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Direct Action & Community Defense Trainings – March & April

Our capacity to resist is directly correlated to our capacity to self-organize on a massive scale. Join us for a training for people who want to develop their ability to take strong collective action in committed groups of people.

ABOUT THE TRAINING

We will introduce the basic and common non-violent direct action strategies and tactics. We will also review pertinent legal information to engaging in direct action and address how you and your group can keep each other safe while challenging those in power.

This training lasts from 10am-7pm and will thoroughly prepare your group to take strategic & tactically powerful autonomous action.

Saturday, March 18th & Saturday April 8th

ABOUT YOU

Please come in a group. A group does not need to be any kind of formal organization. It can be you and your friends or you and your family or your coworkers or fellow students or church group or chess club or step squad or really any assemblage of people with whom you have affinity. It also CAN be you and people from your formal organization if you happen to belong to one. We ask that groups be made up of at least 3 people, and encourage much larger groups to attend as well. If your group doesn’t already have a name, now’s your chance to thing of something awesome to call yourselves.

We also ask that regardless of the size of your group, *at least* 3 people from your group attend the training. There will be a lot of different information given and you might have to split up at points to absorb it all.

We will be checking at the door that you have registered and are showing up with your group. Please do not register if you do not plant to attend with other members of your group.

We will share the location with groups who RSVP.

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Bridge to Disaster: Resisting Fracked Gas

Thursday, February 23rd
7:00 – 9:00 pm
First Unitarian Church
SW 12th & SW Salmon

The battle against fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest rages on! In the face of last year’s historic Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which mandates the closing of all in-state coal plants by 2020, Portland General Electric (PGE) is rolling out a plan to keep the PNW locked into fossil fuel power for the next 30+ years. Ignoring vast potentials for renewable energy, PGE is instead proposing to build two new gas-fired power plants as we phase out coal-generated power. If built, the Carty-Boardman generation station would be Oregon’s new largest source of climate pollution. We want Oregon to be powered by clean, renewable energy, NOT dirty fossil fuels.

The fossil fuel industry wants to argue that fracked gas is a bridge fuel to an imagined clean energy future, but we know that it’s only a bridge to further climate devastation. A number of groups are joining forces to demand that PGE replace coal power with 100% renewable energy. Come hear from the Climate Action Coalition, 350PDX, the Sierra Club, Portland Rising Tide, Greenpeace and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility in building a popular campaign to resist the fossil fuel industry and to build a climate justice future.

Join us!

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#NoDAPL Medic Bus & Tents

Help build winter shelter for the water protectors at Standing Rock!
 
We are retrofitting a bus and building some tents to send to folks on the frontlines in North Dakota.  Learn more about and donate to the cause.  If you are money poor but material or time-rich, consider donating materials and/or volunteer labor.  To donate, please contact: Mike at 503-515-5209 or Harlan at 971-227-0478
 
A list of materials needed include:
  • a whole bunch of 2x4s, in 8 foot and 10 foot lengths
  • about a dozen or so T posts
  • tent canvas 
  • two exterior doors
  • plywood (any thickness)
  • 200 lineal feet 2 X 3 lumber
  •  300 lineal feet 2 X 2 lumber
  • 160 lineal feet 1 X 2 strapping
  • 14 pieces 4’ X 8’ paneling (1/8” or ¼”)
  •  8 pieces 4’ X 8’ decking (3/4” or 5/8” T&G OSB or plywood)
  • 6 pieces un-grooved T-111 siding (1/2” or 5/8”)
  • 20 YD Carpet pad (pieces OK)
  • 20 YD Carpet (pieces OK)
  • 27 YD Vinyl flooring
  • 1 Gal. vinyl adhesive
  • 1 barn door style slider hardware kit
  • 1 direct vent propane wall heater (min 20,000 BTU)
  • 2 10 gallon propane tanks (current, useable)
  • 1 propane tank regulator  
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Fossil Fuel Resistance poster. Black oil running down over a picture of a beach with Fossil Fuel Resistance in white lettering.

Stop Oil Trains Action – July 23rd

Action Prep Meeting
Sunday, July 17th
Venue TBD
 
Saturday, July 23rd, 11 am
Location TBA
 
The Fossil Fuel Resistance Network (“FERN”) was formed in response to the derailment in Mosier on June 3rd. This self-organizing Network seeks to not only address acute issues, like derailments, but also to critique and expose the systemic issues the “too big to fail” fossil fuel industry externalizes on people and the planet as a whole. 
 
On June 18th, FERN brought together members of our local regions to stand up to the monopoly railway corporations who continually put our communities at risk with callous and unsafe practices, knowing they will not be held accountable. 
 
On June 23rd Union Pacific resumed oil train traffic through the Gorge despite being found “solely responsible” for the derailment and requests from both Oregon and Washington for a moratorium until further investigation and public input. Communities all along these blast zones are asking for protection from future disasters, and FERN is an organizing body that wants to meet this call. 
 
Please join us in our next action, where we will tell Union Pacific that their actions are unacceptable and have some silly fun while we’re at it!  Come to the action prep meeting on the 17th to learn all you need to know.
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Twenty-One People Arrested Blockading Oil Train Route in Vancouver, WA

Over 100 people stopped rail traffic by forming a human blockade across the tracks in Vancouver, WA on Saturday, June 18.  Watch a recap video and donate to their legal fund.

Organized by the Fossil Fuel Resistance Network in response to the recent oil train derailment in Mosier, OR, the action united voices from across the region in concern not only about the potential local impacts of continued oil-by-rail, but also about the immediate and critical threats of carbon emissions and climate change. During the blockade, many community members spoke about their grief and rage that corporate greed is putting our local ecosystems and communities at risk and fueling the sixth great global extinction.

The Union Pacific train that derailed in Mosier on June 3rd contaminated the Columbia River and local sewer system with crude oil fracked from the Bakken Shale, ignited a fire that released toxic oil smoke into the air, evacuated local neighborhoods and schools, and ultimately drained the city’s entire aquifer.  In the last three years alone, oil train derailments in North America have killed forty-seven people, spilled millions of gallons of oil into waterways, forced the evacuation of thousands and caused billions of dollars in property damage and environmental destruction.

Community members connected the local disaster to a greater climate crisis – ecosystems across the planet are rapidly destabilizing, confirming the worst case scenarios of climate scientists’ predictions.  “We need Governors Brown and Inslee to do more than just advocate for a temporary moratorium on oil trains!  We need them to enact an immediate just transition to a post-fossil fuel economy,” said Portland resident Audrey Caines.  “If governments are not going to take decisive and immediate action to keep fossil fuels in the ground, people’s movements like this one will.”

Speakers also addressed the social consequences of fossil fuel infrastructure, stating that marginalized communities bear disproportionate risks and consequences, as oil train blast zones, pipeline routes, and drilling sites typically exist in low-income rural areas and communities of color. In Mosier, the disaster threatened food and water sources for local Native tribes.

BNSF and the Vancouver city police tried to disperse the crowd multiple times.  In an act of pure intimidation, BNSF ran an engine within 50 feet of the protesters on the tracks and blew it’s horn repeatedly.  Despite the looming non-verbal threat, nobody sitting on the rails made any moves to leave.

The Pacific Northwest has seen a growing movement against fossil fuel transport throughout the region.  Concerned residents point out that proposed new fossil fuel terminals and terminal expansions, including the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA, could result in a dramatic increase in coal and oil trains passing through the Columbia Gorge each week. Mosier would see five times the amount of oil train traffic if these projects are approved. “This is not just the beginning!” said Portland Rising Tide activist Mia Reback. “This movement is growing and will not stop until all fossil fuel extraction projects are shut down and all known fossil fuel reserves are kept safely in the ground! Oil barons beware: we will be back!”

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Break Free – May 13th -15th, Anacortes, WA

Portland Rising Tide is mobilizing for Break Free, three days of actions at the Shell & Tesoro refineries in Anacortes, Washington.  Break Free will commence a global wave of mass actions targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects. We aim to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Across the world, people are showing the courage to confront polluters where they are most powerful — from the halls of power to the wells and mines themselves.

UPCOMING BREAK FREE EVENTS IN PORTLAND

MOBILE COMMUNITY SOLAR PANEL FUNDRAISER

We’re building a mobile solar array to power our protests and direct actions using solar panels manufactured right here in Hilsboro, but we need your help to cover costs!  Can you make a donation today so we can have the array built in time for Break Free this May? 

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE WORKSHOPS

  • Personal Grounding
  • Possible Legal Consequences
  • Know Your Rights
  • Action  Roles and Tactics
  • Action Practice and Planning

Saturday, April 2, SE Portland, 10:00am-3:00pm
Saturday April 16, Downtown, 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday, April 26, SE Portland, 10:00am-3:00pm

LOCATION INFO & RSVP: email goto350pdx@gmail.com, text or call 503-705-1943

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Jordan Cove LNG Terminal DENIED!

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In a rather shocking move, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the permits for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export facility and accompanying Pacific Connector Pipeline.  Quote FERC:

42. Because the record does not support a finding that the public benefits of the Pacific Connector Pipeline outweigh the adverse effects on landowners, we deny Pacific Connector’s request for certificate authority to construct and operate its project, as well as the related blanket construction and transportation certificate applications.
B. Jordan Cove’s Proposed LNG Terminal

43. The Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and the Pacific Connector Pipeline, though requiring authorization under different sections of the NGA, have been proposed as two segments of a single, integrated project. As described above, Pacific Connector has stated that although its pipeline will be capable of delivering gas to markets in southern Oregon through an interconnection with Northwest’s Grant Pass Lateral, it will not build the project unless the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal Project goes forward. Similarly, without a source of natural gas, proposed here to be delivered by the Pacific Connector Pipeline, it will be impossible for Jordan Cove’s liquefaction facility to function.


44. As discussed above, in determining whether a proposed project will serve the public interest under the Certificate Policy Statement, the Commission balances the public benefits of a proposed project against the potential adverse consequences. While the Certificate Policy Statement does not specifically apply to facilities authorized under NGA section 3, the Commission is still required to conclude that authorization of such facilities will not be inconsistent with the public interest. We find that without a pipeline connecting it to a source of gas to be liquefied and exported, the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal can provide no benefit to the public to counterbalance any of the impacts which would be associated with its construction.

This is a tremendous victory for all of the dedicated people who have been organizing against this terminal.  Thank you to any and all who wrote comments, turned out for actions, and helped us achieve this amazing victory.  Keep your eyes open for upcoming announcements about how we’re going to make sure this project stays dead and buried!

You can read the full text of the FERC decision here

 

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Support the Berrypickers Union! – March 18th & 19th

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (Families United for Justice) is an independent farmworker union based in Burlington, WA comprised of over 300 farmworker families. For the last three years they have been fighting at Sakuma Bros berry farm with strikes, court cases, and a boycott to bring an end to wage theft, denial of lunch and rest breaks, racist harassment from supervisors, poverty wages, exposure to pesticides, and inhumane housing conditions.
Speaking Event
Friday, March 18th, 
6 PM 
First Unitarian Church
1211 SW Main St.
 
Picket Line
Saturday, March 19th
10:30 AM
Whole Foods
2825 E Burnside St.
 

They have been calling for a boycott of Sakuma berries until the company negotiates a union contract with Familias Unidas. Sakuma responded to the effective boycott by moving their production under the Driscoll’s label. Driscoll’s is the world’s largest berry distributor and also supplies berries from San Quintin Mexico where over 70,000 farmworkers went on strike and formed a union in March 2015.

Now both unions are united in calling for an international boycott of Driscoll’s berries and the activity and formation of boycott committees has exploded all over the country! Familias Unidas is working to build upon this momentum and organize a major boycott offensive by touring the West Coast for a full month, sharing the story of their struggle with communities along the way, and asking people to take up the Driscoll’s boycott so farmworkers in Washington and Mexico can win historic union contracts this year!

Join us Friday March 18th at the Unitarian Church to hear from the farmworkers yourself and learn how you can support this historic movement to transform the food system!

Also join us in taking action Saturday March 19th, 10:30 AM for a picket line at Whole Foods, 2825 E Burnside St.

If you want more information or are interested in forming a boycott committee please reach out to the boycott coordination team at: BoycottCoordination@gmail.com.

To learn more about the campaign, visit boycottsakumaberries.com.

 

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Imperialism, Climate Crisis, and Struggle – An evening with Harsha Walia & Luz Rivera – Nov. 14

Sunday, November 8th, 5 to 7 pm
Eliot Chapel – First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Avenue

“Climate change is the vicious end result of an international class war that started with slavery and imperialism and is now manifest as neo-liberal globalisation.”
Paul Sumburn, “A New Weather Front”

Climate destabilization, resource privatization, cultural genocide, forced migration, repression, gentrification, incarceration, displacement, struggle, survival: while we live in this storm of crises, the connections between them can sometimes feel subterranean, veiled by the shadowy machinations of capitalism. Join us as Harsha Walia and Luz Rivera Martinez, both deeply skilled anti-capitalist organizers with decades of experience, articulate these crises as interconnected and escalating symptoms of a system rooted in neo-liberalism and neo-colonization.

Harsha and Luz will speak about their work and experiences cultivating fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, and how “climate change” threatens to or is already compounding the forces of state and corporate violence against which they struggle.

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer, and popular educator rooted in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, antiracist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anticapitalist movements and communities for over a decade. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism and works with No One Is Illegal – Vancouver/Unceded Coast Salish Territories.
http://www.akpress.org/undoing-border-imperialism.html
https://noii-van.resist.ca/

Luz Rivera Martinez has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women’s, peasant and labor movements. She works with the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjADc2HT_j0

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STOPPING LNG PROJECTS in OREGON

Panel Discussion on Two Reckless Liquefied Natural Gas Export Proposals

First Unitarian Church of Portland – Fuller Hall
1011 SW 12th – between SW Salmon & SW Main
Open 6:30PM. Panel 7:00PM

Sponsored by the Climate Action Coalition, 350PDX, Columbia Riverkeeper, 1st Unitarian Church-Community For Earth, PDX Bike Swarm, People of the Heart, Portland Rising Tide, Oregon Sierra Club-Beyond Gas & Oil Team, No KeystoneXL/Portland, Sustainable Energy & Economy Network-SEEN

For the past decade, Oregon has faced numerous schemes to transport methane through proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and their related pipelines through our beloved forests, under our iconic rivers and watersheds, and across fertile private farms and fields. Ten years ago, corporate interests made a move to import LNG into Oregon by proposing terminals in both the north and south of the state – Oregon LNG near Astoria, Jordan Cove in Coos Bay and Bradwood Landing on the Columbia River. Over the next five years, resistance from a diverse coalition of landowners, environmentalists and climate activists culminated in then-Governor Kulongoski challenging federal approvals of Jordan Cove and Bradwood LNG. Both projects failed as LNG import terminals, and Bradwood LNG went bankrupt completely.

The specter of natural gas pipelines and LNG terminals, however, has not disappeared. The Jordan Cove project has returned, this time as a proposed LNG export terminal, and the Columbia River is still threatened by Oregon LNG which also hopes to export natural gas from the northern coast.

But never fear! Our communities are again rising up against fracked natural gas infrastructure and export.

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd for an info session on how you can get involved and give your body and soul to resisting LNG in Oregon. Learn about the plan for government collusion with corporate interests to ship explosive natural gas from fracking fields in the Rockies through fire-prone forests and earthquake-prone landscapes and threaten the climate, watersheds, and forests of our state. Hear about how we won against LNG, and how we will win again. Plug in to growing LNG resistance across the state, country and world.

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