Bradwood and Palomar Pipeline: Resistance Ecology Case Study on Community Coalitions to Defeat Energy Exports, 6/2/13

This workshop was one of RT-PDX’s contributions to The First Annual Resistance Ecology Conference at Portland State University.  In this workshop, we explored the successful defeat of the Bradwood natural gas import/export facility near Astoria and the associated Palomar pipeline in 2010.  Organized opposition resulted in the cancellation of the project and the loss of tens of millions of dollars by investors.  The Bradford campaign included a diverse array of community groups and organizations.  It also included electoral, legal, advocacy and direct action tactics in which strong and non-traditional alliances were formed among radical environmental advocates and local communities.  This case is particularly important, serving as an example of the power of  movement building among diverse interest groups– exactly the type of response that will be required to effectively oppose the thirteen energy export proposals presently planned from Alaska to Oregon.

Sun, June 2

Columbia Riverkeepers’ Cowlitz County LNG Update Event, 6/3/13

This summer we expect Oregon LNG and the Williams Pipeline Company to file their applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site and construct a massive LNG export terminal and over 200 miles of new pipelines in Oregon and Washington. To prepare for FERC’s review process, Riverkeeper will be holding events to educate communities that would be impacted by these projects. The first of these events was held in Longview, WA, on Monday, June 3rd. These meetings are informational; group discussions will be facilitated by Riverkeeper and their partners, Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community & the Northwest Property Rights Coalition.

Please join Columbia Riverkeeper to learn more about the progress we’re making to keep the Lower Columbia River LNG-free.

— Riverkeeper and partners, Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community & the Northwest Property Rights Coalition

WHEN: Monday, June 3rd (6PM)

WHERE: Cowlitz PUD (961 12th Ave, Longview, WA 98632)

WATCH FOR MORE LNG UPDATE EVENTS TO COME…

Check back here and Columbia Riverkeeper Events

Greenwash Portland? We don’t Think so….UN World Environment Day, 6/5/13

UN tries to ‘greenwash’ Portland – Rising Tide and YOU to the rescue! #FearlessSummer
June 5th Waterfront Park near the Hawthorne Bridge 2 PM

The United Nations enlisted Portland to host World Environment Day 2013.  Sure, we have bike lanes and curbside compost.  But we also have coal and LNG export proposals,
oil export, and dozens more toxic industries who call this place home.  False solutions to climate change abound.  The UN Environmental Programme this year is focused on the theme of “Food Waste” yet the UN has also been promoter and developer for various False Solutions to the climate crisis which threaten food security and community resilience.

Watch for pics and info from Rising Tide and allies about our “Climate Crisis is Food Crisis” potluck held on June 5th in downtown Portland.

4th Annual Law & Disorder Conference, May 10-12th, 2013

This conference was not specifically an RT event but was presented by allies.  This year’s L&D was a lively and well-attended consortium for grassroots campaigns focused on radical change in Cascadia– view the awesome workshop schedule!

The Law & Disorder Conference is an annual event:
This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, social/cultural workers, doulas, actors and writers.  The conference invites panels and workshop on all aspects of social change from the revolutionary to the academic.

The Coconut Revolution: RT Monthly Film Series, 5/21/13

On May 21, RT held a screening of  The Coconut Revolution at the Waypost.  It was pretty well attended and the Coconut Revolution is indeed fascinating, inspiring and relevant. Big thanks to the Waypost for hosting this event.

‘”This 2001 documentary tells the story of the successful uprising of the indigenous peoples of Bougainville Island against the Papua New Guinea army and the mining plans of the mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) to exploit their natural resources. The documentary reveals how the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) managed to overcome the marine blockade strategy used by the Papuan army by using coconut oil as fuel for their vehicles”.

– Wikipedia

The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave., Portland, OR  97227

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1st Draft Morrow Coal Terminal Permit Approved– ODEQ PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED through AUG 12th

Oregon DEQ issued the first draft permits needed to allow coal export from the Northwest on Friday, May 31, 2013, giving an initial nod to Ambre Energy’s plans to build an export terminal at the Port of Morrow along the Columbia River. — from the Oregonian, 5/31/12

How can I participate?

DEQ has set-up a number of different ways for you to participate in this process:

You can also submit a question to DEQ

MORE INFORMATION HERE

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Climate Justice and Tar Sands Blockade Workshop, 4/23/13

Where: Laughing Horse Books – 12 NE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
When: April 23rd, 7-9pm
Cost: Free! Donations happily accepted

This workshop will go explore the concept of climate justice through the work of the Tar Sands Blockade, which was initiated in part by Rising Tide North Texas. Several guest speakers that have participated in the blockade will be present to talk about their involvement. This will include a participant in the recent Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance action camp in Ponca City, Oklahoma. This most recent action camp is an example of how the campaign is growing along the entire length of the pipeline.

We will discuss climate justice, its origins and what it means to do grounded organizing with front line and impacted communities. We will also talk about ways that you can get involved and support the Tar Sands Blockade both from Portland and if you wanna travel to join the resistance.

Post here or please email portland@risingtidenorthamerica.org with any questions.

RSVP on Facebook and share with your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/310526582409184

 

Bidder 70: RT Monthly Film Series 4/18/13

Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Check  Diane Sweet’s report on Crooks and Liars

 

 

Action against ESCO Corp, Tar Sands Profiteer, 2/17/13

On Sunday afternoon February 17th,  Portland Rising Tide took action against Tar Sands profiteer ESCO corp. in solidarity with climate action protests across the country.  ESCO corp. is a corporation local to Portland, OR  that designs and manufactures equipment for resource extraction projects all over the world. They had recently bought one of their major suppliers in the Alberta Tar Sands and are in the process of expanding their supply to the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, which is the site from which coal intended for export in the Pacific Northwest would be mined.

ESCO corp. in the past year has been running a PR campaign to bulster their attempt at going public and has supplemented this with an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society celebrating their 100 year legacy in Portland. Rising Tide activists on Sunday decided to occupy this exhibit and instead share with visitors the real legacy this company is leaving on our planet. We took time to highlight some of the ecologically and socially devastating projects ESCO profits from aroud the world and also utilized the space to share with each other what kind of legacy we would rather leave.

Unist’ot’en Blockade Solidarity Snowball Fight, 1/5/13

Portland Rising Tide responded to a request for solidarity action to take place on Saturday, January 5th with the Unist’ot’en  Clan at Chevron Stations across North America. The Unist’ot’en clan has been maintaining a blockade camp against the construction of the Pacific Trails Pipeline project in the unceded Wet’suwet’en territory which is situated in Canadian British Columbia. Chevron had purchased 50% of the PTP project shares in Decemeber after others had divested from investment due to what may have been mounting pressure from grassroots resistance.

Portland Rising Tide shutdown the Chevron Gas station on MLK and Fremont with snow barracades at the entrances and then held an hour long snowball fight before police showed up.

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