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We WILL stop Tacoma LNG

Business as usual must end—especially when it involves new fossil fuel projects. So yesterday morning, three people hoisted themselves up 10′ in the air onto tripods at each gate of the proposed PSE liquefied “natural” gas (LNG) facility, to slow down construction for the second day this week. Today, it was Ryan Qualls, a 30 year old Tlingit nation member; Cody Reed-McKee, 25, of Longbranch; and Erin Fox, 30, of Seattle…supported by many friends.

Next week, we hope it will be you—and hundreds of us. Please take two minutes to watch and share the Call to Action video here.

Then plan to join us! Saturday morning is the next Mass Action meeting, and we’ll all be gathering in Tacoma on Sunday at 6pm. All of the details are hereThere’s also one more art build listed there!

Finally, we can’t send this without mentioning that also yesterday, a Tacoma jury found Cynthia Linet and Marilyn Kimmerling, of the Tacoma LNG #SuperSix action last spring, not guilty on all counts, even though they hadn’t been allowed to present any necessity defense witnesses.

We suspect the folks at PSE aren’t sleeping very well. We’d recommend they take two good decisions, and call us in the morning. Such as: no new infrastructure, and a business model that respects people and planet—taken together, those decisions could have them breathing easy and sleeping like babies. Till then, we Block the Gates!

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Activists to be arraigned today for lockdown on crane at PSE’s LNG plant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Activists to be arraigned today for lockdown on crane at PSE’s LNG plant

Activists locked themselves to a crane for nine hours at the site of the proposed Puget Sound Energy (PSE) liquefied “natural” gas (LNG) facility at the Port of Tacoma yesterday—halting construction of an 8 million gallon storage tank all day.

Though it lacks essential permits and has been issued a Notice of Violation by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency following a Work Stop Request by the Puyallup Tribe in August, PSE has continued to build the facility, which is adjacent to the Puyallup Tribe’s reservation boundaries.

“If I tried to build an addition to my house without permits, the City of Tacoma would make me stop, and might require me to undo the work done. If a powerful corporation like PSE can get away with what is happening here, then the community has to take a stand,” said Stephen Way, a 72-year-old Tacoma grandfather and one of the two men locked to the crane. The pair had kayaked across the Hylebos Waterway in the pre-dawn hour, scaled a fence, and then climbed the crane.

Way and Carlo Voli, 52, an activist with 350 Seattle, will be arraigned today at 1pm PST.

PSE touts the project as producing a cleaner shipping fuel (although better alternatives exist, including low-sulfur diesel) and as a source of jobs (though it will only create 18 jobs). The Puyallup Tribe points to a litany of issues: it risks their waters, salmon, and treaty fishing rights; an explosion would have a 3.5 mile blast-zone range, endangering adjacent communities; and the Port of Tacoma sits in a zone at risk for earthquakes, lahars and tsunamis.  Other Tacoma community members add that emissions from the liquefaction process will worsen the already unhealthy air near the Port; that there has not been proper regulatory process by the City and Port of Tacoma; that over 40% of the price tag for the project will be paid by PSE ratepayers; that PSE has created a shell company in order to avoid liability in the event of a disaster; and that the project would facilitate the poisoning of waters, land, and communities at fracking well sites.

“The time for talk is over—the planet is on fire and in dire need of first responders,” says Robert Satiacum, Puyallup Tribal member. “Disregarding the Puyallup Tribe’s objections is criminal: No means no.”

Climate activists are also concerned that this project will lock the region into “natural” gas use for decades to come; recent studies indicate that fracked gas is as bad as coal in its climate impacts. With the increase of extreme weather patterns, sea level rise,and forest fires, they say we can no longer afford to build new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Today is also the continuation of the trial of two women (Cynthia Linet and Marilyn Kimmerling, part of the “Super Six”) for a direct action at the same facility in May.

Activists from the #NoLNG253 coalition say that yesterday’s action marks the beginning of a new wave of public opposition to this project. They are calling for people from around the region to converge on Tacoma on the morning of the 18th of December to slow construction of the plant while the final regulatory processes are underway.

 

 

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Dear Mayor Durkan…

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Dear Mayor Durkan:

Congratulations! We look forward to working with you to make Seattle a world-class city that’s leading boldly on climate, transportation, and livability. The city is at a crossroads: can we preserve and foster socioeconomic diversity, or will those who aren’t wealthy be forced out? Can we build a carbon-free transit system that rapidly reduces our dependence on private vehicles, clears the air, and makes room for pedestrians? Can we do these things in a way that inspires other cities? We believe we can. But we have to act urgently, because “winning slowly is the same as losing.”

In the Seattle Mayoral Forum on Arts and the Environment, you said you hoped that a headline at the end of your first term would read “Seattle led on greenhouse emissions, and…we really are the spearhead by not just what we do here in Seattle, but how we show how it can work everywhere else.” We fully support your commitment to this boldness, and urge you to consider the following approaches.

TRANSPORTATION: BUILD A CITY THAT PROMOTES WALKING, BIKING AND TRANSIT

The shaping of neighborhoods and streets touches on many vital priorities: improving public safety and health; strengthening community, economy and culture in neighborhoods; and establishing a resilient transportation system that does not add to global warming or pollute our air.  

Promote dense, culturally vibrant neighborhoods that encourage walking, cycling, and transit.  Walkability is the backbone of a resilient, non-polluting transportation system. The research is clear: dense, walkable, cycling-friendly neighborhoods that mix rather than segregate land uses promote public health, and support both community engagement and small business. Seattle has begun reducing off-street parking requirements and increasing residential zoning densities in many areas of our city with access to transit. These efforts need to be continued and expanded. In the “walkshed” of such neighborhood centers, the city should improve sidewalks and bike lanes, eliminate off-street parking requirements, set aside open space for community gathering, and implement dense and mixed-use zoning.

Fix our failing pedestrian and bike routes. Over 850 miles of city streets have no sidewalks, and many existing sidewalks are plagued with maintenance problems. Much of the city lacks safe bicycling routes. We need to expand our protected bike lanes. And we need to stop setting bike lanes and transit as opposing options for use of street space, as the Seattle Department of Transportation is unfortunately doing with Rainier Avenue planning. Alternatives to private vehicles should be taken from space those vehicles now occupy, whether by reducing parking or lane sizes. The latter has the additional benefit of traffic calming, thus making pedestrians and cyclists safer and supporting our Vision Zero commitment.

Continue working to bring down the speed of cars. Road diet projects and narrower lanes have shown that we can improve safety with relatively simple re-striping. We can also work creatively to shift the culture of driving. As European cities like Barcelona have shown, prioritizing pedestrians, cyclists, and street life changes driver behavior.

Accelerate Commute Trip Reduction. Encouraging and incentivizing commuters – and everyone traveling through our city – to use modes other than single occupancy vehicles (SOV) is one of the most effective ways to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. We urge you to aggressively expand Seattle’s Commute Trip Reduction program; think of creative ways to get unlimited transit passes into people’s hands, including mandating employer transit subsidies; and consider changing the regulation and taxation of employer-provided parking programs to make driving alone to and parking at work every day a less attractive option. Although rideshare systems such as Uber and Lyft may appear to be alternatives to SOV commuting, we are highly skeptical of their ability to accomplish the goals of reducing greenhouse emissions and congestion. Studies show the reverse effect. We urge you to be skeptical too.

Speed up transit improvements voted by the public. Seattle can’t afford to wait to build the transit infrastructure improvements that voters have approved. While we applaud Sound Transit’s changes to the planning process that will help shorten the time it takes to build these projects, there is more Seattle can do. We ask that the City use its bonding capacity to finish Sound Transit 3 construction projects sooner than currently planned. Additionally, the Council should make changes to Seattle’s permitting process that would make light rail an approved use, rather than an exception which requires project-by-project review. Changes such as these will help move the completion dates of these light rail projects ahead by years, and provide access to rapid transit to people across Seattle.

Improve access and safety around light rail stations. We ask you to instruct the SDOT to work closely with Sound Transit to prioritize safe, non-motorized access when using Seattle’s portion of the $100 million System Access Program (SAP) that was approved by the Sound Transit board in 2014. The SAP is intended to allow Sound Transit to improve multi-modal access around existing stations and provide funding for safe sidewalks, protected bike lanes, shared use paths, improved bus-rail integration, and new pick-up/drop-off areas.

Numerous light rail/pedestrian and light rail/auto collisions have taken place at at-grade stations from Sound Move and ST2 projects, proving that the safety features currently in place are not good enough. For Seattle’s portion of the SAP, SDOT and elected officials need to work with Sound Transit to make lasting and impactful changes around stations. Where needed, SDOT will need to install crosswalk markings, raised intersections, and other traffic calming measures; install and improve signage and wayfinding materials; align and orient ADA ramps with crosswalks; relocate utility cabinets and poles; and prioritize protected bike lanes around light rail stations.

To make sure that we do not have the same issues for ST3 projects, SDOT must set safety metrics and multi-modal access standards between now and early 2018, when guidelines for station access are being finalized, and are able to make the best use of ST3’s Station Access Allowance.

HOUSING: PROMOTE INCREASED OPTIONS FOR AFFORDABILITY.

This is a fight for the soul of Seattle, as well as an urgent climate justice concern. Around 1,600 new residents are already arriving monthly, and the Northwest will be one of the least climate-impacted places in the country in coming decades—we will need to grow to accommodate many more people, Will Seattle continue to displace lower-income communities and communities of color to further-out areas where public transit service is weakest? Or will we rise to the occasion and plan for growth in ways that benefit everyone and respond creatively to the urgent need for zero-carbon homes and transport?

We cannot achieve this without increasing density significantly. Almost 75% of our city’s nonindustrial land is zoned “single-family” rather than the more flexible “residential”. If we wish to have both affordable housing and green space, we have to build up, and in (the yards of existing homes). But allowing development to proceed without clear guidance and regulation means a profit-seeking free-for-all, in which low-income renters are displaced from homes they may have lived in for decades, to make way for glossy new market-rate rentals or townhouses.

A lot that houses ten families in townhouses instead of one in a single-family home helps to reduce the upward pressure on rents and home prices—those ten families would have lived somewhere in the city, so if they displace one family through development rather than 10 families in existing homes, then overall this does exert less pressure on lower-income residents. But it hurts not only the one family that is displaced; it also hurts the community, because market-driven development is inexorable, and drains neighborhoods of lower- and middle-income people, immigrants, students, artists, service workers, etc.—often the very people who have often given the neighborhood the “character” that attracted people in the first place.

We can increase density while minimizing displacement. As mayor, you must take the lead in offering creative solutions:

Make sure that changes to density are enacted equitably. Too often, lower-income neighborhoods with less political clout have been the first or only places that have been up-zoned. This is a travesty, and has resulted in an understandable mistrust of development itself. If people see that density is being increased citywide—and see the benefits that can come with that—there can be a sense of a shared project of healthy city evolution, rather than an exploitation of certain communities so that others might remain exactly the same.

Incentivize community ownership, and move toward public housing development.  Limited equity co-ops, affordable cohousing, and ownership of housing stock by neighborhood groups and the city, especially on city-owned surplus land, are all creative and proven methods of moderating a growing market so that it continues to work for existing residents. The city should immediately undertake an expedited study of these, and devote real resources to seeding such projects. A municipal bank would be invaluable to these experiments. One side benefit is that instead of having a one-time windfall by selling surplus property, the city would have a steady flow of rental income, and maintain control over the units and their distribution.

Consider Vienna, which has vastly more green space (a mind-boggling 51% vs. our 12%), despite being 40% more dense overall and with less than half the average income per person. A full 60% of the housing is social housing, developed and owned by the city, and mixed in with market-rate housing. Vienna is consistently rated one of the most livable cities in the world.

Loosen restrictions and create incentives to develop Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), and allow existing single-family houses to become multifamily. As long as we have single-family housing, we need to give people the flexibility to make their mortgages more affordable while also providing low-to-moderate- priced housing. This can be done by making it more feasible to develop ADUs, and allowing existing houses to be broken into multiple dwelling units (i.e. “condo-ized”). Empty-nest seniors may move into their own ADU as an alternative to having to leave the neighborhood. Younger families may be able to purchase a house. Renters of any age will have more options. If Seattle, like Portland, waived system development charges—and perhaps also offered low-cost building loans to homeowners in exchange for a commitment to below-market rental prices for a period of time—we could spur immediate new housing that we badly need.

The most egregious of ADU restrictions is the off-street parking requirement, which makes additions impossible for many homeowners. Making parking appear to be an intrinsic necessity of housing suppresses housing in a highly unethical way. The ease of parking for existing residents is not more important than the ability of someone else to live in the city, and cars are not an inevitable fact of life.

CONCLUSION – THE CITY WE WANT

As growth continues, we will need low-and medium-rise multi-family units in neighborhoods that are now mostly standalone houses. But as Vienna, Paris, Boston, Barcelona, and many other cities have proven, there need be nothing ugly about such neighborhoods if change is foreseen and priorities are balanced. We will also, frankly, need to diminish the priority given to private cars; the need for walkability, bikeability and good transit must come first, so we have real alternatives to the curse of congestion. Vehicle electrification will be an important piece of the puzzle—but a city clogged with electric vehicles will still be clogged, unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists, and measurably less healthy.

Such bold changes are essential to meeting the challenges of climate disruption, and they have far-reaching co-benefits: fewer accident deaths and injuries; improved health; and vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhoods. By moving beyond the 20th century pattern of car reliance and rigid single-family residential zoning, we can make the kind of city we want, and indeed, show other cities how it can be done. We ask you to take the lead on this, Mayor Durkan, and make the city’s livable future a real accomplishment of your administration.

We look forward to building a better city with you.

Sincerely yours,

Emily Johnston, Board President, 350 Seattle
Katie Wilson, General Secretary, Transit Riders Union

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November newsletter!

There’s a chill in the air, and here’s the cure: Come dance at our party! More on that below, but first…

GAS IS THE WRONG BRIDGE

Let’s be clear: We should not be building any new “natural” gas infrastructure that locks us into decades of expanded usage in our state, and the notion that “natural” gas is a cleaner bridge fuel is just plain wrong. That means saying NO to PSE’s LNG plant in Tacoma, NO to the methanol plant in Kalama, NO to the new proposed ammonia plant in Longview, and NO to new gas appliances or fixtures in residential and commercial buildings. And a BIG YES to 100% Renewable Energy now!!!

That message was sent out loud and clear directly to Governor Inslee at his two town-halls on climate in Bellevue and Seattle recently, in collaboration with Protectors of the Salish Sea. And directly to PSE representatives and other participants of the NW Clean and Affordable Energy conference on November 2nd, where we attended with a Puyallup Water Warrior, asked some tough questions during the panel on the role of “natural” gas in our clean energy future, and deployed an impressive light projection on the building in direct view of conference participants.

Stay tuned for more work on this issue and stopping PSE’s Tacoma LNG project. And if you can, attend the Keep it in the Ground general meeting this coming Tuesday, November 7th at 6:00pm.

Please make sure to sign and share this petition asking Governor Inslee to stop PSE’s Tacoma LNG and enjoy this 3 minute wrap up video of our PSE regional Day of  Action.

LONGVIEW, OH LONGVIEW

Can you believe it? Just as a humongous coal export terminal goes down to almost certain defeat, a huge ammonia plant is proposed. This new project would use as much fracked gas as the Tacoma LNG project, and require a pipeline extension alongside residential areas, and over the Cowlitz river. Longview, we cry for you.

Your comments are needed:
Submit via the city website: www.mylongview.com/PacificCoastFertilizerSEPA
Comments are due by November 15th

TRANSMOUNTAIN EVENT

As First Nations and Canadians across the border continue to resist Kinder Morgan’s attempts to start building the TransMountain pipeline expansion, make sure to attend a powerful upcoming panel on this issue in Seattle:

Wednesday November 15, 6:30 – 8:30pm
University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle
Panelists:
  • Chief Rueben George, a Tsleil-Waututh leader in the coalition challenging the pipeline in the B.C. courts
  • Dave Anderson, author of Spill: A Story of Oil and Orcas in the Salish Sea
  • Judy Twedt, founding member of King County Labor Council’s Climate Caucus
  • Chiara Rose D’Angelo-Patricio, co-founder of Students for the Salish Sea

NECESSITY DEFENSE GRANTED!

The Hon. Robert Tiffany, a district court judge in Clearwater County, Minnesota, ruled that valve turners Emily and Annette, supporter Ben, and filmmaker Steve can present a necessity defense, with expert witnesses allowed to testify on just how necessary the action was. History and legal precedent in the making: This is the first time ever that a US judge has issued a written opinion allowing the presentation of the climate necessity defense at a jury trial. Of course, the prosecution has filed an appeal to this ruling. Once that’s ruled on, we expect a trial sometime in the new year.

Meanwhile, in Montana
Leonard’s judge is going the other direction, pushing for a very fast trial, and unlikely to allow much of a defense. But Leonard will not be silenced.

Leonard Higgins Mock Trial
Saturday, November 18, 6:00–8:00pm Pacific, 7:00–9:00pm Mountain

Tune in to see courtroom drama the likes of which Montana will see only here. Don’t miss Michael Foster playing an oil executive! Cast also includes Arnold Schroder as Defense Attorney, Lauren Regan (in real life a climate defense attorney with CLDC) as Prosecutor, valve turner Ken Ward as a pipeline safety expert, and Leonard Higgins as our favorite Defendant. Broadcast live from Missoula! Register here in advance to join from the comfort of your own home. See this Facebook event page for more details.

Want to keep up with valve turner trial news? See the Montana trial Live Blog here, and sign up for email updates about the Montana trial here, and Minnesota trial here.

WE’RE HAVING A PARTY AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Help us celebrate 350 Seattle’s roots and resolve, and a year of incredible climate action! There will be great company and dancing!

Intertwined: A Fundraising Party for 350 Seattle
Friday, November 17, doors open at 7:45pm; program begins at 8:30pm
Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle 98144
(Close to the Beacon Hill light rail station)
Program Highlights:
•    Dance performance by JASE – “Resilient Together”
•    Music by members of our Artful Activism music team
•    Spoken word
•    Dance party starts with the Rise Up Action Band
•    DJ Ale Blakely, because no party is complete without dancing
•    Bid on silent auction items to help raise money for 350 Seattle

All this for only $10 – get your tickets today!

(And here’s something to tip your scales: If you sign up as a monthly donor by November 10th you’ll receive a free ticket and free drinks all night.)

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

Join us to help make beautiful batiked cloth in time for the Intertwined Fall Party, and many events beyond!

Art Build: Learn to BATIK
Friday, November 10, 6:00–10:00pm
Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 98103
No skills needed! RSVP to Shemona.

Meanwhile the Art Leaders team is still in development for all the arts! Work with other fun and awesome people to develop our sub-teams to move people’s minds and hearts with our messages. We still need leads for art builds, silk-screening, dance, family art, data/computer/librarian/photo, visual arts and theater.

Or join a team to help run project stations at art builds, or join the deployment team at actions guiding volunteers to effectively set up, maintain, and take down our imagery. We’ll train you!

All skill levels and time commitments welcome, from completely unskilled to visual artists, dancers, theater people, poets, and musicians of all ages. Connect and have fun, contribute to our imagery through brainstorming, art builds, music, theater, dance, spoken word, working with kids, teens and families, organizational support, deployment at events and possibly a bigger permanent installation project! Join us!

Please RSVP to Ellen to join the work group or the leads team, and let us know of any particular interests or skills you have in arts or leadership. More Art Builds will be scheduled soon, so sign up for the artful list or watch the calendar!

FRONTLINE ALLIES AND UNDOING RACISM

Join our work group as we examine the ways that white privilege and subtle forms of racism are unintentionally embedded in our climate work, and how we can become allies who effectively work across traditional divides to build the unified and powerful movement we need to stop climate chaos. Please RSVP to Kara to be part of this work group.

Frontline Allies meeting
Monday, November 20, 6:30 pm if it’s your first meeting, 7 pm if you’ve been before.

As we do emotional work together to grow our understanding and face these issues, we share our learning and attend actions led by people of color that intersect with climate justice work. In upcoming months we’ll support immigration work to save the DACA program, Black Lives Matter events, and indigenous efforts to stop fossil fuel infrastructure.

We need food-serving volunteers who are not already signed up for this month’s anti-oppression training to help at Allies to NativesSunday, November 12, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, at the Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle. Please contact Paul to volunteer to help with food.

And we’re collecting names for a second Winter/Spring series of Undoing Racism WorkshopsOur People Gonna Rise, led by Tara Villalba and the Mangrove Collective with our own 350 Seattle activists. Put your name on the wait list to find out more.

IN LOCAL NEWS…

Housing
350 Seattle recently joined the Housing For All Coalition—and this past Wednesday, many of us camped at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address the city’s housing crisis.

And now there’s an opportunity to do exactly that. The HOMES Tax (Housing, Outreach, and Mass-Entry Shelter), as proposed by Council members Kirsten Harris-Talley and Mike O’Brien, would place a tax of only about $100 per employee on businesses grossing over $5 million annually, which is only the largest 10% of businesses in the city. The tax would raise an estimated $24 million — vital funds which would help us pay for more affordable housing. Yet several Council members are still on the fence. Can you take five minutes to call the City Council and tell them to support the HOMES tax? Then take a few seconds and send the Council an email.

We’ve known for a long time that housing justice is a climate issue—as people are forced out of the city, they are forced into cars to commute to work. But even without climate change, passing this tax is the right thing to do.

A Fossil-free, Livable Seattle
What can we do to move Seattle to 100% renewables in all sectors? Towards a low-carbon and livable city where people can get around without cars, and live close to work and play? From traffic to skyrocketing rents, the carbon economy simply isn’t working for Seattle.

100% and Beyond – A Fossil-free, Livable Seattle
Tuesday November 14, 7:00 pm
UCC Prospect Church, 1919 E. Prospect St., Seattle 98112

Connect with 350 Seattle’s work to move our city and region beyond fossil fuels. Learn about efforts to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure in King County, move Puget Sound Energy from gas to renewables, and build sustainable transportation and housing options in Seattle.

So what about Amazon?
Both Amazon and the City of Seattle are falling behind the levels of emissions reductions we need now… and both the city and the company are inextricably linked on climate action! To learn more, check out our new blog post here.

Do you want to see Amazon take the lead and pilot electric vehicle freight deliverystarting here and now? Do you want City of Seattle to make real progress on emissions reductions with transit and affordable housing?

Do you work in the tech industry and want tech companies to prioritize climate actionin their core business?

If so, let’s talk! Join us in the Amazon workgroup—lots of volunteer roles from research to writing to community organizing. Contact Rebecca to get involved.

TRADE UPDATE

Hard to believe, but…
Bedfellows in DC are getting stranger and stranger. Talks to re-negotiate NAFTA now include removing the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). That’s exactly what we want, since ISDS is the pro-corporate system in trade agreements that allows corporations to attack environmental and climate-related laws and demand damages for lost profits. What we didn’t expect is that the Trump administration is asking that ISDS be removed from NAFTA. As a result, Congress is now being mobbed by corporate lobbyists demanding that ISDS stay in place. Those pests! Time to contact Senator Cantwell (206 220 6400) and Senator Murray (206 553 5545) as well as your Congressional Representative, and remind them to smack down those lobbyists and oppose ISDS in any new NAFTA deal.

Tell your rep to sign on
And when you contact your Congressional Rep, ask them to sign on to Pramila Jayapal’s “Dear Colleague” letter to the US Trade Representative. It asks other representatives to join her push for a new trade policy that supports workers and the environment. If your rep already is Pramila Jayapal (206 674 0040), please thank her for the good work.

Washington Fair Trade Coalition
Speaking of Pramila Jayapal, she will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming breakfast benefiting the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, of which 350 Seattle is a member. Please join us at the breakfast on November 15, 7:30–9:00am, to support their great work in fighting trade deals that harm workers and the environment. Please let Selden know if you’d like to attend. Sierra Club is sponsoring some seats so you might be able to attend for free!

Calling all 36th District voters
Selden Prentice has organized meetings with the State Reps from the 36th District to discuss climate issues and possible climate legislation. The meeting with Rep. Frame will be on either Monday, December 4th at 6:00 pm or Tuesday the 5th at 6:30 pm in Seattle—date TBD. The meeting with Rep. Tarleton will be on Monday, December 11th at 4:30 pm in Seattle. Please contact Selden to attend one or both meetings.

AND HERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS

Last month, we supported our friends at Mazaska Talks as they organized the largest ever protest of banks’ investments in fossil fuels. Between Oct 23rd and 25th, there were actions in 60 cities, 10 countries and 4 continents around the world, with perhaps the largest of them all happening in Seattle!

Then, just a few days later, the Equator Principles, a guiding framework for how major banks invest their money, announced that it is re-writing its guidelines to take a firmer stance on climate and Indigenous rights!

This is a huge victory — and it’s not the only one! US Bank just announced it is going to stop funding the tar sands corporation Enbridge, and BNP Paribas, the 8th largest bank in the world, recently promised to stop funding all tar sands, Arctic oil, shale oil and shale gas. If ever we needed another sign to keep going, this is it! Help us continue to shine a light on the financial sector’s crucial role in the climate crisis by watching and sharing the #DivestTheGlobe wrap-up video. (And hey, feel free to like our page while you are there.)

DID WE MENTION THE PARTY?

As you probably guessed, volunteers are needed before, during, and after our Intertwined fundraising event, November 17, 6:00pm–1:00am. Shifts are about two hours each. Can you help? Email Meg Wade with your name, phone number, and what times you’re available to help that day. Shifts include decoration, setup, ticket-taking, helping with food and drink, and cleanup. Become an insider!

CLOSING PITCH

And if you like what we’re doing—bank disruptions, holding PSE accountable, housing solidarity, that sort of thing—please make a donation today so we can keep up the good work.

See you on the dance floor!

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Intertwined! Celebrate our roots and resolve.

We are all connected — Intertwined! 

Friday, November 17th.
Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza (View)
2524 16th Avenue South
Doors at 7:45pm
Program begins at 8:30pm
Dancing from 10pm – midnight

  • Dance performance by JASE – “Resilient Together”. Inspired by the power we generate when we rise up in solidarity to global climate issues, “Resilient Together” is a new piece created by JASE and crafted specifically for Intertwined that aims to communicate gratitude, excitement, and hope moving forward.
  • Music by members of our Artful Activism music team.
  • And the dance party starts with the Rise Up Action Band.
  • With DJ’ing Ale Blakely because no party is complete without dancing.

Bid on silent auction items and help raise money for 350 Seattle.

Tickets are $10, or donate $25/ticket and get two drink tickets. Buy ’em here!

Monthly donors signed up by 11/10 get free admission & drinks. Sign up here.

All proceeds go to 350 Seattle’s climate action campaigns.

Thank you to Open Road WineRooftop Brewing CompanyOptimism BrewingPeddler BrewingStandClimate SolutionsSierra ClubSocial(k) Retirement PlansTwo Sisters Ecotextiles and Washington Environmental Council for sponsoring Intertwined.

 

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