Take Action: Demand that Chase and Blackrock walk away from the Saudi Aramco Deal

JP Morgan Chase just announced it will align its business model with the Paris Climate Agreement. BlackRock just supported its first-ever resolution addressing deforestation company supply chains. Those two announcements are huge — but the companies are already backtracking. The two financial giants just started discussing a deal worth over $10 billion with Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, to provide it with a major influx of cash as oil prices hit an all-time low due to the pandemic. Saudi Aramco is one of the world’s primary drivers of climate chaos. What’s more, these global brand names in world finance would be helping Saudi Arabia whitewash its appalling record of human rights violations.

Click here to auto send an email. But best if you adapt the text and subject line so filters can’t block it from their inboxes!

Or do it manurally: send an email to:

jamie.dimon@jpmchase.com
executive.office@chase.com
daniel.pinto@jpmorgan.com
ashley.bacon@jpmchase.com
cpak@crown-chicago.com
mhobson@arielinvestments.com
timothy.flynn@walmart.com
samantha.tortora@blackrock.com
michelle.edkins@blackrock.com
brian.deese@blackrock.com
amy.hunter@blackrock.com
sandra.boss@blackrock.com

With a message similar to the following (if you adapt it and set your own subject line you email has a hugely more significant chance of getting through to their inboxes!)

Dear JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock Executives and Board Members –

I was shocked to learn that you are considering facilitating a $10 billion deal to sell a major stake in Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.

As the world’s largest fossil fuel company, Saudi Aramco is the primary driver of climate chaos on the planet. They’re one of just twenty companies whose relentless exploitation of fossil fuels is linked to more than one-third of all carbon emissions in the modern era.

In January, BlackRock promised to make climate action a priority in all of its business decisions. Just last week, JPMorgan Chase committed to align its business with the Paris Agreement.

Your support of Saudi Aramco reveals the emptiness and hypocrisy of your commitments. If your companies are at all serious about aligning with the Paris Accord, you need to take immediate actions, including:
– Stopping financing for all coal companies (as defined by the Global Coal Exit List)
– Excluding financing for any project that involves exploration for new fossil fuel reserves, expands extraction of fossil fuels, or builds infrastructure that incentivizes new extraction.
– Committing to reduce your company’s overall climate impact on a timeline compatible with limiting climate change to 1.5°C. This means halving its climate impact by 2030 and zeroing it out by 2050.
– Committing to using your shares to vote off company directors that are opposed to climate action, vote in favor of climate resolutions and use your full power as investors to demand climate action at the scale of the crisis.

Being at all serious about aligning your business with the Paris Accords would mean not facilitating a $10 billion deal with the world’s largest oil company.

I look forward to your response.
Yours sincerely

Stop the Kalama methanol refinery!

As wildfires exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels ravage our region, a plan to build the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery on the Columbia River carries on. The Kalama methanol refinery would use more fracked gas than all of Washington’s gas-fired power plants combined. This project would be an outright disaster for our climate and our communities and it must be stopped. We’re in a crucial comment period this month and need your help to make sure we stop this project.

The Washington Department of Ecology recently released a new draft analysis showing that the Kalama methanol refinery would be a major climate polluter—one of Washington’s most significant sources of pollution. Unfortunately, the study also relies on an speculative and unenforceable market analysis to support this dirty, climate-wrecking proposal. Join us and urge Ecology to deny this project and to reject false claims from Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), the refinery’s backer:

Write a comment against the Kalama methanol refinery now.

To learn more and write a comment in community with others throughout the region, join us TONIGHT for a Comment Writing Workshop! You’ll learn more about the background of the Kalama methanol refinery, the report from the Dept. of Ecology, the important talking points to include in your comment, and all of the dangerous impacts this project will have on our region and communities.

No Methanol! Comment Writing Workshop
TONIGHT, Monday Sept. 14, 6 – 7:30 pm
Online.
RSVP for the Zoom link here.

In addition to sending in a comment online, please make a plan to join us for one of the Dept. of Ecology’s virtual hearings on the project. These hearings are an important opportunity to make our voices heard before Ecology makes a major decision about the future of Kalama and our entire Pacific Northwest region:

The devastating fires and smoke-filled skies are confirming what we’ve all known: we must keep fossil fuels in the ground and stop building any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Period. We are in a climate emergency—we can see it, breathe it, and smell it all around us. Together we can stop this destructive project and protect Kalama, the Columbia River, and our climate. Join us in saying no to the Kalama methanol refinery.

For resources and ways to take action to support communities in our region right now, visit 350pdx.org/wildfire. Stay safe,

Dineen O’Rourke, 350PDX Campaign Manager

 

Action alert: Tell corporations to divest from police foundations

On Sunday Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha, WI police officer. His 3 children watched it happen.

This has been a summer of uprising as people across the country take to the streets to condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. Miraculously, Jacob Blake didn’t die — instead, he’s been left paralyzed from the waist down.

Jacob Blake’s shooting is just the latest example of ultra-militarized police forces showing an utter disregard for Black life.

The attempted murder of Jacob Blake is yet another reminder of why millions of people across the country are rallying behind the demand to defund the police: Our nation’s heavily militarized police kill over 1,100 people a year.

This week, we’re joining Color Of Change and more than 40 organizations to demand divestment from police foundations because it’s not enough for corporations to say they want racial equity — they need to move their money and prove it.

Police foundations are private, corporate-sponsored groups that supplement already bloated police budgets. From NYC to LA and everywhere in between, police foundations help cops acquire surveillance tech, SWAT team equipment, and weapons that are used to terrorize Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.

There are 3 actions you can take right now to support the call for corporations to divest from police foundations.

  1. Sign the petition demanding corporations divest from police foundations.While police budgets are public documents that must be approved by local elected officials, police foundations exist as a backchannel to funnel private money and resources toward law enforcement. They shouldn’t exist and corporations pretending to care about racial equity certainly shouldn’t fund them.
  2. Share the petition on Twitter and Facebook and encourage your friends and family to take action.As we continue to demand corporations like Goldman Sachs, Verizon, and Target stop propping up militarized police foundations, we’ll need your help to share the petition on social media. Click here to tweet and click here to share on Facebook instantly.
  3. Take the fight directly to the corporations on social media.Corporations that fund police foundations — including familiar fossil fuel companies and funders Goldman SachsBank of AmericaChevron, and Shell — all have public social media pages.On these pages, you can comment on posts to hold the corporation accountable, message the brand directly, and spread the word about the company’s support of police foundations and the harm they help inflict on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police because we know that the systems that maintain white supremacy and the fossil fuel industry are one in the same.

Each of the days this week has a different focus — today the banks, tomorrow oil and gas companies, and Friday communications companies. We’ll send you reminders the next two days with links to a few specific targets.

As a coalition that works to defund climate destruction and reinvest money in our communities, it’s essential that we stand in solidarity with our allies who are working to defund the racism that is also at the root of the climate crisis.

In solidarity,
Stop the Money Pipeline

P.S. Looking for more information about police foundations? Read the whole report from LittleSis.

350PDX Weekly Update – The hottest it’s ever been – August 19 2020

Hi everyone,

Here in Oregon we enjoy the reputation of being environmentally-friendly, which is why this report might come as a surprise to some of us. A World Resources Institute report on climate pollution reduction over the last 15 years puts Oregon in the bottom 11 states in the nation. Our carbon emissions went down, but only by 6%, while half of the states reduced by at least 20%, and Maryland and New Hampshire reduced by 38%.

While this is partly because Oregon was already fairly low carbon, and therefore making major reductions was harder than in places that had more low hanging fruit, another reason is that politicians and corporations operating here have been able to ride our green reputation without backing it up with genuinely bold action. Similarly to how Mayor Ted Wheeler tries to hide behind Trump sending in federal troops to Portland, despite his own police force inflicting tear gas, “less-lethal munitions”, and racist policing on Portland residents, our politicians try to get by with tweaks and incremental changes to tackle our pollution problem while still claiming to be climate champions. 

Our neighboring state, California, recorded the hottest temperature on the planet in recorded history this week, 130F, and wildfires are springing up around our state. Climate change isn’t a faraway concept for Oregonians, it’s at our doorstep, and the the causes of climate change are at our doorstep too. New fossil fuel infrastructure projects like the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline, the Kalama methanol refinery, and the I-5 freeway expansion threaten to send us backwards. And efforts to win a Green New Deal at the city and state level are fought at every step by our politicians and business lobby groups.

We have to turn up the heat. We need to fight for a just recovery from this pandemic that will rebuild our society as just, equitable, and carbon-free. Over the rest of this year, and in 2021, we will be fighting for this Green New Deal in Portland and for all of Oregon. But we need your help. The economic crisis means this is a tough year for fundraising. Will you contribute to our summer appeal so that we can continue the fight for a just and livable future?

An amazingly generous donor has pledged to match every donation up to $10,000 for our summer appeal! So your contribution will be doubled if you donate today!

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Thank Senators Wyden and Merkley for standing up against eminent domain

    Last week, US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced two bills in congress that would stop fossil fuel corporations from using eminent domain for fracked gas export pipelines. Thanks to years of our communities coming together to stop Jordan Cove LNG, Senators Wyden and Merkley have joined Southern Oregon in opposing this project that would strip land from private property owners, impact the traditional territories and cultural resources of Tribal Nations, harm the local commercial fishing industry, and become the largest climate polluter in the state.

    Now, Oregon’s US Senators are putting their opposition into action by introducing these bills to limit the power the fossil fuel industry has to take people’s lands for fracked gas pipelines. Will you help make sure they keep this up by thanking them today?

Updates

  • Video: Solidarity School #1: Our Fight for A Just Recovery

    Watch the recording from the last week’s webinar. The Solidarity School is a series of monthly mass calls designed for folks looking to grow and expand their skill set in this moment of uprising and climate justice organizing. Each month, guest speakers, 350.org staff and leaders from our broader network will strengthen our frameworks and share strategies, tactics, and actions for ongoing organizing.

  • Article: Climate Apartheid Is the Coming Police Violence Crisis

    “In a 2019 report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights warned about the possibility of climate apartheid: a world in which only elites are able to access basic forms of social protection while everyone else faces the devastating effects of climate crises.

    Such crises are already here—and they are hitting us with increasing frequency. Researchers say that we can expect more climate change–related wildfires, heat waves, and floods before the end of the year, all of which will compound the economic damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet how all this destruction will affect us has less to do with the wind, rain, or sea levels and more to do with our institutions, a simple question of whom and what the political system chooses to protect. Whether ecological crises leads to a bleak future of climate apartheid or something more just depends on the politics of prisons and police.”

  • 3 Generations of Black Portland by DJ Black Daria on XRAY-fm

    “This is a really moving conversation between a local DJ (co-host of XRAY-fm’s Everyday Mixtapes) and her father and grandmother about their experiences growing up Black in Portland. Their conversation covers the rapid  gentrification of Portland, the segregation of schools and neighborhoods, how these three generations see the current uprising and its place in history, and more, all mixed with some awesome and classic tunes. I found their stories  crucial to deeply listen to, especially for fellow white Portlanders, to really think critically about my place as a white person in a rapidly-changing city that’s notoriously devalued Black lives. I encourage giving both this podcast and the great tunes and vibes on Everyday Mixtapes a listen!” – Dineen, 350PDX Campaigns Manager

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX August General Meeting
    Mon Aug 24, 6:00PM – 7:15PM – Online, register hereFrom Dineen, our Campaigns Manager: “I miss our General Meetings. Potlucks, mingling with friends new and old, volunteers finding their place in the movement, and team leaders sharing about the campaigns they’re working on with excitement… they were beautiful and energetic moments of movement building that we’ve found challenging to recreate virtually. But we’re going to do our best to try. Besides, we miss you all regardless, and whether we can meet in person or virtually, we love the chances we get to see people who are just getting started at 350PDX, and those who’ve been around awhile. So… let’s have another General Meeting!

    This one is going to be special. For the past year, we’ve been building a partnership with the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, an incredible grassroots group who works hard to support activists and indigenous land defenders in the Philippines who face disastrous consequences just for standing up for environmental injustice.”

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Every day @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protestThere are events all day every day, in a whole range of different neighborhoods and at a whole range of different levels of risks – from standing on street corners waving signs in the middle of the day, to COVID-safe car caravans slowly parading around the city, to facing off with federal troops at midnight outside the (in)justice center downtown. Much of the direct action stuff is only being released less than 24 hours in advance, so if you want to be in the loop, join our Signal chat (by filling in the Volunteer Form here!) The Signal chat and the Volunteer form is also good if you want to find a buddy to go protest with! Here are a few picks in the coming days:

No Cops. No Prisons. Total Abolition! Direct Action March
Weds Aug 19 – Meet 8:00PM, Move 9:00PM
Elizabeth Caruthers Park
Higher risk of police vioelnce

Nightly Protest at the (In)Justice Center
Every night, 7:30PM – Late
Police have consistently been violent at these events, so personal protective equipment is recommended, and pets should stay at home.

SW PDX Black Lives Matter Vigil
Every Weds, 4:30PM – 5:30PM
SW 35th and Multnomah Blvd
Southwest PDX family-friendly sign waving in Solidarity with Black Lives with masks and physical spacing, ongoing until further notice. Plenty of extra signs to borrow. Co-sponsored by 350PDX SW Team, SW Action Group for Social Justice (SWAG) and Stand on Every Corner.

Car Caravan Protest
Wednesdays and Fridays Meet at 5:30pm depart 6:00pm
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.
Donna Hayes, the Black founder and heart of this Caravan, is the Grandmother of Quanice Hayes who at age 17 was killed in 2017 while on his knees by Portland Police officer Andrew Hearst. Hearst has not been held accountable.

Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Every Thurs, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Portland City Hall. Please wear black

The Struggle for Prison Abolition: From the U.S. to Palestine
Thurs Aug 20, 2:00PM – 3:30PM – Online
Making connections between the movement to abolish police and prisons in the US and the struggle for liberation in Palestine and beyond.

March with us for Police Abolition
Thurs Aug 20, 6:00PM
Kenton Lodge to Arbor Lodge Park​​​​
Hosted by PDX Black Youth Movement
Higher risk of counter-protesters

Know Your Rights! A Virtual Training with the Uprise Collective & the National Lawyers Guild
Fri Aug 21, 6:00PM – 7:30PM – Online
Workshop covering topics such as protest, what to do if you’ve been detained, de-arrests, and legal recourse for violated rights.

Come Thru: Black & Indigenous Market
Mon Aug 24, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
831 SE Salmon St
Come out to support Black and Brown farmers and makers, alternating Mondays, masks required.

  • Portland Save the Post Office – Day of Action
    Sat Aug 22, 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Midway Post Office, 400 SE 103rdNational Day of Action sponsored by MoveOn, NAACP, Rural Organizing, SEIU, Working Families Party, and more. Click Here for the event page on Facebook! Join the Community and Postal Workers United for this day of Nationwide Actions to say:

    Mail Delay, Not Okay !
    Protect the Vote !
    DeLiver DeMail, DePose DeJoy !
    Fire Trump’s Crony, the Postmaster General !

  • Medicare for All in the Time of COVID – Sign Holding Event
    Sat Aug 22, 3:00PM – 3:45PM – Meet at Pioneer Courthouse Square, on SW 6th between Yamhill and Morrison Streets.Come out for a safe, socially distanced event on Sat., 8/22. Now more than ever, in a pandemic, we need Medicare for All! We will be part of a national Medicare for All Day of Action organized by National Nurses United. Bring signs, wear your mask, and stay 6 feet apart at all times!

Thank you all for the work that you do, stay safe, we’re all in this together,
Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Indi, Lucy – the 350PDX staff

350PDX Weekly Update – Three major pipeline wins in 48 hours – July 8 2020

Hi everyone,

It has been a very bad week for oil and gas pipelines across the country, with three of the most prominent projects being cancelled or seriously delayed. Each project has faced massive grassroots resistance for years and these victories would not have been possible without the direct action from indigenous communities and environmental justice activists. It’s time for Jordan Cove LNG in Southern Oregon to be cancelled next!

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled: Dominion Energy and Duke Energy canceled the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline Sunday. The construction of the pipeline was once considered a near-certainty, but sustained resistance by climate, environmental justice, and property rights activists pushed the project three years behind schedule and nearly doubled its cost to $8 billion. Developers cited “an unacceptable layer of uncertainty and anticipated delays,” and the potential for future legal challenges. Critics of the pipeline argued it would have been unnecessary, exacerbate climate change and also be “basically the poster child for environmental injustice. It disproportionately impacted Black, indigenous, and low-income communities.”

Court Shuts Down DAPL Until Environmental Review Completed: A federal judge ordered the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to be emptied and shut down until an Environmental Impact Statement has been completed. The judge ruled that the disruption caused by shutting down the pipeline for an estimated 13 months it will take to complete the EIS were outweighed by the seriousness of the deficiencies in the Army Corps of Engineers’ initial environmental assessment. “Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline,” Mike Faith, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said, “This pipeline should have never been built here.”

SCOTUS Deals Blow To Keystone XL Pipeline: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling barring the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from benefitting from a permit used to fast track pipeline construction. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the long-disputed pipeline across U.S. rivers and streams. Without it, the project that has been heavily promoted by President Donald Trump faces more delay just as work on it had finally begun this year following years of courtroom battles. Updates partially borrowed from Climate Nexus.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Sign the Open Letter – Support the Oregon Relief Fund : Deadline Today

    Over the past 5 weeks Black leaders and organizations across the state from Astoria to Ashland have been convening to construct a resiliency plan for the Black community in Oregon. The Oregon Cares Fund (TOCF) a fund for Black relief and resiliency was born. The Oregon Cares Fund is an ask for a $62 million targeted investment in the Black community from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. It is a fund meant to provide the Black community with the resources it needs to weather the global health pandemic and consequent recession. It is a fund for Black people, Black-owned Businesses, and Black Community Based Organizations. Send a letter and share with your networks now

  • Support our Summer Appeal

    350PDX needs your support to help us continue our advocacy movement building efforts for long term resilience. If we raise $1300 by Friday we’ll be on track with our goal. Every contribution helps!

Updates

  • Accomplishments that Oregon protests for racial justice have achieved in the past three weeks

    KBOO has a great piece showing many of the accomplishments of the Black Lives Matter protests across Oregon, including Gresham, Clackamas, West Linn, Woodburn, as well as Portland.

  • In Portland:

    –6/8 Police Chief Jamie Resch resigns
    — 6/11 Don’t Shoot PDX is successful in a lawsuit to temporarily ban tear gas
    — 6/16 Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announces early retirement; Mike Schmidt (elected in May) will replace him for the remainder of his term
    — 6/17 City Council cuts $15 million from the police budget
    —- Ending the Officers in schools program
    —- Pulling Portland police from Trimet fare enforcement
    —- Ending the Gun Violence Reduction Team (formerly the Gang Enforcement Team)
    –Protesters took down statues of slaveowners Thomas Jefferson and George Washington

  • In the State of Oregon:

    Governor Kate Brown calls a special session of the state legislature that began June 24th to focus on police accountability legislation. Proposals include:

    — Making it more difficult for arbitrators to overturn discipline of law enforcement officers
    — Creating a statewide database of police officials who have been disciplined
    — Putting the Oregon attorney general in charge of use-of-force investigations
    — Requiring officers to intervene and report when colleagues use unreasonable force, under so-called “duty to intervene” policies
    — Demilitarizing the police by prohibiting or limiting use of certain equipment, for example
    — Banning officers from using chokeholds.

  • Universal preschool is headed to the November ballot!

    “This is an historic achievement! In just five weeks, in a global pandemic, tens of thousands of you signed, and hundreds of you gathered signatures from friends, family, co-workers, fellow protesters in the struggle for Black lives, and other community members who want to fix Multnomah County’s broken preschool system.

    If approved by voters, Universal Preschool NOW would provide tuition-free, high-quality, culturally responsive and inclusive preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County whose families choose it, starting in areas of the county with the highest concentrations of Black and Brown families and lower-income households,” the group said.

Resources

  • 350PDX COVID-19 Resources Page

    Check it out for the full list of resources for self care, community care, tackling bias/xenophobia, volunteer opportunities, and organizing during this time. Take a look here.

  • What Matters series, from Black Lives Matter

    What Matters combines documentary narrative with interviews to illuminate specific, timely issues, aiming to create safe dialogue to promote freedom, justice, and collective liberation. What Matters is a salve and a safe place where we can connect, learn, think freely, and transform the world. 6 episodes available so far!

  • Here’s how racism is disastrous for the climate – 350.org

    Only in a system in which some people are worth less than others is it possible to keep warming the planet and harming society’s most vulnerable groups. Part of a series on Racism in Brazil.

Opportunities​​​​

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Every day @ across the city – details here

    There are protests, vigils, and marches every day and every night, with the exact location and details sometimes only becoming available a few hours before. So please check the PDX BLM events webpage for the day’s events, and show up!

  • July 8 Global Day of Protest: Junk Duterte’s Terror Law
    TONIGHT Weds July 8, 7:00PM – Colonel Summers Park

    Environmental activists in the Philippines experience some of the most severe and deadly repression in the world. In solidarity, please consider showing up to this event!. In response to the passing of Philippine President Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law (ATL) BAYAN, MALAYA and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines are calling for our members and allies to participate in the July 8 Global Day of Protest: Junk Duterte’s Terror Law. More info here.

  • Reclaiming Connection, Backing Frontline Leadership: Listening Tools for White Climate Activists
    TONIGHT Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22, 29. 5:00PM – 7:00PM – online

    Racism, genocide, and other oppressions are getting in the way of a united climate justice movement. We are making progress but still struggle with these divisions.  This interactive series introduces listening tools we can use to move against racism and to support each other as we take steps to broaden our movement, and to help each other improve our ability to form good working relationships across divisions of “race” and other oppressions.

    To register or inquire, please email Margaret at margaretjwj@gmail.com, or text 503-351-4192.

  • How White Supremacy Built Wall St
    TOMORROW Thurs July 9, 1:00PM, online – register here

    The United States became the wealthiest country in the world as a direct result of the land-theft and genocide of Indigenous people and the free labor of enslaved people. The sale of Black bodies (and of the cotton and cash crops they were forced to produce) was not only critical to the creation of Wall Street as a financial model, but it was also foundational to the development of modern capitalism itself.

    This webinar will explore the modern-day manifestations of that history and how the finance industry continues to use its disproportionate power to counter our struggles for racial, climate, gender, and economic justice.

    Join Stop the Money Pipeline and Take On Wall St. for this in-depth webinar on finance and systemic oppression. Facebook event here.

  • SW PDX Black Lives Matter Vigil
    Every Weds, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, SW 35th and Multnomah Blvd

    Southwest PDX family-friendly sign waving in Solidarity with Black Lives, every Wed. 4:30-5:30, SW 35th and Multnomah Blvd. with masks and physical spacing, ongoing until further notice. Plenty of extra signs to borrow. Co-sponsored by 350PDX SW Team, SW Action Group for Social Justice (SWAG) and Stand on Every Corner.

  • The History of the Police, Their Role in Society, & What a World Looks Like Without Them
    Wed July 15, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, online – info will be here

    Portland Rising Tide hosts this study session – “In this study session, we plan to dig into how and why the institution of the police was created, what they actually do in society vs. what we are told they do, and some examples of alternatives to the police.

    We will look at historical & contemporary examples of societies without police, data & statistics about police interactions with the public, and alternative institutions and the potential for them to replace the current institution of policing.”

 

Thank you all for the work that you do, stay safe, and we’re all in this together,
Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Lucy – the 350PDX staff

Build a Neighborhood Pod

Sunny Street View of Portland Neighborhood

So we’re in a pandemic, an economic crisis, and we’re required to stay home as much as possible for the foreseeable future. One of the best ways to share support in this moment is to set up a hyper-local support network on your block. This group can be used for a whole range of things – sharing needed supplies; getting groceries for elderly or immuno-compromised residents; and sharing COVID-19 information, resources and wider mutual aid groups.

Many of us have our own support systems, families, friends and communities, who we will help and be helped by in challenging times. However, others do not. Now that we’re in a large-scale shutdown across Portland, local support networks are becoming particularly important.

Check out our guide here!

Building networks of relationships in your community is good for any number of situations: supporting each other through this pandemic, an earthquake, a wildfire smoke emergency, a really bad snow day, or compassionately dealing with a massive influx of climate refugees.

Knowing your neighbors and building trusted relationships with them also means you can include them in your climate action, both now in fighting for a People’s Bailout, and in the future when we can return to the streets.

To help you set up your neighborhood pod we’ve written a step by step guide with everything you need to know. We also have a central coordination team who can answer your questions, and who will help connect neighborhood pod captains to each other so you can share experiences and ideas.

One creative idea beyond mutual aid support is that you can have a physically distanced block party! While we can’t touch or be near each other right now, on sunny evenings we can have a cocktail party or eat dinner on the sidewalk outside our house and chat with our neighbors who are doing the same outside their house!

Please forward this information on to anyone you think would be interested in setting up their own neighborhood pod!

Comment on PCEF Grant Committee’s Draft Guiding Principles

Portland Clean Energy Fund

The deadline for this action has passed, but please visit our action page to find current opportunities. 

The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) is a 1% surcharge on billion dollar corporations that will fund local projects to fight climate change while creating a more equitable economy and well paid jobs for underserved frontline communities, such as low-income families and BIPOC folks (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). It was passed by a wide coalition of groups that included 350PDX. While we are right now facing the immediate health and economic crisis, it’s more important than ever that PCEF will be swiftly implemented and bring resources to these communities as soon as possible.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund Grant Committee, supported by city staff, has developed a draft set of Guiding Principles to help decide which projects should receive grants. To ensure these principles represent the values and vision of the community, we need your help to submit comments to the City of Portland.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund Coalition has put together these suggested talking points

How You Can Comment:

Deadline is Sunday April 5 at 11:59PM

Thank you for supporting the Portland Clean Energy Fund!

Demand a People’s Bailout

The deadline for this action has passed, but please visit our action page to find current opportunities. 

The stimulus package has been passed, but with only $1,200 going to each person, roughly equivalent to 1-2 weeks wages, it’s not going to be enough to get us through this crisis, and emerge on the other side in a better position to tackle our economic, health and climate crises. Join us today to demand a #PeoplesBailout and #PeopleNotPolluters!

It’s time to fight to make sure the wellbeing of people is put over the profits of polluting corporations and their executives. It’s time for a People‘s Bailout. Join us today to demand a #PeoplesBailout and #PeopleNotPolluters!

350PDX is one of over 500 groups across the country who are advocating for these 5 Principles for a Just COVID-19 Stimulus and Relief. We’re all coming together to echo these demands online and by flooding Washington D.C with calls. Can you join us?

Here are two concrete ways you can participate with us today:

  1. Share the #PeoplesBailout and #PeopleNotPolluters hashtags on social media with a message about the need to support workers and communities, rather than giving an unconditional handout to fossil fuel corporations.
  2. Call your Representative throughout the day to leave voicemails and make your voice heard.

This moment in history is forcing us to make stark choices about what kind of society we want to be. Do we want to continue prioritizing greed and CEOs by bailing out corporations? Or do we want to use this moment as an opportunity to build a society that works for all people? We know where we stand. Let’s fight for it.

Thank you,

Dineen, Kelli, and Jeremiah from the 350PDX Fossil Fuel Resistance Team

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Sample tweets and posts:

  • We need a #PeoplesBailout that prioritizes workers and communities, not corporate executives.
  • We need a #PeoplesBailout where health is the top priority, for all people, no exceptions. #COVID19 #PeopleNotPolluters
  • The fracking industry is trying to take advantage of the #coronavirus crisis to get major handouts for the industry. This bailout should go to #PeopleNotPolluters.
  • In 2008, banks got bailed out, people got sold out. We don’t need to repeat that disastrous mistake. No fossil fuel bailout, we need a #PeoplesBailout. #PeopleNotPolluters
  • We can’t let the #coronavirus crisis fuel the #ClimateCrisis. Bailouts should be going to working families, not fossil fuel industry CEOs. #PeopleNotPolluters #PeoplesBailout
  • Find graphics to share with your tweets here.

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Call your US Representative in Congress!
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR District 3. 503-231-2300
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, OR District 1. 503-469-6010
Rep. Kurt Schrader, OR District 5. 503-557-1324
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA District 3. 360-695-6292

Call script:

Hi ___.

My name is _______ and I live in ______. I’m calling because we need a just COVID-19 stimulus package now, not another bailout for fossil fuel billionaires and corporate executives. 

As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery. 

A just stimulus package will:

  • Ensure health is the top priority for ALL people with no exceptions
  • Provide economic relief directly to the people, especially low income workers and the poor
  • Provide financial assistance directly to workers not corporate executives
  • Make a downpayment on a regenerative economy while preventing future crises
  • Protect our democratic process while protecting each other 

Choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. I hope you will do the right thing and invest in a just and equitable future for all people. Thank you.