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September newsletter!

Local wildfires, a monster hurricane season — the impacts of a warmer climate are obvious. So there’s your motivation. And here’s, oh, just a few ways to take action:

PSE HAS A GAS PROBLEM

Puget Sound Energy, owned by an Australian for-profit corporation, wants to expand “natural” fracked gas infrastructure in Washington state, increasing our dependence on this dangerous fossil fuel for decades to come. They’re moving swiftly to build a huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma, despite Puyallup tribal and local community opposition. But they do not have all their permits yet, so we still have the power to stop them.

The Keep it in the Ground workgroup, in collaboration with Puyallup tribal members from the Water Warriors Movement, and Protectors of the Salish Sea, is coordinating a PSE Regional Day of Action on September 21st. People around the state will visit their local Puget Sound Energy offices and send a loud and clear message:

  • We oppose “natural” fracked gas expansion and the LNG plant in Tacoma;
  • We Stand with Puyallup;
  • We demand PSE shut down its dirty Colstrip coal power plant in Montana, bypass its conversion to “natural” gas, and move to 100% renewables.

Look for an alert in the next few days linking to all the locations across western Washington where actions at PSE offices will take place. Until then, stay in the loop with this event page.

PULLING TOGETHER AGAINST TRANSMOUNTAIN

The court hearings for the First Nations’ appeal of the TransMountain pipeline permits will be held in Vancouver, B.C., October 2 – 12. Folks there are calling for 10 days of solidarity actions. Here are two events on our side of the border:

Two Day Solidarity Walk
Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1
Organized by Protectors of the Salish Sea, this 2-day solidarity walk goes from Cherry Point to the Peace Arch. There we’ll be joined by First Nations and Canadians, drawing attention to the TransMountain pipeline expansion and fossil fuel projects on both sides of the border. Those who can continue to Vancouver, B.C. will attend a rally outside the courthouse for the first day of the hearings.

 

March and Rally at March Point
Saturday, October 7
Organized by Swinomish tribal members, this march and rally at March Point, where the two refineries in Anacortes are located, draws attention to the potential expansion of the Puget Sound pipeline spur that currently carries tar sands oil from the TransMountain pipeline to the refineries in Ferndale and Anacortes.

350 Seattle and other local groups will be supporting both these efforts; we encourage as many as possible to participate.

Here are two ways to contribute to Pull Together, the First Nations legal fund fighting Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline:

Support the water protectors building Kwantlen healing lodges along the pipeline route at this fundraiser on September 24 and enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and gifts. Musicians include Queenside Castle, Marina Christopher Trio, Paul Cheokten and more!

People Over Pipelines t-shirts and totes are available on online. $30 plus shipping and all proceeds go to Pull Together. Beautiful design by Heather Elder.

METHANOL AND OIL

Kalama methanol comment opportunity
To build the world’s largest methanol refinery, project developer NWIW needs a new deep-water dock at the port of Kalama. They want to fund it with over one million dollars of taxpayer money. No way! Comments accepted until September 18, more details here.

Bomb trains in Ballard
Concerned about the trains carrying highly flammable substances through Seattle, along Shilshole Bay and beyond? Join Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle Fire Department Assistant Chief A.D Vickery and External Affairs Manager for King County Emergency Management Barnaby Dow to learn about…

Oil Trains… & More
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th St., Seattle 98117

WE’RE CROWDSOURCING THIS

Bring us your bold ideas
The City of Seattle is falling far short of its carbon reduction goals. What to do? Ask 350 Seattle for help! The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment has asked us for bold new ideas to get the city where it needs to be. Let’s crowdsource a 350 Seattle proposal to amp up a bold climate action agenda for our city! Submit your ideas using this form, or if you have a fully-baked multi-page plan, send it to Patrick.

Port commission races voters’ guide
The Port of Seattle is one of the area’s largest carbon emitters. Want to help voters make informed choices about Port Commission candidates? Help us write great questions for the candidates, so we can educate voters. Email Alice with your ideas.

TAKE IT TO THE BANKS

#ShutDownChase goes global
On May 8th, we partnered with Mazaska Talks to simultaneously shut down 13 branches of pipeline funder JPMorgan Chase. Immediately afterwards, some key 350 Seattle peeps started calling for a global day of action targeting the banks… and now… it’s happening! Between October 23rd and 25th, 350 Seattle is proud to support the Mazaska Talks-led Global Day of Action targeting the banks funding climate disaster. You can learn more about it at Mazaska Talks website here — and stay tuned for much, much more!

Bank boycott
Over 30 national non-profits, churches and businesses have now committed to boycotting the banks funding climate disaster. If you are part of a business, church or organizations that is ready to join the boycott, please fill out this form. If you have questions about joining the boycott, email Alec.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL ACTION

Seattle & the Green Climate Fund
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, floods in South Asia, and mudslides in Sierra Leone, it’s clear that across the world we need to ramp up preparation for the impacts of climate change, and rapidly transition to a clean energy future to avoid even more devastating effects.

That’s why we are calling for Seattle to help lead efforts to make up for Donald Trump’s immoral decision to break the United States’ promise to provide $2 billion to the Green Climate Fund – a key channel for international climate finance, which helps vulnerable, developing countries pursue low-carbon and climate resilient development. Sign on here, and to get involved with this effort, email Alex.

Amazon & renewable energy
The Amazon workgroup is building a campaign to pressure Amazon to transition to 100% clean energy! Want to be involved from the beginning of a new campaign? Join us to help with research, campaign strategy, and base-building in the tech community!

In September and early October, we’ll be hosting workshops on organizing, outreach, and base-building to skill-up our team. Contact Becca to be a part of these trainings!

Transportation Group
In our area about half of our carbon emissions come from transportation. But as Seattle gets denser, transit gets better, and new technology evolves our transportation options, there are tremendous opportunities to reduce those emissions.

City leadership is starting to get it — our legacy road system was designed for the ease and speed of automobiles, with little regard for the comfort or safety of pedestrians and bikers. To help make our transportation system fossil fuel free and turn Seattle into a truly bikable and walkable city, contact Andrew.

Beyond Capitalism
We’ll discuss future projects and the tie between climate change and capitalism. Join us Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm, at Cafe Allegro, 4214 University Way NE, Seattle.

TRADE AND POLICY

NAFTA news
The recent news about the end of DACA reminds us of the connection between trade, climate and immigration. When NAFTA allowed corporate attacks on climate policy, Mexican farmers and working families were hit exceptionally hard, fueling displacement and forced migration. To now send those families packing is the ultimate injustice. Learn more about the connection between trade and immigration in this webinar.

Now the Trump administration is working to renegotiate NAFTA. So be sure to call or write your Congressional offices, including our two senators, to ask whether the representative agrees that ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) should be excluded from any new NAFTA deal.

Also, please note: The NAFTA town hall event with Congressman Adam Smith has been cancelled. It was scheduled for September 19th.

Upcoming fundraiser
Because of the connection between food and climate we urge you to attend the Community Alliance for Global Justice’s 11th annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner!

Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner
Saturday, October 21
Happy Hour 5:00 – 6:30; Dinner 6:30 – 9:30pm
University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle 98105

The keynote, “Farming for Cultural and Ecological Resilience” by Ari de Leña, will share how she works to build cultural and ecological resilience by healing the trauma and displacement embedded in the U.S. agricultural system.  More about the event, accessibility information, and sliding scale tickets available here.

Then come hear Randy Mandell on Modern Monetary Theory and Selden Prentice on trade:

Love at the Crossroads: Climate and Social Justice
Saturday, October 28, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave, Seattle 98122

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

Please RSVP to Ellen to join the work group or the leads team, and let us know of any interests or skills you have in arts or leadership. All levels and time commitments, as well as continuing to welcome the full gamut of skill levels, from completely unskilled to visual artists, dancers, theater people, poets, and musicians of all ages. Connect and have fun, and 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 maybe coming up with a bigger permanent installation project and other art forms! It’s a fun and satisfying way to contribute to the movement.

Art Leaders team 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 are still in need of leads for art builds, silk-screening, dance, family art, data/computer/librarian/photo, visual arts, and theater.

RSVP to Shemona for the first training pARTay tentatively scheduled for October 13th, 6:00 – 9:00pm for those who want to be part of a team to help run project stations at art builds, and/or get trained for the deployment team who gently and warmly guide volunteers at actions and events to effectively set up, maintain, and take down our imagery. No experience needed and no specific time commitment is required.

FRONTLINE ALLIES AND UNDOING RACISM

Join our workgroup 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. Many roles available, and lots of ways to contribute. Please RSVP to Kara to be part of this work group.

We attend informational gatherings, share educational information on our list and Facebook pages; we do emotional work with each other as we grow our understanding and face these issues; and we attend actions led by and/or in support of groups primarily led by people of color which intersect with climate justice work, including for many social justice issues. In the upcoming months, we’ll support immigration work on saving the DACA program, Black Lives Matter work, and Indigenous work stopping fossil fuel infrastructure, as well as many other things as they arise.

Undoing Racism Series
This anti-oppression training series with the knowledgeable and compassionate Tara Villalba and the Mangrove Collective, and our own 350 Seattle activists, aims move us forward together faster. “Our People Gonna Rise” covers three topics: Allies to Immigrants, Black Liberation, Solidarity with Natives.

Thanks to your support, the current series is full. Sign up on the waitlist for information about a Winter/Spring series.

Frontline communities in Houston
350 national has published a great Hurricane Harvey Response Toolkit that has some excellent articles about the impact of Harvey and other extreme weather events on Frontline Communities. The section on Organizing Through Conversations is something we can do everywhere, every day.

EVENTS

Online course: Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action
Learn about basic climate change science, impacts, communication strategies, and actions in this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the climate crisis being offered for free by Cornell University. September 11 – October 1. Registration and details here.

Liberating Structures
Learn a set of simple but powerful group facilitation strategies to energize and foster lively participation in meetings, outreach and trainings.

Liberating Structures Training
Saturday, September 16, 1:00 – 4:30pm
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle 98144
This training is free; donations are welcome. We’ll have coffee, tea, and snacks to share.

Our own Vivien Sharples will be joined by other local trainers to provide a free introduction to Liberating Structures. Recommended for anyone currently leading a team or workgroup, or doing outreach. Send questions to Meg and register here.

FUN workgroup, Families Uniting Now
Connect with families who are supporting each other during this unprecedented time in history. Community and Action is the Solution!

Plant-for-the-Planet Free Academy Workshop
Saturday, October 7, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Puget Ridge Co-Housing Common House, 7020 18th Ave. SW, Seattle 98106
The parent workshop from 9:00 – 11:00am is optional but encouraged.
Workshop topics include causes & effects of climate change, actions you can take, and communication skills.
Workshop Tree Planting Event
Sam Smith Park, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, 98144
Saturday, October 14, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Free snack & lunch, Plant-for-the Planet t-shirt, and a copy of the book “Tree by Tree.”

Learn more about Plant for the Planet and Our Children’s Trust and then join us for monthly meetings, planting events, nature outings, activism, music, and art. Participation is free, but registration required to reserve a spot at www.climatechangeforfamilies.com. Questions? Contact Sue Lenander.

Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
Interested in resilience and maintaining our mental and social health as we face the increasing catastrophes that climate change is foisting upon us, and particularly on the most vulnerable among us? This conference is for you:

Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 – 16
Portland, OR

Conference agenda and more information here. Group discounts are available. 350 Seattle member Margie Bone will be attending, traveling on Tuesday, November 14th. Contact Margie if you’re interested.

VALVE TURNERS UPDATE

As ever hotter and larger wildfires burn across the west, valve turner Ken Ward is still waiting to see whether his home a mile from the Eagle Creek fire will burn. Michael is headed to North Dakota where he faces trial on October 2nd in what is ironically the only western state currently NOT aflame.  Leonard’s trial is scheduled for Thanksgiving week. Emily and Annette had a hearing in Minnesota in August and the court is considering the necessity defense.

We hold every hope that one or more of these trials will see the first successful necessity defense for climate action — gosh knows, the case is becoming more obvious every day. But the legal fees are mounting — please give to the legal fund here. And we hope you’ll come out to support the valve turners at the…

Action Anniversary Party
Wednesday, October 11, 6:00pm
Sole Repair, 1001 E Pike St, Seattle, 98122

Artists from the “Protect What You Love Album” will perform. Event page here.

GROW THE MOVEMENT

Outreach Team
Help us get new folks talking about climate change. We’ll be tabling at farmers’ markets and regional events. No experience necessary! Contact Eli for more information.

Deep Canvass Team
How do you shift the way people feel about climate change? It starts with a real two-way conversation in which people learn about one another’s experiences and stories. The Deep Canvassing project goes door to door organizing friendly neighborhoods around fossil fuel divestment. Join us for canvasses Sunday afternoons all autumn. Contact Eli to get involved.

A BIT MORE ABOUT US

Learn about 350 Seattle’s new structure
It’s here. It’s real. Now you can better understand how we get so much done, how to plug in and take on leadership, and how we make decisions. Check out an overview of our new structure here.

Welcome to Renee!
Thanks to the United Church of Christ’s Justice Leadership Program we have a 32 hour/week intern for the next 10 months! Welcome Renee Lumia to 350 Seattle. A recent grad from PLU with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies, Renee is excited to learn more organizing with us. Check out her bio here.

Hey, you look good in yellow
Who doesn’t want one of those cute Break Free t-shirts with the wrinkles that say, “I slept on the tracks”? Find our t-shirts, the album, and more at www.350seattle.org/merchandise.

And since you made it this far in the newsletter, let’s talk about socializing!

Brewing Resistance: A Happy Hour Benefit for 350 Seattle
Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Floating Bridge Brewing, 722 NE 45th St, Seattle, 98105

This month’s theme is Arts and Social Change, with a short presentation by Artful Activism leader Ale Blakely. Floating Bridge Brewing is donating $1 per pour sold (beer or cider) to 350 Seattle! Cider, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and sandwiches are available. Kids and dogs are welcome. More on the event page.

And once again, thank you, so much, for everything you do.

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Head, Heart, and Hurricanes

by Valerie Costa

Six years ago, I lived in rural Vermont — a good 150+ miles from the ocean. When the weather forecast said to prepare for Hurricane Irene, I ran out and bought a bottle of wine (in case the power went out!) and thought little of it. How bad could a hurricane be in Vermont?

I knew something was wrong when I could smell the ocean. And every step I took on “dry” ground made crickets jump out of the way. As the river waters rose rapidly, overtaking the nearby hay field and destroying all the bridges into the town, I started to get nervous. I’d never seen waters rise so fast.

                   
We were among the lucky ones. Many people in the valley lost their homes and businesses. Our place was just high enough and far enough from the river to be spared.

I’ve never looked at rivers the same way since.

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Little did I know that on that same day in 2011, some of the people I now hold dearest in my life were in Washington, DC risking arrest outside the White House. 350.org put out a call for people to gather and protest the Keystone XL pipeline, resulting in the largest climate-related civil disobedience in the United States at the time. These early founders of 350 Seattle responded to the call, not know what would come of it, but knowing they had to do more than work within the current system.

I’m glad this early act of civil disobedience informed the culture of 350 Seattle.

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Fast forward to 2017. As  Harvey wreaks its slow and steady havoc on Texas, I’m watching like so many, hoping it doesn’t get worse but fearful it will. Irene dropped 11” of rain on Vermont — parts of Houston expect over 50”.  I deeply believe in the resilience of people, especially when disaster strikes. Acts of heroism abound; people take care of each other; and communities self-organize without “professionals” to direct them (check out what Occupy Sandy did after that Hurricane hit–and some of those same people are talking to folks on the front lines in Houston right now). We are mighty when we unite.

Yes, we can and should do all we can to help with relief efforts. Donate. Volunteer. Learn crisis response skills.

But that doesn’t feel like enough. With the climate changing, and some people losing everything, (including their lives), what is an appropriate response?

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This is what we grapple with as climate organizers. The clock is ticking, and disasters underline  the need for a rapid shift to 100% renewables. Yet we’re playing whack-a-mole trying to stop new fossil fuel development, while Trump and friends roll back environmental protections, social services, civil liberties, and any semblance of a free society we’re living in. Our corporate overlords are taking over and our dystopian future is becoming a reality (1984 and Idiocracy are a little too real right now).

I’m feel like I’m stuck in two worlds and two selves right now. The “head” – practical me, needing to survive in Seattle, with all my programming to be successful and stable, managing the operations of a legal 501c3 (uh, 350 Seattle!). Then there’s the “heart”– realistic me, filled with a deep sense that if I live a “normal” life, I haven’t used my privilege, that if I do what’s comfortable and predictable, I’m complicit. I’ve seen the waters rise. I’ve witnessed suffering firsthand. I do what I can to organize and resist and it still doesn’t feel like it’s enough. I’m filled with yearning.

We can’t overcome the most powerful forces in the world by playing their game.

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Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I pick one word to reflect on throughout the year. In 2016 it was “resolve.” This year it’s “heart.” Strong, warm, steady heart.

I hold these words close when I think about what it will take for me (and you) to resist the fossil fuel empire. To do seemingly unreasonable things out of love and care for each other, and for everything living.

For me, an appropriate response now necessitates following my heart (essentially everything I was cautioned against growing up!). This isn’t comfortable or easy. For some of us, this looks like civil disobedience,  risking arrest and even physical harm. Going to jail. How else can I embody this yearning to stop the harm in some real, direct way?

Yet getting arrested isn’t the goal. The goal is to collectively change the way we live, and render the current system of oppression–built on extraction and sacrificing people’s lives for the sake of profits–obsolete. That’s where the heart comes in. Living from the heart is nothing new; look to the strong care work (held mostly by women) that makes sure we’re supported physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The community of resistance at 350 Seattle is filled with people following their hearts — they are the dearest people I know: resisting by questioning, listening, championing climate action all the time, caring for kids or aging parents. The risk-takers, and the countless others who have their backs.

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The waters will continue to rise, even if the world takes a turn for the better tomorrow. I know that for sure.

What I don’t know is if anything we are doing will be enough. If the acts of disobedience will ripple out far enough, fast enough, to inspire enough people to refuse to comply. I am not driven by the hope this will happen, but by the journey itself. My life is so much richer as a result.

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August Newsletter

tshirt pull together(A few of these things have passed by already, but if you didn’t open your email last week, there’s still a lot here that’s worth reading! Next month we promise to post this in a more timely fashion.)

Has the B.C. wildfire haze been dogging your summer days? Ours too, and it breaks our hearts to see the world burning, which is why we’re glad for some…

BIG NEWS FROM B.C.

There was good news from across the border Thursday as British Columbia’s Minister of the Environment announced 3 ways the new B.C. government will oppose the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion:

  • Demand proper consultation with First Nations;
  • Actively support First Nations’ legal appeals to the pipeline’s approval;
  • Block pipeline construction on public lands until these conditions are met.

This is a huge blow to Kinder Morgan — but the fight is not over. Kinder Morgan is scheduled to start construction on private land in September. Please, send Prime Minister Trudeau a message asking him to stop the pipeline.

We’re continuing to raise funds for the First Nations’ legal appeals to this dirty tar sands pipeline just 130 miles north of Seattle, by selling these beautiful Pull Together t-shirts especially designed for us.

And if you would like to join the on-water resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, head over to Lopez Island on the last weekend of August for an Oil-Free Salish Sea Action Camp organized by our friends at Mosquito Fleet.

METHANE AND COAL, BROUGHT TO YOU BY PSE

We continue to support members of the Puyallup tribe and other Tacoma groups in opposing Puget Sound Energy’s proposed Liquefied “Natural” Gas (LNG) project at the Port of Tacoma. The LNG plant still needs two permits, including one from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, located in downtown Seattle. Once PSE re-submits its application, there will be a public comment period and, possibly, a public hearing. Stay tuned for more on that.

We’re also involved with the Carbon-Free PSE campaign that demands PSE shut down units 3 & 4 of the Colstrip coal power plant in Montana (the dirtiest in the nation), and not convert them to a fracked gas power plant. If you’re in the South Sound, consider making a public comment at the August 31 rate case hearing in Olympia.

Two recurring themes jump out at us: PSE (an Australian-owned for-profit energy company), and the gas infrastructure that PSE wants to push on us. So, in responsethe Keep it in the Ground workgroup is taking on PSE’s problem with gas. To find out more and get involved, join our…

Keep it in the Ground general meeting: Thursday, August 17, 6:00pm, Prospect Church, 1919 E Prospect St., Seattle

Until then, study up on methane with Bill McKibben’s recent op-ed in the Seattle Times on how switching to gas will not save our planet.

And finally, 350 Seattle is a member of the Stand Up to Oil Coalition, which has an opportunity to receive up to $100,000 from CREDO. Please take less than 30 seconds to vote for them here.

ON OTHER FRONTS 

Senator Cantwell’s Dirty Energy Bill
We are demanding that Senator Cantwell hold a Town Hall to explain why she is sponsoring an Energy Bill that contains huge giveaways to the gas industry.Senator Sanders has said this bill would lock us into fracking for decades. And as Bill McKibben wrote in the Seattle Times this week, anything that locks us into gas is a disaster. We need answers! Can you take a few minutes to call and email Senator Cantwell to demand a Town Hall?

DeFund Disaster
On Friday, August 18th, 350 Seattle, Greenpeace USA and Mazaska Talks will occupy JPMorgan Chase, as we deliver a petition with 150,000 signatures calling for Chase to stop financing new tar sands pipelines. Please RSVP and join us!

Nearly 20 organizations have now committed to boycott the banks funding new tar sands projects, and many more are in the process of doing so. If you are a business owner and your business can join the boycott, please fill out this form. If you are part of a faith community, organization or group that might be interested in joining the boycott, please contact Alec.

Pledge of Resistance
With several huge new fossil fuel projects proposed for Washington state, we are actively seeking signers to our Pledge of Resistance. Have you signed? Then, once you have, it’s time to get ready! Join us at this special short form Non-Violent Direct Action training this Tuesday, August 15, 6:30pm.

Valve-Turners Update
Legal wheels are turning, with pre-trial hearings in Minnesota and North Dakota this week. For details and updates, visit ShutItDown.Today. Then on September 7th join author Wen Stephenson and the valve turners in an online conversation about how talking about worst-case scenarios intersect with creating the movement we need. Register here.

Seattle Divest
Now for some sad news. Despite the City of Seattle losing almost $100 million in the last ten years as a result of their investments in fossil fuels, the pension fund continues to refuse to divest. If you know someone participating in the city’s pension program, please, give them a hug.

CONCERT TO BENEFIT OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST

A production of our music team, this concert features musicians on the Protect What You Love album, which launches that day! There will be community art, a raffle with many items, food and socializing with our awesome climate community.

Album Release Show: Protect What You Love: Sunday August 13, 3:00 – 7:00pm. All Pilgrims Church, 500 Broadway East, Seattle 98102. Volunteers might still be needed! Contact Susan.

OUR PEOPLE GONNA RISE

Last call for early registration for this 3-part anti-oppression training series led by the knowledgeable and compassionate Tara Villalba and the Mangrove Collective. 350 Seattle activists have until August 15th to sign up before registration is extended to other orgs!
Our People Gonna Rise

Black Liberation – Sunday, September 10
Allies to Immigrants – Saturday, October 14
Solidarity with Natives – Sunday, November 12
Each session runs 12:00 – 6:00pm, Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle. Carpool sites are now on the registration page.

Cost: sliding scale $30 to $100 for the series (highly recommended) or $15 to $45 per workshop. Full scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers very much needed, contact Kara!

FRONTLINE ALLIES AND UNDOING RACISM

Join our workgroup 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. Many roles available, and lots of ways to contribute. Please RSVP to Mike to be part of this work group.

TRADE AND POLICY

Trump’s announced priorities for the re-negotiation of NAFTA indicate that despite his populist campaign talk, his trade priorities are no different from the corporate priorities that were behind the climate-killing TPP. So, in response we are organizing meetings with Congressional offices to push for a new vision of trade — one that prioritizes workers and climate over corporate profits. Recently Selden met with Suzan DelBene’s office, and with some 350 Tacoma activists, met Derek Kilmer in person.

Our weightiest concern regarding NAFTA is ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) — a process that allows corporations to challenge local laws designed to protect the environment and our climate. Learn more about ISDS here. Our goal is to get our Congressional reps and our two Senators to come out against ISDS in any new NAFTA.

What you can do
Take a moment to look up your Congressional representative and make a date to call them (and our two Senators) to ask whether they agree that ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) should be excluded from any new NAFTA deal.

And if you’re in his district, go to Adam Smith’s Town Hall to ask the same question:
Tuesday, September 19, 6:00pm, IBEW 77 Hall, 19415 International Blvd., Seatac, WA 98188, (Tip: This one is specifically focused on NAFTA!)

In the meantime, we’re working closely with the Washington Fair Trade Coalition to draft a white paper that lays out an alternative vision for trade that meets the needs of workers, local communities and climate. It looks like we’re the only state in the country creating such a document!

GET SMARTER

350 Seattle Book Club
How can we get off fossil fuels and create a better society in the process? In “Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth,” Gar Alperovitz lays out a strategy for a transition to a more democratic, just, and sustainable society.
“Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth” by Gar Alperovitz, Sunday, August 20, 10:30am – 12pm, Uptown Espresso Belltown, 2504 4th Ave (at Wall St.), Seattle

“Principles of A Pluralist Commonwealth” is available for free on The Next System website. Please email Barbara if you would like a print copy. At this meeting, we’ll discuss the Introduction and the first three chapters, America, Bureaucracy, and Climate Change.

350 Beyond Capitalism
At the next 350 general meeting on September 6, we’ll be showing a five-minute video on Energy Democracy, which calls for putting the large energy corporations under public ownership and worker/community democratic control. We don’t have a date for our next workgroup meeting yet, so to stay in the loop, email us.

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

Please RSVP to Ellen to join the work group or leads team, and let us know of any particular interests or skills you have in arts or leadership. All levels and time commitments, as well as continuing to welcome the full gamut of skill levels, 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, data work, and deployment at events!

Art Leaders team being formed 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 are still in need of silk-screening, dance, family art, and more data/computer/librarian/photo, imagery, and theater leads.

RSVP to Shemona for the Imagery Deployment Team – you’ll get trained so you can help other volunteers deploy our art at actions!

MOVEMENT BUILDING

350 Seattle is growing rapidly. Which is what we want! The Movement Building Team helps expand the climate justice movement through outreach, and strengthens our movement through support and training of our volunteers. Want to help? Here’s how:

Outreach Team
Help us get new folks talking about climate change! We’ll be tabling at farmers’ markets and regional events. No experience necessary – come learn how we move our communities to think more about how climate disruptions will affect their daily lives. Contact Eli for more information.

Deep Canvass Team
How do you shift the way people feel about climate change? It starts with a real two-way conversation in which people learn about one another’s experiences and stories. The Deep Canvassing project is going door to door organizing friendly neighborhoods around fossil fuel divestment. If you are looking to try new outreach tactics that involve deep conversations and connection, you may be interested in becoming part of our new Deep Canvassing project. Join us for canvasses Sunday afternoons all Autumn starting with August 27th. Contact Eli to get involved.

Liberating Structures
Join 350 Seattle to learn a set of simple but powerful group facilitation strategies to energize and foster lively participation in meetings, outreach and trainings! Our own Vivien Sharples will be joined by other local trainers to provide a free introduction to Liberating Structures. Experience and learn several Liberating Structures that you’ll be able to apply immediately to make your meetings, planning sessions, outreach, and training more inclusive, creative, innovative, energizing and participatory. Especially recommended for anyone currently leading a team or workgroup, or doing outreach. Send questions to Meg and register here. Come prepared to experience and participate!

Liberating Structures Training, Saturday, September 16, 1:00 – 4:30pm, 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle 98144. This training is free, though donations are welcome. We’ll have coffee, tea, and snacks to share!

So, until next month

Save the date for the September monthly meeting – Wednesday, September 6th. So many ways to get involved and work toward climate justice!

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Voters Guide for Seattle Mayoral and Council Candidates

If you haven’t voted yet in the August 1 primary for Seattle mayoral and city council candidates, check out our 350 Seattle Voters Guide, created by our Community Solutions Workgroup.

We asked the candidates questions about a number of issues:

  • How do they intend to meet city climate plan carbon reduction goals, when efforts are falling short now?
  • How will they build clean energy in Seattle?
  • Resolve disparities in transportation options and greenspaces between different parts of the city?
  • Forward water conservation and green infrastructure?
  • Do they support divestment from fossil fuel stocks?

You can read their answers here.

We hope it will inform your voting decisions — be sure to mail in your ballot by election day!

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Our task is huge.

As many of you know, 350 Seattle is on the Steering Committee of the Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy (AJCE). This is not something we entered into lightly–we knew there would be a tension between such a beautifully broad coalition, so-called political realities*, and the kind of change we need to rapidly lower emissions in Washington State, inspire the rest of the nation, and do our part to safeguard a livable future.

The language of the initiative is firming up, and frankly, it’s not as strong as we hoped it would be. On its own, it’s simply not going to reduce emissions anywhere near enough. So we’re not fighting for it “on its own”. But we do think it’s an important piece of the puzzle. Why? Because polluters should pay, for one thing–but most of all, because it’s expected to commit 25-33% of its revenues to frontline communities and result in a billion dollars a year invested in renewables and carbon reduction. There are other things in the initiative to love too–like its terrific worker transition fund. It’s only “not enough” if we treat it like the solution, instead of one piece of that solution.

Think of it this way: the carbon pricing initiative is a big step forward–but for bold strides and real progress, we need to use the other foot, too.

We’re going to keep doing all we can to demand visionary action to lower emissions in WA–because we can’t safeguard the future while ignoring the central problem. What will this look like? Many things: regulation, vastly improved transit and affordable housing, fossil fuel infrastructure bans, bold moves towards 100% renewables, and more. There is no time to waste–we need all of it, and no one is better positioned than WA to make it happen.

Please join us for the AJCE kick-off event on Thursday, July 27 at 6pm. We’ll hear from an inspiring group of speakers on the importance of just solutions to the climate crisis, and you’ll find out how you can get involved right now.

What: Seattle Campaign Kickoff for Jobs and Clean Energy
When: Thursday, July 27th, 2017 – 6:00- 8:30pm
Where: Centilia Cultural Center in El Centro De La Raza: 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144RSVP HERE (Here’s the FB page–please share!) There will be live music, snacks, and food vendors.

 

*We’re pretty sure that the realities of physics are actually much, much harder to change. Changing political reality? We do that before breakfast!

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Why 350 is the most important number in history: To protect our world from devastating climate disruption, science tells us we must stop global warming in its tracks, and justice demands it. This means holding total warming to the peak seen since the last ice age, just a little over 1°C

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