by Hart Noecker • Mismanaging Perception • April 28, 2014 • Earlier today, as part of the Global Climate Convergence, activists with Portland Rising Tide staged a direct action in the lobby of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in protest of the agency’s complacency with corporate polluters poisoning the planet.
Governor Kitzhaber and his agencies including the State Land Board, DEQ, DSL, and ODOT have been complicit in issuing permits for coal and oil terminals in Oregon. Now they are being asked to approve the west coast’s first Natural Gas export terminal and a 350+ mile pipeline to Coos Bay, OR.
This action was held in conjunction with the Global Climate Convergence; an international call for “10 days to change course” between Earth Day and May Day; marked with direct actions and demonstrations highlighting the joint struggles of labor and climate justice.
There were many onlookers in the windows above the action. While security and police were present, they did not intervene, nor did they make any threats of arrest or violence. Raw video appears below.