I’ve always been slightly obsessed with listening or making sure that I listen well, do not interrupt, and in general, do not occupy undue space in a conversation. In a world that privileges originality and assertiveness, listening to understand what someone is saying, rather than listening to respond, or come up with a unique perspective or interjection, has become a lost art.
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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.
The staff and board of 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
350PDX is excited to announce that for the fourth year we are participating alongside 150 Portland based non-profits in 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.
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:
- All Donors will receive a bag of bagel chips from Spielman’s Bagels. (G!G donations Only)
- All Donors aged 35 and under will receive a bag of UMI Organic Ramen Noodles – first 10 donors will also receive Umi organic sauce! (G!G Donations Only)
- Donors of $100 will be entered in a raffle for one magnum of wine and a tasting/tour at Winderlea Winery and Vineyard
- Donors of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a vacation home weekend in Bend!
- Match up to $1000 in funding from Trillium Investment
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.
This comment period closed on November 21st 2018.
Join us for a post-film wine & hors d’oeuvres reception and fundraiser! 350PDX is putting on a night to remember, with your chance to hobnob with the Dirt Rich film director Marcelina Cravat, and author of The Soil Will Save Us Kristin Ohlson.
Tickets are on a sliding scale from $25 – $100, and all tickets will get you a free glass of wine, provided by Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, a B Corp producing Pinot noir and Chardonnay right here in Oregon.
We’ll also have fancy after-movie snacks for you with a range of vegan and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and a raffle with great to be announced prizes.
All proceeds will go to supporting the work of 350PDX in building a grassroots movement to address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions – including fighting Jordan Cove and getting the Portland Clean Energy Initiative passed at the ballot in November.
Tickets to the film sold separately: Preceding the reception, 350PDX in partnership with the EcoFilm Festival is presenting Dirt Rich at the Hollywood Theatre – buy tickets separately for that here – followed by a short Q&A with the director. The 350PDX fundraising reception is being held after the film and across the street at The Magnolia.
Don’t take it from us, take it from national green energy leader, activist, and author Van Jones, who spoke at an event in Portland last week in front of hundreds of people and couldn’t stop raving about our work on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, Measure 26-201.
Why? Because this measure offers an opportunity to say YES amidst a sea of bad policies that we fight on a daily basis. YES to local climate action. YES to billionaire retail corporations paying their fair share toward a clean energy future. YES to job training in the renewable energy field. YES to green infrastructure such as cooling tree canopies, local sustainable food and innovative projects that reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. YES to solutions coming straight from our communities. YES to Measure 26-201!
Today is 49 days until Election Day, and 29 days until ballots begin to hit mailboxes. Here’s your weekly campaign update on how to get involved with this historic initiative.