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350 Seattle by Dave Mccaul - 1w ago

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. 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, 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?

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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350 Seattle by Dave Mccaul - 1M ago

We have the chance to put environmental justice and the Green New Deal in front of 100,000 people in one afternoon! Can you help? It will be hella fun!

SUMMER SOLSTICE PARADE ENSEMBLE

Join us for our Green New Deal ensemble in the Solstice Parade on Saturday June 22nd from 11 am to 5 pm! All are welcome. Can’t be there for the parade itself? No worries, there is tons to create and there are easy, fun roles to fill! Join us at art builds to make giant scales and giant green hand props, costumes and detailed murals. Come learn a new song and dance, and participate in our crowd-pleasing batik workshops. To get involved, contact Shemona.

Art build dates
Wednesday, June 12th, 6 pm to 10 pm, Prop Build at Lucca Statuary
Thursday June 13th, 5 to 8 pm, Batik workshop at the Powerhouse
Friday June 14th, 11 am to 5 pm, Mural painting & Batik at the Powerhouse
Friday June 14th, 6 to 9 pm, Batik workshop at the Powerhouse
Saturday June 15th, 11 am to 9 pm, Painting and Prop build at Lucca Statuary and/or Powerhouse
Sunday June 16th, 11 am to 9 pm, Painting and Prop build at Lucca Statuary and/or Powerhouse

As indicated above, this year’s solstice float building is split between two places:
Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N., Seattle 98103
Lucca Statuary, 3623 Leary Way, Seattle 98107

Be in the parade, or, if that’s not your thing, be a signature gatherer for the Seattle’s Green New Deal sign-on letter in the crowd! Or do both by collecting signatures before and after the parade!

Wait a minute, signature gathering for what?

SEATTLE’S GREEN NEW DEAL

It’s no secret that climate change threatens everything we know and love. And yet, Seattle’s climate pollution has been quietly rising in recent years, despite our City’s commitments to climate action and environmental justice. It’s time for Seattle to come together and rise to the climate challenge.

That’s why we’re launching a new campaign in partnership with Got Green—calling for a transformative Green New Deal for Seattle that will eliminate our city’s climate pollution by 2030, address historical and current injustices, and create thousands of good, green, well-paying union jobs.

Help us build overwhelming public support for Seattle’s Green New Deal by canvassing at the Solstice and Pride parades! Sign up here to learn more about canvassing and plug in, and/or sign up here to be on the general email list for the campaign.

Then join us in July for a day-long set of trainings to sharpen your campaign and organizing skills!

Skill-Up for Seattle’s Green New Deal
Saturday, July 6, 10:30am–5:30pm
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle 98144
Register here, and for more info contact Meg.

HONOR INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY

Last month, Puyallup Water Warriors held an Exit Ceremony for Puget Sound Energy; following tradition, if guests disrespect the land, water or people—those guests are sent out of the territory and not invited to return. Please share this video of the ceremony and help urge Governor Inslee to make sure Washington state honors the Medicine Creek Treaty by stopping the illegal, unpermitted construction of the proposed LNG fracked gas project.

Call the Governor at (360) 902-4111. Tell him to stand with the Puyallup and honor indigenous sovereignty.

You can also send the Governor a copy of our No Consent, No Construction Letter.

Ancestral Waters
This documentary by Native Daily Network, recently released on YouTube, tells the story of the Puyallup fight over the last several years to protect their lands, waters, peoples, treaty and culture from the destructive Tacoma LNG project. People are encouraged to plan watch parties! Contact Stacy for additional watch party tools.

Thank you Native Daily Network for your dedication to frontline journalism and for making Ancestral Waters available for all to see!

POWER PAST FRACKED GAS

Following Governor Inslee’s announcement that he “cannot in good conscience support continued construction of a liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma or a methanol production facility in Kalama,” the Power Past Fracked Gas Coalition released a letter, signed by over 80 environmental and social justice organizations urging the governor to put actions behind his words and make sure the proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery and Tacoma LNG fracked gas projects receive legitimate environmental impact studies through the Department of Ecology. Thank you to everyone who has called, emailed and shared social media—let’s keep the pressure going until health, safety, treaty rights, and a livable planet are prioritized before profit!

MORE OIL TRAINS IN TACOMA? NO WAY!

SeaPort Sound Terminal (formerly Targa) in Tacoma has been receiving oil trains since 2014. Now they want to nearly double their transfer capacity to 75,000 barrels a day in the name of “overall operational efficiency.”

That’s an additional 15,288 metric tons of CO2 a day, for a total of 8.4 million metric tons in a working year passing through Tacoma! How can our state’s carbon budget allow that? Read up on the project here, and get your butt down to this public comment opportunity:

SeaPort Sound Terminal Public Meeting
Thursday June 13, 5:30pm
City Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, Tacoma 98402

Written comments go to Shirley Schultz: shirley.schultz@cityoftacoma.org.

IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE LISTENING…

Last month Puget Sound Energy held a listening session on their 20-year electric plan and how they’re reacting to the 100% Clean law passed by the legislature. Thanks to all the truth-tellers who showed up in red and your strong words about fracked gas, the climate crisis, and inappropriate infrastructure projects like Tacoma LNG and Energize Eastside. All sixty-seven comments are summarized here. Your support helps members of the Technical Advisory Group hold PSE accountable!

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 Lisa. More information and links are available here, including upcoming support and education opportunities. Our monthly meeting is a great place to learn about our work and current projects. Please join us Monday, June 17, 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. RSVP to Lisa for the address of a home in the Wallingford neighborhood.

350 Seattle Book Club
This fall we’re starting a new study session of What It Means To Be White. 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. Meetings will be held at the 350 Seattle office for a couple of hours every two weeks for a total of six meetings. Day and time will be determined later. To learn more and be part of the fall study group,

Join La Resistencia for a Father’s Day rally outside the Northwest Detention Center to tell ICE and GEO that Father’s Day should be spent at home with family and community—NOT in prison! More details to be announced, please check this event page for updates.
Sunday, June 16, 2:00–4:00pm
Northwest Detention Center, 1623 E J St, Tacoma 98421

TOTEM POLE JOURNEY

The Lummi Nation invites your participation in a gathering dedicated to the vision of Qwe lhol mechen, the Lummi word for killer whale which translates to “our people that live under the sea”. It is part of our Xa Xalh Xechnging (“sacred obligation”) to bring home from Miami Seaquarium the captive killer whale Tokitae and return her to her family.

We Will Rise Again: Tacoma (hosted by Puyallup tribe)
Wednesday, June 12, 5:30–7:30pm
4224 Marine View Dr., Tacoma 98422
More details here

We Will Rise Again: Seattle
Saturday, June 15, 1:00–3:00pm
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle 98121
More details here

JUNE IS ORCA ACTION MONTH

There are lots of ways to help, and here’s a great place to start:

Contact your congressional delegation urging them to support federal appropriation dollars for critical salmon habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest. Southern Resident orcas’ primary source of food is the threatened Chinook salmon. Without adequate food, orcas will starve. Click here to sign a petition asking for fully funded programs to support the recovery of Southern Resident orcas.

CHASING CORAL

Come to watch the unseen story of coral dying as ocean temperatures rise, reported first-hand from divers and researchers. Stay for a community discussion, led by members of 350 Seattle’s outreach team, on climate change, the extinction crises, and ways to take action in this extraordinary moment in time. This is a great opportunity to bring someone who is just tuning in to the seriousness of the moment and connect them to opportunities for action.

Chasing Coral
Saturday, June 15, 7:00–9:30pm
University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle 98105
Shareable event page

This event is pay-what-you-can; let us know you’re coming here.

SUNRISE

In a matter of months, the climate movement has put the Green New Deal on the national agenda, but if we don’t keep up the pressure, there’s a risk that the media will do what they’ve always done, and ignore the climate crisis in the presidential debates. That’s why the youth-led Sunrise Movement is organizing the largest mobilization for the Green New Deal so far at the second Democratic primary debate in late July, to make sure the Green New Deal is at the top of the public discussion and the next administration’s agenda.

Sunrise is already hard at work organizing transportation and housing. Sign up here for updates on how you and your friends can plug in. Or help Sunrise rent a bus from Seattle by donating to @Sunrise-Seattle on Venmo. And if you’re a young person, please email sunrisemovementseattle@gmail.com to join the bus.

FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE

Only two more Friday For Future strikes before school’s out! Show the youth some support, people!

Fridays For Future
June 14, 1:00pm
June 21, 1:00pm
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104

Over the summer F4F will collaborate with Extinction Rebellion and Zero Hour. To stay in the loop, follow @Fri4FutureSea on Twitter, or get involved by emailing fridaysforfuturesea@gmail.com. Youth who want to take action on climate should also check out Climate Action Families.

CLIMATE WALKOUT

On September 20, people all over the globe will take part in what we hope will be the biggest walkout of any kind, ever—workers, students, neighbors, church groups—to send an unmistakable signal to world leaders that we will not stand for business as usual, because “disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future.

Please stand with youth worldwide. And if you can, organize your coworkers, a team, a faith group, or neighbors!

HEY AMAZON

The climate crisis isn’t going away, and neither are we!

At the May 22nd shareholder meeting, tech workers with Amazon Employees for Climate Justice filled a section of the room and presented their resolution asking for a climate plan. Here’s the NowThis video of the speech and inside action. The resolution got 31% of the vote! (41% when excluding Bezos’ own shares!) We knew it was near impossible to pass with the Board’s published opposition, so it’s significant that the vote was so high—the highest of any environmental resolution at Amazon so far.

And even more importantly, this movement of tech workers speaking out for climate justice is already shifting the entire narrative with workers putting Bezos on the spot and centering the climate stories of tech workers. They’re pledging to file the resolution again next year.

SKITTISH ABOUT NAFTA

While Trump continues to alienate Mexico, using tariffs to extort concessions, there is still the chance of a vote on his new NAFTA in Congress. To keep up the anti-NAFTA 2.0 opposition, we’re working up a NAFTA skit to be videoed and circulated on social media. The trade group is also continuing to collect anti-NAFTA cards to be delivered to Congressional offices. To help with either effort, contact Selden.

LETS DO ADUs!

Starting Tuesday evening, the final Accessory Dwelling Unit battle begins. By the end of next month, with luck and a little more work, we’ll have much more flexible rules on ADUs, and a path to more climate-friendly and affordable housing. Send a letter of support now and then join us for these two…

Public hearings on ADU legislation
Council Chambers, City Hall, 610 5th Ave, Seattle 98104
Tuesday, June 11, 5:30pm – First public hearing
Tuesday, June 18, 2:00pm – Second hearing and likely committee vote

Curious to know what Seattle might look like with more ADU’s? Here’s a chance to explore built projects and talk to the architects:

ADU Tour by the AIA
Saturday, June 15, 11:00am–4:00pm
Multiple locations, more details here.

COME OUT FOR TRANSPORTATION

If you want bikes, feet, and wheelchairs to be able to get where they are going safely in Seattle, June is the month to come out and say so! We need the city council to stop funding cars at the expense of climate-friendly transport.

First, the Ride for Safe Streets will be a family-friendly demonstration for streets that let people of all ages, languages, ethnicities, genders, races, and abilities get around safely.

Ride for Safe Streets
Sunday, June 16, 1:00–3:00pm
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave. to Westlake Park
Event page here

Then SDOT will report back on what we’ve told them, that cutting the Bike Master Plan by half is unacceptable. SDOT will continue to prioritize big auto projects over bikes unless enough of us show up for the Ride on Sunday and then public testimony, sign-holding, and the full Bike Master Plan on Tuesday. The Council can still do the right thing because when we fight, we win.

Bike Master Plan in the Sustainability and Transportation Committee
Tuesday, June 18, 2:00pm
Council Chambers, City Hall, 610 5th Ave, Seattle 98104
Meet for strategizing at City Grind Espresso in the 5th Ave Lobby of City Hall at 1:30pm.

Interested in joining our work for equitable carbon-free transportation in Seattle?

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

SMOKE ON THE HORIZON

Remember when we called it summer, and looked forward to it all year? Remember the deep blue skies and fresh breezes? Those days are gone, stolen by Big Oil. But at least the City of Seattle is doing everything it can to bring them back, by radically reducing emissions, building green affordable housing, transforming transit in the city, installing bike lanes everywhere… um… oh, right. Well, it will do these things and more, if we make it impossible not to, by underlining smoke events with a big red pen pointing at our climate plan failures. More info coming soon and be ready: we’ll need you to come out on short notice.

Art Build for Smoke events
Wednesday, June 26, 11:00am–5:00pm
Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N., Seattle 98103

When our house is on fire… we gotta act like it. to get involved.

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.

Art builds at the Powerhouse: See the Solstice Ensemble and Smoke entries above!

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.

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

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, June 19, 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.

How do we build our power to win the transformative change we need? By organizing! Join us for a day-long set of trainings to sharpen your campaign and organizing skills and plug in with some of our newest campaigns.

Skill-Up for Seattle’s Green New Deal
Saturday, July 6, 10:30am–5:30pm
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle 98144
Register here, and for more info contact 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.

Stay safe, sane and strong, friends!

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by David Perk, Selden Prentice, and Alec Connon

350 Seattle’s Civic Action Team ― 2019 Session Review!

In terms of 350 Seattle’s impact on the state legislature, it was our finest year ever. Our Civic Action Team grew to nearly 1,000 members strong, and together we did this:

2,082: Climate calls made to legislators!

1,020: Climate comments left on bills!

1,122: Climate emails sent to legislators!

4,213: total legislator contacts made by the Civic Action Team in 2019!

What’s more, despite our Seattle-centric name, our 4,213 legislator contacts were made by people from virtually every district in the state, including the eastern side of the Cascades.

In terms of climate bills that actually passed in Olympia, this year was also the most successful ever. KUOW called the session “the year of the environment.” Environmental organizations across the state have celebrated the creation of laws that will clean up our electricity and our buildings, and eradicate super pollutants. Even the hard-to-impress David Roberts spent a couple of thousand words praising our 100% electricity bill as the best in the nation.

The celebrations are easy to understand. 2019 was the first time that Washington legislators started to take the climate crisis even remotely seriously ― the last climate bill related to our electricity sector came back in 2006, and, really, not a whole lot worthy of mention has passed since then.

And so it’s understandable that we feel we’ve taken some real steps forward. Here are a few of the highlights:

    • Washington will have 100% carbon-free electricity no later than 2045. This bill does a lot of good things. It eliminates coal from our electricity grid by no later than 2025. (Currently coal is about 14% of our electricity.) It dictates that by 2030, our grid must be carbon-neutral ― with utilities offsetting their fossil fuel use. And ultimately, it dictates that all Washington utilities must be self-generating 100% clean energy by no later than 2045.
    • We got the super-pollutant, HFCs, out of our state. After the Trump Administration negated an international treaty banning HFCs ― a climate super pollutant found in refrigerators ― our state legislators banned HFCs in our state. Fortunately, Washington is one of several states that are stepping into the void of moral responsibility left behind by the federal government.
    • Our buildings got cleaner and healthier. 27% of our state’s climate pollution comes from buildings. Whether it’s the vast amount of concrete used in their construction, or the energy used to heat and power them, buildings are a massive contributor to the climate crisis. Fortunately, we passed a bill that will set energy efficiency standards for large buildings and incentivize early adoption. Electric vehicle readiness is required for on-site parking in new buildings. The bill also establishes a fracked gas conservation standard that incorporates the social cost of carbon.
    • It got easier to go electric! It’s now easier to get rid of your fossil fuel-powered car and get an electric one. Public and private utilities are encouraged to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure. There’s grant money for transit authorities to decarbonize their fleets. And new non-luxury electric vehicles that cost less than $45,000 will now be about $2,500 cheaper.
    • Washington’s refrigerators, toilets and more just got more climate friendly! Our fridges, freezers and other appliances will now have to be more energy efficient, and going forward, electric hot water heaters will have to play well with utilities’ demand response programs, to be part of a smarter grid.

Cue well-deserved pats-on-the-back all round. What a lot of success we had! Yes, several bills that we cared deeply about never made it: The Clean Fuels Standard was scuttled by the oil industry, the electrification of the public fleet never made it out of the House, and, most sadly of all, big business sandbagged the HEAL Act and stopped it passing at the last minute, setting back justice and equity in our state. But still: we passed more climate bills this year than the last ten years put together! That’s worth celebrating, right?

Well, while we hate to spoil the party, this really needs to be pointed out: in comparison to the severity and urgency of the climate crisis, the climate bills that passed this year are like bandaids on broken limbs.

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the climate bills that passed this year are like bandaids on broken limbs. 

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Last year, the world’s foremost body of climate scientists, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, concluded that failing to curtail global warming to below 1.5°C (rather than 2°C) means an additional 1.5 billion people will be regularly impacted by extreme heat waves; hundreds of millions of people (mostly in low-income nations that have done the least to cause the climate crisis) will be pushed into extreme poverty; and 10 million people will be impacted by sea-level rise.

The IPCC is clear: to have any chance of avoiding these impacts, we must slash our global climate pollution in half by 2030. The bills passed in Olympia this year don’t even get our state  halfway to the reductions that we need.

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The bills passed in Olympia this year don’t even get our state halfway to the reductions that we need.

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Even if every bill on Governor Inslee’s climate package had passed ― which didn’t happen, owing to the oil industry’s attacks on the clean fuels bill ― our state would still only have been on track for 25% reductions by 2035. That’s a million miles from what the IPCC has told us is needed to prevent disaster.

And so, yeah, maybe 2019 was the “year of the environment.” But we need next year to be the year of the environment, too. And the year after that. And the year after that. Otherwise, we know what kind of future lies in wait.

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We’re starting with a pitch this month—for us. We get over 3/4 of our funding from individuals like you—and this week’s Give Big event is our single biggest fundraising opportunity. Can you schedule a donation to support our work this year?

If you need some inspiration, check out our team members’ stories under “Fundraisers for this nonprofit.” Or our annual report for last year.

Okay, down to business…

YES, THIS IS THE MOMENT

Together, we won a 100% clean energy future for Washington and now it’s part of our presidentially-inclined Governor’s climate plan for America. That’s great! But… we also need Governor Inslee to champion a healthy climate by opposing new mega-fracked gas projects right here at home. That starts with saying no to the Kalama methanol refinery—which is on track to be Washington’s largest climate polluter by 2025—and the Tacoma LNG facility, which is being built despite the opposition of Northwest Tribal nations and without all of its permits. With major permitting decisions coming up this summer,Governor Inslee has a critical role to play in whether these dirty fracked gas projects move forward.

Please call Governor Inslee and thank him for his leadership on 100% and let him know that it’s time to take the next step and stand up to fracked gas in Washington: 360-902-4111. A climate champ doesn’t quit!

CAMP OUT IN KALAMA

The proposed Kalama fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery is on track to be Washington’s single largest climate polluter by 2025 and threatens clean air and clean water for our region. With a major permit decision coming up this summer, now is the time to stand with Kalama locals fighting this mega-fracked gas project.

No Methanol—Land & Water Action and Community Camp-out
Saturday, May 18, 1:30–6:30pm
Camp Kalama RV Park, 5055 Meeker Dr, Kalama 98625

Join us and the Power Past Fracked Gas coalition for a celebration of water and community in Kalama—we’ll have kayaks on the Kalama River, and a family friendly rally and picnic on the beach at Camp Kalama. Camping optional! More info and RSVP here.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE, TACOMA?

Opposition and calls for more oversight continue to grow surrounding Puget Sound Energy’s proposed fracked gas refinery and storage project. 17 Washington tribes have released this letter to Governor Inslee, and the office of AG Bob Ferguson weighed in as well. Then last week, the Tacoma Human Rights Commission released a letter urging the city to protect the life and health of residents, including the more than 1500 immigrants detained in the for-profit Northwest Detention Center.

Please call Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli at (253) 591-5130 and demand they conduct a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Tacoma LNG project.

Then speak from the heart to Tacoma City Council and Mayor about why we need to limit the expansion of fossil fuel projects in our region!

Tacoma Tideflats Interim Regulations
Tuesday May 14, 5:00pm
747 Market St., Tacoma 98402
More details here

LISTEN UP, PSE

Puget Sound Energy has been promising to hold an Executive Listening Session since the middle of last year. Now after multiple delays, we’ve got a date! We’re not sure who the lucky executive will be, but please, join us for a fun-filled evening as we tell Puget Sound Energy executives (with members of the Utilities and Transportation Commission in the audience) that we won’t pay $133 million for fracked gas infrastructure that violates treaty rights, contributes to climate chaos and will primarily be used to sell gas for corporate profits. Oh, and we don’t want that damn pipeline expansion in Snohomish County, either.

PSE: No More Gas Projects!
Wednesday, May 22, 4:00–8:00pm
Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue 98004

In classic PSE fashion the exact time remains unconfirmed—follow the event page for updates. Can’t make it? Sign our petition to add your voice!

UNIST’OT’EN CAMP

Come to the frontlines! For the last ten years the Unist’ot’en Camp has been controlling access to their unceded territories in British Columbia exactly where the gas industry wants to build multiple fracked gas pipelines. This a critical moment for their struggle as TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline has won an interlocutory injunction against the camp and is seeking a permanent injunction.

Unist’ot’en Construction Camp May 12 – 31. The call is out for supporters to come and help build multiple cabins for the continued reoccupation of traditional Wet’suwet’en territory. People with carpentry, cooking, camping, and frontline skills or a good attitude and a willingness to work hard and follow indigenous leadership are desired. The camp is a full day’s drive north of Seattle, near Houston, BC. Learn more on the camp page and sign up to come to the camp here!

COAL MINING IN KING COUNTY—WTF??

Strange but true: the federally permitted John Henry Coal Mine in King County is seeking final permits to resume mining, which would make it the only active coal mine in Washington State. There’s still one major hurdle to go, a Natural Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the Department of Ecology to regulate wastewater. We expect the draft permit to be released in May or June, so get your opposition boots ready – we’ll be mobilizing folks around the state to comment on the permit, attend public hearings and pressure their public officials. To get involved and added to the action listserv, 

YEAH, WE’RE PRIMED ALRIGHT

Amazon tech workers have been pressuring the company to release a comprehensive climate justice plan (over 7,000 of them now) and at this year’s shareholder meeting they’ll present their resolution to the board. Join us for action outside the meeting to bring community pressure and call on Amazon to take responsibility for its climate impacts.

Amazon: Come Clean on Climate
Wednesday, May 22, 8:00–11:00am
Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th Street, Seattle 98103
RSVP and sharable event page here

Questions? Contact Rebecca.

GETTING CHASE OUT OF FOSSIL FUELS

April was quite the month! Across the country, people took action against Chase in 22 cities. Here in the Seattle region, we visited all 44 branches of the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. You can check out the wrap-up video here. Moving forward, May 21st is Chase’s Annual General Meeting, and, well, let’s just say we’ll be keeping an eye on what happens there. For more details on the Chase campaign check out our blog, and to get involved with a distributed research program we’re running, please fill out this form!

NAFTA? FIX IT!

The likelihood of Trump’s climate-killing, worker-harming, Big Pharma protecting NAFTA 2.0 being brought to a vote in Congress has increased as pressure builds on both Republicans and Democrats to approve it. That’s why we’re ramping up our efforts to counteract that pressure. Two ways to help:

  1. Join us at food coops around the region to hand out flyers and collect signatures against the deal— to join this effort.
  2. Call your Congressional representative at 1-855-856-7545, or find your representative’s direct dial number here. Tell them to oppose any vote on the NAFTA deal until its fixed. A real NAFTA replacement needs stronger labor and environmental standards with swift and certain enforcement mechanisms—and it can’t sneak in language that locks in high medicine prices. The corporate provisions allowing fossil fuel companies’ lawsuits against Mexico over environmental standards must be removed, along with the whole corporate-rigged regulatory chapter.

Thank you for helping to stop this rigged deal!

OLYMPIA WRAP UP

It was a good year for the climate and the environment in Olympia—the best year in over a decade, thanks to new legislators in both chambers who supported a few overworked champions by demanding that leadership let them deliver on their campaign promises to support climate action. It’s proof that elections matter.

And thanks to the hundreds of members of the Civic Action Team who made nearly 4,500 legislator contacts this session to champion important climate bills. Your calls and emails helped pass bills that will give Washington carbon neutral electricity by 2035, cleaner, less polluting buildings, and make sure the Salish Sea is a safer place for our orcas and salmon. Here is our list of the bills that passed and the ones that didn’t—and look for our session wrap-up blog early this week.

But keep in mind that we’re not done—nothing passed this year puts us on track to hit what the IPCC has told us is necessary to prevent climate chaos. There’s still lots of education and action needed in Olympia.

No Cap and Trade
Alerted to a cap and trade bill by our friends at Got Green, we took a position against this false solution that has failed to protect frontline communities from being burdened with even more pollution. To learn more about why we oppose cap and trade, check out our No Cap and Trade blog.

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. Our monthly meeting is a great place to learn about our work and current projects. Please join us Monday, May 20 at 7:00pm 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 6:30 for an orientation. RSVP to Kara for the address of a home in the Wallingford neighborhood.

Our People Gonna Rise: Undoing Racism Workshop Series
The final workshop in the series is this next weekend, and you don’t need to have attended the first two to attend this one! Highly recommended, and amazingly there is still room this time!

Allies to Immigrants
Sunday, May 12, 2:00–8:00pm
Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St., Seattle 98144
(Right next to the Beacon Hill light rail station)

Facilitated by the Mangrove Collective, this workshop creates a safe space for difficult conversations as we come together and commit to ending racism in our climate justice work. The format will be a mix of short presentations of how oppressions (specifically racism) work and how individual experiences can intersect along axes of different oppressions; small group storytelling (longer times with opportunities for deeper sharing and deep listening); large group sharing (shorter and mostly of highlights from small group discussions); and time for individual creative reflection. Please click here to reserve your spot so we know how much food to prepare! Cost: sliding scale, scholarships available. Contact Kara for more info.

What is now called the Licton Springs neighborhood in Seattle was once a spiritual and medicinal gathering place for the Duwamish people. There were once hundreds of springs, but most have been paved over and destroyed by development. One remaining spring is in Licton Springs Park, and the Urban Native Education Alliance is leading a campaign to designate it a historical landmark. Read more here, and sign this petition calling on the Landmark Preservation Board to give this spring landmark status—then share with friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. They are once again running the #FreeBlackMamas campaign to raise bail for black mothers to get out of jail and be reunited with their families for Mother’s Day. Consider skipping the flowers and cards this year and using that money to make a donation to #FreeBlackMamas today!

CITIES MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Portland reduced their greenhouse gas emissions while their population grew. How can we do that?!

Cities Climate Summit II: A model for success!
Saturday, May 11
Sorry, the event is full, but you can sign up for the video here

Climate planner Susan Anderson will describe how the City of Portland and Multnomah County brought greenhouse gas reductions from goal to reality. Cities account for 70% of national greenhouse gas emissions, and while local K4C cities have set goals, they aren’t meeting themSign up for the video to learn from Portland’s example, and check out the local group holding K4C cities accountable.

TRANSPORTATION IS 62% OF SEATTLE GHG

If you get around on foot, bike, or wheelchair, please take 5 minutes to complete this WSDOT active transportation survey—strong survey results could help shift funding priorities toward zero-carbon transportation.

Bike update
The bike community really came through at the Bike Master Plan open houses, refusing to fight over the scraps, standing up for prioritizing bike lanes in communities that need affordable transit the most, and insisting it’s the city’s job to prioritize bikes over cars. Because you all turned out, climate was front and center in every discussion. SDOT has asked for an extension, so it’s likely the BMP won’t be before the City Council until June.

Stand up for faster buses!
Join us and the MASS Coalition at Tuesday’s meeting of the Seattle City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, as we speak up for faster buses! The committee will be hearing reports on Move Seattle and RapidRide implementation. These plans are moving very slowly, and many projects have been pared down or delayed. Buses carrying scores of riders shouldn’t get stuck behind a sea of single-occupancy vehicles! The City needs to be more ambitious about climate, starting with prioritizing public transit on our roads.

Sustainability and Transportation Committee—Prioritize Public Transit
Tuesday, May 7, 1:30–3:00pm
Meet up at 1:30 in City Grind cafe in the lobby for talking points, meeting at 2
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle 98104
Shareable event page here

The other kind of movement politics
350 Seattle’s Transportation Team is co-sponsoring this event with Red May Seattle, featuring Mimi Sheller, author of Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in the Age of Extremes. Come rethink the way that the climate crisis, immigration, and our everyday transportation issues fit together.

Mobility Justice
Sunday, May 19, 12:00pm
NW Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle 98122

UW Transit passes for all—we keep fighting, and winning
Last summer, we won transit passes for many of UW’s union workers, and last month, MASS Coalition (Move All Seattle Sustainably) got UW Administration to back down on a proposal to increase U-PASS costs for professional staff and faculty. Now we will be testifying during the public comment at 5:30 to show that UW employees and community allies support a fully-subsidized U-PASS for ALL UW employees without distinction! Come stand with us as we testify as a group. Full transit benefits will help the UW reach its Campus Master Plan goal of lowering the drive-alone rate to 12%.

UW Regents Meeting—Transit Passes for Employees
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:15 – 5:45pm
Gerberding, Room 142, UW Seattle Campus
Shareable event page here

Interested in joining in our work?

Next Transpo meeting
Monday May 13, 4:15–5:45pm,
Room 330, Vance building, 1402 3rd Ave

HOUSING POLICY IS CLIMATE POLICY

Affordable Housing Week, May 13–17 has tons of events where we can learn about what folks are doing toward affordable housing in Seattle right now. Lots of interesting topics such as Renters Rights 101, Anti-displacement Forum, and Parking and Housing Affordability. Check out the whole list here.

Two opportunities to speak up for public affordable housing
We rocked the first open house for a new ecovillage on the National Guard Armory site, and now there’s another open house coming up. Join us at the next Interbay Project open house to again speak for social housing and the services and spaces that make for true community, on the scale we need to help stem the tide of displacement. Our showing up in numbers sparked others to get excited for housing opportunities, so let’s keep up the momentum.

Interbay Open House
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00pm
Ballard VFW Hall, 2812 NW Market St., Seattle 98107
Shareable event page here

The city is revving up to build some affordable housing in a really nice neighborhood, right next to Discovery Park. So, you can bet there will be pushback. Come help us support more affordable housing in all our neighborhoods. Details about the city’s plans here.

Fort Lawton Public Hearing
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Cap & trade has failed communities in California ― why would it be any different here?

In 2013, California adopted the country’s largest cap and trade scheme. Since then, the state’s overall greenhouse gas pollution have dropped from the 2001 peak…but there’s a catch. Many of the most polluting corporations have actually increased their pollution since the program came into effect. Oil refineries, gas corporations, fossil fuel-hooked utilities: all have increased their greenhouse gas emissions and related pollution since 2013.

That’s because cap and trade is a policy that “caps” the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the state (which is, undoubtedly, a good thing) but allows individual companies to actually increase their emissions by “trading” purchasing pollution “allowances” from companies that pollute less.

So, while overall emissions may have dropped, the first serious study examining the social impacts of California’s cap-and-trade program, found that 52% of companies regulated by the program saw an increase in annual average greenhouse gas emissions. Cement plants, for example, saw an increase in emissions by almost 75%….cement plants like, say, the Ash Grove plant in south Seattle that accounts for 10% of our city’s overall emissions and massively contributes to the fact that south Seattle residents are three times more likely to have asthma than those who live in the north of our city.

That’s the biggest problem with cap and trade. The corporations that are permitted to increase their pollution rates are overwhelmingly situated in disadvantaged communities; black, brown, and low-income communities that have historically been hit hardest by environmental pollution.

That’s why a number of Washington-based people-of-color-led environmental justice groups, including our friends at Got Green and Community2Community, are deeply concerned that state Senator Carlyle has introduced Senate Bill 5981, proposing a cap and trade system for Washington state.

In a policy paper released by Got Green last week, they argue that cap-and-trade is a “scheme introduced for and by major climate-polluting corporations.”

And they have a point. In Washington state, Senate Bill 5981 originated with British Petroleum ― a corporation which continues to spend ungodly sums of money on opposing climate action. So why is BP, a company that spent $13 million opposing I-1631 last year, supporting cap and trade? Is it because they’ve seen the light and suddenly support meaningful climate action? Yeah, right. In the last five years, BP has spent more money than any other company on earth fighting climate policy.

BP supports cap and trade because it’s figured out how to coexist with California’s cap and trade system. But here’s the thing: BP’s basic business model is incompatible with curtailing catastrophic climate change. So, anything that’s good for BP isn’t good for the rest of us who live on this planet — especially not frontline communities.

In its policy paper, Got Green also argues that cap-and-trade “increases harm to those communities living next to oil refineries, fossil fuel power plants and other carbon-intensive industries.” The evidence from California backs them up.

We cannot have climate justice without environmental justice ― and it’s clear that cap and trade only deepens environmental injustice. For anyone who professes to care about climate justice, cap and trade is a “solution” that we must push back against. Hard.

We hope you’ll join our friends at Got Green and Community2Community as they do exactly that with a No Cap and Trade Rally in Olympia next week. RSVP & more details here.

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Taking on the Nation’s Largest Bank: JPMorgan Chase

by Alec Connon

For two years now, we’ve been campaigning to force JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, to stop funding climate disaster. Here’s the story behind the campaign ― an overview of the problem we’re trying to solve, a history of what’s happened so far, and a preview of what’s coming next. We hope you’ll join us.

First: The Problem

Despite the fact that 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground to avoid climate catastrophe, fossil fuel companies continue to spend hundreds of billions every year building new coal terminals, new oil pipelines, and new LNG facilities. Every one of these projects locks in decades of climate pollution ― and commits us to a future of ever more wildfires, hurricanes, sea-level rise, and species extinction.

But there’s a key fact missing from this story: Fossil fuel companies are wholly dependent on major bank loans to build new fossil fuel projects. Without major bank loans, fossil fuel companies just don’t have enough money to build massive, multi-billion-dollar pipelines such as Trans-Mountain or Keystone XL.

This means that if we can stop the flow of dollars from banks to fossil fuel companies, we can stop the buildout of devastating new fossil fuel projects.

That’s the basic premise of our Chase campaign. Now, here’s what happened so far.

The Campaign Begins

In January 2017, Trump signed an executive order to force through the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. Within months, oil was flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline ― and soon, it was being reported that TransCanada was moving pipeline to South Dakota to start construction on the Keystone XL. With the White House in the hands of a dangerous climate denier, there seemed to be little that we here in Seattle could do to stop this monstrosity.

But, there was one option left open to us: follow the money.

The Keystone XL would cost TransCanada $8 billion. Even super-wealthy fossil fuel companies like TransCanada don’t have enough money stashed away to pay for a pipeline that expensive without relying on major bank loans. And so, after talking with our friends at Mazaska Talks, we decided to launch a campaign targeting the TransCanada’s largest funder: JPMorgan Chase.

Our First Actions

We started by going to City Council. Thinking that a potential $3 billion customer would have some sway with Chase, we pitched the idea of Seattle City Council passing a resolution committing the City to avoid banking with any bank that funds the Keystone XL pipeline. Councilmember Sawant agreed to sponsor the resolution. Two weeks later, it passed the Council unanimously. It was a good start, but we knew that it was only a start.

A few weeks later, we hosted a press conference at a downtown JPMorgan Chase branch. At the press conference, we issued a simple demand: release a public statement that you will not fund the Keystone XL or we will shut down at least ten of your branches all across the City.

Two weeks passed and ― surprise, surprise ― Chase did not release a public statement. So we did what we had promised to do: In a major act of civil disobedience, we shut down 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase.

Not long after, Mazaska Talks called for a global day of action to hold the banks accountable for their role in the climate crisis and for their role in funding projects that violate Indigenous Nations and Tribes right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Three months later, the largest ever protest against banks’ investments in fossil fuels occurred in 60 cities, 12 countries, and 4 continents. In Seattle, we disrupted business at all 106 branches of the tar-sands-funding banks in the city and seven people were arrested as we shut down central branches of JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Entering the Bank

We knew that protesting outside (and, um, inside) Chase wasn’t going to be enough, either. And so in November 2017, we sent a letter to Chase PNW Chairwoman Phyllis Campbell requesting a meeting to discuss Chase’s role in the climate crisis. To our surprise, a few weeks later, we joined with Matt Remle and Rachel Heaton, the founders of Mazaska Talks, to meet with Phyllis Campbell, Maris Buchanan (Chase’s Vice-President of Sustainability), and Thomas Perrick (Chase’s PNW Head of Government Relations).

At that meeting, we explained why we are engaging in this campaign: Chase is funding new fossil fuel projects at a time when new fossil fuel projects mean locking in climate pollution that will cause the extinction of species and vast levels of human suffering. Matt and Rachel explained how the fossil fuel industry routinely violates Indigenous communities’ rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent. In each instance, we provided numerous examples of Chase clients ― namely, TransCanada and Enbridge Energy ― building projects that both violate the rights of Indigenous communities and lock in climate chaos.

After the meeting, Ms. Campbell referred us to Matt Arnold, Chase’s Global Head of Sustainability. Since then, we have been in regular dialogue with Mr. Arnold and others at Chase ― and we have continued to push them hard in every one of these conversations.

Recognizing that people aren’t corporations, but that people are responsible for the decisions of corporations, we will continue to engage with, and hold accountable, Chase’s leadership at every stage of this campaign.

And the Coalition Grows

In September 2017, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a national organization with 30+ years’ experience with corporate campaigns, joined the campaign against Chase. Their opening salvo was an impressive banner drop, rally, and disruption at an event that Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, was speaking at in Denver, CO.

Since then, we have worked closely with RAN, and the coalition of groups participating in the campaign has only grown: Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, Greenpeace USA, 350.org, 350 Colorado, 350 Madison, and Chicago Rising Tide are a few of the organizations that have thrown down for the campaign in the last year. On a local level, we have planned all of our Seattle actions with our friends at Mazaska Talks, Protectors of the Salish Sea, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, as well as with organizers from 350 Eastside and 350 Tacoma.

As we look ahead, we know that this campaign will have to grow even more. That’s why we’re excited that organizers from 350 Mass, 350 Bay Area, and 350 Denver are all participating in the upcoming April 10th action.


And the Actions Continue

Despite the fact that Chase decision makers are now engaging with us, the campaign coalition has continued to use public protest as a key strategy. Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • In November 2017, RAN dropped a huge banner outside Chase’s US HQ on Wall Street
  • In May 2018, we had our first national day of action targeting Chase and there were actions in 19 cities, including a major action in Seattle that shut down 2nd Ave outside of Chase’s PNW HQ.
  • A week before that action, we dropped this rather beautiful banner advertising the fact that in one week’s time we were going to do what we had done before: #ShutDownChase
  • Also, in May of 2018 a delegation of activists gatecrashed Chase’s AGM in Texas and caused a disruption calling for Chase to divest from fossil fuels.
  • In Sept 2018, RAN dropped a banner at the US Open final. Why? Because Jamie Dimon loves tennis and was in the crowd!
  • In October 2018, we dropped this 24x24 foot banner from Highway 99 that articulated Chase’s role in the proposed, massive tar sands pipeline, Line 3. We followed up the banner drop with sending Chase’s executive leadership 1,000 emails with an image of the banner.
  • In December 2018, there were simultaneous actions in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. In Seattle, we put a 50-foot pipeline through Chase PNW HQ in Seattle and simulated an oil spill, and dropped a massive banner calling on Phyllis Campbell to use her power in the company to move it away from fossil fuels.

These are just a few of the actions that have happened as part of this campaign: RAN has also been following Jamie Dimon all over the country and regularly bird dogging him; 350 Madison and 350 CO have had actions we haven’t mentioned here, as have numerous other organizations. Literally dozens of these actions have been reported in media outlets like Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Democracy Now! and many more. In addition, we’ve supplemented these on-the-ground actions with other strategies: In December 2018, Chase executives received well over 20,000 emails and 1,000 phone calls demanding that they stop funding fossil fuels; at Chase’s 2018 AGM, RAN attempted to introduce a shareholder resolution that would have forced the bank to complete a study into their tar sands holdings, a resolution that Chase executives blocked from being introduced.

So, What’s Next?

Well, the short answer of that is more of the same. Last week, we just found out that Chase is now the largest funder of fossil fuels in the world. The numbers don’t lie: since the Paris Agreement was signed in late 2015, Chase has loaned over $196 billion to fossil fuel companies.

And so we will continue doing everything in our power to hold Chase accountable. We’ll engage their leadership in dialogue, we’ll send their executives tens of thousands of emails and call Jamie Dimon thousands of times, and we’ll protest at their branches all over the country.

The next opportunity to join the campaign is on April 10th. We hope that you’ll join us. Here’s how:

  1. Attend the Mass Action Meeting on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30. You can RSVP and get more details here.
  2. Can’t make the meeting, but still want to get involved? Email Alec: alec@350Seattle.org
  3. Are you a Chase customer? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with ways that you can use your power as customer to help us win this campaign.

It’s going to take all of us to move the nation’s largest bank. We hope that includes you.

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350 Seattle by Dave Mccaul - 4M ago

Spring is headed our way, with fire season right behind it… So let’s get to work:

FOSSIL FREE KING COUNTY

Last month, we passed the #FossilFreeKC ordinance and won a 6-month moratorium on all new fossil fuel development in King County. But that’s just the start!

Per procedure, there’s a public hearing on the moratorium and King County is asking for public input on its decision; in other words, this is a BIG opportunity to continue building energy behind the moratorium and shape the long-term planning process to make it permanent.

Which means that we need YOU to show up and let King County Council know that the community is 100% behind them as they take on the fossil fuel industry.

Public Hearing on the #FossilFreeKC Moratorium
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30–11:30am
King County Council, 516 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle 98104
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Want to know more? Join us for an action meeting where you can learn about the moratorium and public hearing, ask questions and prep your testimony.

FFKC Action Meeting – Prep for Moratorium Hearing
Tuesday, March 12, 6:30–8:00pm
350 Seattle’s NEW office! 1127 10th Ave E., Seattle 98102

CALL-IN TO PSCAA

At the end of March, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will release their response to over 10,000 comments submitted last fall—let’s see if we can get at least 100 calls made on the 15th!

Friday, March 15
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency: (206) 343-8800

Suggested call script:
“Hi! My name is _______ from ______. I’m calling to thank the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for the additional environmental review on PSE’s Tacoma LNG facility. Please produce the strongest review possible that accounts for the 2014 IPCC data and the true climate impacts of fracked gas! The Air Agency has my full support in delaying the review again so long as you accurately examine upstream methane emissions. I’m confident that faced with the facts, the agency will ultimately deny the air permit for this facility. Thanks so much for your work!”

Pro tip: Put the phone number and script in a reminder on your phone for March 15th!

OH, TACOMA

The city of Tacoma is still dragging its feet on its promise to hire a third-party consultant to determine if the LNG project needs supplemental review. Please call City Manager Elizabeth Pauli at (253) 591-5130 and city attorney Steve Victor at (253) 591-5638 to share your support for the Puyallup Tribes’ request to have a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that addresses safety concerns and substantial project changes.

Letters to the editor needed
Can you help educate our neighbors and elected officials about threats Puget Sound Energy’s proposed LNG fracked gas project brings to our Salish Sea communities? Check out our handy Letter to the Editor Guide for tips, talking points and even email addresses of where you can submit them!

HEY JAY, SAY NO TO FRACKED GAS

Check out this inspiring video of last month’s visit to Olympia where we delivered nearly 150,000 fracked gas comments to Governor Inslee! Want to add your voice? Click here to send our form letter urging the Governor to protect our climate, health and safety by opposing all new and expanded gas infrastructure. You can also call his office at (360) 902-4111.

BOOK ‘EM, PETE

Nine U.S cities and counties, from New York to San Francisco, have already filed claims against the fossil fuel industry for knowingly causing climate change, lying about it, and spending billions fighting any meaningful climate policy. It’s time for Seattle to step up and join this vital front of the climate movement.

Click here to sign our petition calling on the Seattle City Attorney to file claims against the fossil fuel industry. And while we’re pleased that City Attorney Holmes has already responded to our petition by announcing that they’ve hired a legal firm to explore suing the industry, hiring a law firm isn’t enough. We need to see Seattle move forwards and take the fossil fuel criminals to court!

CHASE-ING THEM OUT OF FOSSIL FUELS

350 Seattle is partnering with Rainforest Action Network to organize a National Day of Action on April 10th that will call out Chase’s role in the climate crisis. Already, there are actions confirmed in 11 cities and 10 states! Just last week, Chase announced that it is divesting from private prisons. This great news gives us hope that they can be convinced to divest from other heinous industries, like the fossil fuel industry.

#ShutDownChase – Seattle
Wednesday, April 10
To participate, sign up here.

More details coming soon!

PROMISE TO PROTECT

The Promise to Protect Training Tour is coming to nine cities across the U.S. this spring, preparing thousands of people to stand with Indigenous leaders to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. At this one-day training, you’ll learn about nonviolent direct action and support roles, protocols for mobilizing in Lakota territory, and how to apply these lessons to local campaigns.

Seattle Promise to Protect Training
Register for Saturday, April 27 or register for Sunday, April 28
Space is limited, so sign up today!

Join us as we create a nationwide wave of resistance against fossil fuel development in our communities, and prepare to show up when called by Indigenous leaders to stand against the Keystone XL pipeline.

AMAZON TAKES A CATCH-UP STEP

In a win for tech worker organizing and community pressure, Amazon made its first-ever announcement that it plans to reduce shipping emissions! Amazon committed to making 50% of shipments ‘net zero carbon’ by 2030 and to release its carbon footprint later this year.

Yet, in the same week, we learned that Amazon (along with other big tech companies) is actively courting fossil fuel companies to sell artificial intelligence that accelerates exploration, extraction, and production. So, clearly, we have a lot more work to do to pressure Amazon on climate justice. Stay tuned for next steps, and if you haven’t already, show support for the tech workers’ shareholder resolution by signing this petition.

WE’RE MOVING!

At 350 Seattle, we love to work together—and with you! But we haven’t really been able to, because our old office only comfortably fit two or three people.

So we’ve taken the plunge and signed a lease for a brand spanking new office—a beautiful space with two big rooms and lots of light that gives us room to grow, and a place where we can work together and welcome volunteers. But this is a leap of faith for us: our rent is going up $1100/month.

We need your help!
Head to our GoFundMe site and help us reach our goal. All money will go to paying for the new space. The Gofundme will be live until March 15!

And if you’d like to help us plan more fundraising events, please contact Shemona, we would love to have more people on the team!

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. Our monthly meeting is a great place to learn about our work and current projects. Please join us Monday, March 18 at 7:00 pm to hear more about ways we can deepen our understanding of systemic oppression, ways to help out or attend the upcoming Our People Gonna Rise Workshop Series, and more. If this is your first meeting, please plan to arrive at 6:30 for an orientation. RSVP to Kara for the address of a home in the Wallingford neighborhood.

Our People Gonna Rise: Undoing Racism Workshop Series
Two more workshops are left in the series, and you don’t need to have attended the first one to attend these! These 6-hour workshops, facilitated by the Mangrove Collective, create a safe space for difficult conversations as we come together and commit to ending racism in our climate justice work. The format is a mix of short presentations on how oppressions (specifically racism) work and how individual experiences can intersect along axes of different oppressions; small group storytelling (longer times with opportunities for deeper sharing and deep listening); large group sharing (shorter and mostly of highlights from small group discussions); and time for individual creative reflection. Please click here for more information and to reserve your spot!

yəhaw̓ at King Street Station!
yəhaw̓ is an Indigenous-led exhibition that will run March 23 – August 3, 2019. It’s the inaugural exhibition for ARTS at King Street Station, Office of Arts & Culture Seattle’s new cultural space.

yəhaw̓ – Opening Celebration
Saturday, March 23, 12:00–7:00pm
Performances, song, and storytelling all day. The exhibit runs through August 3.
Event page here.

This show features the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series celebrates the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest.

Solidarity with Unist’ot’en update
For weeks, the RCMP and Coastal GasLink (CGL) workers have denied residents of the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre access to their traditional traplines, and in some cases, destroyed traplines in the process of work. The BC Environmental Assessment Office issued an order to “not resume activities that may affect” the use of this trapline until June 12, 2019. CGL is not honoring this request, and continues to block access, operating bulldozers and excavators within meters of active traps last week.

The trapping program is an integral part of Unist’ot’en Healing Center activities, providing a cultural, land-based activity that lets residents connect with ancestral knowledge and practice, acquiring skills that establish a sense of personal esteem and mastery, building up their confidence as knowledge keepers and eventually as teachers.

Please share this information! It is important that everyone is made aware of the ways in which corporations and governments continue to place profits over Indigenous sovereignty. Follow the camp Facebook pages for timely updates: Unist’ot’en Camp and Wet’suwet’en Access point on Gidimt’en territory.

GREEN-A-THON 2019

“Those of us involved in the environmental justice movement have a different take on what it means to be an environmentalist. We view our struggle for environmental justice as being organically linked to all struggles for justice. Against poverty. Against homelessness. Against police brutality, racial violence and racial profiling. Against the prison industry. If we don’t have political justice, if we don’t have racial justice, if we don’t have economic justice, we cannot achieve environmental justice.” —Got Green’s Young Leaders Team.

Got Green is a Seattle area environmental justice organization rooted in community, led by people of color and youth. Front-line Allies is launching our team for the Green-A-Thon, Got Green’s annual community building and fundraising campaign. Members of our team, 350 ways to love Got Green, can contribute in many ways: fundraise for Got Green within your own networks (ask a friend, share on social media, hold a bake sale); join group fundraising activities; join the (non-fundraising) Community Canvass Event with all the other Green-a-Thon teams; volunteer to help Got Green; or help organize our team’s work.

Work Party, Thursday, April 18, 6:00–8:00pm
Earth Day Community Canvass, Saturday, April 20
Community Appreciation Party, Thursday, May 9
Work Party, Wednesday, May 8, 6:00–8:00pm

Will you be on our Green-A-thon team this year? Please contact Paul to let us know!

CLIMATE-KILLING NAFTA

While it’s still a mystery when the new climate-killing NAFTA will be up for a vote, we know it’s time to amp up the pressure on our Congressional Representatives and Senators to vote no. There are plenty of reasons to oppose it, like the regulatory chapter full of provisions that threaten our ability to implement the Green New Deal. Learn more here and here.

The Trade team brought these concerns to Senators Murray and Cantwell, as well as the Congressional offices of Derek Kilmer, Adam Smith and Kim Schrier. Thanks to all who attended and spoke eloquently, including Linda Brewster, Hillary Haden (from Washington Fair Trade Coalition), Jack Smith, Brent McFarlane, Mimi Stewart, Kevin Kilbridge, Margie Bone, Camryn, Nancy Corr, and Neal Anderson.

Please call or email your Representative and our Senators and ask them to vote no on the new NAFTA.

NAFTA Webinar
Learn about NAFTA’s impact and how the new NAFTA could continue to harm working people and the environment in three countries.

Trump’s NAFTA – Improve It or Lose It!
Thursday, March 14, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Register here.

This webinar provides context and talking points for contacting members of Congress and offers ways to get involved in the fight against the pro-corporate NAFTA.

PHONES ARE RINGING IN OLYMPIA

Wowza! In just the first 8 weeks of the state legislative session, we have collectively made almost 1,500 phone calls and sent 500 individual emails to legislators! Nice work, civic-minded activists!

Want to join us in making sure that climate becomes a priority for Washington politicians? There’s still plenty of time to make your voice heard in Olympia this session: Sign up here to receive our weekly Civic Action Team Alerts!

TRANSPORTATION = 62% OF SEATTLE GHG

Help us hasten an equitable transition to fossil-fuel-free transportation here in the Seattle area, as well as the region.

Next Transpo Meeting is Monday!
Monday, February 11, 4:15–5:45pm
Vance building, Room 330, 1402 3rd Ave., Seattle 98101
Text 206-427-7884 if you have trouble finding or getting into the building

35th Ave Bike Lane needs a(nother) moment of your time
The mayor still has not announced a decision whether to act, so we’ve updated our form letter to let her know we haven’t forgotten. Whether or not you’ve written the Mayor already, please take a moment right now to send the Mayor our updated 35th Bike Lane email. And for even more impact, write the mayor directly: jenny.durkan@seattle.gov.

Roads are Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
And that’s why we are plenty steamed about a state transportation package that would widen and build roads at the expense of transit, bike, and pedestrian/rolling infrastructureRead our blog post about it here, and to be kept in the loop, and maybe even help, sign up for the Transpo mailing list: 

HOUSING

Housing bills are moving in Olympia—help give these a push!

SSB 5812 / SHB 1797
These bills require cities to increase housing capacity by removing some restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs). These bills are in line for floor votes, so please contact your senator and also your representative, and tell them that: 1) ADUs give both renters and homeowners more options. 2) they can provide affordable housing and needed income for low-income homeowners. 3) Too many cities in WA excessively and needlessly restrict the construction of ADUs, limiting homeowner choices that could help the whole city.

SHB 1923
This bill would fight both climate change and Washington’s long history of racially and economically segregated housing by increasing urban residential building capacity in areas close to transit, services, and opportunity. The House Rules Committee is still considering whether to send it for a vote by the full House—it needs a boost!

Contact your representatives and tell them: We have a climate crisis AND a critical housing shortage: our cities need to increase housing capacity in the neighborhoods that need it most. We can’t allow wealthy neighborhoods with more political power to pull up the drawbridge while lower-income neighborhoods shoulder all our much-needed new urban housing.

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.

Looking for a mural wall
As the weather improves, we’re still looking for a high visibility wall for a beautiful mural. Know of one? If you do or would like to paint bus shelters with young people, 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.

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

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 folks who want to do photo sorting and be an imagery co-librarian! Contact Lisa.

LET’S GATHER AROUND MUSIC!

It’s a concert for 350 Seattle! Were you at our March General Meeting? Two..

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by Andrew Kidde

For the last several decades, traffic congestion has plagued many U.S. cities, and in response government agencies have repeatedly added more lanes to highways, or built new highways. Every time, shortly after a highway is widened or a new one is built, the congestion returns. Transportation planners call it “induced demand.” Despite the fact that adding highway capacity virtually never solves congestion problems, governments throughout the country have returned to this false solution time and again.

Senator Hobbs, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, has fallen into the same trap, proposing a multi-year transportation funding package that includes a hefty amount of highway capacity improvement projects and almost nothing for pedestrian, bike, and transit projects. According to a Seattle Times article, “in total, about 8 percent of the funding would be for “multimodal” projects, compared with 29 percent for new roads and another 12 percent for roads preservation and maintenance.” The bill passed out of committee last week, and could now go to a floor vote.

Not only does adding highway capacity fail to resolve congestion, but it is also a disaster for the climate. The highways that encircle and cut through our cities are the other fossil fuel infrastructure, as dangerous as the drilling and piping and refining of oil. They literally pave the way for all that consumption of big oil that makes transportation responsible for close to half of our greenhouse gas emissions.

Adding highway capacity locks us into transportation infrastructure that is based on private cars.  And car ownership, with its many hidden costs, is a bigger financial burden than many of us realize. For lower income families, the transportation package’s investment in highway capacity would expand a system that they cannot afford to use.

Instead of limiting ourselves to a future of clogged highways, Washington’s transportation funding package should help create a future where we have more transportation options. Rather than paving the way for more and more polluting vehicles, it should fund sustainable clean transportation, such as transit, and pedestrian and bike infrastructure. Instead of spending the majority of funds on a system that many cannot afford to use, we need investment in a transportation system affordable to all.

Of course private cars will be with us for a long time, and in many parts of our state, they will remain the principal transportation system for decades. So we need to invest in maintaining roads and bridges. And we need to invest in vehicle electrification to ensure that we can meet climate pollution targets. But expanding the highway system makes no sense — let’s stop building bigger and more highways that get jammed up, pollute the air, ruin the climate, and make transportation expensive. As they say, when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Stay tuned for action alerts as we learn about the next votes…

PS: If you care about climate, there’s a lot more to hate about this bill — read here for more details.

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350 Seattle by 350 Seattle - 5M ago

by Barbara Bengtsson

Late last year, two major new reports called for urgent action on climate change; one, from the International Panel on Climate change (the IPCC), warned that we have less than twelve years to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Why then should we battle racial oppression and economic injustice in our fight against runaway warming?

For one thing, overcoming the political and economic power of the fossil fuel industry requires an understanding of how the industry has operated, working to keep its most obvious pollution and harms far from those with political power. Those who have benefited the least from the fossil fuel economy have also suffered the most from it. In marginalized communities facing injustices like police violence and the daily struggle to make ends meet, climate change is seldom seen as the most immediate problem, but redlining and discriminatory land use policies have meant that it’s usually poor and/or African American, Native American, and Latinx communities who live in close proximity to chemical plants, incinerators, refineries, and other polluters — and who are also the most vulnerable to severe weather and other climate risks. Amy Goodman’s tour of Houston’s Fenceline Communities after Hurricane Harvey shows the shocking extent to which marginalized communities are exposed to toxic pollution. As researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana documented, “Minorities and low-income communities are seen as the path of least resistance because they have fewer resources and political clout to oppose the siting of unwanted facilities.

This raises unsettling questions: would we still be facing anthropogenic climate change if our society valued all lives equally? Maybe the sacrifices required to make a fossil fuel economy work would not have been acceptable. Unfortunately, as slavery and religious strife show, humans have a long history of considering some lives as less worthy than others.

Slaves, of course, were denied their humanity and sold like cattle; they suffered torture designed to force ever more productivity out of them. And the land on which cotton was grown was stolen from Native Americans, who were either killed or forced to leave their homes. After slavery, segregation and violence against African Americans and Natives continued, and redlining kept neighborhoods segregated and drained resources from black communities; these neighborhoods have often also been the most polluted. And the prison industrial complex that has disproportionately entrapped Black, Latinx, and Native people has environmental as well as social consequences, including a large carbon footprint.

It’s easy to show the violence of the oppressed; during the Baltimore uprising after the murder of Freddy Gray, media reports focused on images of burning cars and smashed storefronts. But the violence of the powerful is more subtle, virulent, and widespread; it places waste incinerators close to schools and refineries next to homes, poisons community water supplies to protect the profits of bond holders, and allows global warming to destabilize Sub-Saharan Africa because maintaining an unsustainable economic system is fundamentally valued over the lives of Africans.

Policies rooted in white supremacy are designed to divide people and thereby destroy solidarity. Other policies, rooted in the logic of capitalism, may inadvertently do so, because no one wants to believe that their comfort requires someone else’s illness or death. Failing to understand the brutal logic by which the fossil fuel industry has operated—“progress” at any price, and keep the pain and suffering out of view of those with power who might be troubled by it—profoundly limits our ability to deal with global warming for many reasons, perhaps most of all because we fail to see how willing they’ve been to sacrifice people. Why would it be different now? It isn’t—to see that, we only need to look at fights like the one over the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was rerouted so that it didn’t endanger the water supply of Bismarck, and did endanger the water supply of the Standing Rock Reservation.

We also need to remember that if only solutions coming out of the white ruling class are considered, we are listening only to those with  a vested interest in preventing changes that would limit their profits and power. Scientists have warned about the threat of anthropogenic climate change for over 40 years, ample time for the implementation of market-based solutions. But because the executives of the fossil fuel industry lied to protect its profits, here we are—faced with irreversible climate chaos unless we transform our economy over the next ten years, a formidable task that will require us to come together as never before. And that requires white people to understand the profound environmental and economic inequities of the system—a system that has benefited many of us greatly—and to show up in solidarity and humility for racial and economic justice.

We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past and expect that things will turn out differently. To solve climate change, we must recognize and overcome the system that gave rise to it.

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350 Seattle by 350 Seattle - 6M ago

by Rachel McDonald

I was recently elected to 350 Seattle’s board of directors. Those of you who know me well know I’m a librarian by trade, and reading is one of the ways in which I make sense of the world. For years, I read about climate change, but I became involved in climate justice fairly recently, when I realized that we as a society can no longer expect that our elected leaders will treat this issue like the crisis it is. On some level, I’d also been looking for a community: a group of people whose values were similar to mine and who weren’t afraid to take action in all sorts of ways to live those values. Whether it’s showing up to city council budget hearings to advocate for a more liveable city for all, canvassing for a carbon fee on corporate polluters, supporting the Puyallup tribe in their fight against a fracked gas facility, or holding big banks accountable for their investments in tar sands infrastructure, I’m proud of the transformative work that this organization is engaged in.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about hope in the past year. There is no denying that we are in dark times, certainly the darkest era I’ve seen in my lifetime. And that’s why hope is so vital. We can choose to succumb to cynicism and despair, we can stand idly by and wish things were different, or we can choose a path of collective action — of working together with our friends, our neighbors, in our communities, and even forming global networks of direct action, resistance, and mutual aid. Having hope is all about recognizing that, as author Arundhati Roy says, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

If we’re willing to peer into that darkness and imagine the world in which we want to live, the world in which we want future generations to live, and then get up every morning and take small steps toward making that world a reality while acknowledging that we may not see it in our lifetimes, then we are creating a climate of hope. And that is why the work that 350 Seattle is doing is so important to me. When I think of the battles we’ve won, and the battles we’ve yet to win, it brings me hope. And as the brilliant essayist Rebecca Solnit says, “Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away.”

We have it within our power to make change. Whatever your talents and interests, there are so many ways that you can be involved in this work. I’m a bit of a theater geek, so perhaps it’s not surprising then that in the past couple years I’ve found myself dressed up in a bright yellow hazmat suit, occupying banks in Seattle, and performing street theater to bring attention to Chase’s funding of tar sands pipeline projects. And while this definitely involved me moving outside of my comfort zone, it was also really fun. I’ve made connections and friendships that I believe will last for the rest of my life. And it’s thanks to these connections and that support that I felt ready to take a risk and use my privilege to get arrested and hopefully bring more attention to the seriousness of climate chaos. (Now I’m not asking you all to get arrested, but if you’re interested in talking about it, come and find me sometime).

We have an amazing group of people from all walks of life who are engaged in this fight. Some of them have radically rearranged their priorities and sacrificed financial stability to become more involved with 350 Seattle, but they can’t do this alone. Doing this work takes a great deal of organizing, coordinating resources, and providing logistical support. And that’s where we all come in. We are spending the next few weeks trying to raise $6000 more for 350 Seattle’s work — the remainder of our original goal of $20,000 that’s being matched by an anonymous donor. I’m asking you to ask yourself what you can donate. Please donate an amount that is meaningful to you. Or become a monthly donor, of which we now have almost 200. Think about how much you pay a month for coffee, or perhaps for Netflix, or some other small indulgence. Would you be willing to match that amount with a regular donation? Or maybe give a little more? I’m asking you to make a gift that feels significant to you, as significant as the work we’re doing. We all have different financial circumstances and no amount is too small. Most of all, thank you for continuing to engage in and support the work of 350 Seattle. Without you, without us, none of this would be possible.

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