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From the open publishing newswire: Group forming to deal with the issue of nuclear radiation in Portland.
Portland is radioactive, especially when it rains. Using a geiger counter, I've measured radioactive contamination in rainwater 10 times over normal background levels. Nuclear radiation is accumulating over time from decades of industrial and military activity. Some of it comes from Hanford 200 miles up the Columbia River, and some of it has found its way here from Fukushima. We're forming a group called Radioactive Portland to respond. We'll conduct monitoring, share knowledge and take direct action. We'll meet weekly. Visit http://radioactivepdx.org and join the discussion.
350PDX Action Team Meeting [last] Saturday!
From the open publishing newswire: Join the 350PDX Action Team this Saturday, August 24, from 3:00-4:30 to learn what opportunities lie ahead for taking action to fight climate change. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-0705-1943 for location.
One major local project going on right now is getting people to participate in the Longview Coal Terminal Scoping Process. "Scoping" is the term used to describe the thorough investigation of an industrial project examining its safety, social, health, and environmental impacts. Here is a short list of projects & events that are on the table for discussion at Saturday's meeting:
Preparation for the September 17th Longview hearing: NOW through 9/17
Comment-writing workshop: Sept 7
Longview scoping hearing: Sept 17
Kathleen Dean Moore talk/workshops: Sept 21
350.org's KXL action: "Draw The Line": Sept 21
Longview scoping hearing in Vancouver, WA: Oct. 9
Even if you can't make it to the meeting this Saturday, feel free to contact 350PDX anyway through email or phone to find out how you can get involved in current and upcoming projects.
Contact: goto350pdx [at] gmail.com
Actions to Fight Pipelines and Fracking Taking Place All over US. . . Including Portland!
From the open publishing newswire: On Thursday August 22, 2013, from 6:30-8:30 pm, Portland Rising Tide is hosting an orientation at Laughing Horse Book and Film Collective at 12 NE 10th Ave, Portland, Oregon for people to learn more about the group's work and how they can get involved. There will be a discussion of the onslaught of fossil fuel export terminals proposed in the Cascadia region. Presenters will also talk about the work of Rising Tide to oppose these terminals; climate justice and direct action; and how people can plug-in as organizers and participants. - Portland Rising Tide Orientation event page
On Saturday August 24, 2013, from 10:00-3:00 pm, Hella 503 Collective, the Parasol Climate Collective, and Portland Rising Tide are organizing at the NE corner of Northgate Park in Portland, near the intersection of N. Clarendon Ave. and N. Fessenden St., to go door-to-door to talk to St. John's residents about climate change. Canvassers will be provided with a script and a short training, and will specifically be talking to residents about the fossil fuel export terminals that are already impacting St. John's. - Portland Rising Tide Climate Canvass event page
Earth First! Nationwide Call-Outs for Activists to Stop Fracking and Tar Sands Pipelines
From last year's Earth First! Rendezvous, the idea of the Full Time Direct Action (FTDA) Pledge sprang. The result was a list of people who expressed the desire to be contacted when crucial campaigns were in need of support at critical times. The call-outs featured in this article are modified from an email sent out to EF! activists nationwide regarding organizing efforts currently ongoing. If you can plug into these campaigns in Pennsylvania and Indiana over the next few weeks with skills, supplies, time, energy, funds, etc, it could be pivotal for the growth of these movements.
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Upcoming Climate Week Events
From the open publishing newswire: To kick things off, at 7:00pm this evening (Monday) is the Port of Vancouver Public Hearing at the Port of Vancouver administrative building, 3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660.
On Tuesday 7/23, community members have the opportunity to further educate themselves on environmental issues at the Fossil Fuel Export Forum from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Leaven Community Center at 5431 NE 20th Ave. (X Killingsworth) in Portland.
KBOO Community Radio 90.7 will be featuring Climate Updates on Wednesday 7/24, from 11:00am-noon during the program Recovery Zone. The program will inform listeners about various issues pertaining to the environment, including: planned NW fossil fuel terminals
On Thursday 7/25 at 5:30pm will be the Funeral March to Bury Big Oil, until Big Oil and Keystone are laid to rest at 7:30pm. The march begins at the intersection of NE 30th Ave & NE Alberta, Portland 97211. Portland's LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band will lead the parade, and anti-Keystone XL signs as well as endangered species puppets will be making appearances.
Saturday 7/27 is Summer Heat NW- Columbia River Climate Action. As Big Coal, Oil, and Gas aim to transform the NW coastline from Oregon up to Alaska into a vast fossil fuel corridor with over 15 proposed terminals, folks will come together on this day for some family-friendly action
Action Against Extraction - Eugene [Sunday] 3/3/13
From the open publishing newswire: Two weekends at the end of the Social Justice, Real Justice Conference, over two hundred people marched through the streets of Eugene, demanding extractive industries and their financiers be held accountable for their crimes against the earth and its people. We know its going to take sustained, wide spread disruption of the status quo in order to win.
So this coming weekend 1 PM on Sunday 3/3 in conjunction with the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) we are taking to the streets once again. Meet at the amphitheater in front of the Erb memorial union at the university of Oregon.
Please bring your banners, posters, voices, and fighting spirit. This is an unpermitted march.
Speak Out Against the Morrow Coal Terminal
From the open publishing newswire: Last week, after receiving thousands of public comments from CREDO activists in Oregon, the Department of State Lands delayed its permitting decision on the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal from December until at least April ? specifically mentioning the unprecedented number of comments it had received on the application.
But while the Department of State Lands has delayed its decision, other permitting decisions continue moving forward ? and we need to maintain unrelenting pressure to oppose them.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now considering separate air and water pollution permits the project needs to move forward. The DEQ is holding three important public hearings next week on these permits, including one in Portland.
What: Public hearing on the Morrow Pacific coal terminal
When: Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Ambridge Event Center, 1333 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland
RSVP to testify against coal exports on Thursday in Portland.
It's vital that as many Oregonians as possible take the opportunity to testify against coal exports, and we'll send you talking points and other information to make the experience easy. But even if you don't want to testify, you can still attend Thursday's hearing to show your opposition.
If the project receives all of the permits it needs, Portland would become a big contributor to climate change and a significant link in the global dirty-energy supply chain. Coal would be shipped by rail from Montana or Wyoming to Oregon, then loaded onto barges and sent down the Columbia River to the Port of St. Helens ? before being shipped to South Korea. [...]
Protesters call for a new ordinance to make Portland nuclear free
From the open publishing newswire: Protesters call for a new ordinance to make Portland nuclear free author: Alex Milan Tracy e-mail: email@example.com No Nukes NW rallied for a new ordinance which would make Portland a nuclear free zone. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has endorsed the continued transportation of radioactive waste along Oregon's highways I-5, I-84 and US-97 to the Hanford site. Portland, OR, USA, 09/23/2012.
Eight People Start Indefinite Tree Sit to Stop Keystone XL
From the open publishing newswire: BREAKING: Eight people climbed 80 feet into trees in the path of Keystone XL construction, and pledged not to come down until the pipeline is stopped for good!
(Excerpted from the Tar Sands Blockade Website)
"Today I climbed a tree in the path of Keystone XL to demand TransCanada stop construction of this dirty and dangerous pipeline. This pipeline is a disaster for everyone it touches, from the cancer tar sands extraction is causing indigenous communities, to the water poisoned by inevitable tar sands spills, to the landowners whose land has been seized, and to everyone that will be affected by climate change," said Mary Washington, one of the Tar Sands Blockade members sitting in a tree.
This blockade is a continuation of an unprecedented summer of actions against fossil fuel infrastructure across America, from Montana to Ohio to New York. As a record heat wave baked the country, Americans stood up in unheard of numbers to oppose fossil fuels that are contributing to climate change. Join this growing movement when you sign up now to join one of our upcoming actions. If you were thinking about coming to Texas, now is the time!
Portland Nuclear Free Zone Kick-Off
From the open publishing newswire: The Hanford Nuclear Waste Site, approximately 225 miles northeast of Portland on the Columbia River, is the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the world. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has endorsed the continued transportation of highly radioactive waste along Oregon highways including, I-5, I-84 and US-97 to reach the Hanford Nuclear Waste Disposal site for storage and future processing. Hanford does not have the means to handle the waste it already has much less future deposits, and its only backup, the 20 double-shelled storage tanks, are now found to be leaking. Government death estimates propose that 800 people may die yearly from just the trucks coming through our highways, and that number is a number not inclusive of accidents! We find this intolerable and refuse to let it continue.
No Nukes NW will host a kick-off rally to create a new ordinance for the City of Portland that will make Portland a Nuclear Free Zone. The event, open to the public, will take place on Sunday, September 23rd, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, 2 NW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon.
September 23rd, 1-4 PM
Japanese American Historical Society
30 days to comment on LNG: Take Action Now and Attend Hearing
From the open publishing newswire: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is asking for your input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Asia. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector proposal would include the impacts of building a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon, cutting through nearly 400 streams, likely using eminent domain, clear-cutting through 80 miles of public forests, decreasing national energy supplies and increasing domestic prices by exporting U.S. natural gas from a terminal in Coos Bay. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be released this winter, but now, within the next 30 days, FERC wants to hear from the public on what issues to include in the DEIS.
30 days is not near enough time. Federal regulators should give the American public a reasonable amount of time to provide input on this precedent-setting proposal. More time is needed for this complicated and wide-reaching project that includes impacts to endangered fish and wildlife, clean water, public forests, climate change, family farms, domestic gas prices for homes, businesses and manufacturers as well as the cumulative impacts of fracking more gas in the Rockies.
TAKE ACTION: Tell FERC that 30 days is not enough time for the public to provide comments on this proposal.
Please click here to send a quick email to Paul Friedman, the FERC representative for this project, and ask him to convey to the FERC commissioners that they should extend the comment time to at least 60 days.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like talking points.
Video of Sister Megan Rice, Peace Activist
From the open publishing newswire: Sister Rice is a well known anti war and anti nuclear activist, who, with two other activists, recently penetrated the United State's most highly protected uranium enrichment/nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge Tennessee.
Video of Sister Megan Rice speaking at the April Hanford Rally in Richland Washington. Here she speaks about her passion to end war and nuclear weapons and the civil disobedience actions she and others have taken which culminated in prison time.
Local Video of Sister Megan Rice
No Nukes NW Action! "Shut Down, Not Meltdown!"
From the open publishing newswire: On Friday, June 22, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., I organized the No Nukes NW Action "Shut Down, Not Meltdown" at the Consulate General of Japan in Portland OR at the Wells Fargo Center. A rally and Die-In took place simultaneously on that date and time, with coordinated actions along the west coast, including Los Angeles CA, and San Francisco CA, as well as in Japan and internationally.
Help Stop Coal Shipments Down the Gorge
From the open publishing newswire: Want to help stop Big Coal's plans to ship Wyoming/Montana coal through the Columbia Gorge by barge/rail - especially through North/Northeast Portland en route to Port of St. Helens for Asian markets?
Come to a meeting Wednesday, June 27 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at 8325 N. Central in St. Johns, sponsored by the CAAC (Community Alliance Against Coal), and Columbia Riverkeeper. You can also join cyclists heading there in the Pedalpalooza Ride. The eight-mile route departs from 1821 SE Ankeny at 5:30 p.m.
Big Coal plans to run eight trains (120-125 gondolas) daily through North/Northeast Portland (and then run the empties back through the same neighborhood). Coal trains through PDX bound for export terminals on the river threaten to pollute air, transportation, climate future, and the area's economy... Its dust off the coal trains will coat houses, cars, yards over a 1.5 mile-range from the train tracks. Coal dust brings black-lung disease, mercury poisoning, asthma, adverse impact on eyes, and cancer. Promises by the shippers to spray surfactant on the open rail cars to keep it from blowing enroute to coal terminals mean using a highly toxic substance (usually coal slurry). A major drawback from coal use whether in the U.S. or Asia is a major contribution to climate change (global warming). In selling it to Asian markets, coal use there will blow-back to the West Coast through the atmosphere, but also contribute to warming as well as the diseases and ailments listed above.