Please join us at Portland City Hall on Wednesday, November 13th, 3:30 pm as the Portland City Council considers two important resolutions: one in support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and a second advocates for diplomacy, not war, with Iran. Wear blue to show your support for peace and diplomacy!
Oregon PSR and American Iranian Friendship Council have been working with Commissioner Amanda Fritz who is introducing both resolutions at the Portland City Council hearing on Wednesday, November 13th, 3:30 pm.
The City Council will hear the resolution supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and urging congress to take action to prevent nuclear war at 3:30 pm. This resolution, which is based on state Senate Joint Memorial 5, acknowledges that Portland taxpayers are spending roughly $142,413,000 annually on nuclear weapons, money that could be better spent on healthcare, education, infrastructure, and the environment. It calls out the racial injustice and harm to human health that nuclear weapons have already caused from uranium mining on indigenous land to weapons testing in the Marshall Islands to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the contamination of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The resolution is part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons's (ICAN) #ICanSave my city campaign and the "Back from the Brink" Campaign. Read the draft resolution language.
On the same date, at 3:55pm, the city council will also hear a resolution to support diplomacy, not war, with Iran. This resolution was developed by the American Iranian Friendship Council, a local group of Iranian Americans and others who have deep ties with Iran. Read the draft resolution language.
We'll hear from invited speakers from impacted communities such as Japanese Hibakusha (a-bomb survivor), an atomic veteran, Iranian-Americans and more. The public is also invited to submit written testimony in support of the resolutions to email@example.com and to sign up for public testimony.The resolutions are supported by the following organizations:
American Iranian Friendship Council, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, 350PDX, American Friends Service Committee Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)*, Augustana Lutheran Church, Code Pink, COFA Alliance National Network (CANN)*, Democratic Party of Multnomah County, Environmentalists Against War, Living Earth, Living Islands*, National Association of Atomic Veterans, OPAL Environmental Justice, Oregon Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), Peace Action Group, First Unitarian Church, Peace and Justice Works **, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter, Soka-Gakkai USA*, Union of Concerned Scientists *, Unite Oregon, Verde *, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and more.
(* nuclear weapons resolution only, ** Iran resolution only)See you at Portland City Hall on November 13th! Remember to wear blue to show your support.
Rally to tell Governor Brown: the time is NOW. (**WEAR RED**)
Governor Brown, communities across the Pacific Northwest are calling on you to join them by stopping the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline. For over a decade, this project has threatened private and public lands, tribal sites and cultural resources, public safety, and existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and more. Governor Brown cannot claim to be a climate champion while remaining silent on a proposed fracked gas export project that would become Oregon's single largest climate polluter.
That's why our communities will join together at a rally at the state capitol to tell Kate Brown that the time is now: deny all state permits, challenge the Federal Government’s power grabs, and join us in protecting health, safety, and our climate from Jordan Cove LNG.
We will rally on the front steps of the State Capitol Building (900 Court St NE) in Salem, OR at 11:00am on Thursday, November 21st. Stay tuned for more details posted here.
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Join Oregon PSR and so many community partners and community members to celebrate all the work that we have done to fight fossil fuels!! Let's come together and celebrate almost a year of fierce and sustained organizing against Zenith, Global Partners and fossil fuel infrastructure!
We've held forums and rallies, filled petition sheets and packed City Hall, taken to the streets with the youth, and stood vigil over the facility through the night. And even as the terminal continues to operate, we've won significant victories: the City has denied new permits for Zenith, and the County has committed to institute fossil fuel risk bonds to hold polluters accountable. Momentum is building.
So join us as we share stories, get to know one another better, and celebrate together as we embark on the long struggle to come!