January 2021 Newsletter
“We know we’ve been prepared for these times. We know, in our bones… We enter 2021 with a song that reminds us so.”
Image: Left, National Guard troops deployed to the Lincoln Memorial on June 2, 2020, during protests over the death of George Floyd. Right, insurrectionists storm the Capitol, January 6, 2021.
GEORGIA MADE A DIFFERENCE
The attempted insurrection of January 6 almost eclipsed the news that, thanks to two victories in Georgia, power has changed hands in Congress. Make no mistake, getting bold climate legislation passed will still be an uphill battle, but now we have a chance. Mitch McConnell can no longer hold up votes, and Patrick Leahy, a long-time environmentalist, will head up Appropriations. The future of federal climate legislation looks a little less grim.
If you’re ready to help strategize and push for strong federal climate legislation, join the newly organized Federal Policy Team! Sign up for the team listserv here, and if you’re able, join our next call:
Federal Policy Team Meeting
Monday, January 11, 8:00pm
Email Selden for the Zoom link
Welcome to the first hundred days of our last chance to blunt the effects of climate change.
JOIN THE CAT IN VIRTUAL OLYMPIA
350 WA’s Civic Action Team kicks off their twice-a-week series of action alerts this week–sign up here to join the CAT and add your voice to the statewide chorus calling for action on climate, racial justice and a just recovery. Here are two webinars to get you started:
Fixing Washington’s Upside-Down Tax Code
Saturday, January 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Fighting for Racial Justice Across Washington
Sunday, January 17, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Online, register here.
Need inspiration? Here’s a Message from the Future.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
The asymmetric police response to the armed white vigilantes who swarmed the Capitol at the urging of our most venal president ever pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?
Here in Washington state, the excesses of our own police this summer has put police reform at the top of the legislative agenda. Washington For Black Lives is one of many stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the legislature’s Policing Policy Leadership Team has been working since June with stakeholders across the state, including the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability.
Need more learning? Racial Justice is Climate Justice Recordings and Resources from our four-part series on Abolition, Defund the Police, Affordable Housing, and Environmental Justice.
And here in Seattle, Black Lives Matter continues to build power. We need each other, and we need to protect each other. Thank you for all the ways you are participating on and off the streets.
Calendar of all BLM events in Seattle in all neighborhoods, by many groups.
Important protest guides and safety info
Keeping Yourself Healthy & Safe at a Protest – 350 Seattle webinar recording.
Seattle street medic guide, with graphics.
TAKING OUR POWER BACK
Speaking of asymmetric relationships, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) the state’s largest energy utility, provides fossil gas and electric energy services to almost two million homes in Washington, spends more on lobbying and campaign contributions annually than even Amazon, plays a large role in pro-fossil gas ad campaigns, and over the next couple of years could determine the state’s success in transitioning to clean energy.
Taking Our Power Back: Puget Sound Energy, fossil fuels, and creating a clean and healthy energy future
January 28th – How to Spot and Respond to Deception, Manipulation, and Misinformation
February 4th – Financial Flaws
February 11th – Undermining WA Climate Progress
February 18th – Indigenous Sovereignty and Pipeline Politics
February 25th – Solutions for a Healthy, Clean Future
Thursday evenings at 6:00pm
Register here for one or all!
With PSE holding so much influence and power, we invite you to join us for this Community Empowerment Series that will help provide knowledge and tools, and ways to take action for a cleaner, healthier, and less expensive energy future for Washington.
39th Annual MLK Workshops and March
This past year has put issues of white supremacy, racism, anti-racism and police brutality in high relief. This year’s MLK Jr Day’s educational workshops are online January 12th -17th, with the in-person march on the 18th: rally at 11, march at noon from Garfield High School’s front parking lot on 23rd Avenue, as always. More details here.
If you’re going and can deliver a requested banner we’re making, please contact Lisa.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
There will be a big action led by our close ally Roxanne White of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and People on Feb 14th. Please contact Anna if you can help out.
Can you help a new business?
One of our amazing friends, a BIPOC spoken word artist and healer, is looking for help with a business startup. Is this something you’re good at? Can you share some of your skills? If so, please contact Lisa for more information.
Our People Gonna Rise, the repeat training series, is now online. If you’ve taken another in the series, there are some spots left; register here. Sliding scale donations. Scholarships are also available; email Lisa instead of registering.
Allies to Immigrants Part 2
Sunday, January 31, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Here are full descriptions of the workshops and waitlist link for any who don’t fit the criteria above but want to be the first to know for the next annual series. Let Lisa know if you have questions or accessibility needs.
TACOMA LNG RESISTANCE
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed an amicus brief, joining the Puyallup Tribe and Earthjustice in calling the analysis of Puget Sound Energy’s Liquefied Natural Gas facility unacceptable.
“The bottom-line greenhouse gas analysis erroneously informed decision-makers that the Project would result in slight improvement in greenhouse gas emissions, where an accurate analysis would have found something different.”
Highlighting a major point of contention, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s decision to use outdated 2007 methane values instead of more current science, the brief explains that the final analysis “does not offer a defense of its figure based in science or factual accuracy, because there is no defense.”
The entire permit process has been controversial and rife with issues including a lack of consultation with the Puyallup Tribe by every agency involved, breaches of procedure, intentional obstruction of public participation, and construction that began two years before necessary permits were in place.
Court proceedings are currently set for March and although this new legal support is great news, it does not guarantee victory—this is still a critical time to spread awareness and solidarity.
Join our LNG Resistance Team Meetings
Every other Thursday, 12:00pm
Next meeting: January 21
STOP THE MONEY PIPELINE
Stop the Money Pipeline to Line 3
Construction on Line 3 is plowing ahead in northern Minnesota, despite COVID risks and without the consent of the tribes that will be impacted by construction and oil spills. At resistance camps along the route, Indigenous water protectors and allies are putting their bodies on the line daily to halt construction activities. To learn more about the Line 3 fight, read and share this powerful op-ed by Anishinaabe leader Winona LaDuke, and follow the social media accounts of brave frontline warriors (here’s a handy list). You can also donate to the Line 3 legal defense fund here.
In March, Enbridge Energy, the corporation behind Line 3, has a $2.1 billion loan due for renewal. Banks like Chase, Citi, and Bank of America could easily walk away from Line 3 then. So last month, we teamed up with our friends at Mazaska Talks and visited 5 Chase branches and the PNW HQs of Chase and Liberty Mutual with a #StopLine3 car caravan. Check out the video on Facebook and Instagram, and take action by emailing Chase and insurance giant Liberty Mutual to demand they cut ties with Line 3 here.
With tar sands pipelines like Line 3, and Trans Mountain to Arctic oil and gas drilling, Liberty Mutual is insuring the destruction of Indigenous lands and waterways. And again and again, Liberty Mutual’s executives have refused to make space in their calendars to meet with Indigenous leaders, whose lands, livelihoods, and cultures Liberty is threatening with its business practices.
So, we’re filling the calendar of Liberty Mutual’s CEO, David Long, and other executives with hundreds of invitations to remind them of the meeting requests that he is ignoring. Take a few seconds to join the fun and send a meeting request here!
And like always, you can stay up to date with everything happening with Stop the Money Pipeline by signing up here.
Join us for our first team meeting! Open to all! Learn more about how maritime operations such as cargo and cruise ships impact our climate, health, water, and marine life. We will also explore the role our local ports play, solutions currently available, and ways to take action or join the 350 Seattle Maritime Team. Learn more here.
Maritime Solutions Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 6:00pm
Work Team Planning Session
Tuesday, February 4, 6:00pm
Ready to get involved? Email Stacy and let us know! We would love help with research projects, developing and sharing content on social media, providing public comment (by phone) at Port Commission meetings, outreach efforts and collaborative campaign development.
Numerous cruise sailings have recently been cancelled due in part to the guidelines enacted by the Centers for Disease Control. The uncertainty of Canadian cruise restrictions is also a factor for Seattle’s sailing schedule—by registering the cruise lines in foreign countries to avoid taxes and labor standards, the ships are restricted from sailing directly from one US destination to another, making a stop in Canada on the way up to Alaska a necessity.
Although Seattle sailings are still listed as starting in April, as this article in the Seattle Times suggests “The cancellations are a sign that the continuing coronavirus pandemic could have a major impact on Alaska’s 2021 tourist season, just as it did on last year’s.” Cruise companies continue to book sailings, knowing the hurdles in place and likelihood of cancelation, and unfortunately, many customers are now having a difficult time getting their money back.
The very first Climate Assembly in the US starts in Washington State on January 12!
Tuesday, January 12, 6:00pm
Online, watch it here.
Composed of eighty state residents, selected at random but mirroring the state in terms of age, sex, race/ethnicity, geographic distribution, income, and views on climate change, this representative group will attend learning sessions about climate issues and deliberate on the question:
How can Washington State equitably design and implement climate mitigation strategies while strengthening communities disproportionately impacted by climate change across the State?
The Assembly’s consensus on mitigation strategies will be presented to the state legislature. The Assembly is a great opportunity to make a case to the public and to legislators about the need to take action to stem climate change.
Any organization, institution, or informal group whose activity is related to the subject of the Assembly, or who is directly affected by issues raised during the Assembly, has the right to present to the Assembly, and anyone can submit strategy proposals. Applications are due by January 22; instructions are here.
Assembly events will be live streamed and recorded on the WA Climate Assembly YouTube channel.
NEIGHBORHOOD MUTUAL AID PODS
Connecting with neighbors builds resilience and safety. It’s satisfying (and fun!) to care for one another in community. We’ve got a network of dozens of pods around Seattle, and pod captains are connected so that pods with more resources can support those with fewer.
We’ve completed two collection drives. This summer we collected 270 bikes for repair and redistribution to communities in need, and the just-finished Warm Necessities supply drive collected 10 car loads of requested camping and clothing items that were donated to grassroots mutual aid groups and distributed all over Seattle to keep our unhoused neighbors warm and dry.
THANK YOU TO ALL who donated supplies! Missed the drive but still want to help? Donation drop off sites are listed here.
Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? Sign up to be a pod captain and lead your neighborhood organizing efforts here. We’ve got lots of tools and support to help you get it going and figure things out along the way. You can also join a neighborhood pod here. Questions? Interested in volunteering in another way? Sulakshana would love to hear from you.
KEEPING PEOPLE HOUSED
Speaking of caring for one another, we support the Governor’s 2021 budget provisions centering affordable housing and rental assistance. Here’s a Washington Low Income Housing Alliance petition with housing and progressive revenue priorities for the legislative session that starts this week.
Using a node model organized into topics of interest, deepening our anti-oppression work through education, action and reflection, our two current nodes are centered around immigration justice and indigenous sovereignty & solidarity. Nodes meet bi-weekly, in addition to a larger monthly meeting for all the nodes.
Monthly All Nodes Meeting
Sunday, January 17, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Pop-up street murals! The LNG Artful Resistance team is looking for folx who want to participate in some street murals that can pop-up all over from Seattle to Tacoma (and other places) at the end of this month! Learn more here and fill out the table if you know of a good location to do a mural and/or want to sign up to help! Contact Bee or Stacy with any questions or support needed! They would love to help.
Online art build coming soon! In the next few weeks, once a few details are finalized, we will hold an online art build for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We are responding to a request from Roxanne White of MMIW to help create silhouettes of Indigenous women for her use during marches, rallies, and other opportunities. Skills needed: Ability to use an exacto/box cutter on a yard sign. We’ll have specs for you to follow! Interested in helping? Contact Shemona.
Join the Artful Workgroup and get on our email list: We welcome all skill levels in any art form, or none. During these stay home, stay healthy times, we can still be impactful and connected with art across distance! Sign up here. When artful projects come up, we either set up a build over Zoom, or divvy out different aspects of the work for folks to do at home.
If you have skills/experience in ANY art form, contact Lisa. We’re looking for people with tech, graphic design, and video editing skills, for folks comfortable with Zoom, webinar, and web presentations, since that’s the main way we’re gathering in large numbers and sharing ideas these days. Also, creative guerilla art ideas and energy, for those ready to do painted mural, chalk art, and other creative outdoor social distance art forms at any skill level.
We are always building out our teams in photography/videography, music, sewing, prop building, and visual arts. And we’re looking to build our performance arts teams in dance, spoken word, and theater.
The People’s Echo is a collective song community for social and climate justice. We create and share songs that are medicine for us in these mysterious times. We sing for the healing of ourselves, each other, and the earth. Singing together is a human birthright that has less to do with “sounding good” and more to do with settling into our bodies, calming our nervous systems, and being together in community.
Anyone who joins us for song teach-ins, actions, events and beyond is a part of The People’s Echo and we invite the broader community to join us in song. We are excited to share TPE space with special guests this month, Jessi and Yam from Earth Practice.
People’s Echo Community Singing with Special Guests!
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Shareable event page here.
For questions or to join our newsletter, email Ahlay.
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!