Aug 18

Woohoo! Ambre Energy Columbia River coal terminal dock: Permit denied

Full details here. An incredibly important victory for the broad and deep Power Past Coal Coalition, and all of us. Big Coal is probably starting to get the idea that the Pacific Northwest isn’t just going to roll over…..


Two more terminals to worry about, and lots of oil trains–but we’re on it!

Aug 13

Protect Our Salish Sea!

Salish_Sea_2There was a beautiful and powerful Native-led event at the Seattle waterfront on Monday to draw attention to the threats to the Salish Sea. We were honored to collaborate with Idle No More Washington and the Backbone Campaign. The event included a canoe landing, ceremonies and drumming, a water blessing, and another symbolic mass blockade at the railroad crossing. Fine KPLU story here.

Aug 04

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Our new bus ads have been sighted locally…they’re up on 84 buses, warning people about the influx of dirty energy into the state, and asking them to call the Governor and ask him to support the moratorium. If you haven’t done this yet, don’t forget! Many thanks to those who sponsored these and made them possible–we can think of few advertising venues that are both so appropriate and so broad in their reach.

Jul 26

Another great hearing

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!Rusty West 2

Jul 23

Hearing Thursday night: Testify against Increasing the Numbers of Cherry Point Oil Tankers

Federal Center South Galaxy Room, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98134 (map) Hearing is 7-9pm, rally is 6:15-6:45pm
BP – the same company that caused the disastrous Gulf Oil spill – has been shipping dirty oil in and out of Cherry Point without a full environmental review. The Army Corps of Engineers was sued, and as a result is now accepting public comments for its Environmental Impact Statement for a new dock. A strong  review will limit increases in oil tanker traffic in Puget Sound: we need your voice!
There will be a short rally just before the hearing. You can RSVP here.
If you can’t make it to the hearing, please send a message to the Army Corps of Engineers now urging them to protect our state from more oil shipments!

Jul 12

Another Lively (Brief) Blockade of the Tracks

Copyright Alex Garland

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


And also:

(Plant for the Planet) Abby’s speech


Patrick Mazza, former Research Director of Climate Solutions, talking about solutions and clean energy

Jun 11

Get Money out of Politics (and have fun doing it)

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.

Jun 07

City of Seattle Divestment Moves Forward

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.

May 14

Good news, and more good work

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!

May 06

Good work in Skagit!

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:


-01:33:35 for Ahmed
-01:42:50 for Carlo
-01:54:20 for Emily
-02:07:20 for Hunter
-02:21:25 for Kaeley
-02:25:10 for Lisa



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