June 2022 Newsletter

photo of smoky air in Seattle

The weather hasn’t been “normal” this season, but that word belongs to an earlier climate. And in a couple of months we might want this weather back again if we can’t stay…

HEALTHY THROUGH HEAT & SMOKE

This summer, we’re organizing to win upgrades to Seattle’s community centers so that they can be climate resilience hubs, providing life-saving clean air and cooling for all Seattle residents—and transitioning them off fossil fuels and creating good union jobs along the way.

Our Solar Schools campaign this fall ($18M for Green New Deal projects at Seattle Public Schools!) showed us that when we build a powerful climate-labor coalition and grassroots support, we can win big—we’re gearing up to do it again, and we need YOU.

Tune into our call to learn about the campaign and our plan to win! You’ll get connected with other supporters, hear from volunteers already taking action with the campaign and get all the info you need to plug in.

Take Action Call
Thursday, June 9, 6:00–7:00pm
Online, register here.

Ready to jump in? Join us as we get the word out and build community support for the campaign! No experience required: all skill levels welcome! Every canvass and phonebank starts with a short training and 1-1 support for new folks.

Phonebank: Healthy Through Heat & Smoke
Every Monday, 6:00–8:30pm
350 Seattle, U-Heights building, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle 98105
Sign up for phonebanks here.
Learn more about our community space here.

Canvass with us at community centers, parks and gathering places across Seattle! Multiple events happening weekly, check out 350 Seattle’s calendar for more info and to RSVP.

Heat Wave Anniversary
Last summer’s deadly heat wave made it clear: we can’t wait another decade to upgrade Seattle’s community centers to be climate resilience hubs. Heat waves, wildfire smoke and extreme winter weather are already here, and we need to rapidly transition off fossil fuels to avoid even more serious climate impacts.

Heat Wave Anniversary & Resilience Rally
Tuesday, June 28, 6:00–8:00pm
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104
In person! RSVP here.

That’s why exactly one year after record-breaking temperatures hit Seattle, we’re headed to City Hall to demand our leaders invest in climate resilience, clean energy, good union jobs and Seattle’s Green New Deal!

STOP THE MONEY PIPELINE

Are you a customer of Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, or Citibank? Do you know anyone who is?

Those banks are the four largest financiers of fossil fuels and deforestation in the world. That’s why Customers for Climate Justice is organizing thousands of their customers to collectively demand that these four banks immediately stop funding climate chaos. So far, over 38,000 customers have signed on to open letters to the CEOs of their banks.

This month, the STMP team at 350 Seattle is launching a Seattle Customers for Climate Justice campaign! We’re organizing Seattle-area customers of these banks to hold meetings with local branch managers and regional-area managers. This is a key tactic: one of the biggest places we have leverage right now is making sure as many staff as possible learn about their employer’s role in the climate crisis.

Customers for Climate Justice Training
TBD, late June or early July
Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

In a few weeks, we’ll offer an online training to the 350 Seattle community and friends on meeting with your branch manager. We’d love for you to join us. Even if you’re not a customer of these banks, you can support by spreading the word to your friends and family—we want as many customers as possible to hear about this opportunity to take action.

GAS PIPELINE EXPANSION

When we fight we win—this Sightline article chronicles a decade of successes against fossil fuel projects in Cascadia, for example—so it’s worth noting that TC Energy wants to upgrade its Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline to carry an additional 1.2 million households’ worth of fracked fossil gas per day to Washington, Oregon, and California, three states whose climate goals clearly indicate that they don’t need any more climate-destroying gas, dammit.

This project will be getting more attention in the coming months—for now, send a message calling on Governors Inslee and Brown to oppose the expansion.

Want to learn more? Columbia Riverkeeper’s staff attorney dishes the lowdown right here.

FEDERAL POLICY TEAM

The Federal Policy Team has a virtual meeting with Patty Murray’s staff coming up soon. We’ll focus on a final push for the Build Back Better clean energy agenda, and on the Climate Emergency Act of 2021. If you’d like to attend, we’d love to have you! Contact Selden.

And speaking of climate-destroying fossil fuels, help stop new oil and gas leasing by signing onto this People vs. Fossil Fuels petition to the President.

Leonard Peltier was convicted 47 years ago for the deaths of two FBI agents. He maintains his innocence and his supporters are asking for his freedom through the Rize Up for Peltier Tour organized by the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Learn more with this video.

Rize Up for Peltier Tour
Thursday, June 9, 6:00pm
Josh VanderYacht Memorial Park, 4106 Valley Hwy, Deming, WA 98244
Friday, June 10, 10:00am
Chief Leschi Schools, 5625 52nd St. E, Puyallup, WA 98371

Want to help push climate at the federal level? Join the Federal Policy Team here.

ANTI-WAR WORKGROUP

The Anti-War Workgroup is growing! We’re joining with the local and international peace movement, building a bridge between preventing war and preventing climate collapse, a bridge to a lasting peace and a thriving ecology.

National and international peace actions
Add your voice by signing petitions, participating in a 24-hour online “peace wave,” or joining a local action:

A ceasefire was agreed to in Yemen—we cannot give up on a ceasefire in Ukraine. Join the Secretary General of the U.N., government leaders of India, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Pope Francis, many Ukrainians and Russians, and World Beyond War and add your name here calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine and negotiations to end the war.

June 25 is the next International Peace Day, with the purpose of putting pressure on the G7 meeting in Munich, June 26-28. Join the 24-hour Peace Wave rally beginning in Ireland/Scotland/UK at 6am Pacific Time on June 25. Also, visit PeaceInUkraine.org to find or create local actions—and sign a letter to President Biden.

Save the date: September 24 will be the first annual Seattle March for the Universal Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. More details soon!

And you can catch this event livestreamed on the SAWC Facebook page but it’s even more fun in person:

Seattle Anti-War Coalition at the Federal Building
First Tuesday of every month, gather at 11:00, program at 11:30am
Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle 98104

For more info on the 350 Seattle Anti-War Workgroup, contact Mary.

TRANSPORTATION

Put a pin in the map for climate-friendly transportation in Seattleor better yet, lots of pins. Where is it dangerous to walk, roll or bike? Where do we need more bus lanes? What improvements would help you walk and bike more? Let SDOT know here. Your pins on the map will help inform Seattle’s upcoming Transportation Plan.

Seattle Within Reach—Safer Streets for All. Check out this great forum—we bet it will inspire more pins in the map.

Can you represent climate justice on Seattle’s Bicycle, Transit, or Freight advisory boards? There are open seats on all three boards, and a virtual recruitment open house on June 13th. Learn more here.

More fun, fewer cars! June is Transit Month, and our friends at Transportation Choices are celebrating with lots of activities.

COMMUNITY STORY SHARE PART TWO!

A huge thank you to everyone who was able to join the May 350 PNW Community Story Share event, it was special and fun, and very heartfelt. It was such a hit that we’re going to do story share and social time for our June regional gathering as well.

350 PNW Regional Gathering
Monday, June 13, 6:00–7:30pm
Online, register here.

There’s nothing quite like getting to share our stories as 350 climate activists and organizers with comrades from other 350 communities across the region. It’s easy to feel isolated—so let’s build community together. We have a lot of wisdom and experience to share, and lot to learn from each other.

STORY CIRCLE

We are currently distributing physical copies of Elemental, our first zine! If you want one, please request a zine copy through this form. This is your last chance; the zines are almost all claimed!

Storytelling is a powerful act that can help us process the world around us and shift culture. Join us for a story, discussion, and community!

Story Circle
Friday, June 24, 6:00pm
Online, register here.

Questions? Email storycircle@350seattle.org. All are welcome!

SING IN COMMUNITY!

We have an opportunity to bring songs back to the streets with some incredible artivists! Please join The People’s Echo and 350 Seattle in singing songs that bring joy, strength, and beauty to the movement for social and environmental justice at this year’s 32nd annual Fremont Solstice Parade!

Fremont Solstice Parade
Saturday, June 18
12:00pm – Song Share/Rehearsal, location TBD, email The People’s Echo to get connected!
1:00pm – Gather with ensembles, intersection of N. 36th St. and Leary Way, Seattle 98103
2:00–4:00pm – Parade, ending at Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle 98103

And here’s a warm up on the night before…

Song Circle Concert with Earth Practice and Ahlay Blakely (a People’s Echo songcatcher!)
Friday, June 17, 7:30–11:00pm
HAVN Healing Center, Suite 100, 3301 Burke Avenue North, Seattle 98103
Sliding scale tickets here.

For more information or further inquiries, email thepeoplesecho@gmail.com

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

It’s Solstice time again! Join us in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade with our fun, participatory Green New Deal solutions ensemble!!

Carry art or encourage audience participation in painting their stamp of approval on the huge canvases under our GND murals. This is a messy and fun way to engage people’s hearts and minds, through their bodies in action for a healthy future. We’ll also be tabling with our float at the Fremont Fair where the parade ends so we can use help there too. No skills needed, just smiles and fun energy!

Green New Deal Ensemble in the Fremont Solstice Parade
Saturday, June 18, 12:00 noon–4:00pm or later
RSVP to Lisa for location and coordination details.

Now is the best time ever to join the Artful Deployment Team! Learn how to set up, position, and animate art at events, and how to recruit and guide other volunteers to do the same! Please sign up here!

Art Build! Art Build!

We’ll be creating banners and block print gifts for our participatory Green New Deal ensemble in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade, and art for the Green New Deal Team’s “Healthy through Heat and Smoke” climate-ready community centers campaign—NO skills needed! Bring your mask, smiling eyes, clothes for painting, snacks, and water!

Art Build for the Green New Deal and the Parade!
Saturday, June 11, Noon–4:00pm or done
Outside at The Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N., Seattle 98103
Please RSVP to Lisa! Part time or drop-ins welcome!

The Fremont neighborhood will be buzzing with the parade creation!

Covid safety: Wearing masks is still our default. Please, if you have even mild symptoms or possible exposures, definitely sit this one out! If you have needs or concerns, note that in your RSVP to Lisa. We will prioritize the concerns of the most vulnerable.

Artful Activism makes our gorgeous banners, powerful and fun props, engaging music, theater, dance, creative graphics, impactful videos, beautiful photos, and more at community outdoor art builds and do- it-at-home projects for 350 Seattle campaigns and in collaboration and solidarity with other groups. No skills needed. Please join us! Sign up here! If you haven’t been receiving emails about Art Builds, you’re not on the list—so please sign up now!

CLIMATE GRIEF AND EMPOWERMENT

With so much going on around the world, climate grief can feel especially heavy. The good news is we can process those feelings in community and support each other towards greater climate resiliency.

Climate Grief and Empowerment
Saturday, June 11, 10:00–11:45am
Online, register here.

Join us at Climate Grief and Empowerment where we hold space for grief so we can collectively imagine a greener future.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

You don’t have to be an organizer, protest-goer, phone-banker, or someone who’s ready for civil disobedience to get involved in climate justice. The climate movement requires many skills and talents, which rarely reside in one person alone. The broader our skill sets and resources are, the stronger our chances are of success.

We need you: teachers, carpenters, gardeners, artists, personal trainers, mechanics, therapists, accountants, photographers, web designers, lawyers, nutritionists, hairdressers, herbalists, storytellers, knitters, comedians, acupuncturists, musicians, midwives, bakers, chefs, child and pet care providers, caregivers, doctors, dentists, massage therapists, dancers, healers, nutritionists, farmers, graphic designers, and MORE!

Do you have a skill or service you would like to offer to the 350 Seattle activist community? Please fill out this form or contact Hillary for more information.

GET INVOLVED!

Do you care about climate justice? Are you looking for a way to volunteer, and hang out with some awesome folks in the process? Come join our 350 Seattle New Volunteer Orientation Training!

New Volunteer Orientation Training
Monday, June 20th, 6:00–7:00pm
Online, register here.

Want more general information about 350 Seattle? Then check out this handy new volunteer welcome guide.

Here are some really great ways to start on that path of engagement! Check out our updated Volunteer Opportunities List. Opportunities range from low commitment to high, introductory to skilled. All you have to do is find something you’re excited about and reach out! Unless otherwise noted, all opportunities can be done from home.

Unsure what you want to do? Still have questions about who we are and what we do? Schedule a time to chat with Shemona either by phone or video chat.

No time? Well, never fear—you can support the work we do at 350 Seattle by becoming a monthly donor! Sign up here!

Hang in there, friends! See you back here on the other side of the Solstice!