Portland Rising Tide Activist Locks Down In Blockade of Shell Icebreaker to Halt Arctic Drilling

PORTLAND, OR—A Portland Rising Tide activist today blockaded a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker, the MSV Fennica, from departing Portland after receiving repairs. The Fennica is part of Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet. Without key safety equipment carried by the vessel, Shell cannot finish experimental drilling in the Arctic. This action expanded the blockade opposition to Shell and Arctic drilling. Organizers hope to spark further direct action to avert local and global devastation from oil spills and climate change.

#ShellNO Rail Lockdown

Climate justice activist Jonah Majure, a settler resident of Portland in occupied Multnomah land locked himself by the neck to a Burlington Northern rail bridge in NE Portland to further prevent the Fennica from leaving Portland. The bridge represents a choke point in the Fennica’s route because it must raise in order for the ship to depart Portland. Any attempt to raise the bridge with Jonah still attached would threaten his life. Jonah vowed to stay locked to the bridge until he is forcibly removed or until workers on MSV Fennica, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Oregon Governor Kate Brown or President Obama assert their power to put an end to Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic.

In preparation for his lockdown, Jonah accepted the personal risk, acknowledging, “This action was made necessary by the recklessness of so-called authorities complicit in the destruction of colonized indigenous land. I’m acting in solidarity with Indigenous communities around the world who are on the front lines of resource extraction on stolen lands. It’s time for the climate movement to move beyond individual issues and start looking at the greater systems of oppression like colonialism, racism and sexism that are destroying people and the planet.” He urges every individual and organization with the power to disrupt the extraction and transport of hydrocarbon fuels to act in solidarity with those defending their ancestral lands and livelihoods: “Our only hope of preventing catastrophic climate change and the genocide of Northern native peoples is to immediately halt all fossil fuel development.”

Global scientists have warned that at least 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must remain unburned to avoid catastrophic global warming. Shell’s business venture to expand its oil reserves flies in the face of local and global attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Organizers are hoping the blockade and other actions against the Fennica will delay Arctic drilling and put pressure on local and national leaders to cease fossil fuel developments.

Biologist Carl Wassilie of the Yupiaq Nation in colonized Alaska, agreed: “Shell is violating the peace and security of humankind in the Arctic, continuing on the destructive path of putting indigenous peoples at extreme risk in an already rapidly changing climate. The policies of exploitation of the Arctic Ocean by the United States allowing international criminals, like Shell, not only go against hundreds of Alaska Tribal Governments resolutions opposed to offshore oil and gas activities; but go against Pope Francis’ Encyclical to end exploitative economic systems. The Pope calls on global society to ensure Reverence and Respect for Mother Earth. The human rights violations by the U.S. allowing Shell to drill into the Chukchi Sea infringes on the legal and moral obligation of society to protect and defend Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic.”

Battles with Shell over Arctic drilling in Portland and Seattle are seen by activists as an opening round of #FloodTheSystem—a continent-wide upsurge of grassroots disruption of the fossil fuel economy and all systems of oppression planned through December. As Jonah emphasized, “We cannot meaningfully address the climate crisis while leaving in place the systems of colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and out of control capitalism.”

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FLOOD THE SYSTEM

Climate justice groups call for mass actions in lead up to Paris climate talks
Climate justice groups call for mass actions in lead up to Paris climate talks

Starting this September, Rising Tide North America is calling for mass actions to shut down the economic and political systems threatening our survival.

Already, hundreds of thousands are streaming into the streets to fight back against climate chaos, capitalism and white supremacy.

This wave of resistance couldn’t be more urgent. To stop climate chaos we need a phenomenal escalation in organizing, participation and tactical courage. We need a profound social transformation to uproot the institutions of capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, the systems that created the climate crisis. And we need to link arms with allies fighting for migrant justice, dignified work and pay, and an end to the criminalization and brutal policing of black and brown bodies.

We need to #FloodTheSystem.

In the lead up to the United Nations climate talks in Paris, in December, we will escalate local and regional resistance against systems that threaten our collective survival. Together, we will open alternative paths to the failing negotiations of political elites.

This is not another protest. It is a call for a massive economic and political intervention. It is a call to build the relationships needed to sustain our struggles for the long haul. To build popular power along the intersections of race, class, gender and ability. To collectively unleash our power and change everything.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are mobilizing locally.  If you want to get involved, let us know.  And if you already know you are willing to take direct action to address the climate crisis and stop the fossil fuel projects in our region, sign the Rising Tide Regional Pledge of Resistance.

See you at the barricades.

Tactical Art Workshop with Justseeds Collective, March 20

Friday, March 20, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA
511 NW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97209

As part of Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the Creative Activism Lab will be coordinating a series of workshops and other programming to foster dialogue surrounding social justice issues addressed within Justseeds work, to ground those issues on a local level, and to make work that can support local actions and action networks.

Our March 20th workshop will focus on issues associated with climate change using Resourced, a Justseeds portfolio, as a jumping off point. A group of Justseeds artists will speak about Resourced and other media they created for the People’s Climate March in NYC this past fall. Portland Rising Tide will then present on our current campaigns and actions. We will then all have a roundtable style conversation about what kind of tactical art we can create to best support upcoming action(s), and then, best of all, we will COLLECTIVELY MAKE REALLY COOL TACTICAL ART.

Feel free to show up at any time for the duration of the workshop and join us!

The Creative Activism Lab (CAL), founded in 2014, is a pseudo-institutionalized organization dedicated to the intersection between art, activism, and social justice. Organized by and activated by students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, CAL strives to support and foster a culture of activism that focuses on combined creative practices as a site for social and political change.

Comment on Portland’s Climate Action Plan by April 10, 2015

The City of Portland recently released the nationally anticipated 2015 draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) for public comment. Rooted in science-based targets, the CAP aims to reduce local carbon emissions by 80% before 2050.

*Comment before April 10th and contribute to Portland’s climate planning.*

Highlights of the draft Climate Action Plan

  • Equity: The City formed the Equity Work Group to better ensure that communities most vulnerable to climate change – the elderly and children, people in poverty, and people of color – benefit from climate solutions.
  • Consumption: The CAP includes full life cycle carbon emissions – from extraction to disposal – for goods and services consumed in Multnomah County, and provisions to make it easier to borrow, repair and reuse everyday goods.
  • Transportation: The draft calls for continued investment in public transit and infrastructure for walking and bicycling, with a special focus on expanding transit access in under-served areas.

Where we need to go

Portland is recognized as a climate leader, but we need to do more. Comment on the draft CAP asking it to include:

  1. A provision banning all new fossil fuel export, storage, and transfer infrastructure, including coal, oil and gas (such as natural gas and propane).
  2. Commitment to act as a climate leader and work with other municipalities to pass binding commitments to reduce local carbon emissions, emissions from pass-through of fossil fuels and ban fossil fuel extraction & export in their jurisdictions until atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are back down to 350ppm.
  3. Full greenhouse gas accounting to include emissions from pass-through fossil fuels in our local carbon emissions reporting including source emissions and consideration of environmental degradation at the source of extraction.
  4. Develop a plan for the transition to sustainable energy in conjunction with dismantling existing fossil fuel infrastructure, including a commitment to work with workers at existing utilities and large fossil fuel facilities in Portland – such as PGE, PPL, NWN, and Arc Logistics – to create an immediate transition plan away from fossil fuels to a sustainable economy that is just, equitable and beneficial to all.
  5. City shall refrain from entering into contracts, subsidizing or permitting companies and facilities whose primary business is extracting, refining or transporting fossil fuels, including those that manufacture equipment for extracting, refining and transporting fossil fuels.
  6. City shall be 100% divested from all fossil fuel companies by 2020, starting the process now.
  7. City and County commitments to not prosecute anyone who engages in non-violent direct action against current and future fossil fuel export, storage, and transfer infrastructure.

Pass-through refers to fossil fuels that travel through Portland, but never stop here. Currently, coal and oil trains pass-through Portland, and could increase with the numerous proposals for fossil fuel exports.

How to comment:

Comments on the draft Climate Action Plan are due by April 10, 2015.

Share your feedback on the draft plan using this online form.

Email comments to climate@portlandoregon.gov

Mail comments to:
2015 Climate Action Plan
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, #7100
Portland,OR 97201

Railside Community Listening Project, Saturday, April 11, 10a-3p

Vancouver Action Network is partnering with Portland Rising Tide to go door to door speaking with residents of railside neighborhoods. Our second venture will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 10am-3pm followed by a debriefing from 3:30-4:30pm in Portland, OR. If you don’t live in Portland we would still love to work with you on Oil Train organizing.

If you are interested in participating in the Listening Projects please RSVP to Matt Landon at vancouveractionnetwork@gmail.com

**Training Required**

Everyone who plans to attend the Listening Project will need to attend either of 2 trainings offered on Friday April 10 from 7pm-8pm or Saturday April 11 from 8:30am-9:30am. You only need to attend 1 listening project training but you MUST attend our Listening Project training in order to go door to door for this project even if you have prior listening experience.

Friday, April 10, 7-8pm, 2249 E Burnside
Saturday, April 11, 8-9am, 2249 E Burnside

What is a Listening Project?

This Listening Project model was started by the Mountain Justice Movement in 2005 and has been modified and replicated by several social / eco justice groups around the world since then. Listeners get training and go with a buddy door to door asking residents questions to gauge their feelings and concerns about oil train issues. It is a humbling experience, asking questions and then listening to their answers. Listeners will be equiped with maps and other educational materials to distribute. At the end of each 15-30 minute interview the Listeners write down responses and move on to the next house keeping track of which houses have been visited. At the end of the day we gather back to debrief the Listening Project and share stories and highlights. The Listening Projects are good for finding supporters, expanding the local knowledge base and networks, and learning how to phrase our struggles in local terms. The end goal of
the Listening Project is to empower local residents by allowing them to tell their story with the idea that upon feeling empowered that they would then organize and take action. Mountain Justice has gotten lots of positive results from using these Listening Projects in Southern Appalachia around coal mining issues.

Port Westward Blockade – Donate to Sunny’s Legal Fund

 
Sunny & supporters rally on the courthouse steps after the hearing
Sunny & supporters rally on the courthouse steps after the hearing
 
Remember last fall, when Portland Rising Tide blockaded the tracks to Port Westward for over 9 hours, successfully delaying an oil train from reaching the terminal?
 
Well, our brave friend Sunny, who was atop the tripod blocking the tracks, was sentenced on February 18th, 2015, in the courthouse in St. Helens, OR.  For their courageous act of resistance, Sunny has been ordered to pay $1860 in fines and to perform 80 hours of community service – as if standing up to the fossil fuel industry isn’t the pinnacle of community service!
 
Sunny is almost finished with the coerced labor aspect of their sentencing, but we need to fundraise to help cover the legal costs of the action.  Please donate today, and indicate that you’d like your donation to go to Sunny’s legal fees.  
 
For the Earth!
 

 

Megaload Art Party

There will be a Megaload by Bike work party/art make Saturday, Jan 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. The goal of this project is to build a fairly large bike float, something 8-9 feet high and 20 feet long, that will resemble a megaload. It will be used at various actions and events to raise public awareness about the tar sands, climate change, and all of the on-going efforts by the fossil fuel companies to turn the Pacific Northwest into a sooty, greasy, oily industrial corridor. Like we’re a door mat or something. We’ll show them.

We will be meeting in Downtown Portland. If you think you would like to join us, please send an RSVP to Wes at wkempferjr@gmail.com and we’ll send you the meeting location details.

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