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350PDX Weekly Update – Welcome New Staff Members to the Team!

Hi everyone,

We are overjoyed to announce that we’ve added two brand new staff positions to the 350PDX team! This past year, we’ve made big strides in our campaigns, from achieving a major win against Zenith Energy to helping pass the 100% Clean Energy for All Bill. We’ve tackled new projects, built out our teams, and recruited new volunteers who’ve made all this possible. We’re expanding our staff team to continue this important work and grow our organization in preparation for what we’re sure will be another big year.

Join us in welcoming our new Forest Climate Manager, Brenna Bell, and our new Communications Manager, Julia Fritz-Endres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brenna Bell (she/her) – Forest Climate Manager

“Raised on Muckleshoot Prairie in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, a land of both towering trees and expansive clearcuts, Brenna started advocating for forests in 1997. Her journey of advocacy took her up to tree sits, into lumber mills, across timber sales, though law school, to meetings, rallies, webinars and more . . . all with a focus of shifting forest management away from commodity production and towards ecological restoration. Along the way, she fell in love with dead trees, forest fires, and learned that Pacific NW forests are some of the best carbon sequestering ecosystems in the world. And learned that snow packs and glaciers are rapidly melting and, if we don’t change forest management, Oregon might start running out of summer water.

The more she learned about forests and climate change, the more Brenna‘s work shifted to focus on that intersection. In 2020, while staff attorney for Bark, Brenna helped launch the Pacific NW Forest Climate Alliance, bringing together over 60 groups across the NW to share resources and take action improving forest management to build climate resiliency and mitigate climate change. She’s thrilled to build capacity for 350PDX‘s Forest Defense Team as the Forest Climate Manager, and looks forward to changing both laws and culture to value Oregon’s forests for more than profit.

Along with loving forests, Brenna also loves long bike commutes, raising dairy goats, talking about death, figuring out how to share life with her intentional community, and being a mom to two awesome kids who are scared about climate change.”

You can reach Brenna at brenna@350pdx.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Fritz-Endres (she/her) – Communications Manager

“Julia grew up in a small town in Massachusetts where she gained a deep sense of connection to the natural world. Like many other young people, she also developed a fear of climate change – how it would impact her generation’s future and forever change the forests she loved. She moved to the Twin Cities to study climate science and policy at Macalester College, and soon found a home in the local climate justice community. After discovering community organizing, she didn’t feel so alone in the face of a terrifying future. Julia spent over three years mobilizing people to take action in the Stop Line 3 movement and taking action herself. She was also part of the core planning for actions like the Treaty People Gathering, where thousands participated in civil disobedience.

While in Minnesota, Julia volunteered extensively with MN350, worked as a Pipeline Resistance Coordinator for MN Interfaith Power & Light, completed a service year with MN GreenCorps to further the City of Saint Paul’s climate goals, canvassed for the 2020 General Election, and organized with the Sunrise Movement Twin Cities hub. Julia believes we must follow frontline leadership to dismantle all systems of oppression and build new systems that are healing and regenerative. She is honored to be able to continue that work with 350PDX. As a Communications Manager with 350PDX, she coordinates email blasts, newsletters, social media, web content, and press relations.

After work, you can find Julia going on runs in the woods, reading science fiction, writing poetry, and hanging out with her cats, Turkey and Goose. You can reach her at julia@350pdx.org

Learn more about all our staff members here.

Actions

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

Stop Oregon’s Free Pass for Fracked Gas Polluters: Submit a Comment Today!

Right now, the State of Oregon is writing the rules for a new policy called the “Climate Protection Program.” Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, this plan is falling far short of its lofty name – carving out significant loopholes that will allow Oregon’s top polluters to continue polluting largely unabated.
The “Climate Protection Program” from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) would…

… grant a wholesale exemption for fracked-gas power plants

… favor lower costs for polluters over the health and safety of those who suffer the most from the climate crisis and pollution: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), low-income, and rural communities

… ignore DEQ’s goal of protecting frontline communities from greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, like smog-forming pollution from fracked-gas power plants

This is unacceptable. The State should be protecting Oregonians from the impacts of climate change, not giving fracked gas polluters a free pass. Your voice is critical to help Oregon get on track for the bold climate action we all need. Submit a comment urging the DEQ to make the “Climate Protection Program” live up to its name

State of Oregon: Time to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The Oregon Treasury has the responsibility of investing our state’s public money, and right now billions of dollars are invested in the fossil fuel industry. Not only is this morally unconscionable in this time of a rapidly worsening climate crisis, it’s also an irresponsible financial investment for Oregonians. Oregon should be at the leading edge of climate-safe investments to support a sustainable future for us all.

Our Defund/Divest team is a part of the newly-launched Divest Oregon campaign, working to get the Oregon Treasury to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. Will you join us by writing to Treasurer Tobias Read and the Oregon Investment Council and calling the Treasury?

Sidewalk Vigil for Climate Action Now: SW Portland

Every Friday in October, 7:45PM-8:45PM, corner of SW Garden Home and Oleson Road

Join a group of climate activists who gather every Friday in October, calling for bold climate action. Contact Emily (503) 545-1513 for more info or just show up! More info here on the actions on Fri, Oct 22, and Fri, Oct 29.

Rally for Trans Existence

Sat Oct 23, starts at 11:00AM, Colonel Summers Park

For the second year in a row, over 100 anti-trans bills have been proposed, legalizing discrimination against trans people of all identities. 40 states are trying to take away the rights of trans people. Come learn more, and join the fight for trans existence. Food and water provided by mutual aid groups. The march will not be permitted, plan accordingly. Wear a mask. We keep us safe.

SW Team Divest from Fossil Fuels Protest: Beaverton

Fri Oct 29, 4:30PM-5:30PM, Beaverton Town Square (11601 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR)

Join 350PDX’s SW Team at Beaverton Town Square for Divest from Fossil Fuels – a protest in solidarity with Youth Finance Alliance’s global protest bankrolling of Oil and Gas operations. Gather in front of the Wells Fargo Bank at Beaverton Town Square.

Witches Paddle Action with XRPDX

Sat Oct 30, 11:00AM, between SE corner of OMSI parking lot and Tilikum Bridge

Put on your costume and cast a spell to protect the environment! We will gather between the SE corner of OMSI parking lot and Tilikum bridge at 11:00AM. We will educate spectators at the Witches Paddle about Zenith Energy and actions to make sure the permit denial stays in place, raising awareness around climate change leading up to the COP26 meetings. The theme is scary climate nightmare. For more info on carpooling from the OMSI parking lot and other details, email info@xrpdx.org.

Updates

 

Over 650 arrested for People vs. Fossil Fuels week of action

Last week, Indigenous communities and allies mobilized climate activists from around the country to show up at Biden’s doorstep. Over 650 people were arrested outside the White House as part of this historic week of action. Their demands were clear: that Biden upholds Indigenous sovereignty, declares a climate emergency, and ends the era of fossil fuels once and for all. Learn more here.

Indigenous-led resistance to Thacker Pass lithium mine continues

Indigenous activists continue to resist the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine project in Nevada. The mine would destroy sacred land, including the site of a 1865 massacre where over 31 Indigenous people were killed. Learn more about the history of the movement to Protect Thacker Pass here and follow @PeopleOfRedMountain on Facebook for more updates.

Reed College takes steps to divest from fossil fuels

Influenced by students organizing for climate justice on campus, the Reed College Board of Trustees voted to take steps in divesting from fossil fuels. Read the full Oct 11 announcement here.

Opportunities

 

EcoFaith Recovery Metro Portland Cohort Events

  • Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil – Mon Oct 18, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Wells Fargo Center (SW Columbia and SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR)
  • Third Tuesday Zoom Gatherings with EcoFaith and Oregon IPL/EMO – Tue Oct 19, 6:30PM-8:00PM, email RevJanet@ecofaithrecovery.org to RSVP or learn more
  • Eloheh Volunteer Day and Tree Planting – Sat Oct 23, 9:00AM – 4:00PM, email RevJanet@ecofaithrecovery.org to RSVP or learn more

Portland Rising Film Showing of Cooked, Survival by Zip Code

Fri Oct 22, 7:00-9:00PM, online – details here

Join Portland Rising for an online showing of the movie Cooked, Survival by Zip Code and the discussion to follow. This timely and powerful documentary challenges our use of the term “natural” disaster and demonstrates how, by ignoring racism and poverty, we fail to properly prepare for future disasters.

Fall Training Series – Skilling Up For Climate Action

Join these free trainings offered for all 350 groups across the country, whether you’re brand new or a longtime activist. Register and you’ll receive slides and recordings afterwards too, even if you can’t make it. More info on all the trainings here.

All trainings are Saturdays 11:00am – 1:00pm:

  • Saturday, Oct 30th – Strategic Messaging: Why storytelling and messaging are essential to our work, how to create a just and equitable narrative that supports campaign strategies using non-extractive storytelling, and best practices for communicating our message.
  • Saturday, Nov 20th – Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.
  • Saturday, Dec 4th – Strategic Campaigning: How to choose a campaign, map out decision makers, allies and opponents, plan campaign goals, timeline, and roles, and select effective tactics using a justice and equity lens.
  • Saturday, Dec 18th – Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence elected officials–with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.

Portland Black Lives Matter Protests

Throughout the week @ across the city – details here

Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Oct 6 2021

Hi everyone,

Monday October 11 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and this is the first year the day is recognized by the State of Oregon after the legislature passed a bill in the spring.

Indigenous peoples have long led the fight to protect Mother Earth, and a key path forward for the climate movement is to center Indigenous knowledge and keep fossil fuels in the ground. From Standing Rock, to Line 3, to Jordan Cove LNG, Indigenous resistance is more important than ever, and it’s crucial that the larger environmental movement center the leadership of Indigenous people.

350PDX is based on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and other tribes who have lived beside the Columbia and Willamette Rivers for generations upon generations. The deep scar of colonization has caused and perpetuated systems that have given us the climate crisis we face today.


Source: https://native-land.ca/

Monday kicks off a week of action and nonviolent civil disobedience in Washington DC to end fossil fuels. Closer to home, here are some ways you could spend your Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

Virtual Indigenous People’s Day Celebration 2021/Portland Indigenous Marketplace
Oct 11, 10:00AM – 7:00PM, Facebook event here

REMEMBERING – Weaving Program in Observance of Indigenous People’s Day (in person)
Oct 11, 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave

Native Made Pop-Up
Oct 14, 4:00PM – 7:00PM & Cully Farmers Market

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350PDX October General Meeting

TONIGHT Wed Oct 6, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register here

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

This month we’ll be exploring our Defund/Divest team’s new statewide campaign – Divest Oregon: Reinvest in a Fossil-Free Oregon: a statewide coalition of organizations pressuring and persuading the Oregon Investment Council, including the State Treasurer (and gubernatorial candidate) Tobias Read, to end new investment in fossil fuels, transparently phase out current investments by 2026, and reinvest in climate-safe investments using a social justice framework.

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Actions

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

The Oregon Treasury has the responsibility of investing our state’s public money, and right now billions of dollars are invested in the fossil fuel industry. Not only is this morally unconscionable in this time of a rapidly worsening climate crisis, it’s also an irresponsible financial investment for Oregonians. Oregon should be at the leading edge of climate-safe investments to support a sustainable future for us all.

Our Defund/Divest team is a part of the newly-launched Divest Oregon campaign, working to get the Oregon Treasury to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. Will you join us by writing to Treasurer Tobias Read and all members of the Oregon Investment Council? Once you’ve sent that quick email, join us in calling the Treasury:

Treasurer Tobias Read: 503-378-4329
Treasury Main Office: 503-378-4000
Treasury Tigard Office: 503-431-7900

Sample script:
“Hello. Thank you for taking my call. This is ____ from ____. I’m concerned about how the Oregon Treasury is investing our funds. I am a [PERS member, Oregonian, union member, etc.]. The funds of PERS and the Oregon Treasury are at risk. Those funds should be put into climate-safe investments that increase our resiliency as a people and as a state. 

Treasury needs to act: 1) No NEW investments in fossil fuels should be made since they pose a financial, health, and climate risk to Oregonians. 2) Disclose Oregon Treasury fossil fuel holdings, and 3) phase out all current fossil fuel investments and move to climate-safe investments using a social justice framework. I will be watching to see how the Treasury responds to these requests. Thank you for your work to make the Oregon Treasury climate. Again, this is ____ from _____ and I can be reached at _______ for a response.”

  • Survey: Getting Involved in the City of Portland Charter Review

    Every ten years, the Charter Commission meets to review Portland’s Charter (city constitution) and recommend changes that impact all Portlanders. This is known as the charter review process and it is happening right now. The recommendations made by the Charter Commission have the potential to make your voice heard and strengthen our democracy. The 350PDX City/County Watchdog Team is working with the Coalition of Communities of Color to get community engagement on this process. Click here to take the survey by Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

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Opportunities​​​​

  • 350PDX Volunteer Orientation
    Thurs Oct 14, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register hereA great place to get started with 350PDX – hear what we’re all about, meet some cool people, and start finding your place in the climate justice movement here in Portland!
  • Go Zero Tour 2021
    Virtual Tour Webinars – Oct 12th & 14th, 10 AM, register here
    In-Person Tour – Oct 16th, 10 AM to 2 PM, register hereResidential buildings account for almost a quarter of all energy usage in the state of Oregon, and zero energy home design is an important strategy in climate adaptation. Join Solar Oregon for a hybrid virtual and in-person exploration of zero energy and “path-to-zero” homes across the state: the Go Zero Tour 2021 presented by Energy Trust of Oregon. This event is part of Sustainable Building Week, with virtual event dates on October 12th & 14th, and the in-person tour on the16th.

    This year’s tour is brimming with possibility. Explore a mix of new and retrofit homes, including single family, multifamily, tiny home, and affordable housing, and learn the value of electrification, energy resilience, and energy efficiency. Discover the surprisingly simple, accessible, and innovative strategies for getting to zero energy.

  • Fall Training Series – Skilling Up For Climate Action
    Join these free trainings offered for all 350 groups across the country, whether you’re brand new or a longtime activist. Register and you’ll receive slides and recordings afterwards too, even if you can’t make it. More info on all the trainings here. 

    All trainings are Saturdays 11:00am – 1:00pm:

    – Saturday, Oct 16th – Climate Justice: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in our groups and work.
    – Saturday, Oct 30th – Strategic Messaging: Why storytelling and messaging are essential to our work, how to create a just and equitable narrative that supports campaign strategies using non-extractive storytelling, and best practices for communicating our message.
    – Saturday, Nov 20th – Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.
    – Saturday, Dec 4th – Strategic Campaigning: How to choose a campaign, map out decision makers, allies and opponents, plan campaign goals, timeline, and roles, and select effective tactics using a justice and equity lens.
    – Saturday, Dec 18th – Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence elected officials–with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – 1 in 3 Americans experienced a climate disaster over the past few months – Sept 22 2021

Hi everyone,

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a climate disaster over the past few months, including all of us here in Portland. The weight of the climate crisis is upon us all, physically and emotionally. Join us tonight for a self and community care session for climate justice activists.

A Forest of Roots: Self and Community Care for Climate Justice Activists

TONIGHT Wed Sept 22, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, Online, register here

Whether you are new to activism, or a veteran organizer, so much bad news regarding the climate emergency is overwhelming and disheartening. Along with the cascading multiple traumas of pandemic, racism, fascism, and other ills, we are navigating our hearts, bodies, and minds through… well, A LOT. A justice movement is not just about “doing”. A central question, especially now, is “who shall I be, no matter what happens?”

This gathering is an introduction, an invitation, and an opportunity to share in community our hearts and wisdom as we navigate trauma, grief, anger, and other emotions together so that we may root down and take care of ourselves and each other through the storms. We will share stances and strategies for managing uncertainty in the storms of change.

This 90 minute online event is facilitated by Barbara Ford, teacher, artist, and longtime 350PDX volunteer. More information about Barbara here. 350PDX is re-invigorating the Climate Odyssey team to offer support for these times. Look for more offerings in the future.

Actions

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

The Oregon Treasury has the responsibility of investing our state’s public money, and right now billions of dollars are invested in the fossil fuel industry. Not only is this morally unconscionable in this time of a rapidly worsening climate crisis, it’s also an irresponsible financial investment for Oregonians. Oregon should be at the leading edge of climate-safe investments to support a sustainable future for us all.

Our Defund/Divest team is a part of the newly-launched Divest Oregon campaign, working to get the Oregon Treasury to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. Will you join us by writing to Treasurer Tobias Read and all members of the Oregon Investment Council? Once you’ve sent that quick email, join us in calling the Treasury:

Treasurer Tobias Read: 503-378-4329
Treasury Main Office: 503-378-4000
Treasury Tigard Office: 503-431-7900

Sample script:
“Hello. Thank you for taking my call. This is ____ from ____. I’m concerned about how the Oregon Treasury is investing our funds. I am a [PERS member, Oregonian, union member, etc.]. The funds of PERS and the Oregon Treasury are at risk. Those funds should be put into climate-safe investments that increase our resiliency as a people and as a state. 

Treasury needs to act: 1) No NEW investments in fossil fuels should be made since they pose a financial, health, and climate risk to Oregonians. 2) Disclose Oregon Treasury fossil fuel holdings, and 3) phase out all current fossil fuel investments and move to climate-safe investments using a social justice framework. I will be watching to see how the Treasury responds to these requests. Thank you for your work to make the Oregon Treasury climate. Again, this is ____ from _____ and I can be reached at _______ for a response.”

  • Tell Wyden: No Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    On Sept 13 the House Ways and Means Committee released an outline of proposed revenue-raising legislation for the Build Back Better Act. The draft text contains various tax reforms to fund President Joe Biden’s priorities and would end key international tax breaks for fossil fuel companies. But it fails to eliminate domestic fossil fuel subsidies.

    Can you email or call Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to ensure fossil fuel domestic subsidies are eliminated in the budget reconciliation package? More info here.

    202-224-5244 ; Email here

Sample script:

“Hello, I’m calling/emailing for Senator Ron Wyden. My name is ____, I am an Oregon constituent, and I am calling to ask you to ensure that fossil fuel subsidies, both nationally and internationally, are eliminated in the budget reconciliation package. Thank you”

Feel free to add a reason too, e.g. “because my tax dollars shouldn’t be going to subsidize the biggest polluters on the planet”.

  • People vs. Fossil Fuels – Action in Washington DC Oct 11-15

    This October, thousands of people will come to DC to demand that President Biden end the fossil fuel era. He must stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency right now, ahead of the United Nations climate summit in November.

    Take action over 5 days to highlight the damage done by fossil fuels, the climate impacts we are already facing, and the need for real solutions rooted in justice. Attend yourself, or pass onto to people you know in the DC area.

    – Monday, October 11th: Indigenous-led action on Indigenous Peoples Day.
    – Tuesday, October 12: Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
    – Wednesday, October 13: Climate chaos is happening now.
    – Thursday, October 14: We need real solutions, not false promises.
    – Friday, October 15: We did not vote for fossil fuels. Youth-led action.

  • Looking for supplies for our new office

    We’ve just moved into our new office in the Rebuilding Center on N Mississippi Avenue! You’ll hear more about our new space soon, for now we’re still settling in and with the delta surge still partly working from home. But in the meantime we’re looking for some donated supplies to make the space our own:
    – electric tea kettle
    – house plants
    – snacks
    – art supplies
    – coffee and tea
    Reach out to dineen@350pdx.org to set up a drop off time. Thank you so much!

  • 350PDX is recruiting new board members

    Do you believe environmental policies and practices should center the needs of those hit first and worst by climate chaos?

    Do you believe in a climate future grounded in racial equity?

    Interested in building transparent, just and accountable systems?

    Want to participate in creating a culture of climate resiliency, optimism, and anti-racism?

    350PDX is recruiting new board members! And, if you answered yes to any of these questions, that could be you! Read more here.

  • Report exposes dangers of methane gas & NW Natural’s misinformation campaign

In case you missed it, 350PDX and 64 other organizations from around the region recently released a comprehensive report titled, “Methane Gas: Health, Safety, and Decarbonization: Setting the Record Straight,” and sent it to elected and appointed officials in Oregon and Washington. The report was written as means to curtail confusion created by NW Natural and other fossil fuel entities’ purposeful misinformation campaigns targeting elected officials and the public. It’s a great resource to use to learn more about the health, safety, economic, and climate impacts of gas and methane, and the need to decarbonize our building sector, which is responsible for about 1/3rd of Oregon’s climate pollution. Read the report here, and check out what our partners had to say about it!

Opportunities​​​​

  • Global Climate StrikeFri Sept 24
    11:00 am 
    – rally at the plaza at Oregon Convention Center (Corner of NE MLK and NE Holladay)
    11:30 am – march to City Hall where youth will present their demands

    This Friday, students and youth from around the world will be striking from school to sound the alarm on the climate crisis and demand that our elected officials take meaningful action towards climate justice.

    Masks are required! Bring signs, friends, and family with you.
    Follow Portland Youth Climate Strike on Instagram for updates and more information.

    Striking from school is no small task. It’s a sacrifice these students are taking to demonstrate the severity of the crisis we’re facing and the boldness we need from our elected officials. It’s the exact kind of leadership and courage we need in this moment. Let’s show up and support them!

  • 350 Washington County film screening: Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom.Sat Sept 25, 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Online, register here

    Join 350 Washington County VIRTUALLY ONLINE for another thought-provoking film and conversation. We hope for a great turnout and conversation just like our past film events. Bring your friends and family and let’s explore issues and talk!

    Free film and free (you make!) popcorn, and lots of expertise on climate crisis issues in the room to support in-depth conversation.

    Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom (produced by the Sierra Club), takes the viewer across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores the notion that jobs, economic growth and innovation don’t have to be sacrificed for a clean environment. Over the film’s 50 minutes, it focuses on people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of clean energy from innovation to installation.

  • Sidewalk Vigils for Climate Action Now – SW PDXEvery Friday in September, 8:00AM – 9:00AM, corner of SW Terwilliger and SW Taylor’s Ferry

    Join the 350PDX Southwest Neighborhood Team for: Sidewalk Vigils for Climate Action Now: Fridays 8:00-9:00 a.m., corner of SW Terwilliger and SW Taylor’s Ferry. Park in lot of empty market on left coming from I-5. We have signs to lend!

  • 350PDX October General MeetingWed Oct 6, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register here

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

    This month we’ll be exploring our Defund/Divest team’s new statewide campaign – Divest Oregon.

  • 350PDX Volunteer OrientationThurs Oct 14, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register here

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

  • Fall Training Series – Skilling Up For Climate ActionJoin these free trainings offered for all 350 groups across the country, whether you’re brand new or a longtime activist. Register and you’ll receive slides and recordings afterwards too, even if you can’t make it. More info on all the trainings here. 

    All trainings are Saturdays 11:00am – 1:00pm:

    – Saturday, Oct 16th – Climate Justice: Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in our groups and work.
    – Saturday, Oct 30th – Strategic Messaging: Why storytelling and messaging are essential to our work, how to create a just and equitable narrative that supports campaign strategies using non-extractive storytelling, and best practices for communicating our message.
    – Saturday, Nov 20th – Organizing and Movement Building: Why build a movement? How to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community.
    – Saturday, Dec 4th – Strategic Campaigning: How to choose a campaign, map out decision makers, allies and opponents, plan campaign goals, timeline, and roles, and select effective tactics using a justice and equity lens.
    – Saturday, Dec 18th – Policy Advocacy: How to advocate, how legislative bodies work, and how to influence elected officials–with examples from local affiliates to demonstrate common tactics and best practices.

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Community and care – Sept 9 2021

Hi everyone,

Community and care is just as important to a movement as action and protest. In a warming and increasingly unstable world we need to be able to stick together and stay true to our values, so that we can keep fighting for a life-sustaining world, but also adapt in the most compassionate ways when the world changes for the worse. Here are two events coming up based on community and care in our movement.

New Volunteer Virtual Happy Hour

TONIGHT Thurs Sept 9, 6:00PM – 7:00PM, Online, register here

New to 350PDX? Want to get more involved with volunteering? Want to hear more about what 350PDX is all about? Just want to hang out with some cool climate people? Then come to our New Volunteer Virtual Happy Hour!

This will be a nice informal relaxing getting-to-know-each-other time where we’ll have the opportunity for you to chat to other new folks, some staff, and some movement mentors who’ve been volunteering for a while. A good place to get to know some faces, make some friends, and get some ideas for your next steps in getting involved with 350PDX.

A Forest of Roots: Self and Community Care for Climate Justice Activists

Wed Sept 22, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, Online, register here

Whether you are new to activism, or a veteran organizer, so much bad news regarding the climate emergency is overwhelming and disheartening. Along with the cascading multiple traumas of pandemic, racism, fascism, and other ills, we are navigating our hearts, bodies, and minds through… well, A LOT. A justice movement is not just about “doing”. A central question, especially now, is “who shall I be, no matter what happens?”

This gathering is an introduction, an invitation, and an opportunity to share in community our hearts and wisdom as we navigate trauma, grief, anger, and other emotions together so that we may root down and take care of ourselves and each other through the storms. We will share stances and strategies for managing uncertainty in the storms of change.

This 90 minute online event is facilitated by Barbara Ford, teacher, artist, and longtime 350PDX volunteer. More information about Barbara here. 350PDX is re-invigorating the Climate Odyssey team to offer support for these times. Look for more offerings in the future.

Actions

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

  • People vs. Fossil Fuels – Action in Washington DC Oct 11-15

    This October, thousands of people will come to DC to demand that President Biden end the fossil fuel era. He must stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency right now, ahead of the United Nations climate summit in November.

    Take action over 5 days to highlight the damage done by fossil fuels, the climate impacts we are already facing, and the need for real solutions rooted in justice. Attend yourself, or pass onto to people you know in the DC area! There is a mass call this afternoon at 4PM where you can learn more about this action – register here

    – Monday, October 11th: Indigenous-led action on Indigenous Peoples Day.
    – Tuesday, October 12: Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
    – Wednesday, October 13: Climate chaos is happening now.
    – Thursday, October 14: We need real solutions, not false promises.
    – Friday, October 15: We did not vote for fossil fuels. Youth-led action.

  • Tell Your City to Support All-electric Homes and to Phase Out Gas

    Despite what the fossil fuel industry would have us believe, methane gas has no role in decarbonizing Oregon and Washington’s built environment. Ongoing and expanding gas use is, instead, putting Oregon and Washington’s communities’ health and safety at risk, especially low-income and BIPOC communities. Both public health concerns and climate research support rapid electrification of buildings. Numerous safety concerns and well-researched studies build a strong case for prohibiting expansion of methane gas infrastructure and beginning to prioritize ways to equitably scale back existing gas infrastructure. It is imperative that all levels of government take decisive action to adopt policies to ensure a just transition to a more healthy, equitable, and electric future.

    Use this form to email your local city officials.

Resources

Opportunities​​​​

  • Youth Climate Town Hall with Senator Ron Wyden

    Fri Sept 10, 4:00PM, Online, register here

    Aimed at young people ages 13 to 24. Have a question for Senator Wyden about climate, clean energy, or environmental justice? Get your questions answered at this Youth Climate Town Hall.

  • Indigenous Leaders on Justice and Transforming the Environmental Movement

    Weds Sept 15, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Online, register here

    Indigenous communities have long been at the forefront of advancing environmental justice and have a critical connection and relationship to lands, waters, and sacred sites that have too often been the source of malpractice by corporations, organizations, and various levels of government. They have also been at the forefront of environmental protection leading movements to protect natural resources for all.

    Join Green 2.0 and First Nations Development Institute for a discussion with Indigenous leaders in the environmental movement on their thoughts on the state of the movement, and changes that must happen in order to achieve justice and equity.

  • Action: Deadline Glasgow

    Fri Sept 17 and Sat Sept 18 in the morning

    A collaboration between 350PDX and Extinction Rebellion will be doing small, COVID-safe actions outside of banks across the city in support of STMP’s Deadline Glasgow campaign. There will probably be some singing, dancing, leafletting, calls to Biden.

    Recruit your friends! Contact annie capestany if you are interested in joining us (cabeckstany@gmail.com).

  • Nabisco Bakers on Strike! Rally and Boycott Brigades

    Sat Sept 11, 12:00PM – 2:00PM, 100 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland

    Come show your support for striking Nabisco workers! Gather at Noon, rally at 12:30pm, “boycott brigades” carpool to grocery stores at 1pm.

    Rally will feature music plus speakers – politicians, strikers, unions and community leaders. Boycott Brigades, small teams of agitators, will travel to assigned supermarkets to leaflet customers and distribute “Don’t Buy Nabisco! Respect the Strike!” stickers.

    Organized by Portland Democratic Socialists of America and Portland Jobs with Justice. Email portlanddsalabor@gmail.com with questions.

  • 350PDX Volunteer Orientation

    Thurs Oct 14, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register here

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

  • Sidewalk Vigils for Climate Action Now – SW PDX

    Every Friday in September, 8:00AM – 9:00AM, corner of SW Terwilliger and SW Taylor’s Ferry

    Join the 350PDX Southwest Neighborhood Team for: Sidewalk Vigils for Climate Action Now: Fridays 8:00-9:00 a.m., corner of SW Terwilliger and SW Taylor’s Ferry. Park in lot of empty market on left coming from I-5. We have signs to lend!

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

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