An Action A Day Keeps the Bad Stuff Away
We may be sequestered, but we can still exert our power through collective action. Henceforth, we are calling on our members to take just a little time out of your day to act in concert with others on critical climate and social justice issues.
MONDAY: Demand a Moral Economic Stimulus Package
This is not the time to be bailing out the polluting airline industry which did $39 billion in stock buybacks in the past few years! Stand with the Poor People’s Campaign and others in demanding people before profit—health, housing, and economic stability for everyone with extra support for our most vulnerable populations. Go to moveon.org/poverty and sign the petition, then call 855-999-1663 and tell your senators to demand a Moral Stimulus package which puts people before profit in the coronavirus response, with healthcare, housing, and economic stability for everyone and extra support for the most vulnerable.
Don't bail out corporations. Spend those funds on the most vulnerable populations in line with the demands of the Poor Peoples’ Campaign.
People before profits. Always.
TUESDAY: Stop TriMet's Diesel Buses!
The TriMet board is holding their meeting online. The public is encouraged to submit its testimony to BoardTestimony@trimet.org by 5pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Testimony will be provided to the Board of Directors in advance of the meeting. Tell Trimet to reverse their decision to purchase up to 159 diesel buses (with lifespans averaging 16 years) and immediately develop a Plan for a NET Zero Emissions Fleet for both planet and public health.
WEDNESDAY: Stop Zenith!
Call Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office at 503-823-4120 telling them to exercise their legal authority to demand a Land Use Compatibility Statement before DEQ issues any air quality or other permits for Zenith.
The last time the LUCS and DEQ permits were completed was in 1995 when the site was an asphalt plant and not a tar sands oil export facility. According to DEQ rule OAR 340-018-0050(2)(b), Zenith’s extensive expansion (3x the oil trains in 2019 as previous year) continuing applications for further expansions, should trigger the need for a new LUCS.
If DEQ attempts to circumvent this authority, the City must seek mediation services from the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), and defend its power to protect its residents’ rights to health, safety, and environmental integrity.
THURSDAY: Stop the I-5 Expansion!
Demand that the Oregon Transportation Commission do a full Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed $800M Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion instead of moving forward with only an environmental assessment.
Despite over 89% of public testimony being opposed to the project, the OTC is pushing it forward. With 40% of carbon emissions being from transportation, we need to be reducing vehicle miles traveled and divesting from urban freeways. Other examples around the country such as in Los Angeles have showed that expansions don’t fix congestion but create induced demand and worsen air pollution. The public comment period closes on 3/27. For more information and to submit comments: https://nomorefreewayspdx.com/YESEIS/
FRIDAY: Stop the Money Pipeline!
Sign the petition to protect Wet’suwet’en Sovereignty. Demand U.S.-based fossil fuel profiteers JPMorgan Chase and KKR stop financing the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
Since 2016, Chase Bank has lent $196 million to the fossil fuel industry. The demand is to divest funds from Chase’s exploitative investments and let them know this is not supported.
Contact their CEO Jamie Dimon at (212)-270-1111 or Matthew Arnold, the Global Head of “Sustainable Finance” at (212)-270-5097 and tell them to divest from Coastal GasLink and fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
SATURDAY: Develop Mutual Aid!
In Portland, help spread the word that a Mutual Aid COVID-19 Support Group is developing that will both help folks who are in need and connect them with volunteers who may be able to provide help. To volunteer and provide support, use this form. And if you find yourself in need, don't hesitate to request support.
Earl Blumenhauer’s office is also compiling a list of resources for during the Covid-19 Crisis. View it here.
SUNDAY: Stop the Coastal GasLink Project!
Support the Wet’suwet’en pipeline resisters who are being attacked on their own lands. The Coastal GasLink project would lock us into decades of increased fracked gas, disregarding the lack of consent by Wet’suwet’en community and the impacts to climate, air, water and the risks posed to indigenous women by man camps built along the route. It has been revealed that Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, authorized the redeployment of RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory, despite claims to the contrary. Call for his resignation by email: