350PDX Weekly Update – May Day – Apr 29 2020

Hi everyone,

Our fight for climate justice isn’t solely about reducing carbon emissions in the atmosphere. It’s about providing justice and a livable future for all. To win the policies that will get us to that future, such as a Green New Deal, we need to align with other movements fighting for justice, like the movements for racial justice, economic justice, and social justice. Finding intersectional solutions that move forward all of these movements, like the brilliant Portland Clean Energy Fund, is both the right thing and the effective thing to do, because we can win more transformational policies if we have broader and stronger support behind them.

May Day, this Friday May 1, is historically a day of direct action for workers’ rights and economic justice. During the difficult and uncertain times we are in right now with the pandemic, we are experiencing massive job losses and unemployment that is unprecedented perhaps even by the Great Depression, and there is incredible need for holding bad bosses accountable who are not providing adequate health and safety equipment and training or adequate pay for workers on the front lines of the pandemic economy. That’s why it is more important than ever that workers are organizing, taking action, and fighting for justice.

So please consider standing in solidarity with workers this May Day, and help strengthen the ties between the climate and economic justice movements. Join Portland Jobs with Justice for a May Day of Digital Action with events and calls to action on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter all day long in support of front line healthcare workers, grocery workers, postal workers, queer workers and undocumented workers through tactics like petition signings, mutual aid, call ins, and Twitter storms. See more information below, or on the Jobs with Justice Facebook page.

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In these financially unstable times, organizations like 350PDX are vulnerable. We hope you are looking after yourselves and your community first, but if you’re able to, please consider becoming a sustaining donor to help us get through this crisis and make sure pandemic solutions are climate solutions, and the society we rebuild is one based on community, solidarity, and clean energy. Donate monthly here. Anything helps, truly! 

Until May 5th, the first month of donations for new sustainers will go towards the Oregon Worker Relief Fund.

The Oregon Worker Relief Fund gets dollars in the hands of Immigrant Oregon workers who are being left out of the Federal Stimulus package. 100% of the donations will go directly to community members in need who cannot access unemployment insurance benefits. Learn more about the fund here.

Help us get through this and become a monthly sustainer today!

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Check out the 350PDX Actions page for all the actions you can take right now. It’s different every week and there are 6 actions on there right now!

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

COVID-19 Resources

Actions

All these actions and more are listed on the new 350PDX Actions page!

  • Tell Congress that New LNG and Fracked Gas Pipelines are not Essential during COVID-19

    A couple weeks ago the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a key permit for the Jordan Cove fracked gas project. While the pipeline company is still missing all three of the key Oregon state permits it needs for construction, this federal approval should still be challenged. Last week 29 members of Congress called on FERC to declare a moratorium on the approval and construction of new fracked gas pipeline projects and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities for the duration of the FEMA-declared public health emergency.

    Will you send an email to tell Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to urge FERC to halt approvals and construction during the coronavirus outbreak? Click here to send an email now.

  • Allow Digital Signature Gathering for Citizen’s Initiatives During COVID-19 State Of Emergency

    A better future is possible on the other side of this crisis, but we need your help to strengthen the democratic process. In-person signature gathering is impossible to conduct safely during the coronavirus pandemic, and we need a legally valid digital option for signature gathering in this critical moment. Please sign and share this petition to establish an emergency digital option today! Sign the petition here.

  • Online Training: Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign

    Join Eileen Flanagan, a highly experienced national activist, for this online course which will teach you the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning. With proven methods of building people power, campaigns shake up the status quo through tactics that range from fasting and boycotts to noncooperation and civil disobedience. If you’re feeling discouraged, this is the perfect time to build your strategic skills in the methods of Gandhi, King, and suffrage leader Alice Paul. The course will begin Thursday, May 7th and run the four Thursdays of May from 4 to 6 PST. Costs $29 – sign up here.

Opportunities​​​​

  • Intro to Project Drawdown
    TONIGHT Wed Apr 29, 7pm Online – Send RSVP to Mogsaway@yahoo.com with “Drawdown” in the subject line.

    Tonight at 7pm the NE 350PDX Team will host a Zoom presentation by Pachamama Alliance Portland introducing Project Drawdown’s upbeat, game-changing compendium of ways to reverse global warming. The session will include oral presentations, slides, video clips, music and breakout sessions. It will focus on the information presented in Paul Hawken’s monumental best-selling work, Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which presents 80 individual well researched methods by which the climate crisis can be brought to heel, if they are scaled up on individual, neighborhood, town, state and national levels. Find more info here.

  • PMPC – Unite Oregon Candidates Forum
    TOMORROW Thurs Apr 30, 6:00PM – 8:00PM Online – RSVP here

    Portland Metro People’s Coalition (PMPC) and Unite Oregon host this forum of candidates for Portland City Council, Commissioner Position 2. This is a time of great fear and loss, but also one of opportunity for structural change at the local level that prioritizes community needs. Through the lens of the coronavirus crisis, Unite Oregon and the PMPC will be asking candidates about their positions on their shared issues, including immigrant and refugee rights, police reform, a district attorney for the people, the right to rest for the houseless, universal preschool, stronger tenant protections, campaign finance reform, public utilities like municipal broadband and municipal bank, and cleanup of the Willamette River that prioritizes frontline communities. Participating candidates include Julia DeGraw, Margot Black, Loretta Smith, Polo Catalani, and Sam Chase. Share on Facebook here.

  • May Day of Digital Action – Jobs with Justice
    Fri May 1, 9:00AM – 4:00PM Online – Get updates here

    Join Portland Jobs with Justice for a 2020 May Day of Digital Action with events and calls to action on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all day long in support of front line healthcare workers, grocery workers, postal workers, queer workers and undocumented workers through tactics like petition signings, mutual aid, call ins, and Twitter storms. Economic justice = climate justice! Facebook event here.

    9:00AM – Call to Action in support of Oregon healthcare workers

    10:00AM – JwJ Virtual May Day Rally livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/jwjpdx/

    11:00AM – Call to Action in Support of local grocery workers

    1:00PM – Call to Action in Support of LGBTQ food service workers

    3:00PM – Call to Action to help save the U.S. Postal Service

    5:00PM – Call to Action in support of undocumented workers in Oregon

Thank you all for the work that you do, stay safe, and we’re all in this together,
Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Lucy – the 350PDX staff