July Team & Campaign Updates

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we highlight the amazing work our volunteer teams have been up to and how you can get involved!

TEAM UPDATES

Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill out the Volunteer Form, or come to our 350PDX Volunteer Orientation!

Fossil Fuel Resistance Team

On Thursday, July 25 at 6:30pm, join us for a tour of the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub, where Zenith Energy is located, to learn more about why our campaigns fighting back against the fossil fuel industry are so important. Meet us at 4931 NW Front Ave to start the tour, where you’ll get to see first-hand why we need to decommission tanks storing dangerous fuels. After the tour, we’ll head to Breakside Brewery in NW (1570 NW 22nd Ave) for dinner and drinks. Please RSVP to Dineen at dineen@350pdx.org so we know to expect you.

Are you in the Blast Zone of Zenith Energy’s dangerous trains?

Use our map on 350pdx.org/stopzenith to find out. If you are, we can deliver you a yard sign! Just reach out to stopzenith@350px.org and let us know your address.

Climate Justice Policy Team

Fill out the Climate Conversations Survey if you live in Portland; and ask friends, neighbors, or others in your new City Council District to fill out the survey. This will help us gather information about what’s important to people in Portland regarding climate and environmental justice during this election cycle, and how they are thinking about climate resilience in their neighborhoods. It will also contribute to how we formulate a climate justice platform that reflects Portlanders’ concerns. A few options to consider:

Ask people to fill out a brief version of the Climate Conversations survey online.
Meet with a friend or a group of people and discuss the questions on the open-ended Climate Conversations survey, then you can either summarize and send in their answers or ask them to fill out the survey online. Here are suggestions for initiating a Climate Conversation.
Attend a community event in your area and ask people to fill out the brief survey. We have clipboards with paper surveys if you want to pick them up at the office. Email Denise to arrange pickup (denise@350pdx.org).

Forest Defense Team

On June 13, the Forest Defense team joined folks from across the region for a great Forests are our Future rally. We gathered at the regional headquarters of the U.S. Forest Service to draw attention to the new guidelines the Forest Service and Biden Administration are developing for the future of our region’s forests, including amending the NW Forest Plan and the Blue Mountains Forest Plan, and developing a National Old Growth Amendment (EO 14702). Speakers included folks from Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Wanapum Sustenance Foods & Spiritual Practices Conservation, and our own Forest Climate Manager, Brenna Bell. The speakers talked about the importance of these new plans and demanded that the Forest Service prioritize water, wildlife, first foods, and carbon storage over commercial extraction. Thanks to our friends at the Pacific NW Forest Climate Alliance for helping organize, and to everyone who participated!

You’re invited: July 17th Shade Equity Pedalpalooza Ride and 350PDX Action Night: Ride at 6:00pm from Lents Park, Action Night at 7:30pm at Laurelhurst Park

It’s time for our annual Shade Equity Bike Ride and we hope you can join us! Remember 2021, when we had the record breaking heat dome here in Portland? Remember how June 2023, globally, had the hottest June on record? Join us on this ride – starting at Lents Park, near the hottest place in Portland, and riding down to the cool shade of inner SE Portland to end at Laurelhurst Park for a 350PDX Action Night.

Our route will not only help us notice the differences in tree canopy by neighborhood, but we will also ride by one of the new “Trees In the Curb Zone Pilot Project” construction sites. We’ll also hear from Dr. Vivek Shandas, whose groundbreaking research made clear how the heat disparities in Portland flow directly from racial discrimination. We’ll end the ride at Laurelhurst Park where there will be refreshments, speakers, tables from partner organizations and actions we can take to support a more equitable urban forest.

This is a family friendly ride BUT kiddos joining should be able to keep up on their own or join via attached child seat or trailer. RSVP for the ride and/or the Action Night.

GET CONNECTED: The Forest Defense team meets on the first and third Mondays of the month from 6-7:30 pm. First Mondays are in person and third Mondays are online. Our next in person meeting will be in the SW hills followed by an evening hike in Tryon Creek State Park. Contact Forest Climate Manager brenna@350PDX.org, or volunteer team leads, Felice Kelly (felice.kelly@gmail.com) or Tyler Gilmore (tyler@350pdx.org) to get involved.

Storytelling Team

Special thanks to Volunteers Kami and Annie for crafting a mini-zine spotlighting biomass fuel, with a focus on Drax’s expansion efforts in Longview, WA. We distributed the zine at the “Forests Are Our Future” rally.

Next, we’re launching a video interview series featuring volunteers and other Portland climate activists. The short videos will center on the upcoming city council elections. If you’d like to share your insights, we’d love to hear from you!

GET CONNECTED: Fill out this form to get on our creative roster, or reach out to Irene@350PDX.org.

350PDX Book Club

The 350PDX Book Club meets every other month at the 350PDX office, alternating fiction and nonfiction titles around the topics of climate change, social justice, and activism. Our next book is Ursula K LeGuin’s classic The Dispossessed.

Our next meeting is Wednesday August 7th from 6:30-8:00pm. Sign up for our mailing list here! Reach out to katie@350pdx.org with any questions, comments, and ideas.

Brooklyn Neighborhood Team

In May, we hosted the first ever District 3 climate discussion café, where we talked about ideas for our lovely corner of Portland and connecting neighbors. It was a huge success! We’ve got a line-up of activities coming this summer, including a plan to continue the climate conversations at events like the annual Brooklyn Ice Cream social or at farmers markets, so keep an eye out. We’ve specifically been discussing neighborhood resilience in case of a disaster, and some local fossil fuel infrastructure concerns.

Feel free to reach out or attend our monthly summer meetings if you want to help!

GET CONNECTED: This summer, our meetings are monthly. The next one is July 25th, location TBD, but we normally meet at the Chomp or Rose City Coffee. Know someone in our neighborhood? Forward this email to them! Any questions, contact katie@350pdx.org.

Arts Team

We had a busy June making visuals for the Forest Service Action, and also getting a workspace mural ready for “Chris’s Farewell Party”.

In July, we will do more work for Forest Defense and for 350Deschutes. Audrey will teach us how to burn our own screens using the wonderful imaging machine gifted to us by Edin and Chris.

GET CONNECTED: Please beat the heat and come to our second Sunday Artbuild, July 14, 1:00-4:00pm. Let Donna know if you can join us. Murph1949@aol.com We hope to see you there!

SW Team

Our SW Team draws people from a wide area of the SW Portland Metro Area. If you have been looking for a way to contribute to efforts to stop global warming, we hope you consider joining the team!

Our street corner demonstrations continue weekly in July, and are scheduled for every Monday from 4:00 – 5:00pm at SW Capitol Highway and SW Sunset (across from Ida B. Wells highschool). In just one hour a week, we reach hundreds of commuters with our climate action signs, and raise awareness of the climate emergency.

GET CONNECTED: Join our monthly meeting on Monday, July 8th, from 6:30-8:00 pm on Zoom. A link will be sent out to SW Team members prior to our meeting. Sign up on the 350PDX Volunteer Interest Form at https://350pdx.org/campaigns/sw-neighborhood-team/ and indicate that you are interested in joining our outreach actions, or reach out to Pat at patk5@msn.com to learn more.

Washington County Team

Our team tables for climate justice in our neighborhood, and hosts films and events around public education and mobilization for climate action. We host monthly sign-waving events on the third Saturday of the month. We normally meet online on the second Tuesday of the month, although we sometimes enjoy hikes and picnics depending on season and group interest. Our next meeting takes place online at 6:30pm on July 9.

Our sign-waving team plans to be in action in Hillsboro on Saturday, July 20, from 11:00am-12:00pm. Check our Facebook page for more details. (https://www.facebook.com/350PDXWashingtonCountyTeam)

GET CONNECTED: We always welcome newcomers to our monthly meetings. If you’d like to attend, please contact Debby (debbygactivism@gmail.com) for the zoom link.

SUPPORT 350PDX

Do you love the incredible work of 350PDX? We couldn’t do it without our amazing teams, made up of volunteers who are engaged in the fight for a livable, thriving planet. Monthly donors help make our work possible. We are currently in our Sustaining Donor Drive, and hope to reach our goal of 50 new monthly donors this month. Become a recurring donor here!

June Team & Campaign Updates

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we highlight the amazing work our volunteer teams have been up to and how you can get involved! We are excited to welcome our new interns – Carys, Chris, Izzy, Matt, and Santiago. Learn more about them here! We also have a bittersweet announcement: after six years at 350PDX, our incredible Volunteer Manager, Chris, is moving on to new adventures. Join us in celebrating Chris, and launching our new workspace, on June 20 (look out for an email with more info!)

 

TEAM UPDATES

Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill out the Volunteer Form, or come to our 350PDX Volunteer Orientation!

 

Fossil Fuel Resistance Team

This month, our team elevated the fight against Zenith Energy to the state level, by testifying with our partners and allies to the Oregon EQC, or the Environmental Quality Commission. 20 people passionately testified about the need for the state to investigate the City’s backroom deal that lead to Zenith’s 2022 land use permit before granting a key air quality permit to the company. To our disappointment, the state agency declined to hold an additional hearing on this matter, failing to listen to our movement, many state and county elected officials, and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. We are not backing down. We know that the City of Portland failed our community by colluding with a Houston-based oil company. We know that our community deserves better than to continue to be put at risk from dangerous and explosive trains. We are continuing to fight and hold every level of government accountable for this negligence. Join us now to strategize and turn up the heat.

Our next meeting is one you won’t want to miss: On Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 pm, join us for a tour of the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub, where Zenith Energy is located, to learn more about why our campaigns fighting back against the fossil fuel industry is so important. Meet us at 4931 NW Front Ave to start the tour, where you’ll get to see first-hand why we need to decommission tanks storing dangerous fuels. After the tour, we’ll head to Breakside Brewery in NW (1570 NW 22nd Ave) for dinner and drinks. Please RSVP to Dineen at dineen@350pdx.org so we know to expect you.

Are you in the Blast Zone of Zenith Energy’s dangerous trains?

Use our map on 350pdx.org/stopzenith to find out. If you are we can deliver to you a yard sign! Just reach out to stopzenith@350px.org and let us know your address.

 

Forest Defense Team

Shade Equity:

May was an exciting month for the Forest Defense team! The City of Portland is poised to pass a budget that includes $65 million in funding to launch a program for the city to maintain our vital street trees. The source of the funds is the awesome Portland Clean Energy Fund. Huzzah!

For several years, our team has been advocating for the change from adjacent landowners being responsible for street tree maintenance to the city managing this important component of our green infrastructure. Forest Defense team members recently testified in support of this item in the Mayor’s budget, and we thank all of you who have participated in this campaign over the years by writing postcards, talking to friends and neighbors, joining our shade equity Pedalpalooza rides, coming to Shade Equity Socials, etc. You helped make this change happen. Now, there’s a lot more work to be done to ensure that program implementation supports community involvement and fights the urban heat islands here in Portland.

Come celebrate this important victory with our team on our annual shade equity Pedalpalooza ride on July 17th.  We’ll be riding from Lents, the hottest neighborhood in Portland, to Ladd’s Addition, one of the coolest, feeling how the street tree canopy affects heat. We’ll end the ride by joining the 350PDX Action night in Laurelhurst Park! Find the details for the ride here.

Enjoying the forest together: 

An important part of working on forest issues is remembering to enjoy the forest. Last month, our team went for a beautiful hike on Mother’s Day in the Tillamook State Forest along Gales Creek. We have done a lot of advocacy to make state forest management a stronger tool to fight climate change and ensure that human and non-human residents of Oregon have refuge in a warming world. It was really rewarding to see a small part of a place we talk so much about, especially while so many understory plants were blooming. What a perfect place to celebrate the moms on the team, some team members’ moms who came out to hike, and the Earth, the mother of us all.

Join us at the “Forests Are Our Future” Rally at the Forest Service HQ, June 13th:

Mature and old-growth forests are some of our best climate solutions, but they are threatened by outdated policies that prioritize profits at the expense of our forests, communities, and climate. This year we have a chance to change that. The Biden Administration and Forest Service are creating forest management guidelines that offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to push for bold policy changes.

Join the PNW Forest Climate Alliance (of which 350PDX is a proud member!) and communities from across the PNW on June 13 for the Forests Are Our Future rally. We will call attention to the pivotal role our forests play in tackling climate change, and we’ll demand that our leaders protect them.

WHAT: Rally with speakers, music, art, community organization tabling, and lots of other ways to get involved. Family friendly!

WHEN: Thursday, June 13 at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Terry Schrunk Plaza 431 SW Madison St (outside the Region 6 Forest Service office).

WHY: Demand the Biden Admin and Forest Service stop logging mature and old-growth forests and protect what’s left!

Hope to see you there!

Climate Justice Policy Team

The Climate Justice Policy Team has been tracking PCEF and the budgeting process at Portland City Council, speaking to Commissioners, and developing parts of a climate justice platform to share with City Council candidates. Here are some ways you can help!

  • Keep up the pressure in support of PCEF: The Portland City Council and the PCEF committee and staff have been working hard collaborating on ways to use the overabundance of PCEF funds to make the most positive impact for mitigating climate change and ameliorating climate and environmental injustices. There are a couple more decisions coming up regarding the use of PCEF funds to help community based organizations build capacity and to support the proliferation and affordability of e-bikes. Please send this email to the Commissioners and Mayor to thank them for their hard work and for keeping PCEF focused on its original intentions of climate, environmental justice, and community benefit.
  • Fill out the Climate Conversations survey if you live in Portland; and ask friends, neighbors, acquaintances, or others in your new City Council District to fill out the survey. This will help us gather information about what’s important to people in Portland regarding climate and environmental justice during this election cycle, and how they are thinking about climate resilience in their neighborhoods. It will also contribute to how we formulate a climate justice platform that reflects Portlanders’ concerns. Some options to consider:
    • Ask people to fill out a brief version of the Climate Conversations survey online.
    • Print out the Climate Conversations survey; ask people to fill it out on paper. You can drop off the paper copies to our office, take a photo and email it to us (cherice@350pdx.org), or mail the paper survey to us at 3625 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227.
    • Meet with a friend or a group of people and discuss the questions on the longer Climate Conversations survey, then you can either summarize and send in their answers or ask them to fill out the survey (see links above). Here are some suggestions about Initiating a Climate Conversation:
      • You could meet a friend and discuss, or host a small gathering at your home or a local park.
      • Do you have a small group you meet with regularly, such as a book group, parents group, or faith community group? These groups would be ideal to ask to fill out the Climate Conversations survey, including folks who aren’t actively involved in 350PDX (so we get a better cross-section of Portland perspectives).
    • Attend a community event in your area and ask passersby to fill out the brief survey. We have clipboards with paper surveys if you want to pick them up at the office. Email Denise to arrange pickup (denise@350pdx.org).

Arts Team

Last month, in our wonderful workspace, we hosted 90 high-schoolers from Milwaukie’s Rex Putnam High School for the most enormous Artbuild we’ve ever had! Students created buttons, stencils, screen prints, banners, and puppets, understanding that art is a powerful route into the human brain. The morning went by quickly, and it was filled with hope at seeing these young climate activists.

You can help too! This Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm, is our Second Sunday June Art Build and we have lots to work on. We’ll complete several banners for the June 13th “Forests Are Our Future” rally. If we have enough workers, we’ll finish up the new improved tree puppet, and do some collaborative work with the Extinction Rebellion Art Team. We’ll also try to finish our newest mural.

GET CONNECTED: Let Donna know if you can join us. Murph1949@aol.com We hope to see you there!

 

SW Team

The Southwest Neighborhood Team, which includes neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Portland, works to raise awareness of the climate emergency.

Our street corner demonstrations continue weekly in June, and are scheduled for every Monday from 4:00 – 5:00pm at SW Oleson Road and SW Garden Home. In just one hour a week, we reach hundreds of commuters with our climate action signs, and raise awareness of the climate emergency. Street parking is available or take the bus or ride your bike. We have extra signs to share!

Our education efforts include one-hour presentations to work, civic, and social groups. To schedule a presentation, please contact Pat Kaczmarek at patk5@msn.com

GET CONNECTED:  Join our monthly meeting on Monday, June 10th, from 6:30-8:00pm on Zoom. A link will be sent out to SW Team members prior to our meeting. To get involved in our outreach actions, please contact Pat Kaczmarek at patk5@msn.com, or visit https://350pdx.org/campaigns/sw-neighborhood-team/

 

Storytelling Team

Our team uses storytelling to make the climate justice movement irresistible. In May, the team decided to create a mini-zine about biomass fuel, using Drax’s efforts to expand facilities in Longview, WA, as a case study. The zine will be distributed at the “Forests Are Our Future” rally. See Forest Defense Team section for info about the event!

Storytelling team member, Kami, will lead the project with Annie assisting.

GET CONNECTED:  Fill out this form to get on our creative roster, or reach out to Irene@350PDX.org.

 

Washington County Team

Our team tables for climate justice in our neighborhood, and hosts films and events around public education and mobilization for climate action. We host monthly sign-waving events on the third Saturday of the month. We normally meet online on the second Tuesday of the month. Due to travel, our June meeting will move to June 18 at 6:30pm

Our sign-waving team plans to be in action in Hillsboro on Saturday, June 22, from 11:00am-12:00pm. Check our Facebook page for more details.

GET CONNECTED:  We always welcome newcomers to our monthly meetings. If you’d like to attend, please contact Debby (debbygactivism@gmail.com) for the zoom link.

 

Brooklyn Neighborhood Team

We’re getting involved in District 3 organizing as part of 350PDX’s larger efforts to make climate justice a priority in November’s election.

In May, we held a “Climate Conversations” speed-dating night, where a gathering of 20 neighbors asked each other rapid fire questions about the climate crisis, neighborhood climate resilience, and what City Council can do about it. The issues we raised will feed into 350PDX’s climate justice platform.

Some other Brooklyn Neighborhood Team projects include mobilizing people in the neighborhood to Stop Zenith Energy, and supporting our local food co-op.

GET CONNECTED: Join our Brooklyn Climate Action Team mailing list here to get 1-2 emails a month with local action alerts. Know someone in our neighborhood? Forward this email onto them! Any questions, contact chris@350pdx.org.

 

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff
350PDX Board & Team Leads

May Team & Campaign Updates

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we highlight some of the amazing work our volunteer teams have been up to and how you can take action!  But first, join us for 350PDX Action Night, a monthly in-person gathering at our event space where new and seasoned people interested in climate justice gather to network, take action, and organize for the future! We’ll also have food and drinks.

May Action Night

Wed, May 15, 6-8:00PM — 350PDX Office (3639 N Mississippi Ave) – learn more and sign up here

TEAM UPDATES

Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill out the Volunteer Form, or come to our 350PDX Volunteer Orientation! 

Fossil Fuel Resistance Team

Steel Bridge Train Derailment:

Early Monday, a freight train derailed on the Steel Bridge, disrupting all bridge transportation for the most of the day. This was a near-miss of a potentially historical fatal and devastating event, considering the potential danger if the derailed train had been carrying hazardous materials like crude oil. Soon after the accident, Breach Collective interviewed our Campaign Manager, Dineen O’Rourke, who provided insights and discussed the derailment’s relevance to our campaign against Zenith Energy’s oil transloading and storage facility. Listen here! 

DEQ and Zenith Energy:

On April 17, 350PDX’s Fossil Fuel Resistance team, alongside numerous community members, posed nearly 80 questions to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regarding Zenith’s upcoming air quality permit. Thanks to all who participated, whether in-person or online! The DEQ is anticipated to initiate a formal public comment period later this spring, providing us with an opportunity to submit comments and testify at a public hearing on this critical issue. Now is a great time to engage and assist us in halting Zenith’s operations.

We still have blast zone yard signs available to raise awareness among our neighbors. Unsure if you reside in the blast zone of Zenith’s oil trains? Check by entering your address into the map on our website. If your address falls within the red or yellow areas, you’re in the blast zone.

Join us this Thursday evening (May 2nd) from 6-8:00pm for the next Rumble on the River Community Forum. The topic is Transportation Justice. Hear from an incredible panel of speakers: Rep. Khanh Pham, Indi Namkoong (Verde), Abby Griffith (OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!), and Chris Smith (No More Freeways). Topics will include: Transit Equity Accessibility Reliability, Climate Impacts, Freeway Expansion, Biking, Walking, Carpools, Safety Funding, Effective Models Elsewhere. St. Andrew Catholic Church (806 NE Alberta St.)

GET CONNECTED: The next FFR Team meeting will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 pm. We would love for you to join us! If you would like to attend, please email dineen@350pdx.org.

 

Forest Defense Team

After an incredibly busy March, the Forest Defense Team took some time in April to regroup and reflect on our various campaigns. Our overall assessment is that the team is great – if a little spread thin – but that’s because there are so many important projects to work on!

Shade Equity:
Portland is rewriting its Urban Forest Plan and we’ve been actively sharing our feedback by filling out Urban Forestry’s online survey, attending the open house, and co-authoring and submitting a letter to Urban Forestry detailing issues we’d like to see addressed in the new plan.

Industrial Biomass:
After the great news that the SW Clean Air Agency withdrew the draft air pollution permit for Drax’s proposed biomass pellet plant in Longview, we asked Cowlitz County to take a similar action and withdraw its determination that the plant would not have a significant environmental impact, and to re-write its environmental analysis. We learned a lot about the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), which is very cool and something we wish Oregon had! If you want to get in the weeds about environmental policy and the Drax plant – read the letter we sent the Cowlitz County Planning Department!
We’ve also been connecting with allies across the west coast, country, and internationally to call attention to biomass energy as a false climate solution. Along with elevating actions against Drax at its Annual General Meeting on April 25, we are supporting a new federal bill that would require a carbon lifecycle analysis of industrial biomass production. Be on the lookout for an action asking Senators Merkely and Wyden to support this bill!

Finally – a big thanks to our friends at the 350PDX Arts Team who made this beautiful poster calling attention to the impacts of the proposed Drax plant. Over 100 posters were given away at the Longview Earth Day event!
Upcoming Meetings and a Hike!
After an enlivening in-person meeting, we’re going to try meeting half of the time in person, outside. Our meeting on the first Monday of the month will be in person. Our third Monday meeting will be online. We’re also going to hike in the Tillamook State Forest on Sunday, May 12th (celebrating our collective mother – the earth!). If you want more information about the hike or upcoming meetings, please contact Brenna (brenna@350pdx.org), Tyler (tyler@350pdx.org) or Felice (felice.kelly@gmail.com).

 

Climate Justice Policy Team

Sustainability & Climate Commission:
Last week, Climate Policy Manager, Cherice Bock, and team members testified at City Council to support the ordinance to create a Sustainability & Climate Commission. This will be up for a vote on May 2. There’s still time to send our one-click email to let the city council know you care, or you can write your own comment and submit it here before May 1 (some talking points here).

Defend PCEF…Again!
Some city commissioners are suggesting a cap on how much PCEF income will go to climate and environmental justice priorities, or reducing the big business tax rate so PCEF does not bring in as much funding. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 14, and join us at the PCEF press conference (8:15am) and city council work session (9:00–11:30am), 1900 SW Fourth Avenue Room 2500.

Climate Friendly Public Schools:
Last Thursday, we stood alongside numerous groups from the original Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) coalition, as well as community organizations, school leaders, teachers, and students, advocating for allocating up to $50 million in PCEF funding to support climate resiliency projects in Portland schools. This exciting intergovernmental agreement stems from the Climate Investment Plan for PCEF that we advocated for last fall. Known as Climate Friendly Public Schools, you can read more about it here. Please show your support by sending a one-click email, and emphasize the importance of directing all PCEF funding towards climate justice projects like this one. The proposal will be up for a vote on May 8.

GET CONNECTED: If you’d like to help us track, research, and advocate for strong climate justice policy in Portland and beyond, please email Cherice to join the team! We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, usually on Zoom. Our next meeting is on May 8, 6:30–8:00pm.

 

Arts Team

April’s Earth Day March in SE Portland was a big hit with hundreds of marchers and our own Sun Power, Wind Power, and Mother Earth puppets gliding through streets to the music of the Unprecedented Marching Band. Thanks to the Arts Team puppeteers for bringing their energy to the march!

Our work continues on the mural we’re painting in the workroom, and on building the new tree and anti-Mr. Monopoly puppets, and also on DRAX posters. If you’d like to help us, we’d love to have you!

GET CONNECTED: Since our Second Sunday Artbuild falls on Mother’s Day this year, team leads will consider another possible date this month. Keep an eye out for what that date might be, or email Donna (murph1949@aol.com) to be sure you know! 350PDX Arts Team Leads – Donna, Dannika, Lauren, Allison

 

Creative Team

The Creative Team uses storytelling to make the climate justice movement irresistible. Currently, we’re in a transitional phase, deliberating on new meeting schedules and different ways to share our visions and innovative storytelling techniques. We’re excited to amplify the Forest Defense Team’s Ax Drax campaign and the Fossil Fuel Resistance Team’s Stop Zenith campaign.
GET CONNECTED:  Fill out this form to get on our creative roster, or reach out to Irene@350PDX.org.

SW Team

Welcome to the Southwest Neighborhood Team, which includes neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Portland. We work together to raise awareness of the climate emergency.
Our street corner demonstrations continue weekly in May, every Monday from 4:00-5:00pm at SW Oleson Road and SW Garden Home. We reach hundreds of commuters with our climate action signs in a highly visible location. Street parking is available, or reach us via bus or bike, we have extra signs to share!
Our educational efforts extend beyond the street corner. We offer one-hour presentations to work, civic, and social groups. To schedule a presentation, please contact Pat Kaczmarek at patk5@msn.com
GET CONNECTED: Join our monthly Zoom meeting on Monday, May 13th, from 6:30-8:00pm. To get involved, please contact Pat Kaczmarek at patk5@msn.com.

Washington County Team

Our team tables for climate justice in our neighborhood, and hosts monthly sign-waving and film events! At our upcoming monthly meeting on May 14, we’ll debrief our April Earth Month activities and get an update on the Recycling Modernization Act.
Our sign-waving team plans to be in action in Hillsboro on Saturday, May 18, from 11:00am-12:00pm. Check our Facebook page for more details. We are planning a free screening (with community conversation) of Burned: Are Trees the new Coal on Saturday, May 25, at the Vault Theater in downtown Hillsboro. Link to tickets
GET CONNECTED: We always welcome newcomers to our monthly, 6:30pm, second Tuesday meetings – and at all our events. Our next meeting is May 14. Contact Debby (debbygactivism@gmail.com) for the zoom link if you’d like to attend.

Brooklyn Neighborhood Team

In April, we held a film screening of “Tomorrow” at the Aladdin Theater, as well as joined forces with our local Earth Day partner “The Chomp Thai Comfort Plate”, which donated 15% of their April 25 proceeds to 350PDX!
On May 16, we’ll be hosting a climate conversation speed-dating evening as part of 350PDX’s efforts to hear Portlanders’ climate priorities ahead of the November election.
Some of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Team’s projects include mobilizing people in the neighborhood to Stop Zenith Energy, supporting our local food co-op, and district organizing in the run up to this year’s election.
GET CONNECTED: Join our Brooklyn Climate Action Team mailing list here to get 1-2 emails a month with local action alerts. Know someone in our neighborhood? Forward this email onto them! Any questions, contact chris@350pdx.org.
In solidarity,
350PDX Staff
350PDX Board & Team Leads