BREAKING NEWS: the Senate will vote on Manchin’s dirty deal TONIGHT! After failing to attach the dirty deal to the Inflation Reduction Act, Manchin is now trying to get it passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Action (NDAA). The dirty deal would undermine the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), fast-track fossil fuel projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and allow BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and other frontline communities to once become sacrifice zones for fossil fuel companies’ profit.

The frontlines-led People vs. Fossil Fuels coalition – which we are proud to be a part of – has delivered major blows to the dirty deal. But we need to come together once again to stop this thing once and for all.

Can you call your senator within these next few hours before the vote?

Call your senator at 888-997-5380. When you’re connected, here’s what to say:

“I’m urging my senator to vote NO on any amendment that would advance Manchin’s dirty permitting deal. I’m deeply concerned about any legislation that would fast-track fossil fuel projects and undermine our ability to give input on new energy projects.”

What’s clear: people power and organizing works! Thank you for sticking with us and making calls at this critical time. Read on for more opportunities to take action, thank you for being a part of the fight for climate justice.

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff and Community

Take Action

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

Send a Comment to FERC to Stop the GTN XPress Fracked Gas Expansion Project

For years, we’ve been successfully standing up to fossil fuel corporations. Now, TC Energy (the company behind Keystone XL) is trying to quietly expand the GTN pipeline with an additional 150 million cubic feet of gas per day while also adding a new gas compressor station in Morrow County, OR. This proposed expansion project is called GTN Xpress. TC Energy is proposing this as an expansion because they know our movement is too powerful to propose a brand new pipeline — but the impact is just as dangerous to our climate and our communities. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is making a decision on this project on February 16 – so we need to get as many comments in as we can before then. Please refer to our partners at Rogue Climate for information on how to send in a comment to FERC. It takes another couple minutes because you’ll have to create an account, but it’s a really meaningful and important action to take. Please send in a comment to FERC as soon as possible, and once you do, then send a message to our Oregon US Senators — they should be publicly opposing this project. 

Send in a Comment to ODOT to Demand an EIS for the Proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion

Our friends at No More Freeways need our help to submit as many comments as possible to the Oregon Department of Transportation to challenge the agency’s proposed $1.45 billion Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion, and demand a thorough Environmental Impact Statement on the project. ODOT still has done absolutely nothing to address concerns about the dangerous impacts of the additional lanes of freeway and the congestion it will bring to our streets, the air pollution it will bring to our lungs, and the carbon emissions that it will add to our alarmingly warming planet.

Please submit your own comment here by January 3, 2023. You can write whatever you’d like, but we’d encourage you to speak from the heart and write about your own personal reasons why you oppose this project, be it related to air pollution, induced demand, climate change, or general skepticism of ODOT. Click here to see the talking points from No More Freeways to include in your comments, as well as submit your comment directly to ODOT. 

Sign the Petition & Write to Congress: Restore Federal Recognition for the Chinook Indian Nation

In 2001, the Chinook Nation obtained federal recognition from the U.S. government. However, celebration turned into heartbreak when the U.S. government rescinded this recognition eighteen months later. The Chinook Indian Nation was essentially declared nonexistent in the eyes of the government. The nation has been unable to access programs and resources to which federally recognized tribes are entitled. Over the last 20 years, the lack of federal recognition has cost $200 million dollars, opportunities for youth, and countless lives.

Congress has both the power and authority to recognize tribes. We are calling on our elected officials to do what’s right and end this humanitarian crisis: Stop the genocide and federally recognize the Chinook Indian Nation.

Free the lower Snake River

Indigenous communities, environmental groups, and others have long been calling to remove the four lower Snake River dams — to help save Northwest salmon and steelhead from the brink of extinction. The Biden Administration has made a commitment to develop a long-term restoration strategy to restore salmon and other native fish populations to healthy and abundant levels, bringing us closer to restoring a free-flowering lower Snake River. But the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is standing in the way. Join us in calling on the U.S. Department of Energy and Secretary Jennifer Granholm to ensure the BPA is an active partner in freeing the Snake River, protecting native fish populations, and honoring the rights of Indigenous communities.

Events & Opportunities

TOMORROW: A Night of Caroling with Fellow Portland Climate Activists!

Thurs, Dec 15, 5:30-7pm — meet on the corner of N Highland & N Concord Ave

Join us and our friends at Breach Collective and Portland Youth Climate Strike for a night of caroling to festively spread awareness about the dangers of Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail operations! Make sure you bring: warm clothes (ideally festive!), bells or other instruments if you have them, friends and family, and holiday cheer. This is gonna be a fun time!

People’s Public Hearing on the Proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion

Tues, Jan 3, 6pm — Harriet Tubman Middle School (2231 N Flint Ave, Portland) — learn more here

No More Freeways asked ODOT to hold an in-person public comment event for the poposed Rose Quarter Freeway, and they refused. So they’re holding their own. Save the date for a People’s Public Hearing at Harriet Tubman Middle School on January 3rd, 2023.

ODOT’s proposed $1.45 billion Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion would lock us into more fossil fuel infrastructure and expose the Harriet Tubman Middle School to dangerous levels of pollution. We need a full Enviornmental Impact Statement (EIS) that studies alternatives to freeway expansion. You can also submit a public comment demanding ODOT conducts a full EIS on the project.

Join us for Rumble on the River #4: A Community Forum on Zenith Energy and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub

Tues, Jan 17, 6pm — Havurah Shalom (825 NW 18th Ave) — Stay tuned for more info.

This is the fourth in a series of free community forums to educate and activate around the threats to public health, safety and our environment stemming from the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub and Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail operations. Each forum has a new line-up of speakers! Panelists at this forum include Bob Sallinger (Outgoing Conservation Director for Portland Audubon), Melanie Plaut (Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility member), Jay Wilson (Past Chair, Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission), and more. Doors and info tables at 6pm, panel at 6:30pm. Stay tuned for more info.

Missed the last Rumble? Check out a recording of it here, and a big thank you to Creative Team volunteer Mara for filming!

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 (PJWJ is a coalition of over 100 labor, faith, community and student organizations and individual activists taking action for workers rights and economic justice). Also see their list of solidarity actions.

Check out the 350PDX Art Sale before Dec 16th!

The Art Sale for Climate Justice is wrapping up on Dec 16! All pieces in the sale have been generously donated by staff, volunteers, or supporters of 350PDX, and 100% of the proceeds go towards helping us hit our end of year fundraising goal. Make sure to make your purchases by the end of the day on Dec 16 – check out the art sale here.

Can you make a donation to 350PDX before Dec 31?

The end of the year is just around the corner, and we need to raise $100,000 to ensure we can keep up our climate justice work in 2023. We are largely funded by the community, and any amount you can give – from $5 to $500 – is a huge help. Can you make a donation before Dec 31?

In love and gratitude,
Anissa, Brenna, Chris, Dineen, Eloise, Emily, Indi, Julia – the 350PDX staff