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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

  • Volunteer Survey – 2 weeks left!

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

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX April General Meeting

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

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

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

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

  • Training: Organizing and Movement Building

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

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

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

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

  • Virtual Film Screening: Kiss the Ground

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Phonebank for the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity with 350PDX

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

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

  • Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Lobby Training

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

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

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

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

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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

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

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

  • No More Costly Walkouts – Letters to the Editor

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

Updates​​​​

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Global Just Recovery GatheringApr 9-11, Online

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

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

    Register for this exciting gathering here!

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Solidarity with Asian Americans – Mar 10 2021

Hi everyone,

Violence and harassment against Asian Americans has increased significantly across the country over the past year. In Portland, several Asian-owned businesses were recently vandalized. This is another chapter in the long history of racist oppression of Asian Americans, from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, to the Japanese internment camps of World War II, to waves of attacks on Asian Americans as US manufacturing jobs moved to Asia, after 9/11, and now during the pandemic. As infections appeared in the U.S., President Trump repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus” and “Chinese flu,” and pushed a disproved theory that it had originated in a Chinese lab.

For Asians in America, there is a new tension to daily life. Asian businesses and property have been vandalized with racist tags. Random individuals have been physically assaulted, verbally harassed, and shunned across the country. There’s no official tally for how many incidents have occurred, but California Congresswoman Judy Chu estimated 100 hate crimes were being committed against Asian Americans each day.

We talk a lot about climate justice, in that the root cause of climate disruption is this underlying racial capitalism that extracts resources and exploits people. One key antidote is solidarity, uniting the movements fighting colonialism, racism, imperialism, capitalism, so that we build enough power to tear the whole system down and build something better together.

So today we’re asking you to show up in solidarity with the Asian American community in two ways:

  1. Attend a Bystander Intervention Training to stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic HarassmentTrainings are free, online, and have multiple dates coming up.
  2. Support APANO, Asian Pacific American Network of OregonThey are a local organization that works to unite Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. They are a central part of the Portland Clean Energy Fund coalition, and members of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance. Show them some love, whether that’s donating, joining their mailing list, following them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or volunteering!

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

  • Calendar Jam: Tell Bank CEOs to Defund Line 3

    Chase, Bank of America, TD Bank and Citi are some of the main banks providing financing for the disastrous Line 3 tar sands pipeline. On March 31st, these banks have a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge, the company behind Line 3, that is due for renewal. We’re demanding that the banks walk away from this toxic pipeline on that date (you can read more about the #DefundLine3 campaign here).

    In the last two weeks, we have sent more than 260,000 emails and made more than 500 phone calls to bank executives, but so far they have been silent on whether or not they will walk away from Line 3.

    So we’re filling the calendars of Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, as well as the CEOs of Bank of America, TD Bank, Citi and two other key Chase executives, with hundreds of invitations to remind them to break up with Enbridge and defund Line 3. Instructions on what to do here!

  • URGENT! Right to Rest Act! Contact Your Legislators!

    Last week, we contacted you about the Right to Rest Act (HB 2367), a bill that would decriminalize “crimes of survival”, like sleeping and eating in public, for unhoused Oregonians across the state. Despite a huge volume of testimony in support, endorsements from over 50 organizations including 350PDX, and multiple speaker panels with unhoused community members as well as advocates from national organizations and former United Nations representatives already set up for the hearing date of March 9, the Right to Rest Act was suddenly pulled from the Judiciary Committee agenda without explanationPlease contact Chair Bynum and Judiciary Committee members immediately to reschedule the hearing for this critically needed, popular bill that decriminalizes basic life-sustaining activities in public space. There are only two dates left: March 16 and March 18, and organizers need time to coordinate testimony by houseless testifiers.

    Rep.JanelleBynum@oregonlegislature.gov
    503-986-1451
    Twitter: @bynum4thewin

    Content and contacts for the Judiciary Committee are here. For more information about HB 2367, please visit Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP).

  • Help Needed: Hold banners targeting Zenith, Chase Bank, and Line 3

    90 minute shifts in the morning or late afternoon, Mon – Fri
    Get in on the fun! Contact: Harlan Shober, 971-227-0478
    Masks and Social Distancing Observed

Updates​​​​

  • Read: 350PDX Nonviolence Statement

    Check out our stance on nonviolence.

  • Training: Skilling Up For Climate Action: Climate and Environmental Justice

    Watch the recording of last week’s national 350 training: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in our work.

  • Watch: National Forests on Stolen Lands, pt. 1

    This new series of workshops within Bark’s Rad◦i◦cle Activist Training Program will focus on the history and impact of how the U.S. federal government turned Indigenous land into national forests, including forced removal of people, termination of native title, nullifying treaty agreements and terminating tribes. The time period discussed in this event is roughly 1776 through 1860, digging into the ideologies, laws, and policies that were used to legitimize and authorize white supremacist settlement and domination of the land and the exploitation and oppression of Native nations and people, including an examination of the Treaty making period in Oregon, specifically. Register for Part 2 on April 22 here.

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX March General Meeting

    TONIGHT Wed Mar 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online

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

    This month we’ll be diving deep into the world of arts, storytelling, and messaging – crucial tools for our movement to succeed. You’ll hear about an exciting new development for our Arts Team and Comms Team (spoiler: they’re merging to create a kind of in-house community-based creative agency!) and you’ll find out how you can get involved. Register here.

  • Climate & Oregon’s Industrial Forests – A Green New Deal Proposal Webinar

    Thurs Mar 11, 5:30PM – 7:00PM, Online

    Who: Coast Range Association, Sunrise PDX Forest Team and forestry practitioners.
    What: Webinar presenting a Green New Deal Proposal for Oregon’s Industrial Forests. The proposal calls for land reform and transfer to social benefit enterprise for Oregon’s 4.4 million acres of corporate industrial forests.
    Why: We are in a climate emergency and PNW forests are outstanding storehouses of carbon.

  • Join the Pipeline Apocalypse!

    Fri Mar 12, 4:00PM, Gather in Grant Park, NE Portland, then walk to Chase Bank a few blocks away

    As part of a national week of action against Line 3, Stop the Money Pipeline and XR PDX are calling you to join us next week for our own “Pipeline Apocalypse” where we will enact the death and destruction that will happen when a pipeline carrying the poisonous black sludge that is diluted Alberta tar sands crude oil springs a leak over the very land that people and other beings depend upon for their very existence.

    We are inviting you to join us in the performance. We already know you are a talented bunch, so no audition is required. But please do come in dressed character—as your favorite animal, or maybe even a plant, like wild rice for example. Actors dressed up as plain-old humans are also welcome. Be prepared to act out a sticky, sludgy, apocalyptic, totally gross disaster, at a COVID-19 safe distance from the rest of the cast, of course.  See more info here. Photo from this Monday’s below.

  • Public Hearing: 100% Clean Energy for All

    Mon Mar 15, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Online

    100% Clean Energy for All, HB 2995, will have its first public hearing in the Energy & Environment Committee. Read more about the bill here. You can watch it live by visiting this site: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HEE/Overview

    The Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity (OCEO) campaign will release talking points for written testimony in support of House Bill 2995 soon, so please watch out in your inbox!

    If you’d like to get more involved with the campaign, please email dineen@350pdx.org or indi@350pdx.org, or fill out this form!

  • Training: Strategic Messaging

    Sat Mar 20, 11:00AM – 1:30PM, Online

    This series of five FREE 1.5 hour trainings for members of the 350 group network is to ground us in shared principles and empower us to take bolder and more strategic action.

    How to develop effective messaging and storytelling to build the climate movement, change the public narrative and run effective campaigns.

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

  • Environmental Advocacy and Justice: Perspectives from La Comunidad Latina

    Thurs Mar 25, 6:00PM – 7:00PM, Online

    Columbia Riverkeeper Senior Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández, will host a panel discussion with Lisa Muñoz, Program Director of Comunidades, Ana Molina from Beyond Toxics, and Dominica Navarro from Northwest Alternatives to Pesticides. The purpose of the forum is to hear the panelists’ perspectives on the environmental advocacy movement and discuss how their organization’s are working to prevent pollution and protect people’s health.

  • Global Just Recovery Gathering

    Apr 9-11, Online

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

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

    Pre-register for this exciting gathering here!

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – A call to the frontlines of Minnesota – Feb 26 2021

Hi everyone,

The last few weeks have shown us that climate chaos is more than just global warming. Usually cold Arctic air is kept up north during the winter by a jet stream. But climate change can destabilize this stream, allowing the cold air to dip south into the United States.

The winter storm that knocked out electricity for over half a million Oregonians was the biggest in 60 years, but it’s likely we won’t be waiting 60 years for the next one. Extreme weather is becoming more common as the climate changes.

The freezing weather was especially difficult, in some cases deadly, for our houseless neighbors who had to risk the cold or COVID-19 in overflowing shelters, as well as low income folks living in poorly insulated homes with unaffordable heating bills.

That’s one of the reasons we’re proud to be a part of the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, that includes the Healthy Homes bill – that will support home improvements in low-income households across Oregon – and the Energy Affordability Act – that will decrease utility costs for families already struggling in the economic recession by establishing a Low-Income Utility Rate Class.

As that campaign ramps up in the coming months you’ll hear more from us about ways you can take action, but if you want to get involved sooner you can also reach out to dineen@350pdx.org who can keep you in the loop.

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

  • Indigenous Water Protectors fighting Line 3 in Minnesota have put out a call: Show up to support the front lines.

    Nationally and locally, climate activists are answering the call of and acting in solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors of Giniw Collective and Camp Miigizi to help end Line 3: a fossil fuel pipeline from Alberta to Lake Superior being built by the Canadian company Enbridge. The construction of this pipeline is currently being rushed through the heart of Northern Minnesota, on its last leg as it passes through Anishinaabe lands, including sacred wild rice beds, as well as the headwaters of the Mississippi River and hundreds of other bodies of water.

    Indigenous Water Protectors who have led the struggle against the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota have put out a desperate national call for people to join them on the front lines in solidarity and support. Enbridge is getting close to crossing the 22 waterways that the Water Protectors have spent years defending. If Enbridge succeeds, it will have a devastating impact on the local wild rice wetlands and forests. And that’s not even mentioning the sheer quantity of tar sands oil this pipeline will be carrying: the emissions equivalent of 50 coal fired power plants per day.

    There is a car caravan from Portland headed to Stop Line 3 actions the first week in March (contact PNWStopL3@protonmail.com). Caravans will be COVID-tested car pods who stay socially distanced from one another. If you’re interested in going you can read more here which has info on trainings, logistics, COVID safety, etc.

    A number of frontline folks (youth, Latinx, Indigenous) also need financial support in order to make this journey. A Go Fund Me has been created to raise scholarships for the trip: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-pdx-activists-travel-to-stop-line-3.

  • Take Action! Tell banks to stop funding the toxic Line 3 pipeline!

    Join our Defund/Divest Team and the national Stop the Money Pipeline coalition in pressuring banks to #DefundLine3! In solidarity with those on the frontlines of resistance to Line 3 in Anishinaabe territory in Northern Minnesota, join us in taking action to demand an end to the financing of the toxic, colonial tar sands pipeline. We are writing thousands of postcards to bank executives before a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge is due for renewal, demanding they walk away from the project.

    Fill out this form by March 3rd to let us know how many postcards you—and friends you recruit—will commit to send! Each person can send a postcard to 12 different bank executives!


    Postcard front and back

  • Calendar Jam: Tell Bank CEOs to Defund Line 3

    Chase, Bank of America, TD Bank and Citi are some of the main banks providing financing for the disastrous Line 3 tar sands pipeline. On March 31st, these banks have a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge, the company behind Line 3, that is due for renewal. We’re demanding that the banks walk away from this toxic pipeline on that date (you can read more about the #DefundLine3 campaign here).

    In the last two weeks, we have sent more than 260,000 emails and made more than 500 phone calls to bank executives, but so far they have been silent on whether or not they will walk away from Line 3.

    So we’re filling the calendars of Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, as well as the CEOs of Bank of America, TD Bank, Citi and two other key Chase executives, with hundreds of invitations to remind them to break up with Enbridge and defund Line 3. Instructions on what to do here!

  • Write your State Senator: We need a better Board of Forestry

    The Oregon Board of Forestry makes important decisions on the management of private timberlands and state forests, influencing community drinking water, ecological integrity, and climate change.

    In the next week or two the Oregon Senate will have the opportunity to confirm three candidates to the seven-member Board of Forestry. This is a rare opportunity to influence our politicians to shift the composition of the board.

    Take action with us. Follow the link to see more info, and to send an email and call your State Senator asking they approve the three proposed candidates to the Board of Forestry.

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

  • PIELC – Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceMon Mar 1 – Sun Mon 7, Online

    The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. It is usually based in Eugene, Oregon, but this year it is fully virtual! “The conference will be an event full of energy, innovation, and inspiration for all of us involved in the environmental movement. Whether you are a seasoned conference attendee or a first-time participant, we look forward to (virtually) seeing you soon!”

    There are around 40 different panels, workshops and lectures over the week. See the full line up here.

  • Training: Climate JusticeSat Mar 6, 11:00AM – 1:30PM, Online – Register here

    Skilling Up for Climate Action is a series of five FREE online 1.5 hour trainings for members of the 350 group network to ground us in shared principles and empower us to take bolder and more strategic action. An optional 30-minute reflection on training techniques will follow each training.

    All members/supporters of 350 affiliates in North America are welcome! Whether you are a new volunteer looking to jumpstart your activism skills, or a more experienced group member looking to stimulate thinking about new concepts and create stronger connections with peers across the 350 network, these trainings are for you.

    Recordings and training materials will be available. Delivered by experienced trainers from local 350 groups in collaboration with 350.org’s training department.

    This training includes: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in our work.

  • Public Hearing: 100% Clean Energy for AllMon Mar 8, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Online

    100% Clean Energy for All, HB 2995, will have its first public hearing in the Energy & Environment Committee. Read more about the bill here. You can watch it live by visiting this site: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HEE/Overview

    The Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity (OCEO) campaign will release talking points for written testimony in support of House Bill 2995 soon, so please watch this space and your inbox!

    If you’d like to get more involved with the campaign, please email dineen@350pdx.org or indi@350pdx.org, or fill out this form!

  • 350PDX March General MeetingWed Mar 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online

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

    This month we’ll be diving deep into the world of arts, storytelling, and messaging – crucial tools for our movement to succeed. You’ll hear about an exciting new development for our Arts Team and Comms Team (spoiler: they’re merging to create a kind of in-house community-based creative agency!) and you’ll find out how you can get involved. Register here.

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Healthy Homes + General Meeting Tonight – Feb 10 2021

Hi everyone,

In 2020, it became even more clear that living in a healthy home is essential. Our society’s housing is largely energy inefficient and in massive need of repairs. When drafty houses means higher energy bills, low-income families are at the highest risk. People living in energy inefficient homes experience sick days and hospital visits caused by mold, cold weather, and an inability to take refuge from bad outdoor air quality, like climate crisis-induced wildfire smoke. This is even more dangerous during a respiratory pandemic: research shows that people who breathe polluted air are at greater risk of severe cases of COVID-19.

Our housing quality problem is harming the lives of everyday Oregonians and it needs to change. Luckily, this legislative session, we have the opportunity to drastically improve the lives of Oregonians by passing the Healthy Homes bill, a key bill in the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign that 350PDX is proud to be a strong supporter of.

The Healthy Homes bill (HB 2842) would create a Healthy Homes Program and Healthy Homes Repair Fund within the Oregon Health Authority, an Interagency task force on Healthy Homes, more disaster-resilient homes, good, local jobs in home retrofitting, and more. This bill is an innovative and exciting frontline-led solution.

Tomorrow morning, this bill will have its first hearing in the Oregon House, from 8:25AM to 10:00AM. Click here to watch the livestream of the hearing tomorrow morning to learn more about the bill and hear directly from folks across the state about why this bill would benefit their lives and communities. Then, join us in submitting written testimony to express our support for this bill and why you think this is important in the fight for climate justice.

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

  • Tell Portland City Council: Take Strong Action Against Zenith Energy for Illegal Construction

    On January 11, our allies at Willamette Riverkeeper and Columbia Riverkeeper filed a joint notice of intent to sue Zenith Energy over illegal and ongoing construction at its Portland facility during the pandemic.

    The suit is a watershed moment in the multi-year fight against this crude oil by rail terminal, which in 2019 began moving Tar Sands and Bakken oil through the Columbia Gorge, Vancouver, WA, and Portland – violating the spirit of Portland’s landmark 2016 ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure. When Zenith applied for a permit to begin importing a toxic substance called MDI, we successfully pushed the City to defeat that proposal. Since then, Zenith has said it will develop its terminal to handle biofuels. Yet during the pandemic they continued moving crude oil and began construction without any of the necessary permits. They need to be held accountable.

    Send a letter to City Commissioners today using this action page!

  • Petition: Defend Windel Bolinget! Drop the Shoot to Kill Order

    As part of our global solidarity work, and our partnership with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) we encourage you to sign this petition to defend environment activist and human rights defender, Windel Bolinget, from a shoot to kill order from the government against him.

Updates​​​​

  • 350PDX mailing address and phone number still the same

    On Jan 31st we finished moving out of our office space at 1820 NE 21st Ave, and we’re now working completely remotely. But we are retaining our mailbox there so you can still use that as our mailing address, and our office phone number (503) 281-1485 will not change. It will more likely than not go to voicemail while we are remote, but those voicemails will be checked by the 350PDX staff. (See a fun office graduation video here)

  • Read: A Thin Green Line

    Grist article – “During a decade when Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia flouted carbon emissions goals, activists fighting fossil fuel exports made global impact.”

  • Watch: “Other Side Of The Hill”

    Free on-demand film screening. 30 min running time. “Other Side of the Hill explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon – as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations in Wallowa County to large scale solar in Lakeview, we amplify the voices of rural communities often left unheard. In a time of unprecedented cultural divide between rural and urban Oregon, we find common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape.”

  • Read: How Oil and Gas Corporations Funded an Attempted Coup

    Oil and gas corporations, including Chevron and Exxon, have donated a total of $5.4 million to the seven Senators who voted to overturn the presidential election and bolstered a violent, failed attempted coup by pro-Trump extremists.

  • Read: White nationalism gave us the climate emergency. Now, it’s our biggest obstacle.

    “If we don’t acknowledge the racist roots of opposition to climate action, the world is going to keep spiraling towards chaos. It’s bad now. But it will get much, much worse.”

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX February General Meeting

    TONIGHT Wed Feb 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online

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

    We’ll have two opportunities for taking action. First from our Forest Defense team who are in the depths of a campaign to get more climate advocates appointed to the Board of Forestry. And second from our Defund/Divest team who are continuing the fight to hold Chase Bank accountable as the largest funder of fossil fuels in the world. Register here.

  • Benefit Screening of film: Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance

    Everyday until Feb 21st, with a special panel on Mon Feb 15, 5:00PM, Online – Register here

    Extinction Rebellion US (XRUS), in conjunction with other climate justice partners, is organizing a two week fundraiser for Indigenous water protectors and an educational panel on Indigenous action at the Minnesota Line 3 resistance sites.

    The online movie fundraiser will take place February 5th – February 21st – on the Eventbrite you can pick any day. Registrants can donate on a sliding scale and then watch within that time frame. Proceeds will go to Indigenous water protectors in the Giniw Collective and Miigizi Camp.

  • Let’s Celebrate! Wins on Kalama Methanol and Jordan Cove LNG

    Wed Feb 17, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online – Register here

    On January 19th, years of organizing work paid off on two of our biggest NW fights on the same day! The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of the key Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline in Southern Oregon. And then the Washington Department of Ecology denied the key Shorelines permit for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA.

    These wins do not happen every day. These victories clearly demonstrate the immense power of grassroots organizing and the local communities who’ve been leading these fights on the ground for years. Thank you for being in this fight and come raise a virtual glass with us as we take time to soak in these victorious moments!

  • Climate Change and Mt. Hood’s Forests

    Tues Feb 23, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online

    Check out this presentation from Bark, that will dive into the effects of climate change on our local moutanin and surrounding ecosystems. Register here, and share Facebook event here

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Pause to celebrate – Jan 27 2020

Hi everyone,

Last week we saw more major setbacks for fossil fuel industry than perhaps any week ever before. Two of our major local fossil fuel fights — Jordan Cove LNG and the Kalama Methanol Refinery — were dealt serious blows from which they may never recover. The Biden administration put a freeze on federal fossil fuel leases and permits, and cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline. New York City Pension Funds–the largest municipal fund in the world with $239 billion in investments to divest–voted to begin selling off an estimated $4 billion of holdings in fossil fuel corporations. And of course the US rejoined the Paris Agreement. 

While we still need to keep up the fight against remaining projects such as Line 3 and Dakota Access Pipeline (watch this must-see 2-min video), we’ve moved vastly in the right direction towards a fossil-free future. Too often in the activist world we’re quick to move onto the next fight without pausing to reflect and to celebrate. So, if you’re able, try to find a moment this week to lean into optimism and celebrate these important, historic wins! Woohoo!

Actions

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

Updates​​​​

  • Goodbye to our office space!

    After being in our office inside the Central Lutheran Church for 5 years, and our lease recently expiring, we’ll be moving out of our office at 1820 NE 21st Ave by the end of this month (although our mailing address will stay the same for the foreseeable future!). Staff will continue to work from home until pandemic conditions make sense for us to be finding a new office. We want to thank everyone at the Central Lutheran Church for your support and partnership for all these years. We will miss you!

  • Readers respond: Change Oregon forestry lawCheck out and share 350PDX Forest Defense team member Eugenia Team’s letter to the editor: “While appalling, this state of affairs is not surprising given that Oregon statutes allow for up to three of the seven members of the Board of Forestry, which oversees the Department of Forestry, to receive significant income from timber operations.”
  • A Small Town’s 15-Year Fight Against Natural Gas“Citizens of Coos Bay knew they had power. But wielding it would be more complicated than anyone imagined.” Looking for a longform read on the Jordan Cove fracked gas project fight. This 36-min read is for you! It’s behind a paywall, but a brand new publication with a pay-per-read model.

Opportunities​​​​

  • “Other Side of the Hill”: Bridging Oregon’s Rural-Urban Divide film screeningThurs Jan 28, 7:00PM – 8:00PM, OnlineAn external event we’re happy to share! “We are excited to invite you to a screening of Other Side of the Hill being shown virtually this Thursday, January 28th, 7 pm hosted by SOCAN (see below) and followed by a Q & A with some of the film stars.  If you haven’t seen this beautiful 29-minute documentary film featuring community-based projects in three Eastern Oregon counties as told through local leaders on the ground, we encourage you to join the screening. Click here to register!”
  • 350 Spokane’s “Kiss the Ground” film eventThurs Jan 28, 6:30PM – 9:00PM, OnlineCome join 350 Spokane for an online screening of Kiss the Ground, followed by a panel discussion to further explore and expand upon the film’s introduction to restorative farming, and the role this has to play in combating the climate crisis. The panel includes Chris Bachman and Mike Peterson of The Lands Council, as well as Beth Robinette, co-founder of LINC, a local worker-farmer-owned cooperative food hub.

    Register here, and share Facebook event here

  • 350PDX February General MeetingWed Feb 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, OnlineSave the date for our February General Meeting – the topic isn’t confirmed yet but we’ll likely be doing a Lobbying 101 training and hearing an update from our Forest Defense team’s active campaign to change the make-up of the Board of Forestry, as well as hearing what the rest of our teams and campaigns are up to. Register today and you’ll get a reminder with more details closer to the time!
  • 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 – 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