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#StopTPP PDX – Road Through Paris Action

This December, leaders from around the world are decending on Paris to forge new climate agreements that will inevitably be written and supported by the fossil fuel industry. We need system change, not climate change!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the ultimate example of the a capitalist system that seeks to subvert democracy with corporate control of our communities. Land and people around the world will be impacted by the erosion of human rights and natural rights while increasing the rights of the 1% to profit at all costs. 

Join us on the week of NAFTA’s anniversary to say NO to new free trade agreements that threaten people and climate. We will have a short rally followed by an action to go after a local champion of the TPP right here in our own backyard. Wear blue!

When: Thursday, December 10, 12 PM

Where: Portland City Hall, 1220 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

For more info on the TPP:

The full week of action:

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2nd Annual International Human Rights Day Solidarity Night

2nd Annual International Human Rights Day Solidarity Night: Rising Up for Self-Determination & Liberation

When: Thursday, Dec 10 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Where:  Filipino-American Center, 8917 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216

International Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10 to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It is a day to honor all who continue to be oppressed by human rights violations and all who continue to fight and resist systems of oppression for self-determination and liberation all over the world. RISE with us in solidarity on December 10th to transcend boundaries and connect communities to raise awareness of these truths occurring nationally and globally.  

This night includes solidarity statements and cultural presentations from organizational representatives and community members. Also featured are progressive community organizational tables, a wall of remembrance honoring victims of human rights violations, a silent auction, and a selected no-host dinner and drinks from the in-house Kuya’s Filipino Cuisine.

Event co-sponsors: 
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)
Portland Rising Tide
Pcasc Solidaridad
PSU Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association
UP FASA – Filipino American Student Association

Rochell D. “Ro Deezy” Hart
Emily Rice
PortlandCHRP – Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
PCHRP Womxn’s Desk
Portland Raging Grannies
PSU Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association
UP FASA – Filipino American Student Association
Young Woodley

Organizations in Solidarity: 
All African People’s Revolutionary Party – Portland, Oregon
ALLY – API Leaders for the Liberation of Youth 
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Black Lives Matter Portland
Pcasc Solidaridad
The Coalition for Healing Chinook-Kalapuya Earth and Water (CHCKEW)
Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)
Portland Rising Tide
PSU Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association
UP FASA – Filipino American Student Association

Patrick B. Villaflores
Angelica Marie Aragones Lim

This event is free and available to the public. Free childcare will also be available. For more information, please contact PCHRP Solidarity Officer Drew Elizarde-Miller at or (503)476-2179.

Event Objectives:
1) To reach a broad audience in Portland and raise awareness about human rights violations globally and nationally.
2) To build bridges across communities and discuss the oppression we experience on a daily basis.
3) To highlight the ways in which communities are resisting and vibrant despite the heavy burden of oppression.
4) To draw from the rich global community/individuals/organizations that have links to the world here in Portland.
5) To build a united front between organizations in Portland that are working towards liberation of oppressed nations.

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What LNG Means for Oregon: A Visual Representation – Dec 11th

While our policy makers engage in CLIMATE TALKS in Paris, Oregonians will engage in CLIMATE ACTION in Portland. Oregon is threatened by two massive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export projects that would radically increase the amount of fossil fuel that is trafficked through the state. 

These projects would entail tremendous localized impacts such as clear cutting and bay dredging; however, the greatest threat is to our climate. The project in S. Oregon would require a new power plant that would become the largest carbon emitter in the state! Another fact: 5-10% of this natural gas leaks during extraction (fracking) and transportation (pipelines), and since leaked gas traps 86 times more heat than CO2, it’s obvious that exporting gas across the globe is not a viable climate solution!

What can Portland do about this climate disaster? A candidate for Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler, currently sits on the State Land Board which oversees a crucial element in the LNG permitting process. Join us as we make it clear to Wheeler that in order to be elected in this city, he must be a climate leader and take a stand against LNG exports!

Join us!
Huge Artistic Display of the LNG Life Cycle
Friday December 11

10:30AM Sheraton Hotel 
8235 NE Airport Way, Portland

12:00PM Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland

Contact Bonnie McKinlay: (503) 705-1943

For more info on LNG:

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RESIST: Unist’ot’en Film Screening and Fundraiser

Join Portland Rising Tide Tuesday, December 15th to support land defenders working at the front lines of the climate movement. We are hosting a film screening and discussion about the threats facing the Unist’ot’en in Northern British Columbia, and to raise funds to support their efforts to resist big oil and gas. As we watch world leaders juggle with our climate future this week in Paris, the story of the Unist’ot’en serves as powerful inspiration and demonstrates the strength of a community who takes matters into their own hands. 

What: Unist’ot’en Camp fundraiser, film screening, and raffle!

When: December 15th, 7-9PM at the Clinton Street Theater, SE 26th and Clinton

$5-20 sliding scale, (all money donated to Unist’ot’en Camp) Plus, everyone is entered in a raffle!

RSVP on Facebook and help us spread the word by sharing!

The Unist’ot’en Clan in British Columbia have been fighting the Northern Gateway and Pacific Trails pipelines for over six years. These pipelines would plow through their land, threatening oil spills, gas leaks and other environmental harm. This land is unceded, meaning the First Nation’s people who live there have never signed treaty agreements with the Canadian government, yet the fossil fuel industry is determined to turn this pristine landscape into a fossil fuel corridor for tar sands crude and fracked gas.

We will show a number of short films that document the creation and ongoing success of the Unist’ot’en Camp, as well as recent confrontations between the police and Chevron. Following the films, we will have a discussion of the parallels between this campaign and local struggles in Oregon, including the proposed Jordan Cove LNG pipeline. Read below for a full description of the films.

Hope to see you there!

Meredith Cocks, Portland Rising Tide

More info on films:

Oil Gateway (9 mins, January 2012) – An early look at how members of the Unis’toten nation began to halt the construction of 4 hydrocarbon pipelines through their traditional territories.

Action Camp (9 mins, August 2012) – Unist’ot’en organizers call for a convergence of grassroots, community based indigenous and non-indigenous allies at a camp cultivating uncompromising resistance in the fight to defend their lands and avert catastrophic climate change.

Corridors of Resistance (20 mins, September 2015). As the camp continues to resist pipeline survey crews, a networked “corridor or resistance” of justice movements across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, who are increasingly willing to take action to oppose extreme energy projects.

CHOKEPOINT: How to Stop a Pipeline (10 mins, July 2014). As opposition grows to fracking and the development of the Alberta tar sands, First Nations communities take to the front lines at the Unist’ot’en camp showcase resistance that the global community is watching.

Checkpoint Dispatches (12 mins, Summer 2015). “I am not protesting, I am not demonstrating, I am occupying our homelands. We decide what happens here.” This series of rapid response videos document the Unist’ot’en and camp supporters as they repel incursions by the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (July 15), Transcanada (July 18), and Chevron (July 23).

Report from the Frontlines (6 minutes, October 2015). On a solidarity visit from an Indigenous Land Defender and Warrior from the Secwepemc First Nation, Kanahus Manuel interviews Unist’ot’en camp spokesperson Freda Huson with the latest news on renewal and healing at the front line of resistance at Widzin Kwa Checkpoint.

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Protect Oregon from LNG! Rally Dec 8th in Salem

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently reviewing multiple applications for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.  The applications include requests for easements to build the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline through Coos Bay.  Because the State of Oregon owns the submerged lands in the pipeline route, either the Department of State Lands or the State Land Board can deny the Pacific Connector Pipeline.  The State Land Board is comprised of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, and Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

On Tuesday, December 8th, activists will attend the State Land Board meeting in Salem to send a message to Oregon’s top elected officials about why Oregon should reject LNG.  Assemble at 9am outside the Land Board meeting, gather at 9:30 AM for a brief media event.

Carpooling from Portland to Salem: 503-705-1943. Please contact by 9PM on Dec 6.

When: Tuesday, December 8th, 9:30 AM                                                                                                      Where: Oregon Dept of State Lands, 775 Summer St NE. Salem, OR


clip_image002This map shows the proposed route of the Pacific Connector Pipeline Through Coos Bay’s Haynes Inlet. Pacific Connector seeks an easement through state-owned submerged lands for the pipeline from Oregon Department of State Lands. 

The Land Board will not be taking public comment about LNG, which is not on the agenda.  However, we will send a message with our presence that the State of Oregon should use all of its authority – including its proprietary rights – to protect Oregon from destructive LNG projects.  Our attendance will also support local oyster growers and private landowners who will be traveling from Coos Bay to convey their concerns to the media and the Department of State Lands. 

We already know that the Jordan Cove LNG terminal would be the biggest greenhouse gas polluter in Oregon, so it clearly conflicts with the best use of state resources. For this reason, Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) should reject all of the permits and easements for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline. Furthermore, the Pacific Connector and the terminal would harm salmon habitat, condemn the private property of Oregon families, degrade water quality, and damage oyster beds located very close to the proposed Jordan Cove Terminal and pipeline.  As a result, the project does not protect existing uses in the area, and DSL and the State Land Board should reject the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline.

Together, we can persuade the State of Oregon to stand up for Oregonians against the largest, most destructive, and greenhouse gas-intensive fossil fuel proposal in Oregon.

Imperialism, Climate Crisis, and Struggle – An evening with Harsha Walia & Luz Rivera – Nov. 14

Sunday, November 8th, 5 to 7 pm
Eliot Chapel – First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Avenue

“Climate change is the vicious end result of an international class war that started with slavery and imperialism and is now manifest as neo-liberal globalisation.”
Paul Sumburn, “A New Weather Front”

Climate destabilization, resource privatization, cultural genocide, forced migration, repression, gentrification, incarceration, displacement, struggle, survival: while we live in this storm of crises, the connections between them can sometimes feel subterranean, veiled by the shadowy machinations of capitalism. Join us as Harsha Walia and Luz Rivera Martinez, both deeply skilled anti-capitalist organizers with decades of experience, articulate these crises as interconnected and escalating symptoms of a system rooted in neo-liberalism and neo-colonization.

Harsha and Luz will speak about their work and experiences cultivating fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, and how “climate change” threatens to or is already compounding the forces of state and corporate violence against which they struggle.

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer, and popular educator rooted in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, antiracist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anticapitalist movements and communities for over a decade. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism and works with No One Is Illegal – Vancouver/Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Luz Rivera Martinez has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women’s, peasant and labor movements. She works with the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC).

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Panel Discussion on Two Reckless Liquefied Natural Gas Export Proposals

First Unitarian Church of Portland – Fuller Hall
1011 SW 12th – between SW Salmon & SW Main
Open 6:30PM. Panel 7:00PM

Sponsored by the Climate Action Coalition, 350PDX, Columbia Riverkeeper, 1st Unitarian Church-Community For Earth, PDX Bike Swarm, People of the Heart, Portland Rising Tide, Oregon Sierra Club-Beyond Gas & Oil Team, No KeystoneXL/Portland, Sustainable Energy & Economy Network-SEEN

For the past decade, Oregon has faced numerous schemes to transport methane through proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and their related pipelines through our beloved forests, under our iconic rivers and watersheds, and across fertile private farms and fields. Ten years ago, corporate interests made a move to import LNG into Oregon by proposing terminals in both the north and south of the state – Oregon LNG near Astoria, Jordan Cove in Coos Bay and Bradwood Landing on the Columbia River. Over the next five years, resistance from a diverse coalition of landowners, environmentalists and climate activists culminated in then-Governor Kulongoski challenging federal approvals of Jordan Cove and Bradwood LNG. Both projects failed as LNG import terminals, and Bradwood LNG went bankrupt completely.

The specter of natural gas pipelines and LNG terminals, however, has not disappeared. The Jordan Cove project has returned, this time as a proposed LNG export terminal, and the Columbia River is still threatened by Oregon LNG which also hopes to export natural gas from the northern coast.

But never fear! Our communities are again rising up against fracked natural gas infrastructure and export.

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd for an info session on how you can get involved and give your body and soul to resisting LNG in Oregon. Learn about the plan for government collusion with corporate interests to ship explosive natural gas from fracking fields in the Rockies through fire-prone forests and earthquake-prone landscapes and threaten the climate, watersheds, and forests of our state. Hear about how we won against LNG, and how we will win again. Plug in to growing LNG resistance across the state, country and world.

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Jordan Cove Resistance Heating Up


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:

*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.


*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!

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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!


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


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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