May 15

52 Arrested at Anacortes Oil Train Blockade

 

Anacortes, WA: Early this morning, police raided the Break Free blockade of the train tracks outside of Anacortes, WA, where activists had created an encampment of 150+ people.

52 people were arrested and brought to the Skagit County jail; most are being released on their own recognizance and brought to the Mt. Vernon train station.

No word yet on charges for those responsible for the climate crisis. Shell and Tesoro officials are still at large.

Donate to our legal fund here.

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May 13

Break Free!

 

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Minutes ago, dozens of people began setting up a camp on the tracks near Tesoro and Shell’s March Point refineries near Anacortes. The group is setting up tents and building temporary structures; they say they intend to stay, blocking the flow of oil at the refineries for as long as possible. Organizer Ahmed Gaya says, “Break Free is about pressuring the system so we get the change we need, but it’s also about imagining an alternative. By setting up a village here, we’re embodying what we need to do as a community: to turn the systems that have devastated people and nature into places that can support us.”

Tomorrow is the Indigenous Day of Action, with inspiring speakers and musicians: arrive by 10:00am and park at the March Point Park & Ride–the march begins promptly at 11am. It’s a 3-mile walk, and the terrific program is almost 4 hours–bring comfortable shoes!

All weekend is also the People’s Climate Conference–with more amazing speakers and entertainment.

Please join us!

Apr 19

We need you.

 

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The urgency of the climate crisis demands a passionate and resolute response. Over three days next month, we’ll put our bodies on the line to stop the flow of oil into and out of the March Point refineries.

 

We intend to make history, and we need you.

 

Break Free runs from Friday, May 13th through Sunday, May 15th. Below are the essential links for planning.

 

 

First, check the Action page to decide how you’re going to engage, and how many days you can join us for.

 

Next, figure out how you’re going to get to Anacortes. We have bus and van options, as well as carpools and other low-carbon alternatives. 

 

Our convergence space is available starting Thursday, May 12th at beautiful Deception Pass State Park. We have reserved 150+ camping sites south of the bridge.  A homestay message board has also been created, and we’ve added a link with nearby campgrounds, RV parks, hotels, and motels.

 

We’re training hundreds of people across the Pacific Northwest: we’re offering non-violent direct action (NVDA) trainings, kayaktivist trainings, art builds, and more.

 

If you can’t be there, can you sponsor a rider?

 

In these three days, we’ll embody our determination and our fierce love for this place. In whatever ways you can, please join us.

 

 

Mar 30

Just a few more days till Bill McKibben & Kshama Sawant speak at Town Hall!

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Please join us for Keeping Fossil Fuel Underground Where It Belongs: Breaking Free from Exxon and All the Rest, at Town Hall on Monday. Tickets are available here. We’re also happy to announce that Kshama Sawant will open the evening, speaking on Uniting Against the Climate Crisis: The Way Forward for the Climate Justice Movement.

It’ll be an inspiring evening. Join us!

Mar 09

Official launch: Break Free from Fossil Fuels

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 10.00.44 PMWorld leaders say we have to stay below 1.5°C of warming to avoid radical climate destabilization. No current policies keep us anywhere near this goal: we’re barreling towards double that, leaving our children with a broken world. This has to change, and we have to lead. 

The Shell and Tesoro refineries near Anacortes, WA refine 47% of all the gas and diesel consumed in the NW, and are the largest source of carbon emissions in the Northwest; they are an integral part of the system we must change—within years, not decades.

Please join us for Break Free.

Mar 01

Weis Isn’t Right for City Light

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After postponing its vote in response to questions raised by concerned citizens, the Seattle City Council will again take up the nomination of Larry Weis to be CEO of Seattle City Light on Tuesday, March 8th.

Is Weis the right person to lead “The Nation’s Greenest Utility”? We don’t think so.

While Weis was at Austin Energy he advocated in favor of fracked natural gas power plants and opposed the growth of solar (in sunny Texas!). He cherry picked his data to support his argument and didn’t play well with the Austin City Council.

Seattle City Light needs a CEO who recognizes that our city’s dependence on hydro power will become a liability in a world of melting glaciers, and who won’t reflexively turn to fossil fuels to solve that problem.

Please take a moment to submit a written comment opposing the hiring of Larry Weis as the new CEO of Seattle City Light.

Feb 26

Sign up for a yard sign!

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Put it in your yard, put it in your house or apartment window, or put it in your back car window and drive all around the city with it!  Sign up here.

Feb 26

Don’t miss the Bill McKibben event on 4/4

 

Keeping Fossil Fuel Underground Where It Belongs: Breaking Free from Exxon and All the Rest

This May marks a worldwide mobilization called Break Free; one of the five US actions will be right here in Washington State. McKibben will offer an update from the global front lines about the fights that will determine just how overheated the earth will get; he’ll also touch on the “sheer, profound, and….unparalleled evil” of Exxon’s almost forty-year coverup of the catastrophic risks of burning of fossil fuels, and how decades of behavior like this have left us with no choice but to join the fossil fuel resistance, insisting that our leaders start shutting down dangerous fossil fuel projects and supporting the necessary–most ambitious–climate solutions.

Tickets here!

 

Feb 13

Join the Climate Flash Mob!

 

Help us raise awareness and invite new people into the climate movement while having fun!

 

We’ll take video of the flash mobs with dance to Big Oil Funk (with Aji singing his great altered climate lyrics over the instrumental of Uptown Funk), and pass out fliers at each performance to let observers know what it’s about and how to get involved in the climate movement.

 

Thanks for your participation!  Please share widely!

Rehearsal: Lynnae leading her dance & Aji singing.

 

Dance practice videos here from different angles and from one to many dancers for every learning style:

 

 

Roles still in need of volunteers:

 

  • dancers (beginners & others welcome!)
  • technical support with the amp for Aji
  • people to take video and photos (even on phones)
  • social media and outreach
  • people to coordinate and pass out fliers 

 

Flash Mob performance dates (updated):

  • Sunday, March 20, 6:00 pm, Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill – meet inside the fence at the southeast corner of the field
  • Friday, April 22, 5:00 pm, Seattle Center Fountain

 

RSVP to Lisa with which dates you can make it, and what you want to do.

Please join and share the Climate Flash Mob Facebook event.

Jan 15

Amazing Week in Snohomish County Court…

 

The Delta 5 trial concluded today, with a little something to bemoan (a guilty verdict for misdemeanor trespass and the fact that they couldn’t use the necessity defense in the end) and much to celebrate (an acquittal on the “obstructing a train” charge, and the thoughtful words of both the judge and the jurors. The wheels of justice are turning, if too slowly.)

 

Great stories here and here.

 

“Quite frankly they (the defendants) are tireless advocates whom we need in this society to prevent the kind of catastrophic effects that we see coming and our politicians are ineffectually addressing,” the judge said. Um, yeah….

Defendant & 350 Seattle member Abby Brockway with two of the jurors after the trial.

Defendant & 350 Seattle member Abby Brockway with two of the jurors after the trial.

 

You can also listen to Abby talk to the jurors.

 

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