Welcome to the 350PDX newsletter! Read on for ways to take action for climate justice, event opportunities, and more. But first — A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Spring Sustaining Donor Drive! With support from the community, we’re able to keep ramping up our campaigns for climate justice while knowing we have solid financial footing for the months and years ahead. So from everyone on staff with 350PDX — thank you! We’re so grateful to be a part of this work with you all, fighting for a just, resilient future, while together building a beautiful community along the way.
– 350PDX Staff (Anissa, Brenna, Chris, Dineen, Eloise, Kiera, & Julia)
For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action Page. Take the Pledge of Action for more updates.
Tell your Legislators to Support Climate Justice in the 2023 Legislative Session
Right now, we have an opportunity to win important changes across all of Oregon in the 2023 Legislative Session. 350PDX has a list of bills we’re urging our Senators and Representatives to champion during the session. If passed, these bills would have sweeping, tangible benefits for our communities and our climate. Join us in calling on our legislators to champion these bills!
Tell your Legislators to say NO to the Domestic Terrorism Bill
We can’t let Oregon pass a bill that would leave the door wide open for the state to wrongfully charge social and environmental justice activists with “domestic terrorism.” Will you join us in calling on our legislators to oppose the Domestic Terrorism Bill (HB 2772)?
Events & Opportunities
Shade Equity Strategy Session
Mon, May 22 (6:00-8:00pm) — Rebuilding Center Workshop (3639 N. Mississippi Ave) – RSVP here
On Monday, May 22 from 6-8pm, we’re inviting folks to gather to dig deeper into the barriers to growing a more equitable urban forest and building momentum for a campaign to remove those barriers. To that end, we’d love you to share your thoughts about the biggest issues facing Portland’s urban forests and possible solutions. We’ll use your insights to inform the evening’s discussions. Food & drinks provided – please let us know if you plan to bring kids so we can prepare accordingly. Please register for the event. We hope to see you there!
Rumble on the River 7: Community Forum on Zenith Energy & the CEI Hub (also the FFR Meeting)
Tues, May 23 (6-8:30pm) — at First Unitarian Portland (1211 SW Main St.) in the Buchan Room – learn more & register here
Join us for the 7th in a series of community forums on Zenith Energy and the CEI Hub. A coalition of nearly 30 neighborhood, river and climate advocacy organizations sponsor this series to increase public awareness of the safety, health and seismic risks associated with the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub and Zenith Energy. Each forum is different in its approach to examining the 6-mile stretch of aging tank farms that line the North Reach of the Willamette River within a seismic liquefaction zone. This will also be the Fossil Fuel Resistance Teams’ meeting next week, and all are welcome to visit the forum with the team.
Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire
May 26-June 1, various times — at Hollywood Theater (8940 N Bradford St, Portland) – more info here
Filmed across the West and narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo, ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINE WILDFIRE takes viewers on a journey with the top experts in the nation to better understand fire. The film follows the harrowing escape from Paradise, California, as the town ignited from wind-driven embers and burned within a few hours of the fire’s start. It then continues to the even more recent fires of the last two years, when Oregon, California and Colorado suffered their worst wildfires in recorded history.
350PDX New Volunteer Evening
Tues, May 30 (6-7:45pm) — 350PDX (3625 Mississippi Ave) – learn more here
Come and hear more of what 350PDX is all about, meet some staff and volunteers, see our office space, and explore more how to get involved! We’ll start at 6pm with some pizza and wine/beer/soft drinks, and then have an intro training that covers what we’re all about. We’ll do some group exercises to get you practicing some of your new skills, and we’ll finish with some time to chat one on one about getting more involved or get your remaining questions answered.
Save the Date: Deep Roots Action Camp
June 1-4 — Stay tuned for details – more info & registration here
Join the Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance June 1 – 4 for a Deep Roots Action Camp! Learn & practice nonviolent direct action skills, connect with others in the forest & climate defense communities, and sleep under the stars. The Deep Roots Action Camp will take place in the Pacific Northwest, between Seattle and Portland. Folks will learn & draw from the lessons of the climate justice and forest defense movements, with the goal of building a vibrant direct action movement to protect our communities, forests, and climate.
350PDX Book Club
Wed, June 7, 6:30-8pm — at 350PDX (3625 Mississippi Ave) – learn more & rsvp here
We’ll meet for our monthly book club to talk about “Not Too Late: Changing the climate story from despair to possibility” by Rebecca Solnit & Thelma Young Lutunatabua
Paddle Zenith Out of Portland: A Land & Water Rally to End the Era of Fossil Fuels!
Sun, June 11 — at Cathedral Park – stay tuned for more info
On June 11, thousands will be taking action as part of a nation-wide mass mobilization with the People vs Fossil Fuels coalition. Here in Portland, we’ll be organizing a rally on the river to take a stand against Zenith Energy’s dangerous oil-by-rail operations, call for an end to fossil fuel projects around the country, and send a strong message that we will continue to shut down every fossil fuel project in the Pacific Northwest!
350PDX June Action Night
Wed, June 14, 6-8pm — at 350PDX (3625 Mississippi Ave) – learn more & rsvp here
Join us for our monthly 350PDX Action Night, an in-person gathering at our office where you can take action, meet other folks in the climate justice community, and learn more about our campaigns and how to get involved! Food and drink is provided.
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.
News & Updates
Thank you to everyone who came out to our May Action Night!
We had a great time with folks who came out to our action night this week! We wrote postcards to Commissioner Rubio calling for shade equity, talked about a kayaktivism action on June 11th, and heard more about our direct action history in campaigns like the 2015 Shell No movement from 350PDX Board Member Ahmed Gaya and Campaign Manager Dineen O’Rourke.
Join us at our next Action Night on June 14, 6-8pm at 3625 Mississippi Ave.
In love and gratitude,
The 350PDX staff