On Thursday night, 80 people packed the Army Corp of Engineers hearing on the EIS for the second BP Dock at Cherry Point. 35 people spoke – and every one was against expansion of the facility and urged strong environmental protection of the fragile ecosystem of the Sound. Many 350 members spoke: Ryan P, Ron Hawk, Court Olsen, Diane Shisk, Lynn Fitz-Hugh, Jan Keller, Rusty West (pictured), Michael Foster, Carlo Violi, Ahmed Gaya, Abby Brockway, and Deborah Wooley. All spoke powerfully of their love of the Sound and the need to protect the area for future generations. Thanks to all who came out and spoke!
Thanks to all who came out to our second oil-train protest; we had about 150 people, a gorgeous day (if, um, a little….warm), and excellent speakers. Watch here and stay in touch for direct action possibilities this summer….warrior up! (Videos below.)
Ahmed Gaya’s speech
(Plant for the Planet) Aji and Adonis oil train song
Please join us in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade on Saturday, June 21st as part of our “Corporoctopus” ensemble. Have fun and draw attention to getting big money out of politics just days before the I-1329 petitions are due, and help build post-petition national action in the first week of July.
We need YOU to help build and/or to animate our amazing giant puppets and props in the parade and procession! Public art builds: Help us build Corporoctopus, a giant pencil, symbols of all we care about, and more for the Get Money Out of Politics ensemble. No skills needed, kids welcome with supervising adults, many hands make fun and interesting work. Bring snacks to share and clothes to have messy fun in.
Saturday, June 14, 10 am-3 pm in Ballard: please RSVP for exact location and so we know how many to plan for.
Monday, June 16, 4-7, at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N: again, please RSVP.
On Thursday, the Finance and Culture Committee of the Seattle City Council unanimously accepted amended language into Resolution 31525 that specifies that the City Council and the Mayor are urging therein that the SCERS (pension) board move forward on divestment.
The resolution itself won’t be voted on by the full council for a few weeks, but it’s looking like a solid bet. If it passes, it will be a big boost for divestment in the city’s pension fund (which is where the real money is), and a big step forward for both fiscal caution (“carbon bubble?” ask Seattle retirees, “what carbon bubble?”) and for Washington’s credibility as a sustainability leader.
Last night, members of 350 Seattle and Rising Tide Seattle joined other concerned citizens at the Years of Living Dangerously Cinerama screening featuring Governor Inslee, who was present for questions. Several from each group held the oil train props up outside, and unfurled a banner inside during the questions, emblazoned with Governor Inslee: Moratorium on Oil Trains Now! Governor Inslee, a genuine climate champion, crossed the street to talk to the oil train prop holders, and expressed his concerns about the oil trains inside, too. He hasn’t promised a moratorium on new oil infrastructure yet, but we’ll keep working!
Then, today, Skagit County Planning and Development Services (PDS) released a memorandum stating that they “received over 300 public comments on the Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) issued on April 24, 2014, pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the proposed Shell crude-by-rail unloading facility….Following review of all comments received, the SEPA Responsible Official determined that additional information is necessary; therefore, PDS will request additional information be provided by the applicant. That information will be reviewed with the entire record to determine if all issues have been adequately addressed and whether the threshold determination needs to be modified.” Translation: thanks to our good work & most of all the good work of our Skagit allies, they’ve decided to do their homework after all, and reconsider whether allowing new exploding oil trains is “nonsignficant”. An excellent start!
About 15 Seattle 350 and Rising Tide folks traveled to Mt. Vernon today for the weekly 15-minute public comment period of the Skagit County Commissioners….the next hour and a half was filled with terrific testimony about the MDNS for the new rail spur (there’s still time to comment!). All of this is worth listening to, but if you want to hear what the Seattle folks said, here’s the lineup:
-02:25:10 for Lisa
(if the video isn’t visible above, use this link.)
We started off on Sunday with the terrific collaborative event, Connecting the Dots. Many thanks to all who made it work, and especially to Kathleen Dean Moore for a fantastic keynote speech (which we’ll upload soon).
On Tuesday afternoon, 9 high school students risked arrest at the Federal Building, and were supported in the action by about 50 other youths and adults. The action was led by 350 Seattle coordinator Lynn Fitz-Hugh’s daughter, Sara Grendon. “[President Obama] may have delayed [KXL], but we’re not forgetting about it,” said Erasmus Baxter, one of the students. Read the Stranger post here.
Then, on Wednesday, 350 Seattle and Rising Tide Seattle folks carpooled up to Mt. Vernon to support local communities fighting the fast-tracking of air permits for Shell’s Anacortes refinery. You can see the solid KIRO 7 coverage here. We’re headed back up next Tuesday to help fight the “nonsignificant” determination by the county commissioners at their 11:30 am public meeting, which means they think Shell can expand its oil-by-rail capacity without any public debate. Join us!
As part of the Global Climate Convergence, we’ll be co-hosting Connecting the Dots: Compassionate Communities Fostering Climate, Social, & Economic Justice, this Sunday from 12:30 to 5:30. Sign up here!
Come collaborate on the critical issues of our time! Learn, connect with groups working on the issues, make art, and develop a better understanding of what we all can do to be part of the solution. 350 Seattle will talk about the realities of climate change, and the need for collective action. Compassionate Seattle will challenge us to come from a place of compassion and healing intent in all our actions. And Backbone Campaign will host The Canopy Collective, an eco-feminist cooperative, to provide anti-oppression trainings that build capacity for collaboration and collective liberation.
For a terrific event. Last month, the administration told them “no” on divestment; yesterday, the Divest SU students made it clear that that the conversation is not over, and that they intend to hold the University to its Jesuit mission of working for a just and humane world.