Are you feeling it? In the book This Is An Uprising this is called The Moment of The Whirlwind. When hundreds or thousands of people are pouring their effort, energy and passion into one new, exciting, and powerful thing. It is in these times that we can significantly build our movement, broaden our movement, and win historic campaigns. It is exciting to be here with you, and I’m glad you are a part of it.
Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!
I’m temporarily dispensing with my usual Volunteer Boards to present our new Climate Strike Volunteer Opportunities board. Lots of stuff to do, and all hands needed on deck!
New Flyers & Posters – Climate Strike
You can pick up flyers and posters tomorrow at the Sierra Club (1821 SE Ankeny) where an Art Build will be happening tomorrow (Saturday) between 1.30pm – 4pm. Or come into the 350PDX office Mon-Fri 9-5, or text Chris (971-712-4152) to get some delivered to you!
I have printed thousands of flyers but I keep running out because you volunteers are so amazing at giving them out. I’m running out of money in the outreach budget to print more, so if you would like to donate to get more flyers and posters printed please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make that happen. Thank you!!
Comfort Captains! Help us make the festival sittable!
The Climate Strike Festival is taking place outside OMSI near the river, which is an idyllic general location, but the specific lot we have has a gravel floor. Not the most pleasant for sitting on! We will have enough chairs for workshops and general sitting, but to make this a comfortable, fun, enjoyable festival, we need comfortable seating! Do you have access to beanbags, outdoor carpets, cushioned chairs, sofas, straw bales, fake grass, or anything to make it nicer? We can set things up the day before so you can drop anything off then and pick it up after the festival is over. Any questions let me know – email@example.com. Thanks!
One of our biggest needs right now is for folks to step up and take a shift volunteering on the day. This is a grassroots, non-corporation-funded festival and we’ll need to pull together as a community to make it happen. It will be scrappy, but through that scrappiness it will be powerful and beautiful. Sign up here.
The scale and scope and the timeline we are putting this Strike Rally, March and Festival together is unprecedented for 350PDX, and to make it happen we need your help. Please take a moment to share the youth’s fundraiser on your Facebook, Twitter or just email it to your friends, and write why this personally matters to you. See the fundraiser here. Thank you!
TOMORROW Sat Sept 7, 1:00PM – 6:00PM @ NE Portland
Another opportunity to join Bonnie McKinlay’s excellent training. This is a great introduction to civil disobedience and is relevant for those who may wish to someday risk arrest, those who want to support others risking arrest, or just for those who want a greater understanding of why civil disobedience is an effective tactic. RSVP for location details -> contact Bonnie: (503) 705-1943, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Youth Climate Council – Portland Tree Code
Wed Sept 11, 9:30AM @ City Hall Chamber, 1221 SW 4th Ave, PortlandThe city gives us a 3 min slot to speak so please arrive early. The trees need you!
Support our Climate Strike youth colleagues in the PYCC. Wear Green. “If you or I want to cut down a tree, we must pay a fee to acquire a permit. Owners of commercial and industrial land do not. That means they are allowed – by the City – to cut down trees whenever they want without protection for those trees. We will be asking the city to change this.”
Wed Sept 11, 6:30PM – 8:30PM @ Cramer Hall Room 271, PSUThe Civil Liberties Defense Center, CLDC, host this important training.
Learn what your constitutional rights are and how they apply to protest, direct action and demonstration. Learn the “magic words” to say while interacting with law enforcement in order to keep you and your friends safe. We will walk you through the legal system and what to expect if you are arrested. Finally this training focuses on ways the government and law enforcement try to suppress our movements, and how you can stay resilient to repression.
Thurs Sept 12, 5:30PM – 7:30PM @ Poet’s Beach, west side of Marquam Bridge
Join us for a Beach Party to take action to protect the Southern Oregon coast from the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal! We will give you more information about the Coastal Zone Management Act review of Jordan Cove LNG and help you write comments to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development asking them to deny Jordan Cove LNG. Facebook event here
Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this organized and Oregonian movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator