We just won the Keystone XL vote in the Senate. Thank you all for your hard work making calls, organizing actions, and generally growing this beautiful, huge, and increasingly powerful movement. This is a huge win against Big Oil. And now, we’ll continue to fight until a rejection.
Portlanders braved the chilly winter weather on Friday, November 14th, to bring a message to Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden: Oppose Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact.
‘Fast Track’ is an expired, Nixon-era policy-making process that allows legislation to circumvent ordinary Congressional review, amendment and debate procedures.
Portland State University students hosted other student campaign leaders from Oregon, Washington, and Montana at the Divestment Student Network (DSN) Northwest Regional Training earlier this month. The trainings led by Becca Rast from 350.org, Dylan Armin from DSN, and Jess Grady-Benson and Lauren Ressler from Responsible Endowments Coalition(REC) followed up on the national trainings held in San Francisco earlier this fall.
We caught up with PSU student leaders Elyse Cogburn and Linda Hoppes of Divest Portland State to find out what drew them to be part of a growing movement of college and university fossil fuel divestment campaigns.
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