350 Seattle is building a passionate grassroots movement for climate justice. We believe that climate change is a problem so overwhelming that only people power can begin to solve it. Using tools ranging from policy and advocacy to direct action, we inspire people to fight for the deep and lasting changes necessary to ensure a thriving planet.
People are the heart of this movement. We hold open monthly meetings, host office hours, and have social events like the “Brewing Resistance” happy hours; check our calendar for details! Fill out our Get Involved form. 350 Seattle consists of flexible, topic-focused workgroups; we add workgroups as needed (for example, if something happens that people feel isn’t adequately addressed by an existing workgroup, and there are people who want to focus on that issue). Workgroups end or become dormant when no longer needed (or there is no one who wants to work in them). Thus, our work is volunteer-driven; anyone who joins us at meetings or actions is considered a volunteer/member, as are those who sign up online for our mailings.
3) Hub (Board of Directors), Hub Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, and Treasurer
Each workgroup has a facilitator, who belongs to the 350 Seattle Hub. The Hub for legal purposes is referred to as the Board of Directors. When membership supports an idea that forms a workgroup, they also decide by consensus who is the best person to be facilitator of the group – usually this will be the originator of the idea, but not always. In addition to the workgroup facilitators, the Hub consists of a Hub Coordinator (who facilitates the General Meeting and serves as a liaison to national 350) and a Communications Coordinator (who supports the group with messaging and website content, and coordinates media outreach). Both are selected by the Hub to serve in those roles. The Hub asks one of its members to serve as treasurer; if necessary, someone from the general body may be asked to serve on the Hub as treasurer. The treasurer shall make at least two financial statements available to the board and the Hub.
4) Selection of Board of Directors, and Officers
When a work group selects a facilitator (or in some cases the Hub may choose someone to lead a work group) that is considered a “nomination” to the Hub and the Hub can than choose to include that person in the Hub, or have them simply remain as a workgroup facilitator. The Coordinator and Communications Coordinator and Treasurer are selected and confirmed annually by the Hub. Any Hub member can be offered a consultant contract by the Hub at a meeting at which that potential contractor recuses themselves from the decision making process. Hub members serve two year terms. After two years the Hub will review and either renew them for another two years or replace them at that time. A person can serve consecutive or non-consecutive multiple terms.
5) Path to Workers’ Collective
Anyone awarded a contract by the board as a consultant is considered a member of the Workers’ Collective. To join the Workers’ Collective, members must first be on the Hub for a minimum of six months. If a member is interested in becoming a collective member and is not currently a workgroup facilitator, s/he needs to be chosen as facilitator by the members of a workgroup (whether existing or newly proposed by the member), and then serve in that role and on the Hub for 6 months. S/he may then ask the board to offer a contract for a project; s/he must be willing to help with the fundraising for that project.
6) Relationship to Other Organizations
Where larger organizations have taken the lead on an issue–such as, for example, the Power Past Coal coalition–the 350 Seattle workgroup dedicated to the same issue will work with them collaboratively so that information flows easily and efforts are not duplicated.
7) Workgroup Relationships
Workgroups may meet or have actions at other times than the General Meeting of 350 Seattle, but they are encouraged to attend the General Meetings, so that they can help shape our overall direction and stay closely networked within the broader group, as well as with partner organizations. We are committed to supporting each other’s actions, and to coordinating events both within 350 Seattle and with other organizations that share our goals. If a workgroup has tensions that are felt to be detrimental to the group, members can ask the HUB for help in solving the problem. 350 Seattle has behavioral agreements for its meetings that have been agreed to by members, and members can be asked to leave if they will not adhere to these agreements. If the Workers’ Collective has dissension, it can ask the Board for help in resolving it.
8) General Meeting Our
General Meetings are currently on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm(check the calendar, but there is generally food and socializing starting at 5:30), and are at University Friends Meeting 4001 – 9th AVE NE. Meetings of the whole group involve information sharing, workgroup time, “report-backs” from workgroups to the whole body, and announcements. When necessary, discussions about decisions that the whole group must make (e.g., actions or endorsements) will take place. Proposals generally originate within a workgroup and then are brought forward to the larger group. Where possible, time is made before and after the meeting for socializing.
9) Decision-Making Structure
The whole group, the workgroups, the Hub, the Workers’ Collective and the Board of Directors all use consensus minus one for decision-making. General Meeting decisions will guide the direction of 350 Seattle’s work. The HUB will guide implementation of the ideas of the membership and may do this by hiring HUB members as consultants to carry out defined projects. The Board’s decisions will be legally binding regarding finances, including the employment of contractors. The Hub needs to have 2/3 of members included for quorum – someone can be present by phone or Skype.
10) Non-Violence Statement
350 Seattle is committed to nonviolence, inspired by the spirits of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others before us. We act with dignity and treat others with respect; we do not engage in violence or property damage. Healing the damage we’ve done to the planet will require all the energy, creativity, and dedication we’ve got; only nonviolence will unite us for these critical tasks, and only nonviolence offers us a vibrant path forward.
11) Dissolution of Property
In the event that 350 Seattle ceases to function, all remaining assets will be either sold to pay debts or donated to another climate change-focused organization with 501-C-3 status.