On Monday afternoon, the City Council unanimously passed the oil train resolution, cosponsored by Council Member O’Brien and Mayor Murray–making us the first jurisdiction in the nation to call not only for improved safety, but also for a moratorium on all new oil-by-rail infrastructure until safety and environmental concerns can be addressed. There’s press here.
Thanks so much to everyone for all the hard work, and for helping us put this issue front and center in the news!
Tomorrow is the day the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability committee will consider the oil train resolution. We need to be there in force to take part in the public comment period, letting them know that we support the resolution, and urging them to strengthen it by adding in language about climate change and support for a statewide moratorium on new oil infrastructure projects.
We’ll meet at 1pm on the City Hall steps, and speakers including Council Member Mike O’Brien will join us. At 2pm, the hearing begins; you need to sign up to speak as you enter for the meeting. Here are some talking points if you plan to take part in the hearing.
6:30-8:15pm, Plymouth Congregational Church on 6th Ave. downtown.
Join us, and learn why most of our 350 hub members have been arrested. After each tells a story or two about their arrests, we’ll talk about different types of CD, strategy, and how we make these choices. Whether you’re interested in risking arrest or are just curious, there should be a lot of food for thought.
Wonderful that 250-300 people came out on such a cold night, to demonstrate our resolve against Keystone XL and its dangerous siblings. Thanks so much for a beautiful display, everyone–and thanks especially to our terrific speakers–Paul Che oke ten Wagner, Sundance Chief Rueben George, Reverend Paul Benz, and Zoe Foster–and our emcees, Adam Gaya and Abby Brockway. Here is the video from the event, and below are a few pictures, thanks to photographer Alex Garland.
The State Department Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) came out on Friday, and it’s no damn good.
TOMORROW WE’RE HAVING A PROTEST VIGIL–part of a national sweep of more than 200 such actions– at 6pm, at the Jackson Federal Building (915 2nd Ave. ). Please bring candles in jars (short candles in tall jars are best if it’s windy) and/or flashlights…and if you feel so moved, wear blue and green (and/or bring Seahawks signs); their game is over, but the fight against “game over”is just beginning, and we must win. There will be speakers, music, and passionate resolve to save this beautiful planet that’s so profoundly at risk right now.
PLEASE JOIN US. It’s going to be a busy few months, and we need every one of you.
Join us Sunday afternoon as we draw attention to the dangers of the oil trains now traveling through (and under!) downtown Seattle and right alongside SafeCo and CenturyLink fields, despite the 4 major explosions and fires these same trains have caused just since July in the US and Canada–one of which leveled several blocks and caused the deaths of 47 people (scientists have said that the fire burned so hot they might have been vaporized).
The US DOT has recently warned that this oil–fracked Bakken crude from North Dakota–is far more volatile than most, and can catch fire at temperatures as low as 73 degrees. Three of these mile-long oil trains come through Seattle every week on their way to a refinery in Anacortes; that will soon be twenty four per week if the oil companies have their way. In addition to these dramatic and immediate dangers, of course, the oil poses the same existential threat that’s posed by the coal trains, KXL, and other massive new carbon infrastructure projects: we simply cannot keep burning fossil fuels at current levels and expect the planet’s climate to remain stable.
Meet us just south of the stadiums at 4th Avenue S. and Holgate St. at 2 PM this Sunday, January 26th. Come dressed in red, yellow, or orange (flame colors), if possible. Bring a sign, and your resolve to stop this craziness. The action will likely last less than an hour.
Location: 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 65th St. in Ballard
Description: Our member Steve G. wants to attract public attention to climate change and 350 Seattle by having a weekly presence at different sites. He invites everyone to make your own climate-themed sign with 350seattle.org prominently visible and join him.
Location: Seattle University, Wycoff Auditorium 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA, United States
Description: Bidder 70 on March 19th. Tim DeChristopher attended an auction at the end of the Bush Administration where public lands he loved were being sold for mining. He spontaneously bid for and won tracts of land that he had no money to pay for; this was a felony, and an act of civil disobedience for which he wound up in prison, but which also exposed the illegality of the sale; the land is now protected. The movie explores his journey. If you cannot make it that night, it will also be showing at Wallingford's Meaningful Movies on April 11th.
Description: This is a free non-violent direct action training for those preparing to commit peaceful, dignified civil disobedience at the Seattle Pledge of Resistance sit-in. We need people who are willing to risk arrest and people to fill a number of support roles that will not risk arrest. You should plan to attend the whole time. If that isn't possible, still sign up and contact your local leader. Questions or sign up with Abby: email@example.com.