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When: Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Where: Northside Community Center in San Jose , CA
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Stop Oil Trains Forum - Japantown - March 2
Oil giant Phillips 66 has proposed adding a rail spur to their refinery facility in San Luis Obispo County that could bring mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of highly toxic and explosive crude oil several times a week through the Bay Area, including San Jose. These oil trains threaten our health, safety, and the environment.
Attend this community forum to learn more about the Phillips 66 project proposal, risks to San Jose and its residents, and what you can do to prevent these trains from coming through Japantown and other residential neighborhoods of San Jose. With your help, we can stop this project from receiving approval.
Open to the public. Free admission.
When: Monday, March 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Where: San Luis Obispo
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No Oil Trains Rally in SLO - Mar. 13
Thank you for all your support in the ongoing fight to stop the Phillips 66 oil trains project in San Luis Obispo County. You played a critical role in securing the project’s denial at the SLO Planning Commission last October. Winning the Planning Commission vote was a momentous victory after years of organizing up and down the rail routes across California.
But the fight is not over!
Phillips 66 has appealed the Planning Commission’s denial to the SLO County Board of Supervisors. A mass rally in SLO is planned for Monday, March 13th at 9:00AM. That’s the day new hearings start and continue every day that week as needed.
2 important things you can do…please go here: www.350SiliconValley.com/NoWayInSanJose
- sign/write a letter... to the supervisors in SLO and ask a whole bunch of your friends to do the same
- join us for the rally... and receive updates on the plans as they unfold, such as transportation options
The Board of Supervisors need to hear loud and clear that toxic, dangerous oil trains have NO place in our communities, near our homes, parks, schools, environmentally sensitive habitat and precious water resources.Click here to RSVP
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 09:30 AM
Where: TBA (in Silicon Valley)
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Legislative Team Training
2017 is going to be one of the most exciting and critical years in state history for climate legislation!
California is leading the way for the rest of the country. Silicon Valley area legislators will play a key role in the coming months, and with our new allies in the CA State Assembly and Senate, there is much we can accomplish. The Republicans want to see us fail, but we need to demonstrate that you can have an economy that is both strong AND green. The earlier passage of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, provides the tools for a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Now, it is up to each of us to make it happen!
We are going to jump start our new team with a training led by 2 wonderful and experienced East Bay activists who have been working hard on CA and local legislative issues for a number of years, Judy Pope and Kathy Dervin. The training is tentatively set for Saturday, March 18th, 9:30-1:30, location TBA. Please RSVP on this page to receive updates on this training.
Judy has suggested we do a bit of homework before the training. If you have a block of about 45 minutes free, grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch this video of a recent 350 Bay Area educational workshop on Cap and Trade held in the East Bay back on Dec. 3rd. The final segment on Exploring Legislative Alternatives in Today's California will be especially helpful to members of our newly formed Legislative Committee, and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/RCL9E5k9G28?t=9s
In this video, climate lobbyist Dan Jacobson lays out the political landscape for climate legislation. Jacobson got rave reviews from attendees - watch it and be inspired!
We're so excited to get to know you all and get to work!
-Brian and DeborahClick here to RSVP
When: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Where: PAST EVENTS
Over 500 Californians Rally Against Oil Trains, 2.4.16
Largest turnout for a public hearing in years! 350 Silicon Valley members joined hundreds of others from around California in San Luis Obispo to urge the county Planning Commission to reject Phillips 66 Co.’s request to receive tar sands crude oil by rail. Check out front page article in the SLO Tribune: LINK
A HUGE TURNOUT FOR NORCAL CLIMATE MOBILIZATION, OAKLAND, 11.21.15!
350 SV's Kathy Pimentel and Ginny Pfluger seen with Kathy's COP21 themed banner in the UK Guardian newspaper coverage of NorCal Climate Mobilization!
Click here to read article: LINK
VICTORY! Thank you for all your hard work, showing up again and again to rallies, writing letter after letter, signing petitions. People power has proven stronger than the fossil fuel industry!
Volunteers Wanted to Help Build Our Movement! To see opportunities CLICK HERE
Be sure to sign the latest CalPERS/CalSTRS petition! Any Californian can sign.
Check out this excellent story about oil trains in the San José Mercury News: LINK
Over 150 Silicon Valley residents turn out for Stop Oil Trains rally, San José, July 11, 2015!
Huge Turnout for March For Real Climate Leadership, Oakland, Feb. 7, 2015!
A Great Turnout for the Public Forum on Oil by Rail Held at San José City Hall, Jan. 25, 2015!
2 Beautiful No-KXL Vigils in San José and Palo Alto on Jan. 13, 2015!
We've DONE IT!! 1073 Letters to the EPA from Silicon Valley!
The public comment period on EPA's proposed rules on CO2 emissions from existing power plants (that's 40% of US emissions!) ended on December 1, 2014; we met our 1000 comments and then some! Folks from all over the country blanketed the EPA with comments. Way to go!
Our 350 Silicon Valley Table at Carry the Vision Conference 2014
350SV members Kathy Pimentel, Tonya Parnak staffed our table at the Carry the Vision Conference (CarryTheVison.Org) in Los Gatos. They came prepared to educate conference goers on the EPA's proposed rules on CO2 emissions from existing power plants and they succeeded in convincing 35 attendees to send in their own, handwritten letters to EPA supporting the new regulations! Go Kathy and Tonya! If you'd like to write your own letter you can find all the information to do so here on our website: LINK
Precinct Walking for Yes on J Ban Fracking Initiative
On 9/28/14, 350 Silicon Valley activists Mark, Lesa, Paul and Brian complete an afternoon of precinct walking in Hollister for the Yes on J Ban Fracking initiative.
350 Silicon Valley Activists Make History at People's Climate March in NYC and Rally in Oakland on 9/21/14!
From Todd Gitlin, The Nation: "...the People’s Climate March changed the social map — many maps, in fact, since hundreds of smaller marches took place in 162 countries. That march in New York City, spectacular as it may have been with its 400,000 participants, joyous as it was, moving as it was (slow-moving, actually, since it filled more than a mile’s worth of wide avenues and countless side streets), was no simple spectacle for a day. It represented the upwelling of something that matters so much more: a genuine global climate movement." Good work fellow 350 Silicon Valley activists extraordinaire! (LINK to the Nation article.)
Intergenerational Call for Divestment at UC Regents Meeting
On July 17th over 40 students, alumni, faculty and supporters, including 3 members of 350 Silicon Valley, showed up to call on the Board of Regents to stand on the right side of history, and to let them know that the world is watching and waiting for bold leadership. The Regents will vote on a divestment resolution in September. Divestment activists have made their eighth appearance at a Regents Meeting with the message that fossil fuel corporations are a risky investment which should be avoided. Go Fossil Free UC! (Photo Courtesy of 350 Silicon Valley activist Phil Ritter.)
350 Silicon Valley Updates:
Obama Protest Rally Huge Success!
350.org Silicon Valley members, joined by members from 350 Bay Area, 350 SF, Citizen's Climate Lobby, the Sierra Club and Credo, were out in force to tell President Obama NO to the Keystone XL Pipeline! — at The Fairmont San José on 5.8.14. Photos courtesy of 350SV activist and photographer Bijan Mottahedeh (check out his beautiful work at http://www.verseye.com).
350 Silicon Valley and Citizen's Climate Lobby members met with Congresswoman Eshoo!
A coalition of members of Citizens Climate Lobby and 350 Silicon Valley met with Congresswoman Eshoo and her staff to discuss action on climate change. They had a great discussion that lasted nearly an hour, and appreciated Congresswoman Eshoo’s interest, knowledge and commitment on climate issues. Updates and potential next steps will be posted here – stay tuned! From L to R: Christine Padilla (staff member), Bill Betchart (CCL), Tasha Reddy (CCL and 350 SV), Lynda Marin (CCL), Jane Melia (350 SV), Polly Hughes (CCL), Sudhanshu Jain (CCL and 350 SV), Walt Hayes, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. More information on Citizen's Climate Lobby: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/
Members of 350 Silicon Valley joined thousands at massive rally in Sacramento to call for a ban on fracking!
Photos courtesy of photographer and climate warrior extraordinaire, Bijan Mottahedeh.
350 Silicon Valley Quarterly Meeting
So exciting to share ideas and strategize with such smart and interesting people who are all concerned about climate change and ready to take action! Photos courtesy of climate activist and extraordinary photographer, Bijan Mottahedeh, http://www.verseye.com
350 Silicon Valley members team up with First Unitarian Church of San José to write No KXL Letters to the State Department
350 Silicon Valley members (from right to left) Kathy Pimental, Linda Goytia and Deborah Levoy teamed up with the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of San José to write 42 letters to the State Department calling for the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline and for strong support for clean energy solutions. What a fruitful collaboration!
350 Silicon Valley members Jane Melia and Nicole Kemeny team up with Interfaith Power and Light on No KXL Letter Writing Campaign
Members of 350 Silicon Valley, Jane Melia and Nicole Kemeny (left to right) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto as part of an event organized for the Interfaith Power and Light Preach-In on Climate Change. Over 90 letters and comments were written by attendees, calling for the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, supporting strong climate action in California and supporting the development of carbon emissions regulations for fossil fuel plants.
Over 200 attend No KXL Vigils in Palo Alto and San José on 2/3/14!
Bay Climate Action Plan Presented in Redwood City
Janet Stromberg, a co-founder of 350 Bay Area, gave a presentation on the Bay Climate Action Plan (“BayCAP” LINK to BayCap) to an interested audience at the Redwood City Library on Thursday, Dec. 12th. The action plan provides a roadmap to bring Bay Area Greenhouse gases back to livable levels by focusing on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (LINK to BAAQMD's website) ability to build community consensus for Bay Area leadership to achieve real climate solutions. After the presentation, Janet explained how attendees and others can play a key role in lobbying the Board to make sure the Air District develops a program for deep cuts in GHGs, and implements the program. The meeting was co-sponsored by 350 Silicon Valley, 350 Bay Area and the Sierra Club. If you missed Thursday night’s program, it will be repeated on Tuesday, December 17th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Peninsula Conservation Center in Palo Alto, where the Sierra Club’s Loma Prieta Chapter offices are located.
A successful 350 activist training!
In December 2013, a group of local 350 activists, many from 350 Silicon Valley, attended an energizing activist training by the 350.org super trainers Deidre and Joshua, with the expert guidance of Anna G. What a great turnout - we've got the tools to solve the climate crisis! (Thank you Marc Franklin for your gorgeous photo!)
First Unitarian Church San José joined our EPA comment drive!
On 11/17/13, 50 members of the First Unitarian Church in San Jose wrote their requests to the EPA for strict standards for regulating carbon emissions from power plants currently in operation. Way to go, First Unitarian San Jose climate warriors! Carbon emissions from existing power plants account for 40% our country's total carbon emissions.
Caroline Spears' comment to the EPA last week was impressive!
Caroline is a member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford, a dynamic group working hard to solve the climate crisis.
The hearing in San Francisco was part of the EPA's 11-city "Listening Tour" designed for the EPA to hear comments from the public regarding regulation of existing power plants' carbon emissions. This hearing, on Nov. 5th 2013 in San Francisco, included many members of 350 Silicon Valley who spoke in support of strong regulation. Job well done!
A beautiful candlelight vigil in Palo Alto on 10/29/13 to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and make the climate change connection:
A great meeting with Rep. Eshoo's office Friday 9/27/13!
Great meeting on Friday 9/27 at Congresswoman Eshoo's district office, with members of 350SiliconValley, Acterra, Citizen's Climate Lobby and Organizing For Action, during which we delivered the letter that many of you signed, requesting that our Congressional Representatives take decisive action on climate change. This is part of an on-going effort to raise the profile of this issue at the start of this new congressional session. Thanks to all for your engagement! In photo from left: Daniel (350SV), Josh (OFA), Tasha (CCL, 350SV and OFA!), Christine (District staff), Debbie (Acterra and 350SV), Amy (350SV) and Jane (350SV).
Photos from Rising Tide Protest in Palo Alto, 9/21/13!
We participated in a Nation Day of Action with cities all around the country! We drew a human water line in a Palo Alto neighborhood that will be underwater with just 1 foot of sea level rise, as a result of Climate Change. There was a huge turnout across the nation; we're making a strong statement to President Obama for the urgent need to take serious action on climate policy and stop the Keystone Pipeline. (Photos courtesy of Scott Bayer- thank you Scott!)