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April 2024 Newsletter

NEWSFLASH! 

SAVE THE DATE! Third Act Oregon is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Bill McKibben in Portland on July 5th. More details about Bill’s visit will be forthcoming.

Dear Friends,

One of the challenges of grasping the severity of the climate crisis is that for most of us, our everyday lived experience isn’t a persistent reminder of the peril we face. We can read that globally March was the warmest it’s ever been – and the 10th consecutive month to set record heat worldwide – but here in the Pacific Northwest, the moderate days of spring, blooming landscapes, intermittent rains and sometimes sunny skies, hide that stark reality. In many ways, the weather we enjoy in this seasonal change is a recipe for complacency.

Fortunately, we know better. That’s why we’ve joined an organization like Third Act. We recognize that there’s No Time to Waste! — the well-being of our overheating planet and endangered democracy calls us to collective action. In April’s newsletter, you’ll find many opportunities to work independently and in community with others to promote meaningful and necessary change.

As you read on, consider this quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Our teams are growing…find your niche at Third Act Oregon!

Uplift Democracy and Voting Team

John McAlpine – coachmcalpine@gmail.com

Get Out the Vote Efforts

Help Promote High School Voter Registration In Oregon District 5. Increasing young voter registration and turnout may be the difference maker in Oregon’s tightly contested Congressional District 5 in November. Join our effort to let high schools know about the Cap, Gown, and Ballot program offered by The Civic Center, a nationwide nonpartisan organization helping high schools implement student-led voter registration drives this spring. This is a work from home project; everything you need to do an effective job is provided in this linked document. For more information contact John McAlpine.

Get trained to register Oregon Voters. Increasing voter registration is one of the most impactful ways we can focus our energies in the months ahead. At Farmer’s Markets, libraries, community colleges, and other public places, we can promote civic engagement by registering voters. Join us on May 22nd at 5pm for this important one-hour virtual training offered by Mimi Alkire with the League of Women Voters.No registration required. Click here for the Zoom information.

Postcard Writing

Postcard writing gatherings are continuing around the state, allowing participants to take collective action while getting to know one another and share concerns about our climate and democracy. To date, Oregon Third Actors have written nearly 3,000 postcards to support get out the vote efforts nationwide. Join us as we get to know one another and work toward the goal of writing 20,000 postcards by November.

  • There are two Portland area gatherings planned for the month of May! Portland metro members, look for an email one week prior to these events.

    • Wednesday, May 8th from 10:30a – 12:30p – *New Day/Time for the Southwest location* We’re trying to mix things up a bit next month, and hope to find a few new people who might be better able to join us on a weekday. A Postcarding gathering will be held in Southwest Portland at the St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (Cedar Hills) located at 12405 SW Butner Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005.

    • Sunday, May 19th from 2:00 – 4:00p, continuing with our Original Art Postcarding with Jill Littlewood, at an East Portland location to be determined.

  • If you are Interested in getting started independently with postcard writing through Third Act’s partner, Activate America, this step-by-step video is a helpful guide that will get you going right away!

Please continue to email mcalpine.cyndi@gmail.com with your completed number of postcards so we can track towards our statewide goal of 20,000 postcards sent by the November election.

Letters to the Editor – Oregon Third Actors from around the state, we need you! In advance of Oregon’s May 21st primary, let’s submit letters to Oregon newspapers highlighting the many accomplishments of the Biden Administration:  over 200,000 new clean energy jobs, tax credits that have supercharged the EV industry, lower prescription drug costs, the list goes on. Interested? Contact John McAlpine.

Advance Fossil Free Financing Team

David Parker – david.bodhi@gmail.com

Sheila Golden – goldensheila6@gmail.com

Happening today, Thursday April 18th! Attend the Advancing Fossil Free Finance Team’s monthly meeting this afternoon at 4 pm Pacific on Zoom.  These monthly meetings are an opportunity to get to know each other, encourage each other, and share information.  We’ll be talking about Phase 2 Costco actions, as well as strategies for personal divestment from fossil fuels, and possible local support actions in June and July at Costco, Costco headquarters in Washington state, Citibank, and/or an insurance company to amplify the Summer of Heat wave of actions in New York City.

Costco Actions in April (Time Sensitive)

The immediate Costco Campaign effort for April is to meet for a polite, in person conversation with Costco managers and invite them to attend The People vs. Citi: Confronting Citigroup’s Environmental Racism Hearing on April 22nd.  Complete instructions and materials are available in this link to the toolkit. Please consider teaming up with one or two others and visit a Costco store near you before Monday, April 22nd.

You can also use this link to sign up to attend the hearing on April 22 virtually. The presenters at the hearing will include some Gulf Coast partner organizers from the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) campaign talking about the impact of the LNG terminals funded by Citi on the Gulf Coast communities of color.

Is your money funding fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure?

If you are banking at the big Wall Street banks, or have credit cards with them, or purchase insurance from some of the big insurance companies, or have diversified investments or retirement accounts, YOU ARE!  In fact, your contribution to climate change from your savings might be much larger than from your car, furnace, and air travel.  Come to a Zoom meeting Thursday, May 2, at 4pm with Third Act Oregonians to find out how to move your money. It feels great to align your money with your values!

Democratizing Energy Team

Thor Hinckley – thorhinckley53@gmail.com

Margaret Sherraden – msherraden@gmail.com

Join Us for Two Upcoming ‘“How To” Electrification Webinars. In partnership with the Electrify Oregon Network, and hosted by Brian Stewart of Electrify Now, these informative webinars are being promoted widely to individuals and organizations interested in learning more about electrifying their homes.

Go Electric! – The Benefits of Home Electrification

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 – 12pm PDT

In this first episode of Electrify Now’s “Go-Electric!” webinar series, you’ll learn about the many advantages of electrifying your home—all in 30 minutes. Learn how to make your home safer, more energy efficient and more comfortable by adopting the latest generation of home appliances. Adopting modern high-efficiency electric appliances in our homes improves indoor air quality, lowers utility bills, provides greater safety and comfort, and more climate resilience. More information can be found by clicking here.

Make Your Go Electric! Plan

Wednesday, May 15, 12pm PDT

In this 30-minute webinar, we’ll show you how to develop a simple electrification plan tailored to your home’s unique needs, so you’re ready to take advantage of new rebates, tax credits, and other programs when it’s time to replace appliances with new high efficiency all-electric upgrades. An informed plan will help you electrify, whether you want to swap systems out as they fail or you’re ready to get off fossil fuels and improve your home’s performance right now.

Find more Information by clicking here. 

Community Updates

Eugene

Sandi Goldie – coachsandi@gmail.com (Facilitator)

A wonderfully collaborative postcard writing effort was held in Eugene’s River Song Community Room (image below). Representatives from our TAO Eugene Community, 350Eugene, and The Back House all came together to get a great jump on completing 500 postcards written and mailed this month!

Call for Earth Day Testimony from our friends at Fossil Free Eugene

Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis and so we need common sense climate policy now! Join us in celebrating Earth Day by urging Eugene City Council to move forward with a new plan to decarbonize buildings and transition to clean energy.

When: Monday, April 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

Location (must be in-person to testify): Mary Spilde Center located at 101 W 10th Ave, Lane Community College Downtown

Let Fossil Free Eugene know you can make it by clicking here

Bend/Central Oregon

Ray Gertler – rjgertler@gmail.com (Co-Facilitator)

  • TAO-Central Oregon is excited to support the Bend Youth (Deschutes Youth Climate Coalition) TOMORROW, Friday, April 19th for a Global Fight To End Fossil Fuels Day of Action. For those in Central Oregon, we hope you’ll head down to Bend City Hall by noon on Friday, and march to Peace Corner in support of our youth.  Please click on the image below for more details.

  • Several TAO-Central Oregon members gathered to complete the first round of postcard writing focused on District 5.

  • Some TAO-Central Oregon members completed League of Women Voter Registration Training and will begin coordinating with The League to do voter registration drives at Central Oregon Community College. The group is also considering other drives at libraries, Farmers Markets and possibly concerts.

  • The next TAO-Central Oregon meeting is scheduled for May 16th, from 5 – 6p at the Deschutes Downtown Bend Library, in the Meyers Classroom.

In The News

  • Portland Emerging Coalition

On Tuesday, April 16, a coalition of 48 Neighborhood Associations and 36 other organizations (including Third Act Oregon) released a letter to the press urging our City, County, State and Federal officials to take action now. The current state of the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub poses serious health, safety, cultural, social justice, economic and environmental risks to every Portland neighborhood and the entire Pacific Northwest region. Learn more by clicking here.

To learn more about the history of the Zenith and the CEI hub, check out this recent article published by The Oregonian.

  • A Recommendation from Bill McKibben. Take a look at this hopeful new video, The Third Harmony, about the history of nonviolence and human nature by the Metta Center for Nonviolence (30 minutes), available free for individuals.

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