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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tell Wyden: No Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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

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

    202-224-5244 ; Email here

Sample script:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Looking for supplies for our new office

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

  • 350PDX is recruiting new board members

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

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

    Interested in building transparent, just and accountable systems?

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

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi everyone,

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

New Volunteer Virtual Happy Hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Use this form to email your local city officials.

Resources

Opportunities​​​​

  • Youth Climate Town Hall with Senator Ron Wyden

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

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

  • Indigenous Leaders on Justice and Transforming the Environmental Movement

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

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

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

  • Action: Deadline Glasgow

    Fri Sept 17 and Sat Sept 18 in the morning

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

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

  • Nabisco Bakers on Strike! Rally and Boycott Brigades

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

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

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

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

  • 350PDX Volunteer Orientation

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

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

  • Sidewalk Vigils for Climate Action Now – SW PDX

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

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

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

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

350PDX August Team & Campaign Update

Happy August! Here’s this month’s team & campaign update newsletter.

We hope you’re on a high from yesterday’s Zenith Energy permit denial. It’s massive news and is testament to the years of incredible work of our Fossil Fuel Resistance team, our volunteers, our staff (especially Dineen!) and our coalition partners.

350PDX August General Meeting

Join for our next General Meeting, on Monday Aug 30 6:00PM – 7:15PM, on Zoom. Register here.

We’ll kick off with a Climate Emotions Check-in, and then dive into a reportback from some folks who went out to Minnesota to the Line 3 protest camps.

Climate Emotions Check-in – Facilitated by longtime 350PDX volunteer and workshop facilitator Barbara Ford, we will take some time to reflect together and share in small groups how we are doing. You are free to share, or just to listen. We will also share some plans for other events like this, and solicit ideas for what might be fun and supportive ways to grow our sense of community.

We’ll then hear what some of our teams are up to, and any other announcements. Hope to see you there!

TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

Our Fossil Fuel Resistance Team just made a huge dent in its main campaign – stopping Zenith Energy! We sent a dedicated email about that victory yesterday which you can read here. This is AMAZING news, and the result of years of hard work by volunteers, staff, and our coalition of partners!

Our team has also been hard at work releasing the Methane Gas: Health, Safety, and Decarbonization: Setting the Record Straight report. This report, supported by 64 organizations throughout Oregon and Washington, brings together over 90 sources of research to outline the myriad of dangers of methane, fracked gas, and gas in the buildings we live, work, and gather in. From the significant health impacts that burning gas in homes has on children, to the ever-growing climate pollution generated by gas appliances, we aim to reveal the true cost of methane and fracked gas on our communities. Can you help us spread the word about this report on social media and to our City officials.

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com).

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP) to end massive support for the fossil fuel industry by financial institutions, insurance companies, and the government. Happening now? Deadline Glasgow: Defund Climate Chaos, demanding that all financial institutions stop financing and funding the corporations engaged in climate destruction and human rights abuses by the start of the Glasgow Climate Talks (COP 26) on November 1. Related work is our support of frontline resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure such as Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. We are an ongoing resource for divestment campaigns in local educational institutions AND we are working toward a public launch in September of a Divest Oregon campaign, by a statewide coalition which includes our team.

Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350pdx.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm. For more go to our team web pages.

Forest Defense

The Forest Defense team has been exploring Oregon forest water issues and connecting with other organizations for a potential collaborative effort. We also look forward to working with the new 350PDX Forest Campaign Manager Brenna Bell starting in early October!

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. Email dineen@350pdx.org and indi@350pdx.org to join the team or for more info.

City/County Watchdog

The past month has been busy! On July 29, Watchdog teamed up with Fossil Fuel Resistance to testify at the City’s first progress report on the Climate Emergency Declaration that was passed over a year ago. We talked about the urgent need for community engagement, funding, stopping the greenwashing about renewable natural gas, and stopping Zenith. While there has been great news about Zenith, we will continue to push on the other matters. The team is also following up on new information about the City’s Clean Air & Healthy Climate Fees Proposal and we continue to collaborate with the Portland Metro People’s Coalition on the City’s Charter Review.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for more info about the team or to join a meeting!

Creative Team

The Creative Team has some projects up our sleeves and we need more folks to help us pull them off!

Join us for a one-off thing or more regularly. Fill out this quick form to get on our roster. 

The 350PDX Community-Based Creative Team makes the climate justice movement so beautiful and compelling, it’s irresistible to join! We are writers, videographers, graphic designers, photographers, project managers, story strategists, puppeteers, actors, screen-printers… you get the idea. We help figure out a campaign’s narrative strategy, and produce gorgeous creative products that surprise and delight, while bringing the campaign’s story to life.

OTHER UPDATES

Staff

A big welcome to our newest staff member Jana Hughes (she/her) who is our new Finance & Operations Manager. Here’s a little about Jana. Feel free to reach out to say welcome at jana@350pdx.org.

“Growing up shuttled between San Francisco and Dallas, TX; Jana hitchhiked to Portland in 1992 and, like 5 generations of resilient women before her, has called Oregon home ever since.

Her early experiences with houselessness and intermittent poverty led to her focus on income inequality and the systemic damage that corporate capitalism inflicts on those outside the quest for shareholder profit. Her administrative management experience stems from one simple fact; 9-5 office jobs were the only option that overlapped with her need for childcare for her daughter.

Over the last 20+ years she has launched a local newspaper, earned degrees in Economics and History, helped found a non profit, and, during the housing crisis, saved hundreds of homeowners from foreclosure with ACORN Housing.

Jana sees the climate emergency as the last best chance for humanity to demand an end to extractive corporate capitalism and embrace holistic systems that honor the legitimacy of all people, regardless of their generational privilege.

As Finance & Operations Manager, Jana is responsible for ensuring that 350PDX’s resources are deployed in effective, accountable, and sustainable ways.When not balancing accounts, Jana can be found scouring the Oregon wilderness for pretty rocks, seeking conversations that highlight the commonalities between seemingly opposing social ideologies, or dancing off steam to 90’s hip-hop.”

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby, Indi, and Jana
350PDX Board & Team Leads

350PDX Weekly Update – Another heatwave, volunteers needed – August 11 2021

Hi everyone,

What a week. Another blistering heatwave is upon us, and on Monday the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest damning report.

You can read it here, or read a summary of the key takeaways here, but the basics are that it confirms what we already know: the Earth’s climate is getting worse more rapidly than predicted, and the window to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is quickly closing.

This is not easy news to receive, and many of us are feeling all sorts of dire emotions this week. Support in the movement for climate justice is more than organizing and strategy. No one is immune to the difficult news of the climate and other crises of justice, and growing a culture of mutual emotional support will be increasingly vital over time.

So we’re reserving the first half of our August General Meeting (coming up on Mon Aug 30, 6pm, register here) for a climate emotions check-in. Facilitated by longtime 350PDX volunteer and workshop facilitator Barbara Ford, we will take some time to reflect together and share in small groups how we are doing. You are free to share, or just to listen. We will also share some plans for other events like this, and solicit ideas for what might be fun and supportive ways to grow our sense of community.

In the meantime, here are some resources for working with climate emotions, and here’s a very short (3 min) video from eco-philosopher Joanna Macy on why uncertainty about our future can be a powerful resource to draw from.


Listen to eco-philosopher Joanna Macy on uncertainty
 (3 min)

Heat Resources

It’s going to be dangerously hot again. Here are some resources about dealing with the heat, and helping others.

  • 211Info is a resource for information about cooling centers. Information can change at the last moment so encouraging folks to call the centers first is the best bet. Let people know to take steps to stay cool. The community can get current information by visiting the 211info.org website for cooling center locations. If people do not have online access, they can dial 211 for assistance. If they are in Multnomah County and lack access to transportation, they can contact 211 to set up a ride to one of the designated cooling centers. If 211 website isn’t working you can check here too.
  • Help for when it’s hot from Multnomah County
  • Defense Fund PDX needs volunteers, ice, water, coolers, and Gatorade, from 9am-5pm Weds-Fri at 3534 SE Main St.
  • Careful about where you swim – the Willamette downtown has a blue-green algae bloom that can be toxic to dogs and others – read more here.

Mutual Aid Support: Volunteer to help Cooling Centers Stay Open!

The emergency management director for the City of Portland reached out to us to ask if we could share this message. Sign up at the links below.

I’m sure you saw that another heat wave is hitting the City.  We’ve opened cooling centers and misting stations in parks, to serve the residents who are most at risk. Staffing is a challenge. We’ve offered employees overtime, asked them to bring their friends and family, and tapped all our community volunteers. We’re grateful for help from anyone who has a desire to assist people affected by the heat. I wonder if you would consider sharing our volunteer requests with your email list? We can call it “direct action to help people impacted by climate change.”  People can sign up with older kids, spouses, and friends.  Families and friend groups can sign up together if they like. Here are the details:

Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave (Portsmouth): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2108heatcjcc

The Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave (Downtown): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2108heattpb

Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd Ave & NE Siskiyou St (Roseway/Madison South): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2108heatglenhaven

Knott Park, 11456 NE Knott St (Parkrose Heights): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2108heatknott

Mt Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave & Harold St (Mt Scott): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2108heatmtscott

Lents Park, SE Holgate & 97th https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cafa923a7fc1-misting6

East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cafa923a7fc1-misting8

Harney Park, SE 67th & Harney https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cafa923a7fc1-misting7

Actions

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

  • No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

    The City still hasn’t made it’s decision on this critical permit. Let’s keep the pressure up! Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled, with many trains carrying tar sands oil, the most polluting form of energy on the planet. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

    Take action to stop Zenith by calling each member of City Council. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

  • Sign up to be a kayaktivist!

    Whether you’re an experienced boater, or have never been out on the water and have been wanting to try, this is for you! This is a great chance to get outside while still doing climate action, and being on the water is naturally socially distanced!

    Fill in the form to get more info, get trained up, and get looped in when actions are happening. Join the local people-powered movement to stop the climate crisis and sign up below


Kayaktivists on the Willamette a few weeks ago protesting Zenith Energy

Opportunities​​​​

  • Action: The Climate Horror Picture ShowFri Aug 13, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Bank of America, 3757 SE Hawthorne Blvd, and then downtown

    Please join XR PDX and 350PDX at 10:30 Friday at the Bank of America, 3757 SE Hawthorne Blvd, with your signs and energy! We will be focusing on evil bank greenwashing, defunding fossil fuels and of course, Stop Line 3 and Stop Zenith Oil. (This is part of the kickoff of the Deadline Glasgow campaign organized by StopTheMoneyPipeline.)

    We will be performing the Climate Warp (Don’t do the climate warp now!) at Bank of America and then repeating the action at Chase Bank at Cesar Chavez and Hawthorne (2 blocks away). Then we will go downtown and do it all again at Chase Bank, 811 SW 6th.

    If you can only attend half the action, we encourage you to show up for the downtown half. We expect to be there about 11:30.

    WE NEED SINGERS/DANCERS, preferably in costume. Please let Annie (cabeckstany@gmail.com) know if you are interested. (Performers will meet at the Wells Fargo parking lot, 3782 SE Hawthorne @ 10:00 on Friday for a quick rehearsal.) This is gonna be FUN!

  • Action: Health Professionals Against Line 3Tues Aug 17, 1:00PM – 2:00PMU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd #400, Portland. Share Facebook event here.

    Stop Line 3 solidarity event for health professionals, public health advocates, and any and all others who wish to join – if you’re a climate justice advocate you can call yourself a public health advocate too!

    Join Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility on August 17th for a National Day of Solidarity Action

    Line 3 cuts through the heart of the Anishinaabe territory in Minnesota, violating treaty rights, damaging sacred wild rice beds, and threatening the health of Indigenous communities.

    Health professionals in Minnesota have opposed Line 3 for several years in a movement led by Indigenous leaders. They are now calling on us to stand in solidarity with the water protectors.

    Health Professionals across the country have responded with several states, including Oregon, participating in a distributed action on August 17th.

    Health Professionals, consider wearing clothes that identify you as such, white-coat or scrubs.

    Fully vaccinated people are welcome to attend this outdoor event. Please wear a mask and physically distance.

  • 350PDX Volunteer OrientationThurs Aug 19, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register here

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

  • New Volunteer Party!Wed Aug 25, 6:30PM – 8:30PM, In-person in a big backyard in NE Portland, RSVP here

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

    We’ll have food, drink, good times, and a bunch of info about all our teams and campaigns. We’ll also have a handful of 350PDX staff and long standing volunteers who you can get to know and ask questions in a relaxed, informal setting.

    Avoiding in-person events? Not available at this time? Well we’ll be doing an Virtual New Volunteer Happy Hour a few weeks later – Thurs Sept 9th 6-7pm. Register for that here.

  • 350PDX August General MeetingMon Aug 30, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online, register here
    Join for our next General Meeting, we’ll kick off with the Climate Emotions Check-in that we talked about in the intro to this email, and then dive into a reportback from some folks who went out to Minnesota to the Line 3 protest camps.
  • New Volunteer Virtual Happy Hour

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – What next? – July 9 2021

Hi everyone,

In the Pacific Northwest we just witnessed the “world’s most extreme heatwave in modern history.” Climate scientists are reporting that “never in the century-plus history of world weather observation have so many all-time heat records fallen by such a large margin.” Hundreds across the region died, including 107 in Oregon, 67 of those in Multnomah County alone, and it supercharged an already intense beginning to the fire season.

The climate crisis is here, and if you’re anything like me then your climate anxiety might be through the roof. 

Through my time as a climate activist I’ve found two potent antidotes to hopelessness – meaningful action, and loving community. 350PDX aims to offer both, and if you’re not already involved, we invite you now. Here’s what you can do.

1. Take action now

See below for some more actions, but this week we’re prioritizing putting pressure on Multnomah County to take action. We lost 67 members of our community in Multnomah County due to the unprecedented heatwave, many of them dying alone and without any access to fans or air conditioning. This devastating tragedy and mass casualty event requires bold policy action in response. The County must take bold and brave action against the fossil fuel industry to stop these deadly heatwaves from becoming commonplace. Join us in demanding that Multnomah County:

– Ban fossil fuels in all new buildings, and fully and equitably electrify the building sector.
– Urge their colleagues at the City of Portland to deny the Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) permit for Zenith Energy and initiate a Tribal consultation process.

Read more and take action here.

2. Rest

This one might sound counterintuitive, but at 350PDX we hold up rest as a revolutionary value against the never-ending cycle of capitalism that we live our lives in. We’ve just been through a shocking year in so many ways, and many of us are totally exhausted. The 350PDX staff certainly need it, and most of us are taking a break for most of July to recharge our batteries. That means we’ll have less events and we will be communicating less over the next month. If you’re feeling energized, feel free to dive into our trainings page where there are a bunch of resources to productively fill your time until we’re back to full capacity.

3. Get more involved

August Volunteer Orientation – Aug 19, 6:00PM – 7:30PM – On Zoom, register here

Become a sustaining donor – Having more monthly donors means we don’t have to hustle constantly to fundraise and stay afloat, so we focus our energy on other things. Most of our active volunteers also give monthly, whether that’s $5 or $50. Will you join them and support 350PDX?

4. Invite others to join

The heatwave was a climate wake up call for a lot of people, and the pandemic has been a wake up call about how our underlying political and economic system is not built to serve us. Do you have people in your life looking at the world and wishing there was something they could do? Ask them to join our mailing list or sign up to volunteer. Forward them this email! Once we’re back to full capacity in August we’ll be doing lots of events for new people to get more involved.

 

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

  • No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

    Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled, with many trains carrying tar sands oil, the most polluting form of energy on the planet. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

    Take action to stop Zenith by calling each member of City Council. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

  • Sign and send the petition to your local elected officials: Divest our pensions from fossil fuels

    Nearly all public pension funds in the U.S. are invested in fossil fuel companies — and thus using our tax dollars to support the powerful polluters that are causing the climate crisis and violating Indigenous rights.

    Public money shouldn’t be used to fund global destruction.

    Sign and send a letter to your pension fund’s decision makers urging them to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to stop supporting climate chaos with our retirement money!

  • Block the 2.9 Billion Dollar Arms Sale to Duterte! Pass the Philippine Human Rights Act Now!

    Part of our solidarity campaign with the International Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

    On June 24th, the U.S. State Department approved three new arms sales to the Philippines worth over US $2.9 billion. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sale would include F-16s and various missiles, contracted by major U.S. weapons companies Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing. Read more and sign the letter here.

Updates

  • We’re hiring! Full-time Communications Manager

    You may remember we advertised this position as half-time a couple months ago. We’ve decided to wait a few months and hire for this position as a full-time permanent staff position! Want to join our wonderful staff collective. Check out the description here – application deadline Aug 2.

  • Watch: Our Health in Wildfire Season

    Check out the webinar we co-sponsored last week on getting prepared for this intense wildfire season.

  • The Creative Team is currently looking for folks with the following skills:

    – Anyone who has an induction stove and would be willing to potentially use it in a video (asap)

    – Anyone who has experienced worsening asthma because of gas in their home and is willing to share their story (asap)

    – Dancers who could learn a brief piece of choreography and be filmed (August/September)

    – Musicians who could watch a draft of an extremely short video and create music for it (August/September)

    Email creative@350pdx.org if you’re interested!


350PDX Summer Party – June 30 2021
50 of our core volunteers and staff gathered last week for the first time since the start of the pandemic, just 2 days after the heatwave.
We’ll be doing lots more of this throughout the summer so look out for events!

 

Opportunities​​​​

  • Defund Line 3: Kill the Black Snake Bank WalkMon July 12, 3:00PM, Meet at Sewallcrest Park (SE 31st and SE Stephen)
    March to nearby Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America on Hawthorne

    Major banks ― such as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CitiBank and TD Bank ― have loaned billions of dollars to the Canadian fossil fuel corporation Enbridge so it can build the toxic Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Those banks are profiting from Line 3 and the immense cultural, ecological, and climate devastation it causes. There are three major bank loans to Enbridge, worth $5.8 billion, that are due to expire on July 22nd and July 23rd. Banks can legally and easily choose to walk away from Line 3 when those loans expire. Next week, thousands of people across the country will be holding art actions and protests at the branches, offices and headquarters of the banks funding Line 3. Will you join us for an in-person action on Monday?

  • Energy Justice Victory Party!Wed July 14, 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Virtual Zoom Event, RSVP here
    Please share the event on Facebook here!
    Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided.

    From Eastern Oregon to the Coast, communities on the front lines of climate change and environmental injustice have been organizing to create good jobs in clean energy, make energy bills affordable for all, and improve health with upgrades in people’s homes through the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign – and won!

    History was made together this legislative session, and now it’s time to celebrate! Join the Energy Justice Victory Party to celebrate these hard-earned victories, hear from Legislators and frontline community members from across Oregon who were instrumental in leading us to these victories, enter the raffle to win a prize, and learn what comes next in the fight for energy justice in Oregon.

  • KOIN TV Zenith ActionWed July 14, 11:00AM, KOIN TV , 222 SW Columbia St.
    Join for some street theatre outside KOIN TV to ask “Why aren’t you covered the City’s Zenith Energy Decision, and other actions addressing the roots of climate chaos?”  The media has been virtually silent in coverage of our climate actions and these critical City decisions and this is the time to start pressuring them to do better.
  • Stories from Treaty People Gathering

    Thurs July 15, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

    Please join Ecofaith Recovery to take a collective next step on our journey toward Climate Justice on Thursday, July 15th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom for Stories from Treaty People Gathering.

    Listen to first-hand accounts from people of faith who accepted the invitation from indigenous and First Nations people to participate in the Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota June 3 – 5. Then we will respond to those stories and listen for ways we may be inspired to act together to halt the expansion of the fossil fuel economy.

    More than 2000 water protectors gathered for Minnesota’s largest-ever mobilization against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, putting more pressure on the Biden administration to honor the Treaties and stop this toxic project.

    Come hear what happened and what’s next. Learn more and RSVP here to get the Zoom link: http://www.ecofaithrecovery.org/stories-from-treaty-people-gathering/

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Heatwave – June 23 2021

Hi everyone,

It’s hot. Really hot. The forecast for Portland this weekend says 111 degrees, which would be the 4 degrees higher than the hottest temperature ever recorded in Portland.

The weather is warming and wildfire season is lengthening, there are already four active wildfires burning across the state. Experts are expecting this year’s fire season to be more severe than last year’s. So we’re co-sponsoring a webinar on being prepared to try to minimize the health risks for ourselves and everyone in our communities.

Our Health in Wildfire Season
Mon June 28, 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Online – Register here

The webinar is hosted by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Neighbors for Clean Air, and will be available live in both English and Spanish, with Q&A, and then also recorded for wide distribution.

The speakers will be:

  • Erica Moseson MD, pulmonologist & Chair of the Pulmonary Section at Emanuel Hospital.   She will cover what wild-fire smoke is, how it affects our health in both the short and long term, who is most vulnerable to its effects, and possible modes of protection.

  • Elliot Gall PhD, Assistant Professor, Engineering at Portland State.  He will cover how smoke enters the home, and ways to create a cleaner air shelter within your home, including different types of filters and air purifiers.

  • Ira Cuello Martinez, Policy Climate Associate for PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, in English, Northwest Tree-planters and Farmworkers).  He will cover how outdoor workers can take measures to minimize exposure to dangerous smoky conditions.

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Know how you’re cooling off this weekend, but wondering how you can help your neighbors beat the heat? Here’s some ideas:

  • Organizers with local bail fund Defense Fund PDX are coordinating to drop off water, sunscreen, and other necessary supplies for local camps and folks living outside. Please consider dropping off ice, beverages, and sunscreen for camps and campers in your neighborhood, and contact @DefenseFundPDX on Twitter to let them know what ground you’re covering!
  • Meals on Us and Be Loved Bloc are organizing to provide folks with sunscreen, water, electrolytes, snacks, and other essentials to survive this heat wave! You can drop off items at the following locations:
    • Bunk Bar Water, 1028 SE Water Ave
    • Aveda Institute Portland, 325 NW 13th Ave
    • Haleakala PDX, 2816 NE Halsey St

Cash donations to purchase supplies can be made to $mealsonuspdx (Cashapp) or @mealsonuspdx (Venmo)!

  • The Warm Springs Reservation is already experiencing wildfire impacts, and their water is still being conserved due to further pipe failures. You can help get lifesaving water to Warm Springs by:
    • Donating to The Chúush Fund, organized by MRG Foundation and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,
    • Bringing donations of bottles or gallons of water to Bison Coffeehouse at 3941 NE Cully Blvd in preparation for their run to Warm Springs this weekend, or
    • Donating to CSPP’s Care Camel, which makes regular water deliveries to Warm Springs, at $CareCamelPDX (Cashapp) or @CSPPPDX (Venmo)

Thanks for looking out for yourselves and your neighbors; let’s keep each other safe!

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Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

  • No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

    Here in Portland we have our own tar sands oil fight, with Zenith Energy bringing in tar sands by rail and exporting on ships from their facility in NW Portland. Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

    Take action to stop Zenith by calling each member of City Council. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

  • Sign and send the petition to your local elected officials: Divest our pensions from fossil fuels

    Nearly all public pension funds in the U.S. are invested in fossil fuel companies — and thus using our tax dollars to support the powerful polluters that are causing the climate crisis and violating Indigenous rights.

    Public money shouldn’t be used to fund global destruction.

    Sign and send a letter to your pension fund’s decision makers urging them to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to stop supporting climate chaos with our retirement money!

  • Tell Biden: Stop Line 3

    With enough national pressure, we can make this pipeline a top issue for Biden among the likes of Keystone XL and Dakota Access. But it will take all of us rising up.

    Will you add your name to the national petition calling on Biden to review the permits granted by Trump and halt construction on the Line 3 tar sands pipeline immediately?

    Sign the petition here.

  • Wanted: Help with Trainings

    We want to put on more trainings, like the Volunteer Orientation, Climate Justice 101, Winning a Campaign 101, Centering Frontline Leadership 101, etc. But we need help! Trainings take up a lot of time and energy, and Chris could use some support in developing, delivering, advertising, and everything else that goes into trainings. These trainings might be virtual, but increasingly we’re thinking about doing some summer trainings in the park or backyard. Interested in helping out? Let chris@350pdx.org know! You don’t need to be an expert in the content, we can learn that together. Looking for teachers / trainers / good public speakers / curriculum designers / researchers or anyone with a passion for creating a learning environment.

Updates

  • Missed the Volunteer Orientation last week?

    Sign up for the next one on August 19th here. Or watch the recording (60 min) and follow along on the slides (which have the transcript of eveything I said typed up below the slides).

  • Volunteer Support Fund

    350PDX is committed to removing barriers to volunteering and organizing within our movement. Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, we are now able to provide limited stipends to go towards removing barriers to volunteering with 350PDX through a Volunteer Support Fund.

    We aim to foster a more inclusive and accessible 350PDX community, while also providing opportunities for distributed leadership and more sustainable volunteer teams.

    Will a stipend support you in volunteering with 350PDX? This fund may be for you! Apply here

    Applications will be considered and stipends will be distributed on a quarterly basis, so about every 3 months, with the next rolling deadline coming up on June 30. Questions? Please reach out to chris@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org.

Opportunities​​​​

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

350PDX June Team & Campaign Update

Happy June! Here’s this month’s team & campaign update newsletter! 

Last month we hosted our Spring Fundraiser on a Just Recovery, a bold vision that creates a fossil-free Oregon that serves us all. We did not quite reach our goal – will you help us raise an additional $1,000? You can still make a $10, $25, or $50 donation to help fuel our work for the year ahead. Thank you to everyone who already made a donation! We’re so grateful for your support, and look forward to keeping up the fight as we gradually emerge from this pandemic.

Want to get more involved at 350PDX? Come along to tonight’s Volunteer Orientation at 6PM.

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Volunteer Support Fund

350PDX is committed to removing barriers to volunteering and organizing within our movement. Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, we are now able to provide limited stipends to go towards removing barriers to volunteering with 350PDX through a Volunteer Support Fund.

We aim to foster a more inclusive and accessible 350PDX community, while also providing opportunities for distributed leadership and more sustainable volunteer teams.

Will a stipend support you in volunteering with 350PDX? This fund may be for you! Apply here

Applications will be considered and stipends will be distributed on a quarterly basis, so about every 3 months, with the next rolling deadline coming up on June 30. Questions? Please reach out to chris@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org. 

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TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

It’s all hands on deck to #StopZenithOil! The City will be making a critical decision on a land use permit that would determine whether or not Zenith Energy can continue their dirty tar sands operation in our community. Here are 4 things you can do right now:

In other tar sands related news, Annie from our team went out to Minnesota on the train to join the Line 3 protests last week. Check out her fantastic blog post here!

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com)

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We have been working with STMP and frontline Indigenous resistance to defund Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. Our work lobbying the State Treasurer to vote in corporate shareholder meetings to undermine fossil fuel industry funding is over for this year. We have now launched a Divest Oregon campaign, which will be carried out by a statewide coalition separate from our team. Our team will continue to support frontline resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure and continue to wage campaigns to highlight the massive support for the fossil fuel industry by financial institutions, insurance companies, and the government. We also work on divestment campaigns in local educational institutions. Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350PDX.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm with June the exception. Next meeting is July 23. For more go to our team web pages.

Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity

We’re now just 10 days away from the end of the Legislative Session. It’s go- time. Our biggest need is for phone calls to constituents of key legislators before the final bills go to the floor for final votes. Click here to send a message to your legislator to make sure they vote yes for HB2021 and HB 2842. Come to a phonebank tomorrow evening from 5:30 – 8pm, even if you’ve never phonebanked before since it will start with a training. Experienced phonebankers can hop in and make calls with us during the day tomorrow (from 1-2:30pm) by signing up here.

Join members of the campaign in person on Friday evening (5-7:30pm) at Unthank Park for a Clean Energy Opportunity Action Party! There will be food, drinks, and opportunities to take action for the campaign with others!

Forest Defense

The Forest Defense team recently took a little time for a camping trip and hike at Tamawanas Falls near Mt Hood! It was a great opportunity for relaxation and teambuilding. The team is focusing on defining our principles and vision for the team and for the future of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and planning our next campaign after our big win with the Board of Forestry in March. Read more here.

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. We’re currently focused on campaigns for racial justice and defunding the police, as well as global solidarity and anti-militarism. This month, we’re celebrating the passage of SB 621, a bill we’ve supported that allows Portland to move forward with the independent police oversight board we voted in last fall. We’re also keeping an eye on a bill that would curtail police use of chemical weapons and dangerous crowd control tactics. As we move into the summer, we’re especially excited to begin safely gathering in person to skill up and learn together through outdoor activities like movie nights!

We are looking for volunteers who are committed to anti-racist values and centering the leadership of frontline communities, and excited to be a part of local coalitions to further racial justice and global solidarity. Been interested in joining this team? Next week is a great place to jump in! We’ll be having an outdoor movie screening and hang out night. We haven’t picked the film yet, so reach out to join us and make a suggestion! Email dineen@350pdx.org and indi@350pdx.org to join the team or for more info.

City/County Watchdog

This spring and summer, the Watchdog team is continuing to self-study and incorporate a focused anti-racist lens as we advocate for frontline community priorities and demand action and resources on scale with the Climate Emergency that Portland declared in June 2020. Here’s what we’re up to in June:

  • Speaking out at the City’s budget hearing on June 9. Read our testimony here.
  • Keeping tabs on the first progress report of the City’s Climate Emergency Declaration. The report is scheduled to go to City Council on July 29 at 2pm. Stay tuned for community engagement opportunities.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for more info about the team or to join a meeting!

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal team is going on hiatus from their work providing education and advocacy for a Green New Deal. Please reach out to indi@350pdx.org with any questions and visit our partners at the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to see how you can plug into ongoing work towards an Oregon Green New Deal!

Creative Team

Seeking climate creatives! Do you have graphic design, illustration or animation skills? Or are you good at managing several creatives all contributing to one beautiful project? Join us – you are needed!

Right now the 350PDX community-based creative team is seeking folks willing to share their skills for an exciting upcoming fossil fuel resistance campaign — it’ll involve developing a variety of creative assets built around a specific narrative. These will be one-off engagements and we’ll be looking to collaborate in June/July/August. For this campaign we’re specifically looking for:

  • Graphic designers
  • Illustrators
  • Animators
  • Video editors
  • Creative project managers

We’ll give you a creative brief, a run-down of what we’re looking for and a general deadline. We can partner closely or let you work your magic! Your work will be shared by 350PDX as well as a variety of other regional coalition groups, most likely via social media. Great for building out your portfolio or practicing a skill!

Want to be on our roster for the next opportunity? Fill out this quick form to get on the list.

Any questions? Email 

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OTHER UPDATES

Staff

One of our organizational values is *Rest*. This work can be deeply emotionally taxing and nonstop, and after a grueling year of adapting and surviving we’re going to do a revolutionary thing and take a break. We’ll be giving our staff a paid vacation and closing the (virtual) office for 2 weeks from July 12 – 23. We’ll be encouraging our board, volunteers, and movement partner organizations to join us in resting and enjoying the summer. We’ll be skipping the July General Meeting, and will be back in business for August.

In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby and Indi
350PDX Board & Team Leads

350PDX Weekly Update – #StopLine3 and #StopTarSands everywhere! – June 9 2021

Hi everyone,

Over the weekend over two thousand people gathered in Anishinaabe territory in northern Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering in protest of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

The police were unyielding, with a dangerously low flying helicopter showering water protectors with dust and debris, and police using something painfully familiar to protestors in Portland, a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, to drive protesters away with noise. Over 200 water protectors were arrested, with many chaining themselves to pipeline construction equipment hoping to delay this project which would lock Minnesota – and the nation – into decades of continued burning of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world. Line 3 would also be built across some of Minnesota’s most pristine waters, permeable soils, and wild rice lakes. This route violates treaty rights, crossing over 1855 Treaty land where Indigenous people have the right to hunt, fish, and gather.

It’s hard to believe that in 2021 people are still needing to put their bodies on the line to protect water, treaty rights, and the climate. But the reality is, without maintaining and escalating this pressure on President Biden, this pipeline will be flowing by the end of this year.

Here’s what you can do: Sign the petition telling Biden to Stop Line 3. Call the White HouseDonate to the Bail Fund. Go to Minnesota to join the new camps and actions emerging – info on this Facebook page. Follow these groups for ongoing actions and requests – Honor the EarthGiniw CollectiveIndigenous Environmental Network.

Recent breaking news from today shows the power we have in stopping projects like Line 3. Just a couple of hours ago, TC Energy announced it was officially terminating the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is a HUGE victory. Years of Indigenous-led resistance against this destructive pipeline to protect water, land, and our climate has outright won. This announcement is another example of how grassroots organizing works. In the words of Dallas Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network, “We took on a multi-billion dollar corporation and we WON!” Together, our movements have stopped Keystone XL. Together we can stop tar sands oil everywhere: from Line 3 to Zenith Energy here in Portland.

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No Tar Sands Here, No Tar Sands Anywhere. City of Portland: it’s time to Stop Zenith!

Here in Portland we have our own tar sands oil fight, with Zenith Energy bringing in tar sands by rail and exporting on ships from their facility in NW Portland. Ever since Zenith Energy began operating in our City over 3 years ago, the amount of dangerous oil trains in our community has quadrupled. It’s time for this to stop. The Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal this month and they need to hear from you! In the face of a climate emergency, Portland has the opportunity to say “NO!” to this dirty oil company and assert its vision for a sustainable city—one that values community and environmental health over profits for fossil fuel companies.

Take action to stop Zenith by signing this petition to the City Councilcalling each member of City Council, and sharing this petition with 5 of your friends and family right now. If you only have time for one phone call, though, make it to Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services which will make this permit decision. His number is 503-823-3589.

In addition to signing the digital petition, we’ll also be hitting the streets this month at every farmers market and event in town to get even more signatures to the City to show the overwhelming need to #StopZenithOil! Miss talking to people in person? You can join us in canvassing at a variety of events this weekend and this month by signing up for a shift here. We’ll get you set up with all the materials you need. Help us make this the summer we stop Zenith!

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

  • Can you call your legislator this week to help pass the Clean Energy for All & Healthy Homes bills?

    Your urgent help is needed to move the Clean Energy for All bill (HB2021) and the Healthy Homes bill (HB2842) out of the Ways and Means Committee. We’re so close to the finish line, and we need your help to pass the next two bills in the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign! If your legislator serves on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, please give them a call this week and then let us know you called by logging your call here:

    Senator Kathleen Taylor (Milwaukie) 503-986-1721
    Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (NW Portland, Beaverton) 503-986-1717
    Senator Lew Frederick (N and NE Portland) 503-986-1722
    Representative Tawna Sanchez (N and NE Portland) 503-986-1443
    Representative Rob Nosse (SE Portland) 503-986-1442

    Here’s the full list of members of the Joint Committee for Ways and Means if you don’t see your legislator above, or if you’re not sure. If you don’t know who your legislator is, you can look them up here. (If your legislator does not sit on the Joint Committee for Ways and Means, it’s OK to call them, and the best timing will probably be next week or the following week.)

    You will likely get an answering machine, but you may speak with a member of your legislator’s staff. It is fine to call after-hours. Important: After calling, please help us track how many calls are made by logging your call hereExample script:

    Hi Senator______ / Representative ______ my name is _______ and I live in _________.  I’m calling to urge you to vote yes for the Clean Energy for All bill, HB2021, and for the Healthy Homes bill, HB2842.  I care about these bills because …..
    – A transition to 100% clean energy is important to me
    – I believe communities hit hardest by climate and environmental injustice must benefit from the transition to clean energy
    – It’s time to move away from polluting energy sources
    Thank you for your hard work this session!

    The Clean Energy for All bill (HB2021) and the Healthy Homes bill (HB2842), and the Energy Affordability bill (HB2475, which already passed the House and Senate!) are part of the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity, a campaign led by frontline climate and environmental justice groups across Oregon. Our goal is to reduce energy bills, support home upgrades that help keep families healthy, and create good jobs in clean energy projects across Oregon.

  • Wanted: Social Media Volunteers

    We need help with our social media! We’ve just had a wonderful intern Annie complete her internship building our social media systems so it’s a well-oiled (vegetable oil, not tar sands oil) machine. Until our newly hired Communications Manager comes on in the next couple of months we’re looking for a few volunteers to help out. The role would involved checking the social@350pdx.org email address where all our teams send their social media toolkits and requests to, and scheduling posts based on that. The role can be temporary (4-6 weeks) or longer term, and if we get a few volunteers we can split it so you each have just a couple days a week where you help out. Interested? Let chris@350pdx.org know! We’d be SUPER grateful for any help 🙂

  • Wanted: Help with Trainings

    We want to put on more trainings, like the Volunteer Orientation, Climate Justice 101, Winning a Campaign 101, Centering Frontline Leadership 101, etc. But we need help! Trainings take up a lot of time and energy, and Chris could use some support in developing, delivering, advertising, and everything else that goes into trainings. These trainings might be virtual, but increasingly we’re thinking about doing some summer trainings in the park or backyard. Interested in helping out? Let chris@350pdx.org know! You don’t need to be an expert in the content, we can learn that together. Looking for teachers / trainers / good public speakers / curriculum designers / researchers or anyone with a passion for creating a learning environment.

Updates

  • Got any office space ideas?

    Earlier in the pandemic we moved out of our office at the Central Lutheran Church and went fully remote. Partly that was to save money on a space we couldn’t use, but it was also because long term we were going to outgrow the space. Now with things gradually starting to open up we’re starting to think about where a new office space might be, and we need ideas! Know any spots that might be good? Please let chris@350pdx.org know!

    Needs: Office space for 5-15 desks with access to one or more large rooms for bigger meetings (ranging from 10 – 100 people). Ideally we could share an office with another movement nonprofit (we have one or two in mind who are also seeking office space) so there would be room for them too. Location: hoping for fairly central eastside but open to other locations. Must be accessible by transit, and space itself must be accessible (entryways, stairs, bathrooms, etc.) Kitchen, printer/scanner access.

  • Watch: 350PDX June General Meeting on Abolition

    We were joined by Lee Helfend of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon who gave a great interactive walk-through of abolition. You can find Lee’s slides here.

Opportunities​​​​

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

350PDX Weekly Update – One year on – May 26 2021

Hi everyone,

One year ago, George Floyd was murdered and Black people led millions of us out into the streets to demand an end to racist violence and murders by police. In one of the largest uprisings in US history, we took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, for Breonna Taylor, and for the thousands of other Black and Brown people killed by the police every year, with one of the core demands being to defund the police.

The movement for Black lives has been successful at defunding police departments across the country, including in Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and here in Portland. But the $15 million rerouted from the Portland Police Bureau in the 2021 budget to other city programs and initiatives fell far short of the $50 million cut advocated for by many local groups including 350PDX, and is still a sliver of the PPB budget of $245 million. Many groups are thinking bigger, about what abolishing the police system itself would mean, and what we would replace it with.

Join us for our June General Meeting, where we’ll hear from guest speaker Lee Helfend of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon on this question of abolition, both of the police and of prisons, and how those issues intersect with environmental justice.

What: 350PDX June General Meeting – Abolition & Environmental Justice, with guest speaker Lee Helfend of OPAL
When: Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00PM – 7:15PM
Where: Virtual – register for the zoom link here

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

  • Launching the Volunteer Opportunities page

    Want to get more involved at 350PDX but want to see more of what kind of opportunities exist, what kind of skills we’re looking for, and where the need is greatest? We’re putting together this new Volunteer Opportunities page, that has more information about each team, what they’re currently up to, and what getting involved with them might look like. It’s a work in progress and will be a living place updated regularly. Check it out here!

  • Stop Zenith Tar Sands Oil Facility

    Zenith has submitted their Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) to the City as a precursor to applying to DEQ for an air quality permit. Tell Dan Ryan and City Council to deny the LUCS for Zenith and encourage DEQ to deny Zenith’s air quality permits! Zenith needs the city’s approval to apply for an air quality permit that it does not deserve given that it openly vents hazardous fumes every tanker it unloads threatening low-income and BIPOC communities already having air quality issues and going against city policies already on the books. Zenith is a safety threat in terms of blast zone derailments and the possible inferno that would result from being in a liquefaction zone when there is a large earthquake. Furthermore, tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest and heaviest fossil fuels on the planet and so will contribute to climate chaos when exported overseas to be burned as well as threaten the Columbia River in the case of a derailment as it sinks and is difficult to surface contain thus threatening this precious ecosystem. This is a critical time to try to shut down this facility!!!   

    TAKE ACTION on Zenith – Go to bit.ly/stopzenith to send a letter (it only takes a moment)! Also, call Dan Ryan’s office at 503-823-3589 and tell them to deny the Land Use Compatibility Statement.   

    On Saturday, May 29th at noon, join XRPDX at Lower Macleay park (2960 NW Upshur) to talk with folks about contacting the City asking them to deny Zenith’s LUCS. Over the past month we have gathered over 100 postcards and used QR codes for over 71 letter signatures up in North Portland.  This week we focus on NW Portland.  We also have blast zone yard signs available for those in the blast zones in NE, North, and NW Portland.

Updates

  • Watch: Climate Justice Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read

    On May 5, over 150 people attended a live Q&A with Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read to ask him to use his role as the State Treasurer to divest from fossil fuels and fight the climate crisis. State Treasurers have an enormous and often underutilized role to play in fighting the climate crisis. Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read manages the $110 Billion state pension fund investments and votes those shares at the Annual General Meetings of some of the largest financial institutions and fossil fuel companies in the country. 350PDX (with over 40 co-sponsors around Oregon!) organized this Q&A to educate the community about the power of state treasurers in the fight against the climate crisis and to continue to push the Treasurer Read to vote and invest as a climate champion. Watch to hear directly from the Treasurer and from activists and community members from around the state.

  • (divorcing) White Supremacy Culture website now published

    In 1999 Tema Okun wrote an article on White Supremacy Culture, which has since become a foundational reading of anti-racist work. It’s even one of our central resources on our training page that we ask all volunteers to look at! Well this week it got an update, with a new website adding a few more traits to the list (including “fear”), as well as a bunch more context and other updates. It’s a dynamic website with lots of different ways to absorb and learn the content, so please feel free to spend some time looking through it!

Opportunities​​​​

  • Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota

    June 5-8, Northern Minnesota

    An Indigenous-led movement has resisted Enbridge’s toxic tar sands Line 3 pipeline through legal advocacy, organizing, and direct action for over seven years. Hundreds of actions have happened on the ground on Anishinaabe treaty land in Minnesota and across the world to stop it. Now, Indigenous leadership has put out a call for people in all parts of the world to converge on Minnesota from June 5-8 and engage in nonviolent direct action.

    Vans and carpools are being organized from Portland to Minnesota. When you sign up to join the gathering, you’ll have the opportunity to join Signal chats to get plugged into these ride-sharing opportunities.

  • 350PDX Volunteer Orientation

    Thurs June 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Online – Register here

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

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

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

350PDX May Team & Campaign Update

Last month we did our annual volunteer survey, and one of the things that came up was a sense that folks wanted to know more about what’s happening across the organization. Since lots of our volunteers and activists are really focused on one area of our work it can be hard to keep up with all of the moving parts of the organization and the many campaigns we’re working on!

So, we’re starting this new monthly team & campaign update newsletter!

Below you’ll find a brief blurb about what each of our teams and campaigns are up to, and info on any other projects going on. You’ll also find info about what volunteer opportunities and needs each team might have, and how to get involved.

Like what you see? Too much info? Not enough? Other ideas of what to include? Let us know by replying to this email, we’re always looking for feedback, especially when we launch something new.

TEAM UPDATES

Read more about the teams and what volunteer opportunities they have on our Volunteer Opportunities page
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill in the Volunteer Form

Fossil Fuel Resistance

We’re hard at work in our Gasbusters sub-team right now! We’re fighting the greenwashing of utilities like Northwest Natural who’ve been pushing false and dangerous “solutions” like “renewable natural gas” while getting in the way of passing and implementing meaningful policy that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. We’ve recently won a resolution at Multnomah County that bans gas from being hooked up to new construction in County-owned public buildings, which is an awesome step in the right direction, but just a first step towards what we really need to implement: a ban on fossil fuels in any and all new buildings in the County. New buildings that are hooked up to gas must be seen for what they are: new fossil fuel infrastructure that locks us into dirty and polluting energy for decades to come. Electrification is a solution that can create a just transition to homes and buildings that are safer, healthier, and more resilient, and powered by clean energy.

To join our team, reach out to Melanie (melanie.plaut@gmail.com) and Ana (apyz875@gmail.com). Our full Fossil Fuel Resistance team meets virtually every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm, and our Gasbusters team meets every other Thursday at 4pm. Read more about this team.

Defund/Divest

Our team follows the money and works as part of a national coalition StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP). We have been working with STMP and frontline Indigenous resistance to defund Line 3, a tar sands pipeline in Minnesota owned by Enbridge Energy. We are lobbying the State Treasurer to support corporate responsibility for climate consequences at corporate shareholder annual meetings. Our team had a informative and successful Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read May 5 with a financial planner who explained the fiscal responsibility of ending fossil fuel industry investments, statewide stakeholders such as public employee unions and youth climate activists who called on the state to divest, and – with 281 participants – lots of questions for the Treasurer! Now we are assessing a divestment campaign, working on research, communications, building coalition, talking with other states similarly engaged, and strategy. Choose what interests you! Reach out to Jenifer (jenifer@350PDX.org) for conversation about our team, and ask to be sent our weekly team email. We meet on the 4th Thursday, 7-8:30 pm. For more go to our team web pages.

Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity

The Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, led by frontline climate and environmental justice groups from across the state and supported by allies like 350PDX, is working to pass three bills in 2021 that will create good local jobs, reduce pollution, and improve our state’s resiliency by transitioning to 100% clean energy. On Thursday, our campaign saw a historic win when the Energy Affordability Act, which will help low-income families afford their energy bills, passed the Oregon Senate with bipartisan support! The bill will now move to Governor Brown’s office for her signature.

Our campaign is still working hard to pass Healthy Homes and 100% Clean Energy For All through the legislature this year. Our staff and volunteers will be phonebanking, writing to legislators, and submitting testimony on these bills through the end of the session in July! If you’d like to know more about how you can get involved with this campaign, please contact Dineen O’Rourke at dineen@350pdx.org.

Forest Defense

With our big win with the Board of Forestry in March we’re currently taking some time to figure out our overarching principles and vision for the team and for the future of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and planning our next campaign. Read more here.

We virtually meet first and third Mondays 6pm – contact Leslie for info (lesliegrush@gmail.com)

Solidarity

Our Solidarity Team organizes in the intersections of climate justice and social justice movements through genuine partnership and coalition building. We’re currently focused on campaigns for racial justice and defunding the police, as well as global solidarity and anti-militarism. We are looking for volunteers who are committed to anti-racist values and centering the leadership of frontline communities, and excited to be a part of local coalitions to further racial justice and global solidarity. In addition to supporting local campaigns and partners, we also seek to educate the rest of our 350PDX community on the issues we work on through webinars and a potential movie-in-the-park series. Want to join the team? Email indi@350pdx.org and dineen@350pdx.org to get involved.

City/County Watchdog

This spring and summer, the Watchdog team is continuing to self-study and incorporate a focused anti-racist lens as we advocate for frontline community priorities and demand action and resources on scale with the Climate Emergency that Portland declared in June 2020. Here’s what we’re up to right now:

  • Watching the current City budget cycle, the upcoming Climate Emergency Progress Report, the City and County charter reviews, and the implementation of a new climate justice governance structure that will guide justice-based climate actions for Portland and Multnomah County.
  • Integrating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion principles across 350PDX campaign teams, including the Watchdog team.

We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM. Contact Brooke (brooke@350pdx.org) or Indi (indi@350pdx.org) for call-in info!

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal team is organizing outreach and political education to neighborhood associations, faith communities, and other communities to raise awareness and foster involvement in promoting and advocating for Green New Deal policies. Right now, we’re supporting Green New Deal legislation in Oregon’s legislative session advanced by the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign and the Oregon Public Bank Alliance. We’ve also recently hosted Ira Cuello-Martinez of Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and Megan Snoeyink of Portland State University (and 350PDX’s JEDI Committee) for a discussion of heat and smoke impacts on farmworkers and their health, and are now engaging with an OSHA rulemaking process to put stronger protections in place. If you’d like to join our team as a Green New Deal educator and advocate, or if you’d like to request a presentation for your community, please contact Mark at markdari@pacifier.com!

Creative Team

Our newest team, formed by a merger of the Arts and Comms team, we are busy setting ourselves up to be the creative powerhouse of 350PDX. We make the climate justice movement so beautiful and compelling, it’s irresistible to join! We are writers, videographers, graphic designers, photographers, project managers, story strategists, puppeteers, actors, screen-printers… you get the idea.

We have two sub-teams: The Art team and the Story team.

  • The Story folks help figure out a campaign’s narrative strategy. We use a “story-based strategy” method to help campaign teams take apart dominant narratives and craft new stories. We investigate the myths we believe, build and participate in, and pause to bring deeper intentionality to campaign words, imagery and assumptions.
  • The Art folks work hand-in-hand with the Story folks and campaign teams to produce gorgeous creative products that surprise and delight, while bringing the campaign’s story to life.

We also have a roster of folks who want to share their skills in one-off kinds of ways. Join us! creative@350pdx.org

JEDI

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee serves as the major driver of 350PDX’s JEDI work, implementing our 3 year 2020-2022 JEDI plan. Over the past few months we’ve been focused on completing the JEDI cohort and rolling out more training resources around anti-racism, justice, and equity (read more on both of those in the Other Updates section below).

We’re always looking for new members with JEDI experience or knowledge – learn more about the committee and apply here.

Staff

We’re excited to welcome our new Development Manager Gaby Diaz, onboard! Read more about her here, and feel free to reach out and welcome her at gaby@350pdx.org.

We also said goodbye to two staff members in the past few months, our Development Manager Ashley Weatherspoon, and our Grants & Planning Manager Lucy Kennedy-Wong. 350PDX is a stronger, safer, and better place because of you. Thank you both for your years at 350PDX, you will be missed!

The hiring deadline has closed for our new part-time Communications Manager position, so expect to see that position filled in the next month! We’re still looking for more applicants for the Finance & Operations Manager fulltime position, so please share that with anyone you think would be a good fit!

Board

Last month the board welcomed a new member, Evie Vermeer! Read about him here, or get to know him on the Forest Defense Team, where you’ll also find him. The board is still looking to elect a couple more members, especially folks who can bring lived experience as community members on the frontlines of the climate justice struggle. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, learn more here and get in touch.

OTHER UPDATES

JEDI Cohort

350PDX’s first JEDI cohort wrapped up at the end of April! For the past four months, 15 volunteers (at least one person from every team) have been taking part in an intensive biweekly training on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). Topics included climate justice, anti-racism, white supremacy cultural traits, microaggressions, centering frontline leadership, and conflict (more info here). While our long term aim is to train all our volunteers on these topics, this first cohort is an important step to make sure our teams are practicing anti-oppression, centering on climate justice, and are providing a safer and more welcoming space for everyone, especially marginalized communities.

Thank you so much to volunteers Alex, Ana, Annie, Ari, Audrey, Carole, Emily, Mark, Mo, Nancy, Shauna, Shawn, Taryn, and Torie for taking part, a special thank you to Anais, Chris, and Elva for helping run the cohort, and a super special thank you to our anonymous donor who supported us to hire an external expert trainer, David, to help us with the trainings!

Training & Learning – New webpage!

There is a world of learning out there. We are standing on the shoulders of the movements and activists who came before us. With that in mind, we’ve just revamped our Learning & Training page on the 350PDX website. It shows our upcoming live trainings, and also dozens of prerecorded trainings and resources for you to get skilled up.

And because the sight of dozens of links and videos can be pretty overwhelming, we’ve split them into three more manageable levels: FoundationalCore, and Advanced. We want to encourage all 350PDX volunteers to spend time moving through these levels as they grow their skills as activists.

Support our organization in our Spring Appeal!

The month of May is our spring fundraising drive, and we really rely on donations from our community to keep us going and growing. We are small staff of only 5 people involved in a huge amount of campaigns and programs, so your donations go a long way in their impact. Like what we do? Want us to keep going? Then please consider donating today!
In solidarity,

350PDX Staff – Chris, Chuck, Dineen, Gaby and Indi
350PDX Team Leads