350PDX Weekly Update – Jordan Cove news! – Jan 29 2020

Hi everyone,

Big news in our biggest campaign this week! As some of you may have heard by now, there was a big turn of events a few days ago for our Jordan Cove campaign. Pembina pulled out their “Removal Fill” permit application from the Department of State Lands; the decision we’d been waiting on that was due to happen next Friday. This press release from Rogue Climate is a great summary with powerful quotes.

In short, this is an awesome set back for this fracked gas pipeline, but not the end… yet.

Impacted landowners, tribal members, and south coast residents working to protect Oregon from Jordan Cove LNG will hold a press conference in response to Jordan Cove LNG’s withdrawal on Tuesday, February 4th at 9:30am immediately prior to the State Lands Board meeting at the Department of State Lands in Salem. There will be carpools leaving outside the 350PDX church at 7:50am if anyone can make it! More details on that here.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Updates

Requests

  • Stop the Money Pipeline — Social Media Blitz

    Join in the Social Media Blitz to get the word out about the new nationwide coalition, Stop the Money Pipeline350PDX is a coalition member. We are working to STOP banks, insurance companies, and asset managers from funding, insuring, and investing in the climate crisis. Click here to get example posts and photos for your social media outlets. Not on social media?  Send texts or emails to friends and family. Members of the coalition were part of the following actions  just last week:

  • Jane Fonda’s video directly called out Jamie Dimon – Don’t miss that 350PDX is a coalition partner at the end of the video!
  • Avaaz took out a full-page advert in the Financial Times calling out Jamie Dimon
  • Greta Thunberg demanded that the banks stop funding the fossil fuel industry,
  • Elizabeth Warren wrote to the banks telling them to send her their climate plans
  • Wall Street CEO’s went public whining that the climate crisis is not their problem
  • There was an epic action in New York (go Rise and Resist!)
  • Rising Tide Chicago made their presence felt at Chase Tower in Chicago
  • And we mailed nearly 1,500 letters from about ten different states to Jamie Dimon’s home. Boom! ???  – 369 of those letters from 350PDX.  Way to go, team!

Opportunities

  • Fire Drill Fridays

    Fri Jan 31, 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.

  • Activist Sing-Along with Occupella

    Sun Feb 2, 3:00PM – 5:00PM @ Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, PortlandOccupella is a group of social justice singers and instrumentalists. They sing to promote peace, social and environmental justice, and an end to corporate domination. You are invited to sing with them on the first Sunday in February! They will introduce ourselves, discuss the connection between music/song and social justice organizing, and join together in song as we fundraise for two local organizations: 350PDX and Never Again Action.

    The sing-a-long event is free but they will pass the hat for donations to these two organizations working on human rights and climate issues. Some light refreshments will be served – please bring your own reusable cup or water bottle for beverages. Hope to see you there! Facebook event here.

  • BIPOC Caucus Meeting

    Thurs Feb 6, 5:00PM – 6:00PM 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, PortlandJoin us for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color* (BIPOC) Caucus meeting! Come meet with other people of color working on climate justice at 350PDX or on various justice issues within our partner organizations. At our February meeting, Renate, the Census Equity Manager at Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), will be joining us to share more about the #WeCountOregon campaign.

    The #WeCountOregon campaign is a community-led effort to ensure that hard to count communities  – people of color, immigrants, renters, rural communities, and parents of children under 5 – understand and take the 2020 Census.

    This meeting will be a potluck for community building from 5-6 PM, with Renate presenting from 6-6:30 PM. Email Anissa at anissa@350pdx.org to RSVP and to sign up to bring a dish! Share the Facebook event here.

    *People of color are defined as black, brown, Asian, indigenous, and mixed-race people who do not identify as white. White people are encouraged to attend all other events but this is an affinity group for folks of color to form a community. Thank you for respecting our boundaries!

  • Good Grief – Get Acquainted with this 10 Steps Support Group

    Thurs Feb 6, 7:00PM – 8:30PM 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland – Facebook event hereIntroduction to the “Good Grief” weekly support group sponsored by 350PDX. Open to all who find themselves grieving about the planet. Learn about the group and experience the Twelve-Step practice of sharing without cross-talk. Hear from prior participants. Ten week commitment to join after introduction. Feb 13 through April 16. Thursday Evenings 7:00-8:30 PM. $50 or what you can afford to cover rent and expenses. This is NOT a therapy group but emotional expression is welcomed.

    Climate Strike Against TMX Tar Sands!

    Fri Feb 7, 10:30AM – 2:30PM @ Vancouver Port Commissioner’s Office, 3103 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA, 98660Have you been following the resistance to the pipelines in the Wet’suwet’en territories in so-called Canada? Have you heard about the Tiny House Warriors in so-called British Columbia that are blockading the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project (TMX)? Were you watching as activists shut down the Port of Vancouver, WA to block pipe destined for TMX this past fall?

    The resistance against pipelines and fossil fuel projects is growing. We need you to join us, in solidarity with those on the frontlines up north, to amplify the message: No Pipelines! Stop TMX! Right now, there is still TMX pipe at the Port of Vancouver, WA. The Port Commissioners have said they want to be a part of the solution to the climate crisis–but they are proving to be all talk and no walk. Join in the fight! If so-called climate leaders won’t ensure a stable climate future, then we have to rely on each other to make this necessity a reality. We’ll be meeting at the Vancouver Port Commissioner’s Office at 10:30am on Friday, February 7th to rally and take action! Wear red and/or black! Facebook event here.

  • 350PDX Volunteer Orientation

    Mon Feb 10, 6:00PM – 8:00PM 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, PortlandCome along to learn what we do at 350PDX, meet other new volunteers, and find out how you can plug into meaningful and powerful climate action. Please RSVP here!

  • 350PDX General Meeting
    Tues Feb 11, 6:00PM – 8:00PM 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland
    Save the date for our monthly General Meeting. We’ll be taking a deep dive into forests, climate, how the logging industry has become one of Oregon’s biggest carbon emitters, and what you can do about it – i.e. the Forest Waters Protection Act.We’ll start with a potluck and end with team tabling as always, which makes this a great time to come together for new volunteers and old friends. See you there!

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