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Oregon LNG withdraws Warrenton project

Columbia Riverkeeper– April 14, 2016

LNG flew the surrender flag on April 15, 2016, dropping plans to build an Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal on the lower Columbia River. Oregon LNG could not overcome intense local opposition, which sustained for over ten years. Not only is this an inspiring story of David versus Goliath, but an incredibly important victory for our climate and environment.

The Victory Over Oregon LNG prevents:

  • 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of fracked natural gas sent to Asia. That’s twice as much gas as the entire state of Oregon uses each day. Oregon LNG would have shipped a stunning volume of carbon.
  • A huge new driver for more fracking across the west. An LNG terminal is a regressive investment that locks us into fossil fuel transport for decades, which our climate cannot afford.
  • A bridge to nowhere. Natural gas is not a bridge fuel. We are moving aggressively toward renewables, and natural gas fracking and burning takes us in the wrong direction.
  • The destruction of critical salmon habitat by dredging a huge hole in the Columbia River for LNG tankers. Oregon LNG proposed the largest dredging by a private company in the history of the Columbia River, over 700,000 cubic feet across 135 acres. And the filling of 34 acres of wetlands.
  • A giant industrial scar and militarized zone in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Columbia River estuary.
  • LNG vessels competing for space with salmon fishing boats. LNG vessels have large security zones that would push fishers off the river.
  • The threat of eminent domain to take land of family farmers. If approved, Oregon LNG would have the power of eminent domain to construct a pipeline on private land without landowners’ permission.

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“After 10 years of fighting, we protected the Columbia River from dirty gas export. This is yet another huge victory for clean water and our climate. Tens of thousands of people stood up to protect clean water, public safety, and our climate. What an amazing effort and result!” – Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper

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Celilo Falls Commemoration, March 2016

An open invitation to anyone who would like to share memories, stories, reflections on what Celilo means– an invitation anyone who knows what happened in just a few hours on that day.  White people descended from the colonial immigrants. First Nations of Cascadia once gathered at Celilo this time of year, right now, to fish, trade and talk.

The event will be ‘open mike’ format, so bring your own story, whatever it might be, bring an instrument, bring your memories, dreams and songs. This will be recorded for broadcast on KBOO at a later date.

Thanks, Cheers,

Cris Andreae

The Bison Coffee House

3941 NE Cully blvd, Pdx

March 10th 5:30p

503-288-3941

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Tim DeChristopher– Wielding the Power of Vulnerability, April 7

CDC_front_page_20162016 Sewell Lecture Presents:  Tim DeChristopher as Bidder 70 disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008 by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. His actions and 21-month imprisonment earned him a an international media presence which he has used as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need fror bold, confrontational action to create a just and healthy world. Tim used his prosecution to organize the climate justice org Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, and most recently, the Civil Disobedience Center.

Thursday, April 7 – 7p

First Unitarian Church Sanctuary — 1211 SW Main St. Pdx

Tix: $5 – $20 sliding

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Jordan Cove Resistance Heating Up

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Emmalynn Garrett — October 2, 2015 —  Hey Portland! On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove energy project ignoring requests of elected officials and community members to reassess the impacts of this project.

Federal data shows that if the Jordan Cove facility were to go online, it would be the largest single source of carbon pollution in the state of Oregon in 2020 when the Boardman coal facility shuts down.

When the project was an import pipeline and a similar statement was issued by FERC in 2010, then Governor Ted Kulongoski publicly vowed to go to court to stop the federal government from moving forward with the proposal and that proposal did not proceed.  This time around, Governor Kate Brown has yet to take a public stance on this project. Oregon elected officials, especially Democrats like Gov. Kate Brown, look to the politically active metropolitan Willamette Valley communities for cues on environmental policies and priorities.

While FERC continues it’s blatant rubberstamping of destructive pipelines projects across the country and Oregon’s elected officials refuse to take a stand, resistance to this project is growing in southern Oregon.  In the last week alone, southern Oregon has seen corporate office shutdowns in Medford and rallies of several hundred people in the Coos Bay area– the wrap up of a protest hike along 315 miles of pipeline route.  And yet, at the time I’m writing this, to my knowledge no Portland news source has covered any of the major actions happening in southern Oregon.

Southern Oregon might seem far away from metropolitan Portland geographically, economically, politically and culturally, as a person who has lived in both places, I can say it often is.  But in our current state system, rural Southern Oregon is economically and politically influenced by the much larger population in urban Portland.  In an era of climate change, we cannot ignore devastating projects of this nature happening anywhere but especially those that we, as residents of urban Portland, have immense power to help stop.

Portland’s vibrant and active activist community can make or break this fight if we  join Southern Oregonians in holding the thin green line against fossil fuel destruction and export in our region.

Here are several easy things you can do this week:
 
PRESSURE THE NEWS MEDIA

*Write a letter to the editor*

We want to put a lot of media pressure on the Governor and make sure the public knows about how the state can take action to stop LNG and how a previous governor challenged FERC on LNG. This is especially important for folks in the Portland area targeting Portland newsources. More information on writing a letter to the editor here.

*Donate to and share the Indiegogo Campaign to fund an Oregonian ad*

The statewide coalition against LNG is crowdsourcing a full page ad to get the word out about Gov. Kate Brown’s ability to stop this project.  Please donate if you can and share across social media channels.

PRESSURE GOVERNOR BROWN

*Call the Governor on Monday Oct. 5th at 503-378-4582 and Spread the Word*
We need to keep the pressure on the Governor and make it clear the action we expect her to take in the face of FERC’s grossly inadequate review.  It only takes a few minutes to join in to weigh in on the importance of a LNG export-free Oregon.  More information and talking points here and join and share on Facebook here.

*Light up Social Media with No LNG!*
Even if you’re not much for social media in your personal life, let’s make it a part of your organizing life! We need to saturate Gov Brown’s twitter and facebook feeds with pictures of us rallying and being awesome! You can get messaging suggestions and pics to send the Governor here.

Check back here and with Southern Oregon Rising Tide for the latest updates and plans for resistance!

Lummi Totem Pole Journey Arrives in Portland August 25th

Lummi-Totem-Journey_2015Posted by Sierra Club Oregon Chapter:

Please join us in supporting the 2015 totem pole journey, led by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers. Each year for the past two years, tribal members have carved and transported totem poles thousands of miles to raise public awareness and strengthen opposition to the export of fossil fuels from the west coast of the United States and Canada.
 
The 2015 journey (August 21 – August 31) comes at a defining moment in our collective effort to defeat these fossil fuel export proposals. The Corps of Engineers will soon decide whether or not it will agree with the Lummi Nation and deny all permits for the Gateway Pacific Terminal Project. The 2015 journey will play an important role uniting opposition to the fossil fuel export projects, empower the general public with information, send a strong and united message to agencies and elected officials, and strengthen local, regional, and national networks and alliances.
 
The 2015 journey will focus events in places of worship and in key tribal communities. Pope Francis, in his recent 184-page papal encyclical Laudato Si, issued a sweeping condemnation of the “relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment and the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness.” The central theme of his message was “our shared responsibilities” to the Creation and to each other. This is also the theme of the 2015 totem pole, and one that goes to the heart of opposition to the proposed extraction, refinement, transport and storage of fossil fuels in the Pacific Northwest.

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Friday, August 21, 6 – 9 pm
Vancouver, British Columbia
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 E 1st Ave (1 block east of 1st & Commercial), Vancouver      
6 – 7 pm, Community Dinner, By donation
7 – 9 pm, Screening a film documentary by Freddy Lane of the Lummi Nation and Sierra Club about the 2014 “Our Shared Responsibility” journey through the Pacific Northwest. There will be a discussion with Jewell James (Lummi) and Rueben George (Tsleil-Waututh) following the film.
Presenting supporter: Wilderness Committee; venue sponsor: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church.Affiliate: Tsleil-Waututh First Nation   
Contact: Reuben George – rgeorge444@hotmail.com

Saturday, August 22, 10 am – 1 pm
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Tsleil-Waututh Community Centre, 3010 Sleil Waututh Rd, North Vancouver     
10 am – 12 noon, 2015 Totem Pole Journey arrival and ceremony outdoors.
12 noon – 1 pm, Lunch in Community Centre. Free.
Affiliate: Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Contact: Reuben George – rgeorge444@hotmail.com    

Saturday, August 22, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cherry Point, Bellingham, WA
Tribal Admin. Center, 2665 Kwina Road, Bellingham
Affiliates: Lummi Nation, NGOs, Faith-based Community 
Contacts: Kurt Russo – frkvalues@aol.com
Matt Patryni – mattp@re-sources.org
Beth Brownfield – bethbrownf@aol.com                                   

Sunday, August 23, 10:00 am 
Be on-site at 9:30
Marysville (Tulalip), WA 
Greg Williams Youth Center, 6700 Totem Beach Road, Marysville       
Affiliate: Tulalip Nation
Contact: Freida Williams – fwilliams@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov
        
Sunday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm    
Longview, WA
St. Stephens Episcopal Church,  1428 22nd Ave., Longview 
Affiliates: Quinault, NGO’s, Faith-based Community             
Contacts: jasmine@columbiariverkeeper.org
kpatton@sslv.org

Monday, August 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm   
Portland, OR
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland

Affiliates: Columbia River Indian Fish Commission, NGOs, Faith-based Community             

Contact: katelore@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 25, 12:30 – 1:30 pm                             
Hood River, OR
Riverside Community Church Sanctuary, 317 State Street, Hood River
11:30 am, “Invitation only” lunch for sponsoring organizations
12:30 – 1:30 pm, Blessing
Affiliates: Faith-based Community, Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network
Contact: johnboonstra@msn.com

Tuesday, August 25
Celilo Falls, OR
Currently not open to the public.
Affiliate: Celilo Peoples                           

Wednesday, August 26, 10 am – 2 pm        
Port of Morrow, Boardman, OR
Boardman Marina Park, 1 Marine Dr. NW, Boardman
Affiliate: Yakama Nation                                
Contact: Elizabeth Sanchey – esanchey@yakama.com

Thursday, August 27, 10 am
Spokane, WA
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive, Spokane
Affiliates: Spokane Tribe, Faith-Based Community   
Contacts: Twalea Abramson-Swan – twalea@spokanetribe.com
Rev. Dr. Todd F. Eklof – minister@uuspokane.org         

Friday, August 28
Missoula, MT               
Contact: John Lund – john.lund@mso.umt.edu

Sunday, August 30
Lame Deer, MT
AffiliatesNorthern Cheyenne, NGOs   
Contact: mike.scott@sierraclub.org

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For more information or to make a donation, please go to the Totem Pole Journey website: totempolejourney.com.

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Two Arrested After Peaceful Protest in Pdx on Anniversary of Mike Brown’s Murder

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“We are citizen advocates united in protest 

against racism, police brutality, and state violence.

We demand justice”.

August 9, 2015 — The third day of a community action panel sponsored by  Don’t Shoot Pdx culminated with the arrest of two peaceful protesters after a 4.5 minute blockade at the intersection of SE 82nd Avenue and Division had already ended.

After a panel of five  community activists spoke passionately to a roomful of about 50 supporters, a four and a half minute blockade of the intersection was executed to symbolize the four and a half hours that Michael Brown’s body was left in the street before he was finally removed by Ferguson police one year ago. The unarmed African-American teenager was shot and killed by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer August 9, 2014.

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Before she was arrested, Teressa Raiford addressed ongoing racism and oppression endured by the Black Community. Referring to yesterday’s scuffle in Seattle at a Bernie Sanders rally, Teressa called the incident “a distraction” and said “Today isn’t about Senator Sanders and his politics– today is about Michael Brown”.

Alyssa Pagan reminded supporters that “Politicians can’t stop racism. We can stop racism!”

Pagan told the Oregonian that “Raiford was standing in the street to lead protesters who had moved to the sidewalk”.  The group then witnessed police putting Teressa and fellow activist, Diane Chavez into handcuffs and into a car.

Other panelists included community activists John Slaughter Jr, Kevin Davis, and Lisa Sherman. After the panel, the short traffic disruption, and the arrests of Teressa and Diane, Portland Rising Tide held a workshop for non-violent civil disobedience (NVDA).

Support Don’tShootPdx , Teresa Raiford, and Diane Chavez

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Days and Nights of Mass Resistance to Arctic Plunder

fennica-greeted-07-13-15_rick-rappaportPortland, OR– July 30, 2015–  The Fennica, Shell Oil’s damaged ice-breaker, began to move at 5:45 a.m.  from the dock where it was being repaired for a damaged hull and was successfully turned back by a blockade of Greenpeace activists hanging from the St. John’s Bridge –which was closed to traffic–and Climate Action Coalition kayaktivists on the water. 

As reporters began to speculate on whether the protesters had a plan B, Daphne Wysham said “There is no Plan B, just as there is no Planet B; we have no intention of moving until President Obama rescinds the permit for Shell to drill in the Arctic.”

“On the hottest day in Portland, OR in two years, activists are prepared to stay as long as required,” said Nick Caleb, an attorney with Our Children’s Trust. “We are doing this for the children and for future generations to come. Shell cannot take their future away.”

Dozens of local and regional activist were on alert and greeted the MSV Fennica upon its arrival around 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. The vigil at Cathedral Park began Monday on the banks of the Willamette River in anticipation of the icebreaker’s departure. Hundreds of protesters in kayaks and boats circled beneath the bridge throughout the first two days and nights of the departure vigil. Then, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the kayaktivists were joined by 13 Greenpeace protesters who rappelled from the St. Johns Bridge, creating an aerial blockade. On Thursday morning, the MSV Fennica was successfully turned back by the blockades.

On Thursday afternoon, climate justice activist Jonah Majure, locked himself 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 ship’s route because it must raise in order for the ship to depart Portland. Jonah vowed to stay locked to the bridge until he was 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”.

Portland police began arresting the bridge climbers Thursday afternoon.  After the cops cleared four climbers in the center of the bridge, kayaktivists took the waters below.  They were also arrested and detained by police and Coast Guard troops in a reckless melee endangering activists on the water as an estimated 500 people onshore chanted “Stop that Ship!” Just before 6 pm, the MSV Fennica passed beneath the nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge on its journey toward the further destruction and desecration of sacred Arctic waters.

Popular resistance will continue to grow against Arctic and off-shore oil drilling, tar sands extraction, LNG exports, fracking, and the fossil fuel economy driving our planet toward annihilation at an exponential rate. Old alliances are becoming stronger and new alliances are forming in the war to save our planet. Join us!

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Donate to Portland Rising Tide’s Legal Defense Fund for Jonah, Sunny, Tim, and other dedicated activists.

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For interviews in Portland, contact: Daphne Wysham, Center for Sustainable Economy: 202-510-3541 or 503-657-7336; Ken Ward, Lobster Boat Blockade,503-504-3534; or Maya Jarrad, 350PDX: 802-598-2402; Nick Caleb, Our Children’s Trust, 541-891-676; Meredith Cocks, Portland Rising Tide, 703-994-6359.

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PDX Vs. Shell!

sHellNo-ShellCrossboneJoin 350PDX, Rising Tide and the Climate Action Coalition To Oppose Arctic Oil Drilling!

 The MSV Fennica–an icebreaker chartered by Shell– sustained damage on its voyage north and is scheduled for repairs at Vigor Industrial Shipyard in North Portland. The ship is a critical to Shell being able to drill this season. 

WHEN: Meet at 3:00pm. We will launch the flotilla by 4:00pm and expect to be on the water roughly an hour.

WHERE: We will launch from the Swan Island Boat ramp, at the end of N Basin Ave.

Address for GPS: 5367 N Basin Ave., Portland, OR 97217

Transit:  Bus 72, Stop ID 3315, at N. Lagoon & N. Anchor Sts. Then walk 1/2 mile north on Anchor St. and west on N. Basin Ave.

Parking: The parking lot at the Boat Dock will fill up, so come early and car-pool.
A secondary parking lot will be available after the driver drops off passengers and kayaks, etc.

WHAT: Please bring your kayak, canoe or SUP. We are working hard to have boats available for rental (by donation). However, PLEASE NOTE if you do not bring your own boat we cannot guarantee you a boat. Bring a life jacket if you plan on boating. Also, bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, drinking water. 

 Join the Facebook event and invite your friends to PDX Vs. Shell!
 
Check PRT Upcoming Events and the 350pdx Calendar for Upcoming Actions to Greet the MSV Fennica in Portland!
Track the MSV Fennica here
 
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On July 22, the Obama Administration gave its final stamp of approval to Shell Oil’s application to drill the Arctic. The Department of Interior analysis indicates a 75% chance of an Arctic Oil Spill during Shell’s 77-year lease.
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60 Community Members Block Rails, Commemorate Lac-Megantic Derailment, Protest Oil Trains

Faith, environmental and community members blocked the tracks into an oil transfer and storage facility in NW Portland for an hour Monday morning.  Portland’s Climate Action Coalition sponsored the blockade at Arc Logistics for a memorial service on the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

 

Community members, both young and old, standing in front of a row of oil tank cars, holding placards commemorating those who lost their lives in the Lac Magnetic oil-by-rail disaster of July 2013.The 60 participants in the memorial service held signs with the name and age of each person who died from the derailment’s massive explosion, which destroyed more than three dozen buildings in the Lac-Mégantic downtown.  The unattended runaway train derailed and two dozen oil cars exploded in the middle of the night on July 6, 2013.  The disaster is the most deadly explosion so far of oil from the new fracking development in North Dakota’s Bakken field, which holds an especially volatile mixture of oil and gas.  Bakken oil is now regularly moved through Portland and Southern Washington.

For the unprecedented memorial blockade, Reverend Kate Lore, social justice minister at First Unitarian Church, Reverend Jayna Gieber of People of the Heart, and community organizer Bonnie McKinlay spoke to honor the lives lost in Lac-Mégantic and to call attention to the safety risks and climate damage created by the fossil fuel industry. 

The Climate Action Coalition staged the memorial at Arc Logistics to call attention to the local and global risks from oil trains and climate change. “It’s corporate greed versus the common good, whether its rail safety or climate change,” said long time activist Lowen Berman.  Today’s action coincides with others across the United States and Canada for “The Oil Train Week of Action,” a project sponsored by Forest Ethics and 350.org.

Oil trains travel weekly through North Portland to get to Arc Logistics. The Climate Action Coalition is calling for an end to fossil fuel development and an immediate People standing on top of an oil car, holding a banner that says "We Remember Lac Magnetic". transition to a renewable energy and an economy that values people and planet over profit.

After the memorial, activists with PDX Bike Swarm and PDX Valkyries unfurled a banner on top of a parked oil car reading, “We Remember Lac Mégantic, July 6, 2013 #SolidaritéMégantic #StopOilTrains.”

 

 

More photos from this action:

 

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Photos: Kudos and deep thanks to Rick Rappaport, Gregory Sotir, Mia Reback, Ted Gleichman, and Victoria

 

 

 

 

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