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    Bank branch protests March 20 – Prep for big April 23 action

    When: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 06:00 PM

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    Join us Thursday March 20 in disruptive visits to Wells Fargo branches on the mid-peninsula. The nonviolent action runs from 10 am to noon and culminates in a rally until 1 pm, followed by a social gathering. This is a great introduction to bank protesting, and serves as a dress rehearsal for a massive branch blitz next month (see April 23 info below). What does a branch visit look like? Check out photos of our most recent ones HERE and HERE.

    “Oily Wells” is one of Big Oil’s biggest lenders and we know that if we can stop the flow of money, we can stop the flow of oil, which is one of the most effective things we can do to fight climate change. Join us for as long as you can. All are welcome! For more details, sign up here.

    Grounded in Community

    When: Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Where: First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall in Palo Alto, CA

    Join us for a climate-friendly, plant-based dinner, and learn about regenerative agriculture. All are welcome!

    Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm

    First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall

    1140 Cowper Avenue, Palo Alto

    $15/person— takeout orders accepted. If you are interested in helping with food prep or kitchen cleanup, please contact Joy Sleizer at joy.sleizer142@gmail.com

    The evening will include a presentation on Regenerative Agriculture by Nate Salpeter PhD, nuclear engineer and co-founder of Sweet Farm, near Half Moon Bay.

    Menu:

    ⭐︎ Chana Masala (chickpea mild curry)

    ⭐︎ Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower & potato)

    ⭐︎ Indian vegetable pilaf

    ⭐︎ Indian-⭐︎Style cucumber salad with romaine lettuce.

    ⭐︎ Home-made gluten-free Indian bread,

    ⭐︎ Mango pudding (dessert)

    All vegan & gluten-free

    Please sign up here.

    Rulemaking Workshop on Oil and Gas operations in California

    When: Friday, March 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Where: Greenlining Institute in Oakland, CA

    To join by webinar, find information on this page.

    This will be the only Bay Area workshop in a series sponsored by the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), formerly known as the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). As noted here, CalGEM is “revising its regulations to better align its regulatory mandates with the new goals of Assembly Bill 1057, which requires CalGEM to focus on protecting public health and the environment, and less on efficient and effective oil and gas production. The scope and extent of these regulatory changes may have far-reaching consequences for the oil and gas industry in California.”

    The workshop will provide opportunities to weigh in on the importance of passing AB 345, the bill that will mandate a 2500-ft. buffer between oil or gas operations and homes, schools, parks, medical facilities, and other sensitive land uses.

    We need a major public presence at this workshop! Please attend if you can.

  • It's A Climate Emergency

    Silicon Valley Pledge of Resistance

    Fires, floods, drought, despoiling the oceans, the climate emergency is here. Our Silicon Valley response to the climate crisis is to take the fight directly to those who continue to push the “fossil fuel forever” agenda.

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    Civil Rights leader John Lewis reminds us that “we must find a way to get in the way” through direct action. Sign our new pledge of resistance and let’s show banks like Wells Fargo why they must stop funding the climate disaster.

    Sign pledge of resistance

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  • Sign Petition Asking City of Mountain View to Divest from Chevron ($7.9M) and Exxon ($5.9M)

    Sign the Petition

    This past year, the City of Mountain View's Environmental Sustainability Task Force 2 engaged residents, staff, environmental experts and stakeholders in a mighty 9-month effort to "[help] the City meet its climate goals," producing a 318-page report of recommendations. Unbelievably, over the same period, the City doubled down on investments in Chevron—from $5.5M in June 2017 to $7.9M in June 2018 (see tables below).

    We are asking the City of Mountain View to divest its investments in Chevron ($7.9M, up from $5.5M in June 2017) and Exxon ($5.9M).

    In addition, we ask that:

    • a screen for fossil fuel companies be added to Section 6.3 Prohibited Investments of the City Council B-2 Investment Policy,
    • public money should hasten, not delay, the transition to clean energy,
    • we support local governments that employ a triple bottom-line to uphold the public trust.

    If you agree, please add you name to the petition and share this email or this link to the petition with your neighbors, friends, family and on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

    image5.jpgOn September 8, 2018, thousands of people converged in San Francisco for the ‘Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice’ march, just days before the Global Climate Action Summit, demanding a phase-out of fossil fuel extraction and a just transition to a 100% renewable energy economy. Event organizers emphasized community-led solutions, starting in places most impacted by pollution and climate change. The march brought together people from across California, the U.S., and around the world, including those facing health impacts associated with oil & gas production, those recovering from the devastation of the state’s worsening wildfires, those working to resist the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, and those advocating for and building solutions to the climate crisis within their communities. In San Francisco, people took to the streets in the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen that also included the largest ever street mural. Concurrently, people around the world will join more than 830 events in 91 countries under the “Rise for Climate” banner. In the U.S., over 300 events are planned in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Photo by Brooke Anderson | Survival Media Agency.

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  • Arts Build+ with David Solnit and The Peace Poets

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    We’re in a climate emergency, and 350 Silicon Valley is ramping up its actions. On August 24 at the UU church in San Jose, our event organizers Ralph King and Kathy Pimentel were joined by David Solnit, 350.org’s North American Arts Organizer, The Peace Poets from Brooklyn, and more than 40 arts builders from 350 Silicon Valley, partner groups and faith and other community volunteers. We created silk screen posters and a huge banner, saw how street murals are made, and learned songs for the September 8 Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice March in San Francisco.

    Come join us at 10AM in San Francisco at Embarcadero Plaza on September 8 for the biggest climate march in Northern California history. Caltrain is the best way from San Jose and the Peninsula.

    Photos by Chris Cassell and Jack Owicki, ProBonoPhoto.org

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    David showing finished silk screened posters

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    Peace Poets teaching songs for the march

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    Kathy learning basics of silk screening

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    Hang 'em out to dry

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    Adding tempura colors to the posters

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    Making the main march banner

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    Learning the way street murals are made

     

     

     

     

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  • What Can You Do About Climate Change?

    An excellent article by 350SV member David Coale:

    As our electricity grid gets cleaner and cleaner with California’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) increasing the percentages of renewables to 50% by 20301 and with many communities opting for Community Choice Energy where this will happen even sooner and at a lower price, the switch to electric energy to do our bidding is getting more attention.

    With a cleaner energy source coming on-line, our next easiest opportunity to address climate change is to switch to using this clean energy for as much as possible as we go about our daily lives. With the recent advances in technology, switching to electricity to meet our daily needs is now more available than ever before and cost effective as well.  READ MORE: LINK 

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  • New Year, New Energy: Let’s Talk About Climate

    See livestream video of standing room only 100+ crowd at New Year, New Energy event on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/350SiliconValley/videos/1663178440370278/

    Please share widely!

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