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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

 

Every donation counts DOUBLE for the next week. Please donate now to sustain the movement!

350PDX Weekly Update – Smoke – Sept 16 2020

Hi everyone,

This is a painful week. From the lives, homes, and communities lost to the fires, to the poisonous air that the most vulnerable cannot escape from, to the existential dread of the confirmation that the climate crisis isn’t a far off future; but that we are living it now. Governor Kate Brown called the winds and fires a “once in a generation event”, but she knows and we know that this will be the new normal in a climate changed world. None of this is a surprise, things are unfolding just as climate scientists have predicted.

And yet, if we look hard enough there can be hope even in the smoke. Groups that formed from the Black Lives Matter protests and the pandemic, like Symbiosis PDX and Portland EWOKS (a group of crisis response and medic volunteers), have been turning their mutual aid experience and networks to support people affected by the fires, and they’re seeing a massive public outpouring of support. The wildfires have also put the issue of climate change front and center for voters across the country ahead of the biggest election of our lifetimes.

See ways you can support, donate, and volunteer on our wildfire page here.

Earlier this year 11 Republicans walked out of the Oregon legislature to block a climate bill from passing, which halted all lawmaking activity and killed two wildfire protection bills. One was Fred Girod, whose house burnt down in the fires. Despite all the evidence pointing to climate change and industrially plantation forestry that turned our state into a deadly tinderbox, Republicans like Fred Girod are claiming that it is environmentalists to blame for these fires. We need to fight these kind of false claims, so join us for our General Meeting next Monday evening 6PM where we’ll hear from Alex Harris on climate change, fire, and mythbusting the misinformation – register here.


Dineen & Brooke of 350PDX help load up donations and drive them to southern Oregon 

With summer reaching its end, this is also the last week of our summer appeal. This has been a hard summer with donation asks coming at you from all angles. With so much immediate need – from the pandemic, to Black lives, to the wildfires – we know the limits to our emotional resilience and our wallets have been tested. If you’re reading this email we want to thank you for not looking away even now when the world is so overwhelming.

But there is also a long-term need, to look beyond the immediate crises to pass climate-smart forest policy and an Oregon Green New Deal. If we are to continue to fight for a green and just recovery from the pandemic, and for transformative change in this next presidential administration, we need your help. Can you make a donation today? 

We are closing in on our goal, but have a way to go. All donations up to our goal will still be matched by a generous anonymous donor, which means your donation will be doubled! Please help us continue our work in this turning point of a year. Thank you.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Actions

  • TODAY 5:30PM – Attend our webinar: Fighting for Human Rights in the Philippines Webinar

    350PDX is partnering with grassroots human rights organizations in the Philippines and here in Portland to put on this virtual webinar on heightening fascism in the Philippines under Duterte’s Anti Terror Law, and the impacts on Indigenous and land defenders in the Cordillera region. With the threat of authoritarianism on our doorstep here in the US, this webinar will be give deep insights into how our situation relates to that in the Philippines.

    Featuring Human Rights Activist Brandon Lee
    On August 6th, 2019, Brandon Lee, a San Francisco native who moved to the Philippines to work full-time as an environmental defender, was shot outside of his home, sustained life-threatening injuries and survived with permanent damage to his spine. This attack against Brandon came after years of harassment, surveillance, intimidation, and death threats by the Philippine military and police in an attempt to squash the movement of peasant farmers and indigenous peoples resisting environmental plunder and fighting for their rights to land and self-determination.

    TODAY Wednesday Sept 16 5:30PM – 6:30PM
    ONLINE (Sign up for link!)

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

    We’re building a team to ensure that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turn 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!

  • Stop the Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

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

    To learn more, including about the Dept. of Ecology’s virtual hearings on the project, read our blog post.

  • 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

  • Wildfire Resources

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

Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX General Meeting – Wildfire and Climate Change
    Mon Sept 21, 6:00PM – Online

    Join us for our General Meeting next Monday evening 6PM where we’ll hear from Alex Harris of Oregon Wild on climate change, fire, and mythbusting misinformation – register here.

    This will be a good chance to see other climate activists, and to process how we’re feeling in this moment, and also to start thinking about how to turn that into meaningful climate action.

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

    There 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
    Thurs Sept 17, 6:00PM – Online

    Join our friends at 350 Seattle tomorrow Thursday (9/17) at 6pm for the second 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! Sign up for one or all!

    “Without a focus on correcting injustice, work on climate change addresses only symptoms, and not root causes.”—grassroots advocacy group Bronx Climate Justice North.

    Webinar Schedule:

  • September 17th — Speaker Nikkita Oliver (Decriminalize Seattle) on Defund Police
  • September 24th — Speaker Maya Garfinkel (Be: Seattle) on Affordable Housing
  • October 1st — Speakers from Tacoma LNG Resistance on Environmental Injustice

    Follow the link to sign up so you don’t miss any of the series. For each webinar we will offer closed captioning and will be recording each one to have available afterwards. Please contact Shemona 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

Every donation counts DOUBLE for the next two week. Please donate now to sustain the movement!

350PDX Weekly Update – Fire – Sept 9 2020

Hi everyone,

Today our history of fire suppression, combined with hot, dry conditions linked to climate change, are driving the growth of wildfires across the West. Our thoughts are with the communities that are affected by these fires (see some resources on how to stay informed and safe below). We hope you’re able to look after yourselves, keep out of the smoke, and make an evacuation plan if necessary.

Wildfire has always been a necessary and vital part of the forest ecosystems of the American West, and the plants and animals that call these forests home have evolved to co-exist and thrive with all types of wildfire. The native peoples of the Northwest used fire for millennia to maintain food, medicine, and wildlife populations, but traditional burning was actively fought and suppressed upon the arrival of European colonists. Fire suppression grew to industrial proportions in the mid-20th century and was most effective during the cool, wet climate period from the 1940’s to the 1980’s.

For nearly a century, our elected officials, the media, and timber interests have told us that fire destroys forests, kills wildlife, and endangers communities. Leaders from both political parties have responded to people’s fear of fire by promising to reduce “catastrophic fire” through “hazardous fuels reduction” and “active management.”

We cannot log our way out of fire, and fire should not be used as an excuse for aggressive logging far off in the backcountry, which, according to the best available science, does not improve the safety of our communities and releases stored forest carbon. In fact, heavily logged lands burn faster and hotter, driving severe wildfires. To learn more about the interaction of wildfire, logging, and climate change, check out this guide from Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology.

Sign up to volunteer with our Forest Defense team here.

Between the tear gas, wildfire smoke, and freeway emissions, we’re witnessing an all out assault on our lungs at a time when healthy lungs are a crucial last defense against a raging pandemic. The root cause of all of these is the same – mismanagement, denial, and oppression. At these times it’s important to remember those who are disproportionately affected – including Black communities, houseless folks, low income and BIPOC folks living near fossil fuel pollution in N and NW Portland, those living in tree-less hot and polluted areas of East Portland, those putting themselves on the frontlines to fight against police brutality and Black liberation, low income rural folks, people in prisons and jails, and the indigenous communities across the West – and to double down on our commitment to fight not just the climate crisis, but for social justice as well.

The Eugene Hotel sign shines through a dense layer of smoke as seen from the top of Skinner Butte in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 as smoke clogs the sky from wildfires burning in the state. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
The Eugene Hotel yesterday, Eugene, OR – Chris Pietsch/The Register Guard

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Actions

  • Attend our webinar: Fighting for Human Rights in the Philippines Webinar

    350PDX is partnering with grassroots human rights organizations in the Philippines and here in Portland to put on this virtual webinar on heightening fascism in the Philippines under Duterte’s Anti Terror Law, and the impacts on Indigenous and land defenders in the Cordillera region. With the threat of authoritarianism on our doorstep here in the US, this webinar will be give deep insights into how our situation relates to that in the Philippines.

    Featuring Human Rights Activist Brandon Lee
    On August 6th, 2019, Brandon Lee, a San Francisco native who moved to the Philippines to work full-time as an environmental defender, was shot outside of his home, sustained life-threatening injuries and survived with permanent damage to his spine. This attack against Brandon came after years of harassment, surveillance, intimidation, and death threats by the Philippine military and police in an attempt to squash the movement of peasant farmers and indigenous peoples resisting environmental plunder and fighting for their rights to land and self-determination.

    Wednesday Sept 16 5:30PM – 6:30PM
    ONLINE (Sign up for link!) – CLOSED CAPTIONING PROVIDED

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

    We’re building a team to ensure that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turn them out to the polls on Election Day on November 3rd.

    We’ll be 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!

  • #EndClimateSilence on Cable News

    American news outlets are not making the connection between extreme weather, climate change, and fossil fuel pollution. They are failing to mention, from coverage on derecho, to the fires in the west, to the superstorm now hitting the Gulf Coast, how a hotter planet means bigger, stronger storms.

    Watch this video connecting the dots between hurricanes, climate change, and fossil fuels (on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter). Then add your name to the petition if you believe it is time for the media to tell the whole story.

Resources

  • Community-based alternatives to police in Portland

    As the Portland Police Bureau continues with brutal repression of protesters and Black communities, as well as open collaboration with white supremacist groups, many people are looking for alternatives to reach out to in some situations. This website provides information of services that can help in the following categories – Housing, LGBTQ+, Mental Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Youth, Elders, Crime, Substance Abuse.

  • Racial Equity & Liberation Virtual Learning Series

    “Are you open to integrating liberation and equity into your personal leadership and organizational practices? Are you open to deepening an intersectional and racial equity approach to your work?”

    If your answer is YES, Sign-up for this 6-week virtual learning series, here. You choose which Monday you want to start–then each week by email you will receive pre-work (Monday), a gentle reminder to explore your pre-work (Wednesday), and a link to a pre-recorded webinar and related resources (Friday).

  • Letter to the Oregonian editorial board

    Mac Smiff – “To borrow the words from Destiny Houston, we’ll stop protesting when we have “change we can feel in our Black bodies.” Don’t ever fix your pens to tell us what Black Lives Matter means. You can try to hide behind the “Editorial Staff”, but we can see you. Get with it or get out the way. The future is coming. We’re in the winning phase and your narrative doesn’t matter anymore.”

  • Video: Black Lives Matter & the Question of Violence

    11 minute interview with Gary Younge – “Riots are often justified, what’s the French Revolution but a riot blessed by history”

Opportunities​​​​

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

    There 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! Here are a few picks in the coming days:

Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Every Thurs, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
MLK and Killingsworth. Please wear black

Nurses for Black Lives
Fri Sept 11, 10:00PM – 10:30PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Healthcare workers showing up in support of true change and justice. Standing in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Keaton Otis Vigil (Online)
Sat Sept 12, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police over six years ago, May 12, 2010. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster”. They shot him 23 times after tazing him twice while he sat in the driver’s seat. Later police said Keaton had a gun, but have yet to produce it. For log-in information, message the Keaton Otis Vigil Facebook page.

Black Women Led March in Clackamas
Sun Sept 13, meet 3:00PM, march 4:00PM
Village Green Park, 13786 SE Seiben Parkway, Happy Valley

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

Car Caravan Protest [date change]
Wednesdays – Meet at 5:30PM depart 6:00PM
Saturdays – Meet 2:00PM depart 2:30PM
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.
A mandatory safety orientation begins 15 minutes before departure.

  • Virtual Film Screening: Ancestral Waters
    Sat Sept 12, 2:00PM – 4:00PM – Online

    Please join the 350PDX Washington County Team for a free online viewing of “Ancestral Waters,” a thought-provoking movie about the Puyallup Tribe’s fight against the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility currently being built on the Tribe’s ancestral land, known today as the Tacoma Tideflats.

  • Keeping Healthy and Safe at Protest
    Tues Sept 15, 5:00PM – Online

This is the first of four trainings in the next couple of months that can to help prepare new protestors to face the increasingly chaotic election season with resiliency and power. Each two-hour session will be led by an experienced trainer from a local 350 group, in coordination with 350.org US. 350PDX is set to lead one as these continue on into 2021, stay tuned. More info.

REGISTER HERE! Sign up for one or all!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Keeping Healthy and Safe at Protest (5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET): Learn how to be mentally and physically prepared for being on the streets protesting (led by 350 Seattle).
  •  Saturday, Sept. 26: Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101 (11am – 1 pm PT / 2-4 pm ET): Learn how to maximize remote organizing and engage new volunteers now and following the election (led by 350 Colorado).
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: Digital Organizing 101 (11am-1pm PT / 2-4pm ET): Learn digital organizing basics, best practices, tools, and get tips on email and social media strategy (led by 350 Massachusetts).
  •  Nov 21-22: Grassroots / Year End Fundraising (date and time TBD): Learn how to plan your group’s end of year fundraising campaign. Get tips, templates and info on crowdsourcing (led by 350Vermont).

 

  • Racial Justice is Climate Justice Learning Series
    Thurs Sept 10, 6:00PM – Online

    Join our friends at 350 Seattle next Thursday (9/10) at 6pm for the first 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! Sign up for one or all!

    “Without a focus on correcting injustice, work on climate change addresses only symptoms, and not root causes.”—grassroots advocacy group Bronx Climate Justice North.

    Webinar Schedule:

  • September 10th — Speaker Dean Spade (Seattle University School of Law) on Prison Abolition
  • September 17th — Speaker Nikkita Oliver (Decriminalize Seattle) on Defund Police
  • September 24th — Speaker Maya Garfinkel (Be: Seattle) on Affordable Housing
  • October 1st — Speakers from Tacoma LNG Resistance on Environmental Injustice

    Follow the link to sign up so you don’t miss any of the series. For each webinar we will offer closed captioning and will be recording each one to have available afterwards. Please contact Shemona 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

Every donation counts DOUBLE for the next two week. Please donate now to sustain the movement!

350PDX Weekly Update – All protest is valid protest – Sept 2 2020

Hi everyone,

Many want to equate property damage by those with home-made shields and newspapers to hundreds of years of  state-sanctioned physical violence. They are not the same, and there are no good and bad protesters in the fight for justice. There are no protesters who deserve violence, yet history has shown that violence always exists when the oppressed rise up. We must not forget the violence that took place at Stonewall, during the Civil Rights Movement, and on the frontlines at Standing Rock.

Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a member of Patriot Prayer, was shot and killed near a protest in downtown Portland this weekend. Sierra Boyne, a Black street medic, attempted to deliver care on the scene, but was shoved and baton-ed by police when they arrived. 20 minutes later, Danielson had passed away. White nationalists and far-right groups across the country are claiming his death was a targeted killing by “ANTIFA” and are threatening revenge on the people of Portland. Radical right-wing groups are planning larger and more frequent visits to our city through September, putting Black, Brown, and Indigenous people at an even higher risk of violence. It’s more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with all of our neighbors, on our blocks and in the streets, and show that the Portland climate justice movement will not stand for fascism and racism.

Governor Brown announced this week that her plan to “protect free speech and end violence in Portland” will involve the federal deputization of Oregon State Police officers. This is effectively Kate Brown collaborating with the Trump administration to punish protestors rather than heed the democratic mandate that swept Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt into office. We can’t make Trump’s job easier by dividing movements, sanctioning police violence, inflating charges against protesters, and feeding the far-right narrative that anti-fascists are a violent gang rather than ordinary people doing their best to protect their community. Dividing us ensures there is no collective resistance to the death of democracy and its replacement with an authoritarian, fascist country. There is no gentle way to deliver this news.

As we get into having more and more contentious divisions along political lines and escalated situations on the ground, we must prepare ourselves to engage in difficult conversations with our peers, neighbors, and unlikely allies.

If we learn our history and creatively organize against oppressive systems, we can get through the rest of 2020 (it’s true, we swear!) to build a better future for the next generation. Engaging with some of the resources below, could be your first steps to doing just that.

You might also consider forwarding this email to 5 friends, family or coworkers who could use more resources or to get them involved in the climate fight!

With all that said… Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Actions

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

    We’re building a team to ensure that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turn them out to the polls on Election Day on November 3rd.

    We’ll be 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!

  • 350 Climate Vote Project – Training for Trainers

    Want to help turn our climate voters in the upcoming election? Get trained to lead phonebanks for 350’s Climate Voter Project using the Environmental Voter Projects online platform.

    TODAY Sept 3 5pm – sign up here.

    In the coming weeks, the hope is to build a team of trained volunteers who can lead phonebanks so we can support and train even more new folks who want to get active in this election – but don’t worry, we’ll learn and practice together and be there with you every step of the way.

    The 350.org organizing team is working with the Environmental Voter Project to identify voters who need the latest information on how to vote-by-mail in states affected by both climate chaos and voter suppression. We have 40,000 such voters in North Carolina who need to be contacted as soon as possible in the next two weeks!

  • Petition: Stop the Federal Grab of County DA’s Power

    We demand that U.S. Attorney of Oregon Billy J. Williams drop the felony charges against Edward Schinzing for arson, restoring the power that the Multnomah County’s District Attorney should rightfully have in prosecuting county-level crimes.

  • Give testimony on changes to the police

    Tomorrow the Joint Committee On Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform will meet to discuss 4 police reform bills likely to move if Oregon Legislature holds September special session. Sign up here to give testimony or call 833-588-4500 for assistance. Deadline 11am Thursday 9/3.

    OR send written testimony by 3pm 9/4: JTPUFR.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

    Details on 4 bills here with the official language as currently drafted here.

Updates

  • Video: Black National Convention section on climate

    Last week the Movement for Black Lives hosted a mutli-hour broadcast to outline a vision for Black lives ahead of the election. You should watch all of it, and especially interesting might be the section on climate and race, which starts at exactly 3 hours in. There’s also a panel called Free The Land that talks about the land injustices inflicted on indigenous and Black folks and why the movement to win that land back is central to liberation. That panel is at 2hr45 and immediately precedes the climate section.

  • Remembering Kahler Martinson

    Kahler was co-lead of the Northwest Neighborhood Team before stepping back because of illness. He passed away in August. Our deepest condolences go out to Kahler’s partner, Linda Craig, and his entire family. See this piece about his life.

  • Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed

    Have the recent murders, police brutality, and authoritarian overreach made you just now feel the urgency of fighting systemic racism? Then you need to read this.

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

Justice for Patrick Kimmons TODAY
Every Thurs, 10:00AM – 12:00PMMore info.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HbjsnwGpW-f0m5ucMTZDk0RTwNCZGeeUy4airO2_29E/edit?pli=1
Portland City Hall. Please wear black

Know Your Rights for Street Protesters TODAY
Thurs Sept 3, 3:00PM – 5:00PM
As you organize for racial justice, knowing your constitutional rights is fundamental. Join CLDC lawyers to learn more. Register at: bit.ly/kyr-street

PDX Sit-ins – 100 days | 100 nights
Sat Sept 5, 12PM- 6PM
Various locations inc. Lents Park, King School, and more here

Labor Day March
Mon Sept 7, 3:00PM – 7:00PM
East End Hawthorne Bridge

Nightly Protest at the (In)Justice Center
Every night, 7:30PM – Late
Police have consistently been violent at these and extremest have been seen with weapons. Go with a group. Educate yourself and others on your rights and protest safety before participating or entering the area. There will be an upcoming training on protest safety on Sept. 15th! RSVP Below!

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

Car Caravan Protest
Wednesdays and Fridays Meet at 5:30PM depart 6:00PM
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.

This is the first of four trainings in the next couple of months that can to help prepare new protestors to face the increasingly chaotic election season with resiliency and power. Each two-hour session will be led by an experienced trainer from a local 350 group, in coordination with 350.org US. 350PDX is set to lead one as these continue on into 2021, stay tuned. More info.

REGISTER HERE! Sign up for one or all!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Keeping Healthy and Safe at Protest (5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET): Learn how to be mentally and physically prepared for being on the streets protesting (led by 350 Seattle).
  •  Saturday, Sept. 26: Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101 (11am – 1 pm PT / 2-4 pm ET): Learn how to maximize remote organizing and engage new volunteers now and following the election (led by 350 Colorado).
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: Digital Organizing 101 (11am-1pm PT / 2-4pm ET): Learn digital organizing basics, best practices, tools, and get tips on email and social media strategy (led by 350 Massachusetts).
  •  Nov 21-22: Grassroots / Year End Fundraising (date and time TBD): Learn how to plan your group’s end of year fundraising campaign. Get tips, templates and info on crowdsourcing (led by 350Vermont).

 

  • Racial Justice is Climate Justice Learning Series
    Thurs Sept 10, 6:00PM – Online

    Join our friends at 350 Seattle next Thursday (9/10) at 6pm for the first 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! Sign up for one or all!

    “Without a focus on correcting injustice, work on climate change addresses only symptoms, and not root causes.”—grassroots advocacy group Bronx Climate Justice North.

    Webinar Schedule:

  • September 10th — Speaker Dean Spade (Seattle University School of Law) on Prison Abolition
  • September 17th — Speaker Nikkita Oliver (Decriminalize Seattle) on Defund Police
  • September 24th — Speaker Maya Garfinkel (Be: Seattle) on Affordable Housing
  • October 1st — Speakers from Tacoma LNG Resistance on Environmental Injustice

    Follow the link to sign up so you don’t miss any of the series. For each webinar we will offer closed captioning and will be recording each one to have available afterwards. Please contact Shemona 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

Every donation counts DOUBLE for the next two week. Please donate now to sustain the movement!

350PDX Weekly Update – We need a movement, not just a moment – August 26 2020

Hi everyone,

In California so far this year, more than 7,000 fires have chewed through 1.4 million acres, making this fire season one of the most active ever. For context, by this point in 2019, 4,292 fires had burned 56,000 acres across the state.

Climate change is already here, and while we are fighting hard to limit the worst consequences of a runaway climate crisis, some climate impacts are unavoidable at this point. So how do we create a world that can better deal with climate change? One important way is to make this world more just and equitable for all.

Climate change impacts some people a lot more than others. In California migrant farm workers and prison firefighters are on the frontlines of toxic smoke and dangerous heat. They have no choice but to brave the dangers, with little or no protection, from COVID and the smoke.

So when we talk about climate justice, it means not only reducing carbon emissions, but also reducing the inequality that makes people suffer disproportionately more than others. That’s why we show up for Black Lives Matter, and for indigenous sovereignty, and for migrant justice.

With the election coming up (see more on that below), followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy after this pandemic to something livable, just, and low-carbon, we have a crucial and busy few months and years ahead. This coming at a time when fundraising is more difficult than ever. Will you contribute to our summer appeal so that we can continue the fight for climate justice?

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

Pic from United Farm Workers

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Join 350PDX’s Get Out the Vote Elections Team

    We’re building a team to ensure that as many people as possible are registered to vote – and then turn them out to the polls on Election Day on November 3rd.

    We’ll be 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!

  • Petition – Police Foundations: Policing’s Corporate-Sponsored Secret Weapon

    On Sunday Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha, WI police officer. His 3 children watched it happen. His shooting is just the latest example of ultra-militarized police forces showing an utter disregard for Black life.

    Police foundations are private, corporate-sponsored groups that supplement already bloated police budgets. From NYC to LA and everywhere in between, police foundations help cops acquire surveillance tech, SWAT team equipment, and weapons that are used to terrorize Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. Click here to read more, and to take a few more actions beyond signing the petition.

  • Portland Free Fridge – support your local community

    A fun and generous idea. Like the free book libraries around town, but a fridge / pantry for those in your neighborhood who lack food access. See more info, a map of fridges, and ways to donate/volunteer here.

Updates

  • Recording: 350PDX August General Meeting

    On Monday evening we had our first virtual General Meeting, with about 40 people coming along to hear about Jessie Braverman from the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP), an incredible grassroots group who works hard to support activists and indigenous land defenders in the Philippines who face disastrous consequences just for standing up for environmental injustice. We also had some team announcements and heard a little bit about what each of team is about. Get involved with our teams by filling in our volunteer form!

    Jessie tells us that 350PDX was instrumental in getting US Representative Earl Blumenauer to come out against US support for the Philippines Duterte regime’s authoritarian anti-terrorism law. While the law still passed, it shows the power of a few hundred letters to change the mind of a politician and of drawing the connections between climate and human rights across the world.

  • The shooting of Jacob Blake shows why we need movements, not just a moment of reckoning

    Organizations like 350PDX exist to amplify the noise when a moment of uprising happens, and to try and make it go as far as it can. And it also exists to keep elements of the momentum going when we’re not in the national press day after day.

    We are one of the only cities along with Lousiville, KY where Breonna Taylor was murdered, that has maintained protest for this long, with 80+ straight days of protest and counting. This wasn’t spontaneous. It’s because of the organizations like Don’t Shoot PDX and PAALF and many others that tirelessly build people power all year round that is unleashed when a moment is sparked.

    “Even with attention moving on, and opinion polling reverting toward the mean, appalling incidents of police violence continue. Achieving racial justice, or even moving closer to it, requires a movement, not a moment.” 

  • Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Train

    We have our own bomb trains passing through Portland every day, full of Alberta tar sands heading to Zenith energy export terminal in NW Portland. These trains pass by homes, schools, and disproportionately through low income communities and communities of color. Putting explosive liquids on a fast moving train in an industry notoriously under-regulated and with endless historic safety violations is surely a bad idea.

  • Training Video: Intro to Security Culture

    350 Seattle recently held this hour long training on security culture. “As activists we are often the focus of unwanted information gathering attempts by the state, and others. Through surveillance, doxxing, trumped up charges, grand juries, and much more; this information is used to harass, intimidate and suppress individuals and movements. So, let’s explore the ways that we communicate and share information, with an eye to keeping ourselves and each other safe every step of the way.”

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

Kenton Park to PPA Neighborhood Cleanup
Thurs Aug 27 – 3:00PM – 5:00PM

March for Justice for Jacob Blake
Thurs Aug 27, 6:00PM – 11:30PM
Duniway Park, SW 6th Ave &, SW Sheridan S

March on Portland
Fri Aug 28, 12:00PM – 6:00PM
PDX Convention Center

Black Lives Matter Lents Family-Friendly Protest
Mon Aug 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Lents Park Corner of SE Steele St & SE 92nd Ave

Candlelight Vigil in honor of Aja Raquell Rhone Spears
Mon Aug 31, 7:00PM
Peninsula Park

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

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

Car Caravan Protest
Wednesdays and Fridays Meet at 5:30PM depart 6:00PM
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.

  • The Black National Convention
    Fri Aug 28, 4:00PM – Online

    The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and Electoral Justice Project will host the 2020 Black National Convention (BNC) live broadcast. “Together, we will ratify a Black political agenda days after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and ahead of November, when Black voters will play a pivotal role in determining whether we have four more years of domination or a new set of challenges to overcome.The multi-hour broadcast will be filled with energy, celebration, education, electoral justice, and a vision for Black Lives before the biggest election of our time, and long after.”

    They also have programming with a Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex focus today and tomorrow (Aug 26-27) in the run up to the convention. Details here.

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 hottest it’s ever been – August 19 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

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

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

Updates

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

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

  • Article: Climate Apartheid Is the Coming Police Violence Crisis

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

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – A global uprising – August 12 2020

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Hi everyone,

Across the world people are rising against their ineffective and corrupt governments. Movements are building off the momentum of those in other countries.

The people of Beirut are rising up against government corruption and negligence in the aftermath of a deadly ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 160 and left at least 300,000 people homeless. Thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand accountability for the government’s failure to manage both the volatile substance and Lebanon’s hyperinflation crisis, where they were met with riot police wielding tear gas and batons. Despite the violent response to the protests, the entire Lebanese government has been pressured into resigning.

Last week in Zimbabwe, the Mnangagwa government cracked down on planned protests against their inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. While the government has been arresting opposition leaders since May, their security services escalated last week by shutting down most of the capital city of Harare and sending many government critics into hiding. Despite the threat of repression, many Zimbabewans are still participating in solo demonstrations via social media and proclaiming that Zimbabwean Lives Matter.

Demonstrations in the wake of Belarus’s disputed elections were met with brutality from police and the detention of more than 6,000 protestors.

Thailand’s youth are protesting against the government in a fight for their future, calling for the dissolution of parliament, the end to the intimidation of government critics, and the rewriting of the nation’s constitution.

The Black Lives Movement here has now become the largest movement in US history. There have been more than 4,700 demonstrations – or an average of 140 per day – across the country since the first protests began in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd in May.

Portland is one of the epicenters of this monumental uprising, and it is having global impacts to further democracy and justice. Let’s keep it up.

Light projections in Portland from PEST, a group that works with our Fossil Fuel Resistance Team

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

What you can do

1. Show up

There are events all day every day, in a whole range of different neighborhoods and at a whole range of different levels of risks – from standing on street corners waving signs in the middle of the day, to COVID-safe car caravans slowly parading around the city, to facing off with federal troops at midnight outside the (in)justice center downtown.

Much of the direct action stuff is only being released less than 24 hours in advance, so if you want to be in the loop, join our Signal chat (by filling in the Volunteer Form here!) The Signal chat and the Volunteer form is also good if you want to find a buddy to go protest with!

Here are a few picks in the coming days:

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

Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Thurs Aug 13, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Portland City Hall. Please wear black

Car Caravan Protest
Fri Aug 14, 5:30PM – 8:30PM
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.
Donna Hayes, the Black founder and heart of this Caravan, is the Grandmother of Quanice Hayes who at age 17 was killed in 2017 while on his knees by Portland Police officer Andrew Hearst. Hearst has not been held accountable.

Community Cleanup & Filter Exchange
Sat Aug 15 + every Saturday at 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Cleanup of Lownsdale Square & Chapman Square
This is also an opportunity for folks to participate in a study of the chemical weapons being used on protestors if you exchange your filters there.

Black Girl Magic
Sat Aug 15 at 4:00PM – 6:30PM
King Elementary School, 4906 NE 6th Ave
“BLACK GIRLS ARE MAGIC. We wanted to create a space for Black girls to showcase their talent, grace, voice, and power for all of Portland to see. There will be a marketplace, live speakers, and performances”

Stop Killing Us: A Black Lives Still Matter Exhibition
Aug 6th – Aug 29th, 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Holding Contemporary, 916 NW Flanders St

Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

2. Give supplies

Rosehip Medic Collective looking for a whole range of useful supplies you might have – see the list and how to donate here

Portland Action Medics is still doing an ‘old gear drive’ – donate helmets, new or gently used knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, shatter-resistant eye protection and goggles. Donate and more info here

The Witches are downtown providing supplies, medics, food, drinks, water and candy. Find what they need and how to donate on their twitter.

Updates

  • BREAKING NEWS: Proposed Petrochemical Refinery Pulls the Plug!

    In an exciting win for our local movement, and a big victory for community members in Longview, WA, a proposed petrochemical refinery pulled the plug on a project that would have threatened people’s health, safety, and our climate. Another fossil fuel project defeated on the Columbia!

    In 2017, Pacific Coast Fertilizer LLC proposed a fracked-gas-to-anhydrous-ammonia refinery near the Columbia River. The facility would have stored anhydrous ammonia just a few thousand feet from homes and transferred the ammonia in 100 to 200 tanker trucks per week and ocean-going ships.

    As we saw in Beirut last week, fossil fuels in any form can be extremely dangerous, whether that’s the fracked gas in the proposed Jordan Cove pipeline, the tar sands in the bomb trains passing through Portland every day, or the fertilizer that can explode and flatten a city. And that’s not even taking into account the climate impact. Our hearts are with the Lebanese people for their loss, and we are relieved that Longview residents won’t have to live in the shadow of this dangerous facility.

  • Video: Redlining and environmental injustice in Portland

    Watch this 5 minute video from Grist. Portland is the worst in the country for the differences in temperatures between white neighborhoods and Black (and historically redlined) neighborhoods, with a difference of up to 19F on hot days. Climate change and racial injustice go hand in hand. “As you move through a city, you probably notice summer heat can be a lot worse depending on which neighborhood you’re in. This isn’t a coincidence.”

  • Video: Keeping Yourself Healthy & Safe at a Protest

    Check out this recent recorded training from 350Seattle about Protest Safety — How to Keep Yourself and Your Comrades Safe in the Streets

  • Portland Lifts Ban on Duplexes, Triplexes, and Fourplexes

    After years of debate, Portland City Council has passed a policy overhauling the city’s residential zoning rules to allow more housing within city limits.

    The Residential Infill Project (RIP) will lift Portland’s decades-old ban on building “middle housing”—duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes—in the vast majority of the city’s neighborhoods, where current city rules only allow the construction of single-family homes. The final policy, four years in the making, is meant to improve housing affordability by increasing the sheer number of homes within Portland city limits—and begin to reverse the lasting impacts of local zoning laws created to exclude people of color from buying property.

    With transportation being the Portland area’s biggest source of climate pollution, this project will reduce urban sprawl and therefore the need for car travel, and will create walkable and transit-focused neighborhoods.

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • Solidarity School: Our Fight for a Just Recovery: Workers Rights, Racial Justice, COVID & Climate
    TONIGHT Wed Aug 12, 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Online

    The Solidarity School series will kick-off with a focus on Our Fight for a Just Recovery. We’ll provide foundational knowledge about what a “just recovery” means for 350.org and share our principles and values. We’ll hear how workers’ rights and the fight for racial justice intersect and how both connect with climate justice. Watch this mass call tonight!

  • Webcast: Oregon’s Forests and the Fight Against Climate Change 
    TONIGHT Wed Aug 12, 6:00PM – 7:00PM – Online

    Forests are among the largest stores of living carbon on the planet, and it turns out that the forests of western Oregon have a higher carbon density than almost any other forest type in the world. Unfortunately, the destruction and mismanagement of these forests over the past century has transferred massive amounts of stored carbon to the atmosphere, which has contributed significantly to the warming of the planet.

    Felice Kelly, co-lead of the 350PDX Forest Defense team, will be presenting on Climate, Carbon, and Oregon’s Forests, and what we can do about it. Join the Forest Defense team by filling in our Volunteer form here!

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

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

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 – It’s still about Black lives – August 5 2020

Over the past few months, 350PDX leadership has been engaging in hard, and deeply personal anti-racism work. Our Board Chair and former Co-Interim Executive Director, Anaïs Tuepker, shared these words about the journey she’s been on so far:

“For me personally, this has been some of the hardest and most rewarding work I have ever undertaken. I have had to open myself up to acknowledging the many ways in which my actions – or, often, my lack of actions – have perpetuated injustice. I have had to become more skilled in understanding and working with the reality that my skin color and class background insulate me from the worst impacts of climate disruption and environmental injustices, and that, for that reason, they get in the way of me being able to generate the best solutions for communities that are demanding change. I have been learning how to listen with radical openness and support for those whose lives are harmed by the same structures that support me, and how to move beyond guilt and into effective action to build more equitable organizations and systems that can include and nourish all of us. I have, in short, been unlearning the norms of the white dominant status quo and extractive culture, and I wake up truly grateful each day to be alive and growing in this time of societal change.”

We hope to continue doing this work internally and provide space for any volunteers, organizations, and supporters to join us! But we need your help.

Can you donate today to help us achieve our vision of being a truly anti-racist climate justice organization?

Support Our Summer Appeal

Hi everyone,

Outside of the protests downtown another revolution is happening within communities, organizations and businesses across the city. Finally many people are taking anti-racism seriously, and long overdue at 350PDX we’re doing the same.

That means revisiting our organizational values to understand what it would mean to be a truly anti-racist climate justice organization; implementing our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) plan as a top priority; putting staff time and resources until building relationships based on solidarity with groups and organizers on the frontlines of racial injustice; and fighting for campaigns that tackle oppression just as much as they reduce carbon emissions, like the upcoming Oregon Green New Deal.

Chip in today to help us further unite the movements for racial justice and climate justice!

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Not the time to slow down

While federal agents are beginning to leave Portland, this movement is far from over. People are still showing up night after night at locations across the city., while the feds leaving Portland is a victory against Trump, it doesn’t mean that the Portland Police Bureau will be any less brutal to protesters or the Black community, it doesn’t mean that our tax dollars will be diverted from the police and to Black communities, and it doesn’t mean that we’ve wiped out racial injustice. Let’s keep up the momentum and change America for good.

It’s still about Black lives

With Portland being on the frontpage of national newspapers the focus has shifted recently towards Trump’s growing authoritarianism, but it’s important to remember what these protests are about: following Black leadership to protest racial injustice.

What you can do

1. Show up

There are events all day every day, in a whole range of different neighborhoods and at a whole range of different levels of risks – from standing on street corners waving signs in the middle of the day, to COVID-safe car caravans slowly parading around the city, to facing off with federal troops at midnight outside the (in)justice center downtown. Here are a few picks in the coming days:

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

Oregon DA for the People: Letter Writing Night
Thurs Aug 6, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Help Critical Resistance PDX work toward writing every person locked up in Oregon: all 14,000+ prisoners

Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Thurs Aug 6, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Portland City Hall. Please wear black

Downtown Community Cleanup
Sat Aug 8 + every Saturday at 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Cleanup of Lownsdale Square & Chapman Square
This is also an opportunity for folks to participate in a study of the chemical weapons being used on protestors if you exchange your filters there.

St. Johns Black Lives Matter Rally
Every Saturday and Sunday at 5:30PM – 7:30PM
N Lombard Ave & N Philadelphia Ave

Come Thru: Black & Indigenous Market
Mon Aug 10 11:00AM – 3:00PM (and every other Monday)
Come Thru Market, 831 SE Salmon St, Portland

See all in-person and virtual BLM events here
Fill in our BLM Volunteer Form

Nervous to attend an event on your own? Fill in our volunteer form and join our Signal text group to find a buddy to go with!

Advice for showing up to protest

  • Mask up!
  • Wear a helmet
  • Bring lots of water
  • Bring a buddy, if you can
  • Memorize the two National Lawyers’ Guild hotlines, or write it on your body:
    — (971) 247-1072 if you’re *in* jail
    — (833) 680-1312 if you were released from jail, saw someone get arrested, a friend was arrested, experienced police brutality, or were directly contacted by law enforcement.
  • Don’t film other people’s faces. The cops love to retaliate.

(Lilith Sinclair has a much more thorough protest preparation guide that we highly recommend.)

See a few more resources about what to wear, what apps to use, etc. at this link here.

2. Give supplies / money

Rosehip Medic Collective looking for a whole range of useful supplies you might have – see the list and how to donate here

Riot Ribs is dissolving their organized efforts on the ground. See their press release here for more info. They’re encouraging folks to give to Revolution Ribs (Riots Ribs but on the road, bringing mutual aid food distribution to other cities protesting across the country).

Portland Action Medics is still doing an ‘old gear drive’ – donate helmets, new or gently used knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, shatter-resistant eye protection and goggles. Donate and more info here

The Witches are downtown providing supplies, medics, food, drinks, water and candy. Find what they need and how to donate on their twitter.

Actions

Updates

  • 350.org Solidarity School

    The Solidarity School is a series of monthly mass calls designed for folks looking to grow and expand their skill set in this moment of uprising and climate justice organizing. Each month, guest speakers, 350.org staff and leaders from our broader network will strengthen our frameworks and share strategies, tactics, and actions for ongoing organizing. Register for the 4 sessions here.

    August 12th: Our Fight for a Just Recovery: Workers’ Rights, Racial Justice, COVID & Climate

    September 9th: Defund, Abolish & Divest: Climate, Racial & Economic Justice

    October 7th: Protecting Votes & Building Power: Climate Justice & the Election

    November 11th: From Recovery to Restoration: Holding Politicians Accountable & Organizing for a Just Transition

  • Climate + COVID-19 – A Zine from 350Vermont

    Check out this great zine from 350Vermont, full of poems, art, articles, and ideas.

  • How a public institute in Oregon became a de facto lobbying arm of the timber industry

    OPB just published this great article – “Internal emails show a tax-funded agency created to educate people about forestry has acted as a public-relations agency and lobbying arm for Oregon’s timber industry, in some cases skirting legal constraints that forbid it from doing so.”

    Want to help protect Oregon’s carbon-rich forests? Join our Forest Defense team! Email Leslie at leslie300@gmail.com and let her know you’re interested.

  • Racism and Discrimination in the Oil and Gas Industry

    A good piece about racism in the industry, which also talks about how the fossil fuel industry funds the police across the country. “With the recent focus on systemic racism in America, the oil and gas industry is depicting itself as leading on the issue of diversity in the workforce. However, its public relations efforts and slick advertisements do not reflect the industry’s actual behavior.”

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • City Club Forum: Telling the Story of the Portland Protests
    Thurs Aug 6, 12:00PM – 1:00PM – Online

    “How politicians & news media are influencing the narratives around Black Lives Matter. Depending who you ask — or what you read — Portland is either a city in the grip of anarchists and agitators or at the forefront of a fight to ensure Black lives matter. As the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd enter their third month in Portland, we’re seeing increased attention from national news outlets and heightened rhetoric from politicians. Amid a flurry of headlines about federal agents, moms, leaf blowers, and “Naked Athena,” it’s easy to lose track of the core tension at the heart of the protests. In a two-part program, we’re sitting down with activists and journalists who’ve deeply engaged for much of the last 60 days to ask: what is the reality on the ground, what messages are getting lost in the cacophony, and how do journalists, politicians, activists, and others influence Portlanders’ perception of the protests.”

  • Vigil for Land Defenders in the Philippines
    Fri Aug 7, 8:00PM – 8:45PM – 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland (by Burnside Bridge)

    Join the PCHRP Environmental Justice Desk and Anakbayan Environmental Justice Desk for a vigil to honor land defenders in the Philippines.
    On August 6th, 2019, Brandon Lee, a San Francisco native who moved to the Philippines to work full-time as an environmental defender, was shot outside of his home, sustained life-threatening injuries and survived with permanent damage to his spine. This attack against Brandon came after years of harassment, surveillance, intimidation, and death threats by the Philippine military and police in an attempt to squash the movement of peasant farmers and indigenous peoples resisting environmental plunder and fighting for their rights to land and self-determination.

    As the Philippines was just named the most dangerous country for environmental defenders for the second year in a row and Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law has effectively legalized state terrorism, now more than ever we must honor Brandon’s work by seeking justice for all victims of Duterte’s fascist attacks against human rights and environmental defenders, condemning the Anti-Terror Law as Duterte’s continued push to enact nationwide de facto marital law, and demanding the US government pass the Philippine Human Rights Act and end to US support of the Duterte regime!

  • Fossil Fuel Resistance Team Meeting
    Tues Aug 11, 5:30PM – 7:30PM, online, email dineen@350pdx.org to get details

    Our Fossil Fuel Resistance team fights to keep fossil fuels in the ground and is working on a bunch of campaigns right now, including resisting the Jordan Cove fracked gas export terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline in southern Oregon, Zenith Energy’s tar sands oil terminal expansion in NW Portland, the Kalama Methanol refinery just 35 miles north of Portland, and many more.

    This is a great meeting for new folks to jump into the work, so if this team interests you, give Dineen an email (dineen@350pdx.org) and let her know!

  • 350.org Solidarity School: Our Fight for a Just Recovery: Workers’ Rights, Racial Justice, COVID & Climate
    Wed Aug 12, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, online – register here

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

    The series will kick-off with a focus on Our Fight for a Just Recovery. We’ll provide foundational knowledge about what a “just recovery” means for 350.org and share our principles and values. We’ll hear how workers’ rights and the fight for racial justice intersect and how both connect with climate justice.

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

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

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

P.S. If you found this email useful then please consider donating to our summer appeal. We’re pivoting hard and adapting daily to get behind this movement for transformational societal change, but with this economic crisis we need help from our community to be able to keep going and remain in this fight for the long haul. Thank you!