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350PDX Weekly Update – The attempted coup – Jan 13 2020

Hi everyone,

On June 1, 2020, over 5,000 national guard troops, Washington police, and US Park police unleashed teargas, batons, and horses upon a crowd of Black Lives Matter demonstrators outside of the White House. They made no attempt to breech the security of the building, yet army helicopters circled overhead and teargas filled the air around them. A block away, President Trump stood in front of a church holding a bible and posing for photos, using the crowd of demonstrators struggling to see and breathe from teargas in their eyes and lungs, as a backdrop for his photo-op.

In 2016, militarized police attacked Indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock, and last year Black and Brown protesters were thrown in jail by the hundreds in demanding justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

On August 23 2020, in our community here in Portland, 30 Black Lives Matter demonstrators were arrested in the matter of just a few hours for shouting and holding signs in front of the Portland Police Bureau Northeast Precinct building. The security of the building was not breeched. The group of protestors were teargassed and violently arrested, and people living in apartments nearby were succumbed by teargas in their own homes.

The contrast between these incidents and the events of January 6, 2021 is not just stark. It’s despicable. It’s shameful. And for many, it’s far from shocking. The vast and blatant discrepancies between how the police respond to protests led by white supremacists and those led by the Black Lives Matter movement is all-too disgustingly obvious. And January 6, 2021 will go on in history as a day where this unjust discrepancy became more visible to millions of people around the world.

Last week’s devastating, deadly, and violent attack and attempted coup at the Capitol was the closest we’ve been to a coup throughout the election. It was an attempted coup rooted in white supremacy, racism, and fascism. It was an attempted coup incited by the President and numerous federal lawmakers, who must be held accountable. The day of this attack, we proudly endorsed a resolution from Rep. Cori Bush, the first Black woman to represent Missouri in the House of Representatives, to investigate and expel the GOP members of Congress who attempted to overturn the election and incited this violent attack. You can read more about her resolution here. You can also read our local Defend Democracy coalition’s statement here.

Last week’s actions were the extension of a pattern we’ve seen across the country throughout 2020, as statehouses have been threatened by paramilitaries and anti-democratic groups often aligned with white nationalist movements. Some of the far-right extremists from who traveled to D.C. included members of Oregon’s Timber Unity. To oppose the growth of white nationalism, we need to build collective community power from across civil society: elected officials, community groups, grassroots and business leaders.

These are challenging times in our democracy. We encourage everyone to do what you need to do stay in the fight for the long run, and find steady ground. In one week, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office. The situation is unfolding and moving rapidly, so we encourage you to follow our partners at Choose Democracy for more timely updates updates and ways to take action. We must remain vigilant in this next week in the fight to defend our democracy. Then, on Inauguration Day, join us in the streets for Inaugurate Justice, to kick off this new phase of struggle in the fight for justice and real, structural change.

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

  • Contact your legislator to support the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign! 

    Last night, nearly 500 people joined the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign Kickoff! That’s 500 and counting who are ready to fight for climate justice across Oregon this year. The 2021 Legislative Session begins in just 6 days. Let’s get started now by contacting our state representatives and senators to be champions for climate justice by supporting the three bills in the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity this session. You can watch last night’s kick off event here.

  • Fund the Clean Energy Future – Not Fossil Fuels

    Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that you can actually keep this year? How about ensuring that your money is funding the clean energy future, and not dirty fossil fuels? It’s easy to identify the worst offenders — like Chase, BlackRock and Liberty Mutual. It’s much harder to identify the companies that have banished fossil fuels from their business. That’s why we’re excited to share this new tool from STMP ally Bank for Good. This new tool from Bank for Good enables you to quickly and easily find 26 (and counting) financial institutions that have pledged never to finance, insure, underwrite or invest in the fossil fuel industry.

  • Oregon Workers Face Rising Health Risks from Changing Climate: Seeking Worker Stories

    As a result of Governor Kate Brown’s March 2020 Executive Order to Combat Climate Change, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has just released a report (https://bit.ly/3qCrWvr) that documents why climate change is a public health crisis and immediate threat to Oregonians. The report emphasizes the disproportionate health risks to frontline workers who work outside, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities. Hazardous air quality from wildfires and heat-caused illness and death from rising summer temperatures are called out as the two most prominent risks to workers.

    Stay tuned as labor unions and grassroots environmental and social justice organizations prepare for public hearings, collect the stories of affected workers, and make a case for strong health and safety as well as wage protection standards for workers. If you have a story to share about exposure to wildfire smoke or high heat days and how it affected you or how workers organized to protect their health and their wages (if forced to take leave due to heat or wildfire smoke), please contact PDX Climate Jobs at markdari@pacifier.com

Updates​​​​

  • Congratulations to our prize winners!For our end of year fundraiser each team had its own fundraising page, and one randomly selected donor from each page has won this 350PDX prize package – a bottle of wine, 350PDX tshirt, 350 bandana, and This Is An Uprising book. Thanks for all the donors, and the prize winners are: Johanna Shreve, Lindsey McGrath, Desta Spence, Gail Cordell, Anastasia Pyz, Kathleen Boylan, Miriam Garcia, and Rowyn Cooper-Caroselli (who wins the special Arts Team prize). 

    Thank you all for your donations (and if you forgot to donate before the new year, there’s still time to support our work!)

  • Cascadia not on track to cut emissionsTo the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe.

    And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia not only over-promised what they would do to stem the tide. They actually underperformed compared to all the other states and provinces in the two countries, according to a new analysis by InvestigateWest.

  • Listen: The Next World: A Podcast About Building MovementsPhiladelphia Housing Action used direct action to force the city of Philadelphia to relinquish over 60 vacant homes for a community land trust for housing for the homeless. Sterling Johnson and Jenn Bennetch, two organizers with Philadelphia Housing Action, join host Max Rameau to discuss their victories and setbacks in their work to take over vacant housing in Philadelphia, and explore lessons for the movement for housing.

Opportunities​​​​

  • White Backlash: why it happens and how we fight backTODAY Wed Jan 13, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Online

    The far right mob storming the US Capitol building on January 6th caused outrage across the world, but this kind of event is part of a long history of white organized backlash to Black-led struggle and victories. As people committed to organizing white communities for racial justice, we must understand this situation in its historical context in order to be able to strategically build power to fight back. Join Showing Up for Racial Justice and leading activist scholar Robin DG Kelley to learn more about this historical trend and to join the work of fighting back.

  • Reclaim MLK 2021Mon Jan 18, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, 700 N Rosa Parks Way

    7th Annual March for Human Rights and Dignity:  Call to Action for all Common Unity Groups to Show up in Solidarity. Share the Facbeook event and see more info here. “This event is a protest, meant to include everyone as we support and uplift the voices of Black people. We are unapologetic in our movement for Black Lives and we use this event to center the voices of our children, who are most vulnerable to the systemic violations of civil liberties. We want everyone to feel welcome to support and participate in this movement work to uplift the Black family and our entire community. Not many events center the voices of children to uplift the Black community so we reclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for this purpose. Our children deserve to be centered and celebrated by our diverse community because when we center the voices of our most marginalized then we are truly doing the work of change agents.”

  • Inaugurate Justice RallyWed Jan 20, 4:00PM – 7:00PM, Irving Park

    Millions of working class and marginalized people voted to throw Trump out of office, but our organizing has to continue under the next administration. While 2020 was a year of devastation, with so many people losing their jobs, their savings, and their lives, the Black Lives Matter uprisings inspired and moved millions into struggle against racism and police violence. Now we must build a mass movement to demand the changes we so desperately need, from racial, to climate, to economic justice.

    The Defend Democracy Coalition is holding a rally and march on Inauguration Day 1/20 at 4 pm at Irving Park to kick off this new period of struggle. We ask that all attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing, and a car caravan is available for those with elevated risk levels for COVID-19.

  • 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,
Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Indi, Lucy – the 350PDX staff

350PDX Weekly Update – Why we support the Red House – Dec 16 2020

Help us raise $100,000 by Dec. 31st! Your gift to 350PDX helps fund the change we need to create in Portland, making our city and our world a safer and more livable place for everyone. Thank you so much for your support in our unrelenting fight for climate justice. Together we will end this climate crisis! Donate here.

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Hi everyone,

Last week we sent an action alert to support the Red House on Mississippi. We wanted to share a bit more about why we made the decision to support the effort to stop the foreclosure of this fourth-generation home of an Afro-Indigenous family. Read more about the story of the Red House on their website here.

350PDX is a climate justice organization. That means we view the climate crisis as a crisis of social justice, not just of increasing carbon emissions. We see that many of the racial, economic, and environmental injustices of our world have the same root causes, and so the movements to fix these injustices must also intersect, work together, and show up in solidarity for each other.

When we put our support behind the Kinney family’s historic ownership of the Red House on Mississippi, one of the last Black-owned homes in the neighborhood, we are following the lead of local Black Lives Matter organizers and organizations like Don’t Shoot PDX and Community Alliance of Tenants, centering frontline leadership which is core to our values as a movement. And through this support we also demanding an end to the wider issue of housing injustice and gentrification, and beyond that the extractive and racist capitalism that is behind so many of our society’s inequities.

And as proof that direct action, public pressure, and solidarity works, on Monday, the family purportedly reached a deal with the City of Portland. In exchange for the city not enforcing the foreclosure eviction, Red House supporters have begun taking down the barricades blocking the streets surrounding the house. The city has promised to help negotiate steps forward to help the multi-generational North Portland family stay housed.

The fight is not over yet, so read more and take action 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

  • To JPMorgan Chase Executive Daniel Pinto: Stop Funding Tar Sands

    As the climate crisis escalates, Indigenous women have been demanding that financial institutions respect Indigenous Rights and end financing for Tar Sands, one of the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on Earth. On October 19, over 40 Indigenous women leaders sent a letter to 70 major banks, insurers, and asset managers, calling for policies respecting Indigenous Rights, accelerating a just transition toward renewable, regenerative energy and ending all support for dirty tar sands oil. Read the letter here.

    JPMorgan Chase, the world’s largest financer of the fossil fuel industry, still hasn’t responded to this important letter, or the request for a meeting with these Indigenous women leaders. This is a disgrace.

    Join us in calling and writing to Daniel Pinto, the Chief Operating Officer and Co-President of JPMorgan, to demand that Chase read and respond to this letter, including the request for a meeting, and stop financing tar sands oil.

  • Tell Biden to Stop Line 3

    Joe Biden and the Governor of Minnesota have explicitly expressed their commitment to taking action to stop the climate crisis.

    The ONLY decision consistent with acting on climate and respecting Native treaty rights is to STOP Line 3.

    Tell the new administration that the only way to show climate leadership is to oppose Line 3.

Updates​​​​

  • Last week of our Climate Justice Art Sale!

    The 350PDX Arts Team has been running a hugely successful end of year art sale where all proceeds go to 350PDX. The sale closes this Friday Dec 18 so we can make sure to get art to folks before Dec 25, and also so our Arts Team volunteers can enjoy the holiday break. We’re doing free personal delivery in the Portland Metro area, and also offering shipping for folks outside that area.

  • Wanted: Social Media Intern (paid internship!)

    We’re recruiting for an intern to help us develop our social media channels from January – March 2020. This will be a paid position ($15/hr for 100 hours over 3 months). Is this you? Know anyone who might be interested? See more details and apply here. Deadline Thursday Dec 17.

  • Watch: Stop Line 3 National Day of Action

    On Friday, December 12, activists across the country including here in Portland took action demanding an end to financing for toxic tar sands pipelines like Line 3. Watch the video below featuring our own Campaign Manager Dineen, and the Portland climate justice fire truck. Portland-area folks hand-delivered nearly 20 letters to Chase branch managers across the metro region!

  • OJTA is hiring an Advocacy Director

    Oregon Just Transition Alliance is hiring an Advocacy Director! Apply by January 11, 2021. Learn more and apply here:

  • New York State’s $226 billion pension fund moves to divest from riskiest oil and gas companies

    In a big win for the divestment movement, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that the $226 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) is moving to divest from the riskiest oil and gas companies by 2025 and decarbonize by 2040.

    New York’s announcement is the biggest leap forward worldwide on climate finance action in 2020, an otherwise bleak year for the planet. It creates the most comprehensive program of any large public fund worldwide to divest from fossil fuels, decarbonize across a massive portfolio, and put major financial pressure on public companies — from auto companies to utilities — to align their operations with the scale of climate action needed to stave off worldwide catastrophe.

    The victory comes eight years after New Yorkers launched the #DivestNY campaign, showing that persistence and grit can wear down even the biggest institutions!

  • Watch: Immigration + Climate Justice Webinar

    Watch this great webinar from Power Shift Network: “We are witnessing modern day low-intensity war zones in areas like the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. treats migrants and immigrants as enemies by blurring lines between security, policing, and war. The U.S. and Global North’s emissions of greenhouse gases force many to leave their home to find more stable environments where they can expect to find food, water, and relative safety compared to the home they’re fleeing. As the climate crisis worsens, the more militarized borders and climate related protests become. Our 2nd discussion for our fall webinar series dove into the U.S. immigration system and its impact on our movement for climate justice and collective liberation.”

  • Climate racism is real. Researchers found it in U.S. cities

    Lower-income residents and people of color are more likely to live in the hottest neighborhoods in cities across the country, putting them at greater risk of heat-related illnesses and death.

Opportunities​​​​

  • Portland’s Racist Displacement History: Know the past, create new future

    Sun Dec 20, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Online

    Presented by People for Mutual Education (P4ME), this event is the second in a three-part series that aims to convene Portland community members around a common goal of resisting municipally-sanctioned gentrification. In this virtual teach-in, participants will engage with Oregon history to pinpoint technologies that have been and are continuing to be used to uphold anti-Black racism in our local communities. Through mutual education and artistic expression (yes we can do collective art virtually!), we will set the stage for the third teach-in in this series, which will turn understanding and connection into action against gentrification.

    Tickets are sliding scale $0-$25.

  • Youth Power PDX: Speak Up, Sing Out!

    Sat Dec 19 – Thurs Dec 24, Online

    Youth Power PDX is a youth-run collective, centering BIPOC and queer (LGBTQ+) stories and voices through the crossroads of story, music, visual art and activism. Friends of Noise and City Repair are providing mentorship, resources and support to the youth planning committee.

    Between Saturday, Dec. 19th and and Thursday Dec. 24th you can catch panel conversations and music live streamed every afternoon (3 pm – 4:20 PST) and evening (9 pm – 10:20 PST). 350PDX is helping sponsor the Youth Power week.

  • WVDO: Executive Leadership Academy

    Deadline to apply Dec 23

    The Executive Leadership Academy, offered in partnership with Portland State University, is an 11-month program combining coaching, theory, and mentorship to nonprofit professionals looking to level up their leadership skills.

  • 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,
Ashley, Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Indi, Lucy – the 350PDX staff

350PDX Weekly Update – An exciting new campaign – Dec 2 2020

Hi everyone,

Next month will see the launch of an exciting new campaign – a statewide push for a climate justice package that includes 100% clean energy for all, economic justice via low-income energy discounts, and good job opportunities in climate-resilient home retrofits. Frontline communities from every corner of Oregon have been envisioning clean energy opportunities and we have a chance to help realize that vision of climate justice.

Sign up for our December meeting to learn more – we’ll be taking a deep dive into it!

What – December General Meeting
When – Mon Dec 14, 6:00PM
Where – Online, register here

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

How is the election going?

It looks like the worst of the attacks on the integrity of the election may be over. Last Monday likely was decisive. Local organizing in Michigan pushed-back against wayward electorates — ending with Michigan officially certifying election results. And the General Services Administration officially announced its transition to President-elect Biden.

Democracy survived this election. There are also fundamental issues that need addressing. We witnessed a scorched-earth policy, a mass refusal to push-back on falsehoods, and a withering attack on democracy. It is not going away. The distrust and distortions have taken root in much of the country’s psyche. So we thank all of you who helped us avoid a catastrophic coup, including Choose Democracy, and all of you who are preparing for the fights ahead.

Actions

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

  • Youth Strike For Our Lives – Week of Action

    All the in-person actions have been postponed due to the current COVID spike, but the virtual actions are happening this weekend and next week! Youth Strike for Our Lives (YSOL) is a BIPOC-led youth coalition based in Portland that 350PDX helps to coordinate. The week of action will be in support of Black liberation, abolition, Indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, gender equity, and educational equity for a livable future. Follow @yslives on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

  • Line 3 frontline fight needs your help today!!

    Many of you have worked on stopping the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline and taken action in solidarity. This pipeline, like Keystone XL, would likely extend the economic life of the dying tar sands crude oil industry just long enough to be game-over-for-the-planet, cross through treaty territory against the will of tribal nations, and threaten hundreds of waterways including the Mississippi and Lake Superior.

    Things have accelerated rapidly in Minnesota with the state and federal governments issuing permits faster than expected. Yesterday, Enbridge got the last permit they needed and has reportedly moved from “pre-construction” activity to actual construction in at least one spot. Some of thousands of out of expected state construction workers are arriving in the midst of a COVID surge

    We need your help! Minnesota’s Governor Walz has until TODAY to have the Department of Commerce join in a legal motion for a stay of construction. Can you call Governor Walz (651-201-3400) and DOC Commissioner Grace Arnold (651-539-1755) today to tell them how much we need a stay on construction?

    Your message can be quick and simple: “Hi, my name is Name and I’m calling from Minneapolis to tell you how critical it is that the MN Department of Commerce support a stay on construction for Line 3. The deadline is tomorrow, December 2! Enbridge should not be allowed to build because there are pending legal challenges to the pipeline that we need to let play out, and the construction of this pipeline will lead to more spread of COVID-19. I’m urging you to take action now and protect the legal process by supporting a stay on construction.

    If you get a full voicemail for the DOC, you can email Commissioner Arnold instead (commissioner.commerce@state.mn.us or grace.arnold@state.mn.us)!

    Another way you can get involved is to tune into the Public Utilities Commission hearing at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 4, where the PUC will discuss and decide upon the motion for a stay. The PUC may deny the motion, in which case the parties will bring the motion to the Court of Appeals.

  • Stop mega-dairies’ unlimited access to our water – Deadline today!

    Our region’s iconic threatened species like salmon and steelhead need all the water available in the Columbia River, but mega-dairies are sucking the river and nearby aquifers dry.

    Under Oregon law, mega-dairies have unlimited access to water without a permit under a “stockwatering” exemption if they use the water as drinking water for their cows. We need to stop the abuse of Oregon’s water resources by mega-dairies and save our critical aquifers! Oregon’s water shouldn’t be up for grabs.

    Tell the Oregon Water Resources Commission: Close the “stockwatering exemption” loophole and protect Oregon’s water resources from mega-dairies.

Updates​​​​

  • Wanted: Social Media Intern (paid internship!)

    We’re recruiting for an intern to help us develop our social media channels from January – March 2020. This will be a paid position ($15/hr for 100 hours over 3 months). Is this you? Know anyone who might be interested? See more details and apply here.

  • OJTA is hiring a Tribal Liaison

    The Oregon Just Transition Alliance is hiring. The Tribal Liaison is a 12-month limited duration position with potential for transitioning to a regular position at the end of the year. This position will work to build and deepen OJTA’s relationships with Oregon Tribes, support the Energy Democracy campaign and solicit input on the Oregon Green New Deal policy platform. More info here.

  • NCAI Calls on Insurance Companies to Adopt FPIC Policies

    Earlier this month, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) passed a resolution calling on U.S. insurers to adopt policies that ensure the fossil fuel projects they insure have obtained the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of impacted Tribal Nations.

    As Dallas Goldtooth tweeted: “THIS IS HUGE.” It provides a really strong foundation from which we can pressure U.S. insurers to stop insuring destructive, rights-violating projects like Keystone XL and Line 3 and push for strong policies on FPIC that would prevent them getting involved with any such projects in the future.

  • UN Secretary-General calls out the role of finance in driving the climate crisis

    The UNSG gave a big speech this morning about the “State of the Planet” and directly called out the role of financial institutions in driving the climate crisis. Read and watch here.

  • Listen: Fracked Gas on the Columbia

    “On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Dan Serres with Columbia Riverkeeper and Dineen O’Rourke with 350PDX about the continuing saga of the world’s largest methanol refinery, proposed for Kalama, Washington. We’ll also talk about a project in Umatilla County, where developers of the proposed Perennial WindChaser fracked gas plant started clearing land illegally for a road at the site near the city of Hermiston.”

Opportunities​​​​

  • Climate Justice 101 training

    Thurs Dec 3, 6:00PM – Online

    The first time we’re rolling out our repeating Climate Justice 101 training. We’ll be trying out some new content before we launch this training in earnest in the new year.

  • Defend Cordillera: Join the Global Fight against Chevron

    Mon Dec 7, 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Online

    350PDX is co-sponsoring this important intersectional webinar:

    “The Cordillera region in the Philippines has long been occupied and controlled by multinational corporations and the military, ravaging the islands with destructive energy projects that have had devastating impacts on the land and the people. Chevron continues this legacy of plunder and exploitation hand-in-hand with the Duterte regime through its Kalinga geothermal project, violating the free prior and informed consent of the Indigenous peoples in the Cordillera.

    Indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands continue to be treated as a resource base for profit by the State and private corporations at the expense of their self-determination and human rights. As environmental, land and climate defenders in the US it is our duty to unite in solidarity with land defenders in the Philippines in their struggle for self-determination and land!

    Join us to learn more about the fight against Chevron in the Philippines, and take a stand against corporate plunder around the world!”

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 – Eta & Iota – Nov 18 2020

Hi everyone,

Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta caused destruction and death across Central America, Iota touched down just 15 miles from the same spot as one of the strongest hurricanes this late in the year in record history.

Nicaragua’s carbon emissions are just 0.02% of the world total. That they are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis right now is cruel climate injustice. You can donate here.

The climate crisis isn’t waiting, we need bold local, national, and global action now.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

How is the election going?

The democratic process is churning along towards confirming President-elect Biden. Trump continues norm-busting, but has not acted outside of his authority as President which would be required to pull off a coup.

After sustaining numerous losses (23, if you’re keeping count), Trump’s legal options have narrowed considerably. He is churning a narrative that undermines the belief in the election, but does not seem capable of changing the outcome. Staff are fleeing his campaign. By encouraging Biden to receive security briefings, Republicans found a strategy to encourage a transfer of power that avoids direct confrontation with the administration. And more Republican and world leaders are coming out in support of President-elect Biden.

For about four hours yesterday evening, one small part of the US election system bent to Trump’s narrative for the first time. In Wayne County, the county of Detroit, Michigan, the four-person Board of Canvassers met to certify the election results. In an unprecedented move the two Republicans on the board refused to vote to certify the results, meaning that millions of votes (mostly from Black voters) would have temporarily not been certified.

The good news is that there were signs that this was going to happen, and hundreds of people were ready to mobilize, and did so during the public comment period which lasted for hours, as well as putting in thousands of phonecalls to state representatives and county commissioners, and holding a car caravan. This pressure along with intense scrutiny from the media and politicians meant that four hours later the Republicans reversed course and the board unanimously certified the results. 

It’s unclear whether this case was a fluke, or a first crack in the wall of our election process. We’ll keep monitoring and keeping you informed, but two things are clear:

  1. The fact that this was the first minor success of Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn their election loss shows that their campaign is going poorly
  2. A vigilant citizenry ready to respond is a powerful force against these efforts

The damage being done to trust in our elections and social cohesion is dangerous and will have long lasting implications, but at this time, Trump has no momentum and no viable path to override the will of the voters and retain power after January 20th.

We continue to encourage folks to breathe, give gratitude to election workers, and prepare for pressuring a Biden presidency.

Actions

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

  • POSTPONED – Youth Strike For Our Lives – Week of Action

    Due to the current COVID spike this week of action has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled to Dec 5-11. Youth Strike for Our Lives (YSOL) is a BIPOC-led youth coalition based in Portland that 350PDX helps to coordinate. The week of action will be in support of Black liberation, abolition, Indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, gender equity, and educational equity for a livable future. Follow @yslives on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

  • Stop Line 3 – call now

    Yesterday afternoon, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and his Pollution Control Agency APPROVED the last big state-level permits for Line 3, a proposed tar sands pipeline in Minnesota. Enbridge is likely to begin construction within the month, despite the risk out-of-state workers pose during the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple pending lawsuits against the project.

    Call Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison – 651-296-3353. Here’s a sample script:

    “Hi, I’m [NAME], I’m calling from [PLACE], and I’m calling because I am extremely concerned about the possibility of construction on the Line 3 pipeline. The pipeline is still facing enormous legal challenges, including the one in which your office represents the Minnesota Department of Commerce. I’m calling to urge you to work with the DOC to advocate for a stay against construction. Your environmental justice track record is strong, and I’m counting on you to stand with the people and stand up to Enbridge. Please do everything you can to stop construction on Line 3. Thank you”

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

  • Webinar: Climate + State Violence: Immigration

    Thurs Nov 19 – 4:00PM – Online

    From Power Shift Network: “We are witnessing modern day low-intensity war zones in areas like the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. treats migrants and immigrants as enemies by blurring the line between security, policing, and war-making. The U.S.’ emissions of greenhouse gases forces many to migrate from home to more stable environments. With the climate crisis worsening, the more militarized borders and climate related protests become.

    Our next discussion for our fall webinar series will dive into the U.S. immigration system and its impact on our movement for climate justice and collective liberation. Power Shift Network’s Nathalie Peña will be joined by Public Health Researcher, activist, and law student Giuliani Alvarenga, Florida Immigration Coalition’s Nahomi Matos Rondón, and youth activist, Dante Gonzales.”

  • Grassroots Year End Fundraising

    Sat Nov 21, 11:00AM – 1:00PM – Online

    Want to get skilled up on some deeper activism / movement / nonprofit skills? Excited to learn how to build people power by organizing money in support of a just future? Come to this training, which is part of 350.org’s Get Ready for the Revolution Training Series.

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 – A New Era – Nov 11 2020

Hi everyone,

Joe Biden is the President-Elect and we enter a new era of US politics.

Despite voter suppression, climate disasters, and the pandemic, the turnout rate of 62% was the highest in 50 years, with 148 million Americans going to the polls. One main driver of this was a surge among Black, Latino, Asian and Native American voters, as well as the highest youth turnout in history.

The climate crisis was a top issue in this election, with 7/10 voters supporting the government to take transformative action on climate breakdown.

We want to thank hundreds of volunteers, including 130 volunteers from 350PDX, who helped 350.org get out the vote and helped to make more than 500,000 calls to environmental voters in 12 states including AZ, CO, NH, FL, GA, PA and NC.

And despite Trump’s best efforts, we’re drifting further from the possibility of a coup. The best way to stop a coup is to never have one, and the preparation and training of tens of thousands of people around the country sent a clear message to would-be coup collaborators (senators, governors, parts of the media, state legislatures, etc.) that their chances of success would be slim. So far we haven’t needed massive mobilizations to hold back a power grab, but that’s partly because we deterred that power grab by being ready to massively mobilize.

There’s still reason for concern, but right now Trump’s campaign has the support of individuals, but not institutions. Their lawsuits aren’t going anywhere, and the narrative being put out by the Trump campaign is not being validated by the mainstream media or election officials. All these efforts are not building momentum in the institutions that determine the election outcome. We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely and will let you know if anything significant changes.

Us activists can sometimes forget to celebrate. This has been a hard and stressful time and while we should still be vigilant, and while there is a lot of work ahead of us, we should take this win. The decade of the Green New Deal is here. Celebrate yourself and others, and rest up; now, we have a world to win.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

The #ClimatePresident Action Plan: 10 Steps for the Next Administration’s First 100 Days

A Biden/Harris presidency gives us a fighting chance on climate, but we’ll still have to fight for it. Between now and Inauguration Day our job is clear: Put as much pressure on Biden to use the full power of the Presidency in his first 100 days to combat the climate crisis.

If Congress remains divided, climate legislation will be difficult to pass. That’s why we’re focusing on the measures that Biden can take immediately to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just transition.

  • End fossil fuel extraction on public lands.
  • End crude oil and gas exports.
  • Deny permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure projects and rescind federal permits for Keystone XL.
  • Stop fracking through EPA pollution rules.
  • Create a Just Transition task force.
  • Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters.
  • Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms in low-income areas and communities of color.
  • End fossil fuel subsidies.
  • Use the Clean Air Act to set a science-based national pollution cap.
  • Ensure a just and equitable recovery from climate-related disasters.

Actions

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

  • Youth Strike For Our Lives – Week of Action

    Youth Strike for Our Lives (YSOL) is a BIPOC-led youth coalition based in Portland that 350PDX helps to coordinate. We’re putting on a week of action Sat Nov 14 – Fri Nov 20 in support of Black liberation, abolition, Indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, gender equity, and educational equity for a livable future. Join us at these events and follow @yslives on Instagram and Twitter for more actions!

    Kickoff event – Fighting for Anti-Fascist Futures (link)
    Sat Nov 14 – Meet 2:00PM, March 3:00PM
    Meet east end of Hawthorne Bridge

    Fighting for Indigenous Futures (link)
    Sun Nov 15 – (online) 5:00PM
    A telethon for the Red House on Mississippi

    Fighting for a Livable Future (link)
    Mon Nov 16 – (online) 4:00PM – 5:00PM
    Webinar focused on the climate crisis and environmental justice

  • City of Portland Climate Test Resolution – Open for Youth Public Comment!

    One of the main demands from our massive Climate Strike last year was for the City of Portland to adopt a Climate Test policy, and the City listened! This test would ensure that City infrastructure investment decisions are informed by the best available climate science. A public comment period just opened asking for youth to weigh in on the policy.

    Mon Nov 2 – Fri Nov 20. Please submit comments to danny.grady@portlandoregon.govwrite “Portland Climate Test public comment” in the subject line. More info here.

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350 Solidarity School: From Recovery to Restoration: Holding Politicians Accountable

    TONIGHT Weds Nov 11 – 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Online

    For parents concerned about the climate crisis, taking action to make a difference can help both the movement and our own mental health. But sometimes the gravity of the issue, along with the many demands on our time as busy parents, can be emotionally and mentally difficult to navigate.

    Dr. Thomas Doherty will discuss healthy ways that parents can engage with global climate change and other social and environmental issues. He will help attendees reflect on their guiding beliefs and values as parents, understand their environment identity, and support the developmental needs of children and people across the lifespan. He will share insights from research on the mental health impacts of climate change and development of environmental behaviors for people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Parents will gain tools to regulate their emotions and stress about climate change, and be more empowered to talk about environmental issues. Parents will also learn ways to find their comfort zone and set healthy boundaries and priorities regarding advocacy and activism.

  • Neighbors for Clean Air: Deconstructing Diesel Webinar

    Thurs Nov 12, 4:00PM – 5:00PM – Online

    “On November 12th, Neighbors for Clean Air will host a webinar to share with all of you our new mapping tool, which shares essential information about the threats of construction-based diesel pollution in your neighborhood and in neighborhoods all across the city.

    Joining us will be State Representatives Dr. Maxine Dexter and Rob Nosse. They will share the steps that the legislature can take in the 2021 session to provide real and effective solutions to our diesel pollution crisis.”

  • Virtual Film Screening: 2040

    Sat Nov 14, 2:00PM – Online

    350.org Washington County has their final movie viewing of the year this Saturday November 14th at 2pm – 2040: The Regeneration is the movie choice from the 2020 selection process that *EVERYONE* raved about! For links to view the free online movie and join the conversation, make sure to pre-register at this link to get all the info you need.  
  • Building Bridges Racial Justice Series: Identity Development

    Tues Nov 17, 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Online

    Building Bridges is a series of workshops meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity, and how race impacts society. By bridging some of the divides that exist when it comes to talking about race, these workshops will encourage a deeper understanding of participant’s own experiences with racial identity.

    The topics explored will provide opportunities for participants to think critically, reflect, learn, internalize, and engage meaningfully with others in their community. Spots available for up to 30 people per workshop.

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 – 6 days to go – Oct 28 2020

Hi everyone,

Well this is the last weekly update before Election Day. To go with the theme of 2020 – rapid response adaptation to unprecedented events – over the past few weeks we’ve been busily preparing for this election, particularly for what will happen if those in power refuse to accept the results.

Our General Meeting on Monday night was on this topic – here’s the recording, and the slidesWe went through various scenarios that could play out, talked about our view of power and the theory behind how that power can be toppled, and then shared some of the ways you can get prepared for next week. You can read about much of what we talked about in our election plan here too.

The main point is that in order to protect the results of the election and to make sure every vote is counted there’s a high likelihood of mass mobilizations in the days after Nov 3. So clear your schedules, attend some trainings, stock up on supplies (just in case), talk to at least 5 people who would go into the streets with you, and keep your eye out for action alerts on this mailing list.

We’re part of a large coalition planning for this here locally, and connected to national level conversations too, so we’ll hear about plans for mobilizations, strikes, and other disruptive actions early on, and will pass on those action alerts to this mailing list as quickly as we can.

One thing you can do right now is take the pledge to defend democracy:

  1. We will vote.
  2. We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted.
  3. We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted.
  4. If we need to, we will shut down “business as usual” to protect the integrity of the democratic process.

Take this pledge and pass it along to as many people as you can.


From isthisacoup.com ​​​​​​, a website measuring how close to a coup we are​
Graphic of a speedometer with 4 sections: Democracy, Preparing For A Coup, Attempted Coup, and Coup, with the needle pointed at Preparing for a Coup

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

As a tragic reminder that the fight for Black lives must continue, Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man experiencing a mental health crisis was murdered by police this week in Philadelphia. Patrisse Cullors, of the Black Lives Matter Global Network said: “This isn’t policing — it’s destruction. It’s the legal, systematic killing of Black people. Another video, another name, another person who deserved help, not death.

Black lives are not controversial. Legislation to protect Black lives is not controversial. When we show up to the polls, they cannot ignore us. When we say Black Lives Matter, they cannot ignore us, no matter how hard they try.

We won’t let Walter down. We won’t let our other brothers and sisters that have been senselessly taken from us by police down. We bow our heads to pray, and we raise our fists up high because Black Lives Matter, today and every day.”

Actions

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

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

  • Moving Forward, Staying Grounded: A Mental Health Toolbox for Climate-Concerned Parents, Caregivers & Activist

    Thurs Oct 29, 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Online
    This webinar is presented by Families for a Livable Climate

    For parents concerned about the climate crisis, taking action to make a difference can help both the movement and our own mental health. But sometimes the gravity of the issue, along with the many demands on our time as busy parents, can be emotionally and mentally difficult to navigate.

    Dr. Thomas Doherty will discuss healthy ways that parents can engage with global climate change and other social and environmental issues. He will help attendees reflect on their guiding beliefs and values as parents, understand their environment identity, and support the developmental needs of children and people across the lifespan. He will share insights from research on the mental health impacts of climate change and development of environmental behaviors for people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Parents will gain tools to regulate their emotions and stress about climate change, and be more empowered to talk about environmental issues. Parents will also learn ways to find their comfort zone and set healthy boundaries and priorities regarding advocacy and activism.

  • No Military Drone Testing in Portland – Halloween Flotilla

    Sun Nov 1, 12:00PM – Cathedral Park Boat Launch

    Verizon wants to bring a drone testing facility to North Portland, near Cathedral Park. They don’t think there is any problem with testing drones up and down the Willamette because, as they told neighbors, “no one uses the river anyway.”

    After a summer when racial justice protesters were surveilled by military drones, a coalition of community groups has come together to resist this plan.

    Join on Sunday for a rally and flotilla at the Cathedral Park Boat Launch to show that WE use the river, and Verizon’s creepy drones aren’t welcome in Portland! If you have a boat, raft, canoe, or kayak you are welcome to join the Halloween flotilla. Masks and distancing required. RSVP on Facebook + invite friends. You can also sign the petition here.

  • Fridays 4 Freedom – Election Day Action

    Tues Nov 3, Meet @ 5:00PM, March @ 6:00PM – Revolution Hall

    A march for unity organized by one of the main Black Lives Matter groups. More details on their Instagram here.

  • Defend Democracy Action

    Weds Nov 4, Meet 3:00PM, March 4:00PM – Revolution Hall -> Waterfront

    Electoral Justice is Racial Justice. Black Lives Matter. Count Every Vote. We will mobilize a massive non-violent action on Wednesday, November 4th beginning at Revolution Hall in solidarity with nationwide networks and local coalition members. 350PDX is a proud member of 40+ groups that comprise PDX Defend Democracy Coalition. Details may change! Keep an eye out on this email list for more details closer to the time.

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 – Every Day is Indigenous Peoples Day – Oct 14 2020

Hi everyone,

This week, as every week, we’re writing to you from the traditional lands and village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, bands of Chinook, and many other Tribes and peoples that have made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers since time immemorial. Today, Indigenous folks from over 380 tribes live and thrive in the place we now call Portland; here, colonization and Indigenous resistance both persist into the present.

Every day is Indigenous People’s Day when we’re residing on and benefitting from stolen land. The climate justice movement in particular owes so much to Indigenous leaders and communities, who both live on the front lines of the climate crisis and lead the fight against its root causes. From Standing Rock to Wet’suwet’en Territory to the Klamath Tribes to O’Odham Jewed, Indigenous land and water defenders have long stood as the first line of defense against the greatest harms of the extractive economy.

Land defense doesn’t stop with pipelines. Around the world, when Indigenous communities manage land, forests, and resources, carbon sequestration and conservation outcomes improve. As we work to end the climate crisis, we can’t stop at keeping fossil fuels in the ground: we must be just as invested in keeping land in Indigenous hands, and in returning that which has already been stolen.

Wondering what you can do to take action in solidarity beyond Indigenous People’s Day? Here’s some places to start:

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

  • 20 days until the election – join 350PDX’s Get Out the Vote Elections Team

    350PDX is a 501c3 organization, which means we cannot endorse specific political candidates. But we also know that our democracy is at stake, with rampant voter suppression, voter intimidation, and attacks on USPS happening across the country. So we’re ensuring that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turning them out to the polls on Election Day on November 3rd. We’re partnering with other 350 local groups in key swing states, and together we’ll reach as many voters as we can, calling and texting them with important information on voter registration and vote by mail – then reminding them to cast their ballots when it counts. But it will only work with volunteers like you. After you sign up, we’ll send you a weekly email with phonebanking events happening with our 350 partners every day of the week – so you can engage when it works best for you. Sound good? Sign up here!

  • Tell your Congressperson to Support the BREATHE Act

    Our nation is facing a turning point. We can either stand up and demand change, or we can continue watching as our Black and Brown neighbors choke on expired tear gas, disappear into unmarked vans, and bear the brunt of police brutality in this nation. The BREATHE Act is a 21st-century Federal civil rights bill that will help communities of color not just survive, but thrive, led by the Movement For Black Lives.

    They’re building support for the BREATHE Act from the ground up — and that starts with showing Congress that communities across the country demand change. Because it’s not enough to just say that Black Lives Matter — we need to live it. We need the BREATHE Act. Write your congressperson here.

  • DEQ and Climate Need Our Help

    DEQ is currently receiving public testimony concerning the cap-and-reduce program, which is part of the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) under Executive Order 20-04. The DEQ has set three hearings for October and we need Climate conscious Oregonians to show up and, if you can, testify!

    The Governors executive order directs state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. One major component of the OCAP is a directive for the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set up a new program to “cap and reduce” the climate-harming pollution released by Oregon’s largest polluters. By no longer allowing these major polluters (like oil companies, fossil gas companies, and industrial manufacturers) to spew unlimited amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, this new policy can help transition Oregon to cleaner ways of powering our economy and communities.

    We need a large turn out for DEQ’s Town Hall meeting on October 14th.

    Click here to register to attend one or more of the Town Hall meetings, click here for talking points from our movement partners that you can use when you testify. You’ll receive information on how to participate in the Town Hall. Please show up to the Town Hall to show DEQ the breadth of support for ambitious climate action now!

Opportunities​​​​

  • Joint Town Hall with Reps Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez

    Thurs Oct 15, 4:00PM – Online

    Join Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) for a joint town hall on the ongoing fight for housing and environmental justice. The Members of Congress will provide an update on their respective legislation and their joint efforts to get Congress to take action on these critical issues. There will be the opportunity for constituents to ask the Members of Congress questions following the presentation.

  • Virtual Go Zero Tour 2020

    Wed Oct 14, 4:00PM – 6:00PM – Online
    Wed Oct 21, 4:00PM – 6:00PM – Online

    Residential buildings account for ​almost a quarter of all energy usage​ in the state of Oregon, and zero energy home design is an important strategy in climate adaptation. Join Solar Oregon for two premier virtual explorations of zero energy homes across the state: the Go Zero Tour 2020, presented by Energy Trust of Oregon. This event is part of Sustainable Building WeekUse code: 350PDX to get in for free!

  • PDX Women’s Unity March for Justice

    Sat Oct 17, 11:00AM – Portland City Hall

    BIPOC led Women’s march about the Supreme Court in PDX. “Continuing the tradition of marching for justice and equality, join PDX as we stand for Women’s rights and empower femininity! PDX Women’s March fully supports ALL Black Lives! This years event and March are hosted and led by BIPOC Women.” Facebook event here.

  • Workshop: Connecting Across Racial Difference

    Tues Oct 20, 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Online

    Building Bridges is a series of workshops meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity, and how race impacts society. By bridging some of the divides that exist when it comes to talking about race, these workshops will encourage a deeper understanding of participant’s own experiences with racial identity.

    The topics explored will provide opportunities for participants to think critically, reflect, learn, internalize, and engage meaningfully with others in their community.

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

    Get more involved in BLM actions through our BLM Volunteer Form here. Here are some actions we’ve picked out this week:

    Justice for Patrick Kimmons Rally & March
    Thurs Oct 15, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    North Precinct, 449 NE Emerson St (check Instagram here for changes)

    PDX Car Caravan Protest
    Sat Oct 17, 2:00PM – 5:00PM
    PCC Cascade Parking Lot, 705 N Killingsworth St

    JUSTICE: Virtual Hip Hop Benefit Show
    Sat Oct 17, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
    Livestreamed from Kelly’s Olympian

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 – Preparing for the Election – Oct 7 2020

Hi everyone,

This November our democracy is at stake. We are seeing unprecedented voter suppression across the country, with polls being closed, voter rolls being purged, voter intimidation at the polls, and attacks on USPS and mail-in ballots.

We’re also seeing efforts to de-legitimize the election process. We have a president who has openly said he might not respect the outcome of our election. We have to be ready if he claims victory before votes are counted, tries to stop counting, or refuses to accept a loss. And if this happens, we need to call it what it is – a coup – and act accordingly.

It is an overwhelming time to be an American, not to mention an activist, and our instinct might be to freeze in the headlights of the multiple crises. But that is exactly what the enemies of democracy are counting on happening. We need to not agonize, but organize.

We at 350PDX are working on our plan with a range of other local and national organizations to mobilize in the post-election period to prevent a coup, and we’ll be sharing more of that plan soon. In the meantime, here are two tangible things to do now.

  1. Join the Climate Vote Project nonpartisan Get Out The Vote phone banks
    Before the election, the most important thing you can do is get out the vote and fight like hell to protect people’s right to vote.
     In partnership with the Environmental Voter Project, 350PDX volunteers are making thousands of calls to swing state voters who are likely to care about the environment but who don’t always make it to the polls. Sign up here and we’ll send you a weekly email with phonebanking events happening with our 350 partners every day of the week – so you can engage when it works best for you.
  2. 350 Solidarity School – Protecting Votes & Building Power: Climate Justice & the Election
    TONIGHT Wed Oct 7, 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Online
    Part of the 350.org Solidarity School, tune into this mass call to hear the national strategy for protecting the results of this election and ensuring climate justice is part of it. Register here.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Great news – we reached our summer appeal goal! Thank you so much to everyone who donated this summer and to the amazing person who matched $10,000 in donations. We are a people-powered organization and your support lets us keep fighting for climate justice day in day out.

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Last year The Intercept and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez came out with “A Message From The Future“, a beautiful video envisioning a future after we won the Green New Deal. A lot has changed in the last year, and the same team just released “A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair” that talks about how we move forward from here – pandemic, polarization, fascism, wildfires. Watch it here.

Actions

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

  • Join the 350PDX Solidarity Team

    The (new!!) 350PDX Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. The Solidarity Team is currently focusing on the following issue areas: racial justice, immigration justice, global solidarity, and indigenous sovereignty. Through our hub-and-spoke model, representatives focused on one of these issue areas keep our base up to date on the ways that 350PDX volunteers can show up in solidarity with other movements for change.” Contact Indi – indi@350pdx.org – to get involved.

  • Tell your Congressperson to Support the BREATHE Act

    Our nation is facing a turning point. We can either stand up and demand change, or we can continue watching as our Black and Brown neighbors choke on expired tear gas, disappear into unmarked vans, and bear the brunt of police brutality in this nation. The BREATHE Act is a 21st-century Federal civil rights bill that will help communities of color not just survive, but thrive, led by the Movement For Black Lives.

    They’re building support for the BREATHE Act from the ground up — and that starts with showing Congress that communities across the country demand change. Because it’s not enough to just say that Black Lives Matter — we need to live it. We need the BREATHE Act. Write your congressperson here.

  • DEQ and Climate Need Our Help

    DEQ is currently receiving public testimony concerning the cap-and-reduce program, which is part of the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) under Executive Order 20-04. The DEQ has set three hearings for October and we need Climate conscious Oregonians to show up and, if you can, testify!

    The Governors executive order directs state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. One major component of the OCAP is a directive for the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set up a new program to “cap and reduce” the climate-harming pollution released by Oregon’s largest polluters. By no longer allowing these major polluters (like oil companies, fossil gas companies, and industrial manufacturers) to spew unlimited amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, this new policy can help transition Oregon to cleaner ways of powering our economy and communities.

    We need a large turn out for DEQ’s Town Hall meetings on October 8th and 14th.

    Click here to register to attend one or more of the Town Hall meetings, click here for talking points from our movement partners that you can use when you testify. You’ll receive information on how to participate in the Town Hall. Please show up to the Town Hall to show DEQ the breadth of support for ambitious climate action now!

  • 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. EXTENDED DEADLINE UNTIL FRI OCT 9!

Resources

  • BIG NEWS! Chase is bending to pressure

    A win for our Defund / Divest team this week! After years of relentless pressure on the bank from climate groups, Indigenous leaders, and shareholder activists, JPMorgan Chase, the world’s largest banker of fossil fuels, announced yesterday afternoon that it is committing to push its clients to align with the Paris Agreement and work towards global net zero-emission by 2050. In short, Chase said it is committing to push its clients to align with the Paris Agreement and work towards global net zero-emission by 2050.

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Defund / Divest team on this huge step…in a journey that has many steps to go!

    The announcement said nothing about reducing the bank’s massive lending to fossil fuel companies. Since 2016, Chase has financed over $268 billion of fossil fuels, and as long as they’re funding fossil fuels, they’re still part of the problem.

    So the fight will go on, but it’s heartening to see one of the world’s biggest banks bending to pressure from groups like ours, and to see that the world’s largest lender to the fossil fuel industry has clearly signaled that the fossil fuel game is coming to an end.

Opportunities​​​​

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 – Climate In The Debate – Sept 30 2020

Hi everyone,

For the first time in 12 years, the moderator of a presidential debate asked a question about climate change last night. Climate change was the focus of an unusually substantive, approximately 10-minute portion of the otherwise raucous 90-minute presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden — about equal to the time devoted to the issue in all presidential debates after 2004 combined and the most time ever spent on the issue in a single debate.

Climate change was not one of the pre-announced debate topics, an omission that sparked substantial criticism and public pushback from advocates and lawmakers and activists. Recent polling also showed 74% of voters want to see debate moderators ask climate questions.

It’s a travesty that it’s taken this long to have the climate crisis recognized in these debates, and the debate itself was about as dysfunctional as our current political system, but it’s a small glimmer of progress, testament to the grassroots movements fighting across the country. In troubled times we should take the small victories when we get them.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

  • 350PDX Training: Climate Movement 101
    Thurs Oct 8, 6:30PM – 8:30PM, OnlineJoin us for our revamped training for new volunteers joining the climate justice movement, or for longstanding folks who want a refresher on our theory of change and how the climate justice movement is going to win! Hear about how we got here, where we’re going, and what we plan to do about it, and then find your place in 350PDX or the broader movement for social and climate justice! Register here.

Actions

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

  • National Chase Takeover

    While climate crisis-fueled wildfires burned throughout our region, the fossil fuel industry continues to permit, build, drill, mine, and dig new projects, moving us in the complete opposite direction. JPMorgan Chase continues to be the world’s largest funder of the fossil fuel industry, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into the industry just since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2016. That’s why groups across the country are amplifying a mass call-out of JPMorgan Chase right now, by leaving online reviews of every branch nationwide! 

    Join us to Takeover Chase! We’re calling out Chase branches across the country because people need to connect their local banks to their international counterparts that are funding the climate crisis. The two aren’t separate, and the fewer people who open new accounts with Chase the better. We need to do everything we can to cut off the supply of money that enables the fossil fuel industry to operate with impunity — the less money they have, the sooner their influence will wane.

    This national campaign was headed up by our very own 350PDX Defund/Divest team. Amazing work!

  • 34 days until the election – join 350PDX’s Get Out the Vote Elections Team

    350PDX is a 501c3 organization, which means we cannot endorse specific political candidates. But we also know that our democracy is at stake, with rampant voter suppression, voter intimidation, and attacks on USPS happening across the country. So we’re ensuring that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turning them out to the polls on Election Day on November 3rd. We’re partnering with other 350 local groups in key swing states, and together we’ll reach as many voters as we can, calling and texting them with important information on voter registration and vote by mail – then reminding them to cast their ballots when it counts. But it will only work with volunteers like you. After you sign up, we’ll send you a weekly email with phonebanking events happening with our 350 partners every day of the week – so you can engage when it works best for you. Sound good? Sign up here!

  • DEQ and Climate Need Our Help

    DEQ is currently receiving public testimony concerning the cap-and-reduce program, which is part of the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) under Executive Order 20-04. The DEQ has set three hearings for October and we need Climate conscious Oregonians to show up and, if you can, testify!

    The Governors executive order directs state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. One major component of the OCAP is a directive for the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set up a new program to “cap and reduce” the climate-harming pollution released by Oregon’s largest polluters. By no longer allowing these major polluters (like oil companies, fossil gas companies, and industrial manufacturers) to spew unlimited amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, this new policy can help transition Oregon to cleaner ways of powering our economy and communities.

    We need a large turn out for DEQ’s Town Hall meetings on October 1st, 8th and 14th.

    Click here to register to attend one or more of the Town Hall meetings. You’ll receive information on how to participate in the Town Hall, as well as talking points for providing public comment. Please show up to the Town Hall to show DEQ the breadth of support for ambitious climate action now!

  • 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.

Resources

  • Online Course: Digital Security for Protesters

    With protests underway around the globe, activists are facing new challenges and heightened digital tracking and threats from state actors including the police, white supremacists and others. Take this short, free, online course to learn more about this important topic.

  • 10 things you need to know to stop a coup

    While keeping people focused on a strong, robust election process is a must, we also need to prepare for a coup. We have a president who has openly said he might not respect the outcome of our election. We have to be ready if he claims victory before votes are counted, tries to stop counting, or refuses to accept a loss.

  • Lee van der Voo on the landmark legal fight against climate change

    For the past five years, 21 young people from across the country have wended their way through the court system as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government. They allege their constitutional rights to a livable planet have been violated and are demanding intervention from the courts to implement a climate remediation plan across 10 federal agencies and offices nationwide.

  • Video: The Race Class Narrative

    “A messaging framework to engage the base, persuade the middle, and alienate the opposition. All too often, progressives are asked to keep issues of racial justice and economic empowerment separate — or to remain silent about the former at the risk of alienating the mythical middle we’re told we must appease.”

Opportunities​​​​

  • Stronger Than Storms: Climate and Just Recovery ForumTONIGHT Weds Sept 30, 5:00PM – 6:00PM – OnlineFrom 350.org – Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are on the frontlines of the fossil-fueled climate crisis. Whether it’s hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, or floods, science has shown that climate change is making extremes of weather far more destructive. Our movements need to rise together to support and protect one another and to hold the climate criminals in the fossil fuel industry and government accountable. This virtual townhall will bring together representatives of climate impacted communities to share stories and connect the dots between our struggles.

    Register here – IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation and CART closed captioning in English on this call. Información en Español.

  • How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab
    Thurs Oct 1, 4:30PM – 6:30PM, Online – register here
    Tues Oct 6, 4:30PM – 6:30PM, Online – register here
    Join George Lakey, with Zein Nakhoda for this 2 hour training on what we can do to prepare for a potential coup in the upcoming presidential election. The good news is that coups have been fought off and defeated many times in the past around the world by spontaneous people powered mobilizations, and we have the advantage of having 5 weeks to prepare ahead of this election.See more trainings related to this topic here – including ‘Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment by Teams’ and ‘Active Bystander Intervention by Individuals’.
  • Environmental Injustice: Part 4 of the Racial Justice is Climate Justice SeriesThurs Oct 1, 6:00PM – 7:00PM – OnlineThe final installment of this series (see the other recordings and resources here), this time on environmental injustice. Speakers from Tacoma LNG Resistance on Environmental Injustice. These webinars will have closed captioning and a recording of the call will be available after each webinar.
  • Stop Funding Tar Sands: Digital RallyFri Oct 2, 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Online

    Tar sands is one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on our planet. Pipelines like Keystone XL, Line 3, and Trans Mountain are disastrous for people and the planet. They’re built on Indigenous lands without consent, endanger the safety of Indigenous women, and poison nearby communities.

    That’s why on Friday, October 2nd, we’re partnering with Stop the Money Pipeline and Indigenous frontline leaders from across the country to organize Stop Funding Tar Sands, a day of solidarity with frontline and Indigenous communities fighting back against Tar Sands pipelines including Line 3, Trans Mountain, and Keystone XL.

  • Protecting Votes & Building Power: Climate Justice & the ElectionWed Oct 7, 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Online

    Part of the 350.org Solidarity School, tune into this mass call to hear the national strategy for protecting the results of this election and ensuring climate justice is part of it. Register here.

  • 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 late night protests downtown. Some events are only being planned or details 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!2nd Year Memorial for Patrick Kimmons
    TONIGHT Wed Sept 30, 6:00PM
    Food, speakers, music and more

    Safety on Transit For BIPOC Youth
    Thurs Oct 1, 5:00PM – 7:00PM
    YEJA and BRU are partnering with Trimet to facilitate safety discussions around public transit. This is something for BIPOC youth only to participate in.

    Disarm PSU Back to School Block Party
    Sun Oct 4, 11:00AM – 2:00PM
    Come celebrate the disarmament of PSU’s CPSO, reimagine, and move forward! Join us for an afternoon of speakers, performances, and art-making culminating in a short march. Bring a clothing item or blank tote bag for screenprinting. Please wear a mask!

    Silent Voices Film Debut Screening
    Tues Oct 6, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
    Film screening both online and in person with location TBA

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 – Breonna Taylor – Sept 23 2020

Hi everyone,

Say her name. Breonna Taylor. Millions of us across the country and the world have been saying, chanting, screaming Breonna Taylor’s name in the streets and demanding justice for over 120 days. 

Today the decision was announced in Breonna Taylor’s case, and justice has not been served. One officer has been indicted on charges of endangering neighbors with reckless gunfire, but no one was charged for murdering Breonna Taylor. Words fail about this court decision, so here are some words from others:

“To not indict the officers for murder is to claim #BreonnaTaylor killed herself. Racist America constantly kills Black people and then tells Black people we killed ourselves. Racism extends past death. But we’ll never stop declaring that our lives matter, that our deaths matter.” – Ibram X. Kendi

“We are disgusted, but not in the least bit surprised. Because a system cannot fail those who it was never meant to protect. #BreonnaTaylor, we will say it every day until it becomes true: You deserve justice. :: #BlackLivesMatter” – The Root

The decision comes over 6 months after 26-year-old Taylor was shot and killed inside her own apartment at the hands of the Louisville police after they entered in the middle of the night on a ‘no-knock’ warrant. If you’re not already familiar with this police killing you can read more here.

Folks will be gathering this evening at 7:00PM at the Justice Center downtown in solidarity with Lousville.

 

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On Monday we had our 350PDX General Meeting with about 60 folks joining us to hear about climate change and wildfire, as well as our Takeover Chase campaign, and updates from our other teams and campaigns. You can watch it here and share on Facebook!

And last week we had our webinar around global solidarity with the Philippines – the most dangerous country in the world for environmental defenders, and a potential insight into a future of fascism that the US could be facing. Watch it here and share on Facebook!

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

  • National Chase Takeover

    While climate crisis-fueled wildfires burned throughout our region, the fossil fuel industry continues to permit, build, drill, mine, and dig new projects, moving us in the complete opposite direction. JPMorgan Chase continues to be the world’s largest funder of the fossil fuel industry, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into the industry just since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2016. That’s why groups across the country are amplifying a mass call-out of JPMorgan Chase right now, by leaving online reviews of every branch nationwide! 

    Join us to Takeover Chase! We’re calling out Chase branches across the country because people need to connect their local banks to their international counterparts that are funding the climate crisis. The two aren’t separate, and the fewer people who open new accounts with Chase the better. We need to do everything we can to cut off the supply of money that enables the fossil fuel industry to operate with impunity — the less money they have, the sooner their influence will wane.

    This national campaign was headed up by our very own 350PDX Defund/Divest team. Amazing work!

  • 41 days until the election – join 350PDX’s Get Out the Vote Elections Team

    350PDX is a 501c3 organization, which means we cannot endorse specific political candidates. But we also know that our democracy is at stake, with rampant voter suppression, voter intimidation, and attacks on USPS happening across the country. So we’re ensuring that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turning them out to the polls on Election Day on November 3rd. We’re partnering with other 350 local groups in key swing states, and together we’ll reach as many voters as we can, calling and texting them with important information on voter registration and vote by mail – then reminding them to cast their ballots when it counts. But it will only work with volunteers like you. After you sign up, we’ll send you a weekly email with phonebanking events happening with our 350 partners every day of the week – so you can engage when it works best for you. Sound good? Sign up here!

  • Take Action for Forests and Climate

    In the aftermath of Oregon’s historic wildfires, we need to defend Oregon’s forests from the claim that the way to reduce fires is widespread heavy logging. Today, we’re asking you to contact your state elected officials and encourage them to resist destructive forestry legislation proposed under the guise of wildfire prevention.

    Find your legislators, see talking points, and read what 350PDX has to say on science-based wildfire policy. Then take action by writing to a letter to fight for climate-smart forestry.

  • Take Action to Stop Chlorpyrifos

    Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous insecticide, widely used on a variety of crops, including strawberries, apples, wheat, and Christmas trees. Chlorpyrifos can damage the brains and nervous systems of those who are exposed. Farmworkers, rural communities, children, pregnant mothers and endangered wildlife are especially at risk. The Oregon Department of Agriculture(ODA) has proposed new rules to strengthen protections for Oregonians from pesticides containing chlorpyrifos.Please help our farmworkers and agricultural lands phase out this toxic pesticide by submitting comments! How To Submit Comments: Email your comments (in any language) during the open comment period to: chlorpyrifos-comments@oda.state.or.usYou have until October 1, 2020.

    Visit Beyond Toxics for templates and talking points in English to craft written and oral testimony. You can also share your story with PCUN in English or Spanish HERE. Thank you for your advocacy on this important topic. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Friends of Family Farmers Policy Director, amy@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

  • 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.

  • Environmental Law and the Green New Deal: a professional education course for activists and organizers

    This course is a great primer for new people in the movement,  or as a refresher for long-standing activists.
    Dates
    : TBD based on responses; probably 1.5 – 2 hr per scheduled meeting period
    Place: Zoom
    Cost: Free
    Hosts: Breach Collective – a climate justice organization that partners with communities at the front lines of the climate crisis to advance justice through locally-driven campaigns rooted in the power of grassroots organizing, legal advocacy, and human stories.
    Here is a syllabus from a Green New Deal course from the Spring — https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MQJOI1Lg7oawQSoLqhaEYomhRk-CLR-h-8TukNTiLzs/edit The content will be substantially similar, but probably with different speakers and some new content to reflect the ongoing crises of 2020.

Resources

  • Video: George Lakey – What to Do if There’s a Coup?

    1hr 20min conversation with veteran activist George Lakey about what to do if the US sees a coup this November.

  • Abolition is Climate Justice

    Twitter thread highlighting the connections between mass incarceration, environmental injustice, and climate change.

  • The Inevitable Whitelash Against Racial Justice Has Started

    “As Black people fight for our lives, white supremacists reach for their guns—and white allies go soft.” Article by Elie Mystal. “Centering Black demands for an end to police brutality in white feelings is offensive and crazy-making. One does not consult the foxes for their opinions on the measures taken to stop them from murdering all the hens.”

  • A Brief History of Anti-Fascism

    With “Antifa” (which just means anyone who identifies as anti-fascist) being vilified by Trump and across the mainstream media, have a look back on the history of those fighting back against fascism. “As long as the ideology has threatened marginalized communities, groups on the left have pushed back with force.”

  • Oregon Food Finder

    Oregon Food Bank has made this online map to help folks find food assistance.

  • Wildfire Resources

    Check out our list of resources about staying safe, and supporting each other in this latest crisis.

  • Some good news – California will phase out gasoline-powered cars

    In a bit of much needed good news, California’s Governor Newsom announced that by 2035 all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California will be zero emission vehicles. There’s a long way to go, but this is a big step in the right direction.

Opportunities​​​​

  • Training: Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101
    Sat Sept 26, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, OnlinePart of the ‘Get Ready For The Revolution’ training series, for new and existing volunteers to learn core organizing skills. Learn how to maximize remote organizing and engage new volunteers now and following the election.
  • BLOOM – A Day of Community
    Sat Sept 26, 12:00PM – 3:00PM , Peninsula ParkOn the day Proud Boys and other white supremacist and fascist groups are planning to rally in the city, PopMob, along with Portland DSA, Rose City Antifa and other groups are organizing a day of speakers, tabling, food, community, to show peaceful and clear opposition to fascists coming into #PDX with threats of violence and intimidation
  • Youth Town Hall – City Council CandidatesSun Sept 27, 5:00PM – 8:30PM – Online

    Hosted by BIPOC youth organizers, the Youth Town Hall is an opportunity to ask City Council candidates about the issues impacting youth.

    Our country is more divided now than ever. Right now, we are seeing young people stand up and demand radical change to the status quo that must be met with radical action from our elected officials. On Sunday, September 27th at 5PM come hear Portland City Council and Mayor candidates answer the questions that most concern local youth. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions not addressed by the hosts of the event. Topics addressed will include climate change response, racial justice, transportation justice, recent protests and more.

  • Stronger Than Storms: Climate and Just Recovery Forumacial Justice is Climate Justice Learning SeriesWeds Sept 30, 5:00PM – 6:00PM – OnlineAround the world, hundreds of millions of people are on the frontlines of the fossil-fueled climate crisis. Whether it’s hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, or floods, science has shown that climate change is making extremes of weather far more destructive. Our movements need to rise together to support and protect one another and to hold the climate criminals in the fossil fuel industry and government accountable. This virtual townhall will bring together representatives of climate impacted communities to share stories and connect the dots between our struggles.

    Register here – IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation and CART closed captioning in English on this call. Información en Español.

  • Stop Funding Tar Sands: Digital RallyFri Oct 2, 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Online

    Tar sands is one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on our planet. Pipelines like Keystone XL, Line 3, and Trans Mountain are disastrous for people and the planet. They’re built on Indigenous lands without consent, endanger the safety of Indigenous women, and poison nearby communities.

    That’s why on Friday, October 2nd, we’re partnering with Stop the Money Pipeline and Indigenous frontline leaders from across the country to organize Stop Funding Tar Sands, a day of solidarity with frontline and Indigenous communities fighting back against Tar Sands pipelines including Line 3, Trans Mountain, and Keystone XL.

  • 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 late night protests downtown. Some events are only being planned or details 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!
  • Racial Justice is Climate Justice Learning Series – Affordable Housing
    Thurs Sept 24, 6:00PM – OnlineJoin our friends at 350 Seattle tomorrow Thursday (9/24) at 6pm for the third of their Climate Justice is Racial Justice webinars — a learning series on the ways racial inequities intersect with the threats of climate change. These fights are deeply interconnected, and the way to build a healthy, resilient future is to learn, understand, and support one another in the fight against the systems of oppression that we’ve all been enmeshed in. Each week for four weeks, a 350 Seattle team will host a guest speaker who will draw connections between racial justice issues and the work we do in the climate movement. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions, and be offered a clear way to learn more and support each issue. REGISTER HERE!

    Webinar Schedule:

  • September 24th — Speaker Maya Garfinkel (Be: Seattle) on Affordable Housing
  • October 1st — Speakers from Tacoma LNG Resistance on Environmental InjusticeFor each webinar they will offer closed captioning and will be recording each one to have available afterwards. Please contact Shemona (shemonamoreno@350seattle.org) for any further accessibility needs or questions. There is no climate justice without racial justice

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

 

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