This is not a time for moderation in vision or spirit. It’s time to keep building and flexing our power, and Rising Tide is all in. We have a life long commitment to organizing and the movement — and the years ahead will prove pivotal.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 20th, 2019
Contact: Southern Oregon Rising Tide, firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 392-0643
On November 21st, following a rally of nearly 1,000 people on the front steps of the state capitol opposed to Jordan Cove LNG, 10 impacted southern Oregonians entered Governor Kate Brown’s office and began a sit in, declaring that they would not leave until she declared opposition to the project. They were joined by dozens more, and nearly 100 people remained in Governor Brown’s office for 9 hours during which they sang songs, shared stories, and called upon the Governor repeatedly to take action. Police arrested 21 people who refused to leave when given a notice of trespass.
“As a landowner on the proposed pipeline route I will continue to fight the pipeline as I have for the past 15 years,” said Sandy Lyon of Days Creek, OR in Douglas County. “Not only do I feel the use of eminent domain is so wrong for a private company’s gain from the destruction of private property and people’s dreams, but crossing through our rivers and streams will be so detrimental to endangered salmon, lamprey and all native fish and their habitats.”
“I have marched, rallied, signed petitions, written letters, met with her staff, and now even spent the night in jail to try to persuade Governor Brown to do the right thing and stop Jordan Cove LNG and the Pacific Connector Pipeline. I do this because it is the only way I can look my 10 year-old in the eye and tell him that I am doing everything I can to protect his future from climate disruption,” said Kelly Campbell of Portland. “I urge Governor Brown to join me in opposing this destructive project and protecting our children’s future.”
“The corporations and politicians think they can use shallow promises of economic prosperity to pit rural Oregonians against each other while selling out the future of our planet,” said Derek Pyle of Medford. “It’s time to invest in green jobs, not fossil fuels.”
“Jordan Cove LNG is an environmental disaster both locally and globally,” said Beth Malitz of Corvallis. “Governor Brown should use her power to speak for all of us to stop it.”
The proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline would cut through 229 miles of forests, waterways, cultural resources and traditional territories of local Tribes, and private land in four counties of southern Oregon. Tens of thousands of individuals opposed to the project have made their voices heard in federal and state public hearings and comment periods during 2019.
Governor Kate Brown has refused to take a position on the pipeline despite the huge opposition from her constituents and the recent opposition to fracked gas projects from Governors Inslee and Cuomo of Washington and New York. With federal and state permit decisions regarding Jordan Cove LNG expected in early 2020, communities are calling on Governor Brown to immediately take action to oppose the project and put an end to it for good.
Southern Oregon Rising Tide is dedicated to promoting community-based solutions to the climate crisis and taking direct action to confront the root causes of climate change. We are based in the mountains and rivers of rural Southern Oregon, with most of our members living on stolen Takelma land.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES GATHER AT PG&E HEADQUARTERS TO TAKE BACK THEIR POWER
December 16, 2019
Contact: Pete Woiwode 734.709.1789 email@example.com
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Since March of 2019 at least 111 people in California have died due to fires and power outages caused by PG&E.[i] Even one is too many. On December 16th, 2019, at 12pm a coalition of frontline groups will be gathering at PG&E headquarters, 77 Beale Street, San Francisco, to demand power to live.
We demand that PG&E: 1) Give back all shareholder profits until PG&E can safely provide life-saving power. 2) Invest in frontline communities’ basic power needs. 3) Gov. Newsom and CPUC must turn PG&E over to the people. Utility justice is Climate Justice.
A recent poll from LA Times indicates that 90% of Californians want to end PG&E’s existing operations. We are feeling this strongly in Disabled, chronically ill, elder and fat communities, as well as, in Black, Brown, and poor communities. “Some of us,” says Stacey Milbern of Disability Justice Culture Club, “myself included, depend on life sustaining medical equipment. PG&E shutting off power without providing any assistance is killing us. It’s absurd to assume people have money for generators. We are also seeing migrant workers and domestic workers left behind. It’s time to reclaim our power.”
Utility Justice is a part of the larger movement of people coming together to demand climate justice. PG&E has failed to update its infrastructure to reflect the changing realities of California in climate crisis — choosing to pay shareholders profits, instead of making lifesaving repairs. Frontline communities are dying, while shareholders get rich.
On Dec 16th groups that are coming together will include: Diablo Rising Tide, GreenPeace USA, Color of Change, Senior and Disability Action, No PG&E Bailout, Mask Oakland, Sunrise Movement, East Bay and San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America, Disability Justice Culture Club, Fat Rose, Health Justice Commons, Extinction Rebellion, Youth vs the Apocalypse and more.
#NoBodyIsDisposable #PGEIsKillingUs #PowerToLive #ReclaimOurPower #UtilityJusticeisClimateJustice #UnplugPG&E
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Links to articles & press hits & posts: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OwYLOOmJrwWiqjp3qIwkdP1ejkbBsQnPKiX9FJjaqGU/edit?usp=sharing
We shouldn’t have to choose between deadly blackouts or deadly fires. We shouldn’t be at the mercy of PG&E’s negligence while vulnerable communities who need #PowerToLive and the public continue to pay the price.
Join us on December 16th at noon at the PG&E corporate headquarters on 77 Beale St in San Francisco to #ReclaimOurPower and let’s start a wave of action that continues through the winter. There will be speakers, programming, and more! Accessible and kid-friendly.
PG&E, we demand you:
1. GIVE BACK ALL SHAREHOLDER PROFITS UNTIL PG&E CAN SAFELY PROVIDE POWER. STOP PROFITING OFF PEOPLE’S LIVES.
PG&E has paid out billions in shareholder dividends to predatory investors, while people are dying due to PG&E’s negligence. PG&E has failed to upgrade infrastructure for the stresses we face amidst climate change. Their equipment failures start fires that burn down cities, displace whole communities, and poison the air we breathe across entire regions. PG&E dodges accountability by continuing to seek executive bonuses amidst bankruptcy, shutting down power instead of repairing their equipment, and spending thousands on an exclusive retreat the day before the largest shutoffs.
2. INVEST IN VULNERABLE PEOPLE’S BASIC POWER NEEDS. STOP PUTTING PEOPLE AT RISK.
Disabled people have died in the shut offs — even one loss is too many. Ten more years of blackouts are unacceptable because blackouts kill disabled people and harm Black and Brown, working class and poor communities. #NoBodyIsDisposable! PG&E must invest in: solar-powered batteries to power the equipment of every medical baseline customer during power outages; HEPA air filters for chronically ill people, elders, and children in areas impacted by fire smoke; groceries for people who live paycheck to paycheck; alternative lodging for people whose homes depend on power to survive; compensation for small businesses who experienced losses during the shutoffs; and, payouts to victims of PG&E-caused fires.
3. TURN PG&E OVER TO THE PEOPLE.
PG&E has a well documented history of criminal negligence of its infrastructure, which has caused fires, death, and destruction. Now, PG&E has claimed that it will take ten years to fix California’s grid — that means 10 more years of rolling black outs with the public footing the bill. This is unacceptable and will consistently put so many lives at risk. We won’t let PG&E continue with their negligence. A public takeover of the grid will allow for the needs of the public, rather than shareholders, to be the priority. By switching to a publicly owned grid, California can create a more democratized, decentralized, and sustainable power grid for all.