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Meet Jessica, our new Executive Director!

The long wait is finally over … 350PDX is very happy and excited to announce the hiring of Jessica Beckett as our new Executive Director! 

Jessica Beckett is an organizer of people and a champion for justice. Born in Denver and raised on the glorious Hood Canal in Washington, her formative years were immersed deeply in the many wonders of nature. Jessica’s organizing career began in high school, where she fought the administration to retain a curriculum that honestly addressed America’s role in the Vietnam War. At 19, she became a National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Congressman Kucinich, igniting her passion to change our political and social systems. Jessica has served on numerous political campaigns and non-profits, culminating in her role as Field Director for the 2018 Portland Clean Energy Initiative. We are excited to see how she will use her energy, skills and knowledge in continuing to fight for the mission of 350PDX.

350PDX will be announcing a date for a meet and greet, where you will be able to  stop by the office and meet her, until then, please check out her bio on our website.  Keep your eyes open for this announcement.

Over the past months board members, volunteers and staff spent many hours reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates to help us find the right person, through that process they recommended Jessica — thank you for your hard work and dedication.

We would also like to thank and acknowledge Katy Kolker and Anais Tuepker who served as Interim Executive Directors over the past 14 months. Their help and dedication to our mission has been invaluable to helping us transition to a stronger and unified organization.

In solidarity,

The staff and board of 350PDX

JEDI Strength at 350PDX

What does it mean for the climate movement to welcome and include everyone? How would we have to act differently, to make this happen? Why is it important for 350PDX, and what does it mean for each of us, personally?

These kinds of necessary questions framed 350PDX’s weekend leadership retreat on the theme of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI for short). JEDI values have always been present in our mission, but we haven’t always prioritized making sure they lived and breathed in all of our organizing, our internal spaces, or our relationships. With the guidance of Marcelo Bonta, who has been an advocate and trainer working on JEDI in the environmental/climate movement for over a decade, we took two days to dig deep into where we are now, and where we’d like to be.

Day 1 brought about 25 of 350PDX’s staff, Board and lead volunteers together to share diverse dimensions of our identities, discuss and define what JEDI would look like at 350PDX, and assess our organizational culture through a JEDI lens. We also discussed difficult terms that we needed to define, like power and privilege, which need to be recognized to be used in meaningful alliance with frontline communities. We talked about white supremacy culture and the way it has shaped the norms of the mainstream environmental and climate movement. We can go about working towards more inclusive norms that create a better environment for everyone. We ended the day with observations and recommendations for the organization as a whole.

These included:

  • Supporting staff with adequate pay and benefits is an equity issue
  • Reducing harm, being more intentionally welcoming, and providing more fun and time for relationship building in our climate organizing spaces
  • Providing safety and support to those who bring up hard issues is an area where we need to improve
  • An important aspect of being more equitable and inclusive is recognizing existing and historic social justice struggles and having them take precedence over the fast-paced demands of our climate activism

The group also posed some important questions:

  • How will we get all of our volunteer teams to gain and incorporate JEDI skills in their work?
  • How do we make 350PDX’s active work on diversity and inclusion more visible, so that people of different races, ages, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds will feel welcomed into our work?

The JEDI Work Group, established in October 2018, has been charged with carrying this work forward into a comprehensive plan. On Day 2, the JEDI workgroup of 10 volunteers and 350PDX staff met to review and discuss these observations and questions. Over the next few months, this group will be refining our definitions of terms and developing a JEDI statement outlining 350PDX’s history, current actions and future goals in this critical area.

In coming months the workgroup will be reaching out across the organization to gather feedback for a vision statement, as well as working with staff to develop or find and promote the trainings our volunteers need to thrive in doing this JEDI work. Eventually we’d like every volunteer team to have a JEDI who takes on making sure this work in incorporated into every team’s actions.Think you might be your team’s JEDI? Let Anissa know you’re interested with an email to anissa@350pdx.org.

Growth and change are rarely easy, and we have work to do that might sometimes be uncomfortable for those of who already feel welcome and at home at 350PDX. Our retreat made clear that we share a commitment to creating that feeling of community and solidarity for all, empowering and nurturing us all to act against climate chaos. As one retreat participant wrote, “We are strongest when everyone is included and working together. The movement needs all of us.”

(Written by Anais Tuepker, Lucy Kennedy-Wong, Anissa Pemberton, 4/5/2019)

Inside the Methane Monster

I volunteered to become the most vile and justifiably loathed creature in modern times – the methane monster.  The monster that adds to global warming by trapping heat 86 times more potently than carbon. Some call it a ‘bridge fuel’ but only because they stand to benefit financially.  It’s everywhere. It’s what we call ‘natural gas’ and ‘fracked gas’. It comes from cow burps, and rotting vegetation. It even seeps up and sometimes explodes out of the melting permafrost.  We need to stop it. So I volunteered to take the ridicule and become methane personified in a creatively fashioned large purposely ugly costume.

As the personification of methane I was able to get in touch with its power and potency.  I growled and took in a stance like a Maori warrior whose native lands are being overtaken by sea level rise.  I jumped in the air, skeleton hands raised high and shouted ‘BOOM’. I grasped at the innocent by standers and shouted, ‘I want to testify.  I am death’. I went to entertain the supporters of the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove liquid fracked gas plant. I wanted dialog but one can’t reason with methane so I shouted ‘BOOM’ in hope they would see how deadly dangerous I can be to them.

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Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day 2019

CLEAN ENERGY JOBS LOBBY DAY & NOON RALLY Oregon State Capitol, Salem Feb. 6TH, 2019 9 am – 4 pm THE BILL Clean Energy Jobs is a policy to put a limit and price on climate pollution from the largest polluters in the state. It will secure greenhouse gas reductions and reinvestment into communities across […]

Donate for Deliciousness

In support of 350PDX, local businesses Spielman Bagels and Umi Organic are graciously offering incentives for donors who give through the Give!Guide by December 31st!

Everyone who donates to 350PDX through the Give!Guide, will receive a 5oz bag of Spielman Bagel Chips.

After 18 years roasting coffee, Rick Spielman went into business with his son Raf, developing a unique “Portland-style” bagel.  A sourdough start gives these kettle-boiled bagels a tartness that is balanced with milk and honey and a perfectly textured center. Their bagel chips are made from the same sourdough bagels that made Spielman a local favorite, lightly seasoned with Portland’s own Jacobson salt. And while the bagels have taken off, the Spielman’s have remain true to their roots and continue to roast a great cup of coffee.

Spielman has been a dominant force in Portland’s ever-expanding bagel scene, earning accolades from Portland Monthly, Eater, and The Willamette Week. Starting in 2011 from a single shop on SE Division, Spielman has expanded to three locations, each serving shade-grown coffee and a variety of schmears and sandwiches. Their bagels and chips are also available in coffee shops and restaurants throughout the city.

As a special incentive for donors under 35, Umi Organic will provide a box of their delicious organic noodles. The first ten 35 and under donors will also receive a packet of Umi Organic Sauce.

Umi began when Lola Millholland was working as a journalist and took a week-long noodle making workshop with ramen companies from around the world. She followed her passion for Japanese culture and food advocacy, delivering Portland a top-notch, springy noodle that is organically grown and ethically produced.

The team at Umi isn’t just making noodles, they are building a food production system with a deep respect for both the environment and the people who work to transform wheat and barley into the food on your plate.  Along with Lola, Umi is spearheaded by Ayla Ercin, a former wall street lawyer who is committed to creating healthy workplace cultures and Theresa Marquez, a 40-year veteran of the natural foods industry.

Umi noodles are high-quality restaurant-quality refrigerator noodles that cook up in 2 minutes, serving as a quick and easy base for any meal. Their noodles are created with only six ingredients, organic wheat, organic barley, water, sea salt, organic wheat gluten, and kansu – a combination of mineral salts that gives ramen noodles their springy texture.

Send a comment to Oregon Department of State Lands to Stop Jordan Cove!

This comment period closed at 5pm Sunday Feb 3 2019. The wide variety of organizations and individuals involved in this fight submitted over 45,000 comments, which is an Oregon state record number!

Thank you for your ongoing concern and help in the fight for a clean and just future. To keep up to date on future campaigns and comment periods, please sign up to our email list!

Submit a Public Comment on Kalama’s Methanol Refinery

350PDX is in the Give!Guide

350PDX is excited to announce that for the fourth year we are participating alongside 150 Portland based non-profits in the Give!Guide.

From now until December 31st you can donate directly to 350PDX through the Give!Guide.

What is the Give!Guide? It’s Portland’s easiest path to year-end giving. G!G showcases small, medium and large organizations whose missions fall into eight categories: Animals, Civil & Human Rights, Community, Creative Expression, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services.

In 14 years, G!G has raised over $24 million for hundreds of local nonprofits. Last year, WW readers gave nearly $4.2 million to 150 Portland organizations and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Donate to 350PDX through the G!G Today!

What’s in it for our donors?

350PDX and its business partners will be providing the following incentives for G!G donors who give to 350PDX:

G!G are providing the following incentives for donors who give to any G!G non-profit:

  • Donors of $10 or more – Home delivery of Widmer Brothers Beer, KIND Bars, a free Washman carwash, a Chinook Book Download code, and more
  • Donors of $1,000 – $2,499 and live in the Portland metro area will receive incentive bags full of local goods delivered directly to their home by G!G nonprofits. Donors can also pick up their incentive bags, either out of preference or because they are located outside of the Portland metro area.
  • Donors of $2500 – $4,999 – Nossa Familia Coffee, Bob’s Red Mill steelcut oats, A to Z Wineworks Bubbles, Guayaki Yerba Mate and more
  • Donors of $5,000+ – Home delivery by Mark Zusman or Richard Meeker [co-owners of the Willamette Week] of everything in the $2,500-$4,999 bag, plus a bag of Jasmine Pearl Tea Company tea and more

There will be a chance to win even more goodies by giving on Big Give Days which will happen almost every week through Dec. 31st.

  • November 8th – A chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Powell’s Books
  • November 14th – A Tender Loving Empire gift packages + a year’s supply of Laughing Planet (Each TLE package includes four brand new records, a TLE mixtape, a $100 shopping spree, a comfy t shirt, a mug, and more)
  • November 26th – Two nights at Brasada Ranch in a luxury suite and a round of golf
  • December 6th – Two Sony RX 100 VA Cameras from Pro Photo Supply
  • December 13 -2 Tickets (with parking) to Dec. 19th , 2018 Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies game and Jan. 9th, 2019 Trailblazers vs. Chicago Bulls game; plus a jersey signed by Jusuf Nurkic
  • December 20th – One Specialized FX 1 Commuter Bike from Bike Gallery
  • December 27th – One Cultural Adventure Package Across Oregon from the Oregon Cultural Trust

It is because of our generous donors that we are able to magnify the reach of our message of fighting climate injustices and maximize the potential our dedicated foundation of volunteers. Thank you to our business partners for providing these incentives for our donors and to the Give Guide for allowing us to reach a broader audience.

Click here donate to 350PDX through the Give!Guide today.