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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pic from United Farm Workers

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

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

    We’ll be partnering with other 350 local groups in key swing states, and together we’ll reach as many voters as we can, calling and texting them with important information on voter registration and vote by mail – then reminding them to cast their ballots when it counts. But it will only work with volunteers like you.

    After you sign up, we’ll send you a weekly email with phonebanking events happening with our 350 partners every day of the week – so you can engage when it works best for you. Sound good? Sign up here!

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

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

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

  • Portland Free Fridge – support your local community

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

Updates

  • Recording: 350PDX August General Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Train

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

  • Training Video: Intro to Security Culture

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – The hottest it’s ever been – August 19 2020

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

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

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

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

Updates

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

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

  • Article: Climate Apartheid Is the Coming Police Violence Crisis

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

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

What you can do

1. Show up

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

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

Here are a few picks in the coming days:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for our advice for showing up to protest

2. Give supplies

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

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

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

Updates

  • BREAKING NEWS: Proposed Petrochemical Refinery Pulls the Plug!

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

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

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

  • Video: Redlining and environmental injustice in Portland

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

  • Video: Keeping Yourself Healthy & Safe at a Protest

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

  • Portland Lifts Ban on Duplexes, Triplexes, and Fourplexes

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

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

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – It’s still about Black lives – August 5 2020

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

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

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

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

Support Our Summer Appeal

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Not the time to slow down

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

It’s still about Black lives

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

What you can do

1. Show up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advice for showing up to protest

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

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

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

2. Give supplies / money

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

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

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

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

Actions

Updates

  • 350.org Solidarity School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Racism and Discrimination in the Oil and Gas Industry

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

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – #DefundPolice #AbolishICE #ClimateJustice – July 29 2020

Hi everyone,

Since long before the Department of Homeland Security deployed masked paramilitary agents to the streets of Portland, the agency has been deploying ICE agents along the southern border and throughout the nation. Some of the tactics we’re seeing in Portland, like unidentified officers kidnapping people into vans, have been perfected whilst terrorizing migrant communities.

The links between immigration justice and climate justice are clear. The places in the world hardest hit by increasing heatwaves, droughts, floods, and hurricanes are in the Global South, which have done the least to cause the climate crisis. Millions of climate refugees are expected in the coming decades, and it’s up to us whether we welcome them with compassion or put up walls and ICE detention camps.

Immigration injustice, racial injustice, police brutality, and climate irresponsibility are all symptoms of the same root causes, which include the increasing authoritarianism of the current administration and the corporate takeover of our democracy. They are attacking on all fronts in an effort to divide the movement into small manageable issue-based groups, none of which have enough power to take on the establishment.

The only way we can win is by uniting, by aligning with other movements and showing up for Black lives, to #DefundThePolice, to #AbolishICE, as well as to fight the climate crisis.


NOAH BERGER – ASSOCIATED PRESS

What you can do

1. Show up

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

Car Caravan Protest
Wed July 29 & Fri July 31, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Post signs on your car. Different route each time. Route map provided beforehand at link.

Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Thurs July 30, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Portland City Hall. Please wear black

The People vs. ICE March & Rally
Fri July 31, 4:30PM – 8:30PM
Location TBA (check the link)

Wall of Grandparents for Black Lives Matter
Every Friday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
(In)Justice Center, 1120 SW 3rd Ave

Union Member Solidarity Wall
Sat Aug 1 & Aug 8, 9:30PM [higher risk from police]
Salmon St Springs Fountain
Wear your favorite union swag

All of these events could escalate into police brutality, we just highlighted the ones that will almost certainly escalate and you should come prepared (see below). Attend at your own risk!

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

Advice for showing up to protest

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

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

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

2. Give supplies / money

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

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

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

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

Actions

  • Call DEQ about indisciminate tear gas use

    From Neighbors for Clean Air – “Are you horrified at the indiscriminate use of tear gas by the Feds on demonstrators exercising their 1st Amendment rights downtown? Even for those not getting directly gassed, the residue is building up and affecting so many in the area. You can do something about it by calling the DEQ and make a complaint. If they get more than 10 complaints, they have to investigate. Call 1-888-997-7888!

  • Ask your Portland friends and family to subscribe to this newsletter!

    Think these weekly updates are useful? We put a lot of effort into them and would love it if more people read them! If you’re so inclined please feel free to forward this email on and ask them to sign up at 350pdx.org. Thank you!

  • 350PDX Climate Justice & Black Lives Matter survey

    You’ll have received this in your inbox on Monday, and we’ve already had 260 responses(!), but if you’ve not filled it in already, now’s your chance. 350PDX is currently mobilizing a lot of our energy behind the movement for Black lives. We want to figure out what this will look like for the long-term, so we’d like to hear your perspectives, feelings and insights as we move forward.

    Can you fill in this 10 minute survey here? Deadline midnight Fri 31st July. Please note this survey is ANONYMOUS unless you choose to provide your contact information for a possible follow-up phone conversation. Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us!

  • Support our Summer Appeal

    350PDX needs your help to stay in this fight for the long haul! We are still a long ways off from our goal of $25K, but if everyone who opened this email donated just $15 we would more than surpass it!

Updates

  • Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Will Seek Referral For New Police Oversight Agency

    This afternoon at around 3pm, the Portland City Council will consider an ordinance proposed by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty that would refer a charter change creating a new police oversight agency to the November ballot. You can watch live here.

    Hardesty proposes the formation of a new entity that would have greater access to police records; the ability to question officers directly; the authority to investigate fatal incidents; and a budget equal to 5% of the Portland Police Bureau’s budget. In all those areas, the proposed agency would have more authority than the city’s current oversight agency, the city auditor’s Independent Police Review. You can read the resolution here.

  • Environmental racism is killing Americans of color. Climate change will make it worse

    Guardian article – “I Can’t Breathe” is echoing across the planet. Filled with anguish and pain, these haunting words are spotlighting the systemic racism that has infected unjust policing practices, putting black and brown communities in its crosshairs. As police take lives with chokeholds and asphyxiate others with knees on their necks, we are reminded that racism is literally killing our people and planet.

  • Revealed: oil giants help fund powerful police groups in top US cities

    Guardian article – Investigation portrays fossil fuel industry as common enemy in struggle for racial and environmental justice in America. Big corporations accused of driving environmental and health inequalities in black and brown communities through toxic and climate-changing pollution are also funding powerful police groups in major US cities, according to a new investigation.

  • Understanding Trump’s game plan in Portland could be the key to preventing a coup in November

    Article from Waging Nonviolence – Defeating Trump’s “law and order” strategy will mean creating a plan to win based on our strengths and his weaknesses.

  • Why Trump Chose Portland

    Slate article – “To be clear, militarized police forces targeted Black and immigrant communities first.  White communities in Portland have allowed the police to grow and organize, largely unchallenged, alongside white supremacist groups. Now, they have amassed enough power — and are willing to use the extreme tactics that have been permissible against Black, Indigenous, immigrant, low-income communities — against the public generally. “Trump chose Portland” because of its white supremacist history which persists today.” – OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Opportunities​​​​

  • Portland Black Lives Matter Protests
    Every day @ across the city – details hereThere are protests, vigils, and marches every day and every night, with the exact location and details sometimes only becoming available a few hours before. So please check the PDX BLM events webpage for the day’s events, and show up!
  • Training: Keeping Yourself Healthy & Safe at a Protest
    TONIGHT Wed July 29, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, online – Share Facebook event here2 hour training taught by local Seattle Street Medics and 350 Seattle. Come learn how to be mentally and physically prepared for being on the streets protesting. What to bring, what to wear and what to expect! We will talk about:* Physical and mental self-care before, during and after an action
    * Jail self-care
    * What to bring and what to expect at an action.
    * Chemical weapons and potential police tactics that can be harmful.
    * Spreading calm and rumor control
  • Training: Untangling Colonialism – Building a Decolonizing Framework
    TONIGHT Wed July 29, 6:00PM, online – register hereTraining from Native Movement. A decolonizing practice requires recognition of the history of colonization and its current manifestations. This training briefly covers United States Federal Indian Policy carried out dominantly in the lower 48 and its expansion into Alaska policy and the implications on Alaska Native peoples. Additionally, participants will discuss how the history of environmental conservation has mirrored colonial world-views and what possible strategies we can further in order to decolonize conservation. This training delves into the spectrum of decolonizing strategies; from various personal, institutional, and systemic pathways forward.
  • A 350PDX NE Team Special Presentation – The Statewide Climate Action Plan
    — Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Climate Change: Potential Gains; Possible Pitfalls

    TONIGHT Wed July 29, 7:00PM – 8:30PM – Online, RSVP to richpeppers@gmail.comGovernor Brown on March 10th issued a far-reaching Climate Executive Order, dubbed the Oregon Climate Action Plan.  This Executive Order will have statewide impact, and requires over 14 state agencies to factor climate effects into their decision making over a sweeping range of issues, from Transportation and Fuels to Industry Emissions to Utility Regulation, New Building Construction, Forestry, and much more. As the state agencies work to implement this Executive Order, there is an opportunity and a need to engage with the process to strengthen the gains we hope to make in GHG emission reductions, Just Transition provisions, and addressing equity concerns. (Also, to defend it against opponents’ attempts to undermine it.)  We hope you will join us for this special event.  (Don’t forget to RSVP.)
  • Banking on Climate Change Webinar Series
    Thurs July 30, 9:00AM, online – register hereFrom Stop the Money Pipeline – “We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. People around the country are taking to the streets to defend Black lives and protest police brutality. The clock keeps ticking on climate change. Throughout it all, big banks are continuing to fund fossil fuels. By funding fossil fuel companies and projects, banks press the gas pedal on climate change. This is part 2 in a series, but they are designed so that each part stands alone. This week we will pull back the curtain on bank greenwashing, from their fossil fuel policies to their public statements.”
  • Feds Out of Town: Resistance to Trump’s Federal Deployment of Agents
    Thurs July 30, 6:30PM, online – register hereWebinar from the National Lawyers Guild: “Join us for an update from Portland and a discussion of how we are and can resist Trump’s attack on freedom of speech and assembly. Trump is deploying federal agents to target cities with strong Black Lives Matter protest and Black liberation movements. He is using federal agents, including border patrol, and brutal crowd control weapons against protestors demanding an end to police violence. As he has during his time in the white house, he is mobilizing white supremacists to operate in parallel with federal repression. He is using our demands for justice and an end to racism to target Black communities, immigrants and free speech. As always, from Portland to Chicago, Baltimore to Oakland, movements for justice, activists and impacted communities are responding with fierce determination.Join NLG-SF for an update on conditions on the ground in Portland, an analysis of Trump’s violations of the constitution and the rights we can demand, and a discussion of the ways we are and can continue to resist.”
  • PDX Special Election: Listening Session with Dan Ryan and Loretta Smith
    Thurs July 30, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, online – register hereYouth Climate Justice leaders and Sunrise PDX are hosting a listening session with Dan Ryan and Loretta Smith to give voters a chance to hear how the candidates respond to questions on climate and racial justice. Ryan and Smith are both running for Portland City Council in the August Special Election.
  • De-escalation / Peacekeeper Training
    Sun Aug 2, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, online – Share Facebook event here
    During this challenging time, we face the pandemics of Covid-19 and racism, as well as climate crisis. And as organizers and activists, we continue to evolve the best ways to respond. We invite you to skill-up in de-escalation and to learn some of the roles for actions that will continue to be part of our efforts. People trained in de-escalation (peacekeepers) can help create a successful demonstration/action! In this interactive training you’ll learn and practice:• emotional grounding techniques
    • skills to defuse and de-escalate potentially volatile situations
    • how to work together as a team of peacekeepers
    • situational awareness
    • additional roles that can help create a successful actionHosted by 350 Seattle and Sunrise Seattle
  • SW PDX Black Lives Matter Vigil
    Every Weds, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, SW 35th and Multnomah BlvdSouthwest PDX family-friendly sign waving in Solidarity with Black Lives, every Wed. 4:30-5:30, SW 35th and Multnomah Blvd. with masks and physical spacing, ongoing until further notice. Plenty of extra signs to borrow. Co-sponsored by 350PDX SW Team, SW Action Group for Social Justice (SWAG) and Stand on Every Corner.

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

P.S. Watch John Oliver Mock Ted Wheeler With a Terrifying Teddy Bear on “Last Week Tonight”

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

350PDX Weekly Update – No Justice, No Peace – Feds in Portland – July 22 2020

Hi everyone,

Over the last week the police brutality situation in Portland has made frontpage news across the world, with federal officers with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) descending on our city, firing an alarming amount of CS tear gas, mace, smoke, and munitions at the crowd, grabbing Portland protesters off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans; shooting at a group of moms; and beating a veteran and breaking his hand for standing in the street.

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security declared that Portland is “under siege.” He’s not wrong. What he gets incorrect, however, is that this city is besieged by a series of law enforcement agencies, including his own federal police officers, not “violent anarchists.” Over the weekend, officers with the Portland Police Bureau and federal agencies sent countless Portlanders to the hospital with swollen eyes, shattered bones, burning flesh, broken ribs, and a lifetime of trauma for showing up to defend Black lives from police violence. [Portland Mercury]

Here are our five big takeaways from this week.

1. Defend the right to protest

350PDX knows that protest is the most effective way, and possibly the only way, to bring about transformative societal change. That’s what is needed to tackle the climate crisis, and that’s what is needed to fight for racial justice. Defending the right to protest is central to our mission. The Portland local police and now the federal troops are attempting to suppress that right. The only way to fight back is to stand up and show that we cannot be suppressed!

If you’ve been staying away from the protests so far, now is the time to get involved. Protests until now have been mostly younger folks, but two new parent groups, Wall of Moms and PDXDadPod, have started showing up and forming a barrier between demonstrators and the feds. Turnout in recent nights has been the highest since early June with up to 2,000 people, so it’s a good time to join, with bigger crowds generally making it safer for everyone. See below for ways to show up or get involved.

2. Defund the police
The fact that the police have responded to protests about racial justice and police brutality by spiraling more out of control, ignoring orders from the Mayor, City Council, and the Governor, and perpetuating violence has shown that the police simply cannot be reformed in its current state. The recent development of the feds getting involved has brought more media attention, but the story of what is happening in Portland is the same – police (now teaming up with feds) rioting in the city, instigating violence, and trampling our rights. If the argument for defunding or abolishing the police was strong before these protests, it is crystal clear now.

3. This is nothing new to Black communities
Many of us are feeling a deep fear of police for the first time. It’s important to understand that this is just a taste of what Black communities have been experiencing every day for centuries. If this feeling is new for you, showing up and participating right now is a good way to start making up for lost time.

4. This is not a distraction from the climate fight
Climate change does not exist in a vacuum. It is a symptom of an underlying economic system that uses tools like racism and police brutality to hold it in place. You cannot have endless growth and fossil fuel sacrifice zones without racial injustice, and you cannot defend an unjust capitalist system without an unaccountable police force. These fights are linked and depend on each other. We need massive social change, and right now our best chance to get it is getting behind the movement for Black lives.

5. Resiliency and creativity in the face of it all
What we’ve seen over the past 54 days, and especially the last week, is the incredible staying power and resilience of Portland’s protesters. The last few nights have had the biggest turnouts since early June. We’ve also seen creativity and adaptability, from the Wall of Moms forming a wall between feds and demonstrators, to the dads of PDXDadPod showing up with leafblowers to blow tear gas back as the police, to Riot Ribs showing up and feeding protesters and houseless folks and getting constantly raided by the police, only to show up again every day and every night. From the folks who’ve skilled themselves up to be medics and tear gas extinguishers, to the mutual aid structures and networks that have sprung up to support BIPOC folks through this traumatic time, we are not waiting any longer for the community we want to see; instead, we’re building it.

Portland has shown the world it will not be ruled by force. But it did more than that. The Trump administration has openly said that Portland is a preview of a system they intend to unleash on cities across the country, and we proved that they can be resisted. We made them look vulnerable. When they roll into Los Angeles or Chicago or Miami, everyone is already going to know they can be beaten. “Portland did it. So can we.”


Wall of Moms

What you can do

1. Show up

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

Justice for Patrick Kimmons
Thurs July 23, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Portland City Hall. Please wear black

Marching For Housing Equity
Thurs July 23, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Irving Park to Alberta Park

NAACP Stand on Portland
Thurs July 23, 7:00PM – 11:00PM
(In)Justice Center, 1120 SE 3rd Ave

Wall of Moms [higher risk from police]
Nightly, 8:45PM each night (but check their Twitter first)
Meet at Salmon Springs, at SW Salmon and Naito Parkway

Teachers Against Tyrants [higher risk from police]
Fri July 24, 8:45PM – 11:00PM
Salmon St. Fountain. Wear green, full PPE, and mask up

Wall of Balls – Dodgeball game [higher risk from police]
Fri July 24, 11:00PM
(In)Justice Center, 1120 SE 3rd Ave

Day of Action Against the Federal Invasion [higher risk from police]
Sat July 25, 8:30PM – 11:30PM
Alberta Park

All of these events could escalate into police brutality, we just highlighted the ones that will almost certainly escalate and you should come prepared (see below). Attend at your own risk!

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

Advice for showing up to protest

  • Mask up!
  • Wear a helmet
  • Bring lots of water
  • Bring a buddy, if you can
  • Memorize the National Lawyers’ Guild hotline, or write it on your body: (503) 902-5340
  • Don’t film other people’s faces. The cops love to retaliate.

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

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

2. Give supplies / money

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

Riot Ribs is looking for things like grills, tents, sleeping bags, ice, and of course, ribs. See the full list here

Riot Ribs also looking for volunteers – sign up here

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

3. Other ways to take action

Join Critical Resistance in writing a letter to each one of the 14,500 people currently held in Oregon’s state prisons.

Black & Pink PDX is seeking pen pals for incarcerated LGBTQ+ folks – sign up to be a pen pal here!

Petition – Tell Congress to do its jobs and hold Trump accountable and get federal troops out of Portland

Actions

  • Support our Summer Appeal

    350PDX needs your help to stay in this fight for the long haul! We are still a long ways off from our goal of $25K, but if everyone who opened this email donated just $15 we would more than surpass it!

Updates

  • COVID-19 Electric Utilities Survey

    Portland DSA’s Ecosocialist working group are looking for feedback from households that have been impacted by COVID19 due to job loss and may be experiencing difficulty paying their bills. They are currently conducting research on PGE and Pacific Power. They are requesting feedback from community members, which will help shape the messaging that they plan to distribute on the corruption rooted in private utility companies. Their short-term goal would be to place pressure for public utility forgiveness and the long-term goal is pursuing a public ownership campaign in Portland. Can you spend 5 minutes and fill it in?

  • Article: Liberal, progressive — and racist? The Sierra Club faces its white-supremacist history

    The group is speaking out against John Muir, its founder and an environmental icon who fought to preserve nature and disparaged African Americans and Native Americans

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • Resist and Rebuild: Growing People Power
    Sat July 25, 1:00PM, online – register here

    Join the Earth Day to Tax Day Coalition on July 25th at 1PM for our final webinar in our series on resisting the military fossil fuel industrial complex. We started this series by defining the root issues behind US militarism and the climate crisis, we’ve deepened this understanding by hearing the voices of the movements at the forefront of resisting these crises, and now we conclude by discussing how we bring our movements together towards the uprooting of these root problems.

  • A 350PDX NE Team Special Presentation – The Statewide Climate Action Plan
    — Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Climate Change: Potential Gains; Possible Pitfalls

    Wed July 29, 7:00PM – 8:30PM – Online, RSVP to richpeppers@gmail.com

    Governor Brown on March 10th issued a far-reaching Climate Executive Order, dubbed the Oregon Climate Action Plan.  This Executive Order will have statewide impact, and requires over 14 state agencies to factor climate effects into their decision making over a sweeping range of issues, from Transportation and Fuels to Industry Emissions to Utility Regulation, New Building Construction, Forestry, and much more. As the state agencies work to implement this Executive Order, there is an opportunity and a need to engage with the process to strengthen the gains we hope to make in GHG emission reductions, Just Transition provisions, and addressing equity concerns. (Also, to defend it against opponents’ attempts to undermine it.)  We hope you will join us for this special event.  (Don’t forget to RSVP.)

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

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

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

P.S. Indi is our new Coalition Manager! We’ll be sending out an intro about her soon!

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Police brutality spiking in Portland – July 15 2020

Hi everyone,

After 6 weeks of continuous protests here in Portland, the movement for Black lives has shown that it’s here to stay. For 46 nights, protestors have gathered at locations like the Justice Center, the North Precinct, and the Portland Police Association headquarters to demand justice for Black lives and communities.

George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were murdered thousands of miles away, but racism and police brutality hit equally close to home for Portland.

In fact, Portland ranks the highest in the country for the number of incidents where police responded to citizens at the peaceful George Floyd protests with unnecessary force and brutality, with 69 documented cases over the last 6 weeks.

And on Thursday evening last week, Dominique Dunn, a Black man, was shot and killed in a suspected racist attack in SW Portland. Shaindia Harris, a Black woman who had just graduated high school, was shot and killed in Lents on Friday evening.

We can’t let Black lives and Black futures fade from our minds or from the media’s coverage; that’s why we need to keep showing up!

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

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Support our Summer Appeal

    350PDX needs your help to stay in this fight for the long haul! We are still a long ways off from our goal of $25K, but if everyone who opened this email donated just $15 we would more than surpass it!

  • $700 for the Oregon Worker Relief Fund from 350PDX donors!

    Thank you to all of the monthly donors who signed up to be sustainers with our spring Community Power Campaign. Thanks to you we were able to donate $700 from your first month of donations to the Causa’s Oregon Worker Relief Fund. ⁠This fund gets dollars in the hands of Immigrant Oregon workers who were left out of the Federal Stimulus package and cannot access unemployment insurance benefits.

Updates

  • The Oregon CARES Fund is approved!

    Yesterday, the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board has approved a funding request for $62 million for The Oregon Cares Fund for Black relief and resiliency. This fund was created by Black people, for Black people. It will provide much needed resources to Black people and families, Black-owned small businesses, and Black-led community based organizations.

  • Portland bureaus cease work on ODOT’s I-5 Rose Quarter plan

    Mayor and City Council order staff to stop working with Oregon Department of Transportation on July 6. In a tersely-worded letter dated Monday, July 6, the Council ordered all city bureaus to immediately cease working with the Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-5 team, including “attending meetings, providing technical support or responding to project emails.”

    This comes after the Albina Vision group came out against the project, which was followed by the Mayor and most city councilors following their lead.

  • Update on Bill McKibben’s role at 350.org

    350PDX is an independent affiliate of 350.org – that means we’re our own organization which does all our own campaigns, partnerships and fundraising. But we’re still friends and collaborators with 350.org. So we’re passing this message on from them:

    Bill McKibben, one of the founders of 350.org, has announced that he’s transitioning off the 350 board at the end of the year. You can read a letter from Bill about his transition here. Here’s a message Bill wanted to share with you all:

    “My role in this fight has shifted before, and this is another of those moments. But no part of the whole enterprise is dearer to me than the 350 chapters and their volunteers, and I will continue to help in any way that I possibly can. I trust you’ll feel free to keep calling on me–my email will remain bill@350.org. On we go!” 

    Many of you may have been inspired by Bill over the years, so if you’d like to share a message of thanks, you can do so here

  • Biden Outlines $2 Trillion Climate Plan

    This plan stems from the joint effort by Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force which includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sunrise co-founder Varshini Prakash. We haven’t had time to absorb it yet, so let me know what you make of this plan!

Resources

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • The History of the Police, Their Role in Society, & What a World Looks Like Without Them
    TONIGHT Wed July 15, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, online – info will be here

    Portland Rising Tide hosts this study session – “In this study session, we plan to dig into how and why the institution of the police was created, what they actually do in society vs. what we are told they do, and some examples of alternatives to the police.

    We will look at historical & contemporary examples of societies without police, data & statistics about police interactions with the public, and alternative institutions and the potential for them to replace the current institution of policing.”

  • Strike for Black lives
    Mon July 20, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, online – info will be here

    Workers and allies across the country are preparing to Strike for Black Lives on July 20th, with a national day of walkouts and worker actions to demand racial and economic justice, including in the workplace. This national day of action, one month ahead of the Democratic National Convention, will declare that Black Lives Matter and illustrate the ways our fights for racial, economic, healthcare, immigration, climate, and other justice fights are interconnected.

    Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $15 & a Union are bottom-lining these actions. Both online and in-person events are being planned. There’s a map of events here with nothing on there for Portland yet, but keep your eyes peeled there, or on the PDX events calendar.

  • Reclaiming a Thriving Future: Climate Action, Justice & Resilience in the Time of Covid
    Tues July 21, 1:00PM – Online

    Join Families for a Livable Climate for a webinar for Parents, Educators, Clinicians & Youth featuring Mary Democker, author of The Parents Guide to Climate Revolution, and founder of 350Eugene.

    The world’s top energy agency announced in June that humanity has only six months left to reverse course on the climate crisis. During the current pandemic, when parents are already struggling to safeguard and educate kids, how can we also effectively demand the deep changes needed for our children’s long-term well-being? Mary DeMocker discusses this unprecedented moment of intersecting global crises, and shares ways parents, educators, clinicians, and youth can reclaim a thriving future. Participants will take away at least three ways busy people can help change our system – not just our light bulbs – while deepening our connections to one another.

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

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

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Portland declares climate emergency – July 1 2020

Hi everyone,

Last night Portland declared a climate emergency.

After months of community feedback City Council unanimously voted to pass the Portland Climate Emergency Declaration after final testimony from 350PDX, Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians, Coalition of Communities of Color, Verde, Kapwa Consulting, and the Portland Youth Climate Council. Watch that testimony, and the City Council’s responses and vote, here.

This is a big step forward for climate justice here in our city, with racial justice and frontline communities centered more than ever before!

You can read the full resolution here – (the language can be confusing. Like all official city declarations, the document is made up of two types of statements: “Whereas” statements describe existing conditions and “Be it resolved” statements describe actions the City will take to address them)

The resolution includes more than 30 commitments. Here are six notable ones:

  1. The city’s adopting a new target for carbon emissions. By 2030, the city is aiming to be 50% below what the region’s emissions level were in the 1990s.
  2. The city’s pledging to enhance the tree canopy, particularly in east Portland, where the tree canopy covers only about a fifth of the area. On the more greener west side, the tree canopy covers more than half of the area, according to a 2018 report by the Portland Parks Bureau.
  3. The city’s committing to work with TriMet and Metro to fund free year-round transit passes for Portlanders 18 years old and younger.
  4. The resolution asks Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp, two electric utilities, to deliver renewable energy to all Portland residents and businesses by 2030.
  5. The city says it will pursue “partnerships” with schools and youth organizations, including Portland Public Schools, to create a “youth-led summit” to support climate action. This is supposed to take place virtually in the fall.
  6. The City will establish and co-convene a new and ongoing climate justice initiative that will provide a framework for government and community to work together as equal partners to identify and implement strategies that will advance a shared vision for climate justice and action

This is a great start, but there is still a long way to go, with the Portland Youth Climate Council especially pushing for a new target of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions before 2035, and reducing Citywide emissions – including those from utilities – by at least 8% per year, starting today. We’ll be pressuring for bolder targets to be adopted that meet the demands of the climate crisis.

Like all plans and resolutions, this victory does not yet mean transformative change. 350PDX and our City/County Watchdog team will be there every step of the way to make sure this plan is implemented and the pressure is kept on the treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is. 

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Albina Vision, Commissioner Eudaly, and Mayor Wheeler no longer support I-5 Freeway Expansion

    For the past several years we’ve been fighting a proposed $500 million expansion on the I-5 freeway in the Rose Quarter, on the basis that it is bad for air pollution, climate pollution, traffic safety, and it won’t even fix congestion. This on top of the historic racist legacy of the freeway, which was bulldozed through the Albina neighborhood displacing Black families and splitting the community in two. The campaign to stop this fossil fuel expansion project just got a major boost!

    The racial justice nonprofit Albina Vision Trust has decided it will no longer support the project and they will no longer participate in an advisory role. The nonprofit’s mission is to help restore and revitalize the Albina neighborhood that in the last century was home to 80% of Portland’s Black population before most of those residents were displaced through eminent domain, gentrification and racism. Black families’ homes and businesses were bulldozed and the land sold to make way for I-5, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and other urban renewal projects. The group’s vision includes capping parts of I-5 to create connecting pedestrian corridors, greenspace and housing.

    Following Albina Vision’s withdrawal of support, a number of elected officials including Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Multnomah Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson also withdrew their support. Commissioner Eudaly said ” ODOT [Oregon Department of Transportation] did not seem to grasp the concept of restorative justice” and “This is the wrong project for our city.”

  • Colorado Springs votes to close its coal plants and invest in renewables

    Our friends at 350 Colorado helped win this huge victory, which includes provisions for a just transition for power plant workers to be retrained for jobs in renewables.

  • Sign the Universal Preschool petition to get it on the ballot

    We believe that universal preschool benefits everyone. Because it’s free for every child, universal preschool addresses a fundamental social inequity by ensuring all children are guaranteed a strong foundation on which to build their lives. We also believe that raising the next generation is low-carbon sustainable work and so is part of our vision for a thriving future with a livable climate. Multnomah County can join other communities – from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Chicago – that are already benefiting from universal preschool. Help them get on the ballot today!

  • Call for BIPOC Speakers for Portland Paddles Out for BLM

    Portland Paddles Out is looking for BIPOC leaders in the outdoors to speak at a paddle out protest this Wednesday, July 8, 6PM at the Hawthorne Docks, happening in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Portland. They are looking for folx interested in speaking on various topics related to decolonizing the outdoors. If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out to portlandpaddlesout@gmail.com. Follow them on Instagram at @PaddleOutPDX for more info on the protest.

Resources

  • 350PDX COVID-19 Resources Page

    Check it out for the full list of resources for self care, community care, tackling bias/xenophobia, volunteer opportunities, and organizing during this time. Take a look here.

  • White Supremacy Cultural Traits

    One of the ways we at 350PDX are examining how the dominant white supremacy culture in this country affects our work and lives is using this list of cultural traits, such as defensiveness, a sense of urgency, fear of open conflict, power hoarding, individualism, etc. We encourage you all, especially white folks and non-Black people of color, to read through these traits, examine where they show up in your own life, workplaces, and behaviour, and to consider the antidotes in the text that describe ways of moving beyond these traits.

  • Anti-Racist and Environmental Justice Resources

    We keep a list of anti-racism and anti-white supremacy resources on a page on our website that all our volunteers should get familiar with.

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • Youth4Climate Summer Camp (virtual)
    Session 1: June 29 – July 24
    Session 2: July 27 – August 21

    Summer 2020. The world is on fire, and youth are on the frontlines of demanding change. In this pivotal moment in history, join peers in discovering your voice and your power – and take climate justice actions that make a difference. Connect with a community of passionate, like-minded students for a summer experience of active engagement and fun! Organized by San Diego 350, available to all! More info here.

    Who: High-school students and college-aged youth (two separate tracks, by age group)
    Cost: suggested price $50-$75 – no one refused due to inability to pay

  • Reclaiming Connection, Backing Frontline Leadership: Listening Tools for White Climate Activists
    Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22, 29. 5:00PM – 7:00PM – online

    Racism, genocide, and other oppressions are getting in the way of a united climate justice movement. We are making progress but still struggle with these divisions.  This interactive series introduces listening tools we can use to move against racism and to support each other as we take steps to broaden our movement, and to help each other improve our ability to form good working relationships across divisions of “race” and other oppressions.

    To register or inquire, please email Margaret at margaretjwj@gmail.com, or text 503-351-4192.

  • Film Screening “The Condor and the Eagle”
    Sun July 5, 4:00PM, online – register here

    Join us for a powerful event hosted by the 90+ groups of the Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition. Let’s get together virtually to watch and discuss this award-winning documentary with the filmmakers, protagonists and key-leaders of the Divestment Movement. With panel discussion with Tara Houska, Bill MCKIbben, Bryan Parras, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Janet MacGillivray. Facebook event here.

  • How White Supremacy Built Wall St
    Thurs July 9, 4:00PM, online – register here

    The United States became the wealthiest country in the world as a direct result of the land-theft and genocide of Indigenous people and the free labor of enslaved people. The sale of Black bodies (and of the cotton and cash crops they were forced to produce) was not only critical to the creation of Wall Street as a financial model, but it was also foundational to the development of modern capitalism itself.

    This webinar will explore the modern-day manifestations of that history and how the finance industry continues to use its disproportionate power to counter our struggles for racial, climate, gender, and economic justice.

    Join Stop the Money Pipeline and Take On Wall St. for this in-depth webinar on finance and systemic oppression. Facebook event here.

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

350PDX Weekly Update – Oregon Sues FERC – June 24 2020

Hi everyone,

I’m starting this week’s newsletter sharing some words from local activist and teacher Suzie Kassouf. It’s a slightly longer intro than usual, but it’s important reading. 

“Yesterday as I was walking home from the protest, I had the honor of running into Kent Ford, the founder of the Black Panther Party in Portland. We talked about what’s different (some) and what’s the same (too much). He told me that in his day, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panther Party, and the anti-war movement all eventually united for justice and we agreed that this kind of unity is what we need today.

It has been deeply moving and beneficial for me to learn from Black leaders in my city and on the internet these past few weeks. No matter what this movement becomes, it’s clear that it must be led by the most marginalized among us – Black, Brown, poor, queer, disabled, working class, etc, etc, etc. But if these are the only people doing movement work because too many of us are afraid to speak up and step up because, “this is not our moment” then the movement will not be sustained.

@dontshootpdx posted yesterday, “There is a place for everyone in justice work. There is a place for everyone because there HAS to be a space for everyone for us to be able to take down the system. ‼️‼” and I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. There is no climate justice without racial justice. Hyper extraction of resources could not have begun without the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the kidnapping and torture of Black bodies, and cannot be sustained without the destruction of Indigenous land and miles of “sacrifice zones” in Black and Brown neighborhoods. There is no racial justice without economic justice. It is no accident that Black families own ONE TENTH the wealth of white families and that racial tensions worsen when material conditions worsen.

Don’t forget that racism did not just appear. You were not born hating Black and Brown people. Black and Brown people were not born hating ourselves. Racism was INVENTED to justify and MAINTAIN the institution of slavery. Black enslaved people and white indentured servants saw themselves in solidarity with one another, would marry and form deep friendships – and, importantly, rebelled and ran away together. Early colonial governments “solved this problem” by criminalizing relationships between Blacks and whites, punishing Blacks with severely harsher punishments, and giving whites explicit power over Blacks. These efforts succeeded in creating a multi-class racial camaraderie among whites, and, as Bob Dylan says, “the poor white remains, on the caboose of the train, but it ain’t him to blame, he’s only a pawn in their game.”

We are not each other’s enemies and we are too smart this time to allow ourselves to be divided. We have enemies: Wall Street criminals, Big Pharma, Fossil Fuel CEOs, a white supremecist President and administration, milquetoast neoliberal politicians in the Democratic Party, and, ultimately, hyper late stage Capitalism that sacrifices literally all human and environmental costs for profit.

We cannot solve these problems one at a time – they are all deeply systemic. We cannot end police brutality amidst the brutality of poverty and environmental degradation. We cannot end racism while our country has less than 5% of the world’s population but ¼ of the world’s prisoners and COVID deaths (not a coincidence). We cannot end Capitalism while huge portions of our nation believes that Black and Brown people, and not this exploitative and destructive system, are responsible for their poverty. Enough. We must unite. All movements for justice are one – there is no separation. Everybody has skin in this game and everybody needs to figure out what their role is in this movement and then PLAY IT with a full and brave heart. We are the ones we have been waiting for – the time is NOW.”

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Take action to support Black lives

    Yesterday’s budget vote was just one major change on the way to defunding the police and stamping out racism in all areas of our life. There is so much more to do, so go ahead and fill in our new volunteer form to help connect you directly with meaningful action at whatever level of risk, whether that’s showing up to protest, phoning the Mayor from home, bringing supplies to protesters, pressuring your workplace to be anti-racist, and more.

Volunteer to support Black lives
  • The great news we’ve been waiting for: the State of Oregon Sues FERC!

    For years, communities across the region have asked the State of Oregon to stand with the thousands upon thousands of us in stopping the Jordan Cove LNG project by challenging FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (otherwise known as the “rubber stamp machine”). Through years of powerful grassroots organizing led by folks in Southern Oregon, and thanks to support from volunteers and supporters like you!, that pressure is now working! Recently, the State of Oregon filed suit against FERC, legally challenging the agency on the Jordan Cove LNG project! This is a HUGE deal, and the kind of action from Governor Brown we’ve been demanding for! Can you join us and our coalition partners in sending Gov. Brown a quick thank you for standing with our communities and challenging a FERC approval? 

  • Sign the Universal Preschool petition to get it on the ballot

    We believe that universal preschool benefits everyone. Because it’s free for every child, universal preschool addresses a fundamental social inequity by ensuring all children are guaranteed a strong foundation on which to build their lives. We also believe that raising the next generation is low-carbon sustainable work and so is part of our vision for a thriving future with a livable climate. Multnomah County can join other communities – from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Chicago – that are already benefiting from universal preschool. Help them get on the ballot today!

Resources

  • 350PDX COVID-19 Resources Page

    Check it out for the full list of resources for self care, community care, tackling bias/xenophobia, volunteer opportunities, and organizing during this time. Take a look here.

  • White Supremacy Cultural Traits

    One of the ways we at 350PDX are examining how the dominant white supremacy culture in this country affects our work and lives is using this list of cultural traits, such as defensiveness, a sense of urgency, fear of open conflict, power hoarding, individualism, etc. We encourage you all, especially white folks and non-Black people of color, to read through these traits, examine where they show up in your own life, workplaces, and behaviour, and to consider the antidotes in the text that describe ways of moving beyond these traits.

  • Anti-Racist and Environmental Justice Resources

    We keep a list of anti-racism and anti-white supremacy resources on a page on our website that all our volunteers should get familiar with.

  • Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex – video series 

    Critical Resistance presents “Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex.” The videos in the series explore the current state of the prison industrial complex and how people are fighting back to resist and abolish it. There are more Black men in prison today than were enslaved in 1850 (source), and it is interconnected with the racial injustice of the police that we are currently fighting to defund.

  • Climate Justice is Racial Justice, Racial Justice is Climate Justice

    In this op-ed, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of Hip Hop Caucus explores and explains why the destruction of our planet means greater harm to Black and marginalized communities.

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • Nightly march (usually) from Revolution Hall
    Every night @ 6:00PM – 11:00PM – details here

    Every night there is a peaceful march of thousands of people to support Black lives, often ending up in a park or open space where a rally goes on until late with speakers and musicians from the Black community. Most nights the march leaves from Revolution Hall (SE 13th & Stark), but it has also left from Jefferson High School several times recently. You can check Rose City Justice’s Instagram page a few hours before the march to see the march route. Generally family friendly and with everybody wearing masks for COVID. Fill in the new volunteer form if you want to join a Signal chat (a phone app with encrypted texting) with 350PDX staff and volunteers to get details on where each night’s march will go, or to meet up with folks to march together.

  • Should Police Unions Exist? Labor Weighs In
    TOMORROW Thurs June 25, 6:30PM, Online

    Join members of Portland Jobs with Justice, the Oregon Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), and other union members, leaders, and organizers for a participatory panel discussion on the existence of police unions, police brutality and Black Lives Matter. Discuss the possibilities for change that exist that hadn’t a month ago, and what role union members, unions, and the Labor movement can and should play in the movement for Black lives, and in the coming changes to our system of policing. Facebook event here.

  • Estacada March Against Racism
    Fri June 26, 6:00PM – 8:30PM, Estacada High School

    In recent events, the Mayor of Estacada posted that he is not in support of BLM vigils in the community and that he would be working tirelessly to end events planned. As a response to protecting Estacada’s minority communities, folks will be joining PEACEFULLY in solidarity and speaking up for the oppressed voices.

  • Arts Action during a Pandemic: From Virtual to Safe Street Actions
    Sat June 27, 2:00PM, online – register here

    Join Arts Organizer David Solnit from 350.org & Mobilization Organizer Amy Gray from Stop the Money Pipeline for an amazing arts webinar. We will share a range of examples and practical info for arts-based people power action for a Just Recovery with Climate Justice.

    VIRTUAL: How we can still make art and take action together with virtual art builds, banners, song and music choirs and videos.
    SMALL GROUP HIGH IMPACT ACTIONS: Guerrilla Projections, Street Murals, visual installations.
    HEALTH-SAFE PUBLIC ACTIONS: vigils, pickets, demonstrations, memorials–how to organize to keep safe and make it clear that we can speak out AND keep each other safe. this is open to anyone! Activists, organizers, artists and performers, and everyone who wants to work together to protect our people and planet and make a better world. Share on Facebook here.

  • Webinar: What’s at the End of the Pipeline? Online Panel from Coos County Leaders
    Tues June 30, 5:30PM – 7:00PM, Online

    On Tuesday, June 30th at 5:30 pm, join local experts from Coos County for an online panel to dive into the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal’s impacts on Tribal resources, estuary ecology, climate change, public safety, and the fishing industry. This is an important event to show up to to support people leading the fight on the ground against Jordan Cove LNG and hear directly from them about how this project would threaten the local community and ecosystem of Coos Bay. Share with your friends on Facebook here and register for the online panel here.

  • Youth4Climate Summer Camp (virtual)
    Session 1: June 29 – July 24
    Session 2: July 27 – August 21

    Summer 2020. The world is on fire, and youth are on the frontlines of demanding change. In this pivotal moment in history, join peers in discovering your voice and your power – and take climate justice actions that make a difference. Connect with a community of passionate, like-minded students for a summer experience of active engagement and fun! Organized by San Diego 350, available to all! More info here.

    Who: High-school students and college-aged youth (two separate tracks, by age group)
    Cost: suggested price $50-$75 – no one refused due to inability to pay

  • Reclaiming Connection, Backing Frontline Leadership: Listening Tools for White Climate Activists
    Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22, 29. 5:00PM – 7:00PM – online

    Racism, genocide, and other oppressions are getting in the way of a united climate justice movement. We are making progress but still struggle with these divisions.  This interactive series introduces listening tools we can use to move against racism and to support each other as we take steps to broaden our movement, and to help each other improve our ability to form good working relationships across divisions of “race” and other oppressions.

    To register or inquire, please email Margaret at margaretjwj@gmail.com, or text 503-351-4192.

  • Film Screening “The Condor and the Eagle”
    Sun July 5, 4:00PM, online – register here

    Join us for a powerful event hosted by the 90+ groups of the Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition. Let’s get together virtually to watch and discuss this award-winning documentary with the filmmakers, protagonists and key-leaders of the Divestment Movement. With panel discussion with Tara Houska, Bill MCKIbben, Bryan Parras, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Janet MacGillivray. Facebook event here.

  • How White Supremacy Built Wall St
    Thurs July 9, 4:00PM, online – register here

    The United States became the wealthiest country in the world as a direct result of the land-theft and genocide of Indigenous people and the free labor of enslaved people. The sale of Black bodies (and of the cotton and cash crops they were forced to produce) was not only critical to the creation of Wall Street as a financial model, but it was also foundational to the development of modern capitalism itself.

    This webinar will explore the modern-day manifestations of that history and how the finance industry continues to use its disproportionate power to counter our struggles for racial, climate, gender, and economic justice.

    Join Stop the Money Pipeline and Take On Wall St. for this in-depth webinar on finance and systemic oppression. Facebook event here.

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

350PDX Weekly Update – $15 million cut to Portland Police Bureau – June 18 2020

Hi everyone,

Yesterday morning Portland City Council passed its annual budget, with a $15 million cut for the Portland Police Bureau. This is the first time the police budget has been decreased and not inflated in years, but it is also only a 3% reduction to the budget, and it falls far short of the $50 million cut advocated for by PAALF, Unite Oregon, Rose City Justice, and other supporting groups including 350PDX. Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted yes on the budget, with only Commissioner Chloe Eudaly voting no. Watch all four of their statements here. 

Three police units with a history of racial discrimination will be dissolved – the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT), a program known for disproportionally targeting Black Portlanders; the School Resource Officer (SRO) program; and PPB’s transit police program. The budget cuts also includes relocating $2.3 million in cannabis tax dollars from PPB toward restorative justice grants, and redirecting $4.8 million to Portland Street Response, a program that sends trained mental health workers to respond to certain 911 calls instead of police.

This reallocation of funds is a big deal, but whether it is the transformational change needed right now is up for debate. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, the first Black woman on City Council, and former NAACP Portland chapter president said in her statement that the cuts represent a historic moment for Portland, whereas Rose City Justice, the group organizing the nightly marches of thousands said that this is a move in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough, and that they’ll be in streets every day until their demands are met.

What everyone agrees on however is that the mass uprising of the past three weeks has led to faster and deeper policy change than years of less disruptive campaigning. When we show up in huge numbers day after day we can change things remarkably fast. At the start of what needs to be the decade of the Green New Deal, the movement for Black lives is not only a prime example of the type of movement we need, but it is also the crucial first step in an ongoing series of uprisings that will get us to a livable future, for Black communities, and for all communities.


Protesters Tuesday night on the Fremont Bridge (Dave Killen, Oregonian)

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update.

Actions

  • Take action to support Black lives

    Yesterday’s budget vote was just one major change on the way to defunding the police and stamping out racism in all areas of our life. There is so much more to do, so go ahead and fill in our new volunteer form to help connect you directly with meaningful action at whatever level of risk, whether that’s showing up to protest, phoning the Mayor from home, bringing supplies to protesters, pressuring your workplace to be anti-racist, and more.

  • Sign the Universal Preschool petition to get it on the ballot

    We believe that universal preschool benefits everyone. Because it’s free for every child, universal preschool addresses a fundamental social inequity by ensuring all children are guaranteed a strong foundation on which to build their lives. We also believe that raising the next generation is low-carbon sustainable work and so is part of our vision for a thriving future with a livable climate. Multnomah County can join other communities – from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Chicago – that are already benefiting from universal preschool. Help them get on the ballot today!

Resources

  • 350PDX COVID-19 Resources Page

    Check it out for the full list of resources for self care, community care, tackling bias/xenophobia, volunteer opportunities, and organizing during this time. Take a look here.

  • White Supremacy Cultural Traits

    One of the ways we at 350PDX are examining how the dominant white supremacy culture in this country affects our work and lives is using this list of cultural traits, such as defensiveness, a sense of urgency, fear of open conflict, power hoarding, individualism, etc. We encourage you all, especially white folks and non-Black people of color, to read through these traits, examine where they show up in your own life, workplaces, and behaviour, and to consider the antidotes in the text that describe ways of moving beyond these traits.

  • Anti-Racist and Environmental Justice Resources

    We keep a list of anti-racism and anti-white supremacy resources on a page on our website that all our volunteers should get familiar with.

  • If you care about the planet, you must dismantle white supremacy

    Check out this great piece from 350.org North America director Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

Opportunities​​​​

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

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

  • Nightly march (usually) from Revolution Hall
    Every night @ 6:00PM – 11:00PM – details here

    Every night there is a peaceful march of thousands of people to support Black lives, often ending up in a park or open space where a rally goes on until late with speakers and musicians from the Black community. Most nights the march leaves from Revolution Hall (SE 13th & Stark), but it has also left from Jefferson High School several times recently. You can check Rose City Justice’s Instagram page a few hours before the march to see the march route. Generally family friendly and with everybody wearing masks for COVID. Fill in the new volunteer form if you want to join a Signal chat (a phone app with encrypted texting) with 350PDX staff and volunteers to get details on where each night’s march will go, or to meet up with folks to march together.

  • Juneteenth Events
    Fri June 19 – Sun June 21

    On June 19, 1865, Black communities in Texas finally received the news that they were free. Juneteenth (June 19th) is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S.

    This Juneteenth is a rare moment for us all to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice. The Movement for Black Lives is organizing a massive mobilization this Juneteenth weekend. There will be a historic demonstration in Washington D.C, as well as actions across the entire country. More emails to come with details, or keep an eye out on the map.

  • Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Justice Gathering
    Broadcast on June 20, 2020 at 7 AM & 3 PM and on June 21 at 3 PM at June2020.org

    This pandemic and economic collapse, along with the recent wave of police brutality and racist murders, have forced this nation into an unprecedented season of crisis and action. Much continues to change day by day, but here is what we know: this emergency results from a deeper and much longer-term crisis, of systemic racism, inequality, and a society that ignores the needs of 140 million people who are poor or a $400 emergency away from being poor.

    Over the last two years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has worked to lay the groundwork for a broad movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. People across the nation are joining the Campaign to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, climate change and ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. They are coming together to demand that the 140 million poor and low-income people in our nation — from every race, creed, gender, sexuality and place — are no longer ignored, dismissed or pushed to the margins of our political and social agenda.

    The link between climate justice, racial justice, and economic justice is more apparent than ever — that’s why you should register today for June 20, 2020.

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