We have 6 different campaign teams who are constantly strategizing and planning what we need to do to create the change that will lead to a sustainable future. Dineen and I have been trying to figure out a good way of making those plans more accessible to all our volunteers and supporters who aren’t deeply plugged into campaign teams so you can all take action in whatever way suits you best.
There is more that we do that is not yet on this list, and the idea will evolve and improve with your feedback, so please let me know what you think!
Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!
Portland City Council Passes Resolutions to Support Nuclear Ban Treaty and Diplomacy with Iran
Last Wednesday, Portland City Council adopted two resolutions in support of peace and diplomacy. Introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the first resolution put Portland on record supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the second one supported diplomacy, not war, with Iran. The resolutions were led by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and the American Iranian Friendship Council and supported by a broad coalition of community organizations, including 350PDX. Thanks for everyone’s support on these intersectional issues!
Salem Salmon Holders Needed!
I’m looking for 8 more folks to come to Salem on Thursday to hold these amazing salmon signs and to wave them about in a coordinated way. It’s fun to have a role at these rallies and this is a fun one! Meet at 10.30am in Salem, or 9am for carpools outside the 350PDX office (1820 NE 21st Ave) – drivers very welcome but passengers welcome too. Give me a text on 971-712-4152 or better just head for the salmon!
Our region has been fighting the Jordan Cove fracked gas project for over a decade. And now, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been before.
In the next few months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will try to rubber stamp this project. At the same time, the Trump Administration is attempting to rewrite important environmental laws, like the Clean Water Act, to take away states’ authority to stop fossil fuel projects like this. This is deeply wrong, unjust, and demands action from all of us.
Governor Brown: The time is NOW!
When: Thursday, November 21. 11:00 AM.
Where: State Capitol, Salem (900 Court St. NE)
What: Join hundreds for a rally to tell Governor Brown that it’s time to stop the Jordan Cove project once and for all. Wear red, there will be free tamales for lunch!
Invite your friends on Facebook here.
To join our carpool meetup, please meet at 9am at at our office in the parking lot of the Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave. There, you can join in a carpool, hop on the “Cool Bus” (an old school bus!) or offer rides to people in your own car. There is free street parking around the church. If you can offer rides to people, that would be very helpful, too! (The bus and carpools are first come first served. Come at 9am to get a spot!)
November 22nd: Tell Chase no to the Jordan Cove pipeline! Join the #CutTheChaseChallenge.
What happens when you use your Chase credit card (including Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Amazon Prime, and others)? A percentage of the money you spend goes to JPMorgan Chase, the largest funder of fossil fuels worldwide and the only major U.S. funder of the Jordan Cove pipeline project. On November 22nd, join us in sending a message to Chase. Whether or not you have a Chase credit card, click here to learn how you can join the #CutTheChaseChallenge to #DefundJordanCove, and please RSVP / share the event on Facebook!
TODAY Wed Nov 20, 2:00PM – 5:00PM @ Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland
Wear red! Two years ago City Council voted to pass a historic measure limiting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. It survived multiple court challenges, and now goes back to the Council for some minor tweaks before it can go into effect. The first session (November 20th) will be an opportunity for us (and the fossil fuel industry) to testify and show our power. The second session is planned for December 18th, when Council will vote. We need a sea of red for both sessions, so mark your calendar for that one too.
For inspiration, watch the video of the original passage here. (We’ll have streamers for this Wednesday’s meeting, too).
TODAY Wed Nov 20, 5:30PM – 8:00PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland
Wear red! Next big Metro hearing. Read more about it here.
Fire Drill Fridays
Fri Nov 22, 12:00PM – 1:00PM @ Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
Public vigil each week — same time, same place — delivering the message that we must continue to oppose expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland. The message is also to give appreciation to the City and County governments when they act courageously and collaboratively with us and to pressure them to continue to ramp up their opposition. All are welcome to participate in this nonviolent Friday fixture. Bring a sign saying something like “Stop Zenith Energy” or “Fire Drill Fridays” if you have it!
Fri Nov 22, 7:30PM – 9:00PM @ The Vault Theater, 350 E Main St., Hillsboro
Join the 350 Washington County team for one night only as they participate in the global Climate Change Theatre Action 2019! Hear staged readings of climate-change-inspired short plays. Free and accepting donations.
Fri Nov 22 – Sat Nov 23 @ PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, Portland
A free interdisciplinary symposium to promote dialog on the interplay of environmentalism, social justice, education, design, and the arts. Students, scholars, activists, educators, designers, and artists working on environmental justice issues will explore the politics surrounding systemic biases and the ways that environmental degradation and climate change intersect with race, gender, and class to create disproportionate outcomes on both a local and global scale. The day’s agenda will place the arts at the center of these conversations, investigating how creative practices contribute to community and global struggles for environmental justice. More details here.
Sun Dec 1, 4:00PM – 7:00PM @ Base Camp Brewing Company, 930 SE Oak St, Portland. Facebook event here
Let’s come together and celebrate almost a year of fierce and sustained organizing against Zenith, Global Partners, and fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland!
Together with our partners, we’ve all held forums and rallies, filled petition sheets and packed City Hall, taken to the streets with the youth, and stood vigil over the facility throughout the night. And even as the terminal continues to operate, we’ve won significant victories: the City has denied new permits for Zenith, and the County has committed to institute fossil fuel risk bonds to hold polluters accountable. Momentum is building.
So join us as we share stories, get to know one another better, and celebrate together as we embark on the long struggle to come!
Mon Dec 2, 6:00PM – 9:00PM @ Universalist Unitarian Church at Willamette Falls, 710 6th St., Oregon City.
The Clackamas Climate Action Coalition (formerly the 350PDX Clackamas County team) presents a Look Ahead for the Climate Crisis, in Clackamas County, Oregon and the planet. Come hear Climate Reality leader, Linda Blue in a sober and hopeful presentation about how you can get involved. Also updates on the Clackamas County Climate Plan, the ballot measure on sustainable forest practices, and youth initiatives. Drinks, socializing and advocacy are free! RSVP here.
Thurs Dec 5, 4:00PM – 7:00PM @ High Water Mark Lounge, 6800 NE M L King Blvd, Portland
350PDX, Bark, Crag Law Center and Camp ELSO have joined forces to put on a groovy Give Guide event. Please break out your funkiest retro look and join us for a night of far out beats provided by the Latinx DJ collective Noche Libre! We will also have a photo booth, raffle prizes and endless groovy vibes! So be sure to invite your friends, can you dig? To get your tickets you must donate $10 or more on the day of the event (12/5) to one of the participating organizations through the Give! Guide. *This event is 21+*
Thank you all for the work that you do, you make me so proud to be part of 350PDX,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator