350PDX Weekly Update – Civil Disobedience – Feb 19 2020

Hi everyone,

Non-violent civil disobedience is a key tool in the toolbox of any social movement. Civil disobedience takes many forms, from being in a kayak under the St John’s Bridge to stop an oil shipment, to sitting in the Governor’s office demanding she oppose the Jordan Cove fracked gas project, and from planting a garden over the railroad tracks at the Zenith oil terminal in NW Portland, to shutting down a Chase bank to demand they stop funding the climate crisis.

Local legend Bonnie McKinlay is offering her free civil disobedience workshop on Saturday (and has a March and April date scheduled too). This free workshop is for people considering risking arrest, those who want to support others risking arrest, or for those who want a greater understanding of why civil disobedience is an effective tactic (get some inspiration here).

Civil Disobedience Workshops
Saturday, February 22nd. 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday, March 28th. 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday, April 11th. 10:00AM – 3:00PM

For info, location or to RSVP, contact Bonnie: 503-705-1943, or goto350pdx@gmail.com
Please plan on participating through the entire session. Facebook events here.

Workshop Includes…
– Brief History of Civil Disobedience
– Personal Grounding
– Possible Legal Consequences
– Practical Preparation for Risking Arrest
-Know Your Rights
-Action Roles & Tactics
-Action Planning & Practice

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.


  • Join our Accessibility Committee!

    Are you interested in helping 350PDX become more accessible to people with disabilities and people whose primary language is not English? Apply to join the Accessibility Committee! Committee members will lead in creating an Accessibility Policy to launch in 2021. The Committee will meet March – October, 2020. Thank you!

  • Petition: Oregon – Take action on Black Carbon now!

    At last week’s General Meeting we heard about the scourge of diesel pollution and black carbon in Portland and the rest of the state. To meet the current and urgent needs for effective action to stem global temperature rise, we are calling on all levels of our government in Oregon to immediately develop strategies to reduce black carbon emissions in our state. Sign and share the petition here!

  • Sunrise Movement PDX looking for hosts!

    Sunrise is looking for people willing to host young climate activists coming to town in March for their Training for Trainers. They are looking for people who may be able to host Sunrisers who come from out of town. The main responsibility of a housing host is simply to provide a place for Sunrisers to sleep and keep their belongings safe. Food will be provided at the training and the trainings are all-day. The dates they need housing are Thursday evening, Mar 5 – Sunday, Mar 8. Interested? More details and next steps on this form.

  • Social Media Intern wanted!

    We’re looking for an intern to help us develop and implement a social media strategy which will amplify our work, advance our campaigns, and help us build the big, beautiful movement that we need. Interested? Know someone who might be? Check out details and apply here!


  • We won an award!

    Did you attend our Do Good Get Down Fundraiser at the end of 2019? If you did, thank you for helping to make it an award winning event! 350PDX was one of the winners of the Collaboration Excellence Award for our Give Guide event with Bark, Crag and Camp ELSO. And if you missed out, you better make sure you’re at the next one! Big shout out to our Development Manager, Ashley (bottom left), for all the amazing work she does for us!


  • Climate Justice in Black and Brown Communities

    TONIGHT Weds Feb 19, 6:30PM – 8:30PM @ Polaris Hall, 635 N Killingsworth Ct, Portland – Facebook Event here.Portland NAACP is teaming up with OPAL and the Climate Justice Alliance to bring a National conversation to our local community. In the past, and to some extent still now, when people think of environmentalism, they often think of saving the whales or hugging trees! When folks think about climate change, what often comes to mind are melting ice caps and suffering polar bears. Historically, American society has failed to make the connection in terms of the direct impact of environmental injustices, including climate change, on our own lives, families, and communities, all of whom depend on the physical environment and its bounty.

    This conversation will work at addressing the many practices that are harming communities nationwide and the policies needed to rectify these impacts and advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.

  • The Activism Show

    Weds Feb 19 & Thurs Feb 20, 7:00PM – 8:30PM @ Kickstand Comedy, 16 NW Broadway, Portland – Facebook event hereTotally Normal is a variety comedy show all about getting rid of shame and helping you feel normal in a world that is… not so normal. What is normal, anyway? Totally Normal is massively funny, profound, empathetic, and moving. This month is about Activism and Shame — how are those things connected? Activism is awesome, right? Right! But sometimes (often?) the world can feel like a chaotic, loud, burning pile of plastic garbage fire and all we have is a bio-degradable trash bag & a monthly contribution to Democracy Now. Shame rises from the ashes – of not doing enough, not knowing enough, of not doing it the right way & everything in between. This month’s Totally Normal sees you and wants to say that not all is lost. Come join us to get some haha’s and aha’s about how to make this world just a little better, brighter, and more sustainable.

    Feb. 19 & 20 / Doors at 7pm / Show at 7:30 / $10 presale or at the door – 20% of proceeds go to 350PDX

  • Defund / Divest Team Meeting
    Thurs Feb 20, 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland

    Join the Defund/Divest Team to get involved in their exciting new campaigns, including the Stop the Money Pipeline campaign. Read more about what this team does on their excellent new upgraded webpage! There’s lots to do and they need you!
    [An earlier email listed the wrong date for this meeting. It is Thurs Feb 20! You can always check the online calendar if you’re unsure about meeting details]

  • Climate Truth at the Logging Conference!
    Fri Feb 21, 10:00AM – 12:00PM @ 13th and Monroe – Eugene, Oregon. Facebook event here.

    Event from some climate groups down in Eugene – “Join forest and climate activists to make it clear that we agree with the science: Clearcuts Cause Climate Change and we don’t have time for false solutions!

    On February 21st, we will gather at the intersection of 13th and Monroe to demonstrate at the 2020 Oregon Logging Conference (OLC), who have claimed a theme this year of “Working Forests, Carbon Keepers”.  The OLC includes speakers from the Oregon Forest Industries Council and Timber Unity, organizations that have lobbied against Oregon’s 2019 and 2020 climate legislation.”

  • Fire Drill Fridays

    Fri Feb 21, 12:00PM – 1:00PM @ Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, PortlandEvery Friday folks are assembling outside City Hall in an energetic and colorful vigil to keep the pressure on Mayor Ted Wheeler to shut down the Zenith tar sands terminal in NW Porland, and to raise awareness from people and cars passing by.

    Bring signs or banners, or just bring yourself. Among the many things such a sign can say is “Fire Drill Fridays,” “Stop Zenith Energy,” “No More Bomb Trains,” “Mayor & Commissioners: Stand Strong!” 2×3 signs are big enough to be visible to walkers-by and drivers-by.

  • Defund / Divest Team Meeting
    Thurs Feb 20, 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland

    Join the Defund/Divest Team to get involved in their exciting new campaigns, including the Stop the Money Pipeline campaign. Read more about what this tea

  • Civil Disobedience Workshop
    Sat Feb 22, 10:00AM – 3:00PM @ RSVP for location. Share the Facebook Events here.
    Sat Mar 28, 10:00AM – 3:00PM
    Sat Apr 11, 10:00AM – 3:00PM

    For info or to RSVP, contact Bonnie: (503) 705-1943, or goto350pdx@gmail.com
    This free workshop is for people considering risking arrest, those who want to support others risking arrest, or for those who want a greater understanding of why civil disobedience is an effective tactic.
    Workshop Includes: Brief History of Civil Disobedience; Personal Grounding; Possible Legal Consequences; Practical Preparation for Risking Arrest; Know Your Rights; Action Roles and Tactics; Action Practice and Planning
    Please plan on participating through the entire session.
  • PDX Caravan to Day of Remembrance at NW Detention Center

    Sun Feb 22, 9:00AM – 5:00PM @ The Caravan will leave from the parking lot of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, 4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland – Facebook event here.Solidarity opportunity: immigrant justice = climate justice – IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice), Oregon PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility), Oregon Doctors 4 Camp Closure and friends are organizing a joint caravan up to Tacoma for the Day of Remembrance, Day of Action being planned by colleagues and friends in Washington.

    The Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at NWDC commemorates the 78th anniversary of the Executive Order that incarcerated 126,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees are confined in similar concentration camps. They are subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, threats of deportation, and countless indignities.

  • Portland Mayoral Climate and Environmental Justice Forum
    Sun Mar 8, 6:00PM – 9:00PM @ Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St Portland
    Together with Sunrise PDX and Harriet Tubman Middle School Environmental Club, we are co-hosting a Mayoral candidate climate and environmental justice forum. Confirmed so far are Incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler, Sarah Iannarone, and Teressa Raiford. This is going to be a huge chance for the people of this city to see where our mayoral candidates stand on climate and environmental justice. There’s an 800 seat capacity so invite the young people in your life to come along with you. Get your tickets here!

Thank you all for the work that you do, here’s to ten years of radical positive change,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Manager