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350PDX Weekly Update – What next? – July 9 2021

Hi everyone,

In the Pacific Northwest we just witnessed the “world’s most extreme heatwave in modern history.” Climate scientists are reporting that “never in the century-plus history of world weather observation have so many all-time heat records fallen by such a large margin.” Hundreds across the region died, including 107 in Oregon, 67 of those in Multnomah County alone, and it supercharged an already intense beginning to the fire season.

The climate crisis is here, and if you’re anything like me then your climate anxiety might be through the roof. 

Through my time as a climate activist I’ve found two potent antidotes to hopelessness – meaningful action, and loving community. 350PDX aims to offer both, and if you’re not already involved, we invite you now. Here’s what you can do.

1. Take action now

See below for some more actions, but this week we’re prioritizing putting pressure on Multnomah County to take action. We lost 67 members of our community in Multnomah County due to the unprecedented heatwave, many of them dying alone and without any access to fans or air conditioning. This devastating tragedy and mass casualty event requires bold policy action in response. The County must take bold and brave action against the fossil fuel industry to stop these deadly heatwaves from becoming commonplace. Join us in demanding that Multnomah County:

– Ban fossil fuels in all new buildings, and fully and equitably electrify the building sector.
– Urge their colleagues at the City of Portland to deny the Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) permit for Zenith Energy and initiate a Tribal consultation process.

Read more and take action here.

2. Rest

This one might sound counterintuitive, but at 350PDX we hold up rest as a revolutionary value against the never-ending cycle of capitalism that we live our lives in. We’ve just been through a shocking year in so many ways, and many of us are totally exhausted. The 350PDX staff certainly need it, and most of us are taking a break for most of July to recharge our batteries. That means we’ll have less events and we will be communicating less over the next month. If you’re feeling energized, feel free to dive into our trainings page where there are a bunch of resources to productively fill your time until we’re back to full capacity.

3. Get more involved

August Volunteer Orientation – Aug 19, 6:00PM – 7:30PM – On Zoom, register here

Become a sustaining donor – Having more monthly donors means we don’t have to hustle constantly to fundraise and stay afloat, so we focus our energy on other things. Most of our active volunteers also give monthly, whether that’s $5 or $50. Will you join them and support 350PDX?

4. Invite others to join

The heatwave was a climate wake up call for a lot of people, and the pandemic has been a wake up call about how our underlying political and economic system is not built to serve us. Do you have people in your life looking at the world and wishing there was something they could do? Ask them to join our mailing list or sign up to volunteer. Forward them this email! Once we’re back to full capacity in August we’ll be doing lots of events for new people to get more involved.

 

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action PageSee here for our broader Volunteer Opportunities.

  • No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

    Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled, with many trains carrying tar sands oil, the most polluting form of energy on the planet. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

    Take action to stop Zenith by calling each member of City Council. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

  • Sign and send the petition to your local elected officials: Divest our pensions from fossil fuels

    Nearly all public pension funds in the U.S. are invested in fossil fuel companies — and thus using our tax dollars to support the powerful polluters that are causing the climate crisis and violating Indigenous rights.

    Public money shouldn’t be used to fund global destruction.

    Sign and send a letter to your pension fund’s decision makers urging them to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to stop supporting climate chaos with our retirement money!

  • Block the 2.9 Billion Dollar Arms Sale to Duterte! Pass the Philippine Human Rights Act Now!

    Part of our solidarity campaign with the International Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

    On June 24th, the U.S. State Department approved three new arms sales to the Philippines worth over US $2.9 billion. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sale would include F-16s and various missiles, contracted by major U.S. weapons companies Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing. Read more and sign the letter here.

Updates

  • We’re hiring! Full-time Communications Manager

    You may remember we advertised this position as half-time a couple months ago. We’ve decided to wait a few months and hire for this position as a full-time permanent staff position! Want to join our wonderful staff collective. Check out the description here – application deadline Aug 2.

  • Watch: Our Health in Wildfire Season

    Check out the webinar we co-sponsored last week on getting prepared for this intense wildfire season.

  • The Creative Team is currently looking for folks with the following skills:

    – Anyone who has an induction stove and would be willing to potentially use it in a video (asap)

    – Anyone who has experienced worsening asthma because of gas in their home and is willing to share their story (asap)

    – Dancers who could learn a brief piece of choreography and be filmed (August/September)

    – Musicians who could watch a draft of an extremely short video and create music for it (August/September)

    Email creative@350pdx.org if you’re interested!


350PDX Summer Party – June 30 2021
50 of our core volunteers and staff gathered last week for the first time since the start of the pandemic, just 2 days after the heatwave.
We’ll be doing lots more of this throughout the summer so look out for events!

 

Opportunities​​​​

  • Defund Line 3: Kill the Black Snake Bank WalkMon July 12, 3:00PM, Meet at Sewallcrest Park (SE 31st and SE Stephen)
    March to nearby Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America on Hawthorne

    Major banks ― such as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CitiBank and TD Bank ― have loaned billions of dollars to the Canadian fossil fuel corporation Enbridge so it can build the toxic Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Those banks are profiting from Line 3 and the immense cultural, ecological, and climate devastation it causes. There are three major bank loans to Enbridge, worth $5.8 billion, that are due to expire on July 22nd and July 23rd. Banks can legally and easily choose to walk away from Line 3 when those loans expire. Next week, thousands of people across the country will be holding art actions and protests at the branches, offices and headquarters of the banks funding Line 3. Will you join us for an in-person action on Monday?

  • Energy Justice Victory Party!Wed July 14, 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Virtual Zoom Event, RSVP here
    Please share the event on Facebook here!
    Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided.

    From Eastern Oregon to the Coast, communities on the front lines of climate change and environmental injustice have been organizing to create good jobs in clean energy, make energy bills affordable for all, and improve health with upgrades in people’s homes through the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign – and won!

    History was made together this legislative session, and now it’s time to celebrate! Join the Energy Justice Victory Party to celebrate these hard-earned victories, hear from Legislators and frontline community members from across Oregon who were instrumental in leading us to these victories, enter the raffle to win a prize, and learn what comes next in the fight for energy justice in Oregon.

  • KOIN TV Zenith ActionWed July 14, 11:00AM, KOIN TV , 222 SW Columbia St.
    Join for some street theatre outside KOIN TV to ask “Why aren’t you covered the City’s Zenith Energy Decision, and other actions addressing the roots of climate chaos?”  The media has been virtually silent in coverage of our climate actions and these critical City decisions and this is the time to start pressuring them to do better.
  • Stories from Treaty People Gathering

    Thurs July 15, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

    Please join Ecofaith Recovery to take a collective next step on our journey toward Climate Justice on Thursday, July 15th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom for Stories from Treaty People Gathering.

    Listen to first-hand accounts from people of faith who accepted the invitation from indigenous and First Nations people to participate in the Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota June 3 – 5. Then we will respond to those stories and listen for ways we may be inspired to act together to halt the expansion of the fossil fuel economy.

    More than 2000 water protectors gathered for Minnesota’s largest-ever mobilization against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, putting more pressure on the Biden administration to honor the Treaties and stop this toxic project.

    Come hear what happened and what’s next. Learn more and RSVP here to get the Zoom link: http://www.ecofaithrecovery.org/stories-from-treaty-people-gathering/

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Throughout the week @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Heatwave – June 23 2021

Hi everyone,

It’s hot. Really hot. The forecast for Portland this weekend says 111 degrees, which would be the 4 degrees higher than the hottest temperature ever recorded in Portland.

The weather is warming and wildfire season is lengthening, there are already four active wildfires burning across the state. Experts are expecting this year’s fire season to be more severe than last year’s. So we’re co-sponsoring a webinar on being prepared to try to minimize the health risks for ourselves and everyone in our communities.

Our Health in Wildfire Season
Mon June 28, 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Online – Register here

The webinar is hosted by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Neighbors for Clean Air, and will be available live in both English and Spanish, with Q&A, and then also recorded for wide distribution.

The speakers will be:

  • Erica Moseson MD, pulmonologist & Chair of the Pulmonary Section at Emanuel Hospital.   She will cover what wild-fire smoke is, how it affects our health in both the short and long term, who is most vulnerable to its effects, and possible modes of protection.

  • Elliot Gall PhD, Assistant Professor, Engineering at Portland State.  He will cover how smoke enters the home, and ways to create a cleaner air shelter within your home, including different types of filters and air purifiers.

  • Ira Cuello Martinez, Policy Climate Associate for PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, in English, Northwest Tree-planters and Farmworkers).  He will cover how outdoor workers can take measures to minimize exposure to dangerous smoky conditions.

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Know how you’re cooling off this weekend, but wondering how you can help your neighbors beat the heat? Here’s some ideas:

  • Organizers with local bail fund Defense Fund PDX are coordinating to drop off water, sunscreen, and other necessary supplies for local camps and folks living outside. Please consider dropping off ice, beverages, and sunscreen for camps and campers in your neighborhood, and contact @DefenseFundPDX on Twitter to let them know what ground you’re covering!
  • Meals on Us and Be Loved Bloc are organizing to provide folks with sunscreen, water, electrolytes, snacks, and other essentials to survive this heat wave! You can drop off items at the following locations:
    • Bunk Bar Water, 1028 SE Water Ave
    • Aveda Institute Portland, 325 NW 13th Ave
    • Haleakala PDX, 2816 NE Halsey St

Cash donations to purchase supplies can be made to $mealsonuspdx (Cashapp) or @mealsonuspdx (Venmo)!

  • The Warm Springs Reservation is already experiencing wildfire impacts, and their water is still being conserved due to further pipe failures. You can help get lifesaving water to Warm Springs by:
    • Donating to The Chúush Fund, organized by MRG Foundation and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,
    • Bringing donations of bottles or gallons of water to Bison Coffeehouse at 3941 NE Cully Blvd in preparation for their run to Warm Springs this weekend, or
    • Donating to CSPP’s Care Camel, which makes regular water deliveries to Warm Springs, at $CareCamelPDX (Cashapp) or @CSPPPDX (Venmo)

Thanks for looking out for yourselves and your neighbors; let’s keep each other safe!

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Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action PageSee here for our broader Volunteer Opportunities.

  • No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

    Here in Portland we have our own tar sands oil fight, with Zenith Energy bringing in tar sands by rail and exporting on ships from their facility in NW Portland. Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

    Take action to stop Zenith by calling each member of City Council. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

  • Sign and send the petition to your local elected officials: Divest our pensions from fossil fuels

    Nearly all public pension funds in the U.S. are invested in fossil fuel companies — and thus using our tax dollars to support the powerful polluters that are causing the climate crisis and violating Indigenous rights.

    Public money shouldn’t be used to fund global destruction.

    Sign and send a letter to your pension fund’s decision makers urging them to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to stop supporting climate chaos with our retirement money!

  • Tell Biden: Stop Line 3

    With enough national pressure, we can make this pipeline a top issue for Biden among the likes of Keystone XL and Dakota Access. But it will take all of us rising up.

    Will you add your name to the national petition calling on Biden to review the permits granted by Trump and halt construction on the Line 3 tar sands pipeline immediately?

    Sign the petition here.

  • Wanted: Help with Trainings

    We want to put on more trainings, like the Volunteer Orientation, Climate Justice 101, Winning a Campaign 101, Centering Frontline Leadership 101, etc. But we need help! Trainings take up a lot of time and energy, and Chris could use some support in developing, delivering, advertising, and everything else that goes into trainings. These trainings might be virtual, but increasingly we’re thinking about doing some summer trainings in the park or backyard. Interested in helping out? Let chris@350pdx.org know! You don’t need to be an expert in the content, we can learn that together. Looking for teachers / trainers / good public speakers / curriculum designers / researchers or anyone with a passion for creating a learning environment.

Updates

  • Missed the Volunteer Orientation last week?

    Sign up for the next one on August 19th here. Or watch the recording (60 min) and follow along on the slides (which have the transcript of eveything I said typed up below the slides).

  • Volunteer Support Fund

    350PDX is committed to removing barriers to volunteering and organizing within our movement. Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, we are now able to provide limited stipends to go towards removing barriers to volunteering with 350PDX through a Volunteer Support Fund.

    We aim to foster a more inclusive and accessible 350PDX community, while also providing opportunities for distributed leadership and more sustainable volunteer teams.

    Will a stipend support you in volunteering with 350PDX? This fund may be for you! Apply here

    Applications will be considered and stipends will be distributed on a quarterly basis, so about every 3 months, with the next rolling deadline coming up on June 30. Questions? Please reach out to chris@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org.

Opportunities​​​​

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

350PDX June Team & Campaign Update

Happy June! Here’s this month’s team & campaign update newsletter! 

Last month we hosted our Spring Fundraiser on a Just Recovery, a bold vision that creates a fossil-free Oregon that serves us all. We did not quite reach our goal – will you help us raise an additional $1,000? You can still make a $10, $25, or $50 donation to help fuel our work for the year ahead. Thank you to everyone who already made a donation! We’re so grateful for your support, and look forward to keeping up the fight as we gradually emerge from this pandemic.

Want to get more involved at 350PDX? Come along to tonight’s Volunteer Orientation at 6PM.

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Volunteer Support Fund

350PDX is committed to removing barriers to volunteering and organizing within our movement. Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, we are now able to provide limited stipends to go towards removing barriers to volunteering with 350PDX through a Volunteer Support Fund.

We aim to foster a more inclusive and accessible 350PDX community, while also providing opportunities for distributed leadership and more sustainable volunteer teams.

Will a stipend support you in volunteering with 350PDX? This fund may be for you! Apply here

Applications will be considered and stipends will be distributed on a quarterly basis, so about every 3 months, with the next rolling deadline coming up on June 30. Questions? Please reach out to chris@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org. 

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TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

It’s all hands on deck to #StopZenithOil! The City will be making a critical decision on a land use permit that would determine whether or not Zenith Energy can continue their dirty tar sands operation in our community. Here are 4 things you can do right now:

In other tar sands related news, Annie from our team went out to Minnesota on the train to join the Line 3 protests last week. Check out her fantastic blog post here!

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com)

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We have been working with STMP and frontline Indigenous resistance to defund Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. Our work lobbying the State Treasurer to vote in corporate shareholder meetings to undermine fossil fuel industry funding is over for this year. We have now launched a Divest Oregon campaign, which will be carried out by a statewide coalition separate from our team. Our team will continue to support frontline resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure and continue to wage campaigns to highlight the massive support for the fossil fuel industry by financial institutions, insurance companies, and the government. We also work on divestment campaigns in local educational institutions. Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350PDX.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm with June the exception. Next meeting is July 23. For more go to our team web pages.

Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity

We’re now just 10 days away from the end of the Legislative Session. It’s go- time. Our biggest need is for phone calls to constituents of key legislators before the final bills go to the floor for final votes. Click here to send a message to your legislator to make sure they vote yes for HB2021 and HB 2842. Come to a phonebank tomorrow evening from 5:30 – 8pm, even if you’ve never phonebanked before since it will start with a training. Experienced phonebankers can hop in and make calls with us during the day tomorrow (from 1-2:30pm) by signing up here.

Join members of the campaign in person on Friday evening (5-7:30pm) at Unthank Park for a Clean Energy Opportunity Action Party! There will be food, drinks, and opportunities to take action for the campaign with others!

Forest Defense

The Forest Defense team recently took a little time for a camping trip and hike at Tamawanas Falls near Mt Hood! It was a great opportunity for relaxation and teambuilding. The team is focusing on defining our principles and vision for the team and for the future of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and planning our next campaign after our big win with the Board of Forestry in March. Read more here.

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. We’re currently focused on campaigns for racial justice and defunding the police, as well as global solidarity and anti-militarism. This month, we’re celebrating the passage of SB 621, a bill we’ve supported that allows Portland to move forward with the independent police oversight board we voted in last fall. We’re also keeping an eye on a bill that would curtail police use of chemical weapons and dangerous crowd control tactics. As we move into the summer, we’re especially excited to begin safely gathering in person to skill up and learn together through outdoor activities like movie nights!

We are looking for volunteers who are committed to anti-racist values and centering the leadership of frontline communities, and excited to be a part of local coalitions to further racial justice and global solidarity. Been interested in joining this team? Next week is a great place to jump in! We’ll be having an outdoor movie screening and hang out night. We haven’t picked the film yet, so reach out to join us and make a suggestion! Email dineen@350pdx.org and indi@350pdx.org to join the team or for more info.

City/County Watchdog

This spring and summer, the Watchdog team is continuing to self-study and incorporate a focused anti-racist lens as we advocate for frontline community priorities and demand action and resources on scale with the Climate Emergency that Portland declared in June 2020. Here’s what we’re up to in June:

  • Speaking out at the City’s budget hearing on June 9. Read our testimony here.
  • Keeping tabs on the first progress report of the City’s Climate Emergency Declaration. The report is scheduled to go to City Council on July 29 at 2pm. Stay tuned for community engagement opportunities.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for more info about the team or to join a meeting!

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal team is going on hiatus from their work providing education and advocacy for a Green New Deal. Please reach out to indi@350pdx.org with any questions and visit our partners at the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to see how you can plug into ongoing work towards an Oregon Green New Deal!

Creative Team

Seeking climate creatives! Do you have graphic design, illustration or animation skills? Or are you good at managing several creatives all contributing to one beautiful project? Join us – you are needed!

Right now the 350PDX community-based creative team is seeking folks willing to share their skills for an exciting upcoming fossil fuel resistance campaign — it’ll involve developing a variety of creative assets built around a specific narrative. These will be one-off engagements and we’ll be looking to collaborate in June/July/August. For this campaign we’re specifically looking for:

  • Graphic designers
  • Illustrators
  • Animators
  • Video editors
  • Creative project managers

We’ll give you a creative brief, a run-down of what we’re looking for and a general deadline. We can partner closely or let you work your magic! Your work will be shared by 350PDX as well as a variety of other regional coalition groups, most likely via social media. Great for building out your portfolio or practicing a skill!

Want to be on our roster for the next opportunity? Fill out this quick form to get on the list.

Any questions? Email 

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OTHER UPDATES

Staff

One of our organizational values is *Rest*. This work can be deeply emotionally taxing and nonstop, and after a grueling year of adapting and surviving we’re going to do a revolutionary thing and take a break. We’ll be giving our staff a paid vacation and closing the (virtual) office for 2 weeks from July 12 – 23. We’ll be encouraging our board, volunteers, and movement partner organizations to join us in resting and enjoying the summer. We’ll be skipping the July General Meeting, and will be back in business for August.

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby and Indi
350PDX Board & Team Leads

350PDX Weekly Update – #StopLine3 and #StopTarSands everywhere! – June 9 2021

Hi everyone,

Over the weekend over two thousand people gathered in Anishinaabe territory in northern Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering in protest of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

The police were unyielding, with a dangerously low flying helicopter showering water protectors with dust and debris, and police using something painfully familiar to protestors in Portland, a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, to drive protesters away with noise. Over 200 water protectors were arrested, with many chaining themselves to pipeline construction equipment hoping to delay this project which would lock Minnesota – and the nation – into decades of continued burning of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world. Line 3 would also be built across some of Minnesota’s most pristine waters, permeable soils, and wild rice lakes. This route violates treaty rights, crossing over 1855 Treaty land where Indigenous people have the right to hunt, fish, and gather.

It’s hard to believe that in 2021 people are still needing to put their bodies on the line to protect water, treaty rights, and the climate. But the reality is, without maintaining and escalating this pressure on President Biden, this pipeline will be flowing by the end of this year.

Here’s what you can do: Sign the petition telling Biden to Stop Line 3. Call the White HouseDonate to the Bail Fund. Go to Minnesota to join the new camps and actions emerging – info on this Facebook page. Follow these groups for ongoing actions and requests – Honor the EarthGiniw CollectiveIndigenous Environmental Network.

Recent breaking news from today shows the power we have in stopping projects like Line 3. Just a couple of hours ago, TC Energy announced it was officially terminating the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is a HUGE victory. Years of Indigenous-led resistance against this destructive pipeline to protect water, land, and our climate has outright won. This announcement is another example of how grassroots organizing works. In the words of Dallas Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network, “We took on a multi-billion dollar corporation and we WON!” Together, our movements have stopped Keystone XL. Together we can stop tar sands oil everywhere: from Line 3 to Zenith Energy here in Portland.

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No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

Here in Portland we have our own tar sands oil fight, with Zenith Energy bringing in tar sands by rail and exporting on ships from their facility in NW Portland. Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

Take action to stop Zenith by signing this petition to the City Councilcalling each member of City Council, and sharing this petition with 5 of your friends and family right now. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

In addition to signing the digital petition, we’ll also be hitting the streets this month at every farmers market and event in town to get even more signatures to the City to show the overwhelming need to #StopZenithOil! Miss talking to people in person? You can join us in canvassing at a variety of events this weekend and this month by signing up for a shift here. We’ll get you set up with all the materials you need. Help us make this the summer we stop Zenith!

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action PageSee here for our broader Volunteer Opportunities.

  • Can you call your legislator this week to help pass the Clean Energy for All & Healthy Homes bills?

    Your urgent help is needed to move the Clean Energy for All bill (HB2021) and the Healthy Homes bill (HB2842) out of the Ways and Means Committee. We’re so close to the finish line, and we need your help to pass the next two bills in the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign! If your legislator serves on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, please give them a call this week and then let us know you called by logging your call here:

    Senator Kathleen Taylor (Milwaukie) 503-986-1721
    Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (NW Portland, Beaverton) 503-986-1717
    Senator Lew Frederick (N and NE Portland) 503-986-1722
    Representative Tawna Sanchez (N and NE Portland) 503-986-1443
    Representative Rob Nosse (SE Portland) 503-986-1442

    Here’s the full list of members of the Joint Committee for Ways and Means if you don’t see your legislator above, or if you’re not sure. If you don’t know who your legislator is, you can look them up here. (If your legislator does not sit on the Joint Committee for Ways and Means, it’s OK to call them, and the best timing will probably be next week or the following week.)

    You will likely get an answering machine, but you may speak with a member of your legislator’s staff. It is fine to call after-hours. Important: After calling, please help us track how many calls are made by logging your call hereExample script:

    Hi Senator______ / Representative ______ my name is _______ and I live in _________.  I’m calling to urge you to vote yes for the Clean Energy for All bill, HB2021, and for the Healthy Homes bill, HB2842.  I care about these bills because …..
    – A transition to 100% clean energy is important to me
    – I believe communities hit hardest by climate and environmental injustice must benefit from the transition to clean energy
    – It’s time to move away from polluting energy sources
    Thank you for your hard work this session!

    The Clean Energy for All bill (HB2021) and the Healthy Homes bill (HB2842), and the Energy Affordability bill (HB2475, which already passed the House and Senate!) are part of the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity, a campaign led by frontline climate and environmental justice groups across Oregon. Our goal is to reduce energy bills, support home upgrades that help keep families healthy, and create good jobs in clean energy projects across Oregon.

  • Wanted: Social Media Volunteers

    We need help with our social media! We’ve just had a wonderful intern Annie complete her internship building our social media systems so it’s a well-oiled (vegetable oil, not tar sands oil) machine. Until our newly hired Communications Manager comes on in the next couple of months we’re looking for a few volunteers to help out. The role would involved checking the social@350pdx.org email address where all our teams send their social media toolkits and requests to, and scheduling posts based on that. The role can be temporary (4-6 weeks) or longer term, and if we get a few volunteers we can split it so you each have just a couple days a week where you help out. Interested? Let chris@350pdx.org know! We’d be SUPER grateful for any help 🙂

  • Wanted: Help with Trainings

    We want to put on more trainings, like the Volunteer Orientation, Climate Justice 101, Winning a Campaign 101, Centering Frontline Leadership 101, etc. But we need help! Trainings take up a lot of time and energy, and Chris could use some support in developing, delivering, advertising, and everything else that goes into trainings. These trainings might be virtual, but increasingly we’re thinking about doing some summer trainings in the park or backyard. Interested in helping out? Let chris@350pdx.org know! You don’t need to be an expert in the content, we can learn that together. Looking for teachers / trainers / good public speakers / curriculum designers / researchers or anyone with a passion for creating a learning environment.

Updates

  • Got any office space ideas?

    Earlier in the pandemic we moved out of our office at the Central Lutheran Church and went fully remote. Partly that was to save money on a space we couldn’t use, but it was also because long term we were going to outgrow the space. Now with things gradually starting to open up we’re starting to think about where a new office space might be, and we need ideas! Know any spots that might be good? Please let chris@350pdx.org know!

    Needs: Office space for 5-15 desks with access to one or more large rooms for bigger meetings (ranging from 10 – 100 people). Ideally we could share an office with another movement nonprofit (we have one or two in mind who are also seeking office space) so there would be room for them too. Location: hoping for fairly central eastside but open to other locations. Must be accessible by transit, and space itself must be accessible (entryways, stairs, bathrooms, etc.) Kitchen, printer/scanner access.

  • Watch: 350PDX June General Meeting on Abolition

    We were joined by Lee Helfend of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon who gave a great interactive walk-through of abolition. You can find Lee’s slides here.

Opportunities​​​​

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

350PDX Weekly Update – One year on – May 26 2021

Hi everyone,

One year ago, George Floyd was murdered and Black people led millions of us out into the streets to demand an end to racist violence and murders by police. In one of the largest uprisings in US history, we took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, for Breonna Taylor, and for the thousands of other Black and Brown people killed by the police every year, with one of the core demands being to defund the police.

The movement for Black lives has been successful at defunding police departments across the country, including in Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and here in Portland. But the $15 million rerouted from the Portland Police Bureau in the 2021 budget to other city programs and initiatives fell far short of the $50 million cut advocated for by many local groups including 350PDX, and is still a sliver of the PPB budget of $245 million. Many groups are thinking bigger, about what abolishing the police system itself would mean, and what we would replace it with.

Join us for our June General Meeting, where we’ll hear from guest speaker Lee Helfend of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon on this question of abolition, both of the police and of prisons, and how those issues intersect with environmental justice.

What: 350PDX June General Meeting – Abolition & Environmental Justice, with guest speaker Lee Helfend of OPAL
When: Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00PM – 7:15PM
Where: Virtual – register for the zoom link here

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

All these actions and more can be found on our website’s Take Action page – 350pdx.org/action

  • Launching the Volunteer Opportunities page

    Want to get more involved at 350PDX but want to see more of what kind of opportunities exist, what kind of skills we’re looking for, and where the need is greatest? We’re putting together this new Volunteer Opportunities page, that has more information about each team, what they’re currently up to, and what getting involved with them might look like. It’s a work in progress and will be a living place updated regularly. Check it out here!

  • Stop Zenith Tar Sands Oil Facility

    Zenith has submitted their Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) to the City as a precursor to applying to DEQ for an air quality permit. Tell Dan Ryan and City Council to deny the LUCS for Zenith and encourage DEQ to deny Zenith’s air quality permits! Zenith needs the city’s approval to apply for an air quality permit that it does not deserve given that it openly vents hazardous fumes every tanker it unloads threatening low-income and BIPOC communities already having air quality issues and going against city policies already on the books. Zenith is a safety threat in terms of blast zone derailments and the possible inferno that would result from being in a liquefaction zone when there is a large earthquake. Furthermore, tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest and heaviest fossil fuels on the planet and so will contribute to climate chaos when exported overseas to be burned as well as threaten the Columbia River in the case of a derailment as it sinks and is difficult to surface contain thus threatening this precious ecosystem. This is a critical time to try to shut down this facility!!!   

    TAKE ACTION on Zenith – Go to bit.ly/stopzenith to send a letter (it only takes a moment)! Also, call Dan Ryan’s office at 503-823-3589 and tell them to deny the Land Use Compatibility Statement.   

    On Saturday, May 29th at noon, join XRPDX at Lower Macleay park (2960 NW Upshur) to talk with folks about contacting the City asking them to deny Zenith’s LUCS. Over the past month we have gathered over 100 postcards and used QR codes for over 71 letter signatures up in North Portland.  This week we focus on NW Portland.  We also have blast zone yard signs available for those in the blast zones in NE, North, and NW Portland.

Updates

  • Watch: Climate Justice Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read

    On May 5, over 150 people attended a live Q&A with Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read to ask him to use his role as the State Treasurer to divest from fossil fuels and fight the climate crisis. State Treasurers have an enormous and often underutilized role to play in fighting the climate crisis. Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read manages the $110 Billion state pension fund investments and votes those shares at the Annual General Meetings of some of the largest financial institutions and fossil fuel companies in the country. 350PDX (with over 40 co-sponsors around Oregon!) organized this Q&A to educate the community about the power of state treasurers in the fight against the climate crisis and to continue to push the Treasurer Read to vote and invest as a climate champion. Watch to hear directly from the Treasurer and from activists and community members from around the state.

  • (divorcing) White Supremacy Culture website now published

    In 1999 Tema Okun wrote an article on White Supremacy Culture, which has since become a foundational reading of anti-racist work. It’s even one of our central resources on our training page that we ask all volunteers to look at! Well this week it got an update, with a new website adding a few more traits to the list (including “fear”), as well as a bunch more context and other updates. It’s a dynamic website with lots of different ways to absorb and learn the content, so please feel free to spend some time looking through it!

Opportunities​​​​

  • Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota

    June 5-8, Northern Minnesota

    An Indigenous-led movement has resisted Enbridge’s toxic tar sands Line 3 pipeline through legal advocacy, organizing, and direct action for over seven years. Hundreds of actions have happened on the ground on Anishinaabe treaty land in Minnesota and across the world to stop it. Now, Indigenous leadership has put out a call for people in all parts of the world to converge on Minnesota from June 5-8 and engage in nonviolent direct action.

    Vans and carpools are being organized from Portland to Minnesota. When you sign up to join the gathering, you’ll have the opportunity to join Signal chats to get plugged into these ride-sharing opportunities.

  • 350PDX Volunteer Orientation

    Thurs June 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online – Register here

    A great place to get started with 350PDX – hear what we’re all about, meet some cool people, and start finding your place in the climate justice movement here in Portland!

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Throughout the week @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

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

350PDX May Team & Campaign Update

Last month we did our annual volunteer survey, and one of the things that came up was a sense that folks wanted to know more about what’s happening across the organization. Since lots of our volunteers and activists are really focused on one area of our work it can be hard to keep up with all of the moving parts of the organization and the many campaigns we’re working on!

So, we’re starting this new monthly team & campaign update newsletter!

Below you’ll find a brief blurb about what each of our teams and campaigns are up to, and info on any other projects going on. You’ll also find info about what volunteer opportunities and needs each team might have, and how to get involved.

Like what you see? Too much info? Not enough? Other ideas of what to include? Let us know by replying to this email, we’re always looking for feedback, especially when we launch something new.

TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

We’re hard at work in our Gasbusters sub-team right now! We’re fighting the greenwashing of utilities like Northwest Natural who’ve been pushing false and dangerous “solutions” like “renewable natural gas” while getting in the way of passing and implementing meaningful policy that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. We’ve recently won a resolution at Multnomah County that bans gas from being hooked up to new construction in County-owned public buildings, which is an awesome step in the right direction, but just a first step towards what we really need to implement: a ban on fossil fuels in any and all new buildings in the County. New buildings that are hooked up to gas must be seen for what they are: new fossil fuel infrastructure that locks us into dirty and polluting energy for decades to come. Electrification is a solution that can create a just transition to homes and buildings that are safer, healthier, and more resilient, and powered by clean energy.

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com). Our full Fossil Fuel Resistance team meets virtually every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm, and our Gasbusters team meets every other Thursday at 4pm. Read more about this team.

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We have been working with STMP and frontline Indigenous resistance to defund Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. We are lobbying the State Treasurer to support corporate responsibility for climate consequences at corporate shareholder annual meetings. Our team had a informative and successful Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read May 5 with a financial planner who explained the fiscal responsibility of ending fossil fuel industry investments, statewide stakeholders such as public employee unions and youth climate activists who called on the state to divest, and – with 281 participants – lots of questions for the Treasurer! Now we are assessing a divestment campaign, working on research, communications, building coalition, talking with other states similarly engaged, and strategy. Choose what interests you! Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350PDX.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm. For more go to our team web pages.

Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity

The Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, led by frontline climate and environmental justice groups from across the state and supported by allies like 350PDX, is working to pass three bills in 2021 that will create good local jobs, reduce pollution, and improve our state’s resiliency by transitioning to 100% clean energy. On Thursday, our campaign saw a historic win when the Energy Affordability Act, which will help low-income families afford their energy bills, passed the Oregon Senate with bipartisan support! The bill will now move to Governor Brown’s office for her signature.

Our campaign is still working hard to pass Healthy Homes and 100% Clean Energy For All through the legislature this year. Our staff and volunteers will be phonebanking, writing to legislators, and submitting testimony on these bills through the end of the session in July! If you’d like to know more about how you can get involved with this campaign, please contact Dineen O’Rourke at dineen@350pdx.org.

Forest Defense

With our big win with the Board of Forestry in March we’re currently taking some time to figure out our overarching principles and vision for the team and for the future of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and planning our next campaign. Read more here.

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. We’re currently focused on campaigns for racial justice and defunding the police, as well as global solidarity and anti-militarism. We are looking for volunteers who are committed to anti-racist values and centering the leadership of frontline communities, and excited to be a part of local coalitions to further racial justice and global solidarity. In addition to supporting local campaigns and partners, we also seek to educate the rest of our 350PDX community on the issues we work on through webinars and a potential movie-in-the-park series. Want to join the team? Email indi@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org to get involved.

City/County Watchdog

This spring and summer, the Watchdog team is continuing to self-study and incorporate a focused anti-racist lens as we advocate for frontline community priorities and demand action and resources on scale with the Climate Emergency that Portland declared in June 2020. Here’s what we’re up to right now:

  • Watching the current City budget cycle, the upcoming Climate Emergency Progress Report, the City and County charter reviews, and the implementation of a new climate justice governance structure that will guide justice-based climate actions for Portland and Multnomah County.
  • Integrating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion principles across 350PDX campaign teams, including the Watchdog team.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for call-in info!

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal team is organizing outreach and political education to neighborhood associations, faith communities, and other communities to raise awareness and foster involvement in promoting and advocating for Green New Deal policies. Right now, we’re supporting Green New Deal legislation in Oregon’s legislative session advanced by the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign and the Oregon Public Bank Alliance. We’ve also recently hosted Ira Cuello-Martinez of Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and Megan Snoeyink of Portland State University (and 350PDX’s JEDI Committee) for a discussion of heat and smoke impacts on farmworkers and their health, and are now engaging with an OSHA rulemaking process to put stronger protections in place. If you’d like to join our team as a Green New Deal educator and advocate, or if you’d like to request a presentation for your community, please contact Mark at markdari@pacifier.com!

Creative Team

Our newest team, formed by a merger of the Arts and Comms team, we are busy setting ourselves up to be the creative powerhouse of 350PDX. We make the climate justice movement so beautiful and compelling, it’s irresistible to join! We are writers, videographers, graphic designers, photographers, project managers, story strategists, puppeteers, actors, screen-printers… you get the idea.

We have two sub-teams: The Art team and the Story team.

  • The Story folks help figure out a campaign’s narrative strategy. We use a “story-based strategy” method to help campaign teams take apart dominant narratives and craft new stories. We investigate the myths we believe, build and participate in, and pause to bring deeper intentionality to campaign words, imagery and assumptions.
  • The Art folks work hand-in-hand with the Story folks and campaign teams to produce gorgeous creative products that surprise and delight, while bringing the campaign’s story to life.

We also have a roster of folks who want to share their skills in one-off kinds of ways. Join us! creative@350pdx.org

JEDI

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee serves as the major driver of 350PDX’s JEDI work, implementing our 3 year 2020-2022 JEDI plan. Over the past few months we’ve been focused on completing the JEDI cohort and rolling out more training resources around anti-racism, justice, and equity (read more on both of those in the Other Updates section below).

We’re always looking for new members with JEDI experience or knowledge – learn more about the committee and apply here.

Staff

We’re excited to welcome our new Development Manager Gaby Diaz, onboard! Read more about her here, and feel free to reach out and welcome her at gaby@350pdx.org.

We also said goodbye to two staff members in the past few months, our Development Manager Ashley Weatherspoon, and our Grants & Planning Manager Lucy Kennedy-Wong. 350PDX is a stronger, safer, and better place because of you. Thank you both for your years at 350PDX, you will be missed!

The hiring deadline has closed for our new part-time Communications Manager position, so expect to see that position filled in the next month! We’re still looking for more applicants for the Finance & Operations Manager fulltime position, so please share that with anyone you think would be a good fit!

Board

Last month the board welcomed a new member, Evie Vermeer! Read about him here, or get to know him on the Forest Defense Team, where you’ll also find him. The board is still looking to elect a couple more members, especially folks who can bring lived experience as community members on the frontlines of the climate justice struggle. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, learn more here and get in touch.

OTHER UPDATES

JEDI Cohort

350PDX’s first JEDI cohort wrapped up at the end of April! For the past four months, 15 volunteers (at least one person from every team) have been taking part in an intensive biweekly training on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). Topics included climate justice, anti-racism, white supremacy cultural traits, microaggressions, centering frontline leadership, and conflict (more info here). While our long term aim is to train all our volunteers on these topics, this first cohort is an important step to make sure our teams are practicing anti-oppression, centering on climate justice, and are providing a safer and more welcoming space for everyone, especially marginalized communities.

Thank you so much to volunteers Alex, Ana, Annie, Ari, Audrey, Carole, Emily, Mark, Mo, Nancy, Shauna, Shawn, Taryn, and Torie for taking part, a special thank you to Anais, Chris, and Elva for helping run the cohort, and a super special thank you to our anonymous donor who supported us to hire an external expert trainer, David, to help us with the trainings!

Training & Learning – New webpage!

There is a world of learning out there. We are standing on the shoulders of the movements and activists who came before us. With that in mind, we’ve just revamped our Learning & Training page on the 350PDX website. It shows our upcoming live trainings, and also dozens of prerecorded trainings and resources for you to get skilled up.

And because the sight of dozens of links and videos can be pretty overwhelming, we’ve split them into three more manageable levels: FoundationalCore, and Advanced. We want to encourage all 350PDX volunteers to spend time moving through these levels as they grow their skills as activists.

Support our organization in our Spring Appeal!

The month of May is our spring fundraising drive, and we really rely on donations from our community to keep us going and growing. We are small staff of only 5 people involved in a huge amount of campaigns and programs, so your donations go a long way in their impact. Like what we do? Want us to keep going? Then please consider donating today!
In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby and Indi
350PDX Team Leads

350PDX Weekly Update – Follow the Money – May 5 2021


Hi everyone,

Did you know that Oregon’s State Treasury has billions of dollars invested in fossil fuels? And over $100 million of that is currently invested in coal? Our Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is where the vast majority of those funds come from.

State Treasurer Tobias Read was elected to be our voice in how state money is managed and invested. If corporate boards of directors refuse to pull out of fossil fuel investments, end deforestation, and stop human rights abuses, Treasurer Read can vote to remove those directors. Treasurer Read can also protect state funds by withdrawing our money from risky fossil fuel investments.

Just recently, the state of New York recently began divesting their $226 billion pension fund from fossil fuels. Why can’t Oregon?

We Need You!

Tonight May 5th at 7-8 pm, folks like you from more than 30 organizations from all over Oregon are converging online to ask Treasurer Read how he plans to invest the billions of dollars under the management of the State Treasury. Oregonians want investments that will ameliorate climate change and help build a sustainable future for Oregon and the rest of the planet. The bigger the attendance, the bigger the impact we’ll have, and any unanswered questions will be sent to Treasurer Read after the event. Register now for the May 5th event to have your voice heardLearn more details about how the Oregon Treasury is invested on the Event web page.

What: Climate Justice Q&A with Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read
When: TONIGHT Wednesday, May 5th at 7-8 PM
Where: Virtual – after registering you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join.
Who: Open to the Public
Sponsors:  350PDX and 40 Co-Sponsors Statewide
More info: Event Web page

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

All these actions and more can be found on our website’s Take Action page – 350pdx.org/action

  • Puppeteers needed tomorrow!

    The 350PDX Arts Team needs 5 puppeteers for a forest of 8′ tree puppets for the Rally for What’s Left in Salem on Thursday afternoon 3:30PM – 5:00PM. No experience needed, it’ll just be holding some trees and walking around a bit! Please contact Donna Murphy: murph1949@aol.com.

  • Tell City Council to fund Portland Street Response!

    Portland Street Response is a system of first responders – teams of medics and peer support specialists with training in de-escalation – who can respond to 911 calls about people struggling with homelessness and behavioral health crises instead of police. The Mayor’s proposed budget only funds an expansion of the current Lents pilot to support an additional team. We need to see a commitment to continue to build Portland Street Response city-wide, by supporting the $4.2 budget proposed by Portland Fire and Rescue. You can submit written testimony to City Council or email the mayor and city commissioners asking that they fund Portland Street Response citywide in 2021!

Updates

Opportunities​​​​

  • Rally to Protect What’s Left – Pump the Brakes on Post-Fire LoggingTOMORROW Thurs May 6, 4:00PM – 5:30PM, OnlineAs communities across Oregon continue to rebuild after the 2020 fire season, timber corporations and ill-equipped agencies are clearcut-logging large swaths of fire-burned public lands. Places like the Santiam Canyon, McKenzie and North Umpqua rivers have recently been transformed by rampant post-fire logging.In a changing climate, these activities will worsen drought, make wildfire hazard more severe, and fuel climate change.

    And this is only the beginning of the logging planned.

    RALLY WITH US TO PROTECT WHAT’S LEFT!
    *Please wear a mask and practice social distancing

    —Listen to the stories of Oregonians impacted by the 2020 fire season
    —Learn about the landscape of post-fire logging happening now
    —Look at photography and artwork of our forests after the fires
    —Live art-build with Roger Pete, Just Seeds Collective
    —Professional photography of the fires by Michael Hudson and Michael Sherman

    *Our communities deserve intact landscapes and clean drinking water!

    *We CAN have vibrant local economies and healthy forests & watersheds.

    Rally Covid Mutual Agreements:
    We are asking that everyone joining this event agree to wear a mask to prevent the spread of covid variants, regardless of personal vaccination status.
    We will have extra KN95s and sanitizer on hand to share.
    There will also be a volunteer medic team present.

  • Stop Line 3 Day of ActionFri May 7, 12:00PM – 1:00PM, Chase Bank at 112th and Halsey (1515 NE 112th Ave)Extinction Rebellion PDX Organized Action: Water Protectors are taking almost daily direct action to stop the construction of the toxic Line 3 tar sands pipeline: locking themselves inside sections of pipe, blockading entrances to construction sites, even using pianos to stop construction. On the frontlines, more than 240 people have now been arrested for taking bold direct action to stop the construction of Line 3. Major banks ― such as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CitiBank and TD Bank ― have loaned billions of dollars to Enbridge so it can build Line 3.We are targeting Chase Bank which has $1.8 billion with Enbridge and is one of the greatest funders of fossil fuel projects in general. Those banks are profiting from the Line 3 pipeline. They are enabling the pipeline. They are complicit in the pipeline. And they will be held accountable. Leaders on the frontlines are calling on activists around the world to organize #DefundLine3 actions at branches of the banks funding this toxic pipeline. Stop the Money Pipeline, alongside the frontlines, is calling for a global day of action to defund Line 3.

    On May 7, 2021, activists around the world will organize actions & protests at the branches, offices and headquarters of the banks funding Line 3.

  • Training: Policy AdvocacySat May 15, 11:00AM – 1:30PM, OnlineThis is the fourth in a series of five FREE 1.5 hour trainings run by 350 groups around the country, to ground us in shared principles and empower us to take bolder and more strategic action.This training is about Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence electeds–with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.

    All members/supporters of 350 affiliates in North America are welcome! Whether you are a new volunteer looking to jumpstart your activism skills, just on the email list and curious about learning more, or a more experienced group member looking to stimulate thinking about new concepts and create stronger connections with peers across the 350 network, these trainings are for you! Recordings and training materials will be available.

    The final training – Strategic Campaigning is on Sat May 22 11am and you can register at the same link.

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Throughout the week @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Earth Day – April 22 2021

Hi everyone,

The first Earth Day was on April 22 1970 as a gathering to raise concern for the environment, and it marked a pivotal point in the birth of the U.S. modern environmental movement. But in the decades since it has become clear that the environmental movement alone cannot stop the climate crisis. It is both too small and too narrow. The climate crisis is interconnected and inextricable from the crises of racial, social, and economic injustice and it cannot be solved separately. We need a movement of movements to come together that tackles all aspects of the common root cause we are up against – imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. That’s why 350PDX is not an environmental organization, but a climate justice organization proud to be part of this movement of movements.

So on Earth Day 2021, and on every other day, we’re fighting not just for the Earth, but for the people of Earth too.

George Floyd

Tuesday’s verdict provided a measure of much-needed and all-too-rare accountability, but it is not true justice for George Floyd and the thousands of others whose lives have been lost to police violence. At least 65 people died at the hands of law enforcement nationwide as the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin was underway, including Daunte Wright, 20; Adam Toledo, 13; and 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant, killed by Columbus police almost exactly at the same time as the Chauvin verdict was read.

One verdict does not dismantle this country’s interlocking systems of oppression. Nor does it take away the trauma Black Americans experienced as they waited to learn if, for once, their lives mattered in a court of law.

It does not change the fact that the communities who bear the brutalities of policing are the same communities who are forced to breathe toxic fumes, designated as “sacrifice zones” for the benefit of extractive industries, stripped of their voting rights and robbed of their lands. That it took one of the most clear-cut and egregious cases of extrajudicial killing, sparking the largest racial justice protests in history, to reach this point is a testament to how far we still have to go.

The Climate Case for Abolition

Read the full interview from Sam Grant, Executive Director of Minnesota 350, taken immediately following the Chauvin verdict on Tuesday on the case for police abolition.

“We have a number of systems that are all joined together, that collectively are playing roles in shaping negative outcomes for the climate and human life. And it’s important for people who are in the climate movement to recognize the intersectionality of systems. The systems that hurt the climate and the systems that hurt human life are the same systems.

It’s also important to not believe any longer that, because of the severity of the climate crisis, we have the luxury of saying no to climate justice. We have to have systems change, not climate change, as Naomi Klein and many others have talked about. We have to not allow ourselves to be divided from each other as we work for climate integrity. 

The path to bringing down greenhouse gas emissions to zero is a path that heals our relations with each other; that ensures we are honoring all of life and each other. Doing that allows us to create a future in which it is far less likely that a police officer like Derek Chauvin could have his body on top of George Floyd’s body and suffocate the life out of him without having awareness shock his consciousness into mutual concern for his life sooner rather than later.

It was nine minutes and twenty nine seconds of opportunity for that to have gone a different way. All of those seconds were wasted, and there’s something about bringing awareness to how we relate to each other and saying “your well-being is important to me. My well-being ought to be important to you as a police officer.” 

I often say that privilege makes you blind. Power similarly makes you blind. And we have to work on healing our relationships with privilege and power so that we stop perpetrating violence on each other.”

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

All these actions and more can be found on our website’s Take Action page – 350pdx.org/action

  • Volunteer Survey – last chance this week!

    Whether you’re a full time volunteer or are just on our mailing list, please consider taking 5-10 minutes to fill out our annual Volunteer Activist Survey. Deadline is April 23, but please take the time now if you are able. Thank you!

  • Petition & Action: President Biden: Declare Climate & Ecological Emergency

    Action from Extinction Rebellion PDX: Earth Day is today and environmental groups across the country as well as the Center for Biological Diversity are demanding that the Biden administration Declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency that would allow for the use of emergency powers to address the crisis before it is too late!  Please sign and spread this petition throughout all your social network: Sign the petition now!  In support of the movement to declare a national climate emergency, join us in Downtown Portland, across from the Federal Building [map] on Earth Day, April 22nd at 4 pm

Updates

Opportunities​​​​

  • In-person Sunrise Earth Day Festival

    TODAY Thurs Apr 22, 3:30PM – 8:00PM, Mt Tabor, Bottom of middle reservoir

    Sunrise PDX is hosting an Earth Day festival at Mt Tabor

    “There is so much we are fighting against — let’s hold a space of regeneration to celebrate what we are fighting for. Join us for an evening of music, community, speakers, and more! Wear a mask, social distance, bring friends, dress like the Earth! See the event schedule and sign up here: https://www.sunrisepdx.org/news/earth-day-2021!”

  • Rad◦i◦cle: National Forests on Stolen Lands (Part 2)

    TONIGHT Thurs Apr 22, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online

    Join Bark for the second part in their excellent series on the history and impact of how the U.S. federal government turned Indigenous land into national forests, including the forced removal of people, termination of native title, nullifying treaty agreements, and terminating tribes. Register here and watch part 1 here.

  • Cordillera Day 2021: Rally to Defend Land, Life & Honor

    Sat Apr 24, 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Montavilla Park, Facebook event here

    Join to celebrate Cordillera Day, honoring the heroes of the Cordillera. Multinational corporations have had their eye on the Cordillera region of the Philippines for decades, desperate to exploit the land and people for profit, but indigenous activists, land defenders, and advocates are waging a powerful resistance – despite increasing attacks from the state and corporate forces. Meanwhile, the state of Oregon invests our hard-earned tax dollars in Chevron – one of the companies threatening to destroy the Cordillera. We refuse to be complicit in attacks on land defenders in the Cordillera and we are demanding that the Oregon State Treasury divest from Chevron. Learn more and sign the petition at tinyurl.com/oregon-divest-chevron

    Join Kalikasan Solidarity Organization, Anakbayan PDX, Anakbayan East Portland, 350PDX, and Sunrise PDX to celebrate this unstoppable people’s movement and say NO MORE IN OUR NAME!

  • 350PDX May General Meeting

    Mon May 3, 6:00PM – 7:15PM, Online

    Join us for next month’s General Meeting which is open to all and is a great place for new and existing volunteers to meet staff and other volunteers, come and hear what the other teams are up to, and to do a deep dive into a topic. The topic isn’t decided yet, so register and watch this space 🙂

  • Climate Justice Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read

    Wed May 5, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, Online

    State Treasurers have an enormous – and often underutilized – role to play in fighting the climate crisis. Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read manages the $110 Billion state pension fund investments and votes those shares at the Annual General Meetings of some of the largest financial institutions and fossil fuel companies in the country.

    350PDX is organizing this Q&A to educate the community about the power of state treasurers in the fight against the climate crisis and to continue to push the Treasurer Read to vote and invest as a climate champion. Join us to hear directly from the Treasurer and from activists and community members from around the state.

    RSVP for the Zoom link here!

  • Training: Policy Advocacy

    Sat May 15, 11:00AM – 1:30PM, Online

    This is the fourth in a series of five FREE 1.5 hour trainings run by 350 groups around the country, to ground us in shared principles and empower us to take bolder and more strategic action.

    This training is about Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence electeds–with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.

    All members/supporters of 350 affiliates in North America are welcome! Whether you are a new volunteer looking to jumpstart your activism skills, just on the email list and curious about learning more, or a more experienced group member looking to stimulate thinking about new concepts and create stronger connections with peers across the 350 network, these trainings are for you! Recordings and training materials will be available.

    The final training – Strategic Campaigning is on Sat May 22 11am and you can register at the same link.

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Throughout the week @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Global Just Recovery Gathering – Apr 7 2021

Hi everyone,

This weekend, April 9-11, is the Global Just Recovery Gathering, a 3-day online event full of fun and effective training sessions, amazing activists, leaders, and artists to energize us and find ways to design a new path for a better future for all. Join us in designing a new path towards a better future for all and spread the word.

350 groups and other climate justice organizations and movements from across the world will be gathering to collectively reimagine our future, and it’s gonna be great.

For seasoned activists it’s a great place to take a step back and reconnect with our shared vision. For total newbies it’s a great place to get grounded in what the climate justice movement is all about. I’ll be there, as will a bunch of other 350PDX staff and volunteers, including our Coalition Manager Indi who will be speaking!

It’s global, so they’ve worked out a way to make it cover all timezones. You choose what sessions to attend. For the full experience, you can join a 6-hour ‘cycle’ for each of the 3 days in your desired timezone; otherwise, simply drop in for individual workshops.

Check out the amazing speaker list, and the full programme here.

Global Just Recovery Gathering
April 9 – 11
Free and online – register here

 

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

All these actions and more can be found on our website’s Take Action page – 350pdx.org/action

  • Volunteer Survey – 2 weeks left!

    It has been a full year since the pandemic changed all of our lives. It also totally changed how 350PDX operates, with all team meetings going online, staff working from home, and lots of volunteer turnover with many new people joining our activist community. We’ve spent a lot of time reacting to changing conditions and arising crises, and honestly just trying to survive as people and as an organization through an incredibly disruptive moment in history.

    But with the cold, dark winter over and the end of the pandemic (hopefully) in sight, it’s time to take a step back, assess how we’re doing, and take a more proactive approach to our organizing.

    But for that we need your help! We need your insights, ideas, and feedback to kickstart this process. Please spend 5-15 minutes filling in our Volunteer Activist Survey.

    Whether you’re a longtime volunteer, or you’re just on our email list, all views are welcome in this survey. Deadline is April 23, but please take the time now if you are able. Thank you!

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX April General Meeting

    TONIGHT Wed Apr 7, 6:00PM – 7:15PM, Online

    Join us for this month’s General Meeting which is open to all and is a great place for new and existing volunteers to meet staff and other volunteers, come and hear what the other teams are up to, and to do a deep dive into a topic.

    This month we’ll hear from Indi (our Coalition Manager) and Dineen (our Campaign Manager) for a big mid-legislative session update on all the bills we’re following and supporting, including the bills that are part of the Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, and have an opportunity to get involved and take some action. Register here.

    We’ll also have some time for a discussion where I can hear from you all about what a post-pandemic 350PDX might look like. When do we go back to in-person meetings? What kind of virtual stuff should we continue indefinitely? Hope you can make it!

  • Training: Organizing and Movement Building

    Sat Apr 10, 11:00AM – 1:30PM, Online

    This is the third in a series of five FREE 1.5 hour trainings run by 350 groups around the country, to ground us in shared principles and empower us to take bolder and more strategic action.

    This training is about Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.

    All members/supporters of 350 affiliates in North America are welcome! Whether you are a new volunteer looking to jumpstart your activism skills, just on the email list and curious about learning more, or a more experienced group member looking to stimulate thinking about new concepts and create stronger connections with peers across the 350 network, these trainings are for you! Recordings and training materials will be available.

  • Virtual Film Screening: Kiss the Ground

    Sat Apr 10, 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Online, register here

    350PDX Washington County presents our first 2021 free online quarterly film in our One World Films and Conversations series. Kiss the Ground”  is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals a beautiful and viable solution to our climate crisis. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

    Free film and great conversation with lots of expertise on climate crisis issues in the room to support in-depth conversation. **We’ll send the ZOOM link to view the movie in advance of the April 10 showing to those who have registered.

  • Teach-in: The PRO-Act and Democratic Socialism: Workers and the World Unite

    Mon Apr 12, 6:30PM – 8:00PM, Online

    Join Portland and Salem DSA Ecosocialists for a teach-in on the PRO-Act live on Zoom, Facebook, and Youtube on April 12, 2021 from 6:30-8:00 PM PST. Learn why the PRO-Act is the next best step towards a more just and sustainable world for all people, and how you can immediately help to make it a reality. Here’s the Facebook link for more information: https://fb.me/e/1iKnG9ywq

  • Phonebank for the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity with 350PDX

    Mon Apr 12, 5:30PM – 7:30PM, Online

    Join 350PDX and the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity for a fun phonebanking party! There will be a training on how to phonebank if this is new to you, so come along and join us. We will be calling through a list of people who signed up to volunteer with the Oregon Just Transition Alliance but haven’t yet been involved in the OCEO campaign to invite them to the Lobbying Training on April 15. So we’ll be talking to friendly folks with an easy ask to get involved with the campaign! Register for the Zoom link here.

  • Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Lobby Training

    Thurs Apr 15, 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Online

    We’re halfway through the 2021 legislative session now, and it’s time to raise the alarm on the need to pass justice-centered energy policy. On Thursday, April 15, the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity will host a Lobbying Training for folks across the community to level-up their skills on lobbying their legislators. Whether you’ve never been in a lobby meeting before or you’re a lobbying expert, join us to learn about our campaign’s talking points and what it takes to have a successful meeting with your legislator. Register here.

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Every day @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

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

350PDX Weekly Update – We need your insights! – Mar 31 2021

Hi everyone,

It has been a full year since the pandemic changed all of our lives. It also totally changed how 350PDX operates, with all team meetings going online, staff working from home, and lots of volunteer turnover with many new people joining our activist community. We’ve spent a lot of time reacting to changing conditions and arising crises, and honestly just trying to survive as people and as an organization through an incredibly disruptive moment in history.

But with the cold, dark winter over and the end of the pandemic (hopefully) in sight, it’s time to take a step back, assess how we’re doing, and take a more proactive approach to our organizing.

But for that we need your help! We need your insights, ideas, and feedback to kickstart this process. Please spend 5-15 minutes filling in our Volunteer Activist Survey.

Whether you’re a longtime volunteer, or you’re just on our email list, all views are welcome in this survey. Deadline is April 23, but please take the time now if you are able. Thank you!

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

All these actions and more can be found on our website’s Take Action page – 350pdx.org/action

  • Support the Equitable Transit Access (ETA) BillWe stand with OPAL Environmental Justice in supporting HB 2482, the Equitable Transit Access (ETA) Bill! The ETA bill will prevent over-policing and over-criminalization of riders on public transit, and brings us closer to safe public transit for all. Black folks, Muslim communities, houseless people, and youth get disproportionately targeted by officers within our communities, including while riding transit. We don’t need cops checking fare on transit. Get in touch with your Oregon legislator today and let them know that you support HB 2482! Not sure who your legislator is or how to get in touch with them? Visit bit.ly/LegLookupOR to find how to contact who represents you.
  • Derek Chauvin TrialFor those of you following the Derek Chauvin murder trial, consider following Black Lives Matter Minnesota for local organizations to support, virtual events, and info straight from organizers on the ground in Minnesota.
  • Join the Anti-Racism Daily

    Since June 3, the Anti-Racism Daily has been sending one email a day pairing current events with historical context and personal reflections on how racism persists in the U.S. and around the world. Learn how practices embedded in our politics, criminal justice system, environment, and workplaces enforce systemic oppression – and what you can do about it.

  • No More Costly Walkouts – Letters to the Editor

    There is a growing movement to hold Oregon lawmakers accountable when they walk off the job. We are supporting legislation which would create consequences for State lawmakers who walkout on their job, and the No More Costly Walkouts campaign is asking for people to send in letters to the editor to their local newspapers to push this issue to the top of the public and political consciousness. See their letter to the editor guide here.

Updates​​​​

  • Training: Strategic MessagingWatch the recording of last week’s national 350 training about strategic messaging – “How to develop effective messaging and storytelling to build the climate movement, change the public narrative and run effective campaigns.”
  • New Trainings PageCheck out our new (and growing) trainings page on our website – 350pdx.org/trainings – that shows upcoming live trainings, and also has a list of prerecorded trainings you can watch. This list is far from complete so if you’ve been a part of any excellent trainings and have access to the recordings, please let Chris know (chris@350pdx.org) and he can put them up on our webpage for everyone to access!

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX April General MeetingWed Apr 7, 6:00PM – 7:15PM, Online

    Join us for this month’s General Meeting which is open to all and is a great place for new and existing volunteers to meet staff and other volunteers, come and hear what the other teams are up to, and to do a deep dive into a topic.

    This month we’ll hear from Indi (our Coalition Manager) and Dineen (our Campaign Manager) for a big mid-legislative session update on all the bills we’re following and supporting, including the bills that are part of the Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, and have an opportunity to get involved and take some action. Register here.

  • Training: Organizing and Movement BuildingSat Apr 10, 11:00AM – 1:30PM, Online

    This is the third in a series of five FREE 1.5 hour trainings run by 350 groups around the country, to ground us in shared principles and empower us to take bolder and more strategic action.

    This training is about Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.

    All members/supporters of 350 affiliates in North America are welcome! Whether you are a new volunteer looking to jumpstart your activism skills, just on the email list and curious about learning more, or a more experienced group member looking to stimulate thinking about new concepts and create stronger connections with peers across the 350 network, these trainings are for you! Recordings and training materials will be available.

  • Global Just Recovery GatheringApr 9-11, Online

    We’re all moving into our second year of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. As we reflect on the tough times that have passed, and look to build a better future for all, now is the time for the climate movement to reconnect.

    This April, 350.org is hosting the Global Just Recovery Gathering, a 3-day online event, full of fun and effective training sessions, graced with amazing activists, leaders, and artists to energize us. It will be a space to design new pathways for a better future for all.

    Register for this exciting gathering here!

    It’s been tough times, but if there’s one thing these times have shown us is that when we stand together, we are powerful. It’s time to gather that power. It is time to recharge, rebuild and reconnect!

    Build your skills, strengthen relationships, and hear from a powerful line-up of climate leaders, artists, and musicians in every corner of the world. Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein, Hakima Abbas, Ailton Krenak, Nnimmo Bassey, and Eriel Deranger have all confirmed participation, and more will be announced soon!

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