Hi everyone,

350PDX is proud to be organizing within a larger coalition – Portland United for Change – to pass key reforms to the Portland City Charter this November. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for us to establish a healthy democracy in our city, and we’re calling on you to join us in seizing this moment!

This November 8th, you can vote yes on the Portland Charter Reform Measure. These reforms will establish ranked-choice voting for City Council positions, expand the City Council itself, and create a more efficient governance structure overall. Portlanders fought hard for this measure, because it is a key first step in establishing a healthy, representative democracy.

Don’t forget to register to vote by October 18th and return your ballot in November! 

This reform measure is just the beginning. Portland’s historic issues of systemic racism, wealth inequity, and environmental injustice are baked into how our government functions – into the City Charter itself. That’s why we’re calling for deep reforms to the charter – because we need the Charter to prioritize racial, social, economic, and climate justice for years to come. You’ll be hearing from us a lot over the next few months about this campaign, so stay tuned for more opportunities to take action. Check out our City Charter page for updates.

Take Action

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

Take action all summer for a Fossil Free Multnomah County!

Join us in gathering petition signatures to our Multnomah County Commissioners to advocate for fossil fuel free buildings! We have an exciting window to make some big policy changes in the County. This toolkit has everything you need to join us in gathering petition signatures in person and online all summer. Let’s get to 1,000+ signatures by the end of the summer! Can you help us do it?

Canvass with Portland United for Change

Join Portland United for Change on September 24th at 1pm in Southeast Portland (location will be sent to RSVPs) to canvass Belmont and Hawthorne neighborhoods. You’ll help empower folks to vote yes on key reforms to the Portland City Charter this November. Be sure to bring a smartphone with the MiniVan Application downloaded (click here to download on an Android or an iPhone) and comfy shoes. Learn more and RSVP here.

350PDX is proud to be organizing with Portland United for Change to pass these key reforms to the Portland City Charter.

Sign the 350PDX Pledge of Action!

Climate change is scary, but there are meaningful actions that anyone can take to fight back. Help us build the just, resilient world we all deserve by signing the Pledge of Action! Whether you are brand-new to the movement or a seasoned activist, we want you to join us by taking the pledge.

Tell Biden: Choose People over Fossil Fuels

It’s time for Joe Biden to keep his promises to us. He has the tools to deliver healthy communities, millions of good-paying jobs, and a better life for people on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction, toxic pollution, and the climate crisis. Sign on to People vs. Fossil Fuels’ list of executive actions that Biden must take right away to stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure and declare climate change a national emergency.

Events & Opportunities

350PDX Jam Night

Weds Sept 28th, 6-8pm — In the backyard at this address: 3547 NE 45th Ave, Portland, 97213 — register here

Join us for a jam evening full of music, singalongs, protest songs, and anything else musical! Bring your instruments, your voices, or just to come and watch! We’ll have songbooks to play from but will also take the lead from each other of what to play! We’ll have some drinks, feel free to bring food or drinks to share, or just bring yourself. Come alone or bring a musical climate-interested friend or partner! RSVP here so we know how many people to expect.

350PDX October Action Night

Tues Oct 4th, 6-8pm — at our office in the Rebuilding Center (3625 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, 97227) — RSVP here

Join us for our monthly 350PDX Action Night, a monthly in-person gathering at our offices where we’ll be leaning into all the stuff we can’t do on Zoom! We’ll have action stations, team tabling, and a food and drink potluck. All are welcome! COVID stuff: this will be a masked indoor event, but with eating and drinking so masks will coming on and off. The room is large and has windows to the outdoors, but there may be lots of people fairly close to each other, so it us up to each of our own risk levels to come. More info and RSVP link here

Folks gathered at our Heat Week Pedalpalooza Ride & Action Night this past June.

Training: Basics of Civil Disobedience

Thurs, Sept 22, 4:30-6:30pm — on zoom, register here

This training from Stop the Money Pipeline will go over the roles and resources needed to successfully incorporate civil disobedience into your action. Please reach out to amy@stand.earth to get connected. RSVP for Training #2: Basics of Civil Disobedience 

Climate Activism Mass Training

Fri, Sept 23, 10am-2:30pm — Lincoln HS (1750 SW Salmon St.) — register here

Join @portlandclimatestrike this Friday for a Climate Activism Mass Training! This will be a day in solidarity with the Global Youth Climate Strike, where folks can learn organizing skills and get involved in local climate campaigns. All ages are welcome, though middle and high school students are especially encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Training: Make it Beautiful: Using Art in Actions

Thurs, Sept 29, 5-6:30pm — on zoom, Register here

In this training from Stop the Money Pipeline, you’ll learn how to use a variety of arts to make our actions creative, participatory, and impactful. You’ll look at how to use song & music, street murals, signs, banners, patches, and elements of fires and floods in our actions. You’ll cover the basics of wheat pasting, sign making, and pop-up art shows using the new Blame Wall Street poster art (order a set below). You’ll also be joined by Alexandra Blakely who will lead a teach-in of the new climate movement song and offer tips on including song and music in your action. RSVP for Training #3: Make It Beautiful: Using Art & Song in Actions!

Divest from Wall Street Forestry

SAVE THE DATE: October 6th.

There will be a rally in Portland to encourage TIAA to divest from Wall Street forestry (their subsidiary Nuveen Natural Capital owns a lot of Clatsop County and forest land worldwide, and is a big clearcutter!). This is being led by our comrades at Sunrise PDX, and we want to show up and support!

Portland Black Lives Matter Protests

Throughout the week @ across the city – details here

Worker Solidarity Actions

Throughout the week @ across the city – visit the Portland Jobs with Justice page for more info (PJWJ is a coalition of over 100 labor, faith, community and student organizations and individual activists taking action for workers rights and economic justice). Also see their list of solidarity actions.

News & Updates

Oregon governor candidates on how they’d handle climate change

“As part of a larger survey, OPB asked Republican Christine Drazan, Democrat Tina Kotek and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson about their approach to global warming.” — Read the full article from Oregon Public Broadcasting here.

‘We will all die if we continue like this’: Indigenous people push UN for climate justice

“As the United Nations General Assembly opens this week in New York, Indigenous people are taking to the streets, and waters, of New York to protest for climate justice and call on world leaders to recognize Indigenous rights. Starting Saturday, activists have protested in front of consulatesprojected images of deforestation on buildings in midtownsailed down the Hudson and East Rivers, and held a die-in in front of the New York Stock Exchange.” — Read the full article from Grist here

Appalachians Protest Manchin’s Mountain Valley Pipeline Plan

“Climate activists from as far away as Alaska, Indigenous peoples and Appalachians rallied in Washington, D.C., Thursday [Sept 9, 2022] against the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The protest — No Sacrifice Zones! — spoke out against concessions to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin included in the Inflation Reduction Act that would expedite the pipeline slated to cut through Appalachia…” — Read the full article from Democracy Now here

News Highlights

In love and gratitude,
Anissa, Brenna, Chris, Dineen, Eloise, Emily, Indi, Julia – the 350PDX staff