Portland Tribune: Rep. Khanh Pham Op-Ed – More climate action needed for underserved Portlanders

This op-ed below was written by Representative Khanh Pham as an op-ed in the Portland Tribune on Sept 10 2021. Read it on the Portland Tribune website here.

 

My view: More climate action needed for underserved Portlanders

As a community organizer, I played a founding role in a historic coalition effort that united communities of color with mainstream environmental organizations to establish the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF). After being excluded from environmental funding for decades, communities of color and our allies came together to prioritize solutions that would be led by and benefit those most impacted by climate change.

Our fossil fuel-based economy creates many inequities, including high energy costs, lack of good-paying jobs, and greenhouse gas emissions — which impact low-income communities and communities of color the most. The Portland Clean Energy Fund requires that programs take a holistic approach in addressing these inequities, and grantees are meeting the high standards of the program with innovative solutions. Now, communities of color are updating low-income people’s homes with ductless heat pumps at Verde Builds, creating job opportunities for formerly incarcerated people at Constructing Hope, and doing deep energy retrofits for low-income homes through the Community Energy Project.


Rep. Khanh Pham speaks at a campaign event for the Portland Clean Energy Fund in 2018.

Simultaneously, the climate crisis is hitting our most vulnerable now. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released last month made clear, we are locked into 1.5 degrees of warming and well on our way to 2 degrees. In the last year, our most vulnerable communities have suffered extreme wildfires, multiple deadly heat waves and equally deadly ice storms. Climate disaster is here, lives are being lost and our communities are vulnerable now.

The lack of bold climate action by government agencies and leaders is why Portland voters decided to meet the challenge of climate action by passing a ballot measure that provides funding for our most impacted neighbors to reduce their greenhouse emissions while also building resilience to the deadly heat waves, ice storms and smoke events that have already arrived in our city.

Unfortunately, some political actors have attempted to divert these PCEF resources towards their own interests. To be clear, we also support more investments in clean transportation projects. But the PCEF language, as approved by voters, was not designed to focus on transportation, at least not at the start. PCEF is focused on the areas our communities have been most underinvested: from renewable energy and energy efficiency to job training and green infrastructure. Transportation projects, which tend to be very costly, should be addressed by agencies like the Oregon or Portland transportation agencies, and potentially PCEF down the road.

We should work together to find alternative revenue streams for climate action that can be created to fund pressing issues such as transportation. Based on the 65% of voter support for PCEF, it’s clear that voters are enthusiastic for new climate action ideas that center the most impacted people. Why aren’t we seeking new revenue streams and creative solutions rather than asking one program to cover a decades-long shortfall in climate investments?

I have full confidence in the PCEF grant committee and program staff to continue to build out an innovative program that considers the input of all community members and not let us be silenced. Portlanders have a shared climate future, and it’s time to make sure that we invest in every community. The Portland Clean Energy Fund is on track to get us there, with a range of voices participating every step of the way, and communities at the center. I encourage all voters with interest in this process to participate, and make your voices heard by attending publicly available meetings via video conference call.

-Representative Khanh Pham, Portland Tribune, Sep. 10 2021

Volunteer Update from the Treaty People Gathering to #StopLine3

Volunteer Update from the Treaty People Gathering to #StopLine3

By Annie, 350PDX Volunteer

Until this month, I had never gone out of state for a protest. Neither had I ever slept at a protest site. But when I found out that the Treaty People Gathering site was just 30 minutes from an Amtrak station (I don’t have a car); I knew it was time to experience something new. Luckily, I was able to do it without getting arrested, or even getting bit by a tick.

On June 3, I headed east on the Empire Builder train with my backpack, tent, and lots of granola bars. Two days later, I arrived at Pure Bliss camp, on White Earth Nation land, next to the meandering White Earth River.  (For those who know Minnesota, we were north of Waubun.) 

On my first day as a Water Protector, we painted banners in preparation for the direct action. As we painted, hundreds of dragonflies flew around us and we got to know people from all over the US. “How far did you come?” “Have you been arrested before?” “Do you have an affinity group?” 

We heard lots of inspiring and enlightening words throughout the weekend. Most of the speakers were Indigenous people; many were woman leaders. (I wish I had been able to get all their names.)

The master of ceremonies, whose native name is Everlasting Wind, shared a great metaphor: “it’s like Mother Earth is stuck in a car with the windows up. We need to roll down the windows.”

As we were training for the direct action — some preparing for arrest — one of the members of RISE (Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engagement) told us: “This action is not criminal. It is not a crime to exercise our inherent treaty rights.”

Another speaker told us: “Treaties are the last big environmental tool available to all of us.”

We even got a few laughs. One trainer likened the protest structure to an ecosystem. “I won’t call it a well-oiled machine ‘cuz that shit breaks.” She also explained what the different protest colors meant: Green people leave after the first dispersal order. Yellow people leave after the second dispersal order. Red people don’t leave. “We don’t know what dispersal means.”

We were continuously reminded how important we were, whether, or not, we planned on getting arrested. The point of the gathering was to get eyes and ears — especially President Biden’s — focused on the Anishinaabe people’s 7-year struggle to stop Line 3. As the leader from RISE told us: “If I go to jail tomorrow by myself, my story will not be communicated…I really need our non-native partners to hold space with me.”

The famous activists who attended (Jane Fonda, Bill McKibben, Winona LaDuke…) also helped bring attention to the trampling of the treaties and the dangers of the pipeline.

On Monday morning, June 7, as we lined up near the Mississippi headwaters to start our march, it was very powerful and gratifying to see the media scrambling up the hill, trying to get the best shot of the crowd. We were being noticed! We were being heard! Even before anyone was arrested, the story was spreading beyond Minnesota.

After the sweaty march on Highway 9 holding up the black snake/hydra, I decided to ignore the tick risk and walked through the tall grass so I could wade in the cool waters of the Mississippi, the very water that was threatened by a pipeline crossing. While the Mississippi is a cultural and ecological icon, 66 other American waterways will also be at risk of oil spills, if Line 3 goes through.

Later, after hearing the news of the many arrests, and of the DHS helicopter flying low and kicking rocks and dirt over the protestors, my “green” affinity group decided to increase our personal risk a little and join the overnight occupation on the Enbridge boardwalk (the wooden road laid along the pipeline route for the heavy machinery).  

We returned to the Mississippi headwaters at dusk, just in time to be attacked by mosquitos, but also in time to see the fireflies, which were truly magical. The lightening was also cool (though I could’ve done without the wind and rain that arrived later.) Ironically, as we scrambled over the locked gate, we saw signs with the Enbridge logo reminding us to protect the wetlands!

So many things made the Treaty People Gathering a beautiful experience: the generosity and sharing of resources among strangers; the creativity, which was evident not just in art, but also in problem-solving and strategizing; the diversity in ages, colors, genders, abilities, religions, etc; the willingness to face arrest to support the Anishinaabe people, and the outright success of the action! 

While we haven’t (yet) convinced Biden to shut down Line 3, we were successful in shutting down construction for at least one day, we drew great attention to the issue, we experienced solidarity with people all over the US and even the world and we exerted treaty rights over the land and the water. Of course, this was just one battle in a long war. More people are needed in Minnesota to hold space, to stand in solidarity and to honor the treaty obligations we all share. Indigenous leaders are already calling it a Summer of Resistance. 

As I look back, events are already blurring together. Oddly, it seemed like I was there longer than four days, because we accomplished so much, while at the same time, it seems like it all happened in a flash. Even as the memories and emotions from my new experiences fade, one thing for sure is going to stick with me: I am ready to do in Portland what I didn’t dare to do in Minnesota: get arrested during a protest. 

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Missed the Treaty People Gathering? The fight isn’t over, and now the RISE coalition are extending the call to continue the occupation. Over 200 people who attended the gathering are occupying the Mississippi headwaters. They are camped in the exact spot where Enbridge plans to begin drilling for Line 3 by July 1st.

Led by the RISE Coalition, this occupation will continue — and the call has been made for allies and accomplices to join them in exercising their treaty rights.

If you are able to join the camp at the headwaters of the Mississippi please contact Rise Coalition at RiseCoalition@protonmail.com.

If you can’t join, please donate to support the camp. The time has come to mobilize to protect the sacred.

No oil trains or tar sands in Portland! Take action to Stop Zenith.

No tar sands or oil trains in Portland! Take action to Stop Zenith!

A critical moment is upon us! We need you to join us to stop Zenith Energy from continuing to put our communities at risk with its dangerous oil-by-rail operation.

In a matter of weeks, the City of Portland will make a critical decision that will impact the immediate health & safety of Portland’s residents and the integrity of the climate. The City will decide whether Zenith’s facility in NW Portland is consistent with the City’s land use goals. The obvious answer: It’s NOT!

Years of your hard work and advocacy have led to this decision point. Now more than ever, we need you to use your voice to demand that the City of Portland deny any new permits for Zenith. In the face of the climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert our vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

It’s critical that any decision on this dangerous fossil fuel project be throughly investigated, including an analysis of the risk and harm to existing land uses, health and safety, and tribal resources.

Now is the time to mobilize and we need you to join us. Here is the most important thing you can do to help us stop Zenith:

  • Call Portland City Council Members to demand they say no to Zenith oil-by-rail and to conduct a thorough tribal consultation process:
    • Dan Ryan
      Dan Ryan oversees the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), which will make the decision regarding Zenith’s Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS).
      CommissionerRyanOffice@portlandoregon.gov
      503-823-3589

      Mingus Mapps
      MappsOffice@portlandoregon.gov
      503-823-4682

      Ted Wheeler
      mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov
      503-823-4120Jo Ann Hardesty
      joann@portlandoregon.gov
      503-823-4151

      Carmen Rubio
      Comm.Rubio@portlandoregon.gov
      503-823-3008

Celebrating major victories against Jordan Cove LNG & Kalama Methanol!

Celebrating major victories against Jordan Cove LNG & Kalama Methanol!

On Tuesday, January 19, two major fossil fuel projects we’ve been campaigning against for years alongside our coalition partners— Jordan Cove LNG and the Kalama Methanol Refinery—were dealt major setbacks and permit denials. These are huge wins for our entire movement, region, and futures.

This is yet another example of how people power and grassroots organizing works, and how powerful we are when we work together in coalition across the region.

Early that morning, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of the key Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The Jordan Cove LNG project cannot move forward without a Clean Water Act approval from the state of Oregon.

This is the latest in a series of regulatory losses for Jordan Cove LNG, representing a huge blow to the 15-year-old proposal that has been vehemently opposed by Tribes, impacted landowers, fishermen, climate advocates, and others. The project has also not qualified for other critical state, federal, and local permits needed to move forward. Pembina is hanging on by a thread, and still wasting money trying to push this project through without a viable path forward. Read what our coalition partners in Southern Oregon and across the state have to say about this huge news here!

Then, just about an hour later, the Washington Department of Ecology issued a major decision to deny the key Shorelines permit for the proposed fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery along the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington.

The state agency denied the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have a significant negative impact on the climate, Washington’s shorelines, and the public interest. Read what our coalition partners in Kalama and across the region have to say about this huge news here!

These victories come after thousands of us have spoken up at every hearing, every comment period, and every town hall. It comes after dozens of letters to the editors in local papers, hundreds of calls and emails to decision makers, countless hours campaigning and educating the public. These are victories we’re able to celebrate today because of the hard work of everyday people like us, led every step of the way by community members facing these disastrous projects in their own neighborhoods.

While the fights against Jordan Cove LNG and Kalama Methanol aren’t over just yet, today’s victories are both major setbacks for Pembina and Northwest Innovation Works, putting these disastrous projects in an even more precarious place. We’re winning. We won today, and we’ll continue to win tomorrow, and the next day, and every day ahead.

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