I am excited to be more involved with 350PDX by bringing you this new newsletter! I recently graduated from Reed College, where I was a core organizer of Fossil Free Reed– the school’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. It was the first campaign I participated in essentially from the very beginning. Over the course of one year we defined our strategy, faced off with multiple administrators and the President of the College, brought our demands to the Board of Trustees twice, pulled a prank with the Yes Men at commencement, and pushed the Board to publish a public statement on their position by this past July (sadly, they decided not to divest). While I’m no longer a student, the group continues to be active, and has already doubled the group’s attendance and contended the Trustees’ decision with the Executive Committee of the Board again this fall. Read more
350PDX is a proud new member of Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ), a coalition of more than 90 labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. JwJ is also committed to creating an organization that is anti-racist and fully inclusive and welcoming to everyone–values and aspirations that match 350PDX’s own vision.
We want to encourage you to sign the Jobs with Justice pledge to be there for someone else’s fight 5 times a year. Help build a movement for justice, good jobs and a strong safety net. You can sign here
And save the evening of December 6th for the JwJ annual Scrooge of the Year Party. Enjoy food, drink, good company and a true American election where the votes for ‘Scrooge of the Year’ are for sale. A very fun evening held at Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland
– Sandy Polishuk & Adriana Voss-Andreae, 350PDX
President Obama speaks of an “all of the above” energy policy. We climate activists engage in “all of the above” methods of tackling fossil fuels. Using a variety of strategies & tactics from letter-writing to presenting testimony, from legislative advocacy to carrying signs, we each do our part in the growing climate justice movement.
Some members of our climate community also choose to participate in and/or provide support for non-violent direct action and civil disobedience. Collaboration among climate groups and those organizing direct action and civil disobedience has produced the Climate Action Coalition. Participating members are 350PDX, No KXL Portland, Portland Rising Tide, The Raging Grannies, PDX Bike Swarm, First Unitarian Universalists-Community For Earth, and Greenpeace Portland Action Team. Our fledgling Coalition has already held an action at Portland’s Arc Logistics oil terminal and hosted a successful potluck-fundraiser for the Civil Liberties Defense Center.
Two representatives from each supporting group meet regularly and report back to their members. For coalition info, contact: email@example.com
– Bonnie McKinlay, Angela VanPatten, Ed Averill, 350PDX
A large contingent of Oregonians, many who traveled across the country aboard the climate train, joined 400,000 fellow marchers in New York City for the largest and most diverse climate march in history. Marchers took to the streets across Oregon in alliance with the Peoples’ Climate March in NYC, with over 5,000 marchers in Portland, over a hundred in Bend, hundreds more in Eugene, crowds in Hood River, at the Community Earth Fair and kids’ bike tour in Salem, and the small community of Manzanita came together and drew attention to the pressing need for rapid action to prevent climate catastrophe and to build a more just, healthy, thriving and resilient community and world.
But, frankly, the March was more than just a chance to paint great signs and yell at the top of our lungs. While the march attracted a diversity of new people and communities who had never been to (or helped organize!) a climate rally before, it is clear that we are all ready to act. Read more