Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we highlight some of the amazing work our volunteer teams have been up to. Read on to learn about our teams’ accomplishments, how you can join a team, and more opportunities to take action.
But first, we are thrilled to introduce Kiera Usagawa, 350PDX’s new Outreach & Events Manager!
As the Outreach and Events Manager, Kiera supports building the climate justice movement through public outreach, community events, and leading trainings. She is also a go-to person for fundraising and development.
Kiera’s journey in the climate justice movement has evolved from budding interests in environmental protection and water resources to now understanding that the path to climate justice is inextricably linked to the decommodification of land and our bodies. Kiera is a queer Japanese and Okinawan woman who was raised on Kānaka ʻŌiwi land and now resides on unceded Chinook/Cowlitz land. She was activated as a youth seeing the effects of the grotesque militarization of Hawai’i and her homelands and the repercussions it had on land, women, and indigenous people. She is passionate about climate justice, food sovereignty, demilitarization, and anti-imperialist feminism. Kiera was a water resources engineer for four years before joining 350PDX, and currently organizes with the Municipal Eco-Resiliency Project a.k.a. MERP to scale up urban farming for marginalized communities. Along with growing food, outside of work you’ll probably find Kiera practicing ‘ori tahiti and hula, hiking, or enjoying time at the nearest body of water.
Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Fill out the Volunteer Form
Fossil Fuel Resistance Team
Our team is busy with fighting Zenith Energy, GTN XPress, advocating for a Fossil Free Multnomah County and educating on the dangers of methane gas, fighting for clean and healthy buildings across Oregon, supporting frontline-led fossil fuel fights nationwide, and preparing for an exciting summer of action on the Willamette River. Now is a great time to join us! Contact Eloise and Dineen to learn more about the team and to plug in. Eloise@350pdx.org and Dineen@350pdx.org.
We need your support in the fight against the GTN Xpress, a proposal by TC Energy to expand a gas pipeline through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon by adding an additional 150 million cubic feet of gas per day and a new compressor station in Eastern Oregon. This expansion project is the opposite of what our region needs, and is very dangerous for those living near the pipeline. With groups across the Northwest, we’ve been collectively fighting to stop GTN XPress, and now federal regulators may be making a decision as soon as this month. Washington Governor Inslee, and Oregon Senators’ Wyden and Merkley have joined the growing list of public opposition to GTN XPress. But where’s Oregon Governor Kotek? On the campaign trail, she promised to stop this project. It’s time for Governor Kotek to stand up against GTN XPress before a possible key federal decision this month. Join us in writing to the governor about this important issue, then send the action page to 5 of your friends to increase your impact.
Also, do you live in the blast zone of Zenith’s oil trains? Use this map to find out. If you do, call and write to the City of Portland and share that you live in the blast zone and are concerned for your safety. If you’re interested in getting more involved and becoming a local leader in your neighborhood (we’ll support you through this!) reach out to email@example.com to learn more. We’ll be working with folks to host house parties and information sessions in impacted neighborhoods in the blast zone so we can all together learn more about this issue and how to get involved.
GET CONNECTED: We meet 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 5:30pm, rotating between virtual and in-person in the 350PDX (3625 Mississippi Ave). Our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 9th at 5:30 pm and it’s virtual. After that, our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm and together our team will be attending the next Rumble on the River Forum at the First UU Downtown. More info about this event here. If you’d like to join us at either of these meetings/events, please RSVP to Dineen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOU’RE INVITED on THURSDAY, MAY 18, 7pm: Come join us and the Mosquito Fleet on the banks of the Willamette River for a benefit concert with musical guests Space Neighbors and Supernatural Beavers!
This family friendly event will also include free screen printing, food and drinks. The Mosquito Fleet is a local grassroots organization fighting for climate justice and a fossil-free Pacific Northwest through on-water direct action and grassroots movement building. We’re getting ready for a summer of action when we’ll be offering kayak trainings, opening a kayak lending library, and working with the community to #StopZenithOil! To find additional event details and to RSVP, please visit this link. You can also RSVP on Facebook and share with your friends there, too! We hope you can join us, it’s gonna be a boat load of fun!
Forest Defense Team
The Forest Defense Team continues work on our two main campaigns: improving shade equity in Portland and shifting the management forests throughout the state towards long-term carbon sequestration and storage. We are continuing to advocate for three bills, currently in the Ways and Means Committee, that will advance those goals:
- HB 3016, a bill that supports green infrastructure
- SB 522, which would modernize and strengthen the Oregon Global Warming commission
- SB 530, which would encourage land owners to invest in natural climate solutions, like longer logging rotations.
Our big upcoming event is a Shade Equity Strategy Session coming up on May 22nd where folks working on many different aspects of Portland’s urban forest will come together and talk about challenges to growing and sustainaing our urban forest, and promising approaches that support the urban canopy. Register here!
GET CONNECTED: Our next meeting will be May 15th at 6PM, in person, in Felice’s backyard. Please contact Brenna (email@example.com), Felice (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tyler (email@example.com) for details about the meeting.
We invite everyone to join us at the Deep Roots Forest & Climate Action Camp on June 1-4th, hosted by members of the Pacific NW Forest Climate Alliance.
Together, we’ll learn from the lessons and strengths of both the climate justice and forest defense movements, with the goal of building a vibrant direct action movement to protect our communities, forests, and climate. For more information and to register, visit www.deeprootscamp.org.
City/County Watchdog Team
This month, the City/County Watchdog team is continuing to track the Spring Oregon Legislative Session and support the passing of key climate justice bills, including:
- SB 1518 – Resilient Efficient Buildings
- SB 868 – Healthy Heating and Cooling for All
- SB 869 – Build Smart from the Start
- SB 870 – Building Performance Standard bills
- A significantly watered down version of a factory farms moratorium bill SB 85-4 that is now sadly unrecognizable from its original form to hold factory farms accountable for water and air pollution and limiting future expansion is unlikely to pass.
We are also supporting the Portland Clean Energy Fund’s (PCEF) current community input process, in which the City is calling on members of the community to support drafting a Climate Investment Plan (CIP). The CIP will help shape its investments around climate justice goals related to PCEF.
You can read the draft of the Climate Investment Plan here. A PCEF meeting took place on April 20th which discussed a synthesis of the community input to the CIP. (331) PCEF Grant Committee Meeting 04-20-23 – YouTube. and includes a great presentation from PBOT regarding the plan to expand the urban tree canopy on 82nd Avenue and public input on regenerative agriculture.
Finally, we are continuing to support the City Charter reform process, in which the city is operationalizing the Measure 26-228 reforms voters passed last fall to transition us to a more equitable, representative form of city government. Last month, the City released its first quarterly progress report about the transition, which you can read here on the 3-year transition process to transform Portland’s government structure. You can keep abreast of the work of the Independent District Commission (Independent District Commission Meeting #6 (Public Comment) | Portland.gov) that will meet May 3rd froom 6-9 pm, the Salary Commission (Salary Commission Overview | Portland.gov) of 5 HR professionals that will will evaluate and set salaries for the new elected representatives including the mayor, auditor, and 12 districted city councilors and keep up-to-date on the Government Transition Advisory Committee (Government Transition Advisory Committee Overview | Portland.gov) charged to help advise on implementing 26-228 in the City of Portland to deliver a transformed governance structure for a more equitable Portland.
GET CONNECTED: Want to get involved? Email Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join us for our next meeting monthly meeting on the 1st Thursday of June 2023.
The Arts Team worked hard throughout April! In addition to having lots of artbuilds, we put up posters, made new ones, and almost completed our Mother Earth giant puppet. Plus we drummed at rallies downtown and near Zenith train tracks.
May’s actions are coming into focus but not quite yet! The month might include a field trip, more puppets coming along, and definitely more drumming to liven up more rallies!
GET CONNECTED: Join our mailing list if you’re interested in art or drumming or having fun in support of this important cause. Contact Donna, email@example.com
The Creative Team uses storytelling to make the climate justice movement irresistible. This month, we’ve continued working on a messaging workbook to help guide 350PDX’s campaign teams as they design their communications strategies. We’re also continuing to support the Forest Defense Team, Divest Oregon, and the Gas-busters campaign in creating messaging strategies.
We also finished our new Intro to 350PDX zine, which you can check out here! We’ll soon be launching a new climate fiction zine project, so stay tuned for more info.
GET CONNECTED: Fill out this form to get on our creative roster, or reach out to Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with the team.
Welcome to our southwest neighborhood team, which includes neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Portland, from PSU to Hillsdale, Multnomah Village, Beaverton and Lake Oswego.
Our outreach program moved to the Beaverton Library this month. Saving our Planet was presented on Sunday, April 23rd. Attendees viewed a sequence of video segments and participated in lively discussions.
Our team was active in several Earth Day events, providing information and outreach materials at an Earth Day Fair and the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday, April 22nd. We were also a part of the Earth Day outreach event at St. Luke’s Church on Sunday April 23rd.
GET CONNECTED: To get involved in our outreach actions, please contact Pat Kaczmarek at email@example.com. Join our next monthly meeting on Monday, May 8th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Washington County Team
The Washington County Team had a very busy Earth Month. We hosted a very successful premiere showing of ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINE WILDFIRE, followed by a Q&A with fire experts and policymakers on April 13th. In addition, we tabled at both the PlanetCon education and recycling event on April 8th, and had a local sign wave session and tabled at Reconnecting with Roots: A Youth Environmental Conservation Summit on Saturday, April 15.
Our general activities include:
- Continuing our local campaign to encourage the Washington County Board of Commissioners to complete drafting and take action on an overdue County Climate Resolution. We will continue to do all possible grassroots work to encourage the Commissioners to take their best bold action asap. We are working in coalition with several community partners now as we hope to see success in the next few months.
- Supporting good bills in the Oregon Legislature
- 350 WashCo presented at the Washington County’s Office of Sustainability’s annual celebration of United Nations World Day of Social Justice on February 22
- Stewarding our Pollinator Garden at Bagley Park in Hillsboro
GET CONNECTED: We always welcome newcomers to our regular monthly 6:30pm second Tuesday (online) meetings and at all our events. Our next team meeting is Tuesday, May 9 (learn more on the 350PDX calendar). We’ll catch up on all recent actions and plan for the future. If you are in Washington County and would like to receive updates from us, please sign up HERE. You can also “like” our Facebook page for updates.
350PDX Board & Team Leads