Oregon Needs a Green New Deal

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A growing coalition of groups from across the state has unveiled Oregon’s Green New Deal, a bold new proposal for climate action and economic justice. The Oregon Just Transition Alliance has gathered support for the proposal from Portland African American Leadership Forum, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, NAACP of Lane County, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, Unite Oregon, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Rogue Climate, and many more. With less than 12 years remaining to stop the most catastrophic climate change scenarios, these groups recognize that Oregon currently has a unique opportunity to adopt bold climate policies that center and uplift those who are most impacted by climate change.

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Protect Portlanders from Racial Profiling and Surveillance

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Since 2017, Oregon PSR has been working with many other organizations on a campaign to end Portland’s cooperation with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  The JTTF is a program of cooperation between local law enforcement and federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and others.

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Act Now to Protect Our Communities from Fracked Gas

Did you know? Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), a fossil fuel company owned by the Chinese government, wants to build the world's largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA and ship the methanol to China. It would pollute the equivalent of 1.2 million cars, use millions of gallons of water from the Columbia River each day, contaminate the air with cancer-causing emissions, and has a high chance of exploding during an earthquake. The refinery would use more gas than all Pacific Northwest cities combined and would require massive expansion of new fracked-gas pipelines throughout the region.

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Election Night Victory! Portland Clean Energy Initiative Passes, Oregonians Reject Measure 105

Last night's election was a huge victory for our community and for a more healthy and just Oregon. The two ballot measures that Oregon PSR has been working on tirelessly for months went our way, with the Portland Clean Energy Initiative passing and the anti-immigrant Measure 105 being resoundingly defeated. With your help, we brought the voice of public health to the hard-working, diverse coalitions working on both of these ballot measures. Thanks so much to all of you who have donated your time and money, knocked on doors, made phone calls, written letters, and otherwise been involved in these efforts!

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What’s In the Exhaust of 60,000 Trucks?

Portland is awash in a toxic stew that is impacting the elderly, vulnerable and particularly children with particulate exposure that causes everything from dementia to lower IQ and attention deficits.

A major cause is diesel fuel, found in heavy concentrations in SE Portland’s Brooklyn Railyards, along highways and within local streets.

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Nuclear Power Puts Human Health at Risk

Pat_O'Herron_photo_2.jpg"Global climate change is the biggest public health emergency of our time. Air pollution and greenhouse gases present both immediate and indirect harm to people living across the globe, especially those who already are experiencing discrimination or economic hardship.

The science is clear: we must stop mining and fracking for coal, oil and gas and rapidly transition to clean energy to preserve a healthy, life-sustaining planet.

Investing in untested small modular nuclear reactor projects, as the U.S. Department of Energy just did with Oregon's NuScale Power to the tune of $40 million, is not a part of that transition. Nuclear power has never been and never will be clean energy."

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Coal Battle Re-Ignites

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We’ve celebrated each permit denial and each withdrawal of an application for a new coal terminal, but after multiple denials for the terminal proposed in Longview, WA, Big Coal and its venture capitalists did not go silently into the night. Emboldened by the pro-coal Trump administration, Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) is aggressively pushing its dirty project on a bigger stage. We are holding them off.

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An Update on Mustafa

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As you may know, Oregon PSR has worked with an amazing group of volunteers to bring Mustafa, who was seriously injured as a small child by the explosion of a US bomb in Fallujah in 2002, to Oregon for much-needed medical treatment. Thanks so much to all of you who have supported these efforts! We wanted to give you an update on Mustafa, whose situation clearly illustrates the unacceptable human health effects of war.

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Why We Are Fighting Fracked Gas Exports

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The Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP) in SW Oregon pose severe threats to health and safety and the stability of our climate. Oregon PSR’s Healthy Climate Action Team seeks to prevent harms associated with this proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility served by a 229-mile fracked-gas pipeline. We’re excited to work in concert with local partners, the new Power Past Fracked Gas coalition, and a number of Pacific Northwest tribes.

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Our Bridge to a Healthy and Just Clean Energy Future

Oregon PSR has been hard at work on passing what CNN commentator Van Jones has called “the most important ballot measure in the country”: The Portland Clean Energy Initiative (Measure 26-201). With the November 6th Election Day 2018 fast approaching, we ask our members in Portland to vote YES, volunteer, and donate to help us win a landslide victory for this important measure. If passed, it will be the first environmental policy initiative created and led by organizations representing low-income people and communities of color in Oregon’s history.

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