April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement Update

Route, Partners, Program Details

WHEN: April 29th, 2017 12:00pm-5:00pm

WHERE: Portland OR: Dawson Park, N. Williams at N Stanton (map) – March will proceed south on N. Vancouver, South on Wheeler, East on Multnomah, South on MLK and east on Davis, ending at Buckman Park.
WHO: A movement of thousands, led by Oregon Just Transition Alliance, a statewide network of Oregon’s frontline communities.

Oregon Just Transition Alliance Members:
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Beyond Toxics
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Rural Organizing Project
Unite Oregon

We call upon Portland’s environmental, racial, social, and economic justice communities and allies to stand with us and support the leadership of most-impacted people.

Endorsing Organizations as of 4/26/2017:
1000 Friends of Oregon
Audubon Society of Portland
Birds to Know
Buddhist Peace Fellowship Environmental Group
Buddhists for Change PDX
City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Climate Action Coalition
Climate Solutions
Coalition of Communities of Color
Create Plenty/High School Environmental Leadership Project
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network
Greenpeace USA
League of Bad Ass Women – PDX
Lincoln High School Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Living Earth
NAACP Portland Branch
Native American Youth & Family Center
Neighbors for Clean Air
Oregon Citizens Utility Board
Oregon Community Alliance of Tenants
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
Oregon Wild
Portland African American Leadership Forum
Portland Harbor Community Coalition
Portland Peace Team
Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS)
Protect Our Winters
Renew Oregon
Sierra Club
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
St. Ignatius Catholic Church Ecojustice Steering Committee
The Climate Mobilization
The Street Trust (formerly Bicycle Transportation Alliance)
Tikkun Olam Committee of P’nai Or
WildEarth Guardians
Wilderness Way Community

WHAT: In solidarity with the National People’s Climate Movement in Washington, D.C., Portland People’s Climate Movement will rally and march! The rally will feature speakers from the frontline communities leading the event.

Speakers Representing:
Indigenous Peoples
Youth of Color
Oregon Just Transition Alliance
Transportation and Housing-vulnerable People
Immigrants and Workers
Rural communities fighting white supremacy
The march will include public education to explain the climate connection to a wide range of racial and social justice issues. The march will conclude with participating organizations providing information to participants on how to continue to be involved in climate justice movement building.
WHY: This year’s Portland People’s Climate Movement March will draw attention to the intersecting issues facing frontline communities in the struggle for climate justice. Housing, transportation, clean energy, access to green spaces and food, and the struggles for workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and the rights of other marginalized communities must all be at the center of this struggle for climate action. April 29th marks the 100th day of a national administration that represents greed at all costs. For people to win over profits, we must demand liberation from an economy built on extraction, exploitation, militarism, and systems of social oppression.
12:00pm – 12:30pm: Gather
12:30 – 1:30: Spoken Program
1:30pm to 3:30pm: march
3:30pm to 5:00pm: rally, mingle, disperse

More info including links to get involved at opalpdx.org/pcm

Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) builds unity among frontline communities. It’s necessary to center the most-impacted people in discussions of climate justice. The Portland PCM platform states, “people of color, low income communities, and rural and tribal people are at the front line of environmental and climate injustice- our communities must lead the efforts to address climate change. Climate change is only a symptom of much deeper crises that are happening worldwide- the ecological crisis, economic crisis, and the crisis of empire. These crises come from the current dominant economy, created by a system that only works for a few which relies on exploitation and extraction of resources. We must create a system that works for everyone, based on cooperation, close communities, and regenerative processes.” We’re past the tipping point. The threats to frontline communities are present today.


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