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350PDX Weekly Update – Eta & Iota – Nov 18 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

How is the election going?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actions

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

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

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

  • Stop Line 3 – call now

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

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

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

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

  • Webinar: Climate + State Violence: Immigration

    Thurs Nov 19 – 4:00PM – Online

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

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

  • Grassroots Year End Fundraising

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – A New Era – Nov 11 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

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

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

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

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

Actions

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

  • Youth Strike For Our Lives – Week of Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

  • Neighbors for Clean Air: Deconstructing Diesel Webinar

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

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

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

  • Virtual Film Screening: 2040

    Sat Nov 14, 2:00PM – Online

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – 6 days to go – Oct 28 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

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

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

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

Actions

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

Updates​​​​

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

  • No Military Drone Testing in Portland – Halloween Flotilla

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

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

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

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

  • Fridays 4 Freedom – Election Day Action

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

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

  • Defend Democracy Action

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Every Day is Indigenous Peoples Day – Oct 14 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Actions

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

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

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

  • Tell your Congressperson to Support the BREATHE Act

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

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

  • DEQ and Climate Need Our Help

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

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

  • Joint Town Hall with Reps Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez

    Thurs Oct 15, 4:00PM – Online

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

  • Virtual Go Zero Tour 2020

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

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

  • PDX Women’s Unity March for Justice

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

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

  • Workshop: Connecting Across Racial Difference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Preparing for the Election – Oct 7 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

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

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

Actions

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

  • Join the 350PDX Solidarity Team

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

  • Tell your Congressperson to Support the BREATHE Act

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

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

  • DEQ and Climate Need Our Help

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

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

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

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

  • Stop the Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

    The Washington Department of Ecology recently released a new draft analysis showing that the Kalama methanol refinery would be a major climate polluter—one of Washington’s most significant sources of pollution. Unfortunately, the study also relies on an speculative and unenforceable market analysis to support this dirty, climate-wrecking proposal. Join us and urge Ecology to deny this project and to reject false claims from Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), the refinery’s backer: Write a comment against the Kalama methanol refinery now. EXTENDED DEADLINE UNTIL FRI OCT 9!

Resources

  • BIG NEWS! Chase is bending to pressure

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

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Climate In The Debate – Sept 30 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

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

Actions

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

  • National Chase Takeover

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

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

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

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

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

  • DEQ and Climate Need Our Help

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

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

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

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

  • Stop the Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

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

Resources

  • Online Course: Digital Security for Protesters

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

  • 10 things you need to know to stop a coup

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

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

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

  • Video: The Race Class Narrative

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Every day @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protestThere are events all day every day, in a whole range of different neighborhoods and at a whole range of different levels of risks – from standing on street corners waving signs in the middle of the day, to COVID-safe car caravans slowly parading around the city, to late night protests downtown. Some events are only being planned or details released less than 24 hours in advance, so if you want to be in the loop, join our Signal chat (by filling in the Volunteer Form here!) The Signal chat and the Volunteer form is also good if you want to find a buddy to go protest with!2nd Year Memorial for Patrick Kimmons
    TONIGHT Wed Sept 30, 6:00PM
    Food, speakers, music and more

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Breonna Taylor – Sept 23 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Actions

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

  • National Chase Takeover

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

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

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

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

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

  • Take Action for Forests and Climate

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

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

  • Take Action to Stop Chlorpyrifos

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

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

  • Stop the Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

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

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

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

Resources

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

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

  • Abolition is Climate Justice

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

  • The Inevitable Whitelash Against Racial Justice Has Started

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

  • A Brief History of Anti-Fascism

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

  • Oregon Food Finder

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

  • Wildfire Resources

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Every day @ across the city – details here
    Click here for our advice for showing up to protestThere are events all day every day, in a whole range of different neighborhoods and at a whole range of different levels of risks – from standing on street corners waving signs in the middle of the day, to COVID-safe car caravans slowly parading around the city, to late night protests downtown. Some events are only being planned or details released less than 24 hours in advance, so if you want to be in the loop, join our Signal chat (by filling in the Volunteer Form here!) The Signal chat and the Volunteer form is also good if you want to find a buddy to go protest with!
  • Racial Justice is Climate Justice Learning Series – Affordable Housing
    Thurs Sept 24, 6:00PM – OnlineJoin our friends at 350 Seattle tomorrow Thursday (9/24) at 6pm for the third of their Climate Justice is Racial Justice webinars — a learning series on the ways racial inequities intersect with the threats of climate change. These fights are deeply interconnected, and the way to build a healthy, resilient future is to learn, understand, and support one another in the fight against the systems of oppression that we’ve all been enmeshed in. Each week for four weeks, a 350 Seattle team will host a guest speaker who will draw connections between racial justice issues and the work we do in the climate movement. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions, and be offered a clear way to learn more and support each issue. REGISTER HERE!

    Webinar Schedule:

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

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

 

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!