Shade Equity Pedalpalooza Ride & Action Night!

Check out photos from last night’s Shade Equity Pedalpalooza bike ride and our Action Night in Laurelhurst Park! It was a stunning summer evening celebrating community and the vital role of our urban forest. 🌳 🌳🌳

 

June Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the 350PDX newsletter, where we highlight action opportunities, upcoming events, and more.

On June 13, banners were displayed along Interstate 5, stressing the urgent need to reduce fossil fuel emissions and to protect mature and old-growth trees. The same day, activists and citizens gathered at the “Forests Are Our Future” rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza to advocate for sustainable forest management. This year, the Forest Service and the Biden administration are creating management guidelines for the future of our region’s forests. The rally underscored the urgency of these guidelines in shaping our region’s forest policy for generations to come.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

350PDX Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, June 25, 6:00–8:00 pm, 350PDX Office, 3639 N Mississippi Ave
Come and hear more of what 350PDX is all about, meet some staff and volunteers, see our office space, and explore how to get involved!

We’ll start at 6pm with pizza and wine/beer/soft drinks, and then have an intro training that covers what we’re all about. We’ll do group exercises to get you practicing some of your new skills, and we’ll finish with you signing-up for the teams, actions, or activities that interest you the most! RSVP here,

Rumble on the River Community Forum: “Risk Bonds – So We Don’t Pay for an Industrial Disaster”
Wednesday, June 26, 5:45pm doors open with organizational tabling, 6:30pm panel begins, Multnomah Building (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.)
Risk bonds will hold fossil fuel and chemical companies accountable. This is a proactive ”Polluter Pays” plan. The costs of disasters are often “externalized” or shifted onto the public. By implementing bonding, these risks will be covered, and can require financial responsibility for all industrial disasters. Such measures may encourage safety improvements and removal of hazardous structures. Multnomah County is on the verge of taking risk bonding action.

Panel:

Mary King – Retired Economist with Risky Business

Sharon Meieran – Multnomah County Commissioner

Melanie Plaut M.D. – 350PDX and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

John Talberth – Center for Sustainable Economy, Founder, President and Senior Economist

Chris Voss – Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management, Director

John Wasiutynski – Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, Director

Since late 2022, Rumble On The River has presented 15 free community forums in neighborhoods throughout Portland. The prevailing Rumble focus has been the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub. Rumbles bring together expert voices to lay out the potential hazards of having 90% of Oregon’s fuel and a mix of toxics stored within Portland’s city limits on a seismic liquefaction zone. Other forum topics have included Columbia & Willamette River ecosystems, false climate solutions to climate disruption, transportation, urban forestry, shade equity and salmon restoration.

 

An Evening with Bill McKibben
Friday, July 5, 6:30-8:30pm, First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St. Free!
Author, educator and environmental activist Bill McKibben will be in Portland for a community gathering on the evening of July 5th, hosted by Third Act Oregon.

Bill is renowned for mobilizing popular support for action on climate justice and democracy. He has authored 20 books, including The End of Nature (1989) which is regarded as the first book about climate change for a general audience. He also helped found 350.org!

Bill will give a talk, then Oregon youth will lead a Q & A session with Bill, to inspire and motivate attendees to take action on climate and democracy, especially in the face of intensified climate disruption, political polarization/backlash, and our democracy in peril. Click Here to Register

350PDX is co-sponsoring this event, along with Third Act, 350Eugene, 350WashCo, Braided River Campaign, Elders Climate Action – Oregon Chapter, Extinction Rebellion PDX, Havurah Shalom Climate Action Team, Metro Climate Action Team, Oregon Climate Acton Hub, Rogue Climate.

 

Shade Equity Pedalpalooza Ride, followed by 350PDX Action Night
Wednesday, July 17, 5:45pm, Lents Park to Laurelhurst Park where we will meet up with 350PDX Action Night
Join the 350PDX Forest Defense team and folks from across the city for our annual Shade Equity bike ride! We will meet at Lents Park, near the hottest place in Portland during the 2021 Heat Dome. City council candidates are invited to attend and learn with us.

Remember 2021, when we had the record-breaking heat dome in Portland? Remember June 2023, when we had the hottest June on record globally? Have you heard of the Trees In the Curb Zone Pilot Project or the Portland Clean Energy Fund? Have you noticed how much cooler it is in the shade of a tree or in a shady neighborhood? If you want to join the climate justice movement with joy, ride with us from Lents to Laurelhurst, noticing differences in tree canopy by neighborhood.

This is a family friendly ride BUT kiddos should be able to keep up, or can join via child seat or trailer. This is an approximately seven mile, mostly downhill one-way bike ride. We will pause two times along the way, once to look at the Trees In the Curb Zone Pilot Project, and then for a water and discussion break. At the end of the ride, we’ll join the 350PDX Action Night at Laurelhurst Park for snacks, conversation, and actions you can take for climate justice in Portland. More details can be found on the Pedalpalooza Calendar. Hosted by the 350PDX Forest Defense Team.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Tour of the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub
Thursday, July 25, 6:30pm, 4931 NW Front Ave.
Join the 350PDX Fossil Fuel Resistance Team for a special up-close tour that looks at the need to transform the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub.

6:30 pm – Meet at 4931 NW Front Ave, in the parking lot. (Plenty of parking available).
6:30 – 7:30pm – Tour
7:30 – 8:30pm-ish – Debrief and discussion at Breakside Brewery-Slabtown. (1570 NW 22nd Ave); a 9 minute drive from our tour starting point.

Feel free to join us for one or both parts of this event! City council candidates and community members are invited to attend.

 

NEWS and UPDATES!
Actions with Don’t Shoot PDX Throughout the week, across the city – details here

Worker Solidarity Actions Throughout the week, across the city – visit the Portland Jobs with Justice page for more info. Also see their list of solidarity actions.

 

In love and gratitude,

The 350PDX staff –
Anissa, Brenna, Cherice, Chris, Denise, Dineen, Irene, Katie

Hello from Katie, 350PDX Community Engagement Manager

Hello everyone!

My name is Katie Hutchinson (she/her), and I am so thrilled to be the new Community Engagement Manager for 350PDX. To those of you I’ve met already, thank you for your warm welcomes, and I look forward to hopefully connecting with the rest of you soon.

A short bit about me: I grew up in Portland, and graduated from Portland State University in 2013 (after changing my major about seven times) with a Liberal Arts degree. I started doing some activism in college, becoming part of Student Action Coalition (StAC) and advocating for a disarmed campus police force. After that, I tried my hand as a barista, line cook, farmer’s market vendor, and Waldorf teacher, but I kept reading, having conversations, volunteering, and protesting. While getting a graduate degree in Creative Writing at Oregon State, I became involved with my graduate employee union as VP for Social Justice, doing community outreach and organizing during the pandemic.

The Community Engagement Manager position is essentially my dream job. I am so excited to meet people who want to get involved in the climate movement and help them feel plugged into a role that feels personally meaningful, exciting, and nourishing while supporting our different campaigns. I’m also really passionate about deepening our work around cultural resilience and mutual aid, and I’ll be assisting Campaign and Outreach manager Denise Lopez with our Neighborhood Teams project, as well as supporting the organization through fundraising and grants work.

Lastly, I want to send out a huge thank you and a fond farewell to Chris. In my six weeks on staff, I’ve felt how deeply committed he is to this work, how integral he has been to the 350PDX community, and how much he has truly impacted the climate movement in Portland for the better. It’s a big loss to grieve, and I’m right alongside you in that feeling. I’ll miss him (and Edin and Leon, who I’ve come to adore too) so very much. I am so grateful to have gained his friendship and mentorship. Read his leaving blog post here.

Please feel free to get in touch, my contact information is below. Send me an email, a text or phone call, or schedule a virtual 1:1 with me. I’m an open book! Looking forward to learning, absorbing, and making good trouble with you all.

 

Onward,

Katie

katie@350pdx.org

503-810-4866

Goodbye from Chris

Dear 350PDX friends and community,

I’m writing to let you know that I’m moving to the East Coast, and on from 350PDX, at the end of June. I’ve loved my 6 years at 350PDX and will miss the work, my colleagues, and the community (all of YOU) so much. With my family 5,000 miles away in England, and my wife Edin’s family on the East Coast, Portland was always going to be a temporary place for us, and now with our baby boy Leon here, it is feeling more important than ever to be closer to family.

What’s next for me

We’ll be moving in with my wife’s mum in Truro, MA, where I’ll be applying for a job as the town Climate Coordinator. We’ll likely spend a few years there and hopefully have a second baby, and then the longer term plan is to move back to England. I grew up on a dairy farm in the West Midlands of England, that was also a bed and breakfast. When I was young my mum converted the handful of derelict 17th century farm buildings into 8 holiday cottages, and my dad has run that business ever since. Our plan is to move back there and turn it into an activist retreat and training center, and to change the land into a rewilding / English version of a Land Back project. Of course there’s a chance it won’t happen (especially with family dynamics in the mix), but it’s such a good opportunity to create something new and powerful in that part of the world, we have to give it a try. Of course you’d all be welcome to visit if you ever find yourself in that part of the world!

What’s next for 350PDX

We have hired an excellent replacement, Katie Hutchinson. Read her intro blog post here. She’ll be continuing my work of building the climate movement community in Portland, so please reach out to her at katie@350pdx.org for any questions or to just introduce yourself!

We have a truly brilliant team right now, with Dineen, Brenna, and Cherice holding down our campaign work, and Anissa, Denise, and Irene holding down the rest of the organizational work. I’m glad to be leaving at a time when the organization is thriving.

I feel like a lot of times when people leave an organization there is an underlying other reason that isn’t named, whether that’s some big conflict or dysfunction or something. So I just want to name that this is truly not about that, nothing would make me happier than staying at 350PDX for another 6 years if I were staying in Portland.

Thanks to those of you who joined me for my leaving party, it was so wonderful to see your faces one last time before I head off.

Lastly, I’ve loved my time at 350PDX and I’m always looking to grow as an organizer. I made a quick feedback form in an effort to grow from and reflect on my time at 350PDX. If you have a few minutes I’d really appreciate you taking the time to fill it out.

Thanks all,

Chris, 350PDX Volunteer Manager, 2018-2024

 

P.S. My personal email is cta.palmer@gmail.com, my phone number is 971-712-4152, and I’ll always be happy to stay in touch!

 

The dairy farm in England, with main farmhouse and cottages

Mid-May 2024 Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the 350PDX newsletter, where we highlight action opportunities, upcoming events, and more.

Yesterday, 350PDX staff, interns, and volunteers joined many others to support PCEF during a city council budget work session. PCEF funds will be supporting shovel-ready climate, clean energy, and environmental justice projects throughout the City’s bureaus. Because of PCEF, the City will be able to retain over 100 employees and pay for many exciting projects that will help us meet our Climate Emergency Workplan and other climate goals while providing community benefit and good paying jobs. Along with a broad coalition representing over 50,000 Portlanders we sent this open letter to city council about PCEF emphasizing the importance of keeping PCEF funds focused on its original intention: climate, environmental justice, and clean energy with community benefit.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

May Action Night

5/15, 6:00-8:00pm, 350PDX, 3639 N Mississippi Ave.

Join us tonight for Action Night! Dinner is provided; feel free to bring a side dish. We will be leading a training around Climate Conversations and meeting in District groups to strategize bringing climate justice into the Portland city council elections. If you RSVP we’ll have a better idea of how much food to bring, but you’re welcome to show up even if you don’t RSVP!

 

William Jam: A Benefit for Land Back and Climate Justice!

Friday, May 17, 6:00pm, Green Anchors, 8940 N Bradford St, Portland, OR, 97203

Come support two of our wonderful movement partners on the banks of the Willamette for the second annual Willam-Jam: A Benefit Concert for Indigenous People’s Power Project (IP3) and Mosquito Fleet!

IP3 is raising funds to ensure the longevity of their new landback project as an Indigenous run and led space dedicated to upholding movement ideologies, land connection, reconnection, and rematriation. This project will continue IP3’s work of building capacity with Indigenous communities, networks, and partners with a sustainable base to gather, cultivate, and learn. Mosquito Fleet is raising funds to support a summer of activity on the water including kayaktivism trainings, social paddles, and the free kayak lending library.

Featuring the musical flavors of Supernatural Beavers, Mista Chief & Rising Buffalo Tribe, & Lapaushi, as well as food and beverages from Nico’s Ice Cream, Straightaway Cocktails, Asona Cuisine, and Tacos El Patrón! And did we mention screen printing, a raffle, silent-auction? Grab your friends, get your tickets, and meet us at Green Anchors! You can find more event details and RSVP here. Please share with your friends!

 

350PDX Volunteer Orientation

Monday, May 20, 6:00-8:00pm, 350PDX Office, 3639 N Mississippi Ave

Come and hear more of what 350PDX is all about, meet staff and volunteers, see our office space, and explore how to get involved! RSVP here. Pizza and drinks provided!

Northwest Forest Plan Amendment Webinar: Understanding the NW Forest Plan and What’s At Stake

Tuesday, May 21, 12:00pm, Online

Join the PNWFCA for a webinar unpacking the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and the changes the Forest Service has proposed, affecting management of our PNW forests for decades to come! Presenters Brenna Bell, Dominick Dellasala, and Chandra LeGue will discuss the ins and outs of the plan, what the climate impacts are, and how to engage your community on taking action for the strongest plan amendments for the climate, ecosystems, and communities. Register here!

One World Films and Conversations: Burned – Are Trees The New Coal?

Saturday, May 25, 2:00–4:00 pm, Vault Theater, 350 East Main Street Hillsboro, OR 97123

Hosted by 350PX Washington County Team. Join us for an eye-opening event at The Vault Theater where we will explore the controversial topic of using trees as a source of energy. Through thought-provoking films and engaging conversations, we aim to shed light on the impact of deforestation and the growing trend of burning trees for fuel. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, discuss, and be inspired to make a difference. Tickets are free! Click here for more info and to reserve a spot.

Save the Date!  Forests are our Future Rally for Mature and Old Growth Forests

Thursday, June 13th, 3:00-5:00pm, Terry Schrunk Plaza, 431 SW Madison Street, Portland

Our mature and old-growth forests are some of our best climate solutions, but they are threatened by a 20th century paradigm that maximizes logging/timber extraction and profits at the expense of our forests, communities, and climate. The Forest Service and Biden Administration are creating management guidelines for the future of our region’s forests for decades to come. We need the Forest Service & Biden Administration to put a moratorium on logging mature and old growth forests to protect our communities and climate. More information about the rally coming soon – you do not want to miss this awesome event!

NEWS and UPDATES!

Celebrate two good news items from last week!

After advocating for months in support of a Sustainability & Climate Commission (SCC), the ordinance to create the SCC received a unanimous vote by Portland city council last week! The volunteer commission will be seated in 2025.

Second, the city council also approved the Climate Friendly Public Schools funding we’ve been advocating for. It is the first intergovernmental agreement using Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Funds (PCEF) to be approved as a result of the PCEF Climate Investment Plan we advocated for last fall. Through the Climate Friendly Public Schools program, up to $50 million will be allocated to Portland-area public schools for climate resilience and emissions reduction projects; making our schools, neighborhoods, students, and educators healthier and safer from climate emergencies. Through this program and other PCEF projects, Portland is able to do our part in building a sustainable and just present and future in our region and world.

Interns:

We are excited to welcome five summer interns who will be helping us: organize climate and environmental justice tours with city council candidates, finalize and share a climate justice platform and voter guide, and coordinate some of our District organizing for climate justice. Please join us in welcoming Izzy Garcia, Carys John, Christopher Johnston, Santiago Nolasco Galicia, and Matt Stevenson.

Watch CD3 Environmental Justice Candidate Forum Video Before the Primaries!

If you’re interested in learning what candidates from Oregon US Congressional District 3 have to say about climate and environmental justice, please watch this video of the candidate forum we co-hosted with Portland Harbor Community Coalition, University of Portland, and other co-sponsoring groups. Though Rep. Maxine Dexter and Comm. Susheela Jayapal could not attend the forum, their answers are at the end of the video. Go to 1:27:21 for Rep. Dexter’s answers, and 1:57:10 for Comm. Jayapal’s answers. Candidates who attended the forum were: Michael Jonas, Ricardo “Ricky” Barajas, Rachel Lydia Rand, Nolan Bylenga, and Gary L. Dye. Make sure to vote in Oregon’s primary elections by May 21!

 

Actions with Don’t Shoot PDX Throughout the week, across the city – details here

Worker Solidarity Actions Throughout the week, across the city – visit the Portland Jobs with Justice page for more info. Also see their list of solidarity actions.

 

In love and gratitude,

The 350PDX staff –
Anissa, Brenna, Cherice, Chris, Denise, Dineen, Irene

Broad Coalition Calls on City Council To Honor Voters’ Intentions for Portland Clean Energy Fund

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 10th, 2024

Contact: Damon Motz-Storey, damon.motz-storey@sierraclub.org, 303-913-5634 (cell)

Broad Coalition Representing Over 50,000 Portlanders Calls on City Council To Honor Voters’ Intentions for the Portland Clean Energy Fund

The coalition is led by many of the same leading organizations who drafted, passed, and supported implementation of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund.

(PORTLAND, OR) – A broad coalition of environmental, social services, and racial justice groups representing over 50,000 Portland residents released a letter calling on Portland City Council to honor the intent of voters who approved the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) through a local ballot measure in 2018. PCEF supports climate action projects like rooftop solar, green spaces, and clean energy job training programs, funded by a 1% surcharge on billion-dollar corporations with over $500,000 in annual Portland sales.

“The passage of this landmark initiative marked a turning point. For the first time, Portland has real capacity to invest in workforce and infrastructure to create a thriving green economy and more resilient neighborhoods and communities,” the letter reads. “We ask that you honor the will of Portland voters and the original purpose of PCEF: to make sustained investments in projects that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits for our communities.”

The letter’s main signatories are groups who created the PCEF measure, including Verde, APANO, the Coalition of Communities of Color, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Native American Youth & Family Center, Bird Alliance of Oregon, Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper, and 350PDX. The letter has an additional 35 signatories ranging from local storefronts like the Community Cycling Center to community-based organizations like Friends of Trees. The groups’ combined membership and supporter base represents an extensive network of over 50,000 Portlanders from across the city.

“Inequality and climate change are both getting worse, so Portlanders are counting on PCEF,” said Candace Avalos, Executive Director of Verde, an environmental justice nonprofit based in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. “We hope the City Council will hear our communities’ strong support for this vital and innovative program and not stray from its mission.”

Portland City Commissioners Rene Gonzalez and Dan Ryan have expressed desire to undermine the Portland Clean Energy Fund by either reallocating its revenue or cutting the PCEF surcharge on billion-dollar retailers.

“Portland keeps seeing more smoke-filled skies, deadly heat waves, and destructive ice storms,” said Damon Motz-Storey, Director of the Sierra Club’s Oregon Chapter. “We cannot backtrack on the clear mandate set by 65% of Portland voters to fund climate action and environmental justice. Reopening this settled debate during a critical election year would not be a good use of time and would erode public trust.”

“I recognize that Portland leaders are facing tough budget issues, but nothing is more important in a democracy than following the will of our voters,” said Representative Khanh Pham (D-Portland), who was a leader of the coalition to pass PCEF before being elected to the Oregon legislature. “We shouldn’t second-guess the voters when we can instead fund a wide range of city climate projects with PCEF as Portlanders intended.”

Mayor Ted Wheeler recently proposed a budget that would use PCEF to fund initiatives like electrifying the city vehicle fleet, caring for city trees, and clean energy and efficiency upgrades to rental housing, parks buildings, and street lights. The PCEF Community Advisory Committee gave feedback on the proposed budget and found alignment with the PCEF program’s goals and commitment to prioritizing low-income Portlanders and communities of color.

“Our communities need every dollar that PCEF has to stay focused on clean energy, green jobs, and environmental justice,” said Jenny Lee, Deputy Director of the Coalition of Communities of Color. “When city leaders ensure PCEF is spent only on projects with clear climate and community benefits, we all win.”