BREAKING NEWS: We stopped a fracked gas power plant!

Amazing news!

After fighting the proposed Perennial WindChaser fracked gas power plant for the last few years, our movement has won!

In the face of sustained grassroots pressure and multiple legal challenges, Perennial WindChaser LLC has just abandoned its plan to build a new 415 megawatt fracked gas power plant in Umatilla County, OR! This is a huge win for our climate—if constructed, Perennial’s fracked gas plant would have been one of the top 5 largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the state.

This victory comes after years of grassroots organizing by our collective movement against fossil fuels. Together with our partners, we testified and wrote comments to the Energy and Facilities Siting Council, traveled to Salem to deliver a letter to Governor Brown and the Department of Energy from 14 organizations against the project, we got a national media outlet to cover the story, and continually educated the public about this dangerous project. You were a part of this victory with us, Chris.

We are grateful to our partners at Columbia Riverkeeper and Friends of the Columbia Gorge for taking both the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) and Perennial to court last summer. This happened when ODOE planned to illegally waive many of the preconstruction requirements in Perennial’s site certificate to allow Perennial to construct their facility—all while our state was suffering from catastrophic climate-induced wildfires. Perennial Windchaser LLC was sued for starting work without a construction stormwater permit, and their recent decision to terminate this project entirely came on the eve of the oral argument in one of these cases. You can learn more about these lawsuits and this recent victory here.

The victory gets better, too. Because of the amazing work happening in the frontline-led Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity legislative campaign that 350PDX is working hard to pass, Perennial WindChaser could be the last new fossil fuel generating plant in Oregon. The 100% Clean Energy For All Bill (HR 2021) includes a provision that would prohibit new dirty fossil fuel generating facilities. The era of fossil fuels is ending, and we’re fighting hard for a just transition to clean energy.

This news builds upon recent massive victories our collective movement has won this year, when both the Jordan Cove LNG and Kalama Methanol refinery were dealt major setbacks on the same day. I am consistently so proud of us and what we can accomplish when we work together, so thank you for being in this movement with us. You can support our ongoing fight for a livable future by donating today.

Time to to keep celebrating and keep winning! With excitement,

Dineen O’Rourke,
Campaign Manager, 350PDX

Photo credit: Allyson Woodard

PCEF funding passes

You might remember that way back in 2018, 350PDX volunteers collected over 8,000 signatures to get the Portland Clean Energy Initiative on the ballot. This initiative would go on to pass with 65% of the vote, establishing a a City of Portland grant program to fund clean energy projects, job training opportunities, and green infrastructure development thanks to a 1% tax on the wealthiest corporations in our city – the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF). Today, we are thrilled to share that last week, after two years of implementation and hard work behind the scenes, Portland City Council unanimously approved the first round of 45 PCEF grants for a total of $8.6 million! 100% of these grants will go to organizations that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities, from job training in clean energy construction to culturally relevant community gardens. We’re looking forward to the next cycle of funding that is expected to total $30 million. You can check out the full list of this cycle’s grantees here!

We are so grateful to all of the staff, community organizations, volunteers, and City Councillors whose efforts have taken PCEF from vision to reality. If you feel called to do so, feel free to thank a Grant Committee member, a PCEF Staff Member, or a City Councillor that you know in the community! And if you contributed, in small and big ways, to the success of the PCEF Grant Program — thank you! Because of your efforts, we are closer to a clean energy economy that benefits all for the City of Portland.

Victory!! The 350PDX Forest Defense Team helped Oregon get a better Board of Forestry. 

Victory!! The 350PDX Forest Defense Team helped Oregon get a better Board of Forestry. 

With your support three new members were confirmed to the Board, and they will help make forest policy on state and private lands more climate friendly.

We’d like to thank Governor Brown for putting forward a strong and balanced slate, the Oregon Senate for confirming the nominees, and all of you who reached out to your state Senators for making it happen.

Did your Senator vote yes to the nominees?

See the list below. If your senator voted yes, please take a moment to thank your senator. Find out who your state senator is here, which also lists their contact details. Let them know we appreciate their vote to confirm the Board of Forestry nominees, which helps Oregon move toward climate-friendly forest practices.

Senators who voted yes:
Jeff Golden
Floyd Prozanski
Lee Beyer
James I. Manning Jr.
Sara Gelser
Deb Patterson
Peter Courtney
Betsy Johnson
Kate Lieber
Chuck Riley
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Ginny Burdick
Kathleen Taylor
Lew Frederick
Michael Dembrow
Kayse Jama
Chris Gorsek
Brian Boquist

Thank you! And thank you so much to all the wonderful volunteers on the Forest Defense team, the Comms/Arts team, and everyone else who made this campaign such a success!

If you’d like to join the Forest Defense Team you can learn more at 350pdx.org/campaigns/forest-defense/

Celebrating major victories against Jordan Cove LNG & Kalama Methanol!

Celebrating major victories against Jordan Cove LNG & Kalama Methanol!

On Tuesday, January 19, two major fossil fuel projects we’ve been campaigning against for years alongside our coalition partners— Jordan Cove LNG and the Kalama Methanol Refinery—were dealt major setbacks and permit denials. These are huge wins for our entire movement, region, and futures.

This is yet another example of how people power and grassroots organizing works, and how powerful we are when we work together in coalition across the region.

Early that morning, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of the key Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The Jordan Cove LNG project cannot move forward without a Clean Water Act approval from the state of Oregon.

This is the latest in a series of regulatory losses for Jordan Cove LNG, representing a huge blow to the 15-year-old proposal that has been vehemently opposed by Tribes, impacted landowers, fishermen, climate advocates, and others. The project has also not qualified for other critical state, federal, and local permits needed to move forward. Pembina is hanging on by a thread, and still wasting money trying to push this project through without a viable path forward. Read what our coalition partners in Southern Oregon and across the state have to say about this huge news here!

Then, just about an hour later, the Washington Department of Ecology issued a major decision to deny the key Shorelines permit for the proposed fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery along the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington.

The state agency denied the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have a significant negative impact on the climate, Washington’s shorelines, and the public interest. Read what our coalition partners in Kalama and across the region have to say about this huge news here!

These victories come after thousands of us have spoken up at every hearing, every comment period, and every town hall. It comes after dozens of letters to the editors in local papers, hundreds of calls and emails to decision makers, countless hours campaigning and educating the public. These are victories we’re able to celebrate today because of the hard work of everyday people like us, led every step of the way by community members facing these disastrous projects in their own neighborhoods.

While the fights against Jordan Cove LNG and Kalama Methanol aren’t over just yet, today’s victories are both major setbacks for Pembina and Northwest Innovation Works, putting these disastrous projects in an even more precarious place. We’re winning. We won today, and we’ll continue to win tomorrow, and the next day, and every day ahead.

Support the Red House

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                                                          House on
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                                                          Stop the
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This morning, the Red House on Mississippi was raided by the Portland Police Bureau. The house has been the site of a months-long protest against the eviction and displacement of the Afro-Indigenous family, the Kinneys, who have lived there for 22 years. This morning, riot cops fenced off the property, arrested two family members and over a dozen supporters, and damaged the house and the Kinney family’s belongings.

Red House has been a safe haven for the Portland protests since August, providing shelter, mutual aid, art, food and medical supplies, and community events for protestors and other community members in need. No one should be forced from their home, especially in a pandemic, in the harsh winter, on stolen land. This community shouldn’t lose yet another home and community space to gentrification.

We’re asking you to stand with the Red House and support their efforts to protect the space. Here’s how you can help:

  • If you’re able, grab your protective gear and head to the location at 4406 N Mississippi Avenue. Be aware that police are likely to return to Red House today and check out our tips for protesting safely.
  • Call your public officials and tell them to act now to stop the foreclosure and eviction at Red House and to drop charges against the arrested land defenders. You can reach them here:
    • Ted Wheeler: 503-823-4120
    • Kate Brown: 503-378-4582
    • Multnomah County Sheriff: 503-988-4300
    • Portland Housing Bureau: 503-823-2375
    • District Attorney Schmidt: 503-988-3162
  • Call the Oregon Historical Society. The Kinney family is asking folks to call the OHS and advocate for their house to receive demolition protections on the grounds of its significance. You can reach the Oregon Historical Society at (503) 222-1741 or orhist@ohs.org.
  • Contribute funds or supplies.
    • Follow @redhouseonmississippi on Instagram for updated news and supply needs. Food, medical supplies, and warm clothes are almost always welcome!).
    • You can contribute to the Kinney’s GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-kinney-family-home, or donate directly on Cashapp ($MichaelKinney58) or Venmo (@Michael-Kinney-58).
    • You can donate to the bail fund supporting this morning’s arrestees on Venmo (@DefenseFundPDX) or Paypal (paypal.me/DefenseFundPDX).

Thank you! And in solidarity,

350PDX

Election – What Now?

The ‘red mirage’ and ‘blue shift’ scenario that we talked about in our election plan where we wouldn’t know full results on election night seems to have come true, which means ensuring that every vote is counted is our nation’s greatest priority right now.

As we hold our breath, take a moment to center yourself in a vision of a just world, the world we will continue to create after this election, no matter what.

Trump’s premature declaration of victory last night was a signal to his supporters –  members of the media, government officials, and the public – that he needs their collaboration to attempt a coup. This moved the needle closer to an attempted coup, but the good news is that we’re not in coup territory yet.

If those supporters decide to support the president and move to stop counting votes then an immediate massive response will be necessary to preserve our democracy and make sure every vote is counted.

National and local coalitions that we’re a part of are monitoring the situation closely to determine if and when a massive mobilization is called for. The trigger point for this could be: the GOP or media saying that vote counting should stop; a Supreme Court challenge stopping or threatening to stop vote counting; or perhaps a Trump reaction if Biden declares victory.

As things stand, the local Defend Democracy coalition march is happening today, but it may be in the coming days after one of the above triggers that all hands on deck sustained mobilizations will be needed.

We’ll keep you updated of developments and what that means here for local action, so watch this space! Together we will make sure every vote is counted and the result of this election is respected.

Electoral Justice is Racial Justice
Today Wed Nov 4, 3PM
Revolution Hall, March to Waterfront

Be Prepared – Upcoming Online Trainings

Nov 4 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM PT | Know Your Rights and De-escalation 2.0 | Register HERE

Hosted by Count Every Vote, Beautiful Trouble and ACLU. This training is for folks who will be showing up to demonstrations, and want to upskill their de-escalation skillset through the ABC’s of de-escalation response. The second part of this training will focus on how to be thoughtful and creative about actions taken at protests, as well as actions that help keep events safe and calm. Finally, this training will also include a segment on Know Your Rights.

Nov 5 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT | Media and Messaging Training for Faith Leaders | Register HERE

Nov 5 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM PT | Know Your Rights and De-escalation 2.0 | Register HERE

Hosted by Count Every Vote, Beautiful Trouble and ACLU. This training is for folks who will be showing up to demonstrations, and want to upskill their de-escalation skillset through the ABC’s of de-escalation response. The second part of this training will focus on how to be thoughtful and creative about actions taken at protests, as well as actions that help keep events safe and calm. Finally, this training will also include a segment on Know Your Rights.

Nov 6 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT | Nonviolent Civil Action and De-escalation for People of Faith | Register HERE

Things To Celebrate

With so much information and uncertainty to absorb nationally, it’s good to take a moment to breathe in what we won here locally.

350PDX is recruiting new board members

Do you believe environmental policies and practices should center the needs of those hit first and worst by climate chaos?

Do you believe in a climate future grounded in racial equity?

Interested in building transparent, just and accountable systems?

Want to participate in creating a culture of climate resiliency, optimism, and anti-racism?

350PDX is recruiting new board members! And, if you answered yes to any of these questions, that could be you!

We are a grassroots, climate justice organization that engages in direct action and organizing to challenge fossil fuel development. We are part of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative Coalition, and are fighting for an Oregon Green New Deal. We have begun implementing a three year Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Plan, and we are in the midst of 2021-2023 strategic planning.

Our organization is currently in a period of transition. We have a staff collective with 6 staff and 8 board members. There is no Executive Director and operational decisions are made by all staff via a democratic process from all staff.

We are especially looking for folks with skills in financial management and accounting for nonprofits, fundraising, and staff-led collectives, and those with diverse life experiences. We are also seeking those who have experience with JEDI, environmental and climate policy, organizing, and/or legal expertise. Ideally, board members have 10-15 hours a month to commit. In alignment with our desire to remove barriers to board participation, stipends may be available for low-income Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

If you want to learn more, please email Jamie Pang (Jspang.lclark@gmail.com) and Anais Tuepker (anais@350pdx.org), telling us a little about yourself and why you’re interested to join the board. We’ll ask for your resume and for answers to our board application questions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with no set deadline right now. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and share with folks who may be interested! We look forward to hearing from you!

Download and share our flyer here!

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Sandy retires from the Board

Those you who were on this list in the Spring probably already know I turned 80 in May. It was a milestone I met with pleasure and surprise–I hadn’t expected to see it–and I do feel it.

The previous November, my term on the 350PDX board ended. We don’t have a limit on the number of terms one can serve but I was ready to leave the responsibilities to other, younger folks. And six years seemed enough. There was a problem though, only six others were continuing and four of them had joined between one and six months earlier. I felt obligated to stay on awhile till they were on more solid ground so I accepted another 3-year term.

To my delight that situation has changed! We added two more great new members and, ten months later, the ones who were newbies last year are no longer. The board is both significantly younger and ethnically and racially diverse–with my departure 50% BIPOC! (We had recognized this deficiency from the board’s birth in 2014 and I am so proud we have figured out the path to get there).

So at the last board meeting, I resigned. In plenty of time for some outreach before the November annual meeting where the next election will take place. (Maybe you’d like to like to run? Info here)

I joined this endeavor called 350PDX in May 2013 when we all fit around a kitchen table and our resources consisted of ourselves and an envelope containing $52 in cash.

In June of that year, a team of us met with Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz to ask her to commit to supporting City divestment from fossil fuels. She agreed. I’ve been on what is now called the Defund/Divest Team ever since.

A month later in July, I had the pleasure of escorting Bill McKibben to City Hall for a meeting to discuss the climate crisis, fossil fuel divestment and the need to ‘keep it in the ground’ with then-Mayor Charlie Hales and other influentials.

I remember the day we took that envelope into a credit union and opened a checking account, but more important, in my eyes, was the day a friend told me about a lawyer who might agree to help us get our tax-exempt status. Michael Millender, at Tokon Torp, said yes and by Labor Day 2014, just in time for the Peoples’ Climate March, we had our 501(c)(3). Tokon Torp has remained our pro bono lawyers ever since, always there for us when we need legal advise.

It’s been quite a ride from that day around a kitchen table seven and a half years ago to an organization with six staff members and a three-room office, hundreds of activists and thousands on its email list, clout with the City of Portland and other governmental entities, as well as a seat at the table of a diverse group of coalitions, and a successful ballot measure
under its belt. I’m very grateful to have been on board.

If you’d like to honor my years with 350PDX, an extra donation would be the way I would hear your thanks the loudest.

Our election plan

Our democracy hangs in the balance. We are in a presidential election in which the incumbent candidate has threatened to take power by force, by not counting all votes and/or ignoring the vote if he loses.

But within this frightening prospect there is some good news. Most coups are a surprise, a sudden overnight power grab. It’s rare that a president announces that they’re thinking about doing a coup in a few weeks. This means we’ve had time to react, and prepare.

For the past month we’ve been a core part of a growing local coalition, as well as being connected to national level conversations, that is preparing for various scenarios that might play out in November.

Here’s what you can do to be ready for this election:

1. Understand the situation

– Don’t expect results on election night. With so many people using mail-in ballots it is very likely that millions of votes will not be counted for days or even weeks after November 3. Data suggests that Democratic voters are significantly more likely to use mail-in ballots than Republican voters, so it is expected that the preliminary results on election night will skew heavily Republican. As more votes are counted over the coming days the results could shift. This unusual delay could call the legitimacy of the election into question. During this time expect false flags and outlandish claims. Be very cautious with news. Don’t simply pass on whatever seems dramatic examples of wrongdoing — but take the time to check if it has been verified, already debunked, or from a source you don’t trust. Encourage people in your community to prepare for some uncertain weeks.

– Do call it a coup. There is a high likelihood that there will be attempts to stop the counting of ballots, through lawsuits, divergent media narratives, and elected officials attempting to take actions – including illegal actions. We can know this is a coup if the government stops counting votes; declares someone a winner who didn’t get the most votes; or allows someone to stay in power who didn’t win the election. If any of those three principles are violated, we have to declare loudly and strongly: this is a coup.

– Know that coups have been stopped by regular folks. Coup attempts have happened all over the world, and over half have failed. That’s because coups are hard to orchestrate. Because they are a violation of norms, they require quick seizure of multiple levels of institutions with a claim that they are the rightful heir. Coups tend to fail when government institutions (like elections) are trusted, there is an active citizenry, and other nations are ready to become involved. The role of citizenry is crucial. That’s because during the period right after a coup attempt— when the new government is claiming it is the “real” government — all the institutions have to decide who to listen to.

– We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted. Every vote being counted is a cornerstone of our democracy. Any attempts to stop counting votes must be met with resistance – see more on that below.

Read more in the Transition Integrity Project or on Choose Democracy.

2. Vote early, encourage others to vote early, and Get Out The Vote

The best way to stop a coup is to never have one. People are doing lots of good work on issues of voting rights, urging turn-out, stopping repression, uncovering fraud, and getting people to commit to democracy. That may be enough. And you can be one of those people!

– Vote early – Voting as early as possible allows your vote to be counted on election night, reducing the confusion, and therefore reducing the opportunity to use that confusion for a power grab.

– Encourage others to vote early – reach out to anyone you know encouraging them to get their ballots in as soon as possible. See more info on different state voter timelines here.

– Get Out The Vote – For the past 3 months we’ve been calling and texting folks around the country to help them register to vote, understand their vote-by-mail system, and encouraging folks to vote. You can join our team working on this here.

3. Get prepared

There are lots of trainings and events in the run-up to election that will help you be more prepared:

  • Mon Oct 26, 6:00PM – 350PDX General Meeting – Preparing for the Election – Register here
  • Almost every day – National Workshop – How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab – Info here
  • Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4:30PM – Election Defenders! Training Series – Register here
  • Sun Oct 25, 9:00AM – 12:30PM – United States Election Protection: Active Bystander Intervention and Nonviolent Communications Application – Register here
  • Sun Oct 25, 6:30PM – Basic Peace Team Training: Keeping Nonviolent Discipline – Register here
  • Sat Oct 31, 7:00 – 9:00PM & 10:00AM – 12:00PM (full training is both segments) – Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment Training – Register here
  • Sun Nov 1, 3:00PM – Deescalation Training – (email Tom Hastings for link: pcwtom@gmail.com)
  • Mon Nov 2, 6:00PM  – Nonviolence & Election Protection – Register here

Further resources

Start reaching out to your neighbors

Be two weeks ready – stock up not just for yourself, but for your neighbors

  • Anything you can do right now is better than nothing, and if we sail through this situation, plenty of our neighbors can benefit from extra food security resources.
  • Information on how to select and store emergency food and water is available here: https://www.ready.gov/food
  • If it turns out we didn’t need to do this, then at least we’re earthquake ready / can give some of these supplies to folks in need right now.

More trainings and resources available here at the bottom of the page. If you know of other useful trainings please share them with info@350pdx.org and we will pass them on.

4. Be ready to act quickly – and not alone

We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted. We must protect the integrity of the democratic process.

A group of DC insiders called the Transition Integrity Project ran multiple simulations on Trump attempting to hold onto power no matter what. In every simulation they concluded that a “show of numbers in the streets may be decisive.” Regular people make the difference.

Coups are not a time to just watch and wait until “someone else” figures it out. No matter who you are you can be part of choosing democracy. Coups win by people freezing in the confusion, or just going along with what is happening. 

Even when only a few people go along with the coup and act as though that’s normal, people may reluctantly accept it as inevitable. In all the research on preventing coups, there’s one common theme: people stop doing what the coup plotters tell them to do.

To start preparing, talk to at least 5 people who would go into the streets with you — the safest way to take to the streets is with people you know and trust. Talk to people you know in civil service and various roles about how they could non-comply with coup attempts. Use this time to get yourself ready to act.

Because a lot will depend on which scenario plays out, and also the nature of direct action, the place, time, and nature of mass mobilizations may not be known until days or even hours before. We will share post-election actions, strikes, and mobilizations on this email list and will also post them prominently on the 350pdx.org website.

We’ll also be sending out more actions you can take ahead of time early next week.

You can also join our 350PDX Signal chat (an encrypted text messaging app) to be connected to more of the actions happening on the ground that are less publicly advertised. Email indi@350pdx.org to be added to that.

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Center in calm, not fear. All this information may be overwhelming. It’s scary to believe we’re having to talk about a federal coup in the United States.

And we know that fearful people are less likely to make good decisions. Let’s aim for calm and avoid hyperbole. Be a reliable source by double-checking rumors and spreading high-quality facts. Sure, read social media… but spend some time, you know, doing real things that ground you.

Breathe deeply.

Remember how you handle fear.

Play out scenarios, but don’t become captured by them.

We’re doing this to prepare, just in case.

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Feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think would be interested, and ask them to sign up to our email list.

Thanks, and in solidarity,

Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Indi, & Lucy – The 350PDX Staff

We’re suing the Feds for their use of chemical weapons in Portland

For 125 days anti-racist Black Lives Matter protests have been taking to the streets here in Portland demanding racial justice. These protests have been met with some of the most repressive measures by local police and federal agents in recent history.

Protesters have regularly been subject to massive, indiscriminate deployments of teargas, pepper spray, and other chemical munitions including toxic smoke grenades linked to cancer and kidney and liver damage. With no regard for health or safety, the federal government blatantly violated federal environmental law when it flooded Portland and the surrounding communities with an unprecedented amount of dangerous chemical weapons.

A broad coalition of environmental justice and civil rights advocates, including 350PDX, have filed a legal challenge against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today. The lawsuit cites the federal agency’s failure to analyze the potentially severe human health and environmental impacts before deploying chemical munitions against anti-racist protesters in Portland as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We seek a court order forcing the DHS to halt their use of chemical munitions, including tear gas, until the DHS performs a thorough analysis of the health and environmental impacts of these chemicals, and makes this information available to the public. Read more here.

The broad coalition of environmental justice and public health organizations includes Neighbors for Clean Air, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Cascadia Wildlands, 350PDX and Willamette Riverkeeper, and we are represented by the attorneys from ACLU of Oregon, Cascadia Wildlands, Willamette Riverkeeper and Markowitz Herbold.

350PDX has decided to get involved in this lawsuit for several reasons.

– We can’t have climate justice without racial justice. We will use every tool we have available to protect those fighting for Black lives and liberation.

 Protecting the right to protest. We believe in people power, and street protest is one of our best tools to bring about transformative change. In the coming months and years we will need protest more than ever, and we need to take a stand now to affirm that protesting is not terrorism, but is a right that needs protecting.

– Everyone has a right to know what the feds have been doing to protesters and to public and environmental health. The media backlash against the protests has relentlessly mischaracterized the protests as violent riots. The public deserves to know that the vast majority of the violence and escalation has come from law enforcement, including DHS’s chemical warfare. The public has a right to know the risks DHS has been taking with our health and environment in order to put down the protests for Black lives.

“We came out here dressed in T-shirts, using hula hoops and stuff — they started gassing us,” he said. “So we came back with respirators — they started shooting us. So we came back with vests — they started aiming for the head. So we started wearing helmets. And now they call us terrorists. Who’s escalating this? It’s not us.” – Mac Smiff, prominent Black activist in Portland

Our 350PDX Coalition Manager, Indi Namkoong, said:

“I’ve been on the ground facing tear gas and police brutality for months because racial justice and climate justice are faces of the same struggle for a just and livable future, one that as a young person of color I expect to be in all my life. The price of justice shouldn’t be further harm to public health and to the Black, Indigenous, and other people of color who are already out here fighting for their lives. Everyone has a right to know the impacts of the toxic chemicals we’re being subjected to by our government.”

What you can do

  • Share our social media posts (FacebookTwitterInstagram) to get the word out and raise the temperature on this lawsuit.
  • Have you been impacted from exposure to chemical munitions? Let teargas@350pdx.org know as it may be useful to hear and share more accounts of the impacts on local people.

Thank you,

Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Indi, & Lucy – the 350PDX Staff

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