltavín, Angelita Morillo, Bob Weinstein, Candace Avalos, Cayle Tern, Chris Flanary, Christopher Olson, Daniel DeMelo, Debbie Kitchin, Elana Pirtle-Guiney, Jamie Dunphy, Jennifer Park, Laura Streib, Marc Koller, Mariah Hudson, Marnie Glickman, Mitch Green, Moses Ross, Nat West, Olivia Clark, Rex Burkholder, Robin Ye, Sarah Silkie, Soren Underal, Steph Routh, Timur Ender

Oregon Treasurer Candidate Forum

Tues, April 2, 6:30PM — First Unitarian Church of Portland (1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland) – learn more and sign up here

Join Divest Oregon’s Oregon Treasurer Candidate Forum on April 2 at 6:30pm at the First Unitarian Church of Portland (1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland). The Oregon State Treasurer plays a critical role in state investments, including the $94 billion pension fund — the 12th largest in the country. In February, State Treasurer Tobias Read revealed his signature net-zero plan to decarbonize the state’s portfolio by 2050; in March, the Oregon legislature passed the COAL Act. How the Treasury’s net-zero plan and the COAL Act are implemented will depend on the next Treasurer’s leadership.

At the April 2 forum, Oregon Treasurer candidates will answer questions around climate-safe investing and rising private equity concerns, as well as key issues about transparency, management style, and governance. Moderated by the Oregon Capital Chronicle’s Alex Baumhardt, the forum is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6pm. All who have filed as candidates for Oregon State Treasurer have been invited to participate. Following the forum, there will also be a reception to celebrate two BIG EVENTS that have happened in just the past month – winning the COAL Act and the release of the Treasurer’s Net-Zero Plan!

Partner Event: Climate Cafe PDX

Thurs, April 11,  6:15-7:45PM — location TBD, learn more here

Join Climate Cafe PDX, an informal, open, respectful, confidential space to process climate related emotions with people in our community. Free and open to all. This is also a space for exploration of thoughts, feelings and experiences rather than what we are doing about the climate crisis. LOCATION TBD, email climatecafepdx@gmail.com for updates. Masks provided and required.

US Congressional District 3 Candidate Forum

Saturday, April 20, 6:30pm, at the University of Portland — SAVE THE DATE (stay tuned for more information)

On April 20, you’re invited to a forum where we’ll hear from candidates running for Congressman Blumenauer’s seat (US Congressional District 3). 350PDX is hosting the forum alongside Portland Harbor Community Coalition and Unite Oregon, and in collaboration with a course at the University of Portland. Options to attend in person and virtually, registration will open soon. Candidates who will be attending the forum include Maxine Dexter, Michael Jonas, Nolan Bylenga, Rachel Lydia Rand, and Susheela Jayapal.

Earth Day Film Screening of Tomorrow at the Aladdin Theater

Monday, April 22, 6:00pm, get tickets here ($3 each)

The 350PDX Brooklyn Neighborhood Team is hosting an Earth Day film screening of Tomorrow at the Aladdin Theater, and you’re invited! TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

Actions with Don’t Shoot PDX

Throughout the week, across the city – details here

Worker Solidarity Actions

Throughout the week, across the city – visit the Portland Jobs with Justice page for more info. Also see their list of solidarity actions.

Monday, April 22, 6:00pm, get tickets here ($3 each)

The 350PDX Brooklyn Neighborhood Team is hosting an Earth Day film screening of Tomorrow at the Aladdin Theater, and you’re invited! TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

News & Updates

The Habitat Conservation Plan passed!

Last week, we were thrilled that the Oregon Board of Forestry adopted the Habitat Conservation Plan for Western Oregon State ForestsWe need healthy forests now more than ever — to provide clean water for local communities, habitat for threatened species, and a line of defense against the climate crisis — and the Habitat Conservation Plan’s passage is a critical step in this direction.

The HCP protects essential habitat for 17 imperiled species of salmon and wildlife on 640,000 acres of Oregon state forests, establish buffers protecting forests from clearcutting, and create large Habitat Conservation Areas for species dependent on mature forests, like the marbled murrelet, coastal marten, and spotted owl. A good faith effort, the HCP offers vital protections to threatened and endangered species while balancing the need to provide stable funding to counties and rural communities that rely on logging revenue. Over the past few years, hundreds of Oregonians have called on the Board of Forestry to pass a robust HCP — sending emails, signing petitions, and submitting testimony, and more. Thank you for being part of this work!

Do you live in the blast zone of Zenith’s oil trains?

Do you live in the blast zone of Zenith’s oil trains? Use this map to find out. If you do, call and write to the City of Portland and share that you live in the blast zone and are concerned for your safety. You can also pick up a yard sign to have in your front yard or apartment window to educate your neighbors about the blast zone and what they can do to #StopZenith. Send an email to stopzenith@350pdx.org to coordinate receiving a yard sign from one of our team members.

The 350PDX Fossil Fuel Resistance Team is also helping folks hold Neighborhood Parties to educate their community about the issue, reach out to dineen@350pdx.org and lisebethjacobs@gmail.com to learn more.

Apply to be a summer intern at 350PDX! – apply by April 14

Come work with us for 10 weeks this summer! Those 18 years of age and older can apply to participate in our summer internship cohort on Climate Justice Organizing & Policy Advocacy. Interns will work a total of 120 hours over 10 weeks at $20/hour, for a total of $2400. Course credit can be arranged. Apply by April 14. See the position description here.

If you’re a high school student, we are also considering a volunteer youth cohort, so please email Cherice Bock (cherice@350pdx.org) to indicate interest.

In love and gratitude,
The 350PDX staff