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October Newsletter!

7 million marched worldwide for climate. Will it make a difference? With your help, it will.

KEEP CLEAN TRANSPORTATION ALIVE

We have just one month to defeat a ballot initiative that would devastate our efforts toward climate justice in Washington.

Seattle transit advocate says vote no on I-976

I-976 would gut funding for transit throughout Washington. Small town bus service in many areas could close, and in areas like Seattle, thousands of service hours would be cut. Basic maintenance of bridges is threatened. And it’s all being sold under a banner of cutting costs for individuals by just a little.

Help make sure that we don’t lose our ability to have clean, accessible transit for everyone in Washington. Here’s how:

Questions? Want to really dig in and help lead a canvass? Reach out to Meg.

TRANSPORTATION = 62% OF SEATTLE GHG

Want to do something about the largest source of greenhouse gases in our city and the state? The next Transportation Team meeting will be on Zoom:

Stop I-976, support transit in the city budget, and more!

Monday, October 14, 5:00pm

Join online here.

This month we’ll focus on opportunities to stop I-976; ways to engage with transportation issues on the city budget; and how to support our own 350 Seattle members in choosing options other than driving to attend our events and get around town. We’ll also debrief our recent #ClaimTheLaneForClimate actions. Email Andrew for additional call-in options or to join the Transportation team email list.

THANK YOU FOR STRIKING

In September 7.6 million people around the world responded to the global call from youth to strike for climate. Here in Seattle, 10,000 marched. These strikes were organized by a powerful intergenerational, multiracial, multi-issue, worker-organizing coalition—and we know that’s the only way we can win the fight against the fossil fuel industry. To change everything, it’s going to take everyone.

From the pressure of 1,800 Amazon employees pledging to walk out on September 20, CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Climate Pledge the day before the Global Climate Strike; the Climate Pledge is a commitment to get Amazon’s carbon footprint to net zero by 2040. Of course, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice and allies are demanding that the company get to true zero by 2030, not rely on offsets, and stop selling AI to oil and gas companies… so thousands of Amazon employees still walked off the job. This announcement is a huge win—there’s no way it would’ve happened without organized worker power!

Throughout the week, other actions unfolded: The Protectors of the Salish Sea started their walk (more below); Artful Activism informed and enlightened with three separate interactive events including Envision at the Luminata walk; the Toxic Assets Affinity Group raised awareness about Carnival Cruise Line’s pollution; our Transportation Team held two #ClaimTheLaneForClimate actions, holding a morning rush-hour ride down 4th Avenue, and, in the evening, holding space for buses; and on Friday, a crew of us attended Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw’ullemy (The Salish Sea), an action on the land and sea.

And last but not least, we shut down every downtown branch of JPMorgan Chase, the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels as we shone a light on Chase’s salient role in the climate crisis. In the months ahead, we’ll be supporting the eleven people who were arrested. Pitch in here if you can help.

Will all this make a difference? With your help, it will.

CALLING FOR A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

The Protectors of the Salish Sea have been occupying the traditional indigenous gathering place of Sta,chas, now known as the Washington State Capitol, since Tuesday, September 24, after walking 46 miles from the Tacoma LNG construction site. The walk started on Friday, September 20, as part of the Global Climate Strike. As Governor Inslee was talking to climate activists in New York, more than 70 state riot police forcibly removed peaceful and prayerful indigenous climate protectors and their allies.

Despite this, the Protectors of the Salish Sea have vowed to remain in occupation indefinitely until a Climate Emergency is declared in the Washington State and all fossil fuel expansion projects are halted. Questions or offers of support can be directed here and monetary donations can be made here.

Saturday October 5th, people from all over Washington filled the capitol steps to add their voice in urging Gov Inslee to take action on the Protectors’ demands. Please keep calling our Green Governor at (360) 902-4111 and reaching out on social media.

PULL TOGETHER

Nothing focuses the mind like a good deadline, and we’ve got one from the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal: we have less than 10 weeks to fundraise for Indigenous Nations facing down the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. Court hearings start the week of December 16th.

With your help we’re going to stand with Coldwater, Tsleil Waututh, Secwepemc and Squamish Nations in court to get this tar sands pipeline off of Indigenous lands and waters. Click here to help support their legal effort. Want to host a house party or get involved in some other way? Contact Hogan.

KALAMA METHANOL

The Department of Ecology makes their decision on October 11 on the shoreline permit for the world’s largest methanol refinery and one of Washington’s biggest contributors to the climate crisis! So here’s your last chance to tell the Department of Ecology to do the right thing—personalize this email!

Here’s a few key facts to remind them about the flawed environmental analysis that was used for the project:

  • Current science puts the impact of methane emissions at 20% higher than the older science used in the study;
  • Methane should be evaluated using its 20-year intensity, not averaged over 100 years as the study did;
  • The magical 0.5% leak rate used in the study was way off; the EPA uses 1.4% and independent studies suggest it’s even higher, due to fracking.

TACOMA LNG

While the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) prepares to approve the final permit for the Tacoma LNG fracked gas project using outdated science, controversial data, and an apparent disregard for the legal rights of the Puyallup Tribe—we must not sit idle!

Please send a letter to the elected PSCAA board members reminding them that we can’t build a clean energy future by investing in dirty energy.

You can also reach out to the PSCAA board members that represent you here:

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: Facebook, Twitter, email

King County Executive Dow Constantine: Facebook, Twitter, email

Tacoma City Council Member Ryan Mellow: Facebook, Twitter, email

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier: Facebook, Twitter, email

City of Everett Council Member and PSCAA Board Chair Paul Roberts: email

Snohomish County Council Member Sam Low: Facebook, email

Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler: Facebook, email

Kitsap County Commissioner Edward Wolfe: email

Your representative on the PSCAA board needs to hear from you! Share this video to help spread the call! (And if anyone else finds it strange that there’s no contact info available for Public at Large representative Stella Chao, drop the agency a line here.)

Support Tacoma LNG legal challenges!

Our local permitting agencies have failed to protect the public’s health and safety, put corporations above future generations, and completely disregarded the sovereignty and rights of the Puyallup Tribe. We’re not giving up though—too much is at stake—and we have more people standing with us than ever. Together we WILL keep the proposed Tacoma LNG from ever becoming operational! Please give what you can! Want to help by planning a fundraiser? Email Stacy.

Are you in the LNG evacuation zone?

Recently discovered documents reveal that 12.6 miles in every direction from the refinery/storage tank could be affected in the event of a disaster! That distance includes multiple airports, countless schools, parts of JBLM, all of Vashon Island, parts of Burien, Seatac, and a large section of the I-5 freeway. The city of Tacoma has had the information for 3 years, yet we’re only finding out now thru a public disclosure request and none of this safety data was included in the Environmental Impact Statement. Join the Puyallup Tribe, environmental organizations, and concerned community members in demanding a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that accurately considers the health and safety risks of this proposed project to the public. The number to call: (253) 591-5818, office of Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Paulie.

Free screening of Ancestral Waters

Learn more about this fight from an Indigenous perspective: join us for a free screening of Native Daily Network’s documentary.

Ancestral Waters

Thursday, October 24, 6:30pm

Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St, Tacoma 98402

Shareable event page.

This film chronicles the Puyallup Tribe and Water Warriors’ movement to resist the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility currently being built without proper permits on the Tribe’s ancestral tideflats in violation of the Medicine Creek Treaty.

Contact Stacy to set up a screening in your neighborhood!

NEW P.U.D. IN THE HOUSE

And speaking of bait-and-switching, politician buying, greenwashing, for profit utilities who build unwanted climate killing fracked gas facilities… If you live in east King County, or can help gather signatures there, you have a chance to help make Public Utility District history!

East King County PUD Initiative Planning Meeting

Monday, October 7, 7:00–9:00pm

Northshore United Church of Christ, 18900 168th Ave NE, Woodinville 98072

Come help get the East King County PUD Initiative on the ballot next November. All are welcome!

SCAP? WHAT’S THAT?

Have you ever asked yourself:

  • When will King County follow Seattle’s lead on the Green New Deal, particularly banning fossil fuels like fracked gas in new construction?
  • How will the County decrease the number of miles driven by private cars?
  • How can the County reduce air travel?
  • When will the County start to measure the carbon embodied in building materials?
  • How can we build accountability into our climate action plans so we don’t continue to fall short of our goals?

If you have, or would like to, bring your questions and ideas to these public workshops on King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan!

King County climate workshops

Saturday, October 12, 10:00am–12:00pm, University of Washington, RSVP here for North King County

Wednesday, October 16, 6:00–8:00pm, Highline College, RSVP here for South King County

These workshops are a once-in-five-years opportunity to help the most climate-conscious county in the state do more, better, to reduce our collective emissions footprint. And a lot more is needed.

ARDAGH’S BAD AIR

Glass packaging manufacturing is a notoriously harmful. The Ardagh operation has been one of the Northwest’s biggest polluters, spewing carcinogens into the air and water 24/7 since the 1930s, fighting clean up efforts all along the way.

County leaders have heard from interests with financial motives, but until now have declined to hear from members of the community who will be paying the price of this decision with their families’ health for years to come. This may be the community’s only opportunity be heard before the decision is made and finalized.

Environmental Impacts of Ardagh Glass

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30pm

South Seattle College Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle 98108

Tony Wright, King County’s Director of Facilities Management, will hear concerns from the Georgetown community about the environmental impacts of Ardagh Glass’ toxic operations. More background information here.

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Our new Equity and Inclusion workgroup is the next iteration of Frontline Allies, continuing to supercharge all our work, and deepening our equity work across the org with Lisa facilitating, and coaching from BJ at Wildfire. We have 7 co-leads on 4 teams: Solidarity, Equity Filter, Education, and Hiring, all of which have set ambitious but achievable goals for the year. We are looking for folks to engage as part of the Solidarity Team. If you are interested in getting involved in this important work, please RSVP to Kara who is developing the Solidarity Team.

SOLIDARITY

Here is a statement from Raynell Squil-le-he-le Morris and Ellie Tah-Mahs Kinley, the two Lummi tribal women intending to sue Miami Seaquarium, Palace Entertainment, and EQT, for the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut, the orca also known as Tokitae or Lolita:

“We will be together in prayer for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut next Thursday, October 10, at 9:30am. We are asking you all to join us from wherever you are. Please say her name, please pray in your own way, please carry her in in your heart. We want Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to feel our love, we want to send her hope and strength. Please pray for Miami Seaquarium to do the right thing and work in a good way with us to bring her home in 2020. Hy’shqe.”

Miami Seaquarium has until October 25, 90 days from the date of the letter of intent, to respond. Here is a shareable event page. And you can donate to the Tokitae Fund here.

SING WITH US

Join The People’s Echo to infuse our movement with music and learn original songs written for this very moment! Learn to be a song leader and come release endorphins with us!

Check out our group page for more info and mark your calendar with our upcoming song teach-ins: October 24, November 20, December 18, January 23, February 27, March 10 and April 23. Questions? Contact Ahlay.

BRING YOUR TEARS

Overwhelmed by the immensity of what needs to be done to reverse the enormous ecological crisis and injustice of our times? Community practice can help!

Grief and Empowerment Support Group

Saturday, October 12 10:0am–1:00pm

Capitol Hill, Seattle–for the address, register here.

Using practices developed by Joanna Macy and drawing on longstanding wisdom traditions, this monthly group for adults 18+ will gather to deeply feel, process and move through grief to empowerment. Limited childcare will be available on a first-come, first serve basis; contact Megan.

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

We welcome all skill levels in any art form, and have lots going on to jump into, from occasional participation to leadership opportunities. Join online here or come to art builds whenever you can! They are fun, no-skills-needed community gatherings with food and good connections.

Join the Deployment Team!
Ever wish you had a role during actions and events? Come learn crucial skills with us! We need you! Contact Shemona. Lots of opportunities to learn by doing this month!

If you’re a skilled artist (visual, theater, dance, music…) and want to apply your skill or show others how, please let us know! Contact Lisa.

Join our Photo/Imagery Library Team!
We’re organizing our photos and imagery data and are looking for folks who want to join a team to do photo sorting and labeling for our events and our imagery library. Also looking for an imagery co-librarian! Contact Lisa.

VOLUNTEER DROP-IN HOURS

Looking for an easy way to help out at 350 Seattle? Curious about other ways to get involved? Join us this month to meet others and help out with all the small things that keep 350 going! Tasks range from phone calls to data entry to arts and crafts.

Volunteer drop-in hours

October 16, 3:00–7:00pm

October 30, 3:00–6:00pm

350 Seattle, 1127 10th Ave East, Seattle 98102

Questions? Contact Shemona.

THANK-YOU-THURSDAY FUNDRAISER!

September was a busy month for the climate movement—both worldwide and locally! Let’s take a night to celebrate our hard work and raise some funds for future activism. $1 dollar from each pint, growler, or three-taster sets will be donated directly to 350 Seattle so that we can continue our work. We’ll also have activities with the chance to win a small prize, information about our upcoming events and ongoing campaigns, such as the Seattle Green New Deal.

350 Seattle Thank You Thursday at Reuben’s Brews Brewtap

Thursday, October 10, 3:00–9:00pm

Reuben’s Brews – The Brewtap, 800 NW 46th St., Seattle 98107

All ages welcome. Non-alcoholic beverages and hard cider also available. Please note, this event takes place at The Brewtap on 800 NW 46th St, not the Taproom on 14th Ave NW! Contact Allie with any questions.

COME PARTY WITH US AT INTERTWINED

Tickets for our fall fundraiser are on sale now! Come celebrate with us on Friday, November 15th at the Centilia Cultural Center. Buy your tickets now! Family friendly dinner, dessert, music, videos and more! Can’t make the early part of the evening? Come dance with us at the after party!

Want to help volunteer on the day of the event? We could really use your help with food prep, set up, auction logistics and more! Please Contact Shemona!

SAVE THE DATE

Remember the Battle of Seattle? Some of us do, and we’re joining with Washington Fair Trade Coalition and other community groups to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests. Please join in!

20th anniversary of the WTO protests

Saturday, December 7

10:00am, Rally at Occidental Park

3:30pm, Workshops at Town Hall on the negative effects of trade agreements on climate and other topic areas

7:30pm, keynote by economist Joseph Stiglitz at Town Hall

To learn more, contact Hillary Haden of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

Read

September Newsletter!

Global Climate Strike September 20 2019
Back to school? Make that the streets! Lots going on this month, so we’re glad you’re rested up. Let’s dive right in:

JOIN THE 350 SEATTLE STAFF COLLECTIVE!

We have a full-time opening in our Staff Collective for someone who is a strong administrator—a fundraising/finance/operations lead. Read more here. We will begin reviewing applications on September 15th, so please share widely and apply soon.

SEATTLE FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL

This is where it gets real. Last month, Seattle City Council unanimously committed to a Green New Deal for our city. Now, they have the chance to back up their words with action.

Join us at City Hall Monday, September 16th as the City Council votes on three pieces of climate legislation:

  • An ordinance creating a Green New Deal Oversight Committee
  • An ordinance phasing out polluting oil heating in our homes
  • A resolution supporting the September 20th Climate Walkout

Seattle Council: Vote YES on Climate Justice!
Monday, September 16, 2:00pm
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104

Next up, on September 23rd, the City Council will vote on the Healthy Homes, Healthy Buildings ordinance. If passed, Seattle will be the first major city in the country to ensure that all new residential and commercial buildings receive their heating and power from carbon-neutral electricity, and not climate-wrecking, health-damaging fossil fuels. Join us for this historic vote:

Seattle Council: Vote YES for Healthy Homes, Healthy Buildings
Monday, September 23, 2:00pm
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104

We know that utilities hooked on fossil fuels—(cough) Puget Sound Energy (cough)—will put their profits first and fight this tooth-and-nail―and so we need you to speak up as well as show uptake five minutes to call City Council right now and ask them to support climate justice and pass ALL of the major climate policies before them this September: Phone numbers and a call script are here. Calling after hours? Leave them a voice mail!

And if a Green New Deal for Seattle gets you excited, sign the petition and sign up to volunteer!

SEPTEMBER 20TH—WE STRIKE!

With millions of people around the world walking out of work, school and their everyday lives, September 20th is going to be the world’s largest-ever climate mobilization. Around the globe, there are over 1,300 Climate Strike events already confirmed with over 500 of them happening in the United States. Here in Seattle, the #ClimateStrike will be a full day of youth-centered action, including a peaceful march and powerful rally at City Hall. Before the march, we’ll gather at Cal Anderson Park for Climate Justice Fest: an interactive, family-friendly space for everyone to learn, skill-up, play and plug in to the movement.

Seattle Climate Walkout
Friday, September 20
9:00am–12:00pm, Climate Justice Fest at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, Seattle 98122
12:00–1:00pm, March from Cal Anderson Park to Seattle City Hall
1:00–3:00pm, Youth-led rally for climate justice at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104

Climate Justice Fest is open to all, with trainings, climate movement orientations, music, interactive art and workshops led by youth and adult allies. RSVP here to join us for this powerful day and follow this event page for updates.

Organized by a broad coalition of youth and adult organizations, including Fridays for Future, WA Strike, Climate Action Families, Zero Hour Seattle, Sunrise Seattle, 350 Seattle, UAW 4121, Got Green, Young Women Empowered, Transit Riders Union, Mazaska Talks and more.

GLOBAL WEEK OF CLIMATE ACTION

The Climate Walkout is only the very beginning of a full week of climate action, September 20th – 27th.

When Greta Thunberg and 46 other youth activists called for the September 20th Global Climate Walkout, these remarkable youth leaders asked us to “kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate.” It was to use September 20th to “unleash mass resistance” in the week afterward, a week during which the United Nations and world leaders are gathering in New York to talk about the global response to the climate emergency.

Around the country, people are responding. Activists have promised to shut down the last remaining coal-fired power plant in New England, dozens of activist groups have committed to shutting down Washington D.C. for the day, and in Minnesota thousands are expected to march to stop the Line 3 pipeline.

Here in Washington, we’re gearing up for a full week of powerful action. Throughout September, we’re hosting and supporting the trainings, marches and rallies listed below, as well as bold actions to voice our demand for a stable future. Check out the full list here.

Be a part of infusing our movement with music!
Join The People’s Echo and learn original songs written for this very moment and how to be a song leader. Come release endorphins with us! Co-hosted with Sunrise Movement Washington! Contact Ahlay for more info.

Song Teach-In 
Tuesday, September 10, 6:00–8:00pm
All Pilgrims, Weld Room, 509 10th Ave East (that’s the side door), Seattle 98102
RSVP and event page.

Pledge of Resistance Trainings
With the Climate Walkout on September 20 and the subsequent week of action, there may be calls to risk arrest or support those willing to do so. We still have some upcoming trainings in our Pledge of Resistance Training Series. Learn skills you may need for the upcoming week of actions and beyond!

Upcoming trainings include:
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00–9:00pm, Staying Healthy & Safe at Protests
Thursday, September 12, 7:00–9:00pm, Jail & Legal Support
Saturday, September 14, 1:00–6:00pm, Nonviolent Direct Action
More info and RSVP here.

Interactive Installation 
A team of Artivists are creating installations to draw in the broad sector of the public who don’t normally engage in our events using art, music, dance, and conversation around how people are feeling about what’s going on, what they can envision, and what they can do.

Help get the word out about the Climate Strike and Week of Action during the Capitol Hill Art Walk and engage new folks through art and music. Want to get involved? We can use your help! Contact Lisa.

Art Talks for Climate 
Thursday, September 12th
3:00–6:00pm, Interactive Installations at Cal Anderson Park or on Broadway, Seattle
7:00 – 9:00 pm, Showcase of powerful performers in Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave #100, Seattle, 98122

Friday, September 20, 9:00am–3:00pm
At Strike/Walkout events, Cal Anderson Park and Seattle City Hall

Saturday, September 21, 6:00–10:00pm
At the Luminata lantern walk at Green Lake Park, Seattle

More details on the Art Talks here. Also, at Velocity Dance Center we’ll be collecting food and camping gear donations (or loans) to support this next action…

Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea 
Join Protectors of the Salish Sea and grassroots partners in an Indigenous-led walk from Puyallup lands to Nisqually village site of St,chas (Washington State Capitol) to demand that the State of Washington officially declare a climate emergency, and for our legislators to draft emergency legislation to terminate all current fossil fuel expansion projects. The walk will culminate in a Climate Emergency Gathering at the Washington State Capitol on September 24th.

Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea
Friday, September 20, 9:00am to Tuesday, September 24, 9:00am

For all the details, visit the shareable event page.

Lots of ways to support even if you can’t attend the entire walk! We are especially in need of support vehicles/drivers, kitchen assistance and camping gear. To plug in or offer support, contact Jess Lee.

No Line Divides Us
This family friendly land and water gathering hosted by Lummi Nation will be a mass gathering at the border to show that no line divides us–we are of one mind–when it comes to protecting our shared home. The event will be a celebration of the Salish Sea, and a rallying call for its protection. Speakers, music and unity circle. Wear RED!

Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw’ullemy (The Salish Sea)
Friday, September 27, 4:30–7pm.
Fishing Pier, 725 Milhollin Drive, Blaine, WA 98230
More details, including carpooling link, on this shareable event page and SacredSea.org.

TACOMA LNG

Hundreds of people from across Puget Sound stood in solidarity with the Puyallup Tribe to oppose PSE’s dirty Tacoma LNG fracked gas facility at the recent public hearing, calling on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to deny their permit.

Now it is time to take the next step. We have marched. We have submitted comments. We have testified. Yet PSCAA continues to move this project forward based on deeply flawed analysis and without legally required consultation with the Puyallup Tribe.

The PSCAA Board of Directors is made up of publicly elected officials from around Puget Sound that represent YOU. This precedent-setting decision requires action—it is time for them to intervene in this failed process and show their climate leadership. Tell your representative: We can’t build a clean energy future by investing in dirty energy.

And speaking of fighting with your whole heart, here is a hopeful documentary about Sandra Steingraber, an introspective biologist and mother, who reinvents herself into an outspoken activist and throws herself into an environmental war that many believe is unwinnable.

Unfractured
Followed by Q&A with special guest Sandra Steingraber
Tuesday, September 10, doors open at 5:30
Vashon Theater, 17723 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070
Free, with $10 suggested donation to help fight Tacoma LNG
More details here.

Support the Tacoma LNG legal challenges! Our local permitting agencies have failed to protect the public’s health and safety, they have put corporations above future generations, and completely disregarded the sovereignty and rights of the Puyallup Tribe. But we’re not giving up—too much is at stake—and more people are standing with us than ever. Together we WILL keep the proposed Tacoma LNG from ever becoming operational! Please give what you can!

KALAMA METHANOL

Remember the world’s largest methanol refinery? Last year the proposed monstrosity was required to complete a supplemental environmental impact statement. A big win, because upstream methane leaks from fracking were going to be factored into the analysis, right? Not so much—the state hired the same contractors who did the egregious Tacoma LNG assessment and guess what—using cherry-picked studies and outdated information, they produced a final report that attempts to deceive the public and regulators about the use, and true impacts, of the methanol.

Now the fight moves to the court of public opinion—so get out your typing fingers and send off a letter to the editor of your favorite publications. Let them know it’s time for Governor Inslee to back up his good talk and the Department of Ecology to stand up for our future: Ignore the greenwashed final SEIS and deny this project. Need some ammunition? Here’s some facts, and here’s some more. Go get ‘em, tiger!

TRANS MOUNTAIN TAR SANDS

Victory in court 
The approval of the appeal by six First Nations based on insufficient consultation is a good sign that the expansion of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, now owned by Canada, could be delayed again, and potentially defeated. But to do that, it’s going to take lawyers and fundraising. Can you help? Chip in to Pull Together here.

Trans Mountain pipe arrives in Vancouver, WA
Thirty percent of Trans Mountain pipe isn’t made in Canada. In fact, it’s arriving on ships at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, where local activists were on hand to meet one. Sound like your kind of fun? There’s an all-day NVDA 101 training coming up on Sunday, September 15 in Portland. More details here.

Failure to plan for tar sand oil spills
Tar sands crude oil is already moving through our region—by barge on Puget Sound, by pipeline through Whatcom and Skagit counties, and by train through eastern Washington, then along the Columbia River Gorge and up the Salish Sea.

Since tar sands crude is heavy, it sinks when spilled and is virtually impossible to clean up, causing irreparable damage to shoreline communities and vulnerable aquatic ecosystems.

The good news is that the legislature told the Department of Ecology to update their rules for addressing tar sand spills. The bad news is that the early drafts of the updated spill plan suck. Want to help make it better? Check out this fact sheet and submit a comment!

Oil Spill Contingency Plan Public Hearing
Tuesday, September 17, 1:00–4:00pm
Courtyard Seattle-Everett Downtown, 3003 Colby Avenue, Everett, WA 98201
Shareable event page here.

Online webinar 
Thursday, September 26, 6:00 pm
Use this access link. For audio, 1-571-317-3122 / access code 696815493

There will also be in-person events in Spokane and Vancouver, WA. Tell your friends!

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Our new Equity and Inclusion workgroup is the next iteration of Frontline Allies, continuing to supercharge all our work, and deepening our equity work across the org with Lisa facilitating, and coaching from BJ at Wildfire. We have 7 co-leads on 4 teams: Solidarity, Equity Filter, Education, and Hiring, all of which have set ambitious but achievable goals for the year. We are looking for folks to engage as part of the Solidarity Team. If you are interested in getting involved in this important work, please RSVP to Kara who is developing the Solidarity Team.

Given these changes, this will be the last month that we have a Frontline Allies meeting in its current format. Please join us Monday, September 16, at 7 pm to hear more about ways we can deepen our understanding of systemic oppression and be in solidarity with climate justice organizations. If this is your first meeting, please plan to arrive at 6:40 for an orientation. Please RSVP to Lisa if you plan to attend—given how much is going on that week, we may need to cancel the meeting if there aren’t enough attendees. Location to be determined!

SOLIDARITY

Coastal Gas Link bulldozes Wet’suwet’en War Trail
The Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade is calling for support! The action requests are to call a couple Canadian officials, DONATE to the legal fund, and, if you’re able, apply and register to come to camp for at least 2 weeks. Additionally, please share this video and info widely so that people are aware of the continued assault on Indigenous people by fossil fuel corporations!

There is a great deal of work to do to complete projects underway, to prepare for the next winter season, to support the ongoing running of the Camp, and the never-ending opposition to unauthorized intrusions onto the territory.

L’eau Est La Vie comes to town!
Come hear from three of the most effective organizers on Turtle Island about the ongoing work fighting Energy Transfer Partners, community resiliency in the Gulf South, and visions and plans for how to fight back.

L’eau Est La Vie West Coast Tour
Sunday, September 29, 6:00–8:00pm
Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98118
Event page here.
$20 suggested donation at the door but no one turned away for lack of funds.

The L’eau Est La Vie Camp’s sustained resistance campaign delayed the completion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline—the tail end of the Dakota Access Pipeline—for over a year. In addition to costing Energy Transfer Partners upwards of a billion dollars, the camp galvanized the fight for climate justice in the Gulf South and serves as an amazing example of how effective a small group of committed activists with powerful leadership can be.

TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING UPDATES

Mobility is a human right! We’re joining TRU’s new campaign to push for transit passes for everyone, starting with asking big businesses to pay their share. Join us and get involved at the…

Orca for All Campaign Launch
Wednesday, September 11, 6:00–8:00pm
SEIU 775 Benefits Group, 215 Columbia St, Ste 300, Seattle 98104.
Shareable event page here.

The bike pieces of #MASSTransportationPackage passed unanimouslyread all about it here, and here. More multimodal transportation legislation is queued up for September votes.

And in the annals of “Wait a minute! People have been twisting environmental rules to stop environmentally necessary housing and even block bike lanes? That’s Machiavellian!” we bring you: SEPA reform. Please come to ensure that climate-friendly, housing-friendly voices are present as the Council wisely considers streamlining City rules to discourage frivolous SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) appeals of new housing.

Evening Public SEPA Hearing
Monday, September 9, 5:15–8:00pm
Seattle City Council, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104
More details here. Can’t make it? Comment online!

CHECK YOUR VISION, PSRC

The Puget Sound Regional Council makes the big, region-wide plans around here, and their new one, Vision 2050, will guide where growth occurs in our region over the next 30 years.

Ensuring transit-oriented growth, compact and clustered around transit connections, is key to reducing climate pollution from cars—and, right now, the plan doesn’t do nearly enough to promote transit-oriented development. We’ll submit an organizational comment, but more voices are needed—here’s your chance to add yours.

KING COUNTY HAS A PLAN

Save the date for these upcoming King County climate workshops! These three public workshops are an opportunity for you to provide input into King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan:

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00–8:00pm, Bellevue College, RSVP here for East King County

Saturday, October 12, 10:00am–12:00pm, University of Washington, RSVP here for North King County

Wednesday, October 16, 6:00–8:00pm, Highline College, RSVP here for South King County

NAFTA UPDATE

For the last year we’ve been fighting Trump’s new NAFTA, calling out its pro-corporate and climate damaging provisions. Many of us have been lobbying Congressional reps and speaking out on social media, even performing in this anti-NAFTA skit! While we’re hearing about opposition to the deal in Congress (Representatives Smith and Jayapal both oppose it), there’s still a chance that Trump will bring it to a vote. Stay tuned.

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

We welcome all skill levels in any art form, and have lots going on to jump into, from occasional participation to leadership opportunities. Join online here or come to art builds whenever you can! They are fun, no-skills-needed community gatherings with food and good connections.

Join the Deployment Team!
Ever wish you had a role during actions and events? Come learn crucial skills with us! We need you! Contact Shemona. Lots of opportunities to learn by doing this month!

If you’re a skilled artist (visual, theater, dance, music…) and want to apply your skill or show others how, please let us know! Contact Lisa.

Join our Photo/Imagery Library Team!
We’re organizing our photos and imagery data and are looking for folks who want to join a team to do photo sorting and labeling for our events and our imagery library. Also looking for an imagery co-librarian! Contact Lisa.

VOLUNTEER DROP-IN HOURS

Looking for an easy way to help out at 350 Seattle? Curious about other ways to get involved? Join us on the third Wednesday of every month to meet others and help out with all the small things that keep 350 going! Tasks range from phone calls to data entry to arts and crafts. Stop by anytime from 3 to 7pm on Wednesday September 18th at our office, 1127 10th Ave East, Seattle. Questions? Contact Shemona.

BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR!

Our Monthly Sustainer Drive is live! We are a grass roots organization and we want to be powered by the community not corporate sponsors. This year our goal is to reach 100 new donors! Can you sign up to help us reach that goal? 

SAVE THE DATE FOR INTERTWINED

Tickets for our fall fundraiser are on sale now! Come celebrate with us on Friday, November 15th at the Centilia Cultural Center. Early bird tickets available now until September 15th. Buy now and save $10! Want to help volunteer on the day of the event? Contact Shemona!

Happy end of summer, everyone! See you in the streets!

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Let’s Keep Seattle’s Buildings Clean, Safe and Fossil Fuel-Free

 

Seattle City Council unanimously adopts Green New Deal resolution

by Nick Etheredge

Seattle should follow the City of Berkeley’s lead and ensure that all new buildings are heated by clean energy, rather than climate-wrecking, health-damaging fossil fuels

As Seattleites brace for yet another smoke season, it is more important than ever to take meaningful steps to eliminate our city’s climate pollution. Worryingly, our greenhouse gas emissions are currently going in the wrong direction – the latest data shows a 2.5% increase between 2014 and 2016

More hopefully, on Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution, committing to create a transformational Green New Deal for our city, which will eliminate climate pollution by 2030, address current and historical injustices and create thousands of jobs in the process. The City Council should immediately follow up that resolution by passing binding policies that will ensure we are not making the problem any worse.

Luckily, other cities around the country have shown us the way, and have created policy blueprints that we can follow. One city, Berkeley, recently passed a policy that will ensure all new buildings are heated by clean electricity, rather than health-damaging, fossil fuels such as fracked gas. Seattle should follow Berkeley’s lead and pass policies that ensure that all new buildings in our city are clean, safe and fossil fuel-free. 

Climate pollution from our residential and commercial buildings is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our city, largely because of the use of fracked gas to heat our homes and cook our meals. And while the gas industry (which includes the multinational fossil fuel utility Puget Sound Energy currently trying to buy influence in our local politics) would have you believe that so-called “natural” gas is a bridge fuel to a brighter future, that’s a lie. As of 2015, energy-related emissions in the U.S. from gas have surpassed emissions from coal. It’s also becoming increasingly clear that any modest benefit gas was thought to have over coal is wiped out by leaking methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over the short term. In addition to leaking from extraction sites, a recent article in Scientific American indicated that U.S. cities are emitting far more methane into the atmosphere from leaky pipes than was previously realized. It is simply untenable for Seattle to continue allowing more fracked gas in our buildings and homes.

And the evils of fracked gas don’t stop with climate destruction; there are also major health and safety concerns with its use. Recent studies have shown that the use of fracked gas in homes, particularly for stoves, creates indoor pollution levels that are hazardous to respiratory health. When we use gas for cooking, we are breathing in levels of pollution that the EPA would consider illegal outdoors. Gas in homes has been linked to increasing asthma, which is already a major health issue in our city, particularly in Seattle’s low-income communities and communities of color, where people currently bear the brunt of polluted air due to a history of racist land use policies.

In addition to threatening our health, gas in our homes threatens us with death by explosion. Gas pipelines connected to our homes explode and endanger communities. Seattleites will not soon forget the 2016 natural gas explosion in Greenwood that leveled two buildings and damaged many others. While this explosion thankfully did not kill anyone, who’s to say the next one won’t? Gas pipelines explode with alarming frequency. The last deadly gas pipeline in the explosion in the U.S at the time of writing? Ten days ago. In Seattle earthquakes are an ever-present risk, and should “the Big One” hit, we can be fairly certain that gas pipelines will explode.

The good news is we can choose a different future. Replacing dangerous, health-damaging fracked gas in our buildings with clean, renewable electricity is not only a win for the climate and our health, it can also lead to increased comfort and more energy efficiency. For example, heat pumps present a superior alternative to fracked gas furnaces, either as ducted or ductless units. Heat pumps are devices that run on electricity and produce heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, doing both jobs very efficiently.  As extreme heat becomes more common, air conditioning will become increasingly important. As the Seattle Times recently reported, climate change-driven heat waves could soon be killing hundreds of Seattleites. In light of this, investing in heat pumps, which provide air conditioning where gas furnaces do not, becomes a matter of climate resiliency, as well as climate mitigation.

More good news is that the other two main uses of fracked gas in our buildings – water heating and cooking – have ready replacements that again perform better, run on electricity, and use far less energy. Heat pumps can also be used for water heating, and they look just like standard electric or gas water heaters. But compared to a standard electric water heater, a heat pump water heater uses approximately ⅓ the energy. And unlike a gas water heater, it produces no pollution. Not only that, it is a device ready for a future smart grid powered by renewables. In effect, future in-home electric devices like water heaters and electric vehicles will act as grid batteries, pushing and pulling electricity to and from the grid, smoothing out the variability issue with intermittent solar and wind energy.

Replacing gas stoves can be done with high performance induction stoves, which use magnetic waves to heat pots and pans with great precision – even greater than natural gas stoves. Better cooking, lower utility bills, healthier, safer homes and a livable planet for future generations. What’s not to like?

With these solutions in place, there is no excuse for our city to continue to hook new buildings up to climate-wrecking fracked gas. Doing so is only digging the climate hole even deeper, and everyone knows the first rule to getting out of a hole is to stop digging. 

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August Newsletter!

Just because we didn’t have a general meeting this month doesn’t mean we’re on vacation!

13-year-old climate justice activist for 350 seattle and fridays for future arrested by Seattle police

JOIN FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE

For those of you who haven’t seen the tweet thread, our amazing young friend Zoe (of Fridays for Future, Climate Action Families, and 350 Seattle) was arrested on Friday, because she’d been told the can she was given was spray chalk (it was paint), and she used it at City Hall. The police reaction is certainly…open to question (5 cars, about ten officers, and handcuffs, for a thirteen year old who was remorseful and totally cooperative).

What’s not open to question is her dedication. If you’re moved or appalled by what happened, what she’d really like you to do is please come support her and the other Fridays for Future kids this Friday at 1pm at City Hall (and every other Friday you can manage too). Zoe will also be there tomorrow for our…

SEATTLE FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL 

This Monday, the Seattle City Council will vote on a Seattle for a Green New Deal resolution. Join us at the Council to show your support!

Vote YES for Seattle’s Green New Deal
Monday, August 12th, 2:00pm
Seattle City Hall, 601 5th Ave., Seattle 98104
RSVP and more details here.

The Green New Deal for Seattle resolution will lay out the vision, values, goals and timeline for the implementation of a transformational Green New Deal for our city. The Council can take this historic first major step toward implementing a Green New Deal for our city―and with corporate money pouring into the election, it’s more important than ever that everyday Seattlites show up to demonstrate that we, the people of Seattle, support a just, equitable Green New Deal for our city. 


Whether you are able to make it on Monday or not, here are three things you can do right now to support the campaign: Sign our Petition.

Invite any organizations, community groups, faith leaders or small businesses that you know to endorse the campaign by adding their voice to this community letter.

 

Sign up to volunteer for the campaign! If enough of us come together, we can win meaningful change in our city. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON TACOMA LNG

Listen up! We’re down to the wire on keeping Puget Sound Energy’s proposed fracked gas mega-project from becoming operational and we need your help!

 

Show up to a public hearing on the project and tell Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to deny the final permit for this toxic refinery! The agency has already announced that they intend to approve the permit–so show up, wear red, and help change their minds!

 

Public Hearing for PSE’s Tacoma LNG Plant

Tuesday, August 27

Testimony taken from 2:00–5:00pm and 6:30–10:00pm 

Rialto Theater, 310 S 9th St, Tacoma, 98402

Find or offer a carpool here!

 

Stand with the Puyallup!

Before the hearing, join members of the Puyallup Tribe for a march to Rialto Theater followed by a rally!

Tuesday, August 27, 11:30am

Puyallup Tribal Administration Building, 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma 98404

 

Join us during the break for a free screening of Native Daily Network’s documentary “Ancestral Waters” which chronicles the Puyallup Tribe and Water Warriors’ movement to resist the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility currently being built without proper permits on the Tribe’s ancestral tide flats in violation of the Medicine Creek Treaty. 

 

Screening of Ancestral Waters

Tuesday, August 27, 5:00pm

Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St, Tacoma 98402

 

You can also submit written comments on the permit through September 9th – here’s a handy comment link!

 

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

New safety Information recently unearthed by Advocates for a Cleaner Tacoma shows that the City of Tacoma has been withholding critical safety analyses from the public: An evacuation zone stretching 12.6 miles in every direction! 

 

Back in 2016, Grant Ringel, Director, Customer Market Strategies and LNG spokesman for PSE stated in the Tacoma News Tribune, “It is required that we are able to demonstrate through that process that whatever happens on the site, whether it be a pipe break or whether it be a roof of the tank collapsing, whatever might happen there, we have to study that and demonstrate that it is contained within the fence line,” He said. “If we can’t prove that, we will not be able to operate the plant, and I think this is really important for that to be out there and to be considered.” 

 

So, by PSE’s own admission–this project is too dangerous to operate. You might want to include that when you personalize your comment on the project here.

 

Advocates for a Cleaner Tacoma has engaged an experienced environmental attorney to pursue regulatory and legal action to prevent the start-up and operation of the LNG tank. Your tax-deductible donations can help fund that work! Find the Donate button here.

 

SEATTLE CLIMATE WALKOUT

Young people around the world have organized massive global climate school strikes inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg’s leadership. This past March a record-breaking 1.4 million young people took to the streets to stand up for a safe, just, and healthy future. Now the youth climate movement is asking adults around the world to stand in solidarity with their upcoming Global Climate Walkout on September 20th. This event is shaping up to be the largest climate mobilization in history—at least three million people around the world are expected to take to the streets to call for climate justice. 

 

Here in Seattle a broad array of multicultural and intergenerational organizations has come together to plan a major, peaceful, youth-lead Climate Walkout event on September 20th. Here’s how you can get involved:

 

350 Seattle General Meeting–Climate Walkout Informational

Wednesday, September 4, 6:30pm, doors open at 5:30

University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle 98105

Come hear how you can take part in the international walkout on 9/20 and the accompanying global week of action!

 

Climate Walkout Art Build at the Powerhouse
3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 98103 

Monday, August 12, 4:00–8:00pm 

Bring smiles, friends, food to share, and dress for mess!

 

Seattle Climate Walkout

Friday, September 20, 12:00pm

Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle 98104

RSVP here and share!

 

SEPTEMBER WEEK OF CLIMATE ACTION

As you and we both know, a one-day walkout, however well attended, won’t be enough. That’s why we’re joining with hair-on-fire climate activists around the world to call attention to the changes that need to be made to, well, save the effing planet, basically. Here’s one place to see, join and post actions across the state.  

 

Washington Climate Week

Friday September 20–Friday September 27

Various locations around the state

More details here

 

Already in the works: opportunities to pressure decision-makers to do the right thing on the proposed LNG fracked gas project, including a 4 day walk led by Protectors of the Salish Sea beginning on Friday, September 20th at the LNG site, culminating in a climate emergency rally at the Capital Building in Olympia on Tuesday, September 24th. And the Power Past Fracked Gas coalition will be leading a visit to the Department of Ecology in Lacey on Monday the 23rd! 

 

SKILL UP FOR ACTION

With the recent (re)approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion, the continued construction of Puget Sound Energy’s fracked gas facility on Puyallup land without consent, and other unsustainable new and expanded fossil fuel projects proposed in our region, we’re gearing up the resistance. As the Global Climate Strike on September 20 and the subsequent week of action approaches, there may be calls to risk arrest or support those willing to do so. Our Pledge of Resistance team is launching a training series focused on nonviolent direct action to help skill up our movement to be ready for the call to action! More info and RSVP links here. 

 

Upcoming Pledge of Resistance Trainings

Thursday, August 29: Security Culture 101, 7:00–9:00pm

Tuesday, September 10: Staying Healthy & Safe at Protests, 7:00–9:00pm

Thursday, September 12: Jail & Legal Support, 7:00–9:00pm

Saturday, September 14: Nonviolent Direct Action, 1:00–6:00pm

Locations vary, check details for each training.

 

TACOMA TRAIN WATCH

What the heck goes into the Port of Tacoma by rail, anyway? To find out, 350 Tacoma is organizing a 24-hour survey of fossil fuel rail traffic into, out of and through Tacoma. The hard data collected by intrepid volunteers like you will help educate the public, inform interim regulations, and establish a baseline for future surveys. 

 

Train Watch Training

Monday, August 19, 6:30pm

350 Tacoma, 311 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma 98421

 

Tacoma Train Watch

Thursday, August 22, 8:00am–Friday 23, 8:00am

Collect data in the comfort of your car! Sign up for a two-hour shift here.

 

BUILD THE MOVEMENT

How will others join the climate movement if you won’t ask them? Chances are, they might not! Put yourself in the position to ask the curious and newly concerned to take their first steps on climate action by tabling and helping with outreach at any number of fun events this month: Outdoor music festivals, talks with athletic superstars, events with science geeks—we’ve got it all. Email Meg to sign up. 

 

STRONGER TOGETHER

Frontline Allies welcomes your participation in everything from organizing trainings on undoing racism and other oppressive systems, to supporting our allies in climate-related justice work. To join contact Kara. More information and links are available here, including upcoming support and education opportunities.

 

We will be taking a break from our monthly meeting in August to work on some restructuring. If you’d like to step up to co-lead a team focusing on a specific issue connected to the systems of oppression that cause climate chaos, please contact Kara to discuss your interest and capacity!

 

Book club

The fall study group of “What It Means to Be White,” will have its first of six meetings on the evening of September 9th. Meetings will take place on the same day every other week. Email Barbara for details!

 

Mark your calendars!

Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea, September 20-24:

Join Protectors of the Salish Sea and grassroots partners in an Indigenous-led walk from Puyallup lands to Nisqually village site of St,chas (Washington State Capitol) to demand the State of Washington to officially declare a Climate Emergency, and for our Legislators to draft Emergency Legislation to terminate all current fossil fuel expansion projects such as Tacoma LNG, Kalama Methanol, Puget Sound Pipeline (tar sands oil), Snohomish County Bilateral Pipeline, etc. The walk will culminate in a Climate Emergency Gathering at the Washington State Capitol on September 24. There are ways to plug in and support, or just come for the walk! More info coming soon, email Kara if you want to find out about specific roles.

 

A Gathering to Celebrate Xw’ullemy (the Salish Sea), September 27:

Please join Lummi Nation to celebrate and protect Xw’ullemy! If you’re coming by land, gather at Marine Park at high tide for speakers, music, and a demonstration of unity. If you have a boatTribal or non-tribal, fishing or leisure, big or small, Canadian or Americangather on the water at the border.

High Tide, 5:00 to 7:00pm at Marine Park in Blaine, WA

 

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

Last Friday the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) coalition presented its transportation package to the City Council’s Transportation and Sustainability Committee. The package includes proposed legislation on creating new bike lanes, improving bus priority on our streets, building sidewalks and making crosswalks safer. 350 Seattle is a member of the coalition, and we are proud to be part of this comprehensive effort to transform Seattle’s transportation system into one that is safer, more affordable, and less polluting of our air and climate! 

 

MASS is working to get sponsorship for all the ordinances in the package in the coming weeks. If you can help work with council members to sponsor and pass these key bills, sign up here!

 

PORT TEAM

Despite its reputation as an environmental leader, the Port of Seattle is planning to greatly expand aviation and cruising in coming years, notwithstanding the fact that this is incompatible with…life on Earth. So we’ve started a Port team! We have sub-teams focused on maritime, on aviation, on our vision for a real Port of the Future, and more. Email Emily to get plugged in.

 

THIS PLAN NEEDS YOUR INPUT

Ever heard of the Puget Sound Regional Council? They make the big, region-wide plans around here, and they’ve got a new one: Vision 2050, which will guide where growth occurs in our region over the next 30 years

 

Ensuring transit-oriented growth, compact and clustered around transit connections, is key to reducing climate pollution from cars — and, right now, the plan doesn’t do nearly enough to promote transit-oriented development. We’ll submit an organizational comment, but more voices are needed—we encourage you to get involved and comment too. 

 

Vision 2050 Open House

Tuesday, August 13, 

Workshop 3:00–5:00pm, Open House 5:30–7:00pm 

Union Station, 401 S Jackson Street, Seattle 98104

 

This is a good one to attend–more climate voices need to be heard by these folks!

 

OH NO NOT AGAIN 

Noted chair-stealer Tim Eyman’s I-976 will be on the ballot this November, and, if passed, would slash revenues for Sound Transit, Seattle’s Transportation Benefit District funds, and a host of multi-modal transportation projects. In classic Eyman fashion it threatens a huge setback to climate-sensible transportation. And alas, the measure is polling well because it would save car owners a few bucks on their tabs and registration. Go here right now to learn more about the No on I-976 campaign and talk to all your car-owning family, friends and co-workers.

 

NAFTA UPDATE

Trade agreements are dangerous territory for Democrats because the corporate Dems tend to be pro trade, and yet, who wants to be on the side of Trump these days? Nevertheless, our Washington delegation (except for Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith) still has not come out against Trump’s climate-killing NAFTA, even while all the leading Democratic contenders for President have signed a statement opposing the deal unless major changes are made. 

 

So, this week and last, the Trade team has been meeting with Congressional reps in the Seattle area to continue to educate them about the horrendous aspects of NAFTA related to climate and workers. To get involved, contact Selden.

 

And keep an eye out on social media for an upcoming video about Trump’s NAFTA, starring some 350 Seattleites whose acting talent had previously been kept secret! 

 

ARTFUL ACTIVISM
We welcome all skill levels in any art form, and have lots going on to jump into, from occasional participation to leadership opportunities. Join online here or come to art builds whenever you can! They are fun, no-skills-needed community gatherings with food and good connections.

 

Mural wall needed
We need a high visibility wall for a beautiful mural that will stay up and raise awareness. Know of one? If you do or want to help us find one, contact Doug.

 

Join the Deployment Team!
Ever wish you had a role during actions and events? Come learn crucial skills with us! We need you! Contact Shemona.

 

If you’re a skilled artist (visual, theater, dance, music…) and want to apply your skill or show others how, please let us know! Contact Lisa.

 

Join our Photo/Imagery Library Team!
We’re organizing our photos and imagery data and are looking for folks who want to join a team to do photo sorting and labeling for our events and our imagery library. Launching the team this month! Also looking for an imagery co-librarian! Contact Lisa.

 

ART IN THE PARK

Here’s a free outdoor all-ages event in Discovery Park featuring a screening of the symphonic multimedia Terra Nostra (“Our Earth”), “EarthQuake” by the Khambatta Dance Company, “Inhale/Exhale” animation by Artist Rachel Lodge, and a resource fair and family activities centered on the timely and important subject of climate change with local artists, scientists and environmental groups.

 

Symphony for Climate Change

Saturday, August 17, 4:00–7:00pm
Upper field, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle 98199

More details here

 

Bring something comfy to sit on, a picnic, and hope for great weather (wear sunscreen)!

 

GOT A CLIMATE QUESTION?

This year’s Ask a Scientist event will be an extravaganza of scientists, engineers, and other climate and energy experts with plenty of answers to those perplexing climate questions, like, Should the global warming potential of methane be counted over 20 or 100 years? And, how long do we have, anyway?

 

Besides the engrossing discussions over beer and tasty food, there will be hands-on scientific demonstrations of ocean acidification, global warming, and extreme weather events, as well as a climate bingo game with prizes, and a raffle! Fun for all ages!

 

Ask a Scientist

Monday August 26, 5:30–8:30pm

Lagunitas Seattle Tap Room & Beer Sanctuary

1550 NW 49th St., Seattle, Washington 98107

More details here

 

SEEKING EVENT SPONSORS!
We’re holding our luscious, fun fall fundraiser, Intertwined, again this year on Friday, November 15th at the Centilia Cultural Center. The Events Team is looking for sponsors—are you a business owner or part of an organization that wants to support 350 Seattle by sponsoring our event? Here’s our sponsorship packet. Your support helps power our fight! Contact Shemona to sign up.

 

VOLUNTEER DROP-IN HOURS 

Join us for our monthly drop-in hours to help make all the little behind-the-scenes tasks get done, or just chat with our volunteer engagement team to learn more about what’s going on with 350 Seattle. 

 

Monthly Drop-In Hours

Wednesday, August 21, 3:00–7:00pm 

350 Seattle, 1127 10th Ave. E., Seattle 98102

Contact Sheryl for more info. 

 

That’s what we’ve got for August, climate warriors. Get ready for a rockin’ September!

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July Newsletter!

Activists stage sit-in for Green New Deal

Welcome to summer! No smoke in our skies yet, but 90 degrees on the 4th of July isn’t normal for Anchorage. Yet another reason to…

BUILD THE MOVEMENT FOR SEATTLE’S GREEN NEW DEAL

What will it take to win a Green New Deal for Seattle? We know that our city overwhelmingly supports climate action (76% of Seattle voted YES on 1631)—and yet business as usual politics have kept Seattle’s climate pollution on the rise.

That’s why in the coming months, we’ll be gathering tens of thousands of signatures on our petition to Mayor Durkan—to show that Seattle is ready to rise to the climate challenge, and that it’s time our City leaders join us. But we can’t do this without your help. The only way we can win is if hundreds of people like you get involved!

Join us at one of July’s GND Mass Meetings to learn more, gain skills and plug in to one of our volunteer-led signature gathering teams.

District 4 Mass Meeting
Thursday, July 18, 6:30–8:00pm
University Heights, 5031 University Way, Seattle 98105
More info and RSVP here

District 6 Mass Meeting
Thursday, July 25, 6:30–8:00pm
Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 98103
More info and RSVP here

FOSSIL FREE KC

We’re coming up on the 6-month renewal for King County’s fossil fuel moratorium, the one passed alongside legislation calling for a broader regulatory rewrite to permanently ban new fossil fuel infrastructure. It puts a ‘freeze’ on fossil fuel development in King County until the new regulations are in place (likely early 2020). Please join us at King County Council on July 10 to ensure that the moratorium is renewed, and that King County continues to step up its climate leadership! Until the permanent ban is written, we can’t relax our vigilance. (Well, we can’t after that, either, truthfully…)

King County Council Meeting
Wednesday, July 10, 10:30–11:30am
King County Council, Room 1001, 516 3rd Ave, Seattle, 98104
RSVP here

SEPTEMBER 20 CLIMATE WALKOUT

There is a global call for action on climate for September 20-27th, originated by youth worried about their future and the lack of meaningful response by adults, politicians and governments. Addressing the climate crisis urgently and at the scale necessary will take a massive uprising of people to demand action and interrupt business as usual.

Want to join? Want to help organize? Get involved here.

Next, join us in Tacoma and help brainstorm powerful ways we can use art to express dissent and activate the hearts and minds of others while getting plugged in for 9/20 and the week of action around the Salish Sea!

Art Storm for Climate Action
Saturday, August 3, 11:00am–4:00pm
311 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma 98421
More details here.

Questions? Contact Stacy!

LNG BY RAIL?!

The Trump Administration has recently proposed to allow unit trains up to 100 cars carrying liquified natural gas (LNG). Ruptures of refrigerated LNG railcars don’t just explode, they come with the horrific twist of flash-freezing, suffocating yet highly flammable gas. “Beyond absurd,” as one critic so eloquently put it.

Sorry for the short notice but the deadline for comments is Monday, July 8. So don’t delay, use this form to submit your comment urging the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to consider the full risks to human health and safety posed by trains carrying LNG.

ANCESTRAL WATERS

Join us for the Seattle debut screening of Native Daily Network’s documentary Ancestral Waters. This moving, informative film chronicles the Puyallup Tribe’s resistance to Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and the growing community movement to resist fracked gas infrastructure. The film features Puyallup Tribal Council Members, tribal leaders, and Water Warriors fighting to protect their land, water and treaty. The event is free, but seating is limited! Please RSVP.

 

Ancestral Waters

Thursday, July 11, doors and refreshments at 6:30pm, film at 7:00pm
Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle 98118
Suggested $10 donation goes to Native Daily Network
Please RSVP. Stay for a Q&A after the screening!

STAND UP AGAINST IMMIGRANT DETENTION!

Join Lights for Liberty in shining a light on the human rights violations happening at our southern borders at candlelight vigils in Seattle and Tacoma.

Lights for Liberty
Friday, July 12
7:00–10:00pm, Counterbalance Park, 700 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109, Seattle event page here.
7:00–8:00pm, Union Station, 1713 Pacific Ave., Tacoma 98402, Tacoma event page here.

Join La Resistencia for a family-friendly picnic in front of the Northwest Detention Center. Learn more about how to support people detained and their families, singing to detainees, greeting their families, writing pen-pen pal letters and more.

Lights on Detention Family-Friendly Picnic
Saturday, July 13, 12:30–4:00pm
1623 E J Street, Tacoma 98421
Learn more here.

WHOSE WATER? NOT CRYSTAL GEYSER’S

On July 6, 2019, the Cowlitz Tribal Nation voted to oppose Crystal Geyser’s massive bottled water plant proposed for rural land in East Lewis County along the Cowlitz River, downstream from sacred Mount Tahoma (Mt Rainier). The newly formed Lewis County Water Alliance and the Washington Water Alliance are a broad coalition of tribal members, local residents, business owners, recreational/commercial fishers, and environmentalists who have come together to defeat Crystal Geyser’s plan.

Exploiting the sacred waters of our beloved mountain and river will irreversibly harm the forests, wildlife, salmon, steelhead, orca, farmers and area wells, not to mention create mountains of plastic trash!

Keep up to date on this emerging water battle and watch for solidarity actions at the following:
Facebook: Lewis County Water Alliance
Twitter: @WaterWashington
Website: www.saveyourvalley.org/
Hashtags: #savecowlitzwater #boycottbottled

Water is Life!

STRONGER TOGETHER

Frontline Allies welcomes your participation in everything from organizing trainings on undoing racism and other oppressive systems, to supporting our allies in climate-related justice work. To join contact Diane. More information and links are available here, including upcoming support and education opportunities. Our monthly meeting is a great place to learn and discuss our work and current projects. Please join us Monday, July 15th, at 7 pm for a potluck dinner (bringing something is optional) to hear more about ways we can deepen our understanding of systemic oppression and be in solidarity with climate justice organizations. If this is your first meeting, please plan to arrive at 6:40 for an orientation. RSVP to Diane for the address, the agenda and discussion reading, and to let us know you’re coming! Please also let us know about any sensitivities, mobility, or dietary needs so we can make this meeting accessible to all.

Follow another local group’s Justice work and share it with us: Here’s a great, low time commitment opportunity to get involved from your own home! Are you connected with a group working on climate, economic or social justice issues? Would you like to follow the events and campaigns of one or two allied groups and share them with the Frontline Allies list? Our goal is to support each other’s work, build the relationships to break down the barriers that divide us and build the massive, cohesive movement we need. Contact Diane to participate!

SOLIDARITY

The Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade is calling for long term supporters to come to camp this summer and fall to work on the many projects that are underway. Indigenous people are especially encouraged, and “nonindigenous supporters with a strong understanding of sovereignty and willingness to work under indigenous leadership are also encouraged to apply to come to camp as well.” There is a great deal of work to do to complete projects underway, to prepare for the next winter season, to support the ongoing running of the Camp, and the never-ending opposition to unauthorized intrusions onto the territory.

If you can’t come, they ask that we help “get the word out to folks in your community who would be a good fit and share this information.” More information here.

Two ways to support the Duwamish, the first people of Seattle

In October, help maintain operations at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center and support tribal services by attending this kick-off to Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations:

Duwamish Tribe Gala & Native Art Auction
Friday, October 11, 12:00–3:00pm
Miners Landing, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle 98101
Purchase tickets or donate here. For more about the event visit this event page.

Please join the Real Rent Duwamish Campaign to make monthly rent payments in any amount to the Duwamish Tribe, which is still not Federally recognized, and which has never been justly compensated, though Seattle is thriving on this stolen land.

All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe. Get started here.

FALL BOOK CLUB

Understanding the systemic nature of racism, how it shapes our society, and how we can disempower it, is an important tool in the fight for a sustainable and just future. So—join us for the fall study session of What It Means to Be White.

We’ll be meeting at the 350 Seattle office on Capitol Hill for a couple of hours every two weeks for a total of six meetings. Day and time to be determined—either a weekday evening or during the day on a weekend day. Email Barbara to get connected.

BEYOND FALSE SOLUTIONS

Deepen your climate justice lens and connect with neighbors ready for action at the scale of the crisis! Hosted by the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, these place-based workshops will unpack false climate solutions, explore climate justice opportunities and prepare you to take action. Three opportunities to dig in:

Beyond False Solutions: Climate Resiliency
Saturday, July 20, 12:00pm at the Fremont Library
Wednesday, July 31, 7:00pm and Ballard Verity Credit Union
Saturday, August 3, 12:00pm at the Greenlake Library

This workshop was developed at the request of and in partnership with For the People. Tickets are free to all—please consider making a donation if you’re able. More info and tickets here.

SPECIAL SESSION ON CLIMATE

Fridays For Future Seattle is calling for a special legislative session focusing on climate. With only 11 years to prevent irreversible damage from climate change, we don’t have any time to wait. The UN has warned us that we need to cut global emissions in half during that time—Washington State has to act! Please help elevate the voices of our youth. Amplify this tweet calling for a special session on climate. We face an existential crisis…this is no time to take a break!

TRANSPORTATION TEAM

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Ride for Safe Streets and for bikes@City Council—we were heard loud and clear, but the wheels of policy change grind exceedingly slow. To find out how it all turned out, email Alice to sign up for the Transpo newsletter.

Want to join our work for equitable carbon-free transportation in Seattle? We always discuss transportation and, this month, the Seattle Green New Deal, including steps to organize bike shops across Seattle to endorse it.

Transportation Team Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 10, 4:15–5:45pm
Room 330, Vance building, 1402 3rd Ave., Seattle 98101

HOUSING POLICY IS CLIMATE POLICY

This week, after three years of work and seemingly superhuman patience, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the nation’s best accessory dwelling unit (ADU) legislation. Your calls, emails, and testimony were invaluable to this process: THANK YOU. And for new folks not yet steeped in the connection between dense city housing and climate, check out this article co-authored by 350 Seattle’s Emily Johnston.

 

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

We welcome all skill levels in any art form, and have lots going on to jump into, from occasional participation to leadership opportunities. Join online here or come to art builds whenever you can! They are fun, no-skills-needed community gatherings with food and good connections.

Mural wall needed
We need a high visibility wall for a beautiful mural that will stay up and raise awareness. Know of one? If you do or want to help us find one, contact Doug.

Join the Deployment Team!
Ever wish you had a role during actions and events? Come learn crucial skills with us! We need you! Contact Shemona.

If you’re a skilled artist (visual, theater, dance, music…) and want to apply your skill or show others how, please let us know! Contact Lisa.

Join our Photo/Imagery Library Team!
We’re organizing our photos and imagery data and are looking for folks who want to join a team to do photo sorting and labeling for our events and our imagery library. Launching the team this month! Also looking for an imagery co-librarian! Contact Lisa.

MOVEMENT BUILDING

Looking for an easy way to help out at 350 Seattle? Curious about other ways to get involved? Join us on the third Wednesday of every month to meet others and help with all the small things that keep 350 going!

Volunteer Drop-in Hours
Wednesday, July 17, anytime between 3:00 and 7:00pm
350 Seattle, 1127 10th Ave E., Seattle, 98102
Tasks range from phone calls to data entry to arts and crafts.
More details here. Questions? Contact Shemona.

JOIN OUR OUTREACH TEAM!

People want to hear about meaningful climate action. We get invited to come meet people where they’re at—art festivals, film screenings, concerts, and other gatherings—and share about 350 Seattle’s work. You can be a part of making those connections happen and bringing new people into action at this critical moment in time, by joining our Outreach Team. Interested? Email Meg.

KNOW AN EVENT SPONSOR?

We’re holding our luscious, fun fall fundraiser Intertwined again this year on Friday, November 15th at the Centilia Cultural Center. The Events Team is looking for sponsors—are you a business owner or with an organization that wants to support 350 Seattle by sponsoring our event? Here’s our sponsorship packet. Your support helps power our fight! Reach out to Shemona to sign up.

WE’RE HIRING!

We’re looking for two people to join our team on a short-term contract assignment. We’re seeking one person to fill the role of Climate Walkout Coordinator, helping to bring together youth and adults to organize the September 20th walkout. And we are seeking someone to fill the role of NW Regional Organizer—to help bring together the 350 Washington network and support local 350 groups in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. More details and info on the opportunities here.

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