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Civil Liberties Defense Center Brunch Fundraiser, August 27

cldc-logoCLDC’sprojects educate people about their rights and why their rights are important. We defend front-line activists and expose and confront the persistent erosion of our civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. We believe that knowledge is power. When people have the tools and understanding to take action and demand that the government honor all their rights, then grassroots activism will be the best chance of exacting necessary change. CLDC educates, supports, and defends grassroots activists.

Saturday, August 27th


Drop-in as you like.

To see why we’re cooking and serving, please click here.

-Steve “Chezz” Cheseborough will perform 1920-30s roots/blues.
-CLDC’s Charles Denson will be on hand to talk about CLDC’s work.

Please RSVP, so we’ll know how many folks we’ll be feeding.

Call or Text 503-705-1943 or Email 
6134 NE Alameda Street (2 blocks south of Sandy Blvd) 
$15 adults. Kids free. 
Please share our invitation, bring your friends, and RSVP.

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From the Dakota Pipeline Resistance

People against the Dakota Access pipeline chant in opposition last week at a site where a roadway was being constructed to begin the process of building the pipeline. Photo: Tom Stromme/AP

The Inyan wakankagapi otip-Sacred Stone Camp from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is partnering with the Oectc  Sakowin- Seven Council Fires, Indians and Cowboys and anyone who wants to stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline would cross the Missouri River and Cannon Ball Rivers– the life lines to many tribes and non-natives. When this pipeline leaks, it will destroy the water and land.  Water is life. We are asking for financial support for water-food and blankets for the camp.  This is a prayer camp movement to save our sacred land and water. It has been entirely supported by the people and the campers. Wopila lila tanka– we are deeply grateful for you contributions thank you! 

In Spirit,

Sacred Stone Camp

Background on Dakota Resistance: 

We Are Protectors. The Guardian. 8/18/16

Support Grows. Indian Country Today. 8/15/16

Dakota Pipeline. Mother Jones.8/12/16

Video from Dakota Occupation. 8/11/16

Camp of the Sacred Stones. 8/10/16

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FERN Street Theatre Flashmob


Portland, OR — The fledgling Fossil Fuel Resistance Network (“FERN”) orchestrated a street theatre flash mob on Saturday to stand up to railway and oil corporations which continue to put our communities at risk of climate change and oil train explosions.

With more than 50 participants, those dressed in black fell to the ground and made gurgling noises as they spilled from the Tank of Doom. Those wearing red danced around them, waving scarves and shouting “Burn! Burn!”.  The performance was repeated several times as participants snaked through SE Portland’s industrial area– including one performance atop the railroad tracks near Water Avenue and SE Taylor St. Portland police responded with bullhorn threats of arrest until the group disbanded from the tracks, heading to the OMSI Science Center.

For obvious safety concerns, FERN representatives notified Union Pacific (UP) prior to the performance that the tracks would be blocked.

UP, which owns the tracks along the targeted corridor in SE Portland, resumed oil train traffic through the Columbia Gorge in June despite being found “solely responsible” for the June 8 derailment and explosion in Mosier, OR, and despite requests from Oregon and Washington state officials for a moratorium pending further investigation and public input.

Communities all along these blast zones are asking for protection from future disasters. FERN is an open and inclusive organizing body that is rising to meet this call.

Nice work, FERN! We’ll catch you at the next block party…

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Vancouver Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Adjudication– Monday, June 27

EFSEC’s [Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council] 1st Day of the Adjudication Process for the  Vancouver Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal:
Monday, June 27, 9:00am
Columbia Tech Center at Clark College

18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98683

(This is not where the April 12th Hearing was held.)

From Vancouver’s Don Steinke:

“This will be the first day of a five-week process where legal teams from both sides present evidence and expert testimony is cross examined.   

We’d like signs outside quoting resolutions of concern or opposition from various cities and a full house inside on the first and last days in Vancouver, and one day in Olympia.

We don’t want to make the EFSEC staff feel like they are walking through a gauntlet as they arrive.  They view us in a positive manner.  

EFSEC’s trial-like hearing will begin and end in Vancouver, with different parties presenting detailed evidence about why the Council should approve or deny the project. Although the general public is not allowed to speak, our presence will help to convey the depth of opposition to the Tesoro Savage proposal in Vancouver.

On the first day of the hearing, let’s give EFSEC a warm welcome and rally outside the hearing.  The hearing room can hold roughly 100 members of the public – let’s make sure it’s packed!”


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Fossil Fuel Resistance Action — June 18th

rally picWhy: On Friday, June 3rd, a Union Pacific train carrying crude oil fracked from the Bakken  crude derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Oregon. The surrounding neighborhood, including an elementary school, was evacuated, oil spilled into the Columbia River, and the fire burned into the night.

On July 6th, 2013, an oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, 47 dead. More than 30 buildings were destroyed, and 36 demolished due to contamination.

Rail incidents involving fossil fuel transportation jumped nearly sixteenfold between 2010 and 2014 [citation needed].

The time to resist fossil fuel transport and demand a just transition to sustainable energy sources is now.

What: Join the growing Fossil Fuel Resistance Network in a direct action against the exploitative and dangerous transportation of fossil fuels by rail! Check FFRN’s Action page here.

When: Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 AM PDT– All day...

Where: Meet up at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, near the gazebo

 350PDX and Portland Rising Tide are co-supporters of Fossil Fuel Resistance Network

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Union Pacific Apologizes for “Inconvenience” as Oil Drips Onto Tracks and Trains Resume after Explosion

poster_9b0f79ab408048b89e657a84dafa86cbMayor Arlene Burns reports that Union Pacific (UP) has resumed sending trains through Mosier while oil from derailed tankers continues to drip onto the tracks. Mosier’s aquifer– its entire water supply— was completely depleted as fire crews risked their lives and hosed down tankers to keep more than four from exploding.

OPB’s Conrad Wilson, reports that crews have recovered about 10,000 gallons of crude oil from the town’s sewage system. Another 32,000 gallons burned off or vaporized in the initial crash, was captured by booms in the Columbia, or soaked into the soil.

Oregon’s Governor, Senators, and several state reps have called on UP to stop sending oil through the Gorge until the toxic mess is cleaned up and the cause of the derailment has been determined.

So far, UP has refused to comply with this request but has apologized for any “inconvenience” caused by the explosion.

OPB reports that as of June 7, at least 10 trains have passed through Mosier since resuming after the explosion.  No crude oil trains are scheduled to pass through for the next week, but UP’s spokesperson Raquel Espinoza said that’s more a function of scheduling than any deliberate action taken by the railroad to avoid sending crude through Mosier. She said the railroad plans to resume normal operations “soon”.

Mosier’s Mayor Arlene Burns to Think Out Loud’s Dave Miller:

“I don’t think there’s any safe way to transport volatile materials by train….there are no fire departments anywhere along the corridor that are equipped to deal with a fire such as the one we had…In lieu of climate change, in lieu of the dangers that are posed to everyone, not just Mosier, and the risks that we take for the profit of a very few…it just doesn’t calculate out into anything that’s reasonable”.

“The rules for interstate commerce were made a long time ago, before anybody ever heard of Bakken Crude…so we need to revisit some of these laws”.

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Oil Trains Rapid Response Meeting — June 6, 2016

poster_9b0f79ab408048b89e657a84dafa86cbOn Friday, June 3rd, a Union Pacific train carrying crude oil fracked from the Bakken shale derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Oregon. The surrounding neighborhood, including an elementary school, was evacuated, oil spilled into the Columbia River, and the fire burned into the night.

More than 100 citizens rallied and marched in nearby Hood River, Oregon, on Saturday to call for a halt to the practice of shipping oil by rail. Emily Reed, the city council president in Mosier, and other public officials joined us.

At the same time, the fate of the Pacific Northwest’s largest proposed crude oil transfer facility, the Tesoro Savage terminal in Vancouver, Washington, is soon to be decided. Grassroots opposition to existing oil train traffic, and to the climate devastation of the region’s five oil refineries, is growing. Train tracks leading to the Shell and Tesoro refineries in Anacortes, Washington were blockaded in May, 2016 by over 150 people for 36 hours—the strongest, longest-lasting, largest train blockade in the region to date—and people all over are ready to escalate the frequency and intensity of these actions.

How can we respond to this derailment in a way that meets the moral imperative to act immediately but also reflects long-term strategic thinking? How can we address the dangers of exploding oil trains in way that furthers our broader efforts to stop regional fossil fuel threats and protect global climate? How can we force the political-economic establishment to respond to the magnitude of the crisis it is causing for people and the planet?

Please join us on Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm, at the First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main St.  Room A-108) to discuss rapid response options to the Mosier oil train derailment, identifying the networks of corporate and governmental power responsible for it. We will map out the points of conflict, from the offices of decisionmakers to the train tracks, where we can push back against the oil industry’s devastating presence in our lives. We encompass a rich diversity of political approaches and there is a need for multiple actions. Therefore, we can both use this space to plan as large a response as possible and also, if we desire, to organize breakout groups for smaller actions.



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Community Derailment Response Continues in Hood River, June 4

poster_9b0f79ab408048b89e657a84dafa86cbEmergency response crews continue tonight to monitor the smoldering wreckage of a Bakken oil train which derailed and ignited today in Mosier, Oregon. Following the blast, the Stand Up To Oil campaign called for denial of all oil train project proposals and an immediate ban on all oil train traffic in Washington and Oregon. Portland Rising Tide emphatically supports this ban.

Stand Up to Oil writes in a June 3 press release, “The devastation in Mosier underscores the risk that each town and neighborhood along the rail line faces: Spokane, Portland, Tacoma, and so many more”.

“The oil industry has demonstrated that they’re incapable of handling the product safely.  We cannot continue to put our communities at risk by allowing these unsafe oil trains to travel unchecked through the Northwest.”

The community is gathering together in Hood River tomorrow in response to the oil train derailment and fire, likely accompanied by a Stand Up to Oil press conference.

Waterfall Park in Hood River
115 State St, Hood River, OR 97031

(near Big Horse Brewing)

Saturday, June 4, 12 noon

10:30 – 12:00 Sign Painting, Friends of the Columbia Gorge office, 205 Oak St. #17, Hood River

12:00 – 12:45 Rally, Overlook Memorial Park (2nd Street & State Street, downtown Hood River)

12:45 – 1:30 March through Hood River, across I-84 Bridge, down to the HR Waterfront Park

Check the Facebook event, please RSVP & invite folks/share

The traffic in the area is really terrible today but we hope that by tomorrow it will have calmed down.  Please dress appropriately for the very hot weather.

STAND UP TO OIL is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest, while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region. Learn more at

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Longview Coal Hearings: Draft Environmental Impact Statement Comment Period Closes June 13th

Public hearings were held on the draft environmental impact statement on the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Spokane, and Pasco in May and early June.

The comment period closes on Monday, June 13th

Please send in your comment to help block the Largest Coal Export Terminal in North America

Talking Points from Power Past Coal 

Comments can be submitted online or by mail. 
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Breakfree Oil Refinery Blockade in Anacortes, WA, May 13 -15 — We’ll Be Back!


May 15, 2016 — An estimated 1,500 activists from across the Northwest gathered at the site of two oil refineries in Washington state demanding action to combat climate change. The two-day blockade of the railroad tracks leading to the Shell and Tesaro refineries in Anacortes began on Friday.  Hundreds of activists indicated they are willing to risk arrest and engage in peaceful civil disobedience to push for a just transition toward a more sustainable economy. Fifty-two were arrested on Sunday morning. Similar future actions are inevitable.

“Washington state jobs and lives are already at risk, with all the crazy wildfires we’ve had, with the problem with the salmon runs and the oysters,” Break Free Pacific Northwest organizer Emily Johnston explained to Jillian Raftery of KIRO radio. “People are definitely waking up to the fact that (climate change) is a real and local issue.”

“Anacortes, like other refinery towns, is a place that is economically dependent on fossil fuel jobs. You know, a lot of those are good jobs – they’re union jobs, they’re family wage jobs. So nobody wants to see that kind of work go away and not be replaced by something – also not have it be a really rational and careful transition” .

“And those workers are all invited to participate in the weekend’s events, which will include workshops and discussions to educate anyone who wants to know more, and arm activists with information to be part of the climate fight” said Johnston.

2The actions in Anacortes are part of the growing global resistance calling on people to break free from dependence on oil, coal and gas. So far, Break Free events have busted out in Germany, Brazil, Ecuador, South Africa, and British Columbia, as well as New York and California.

A Lummi ceremony, community workshops,  kayaktivist workshops, floatillas,  and a three-mile march near Anacortes along the shores of Fidalgo Bay past the Tesoro and Shell refineries were among the events that continued through Sunday.

According to the Skagit Valley Herald, “Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was among those at the rally on Friday getting kayak training from Kurtis Dengler and Jade Summers of Mosquito Fleet, which formed after the ShellNo campaign in Seattle”.


Phuong Le, Associated Press, 5/14/16:

In Washington state, organizers are targeting two refineries that are among the top sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. An environmental review is currently underway for a proposed oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery. Shell wants to build an unloading facility and a rail spur from existing tracks to handle about 60,000 barrels of crude oil a day delivered by train.

Many of the nearly 40 groups involved in organizing the Break Free Pacific Northwest event were also involved in large on-water kayak protests against Shell’s Arctic oil drilling rig when it parked at a Seattle port last year as it prepared to explore for oil in the Arctic.

Afrin Sopariwala, 30, a Seattle activist with Women of Color Speak Out, plans to participate this weekend.

“Looking at the conditions of the planet and my own family back home in India, and seeing how quickly and drastically the impacts of our decision are affecting the climate of the planet, I feel it’s my responsibility to future generations,” she said.


Ann Eissinger, a wildlife biologist who has studied (the bay’s herons) for years, said the timing was wrong but that organizers have done a stellar job of reaching out to police, media, participants and others to help minimize impact”.

“Our concern was on the ground, in the water and in the air. All three of those have been addressed, she said. ‘The only concern I have at this point is the unexpected.”

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