350PDX June Team & Campaign Update

Happy June! Here’s this month’s team & campaign update newsletter! 

Last month we hosted our Spring Fundraiser on a Just Recovery, a bold vision that creates a fossil-free Oregon that serves us all. We did not quite reach our goal – will you help us raise an additional $1,000? You can still make a $10, $25, or $50 donation to help fuel our work for the year ahead. Thank you to everyone who already made a donation! We’re so grateful for your support, and look forward to keeping up the fight as we gradually emerge from this pandemic.

Want to get more involved at 350PDX? Come along to tonight’s Volunteer Orientation at 6PM.

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Volunteer Support Fund

350PDX is committed to removing barriers to volunteering and organizing within our movement. Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, we are now able to provide limited stipends to go towards removing barriers to volunteering with 350PDX through a Volunteer Support Fund.

We aim to foster a more inclusive and accessible 350PDX community, while also providing opportunities for distributed leadership and more sustainable volunteer teams.

Will a stipend support you in volunteering with 350PDX? This fund may be for you! Apply here

Applications will be considered and stipends will be distributed on a quarterly basis, so about every 3 months, with the next rolling deadline coming up on June 30. Questions? Please reach out to chris@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org. 

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TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

It’s all hands on deck to #StopZenithOil! The City will be making a critical decision on a land use permit that would determine whether or not Zenith Energy can continue their dirty tar sands operation in our community. Here are 4 things you can do right now:

In other tar sands related news, Annie from our team went out to Minnesota on the train to join the Line 3 protests last week. Check out her fantastic blog post here!

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com)

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We have been working with STMP and frontline Indigenous resistance to defund Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. Our work lobbying the State Treasurer to vote in corporate shareholder meetings to undermine fossil fuel industry funding is over for this year. We have now launched a Divest Oregon campaign, which will be carried out by a statewide coalition separate from our team. Our team will continue to support frontline resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure and continue to wage campaigns to highlight the massive support for the fossil fuel industry by financial institutions, insurance companies, and the government. We also work on divestment campaigns in local educational institutions. Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350PDX.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm with June the exception. Next meeting is July 23. For more go to our team web pages.

Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity

We’re now just 10 days away from the end of the Legislative Session. It’s go- time. Our biggest need is for phone calls to constituents of key legislators before the final bills go to the floor for final votes. Click here to send a message to your legislator to make sure they vote yes for HB2021 and HB 2842. Come to a phonebank tomorrow evening from 5:30 – 8pm, even if you’ve never phonebanked before since it will start with a training. Experienced phonebankers can hop in and make calls with us during the day tomorrow (from 1-2:30pm) by signing up here.

Join members of the campaign in person on Friday evening (5-7:30pm) at Unthank Park for a Clean Energy Opportunity Action Party! There will be food, drinks, and opportunities to take action for the campaign with others!

Forest Defense

The Forest Defense team recently took a little time for a camping trip and hike at Tamawanas Falls near Mt Hood! It was a great opportunity for relaxation and teambuilding. The team is focusing on defining our principles and vision for the team and for the future of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and planning our next campaign after our big win with the Board of Forestry in March. Read more here.

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. We’re currently focused on campaigns for racial justice and defunding the police, as well as global solidarity and anti-militarism. This month, we’re celebrating the passage of SB 621, a bill we’ve supported that allows Portland to move forward with the independent police oversight board we voted in last fall. We’re also keeping an eye on a bill that would curtail police use of chemical weapons and dangerous crowd control tactics. As we move into the summer, we’re especially excited to begin safely gathering in person to skill up and learn together through outdoor activities like movie nights!

We are looking for volunteers who are committed to anti-racist values and centering the leadership of frontline communities, and excited to be a part of local coalitions to further racial justice and global solidarity. Been interested in joining this team? Next week is a great place to jump in! We’ll be having an outdoor movie screening and hang out night. We haven’t picked the film yet, so reach out to join us and make a suggestion! Email dineen@350pdx.org and indi@350pdx.org to join the team or for more info.

City/County Watchdog

This spring and summer, the Watchdog team is continuing to self-study and incorporate a focused anti-racist lens as we advocate for frontline community priorities and demand action and resources on scale with the Climate Emergency that Portland declared in June 2020. Here’s what we’re up to in June:

  • Speaking out at the City’s budget hearing on June 9. Read our testimony here.
  • Keeping tabs on the first progress report of the City’s Climate Emergency Declaration. The report is scheduled to go to City Council on July 29 at 2pm. Stay tuned for community engagement opportunities.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for more info about the team or to join a meeting!

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal team is going on hiatus from their work providing education and advocacy for a Green New Deal. Please reach out to indi@350pdx.org with any questions and visit our partners at the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to see how you can plug into ongoing work towards an Oregon Green New Deal!

Creative Team

Seeking climate creatives! Do you have graphic design, illustration or animation skills? Or are you good at managing several creatives all contributing to one beautiful project? Join us – you are needed!

Right now the 350PDX community-based creative team is seeking folks willing to share their skills for an exciting upcoming fossil fuel resistance campaign — it’ll involve developing a variety of creative assets built around a specific narrative. These will be one-off engagements and we’ll be looking to collaborate in June/July/August. For this campaign we’re specifically looking for:

  • Graphic designers
  • Illustrators
  • Animators
  • Video editors
  • Creative project managers

We’ll give you a creative brief, a run-down of what we’re looking for and a general deadline. We can partner closely or let you work your magic! Your work will be shared by 350PDX as well as a variety of other regional coalition groups, most likely via social media. Great for building out your portfolio or practicing a skill!

Want to be on our roster for the next opportunity? Fill out this quick form to get on the list.

Any questions? Email 

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OTHER UPDATES

Staff

One of our organizational values is *Rest*. This work can be deeply emotionally taxing and nonstop, and after a grueling year of adapting and surviving we’re going to do a revolutionary thing and take a break. We’ll be giving our staff a paid vacation and closing the (virtual) office for 2 weeks from July 12 – 23. We’ll be encouraging our board, volunteers, and movement partner organizations to join us in resting and enjoying the summer. We’ll be skipping the July General Meeting, and will be back in business for August.

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby and Indi
350PDX Board & Team Leads

350PDX May Team & Campaign Update

Last month we did our annual volunteer survey, and one of the things that came up was a sense that folks wanted to know more about what’s happening across the organization. Since lots of our volunteers and activists are really focused on one area of our work it can be hard to keep up with all of the moving parts of the organization and the many campaigns we’re working on!

So, we’re starting this new monthly team & campaign update newsletter!

Below you’ll find a brief blurb about what each of our teams and campaigns are up to, and info on any other projects going on. You’ll also find info about what volunteer opportunities and needs each team might have, and how to get involved.

Like what you see? Too much info? Not enough? Other ideas of what to include? Let us know by replying to this email, we’re always looking for feedback, especially when we launch something new.

TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

We’re hard at work in our Gasbusters sub-team right now! We’re fighting the greenwashing of utilities like Northwest Natural who’ve been pushing false and dangerous “solutions” like “renewable natural gas” while getting in the way of passing and implementing meaningful policy that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. We’ve recently won a resolution at Multnomah County that bans gas from being hooked up to new construction in County-owned public buildings, which is an awesome step in the right direction, but just a first step towards what we really need to implement: a ban on fossil fuels in any and all new buildings in the County. New buildings that are hooked up to gas must be seen for what they are: new fossil fuel infrastructure that locks us into dirty and polluting energy for decades to come. Electrification is a solution that can create a just transition to homes and buildings that are safer, healthier, and more resilient, and powered by clean energy.

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com). Our full Fossil Fuel Resistance team meets virtually every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm, and our Gasbusters team meets every other Thursday at 4pm. Read more about this team.

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We have been working with STMP and frontline Indigenous resistance to defund Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. We are lobbying the State Treasurer to support corporate responsibility for climate consequences at corporate shareholder annual meetings. Our team had a informative and successful Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read May 5 with a financial planner who explained the fiscal responsibility of ending fossil fuel industry investments, statewide stakeholders such as public employee unions and youth climate activists who called on the state to divest, and – with 281 participants – lots of questions for the Treasurer! Now we are assessing a divestment campaign, working on research, communications, building coalition, talking with other states similarly engaged, and strategy. Choose what interests you! Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350PDX.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm. For more go to our team web pages.

Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity

The Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, led by frontline climate and environmental justice groups from across the state and supported by allies like 350PDX, is working to pass three bills in 2021 that will create good local jobs, reduce pollution, and improve our state’s resiliency by transitioning to 100% clean energy. On Thursday, our campaign saw a historic win when the Energy Affordability Act, which will help low-income families afford their energy bills, passed the Oregon Senate with bipartisan support! The bill will now move to Governor Brown’s office for her signature.

Our campaign is still working hard to pass Healthy Homes and 100% Clean Energy For All through the legislature this year. Our staff and volunteers will be phonebanking, writing to legislators, and submitting testimony on these bills through the end of the session in July! If you’d like to know more about how you can get involved with this campaign, please contact Dineen O’Rourke at dineen@350pdx.org.

Forest Defense

With our big win with the Board of Forestry in March we’re currently taking some time to figure out our overarching principles and vision for the team and for the future of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and planning our next campaign. Read more here.

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. We’re currently focused on campaigns for racial justice and defunding the police, as well as global solidarity and anti-militarism. We are looking for volunteers who are committed to anti-racist values and centering the leadership of frontline communities, and excited to be a part of local coalitions to further racial justice and global solidarity. In addition to supporting local campaigns and partners, we also seek to educate the rest of our 350PDX community on the issues we work on through webinars and a potential movie-in-the-park series. Want to join the team? Email indi@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org to get involved.

City/County Watchdog

This spring and summer, the Watchdog team is continuing to self-study and incorporate a focused anti-racist lens as we advocate for frontline community priorities and demand action and resources on scale with the Climate Emergency that Portland declared in June 2020. Here’s what we’re up to right now:

  • Watching the current City budget cycle, the upcoming Climate Emergency Progress Report, the City and County charter reviews, and the implementation of a new climate justice governance structure that will guide justice-based climate actions for Portland and Multnomah County.
  • Integrating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion principles across 350PDX campaign teams, including the Watchdog team.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for call-in info!

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal team is organizing outreach and political education to neighborhood associations, faith communities, and other communities to raise awareness and foster involvement in promoting and advocating for Green New Deal policies. Right now, we’re supporting Green New Deal legislation in Oregon’s legislative session advanced by the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign and the Oregon Public Bank Alliance. We’ve also recently hosted Ira Cuello-Martinez of Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and Megan Snoeyink of Portland State University (and 350PDX’s JEDI Committee) for a discussion of heat and smoke impacts on farmworkers and their health, and are now engaging with an OSHA rulemaking process to put stronger protections in place. If you’d like to join our team as a Green New Deal educator and advocate, or if you’d like to request a presentation for your community, please contact Mark at markdari@pacifier.com!

Creative Team

Our newest team, formed by a merger of the Arts and Comms team, we are busy setting ourselves up to be the creative powerhouse of 350PDX. We make the climate justice movement so beautiful and compelling, it’s irresistible to join! We are writers, videographers, graphic designers, photographers, project managers, story strategists, puppeteers, actors, screen-printers… you get the idea.

We have two sub-teams: The Art team and the Story team.

  • The Story folks help figure out a campaign’s narrative strategy. We use a “story-based strategy” method to help campaign teams take apart dominant narratives and craft new stories. We investigate the myths we believe, build and participate in, and pause to bring deeper intentionality to campaign words, imagery and assumptions.
  • The Art folks work hand-in-hand with the Story folks and campaign teams to produce gorgeous creative products that surprise and delight, while bringing the campaign’s story to life.

We also have a roster of folks who want to share their skills in one-off kinds of ways. Join us! creative@350pdx.org

JEDI

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee serves as the major driver of 350PDX’s JEDI work, implementing our 3 year 2020-2022 JEDI plan. Over the past few months we’ve been focused on completing the JEDI cohort and rolling out more training resources around anti-racism, justice, and equity (read more on both of those in the Other Updates section below).

We’re always looking for new members with JEDI experience or knowledge – learn more about the committee and apply here.

Staff

We’re excited to welcome our new Development Manager Gaby Diaz, onboard! Read more about her here, and feel free to reach out and welcome her at gaby@350pdx.org.

We also said goodbye to two staff members in the past few months, our Development Manager Ashley Weatherspoon, and our Grants & Planning Manager Lucy Kennedy-Wong. 350PDX is a stronger, safer, and better place because of you. Thank you both for your years at 350PDX, you will be missed!

The hiring deadline has closed for our new part-time Communications Manager position, so expect to see that position filled in the next month! We’re still looking for more applicants for the Finance & Operations Manager fulltime position, so please share that with anyone you think would be a good fit!

Board

Last month the board welcomed a new member, Evie Vermeer! Read about him here, or get to know him on the Forest Defense Team, where you’ll also find him. The board is still looking to elect a couple more members, especially folks who can bring lived experience as community members on the frontlines of the climate justice struggle. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, learn more here and get in touch.

OTHER UPDATES

JEDI Cohort

350PDX’s first JEDI cohort wrapped up at the end of April! For the past four months, 15 volunteers (at least one person from every team) have been taking part in an intensive biweekly training on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). Topics included climate justice, anti-racism, white supremacy cultural traits, microaggressions, centering frontline leadership, and conflict (more info here). While our long term aim is to train all our volunteers on these topics, this first cohort is an important step to make sure our teams are practicing anti-oppression, centering on climate justice, and are providing a safer and more welcoming space for everyone, especially marginalized communities.

Thank you so much to volunteers Alex, Ana, Annie, Ari, Audrey, Carole, Emily, Mark, Mo, Nancy, Shauna, Shawn, Taryn, and Torie for taking part, a special thank you to Anais, Chris, and Elva for helping run the cohort, and a super special thank you to our anonymous donor who supported us to hire an external expert trainer, David, to help us with the trainings!

Training & Learning – New webpage!

There is a world of learning out there. We are standing on the shoulders of the movements and activists who came before us. With that in mind, we’ve just revamped our Learning & Training page on the 350PDX website. It shows our upcoming live trainings, and also dozens of prerecorded trainings and resources for you to get skilled up.

And because the sight of dozens of links and videos can be pretty overwhelming, we’ve split them into three more manageable levels: FoundationalCore, and Advanced. We want to encourage all 350PDX volunteers to spend time moving through these levels as they grow their skills as activists.

Support our organization in our Spring Appeal!

The month of May is our spring fundraising drive, and we really rely on donations from our community to keep us going and growing. We are small staff of only 5 people involved in a huge amount of campaigns and programs, so your donations go a long way in their impact. Like what we do? Want us to keep going? Then please consider donating today!
In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby and Indi
350PDX Team Leads