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‘Which side are you on?’ Youth activists blame ODOT for heat wave deaths

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 19th, 2021 at 1:50 pm

(Scenes from the rally outside ODOT headquarters Wednesday, August 18th. Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Like the climate change-induced heat, flooding, and fires they fear so much, a group of teenage activists refuse to go away. [Read more…]

‘Enough is enough’: Pedalpalooza riders will join youth climate activists at ODOT protest

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 20th, 2021 at 12:58 pm

(Source: Sunrise PDX)

“Enough is enough!”

Portlander Hami Ramani is pissed. He’s tired of what he sees as a lack of bold action against climate change from the Oregon Department of Transportation and their bosses. To do something about it Ramani has just launched a new ride that will happen this Wednesday (tomorrow, 7/21) to show support for Sunrise Movement PDX and their ongoing protest at ODOT headquarters in downtown Portland.

As you might recall from our story on this protest last month, youth climate activists organized by Sunrise PDX have staged twice-monthly protests outside ODOT Region 1 headquarters on Northwest Flanders. The protests have grown in size in recent weeks. This is in part because the clear evidence of climate change-induced catastrophes is unfolding here in Oregon and in many other places worldwide, as our leaders sit back and rest on incrementalist rhetoric and status quo decision-making. Also fueling these fires are recent decisions by the Oregon Legislature and at Metro to endorse funding policy that will lead to more freeways being built and more cars being driven. [Read more…]

Transit feedback session planned for Metro’s transportation bond measure

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 16th, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Climate change activism group Sunrise PDX is hosting an info session tomorrow (6/17) on Metro’s Get Moving 2020 transportation funding bond measure.

It’s been easy to forget with the pandemic and protests dominating the news since March, but Metro still hopes to put this measure on the ballot in November. If all goes according to plan it will raise $3.1 billion for infrastructure projects, including $975 million for the new SW Corridor MAX light rail line.

“Now more than ever the intersectionality of environmental justice, racial justice and transportation justice is a major key in how our city proceeds with its priorities,” reads a description of the event. “Feedback about the anti-oppression and community engagement portions of this bond will be an especially important part of how we move forward.”
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Climate rally shuts down SW 4th Avenue, includes call to end I-5 freeway expansion project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 21st, 2019 at 5:41 pm

(Photos by: Amit Zinman)

Hundreds of concerned Portlanders shut down SW 4th Avenue outside City Hall today to raise awareness of climate change.

Led by Extinction Rebellion PDX and 350PDX, activists called on Mayor Ted Wheeler to declare a citywide climate emergency. In addition to a creative and colorful rally that took over the street, activists from Sunrise Movement staged a sit-in in Wheeler’s office.
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Climate concerns dominate Metro ‘T2020’ task force meeting

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 16th, 2019 at 11:30 am

“We will be watching,” was the warning from Sunrise PDX activists.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Concerns about climate change were made loud and clear to Metro’s Transportation Funding Task Force at their meeting last night. Metro is leading an effort to raise what some say could be as much as $20 billion for transportation infrastructure around the regional via a bond measure that could go to voters in November.

As lines are drawn on maps, lines are being drawn in the sand by electeds and advocates looking to stake out positions for debates to come.
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