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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


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Portland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Resolution!

11050749_504004736433693_9044702273345379519_oOn Nov. 12, 2015, the City of Portland took the national lead on climate policy by passing a strong resolution to oppose the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. This landmark resolution will direct city staff to develop rules that lead Portland away from new fossil fuel projects like coal, oil, and propane terminals, and toward a clean energy future. By passing a strong fossil fuel policy, Portland is the first City on the Columbia River to address all fossil fuel projects head-on in a meaningful, binding way! 

Portland passed a second resolution specifically opposing oil trains rolling through our region on November 4, 2015.

The city council meeting were packed with hundreds of folks in support of these resolutions, and of course were preceded by years of action against fossil fuel projects in the North West. The fight for a clean energy future is not over, but this is a step in the right direction! 

For more information, watch this short video by Balance Media. 

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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.

Pack the Port of Portland Commission Meeting


Come to the Port of Portland Commission* meeting this coming Wednesday morning, May 13th and let the Port Commissioners know that THE PEOPLE SAY NO, NO, NO!!! to Pembina and to the Port of Portland.

Port Commission Meeting:

Wed. May 13th, 9:30 AM, 8th floor Chinook Room

7200 NE Airport Way

Carpool meet-up: 8:30am sharp, 2249 E Burnside.

Please come and urge your friends and contacts to come and let the Port know that the people of Portland want nothing to do with this unsafe, environmentally destructive, climate changing project and the corporation that has proposed it.

We will be meeting up at 9:00 AM in front of the elevators on the 8th floor of the Port Headquarters.  (see directions below).  Feel free to bring materials that show your opposition to the Pembina proposal.

The Port Commission does not provide for general public testimony at its meetings.  However, it is possible to sign up to testify on any item on the meeting agenda.  The first action item on the agenda is “Requesting approval of the Port of Portland’s Risk Management Plan.”  It seems clear that, thinking broadly in local, regional and global terms, the proposed Pembina Propane Terminal represents a clear safety, environmental, economic and climate risk which is not adequately addressed in the Port’s Risk Management Plan.  (See the Port of Portland 5/13 agenda online for details of their risk management plan.)  If you agree with this assessment, please sign up at the beginning of the meeting and provide testimony regarding your concerns to the commissioners. 

Directions:  The Port Headquarters is located on top of the long term parking building.   If driving to the airport follow signs to the large new long-term parking structure near the terminal.  Park in the structure.  Your parking ticket will be validated if you attend the Commission meeting.   Once parked, follow the signage to the elevators to the Port Headquarters.

If taking the MAX, you can access the Port Headquarters elevator from the terminal building using the north tunnel (at the north end of the lower level baggage area) to the Port elevator.

*Please note that, of the nine commissioners appointed by the Governor, seven are corporate executives.

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Call the Portland City Council Today!

At the end of a marathon six hour public hearing on April 7th, the City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. But the Portland City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment.

Call the Portland City Council Today!

With a positive recommendation from the Planning and Sustainability Commission it is critical that the City Council hear from you.  We don’t know the timeline for the City Council’s decision and that’s why hearing from you sooner, rather than later, is best.  A phone call is more effective than an email.  Tell the City Council you do not agree with the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation on Pembina’s propane export terminal code amendment.  Also, share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.

  • Mayor Charlie Hales: 503-823-4120
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: 503-823-3589
  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-3008
  • Commissioner Steve Novick: 503-823-4682
  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman: 503-823-4151


Not the Breakfast of Climate Champions!

Portland’s Propane Terminal Photo Petition


Emergency Vigil for Francisco Aguirre

The details are in this press release from the Interfaith Movement on Immigrant Justice:

For immediate release: Nov 6, 2014

Contact: Ranfis Villatoro (971) 242-9964;

Diana Pei Wu, (971) 221-5464,


BREAKING: ICE Colludes with US Attorney to Arrest Beloved Portland Leader in Sanctuary

Unidos Con Francisco Demand: Drop the Charges, Release Him Immediately



1000 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR


What:  Community Expresses Outrage at Emergency Vigil for Francisco Aguirre, Taken into Custody Under Warrant from US District Attorney

Where: US Department of Justice of Oregon Office, 1000 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR

When: 4:00pm Today, Thursday, November 6th, 2014


Faith, labor, and community leaders are planning to rally and hold a rally to express their outrage at the arrest of Francisco Aguirre earlier today, demanding that the new and frivolous immigration-related charge against him be dropped and he be released immediately.


This morning, the beloved community leader who took to sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church nearly two months ago after agents sought him out, was arrested on a warrant for “illegal reentry” issued through collaboration between the US District Attorney’s Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


“Since he took sanctuary, Francisco has been surrounded by love and an outpouring of support from the Mayor to the day laborers whose rights he’s defended,” explains Romeo Sosa, executive director of VOZ.  “Instead of honoring his place in our community, ICE looked for a backdoor way to put him in detention and found it with the US district attorney. Of all the things to pursue in the state of Oregon, a labor leader shouldn’t be one of them.”

Vigil of Hope for Francisco Aguirre

This is a critical week for Francisco Aguirre, as he will leave Sanctuary at Augustana the morning of October 22nd, traveling across town to the Portland Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) for his biometric appointment. This appointment is in compliance with the processing of his U-Visa.

The danger is real: I.C.E. could try to take him when he ventures out of the sacred space of Sanctuary.

But we know our power is greater than the aggressions of I.C.E.! We have seen and felt the love and support pouring out from the community, and the support for ALL the “Franciscos” in Portland and across the nation!

Embracing Francisco and His Family
Wednesday, October 22nd
USCIS Field Office
1455 NW Overton
Portland 97209

We ask that you arrive at 9:30am
There will be inspiring music and a call-and-response litany as we receive him, escort him, and await his safe departure from the USCIS office to return to Sanctuary!

Please share this invite with your friends, family, neighbors, faith communities, students, ALL – and join us in hope and with love!

EFSEC Returns to Vancouver, May 28, 6 pm

Clark County Public Services Building, 6th floor

EFSEC– Washington State’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council–  is coming to to study whether the oil terminal complies with Vancouver’s zoning laws and land use plans.

Many downtown Vancouver businesses and developers argue that the oil terminal does not comply with the City’s land use plan called the Waterfront Development Project.

Facebook Kicked Us Out!

We’ve gotten so popular that Facebook (kinda) kicked us out! We had a “person” page and got so many friends that we have to switch to an organization page. That means we lost our friends! Oops. Can you help us find them?

Click the link below, like our page and share with your networks. This was our primary mode of communication and we need help to get it back.

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Third Megaload Permitted! Join the Rapid Response Network!

We need you to help resist the third and final (for now) Megaload!

The third tar sands megaload, which has been sitting unmoving in the Port of Umatilla, was issued a permit on Thursday, February 6th to move in the coming days. Together we’ve put up a strong fight so far and need to show Big Oil that every megaload they attempt to move will be met with resistance. We need a big turn out at this action!


If you’ve been waiting for your chance to get involved with Rising Tide, here it is! Or if you’ve been working with us for a bit and want to learn more about how we work and why, join us. We’ll go over the Rising Tide structure, history, talk about our current campaigns, each of our working groups, & how to get involved in the organizing.

Finally, we want to send a big thanks out to everyone who’s been organizing, attending events, donating money or even just spreading the word about fighting fossil fuels in Oregon. It’s been a busy month and we’ve gotten some amazing things accomplished together. We’ve never been more confident that we’re making progress and we’ve never been more excited to keep fighting!

All the best,
Portland Rising Tide

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