Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
For Background: In 2008, Washington enacted legislation (RCW 70.235) that set a series of limits on the emission of greenhouse gases within the state: quote:
- By 2020, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels;
- By 2035, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to twenty-five percent below 1990 levels;
- By 2050, the state will do its part to reach global climate stabilization levels by reducing overall emissions to fifty percent below 1990 levels, or seventy percent below the state's expected emissions that year. End quote.
- 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030,
- 70 percent below 1990 levels by 2040, and
- 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
On January 16, the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology held a hearing on SB 5412, the Clean Fuels Bill that is a companion to HB 1110. Over 40 witnesses testified, with slightly more than half in favor and nearly half opposed. Most of the opposition came from business and farm interests as well as some construction unions. Support came from environmental groups, King County municipalities (Burien and Kirkland) and utilities. You can take action by clicking on the links on both the House and Senate bills, HB 1110 and SB 5412, and then clicking on the “Comment on this bill” button. Put in some personal information to locate your representatives and then click on “Support” and add a comment.
On Wednesday, January 15, the Senate passed the Zero Emissions Vehicle Bill 5811 and sent it to the House, where it will probably be heard in the Environment and Energy Committee. SB 5811 authorizes the Department of Ecology (DOE) to adopt California zero emission vehicle program regulations. Currently, California has a quota of 22% ZEVs by 2025, and there is a proposal to make the quota 100% by 2050.
You can take action on this bill. Click on the link SB 5811 and click on the button "Comment on this Bill." That will take you to a page where you fill in personal information, find your representatives, and send them a message to support the bill.
On January 16, 2020, the Washington State House Environment Committee held a hearing on HB 2248, the community solar bill. Most organizations supported the bill as a major contribution to Washington’s climate policy, but there was some opposition. A companion bill, SB 6223, will have a hearing January 22 in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). Click on the bill numbers for more information or to take action; click on "Comment on this bill."
IF THERE EVER WAS A MOMENT TO GET INVOLVED, IT IS NOW. MAKE YOUR 2020 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO BE PART OF OUR PLAN TO WIN THE GREEN NEW DEAL! Sign Up Now.
2020 is going to be a turning point for our generation’s future, but whether it goes our way is up to us. Scientists around the world are clear: inaction on the climate crisis will be a death sentence for millions of people. For the first time in our lives, we have an opportunity to elect a President who will stand up to fossil fuel billionaires and fight with the urgency science demands to give all of us a chance at a just and prosperous future.
But to make that a reality, it’s going to take all of us. We need millions of young people along with allies of all ages to join climate strikes, organize their communities and then turn out in force in November. From small towns to cities to Washington DC, we need to make the climate crisis and the Green New Deal the defining issues of the 2020 election.
"All of us" can’t just include you, me and people already in Sunrise. That won’t be enough. That’s why we need people everywhere to kick off the new year by hosting a gathering and inviting your community – your friends, your families, your classmates – to share the vision of the Green New Deal and learn how we can all be part of a movement powerful enough to win it.
Whether you’re just learning about the Green New Deal for the first time or ready to go all-in for 2020, we want you to hold a 2020 launch party in late January!
GOAL: 2000 LAUNCH PARTIES
CURRENT TALLY: 1494 AND COUNTING!
A screen (a laptop, a TV or a projector);
A handful of people from your dorm, class, workplace or neighborhood
Two epic mini-documentaries taking us through what’s at stake, why we need a Green New Deal and our plan to win; and,
A suggested format for the evening and all the support and training you need to pull it off with confidence
What we do in these next 12 months will shape the course of human history for centuries to come. Let's get to work!
Whether you are a seasoned activist or new to race work, we invite folks who identify as White/of European decent to deepen your race awareness and gain tools to take action towards a more equitable, just, and healthy life for all people, in a supportive and creative environment.This highly participatory workshop, featuring Theatre of the Oppressed methods, will be informational, practical (action practice), as well as a chance to do some deep personal and collective work, including ancestor work, cultural appropriation, and more. Our process, despite the seriousness of the topic, can also be quite playful. More No one turned away for lack of funds.
(*There will be a related workshop for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, July 6 -7, 2020, led by Ashnie Butler & Cheryl Harrison. Learn more about the BIPOC Caucus.)
The White Privilege Symposium (WPS) Northwest is an evening followed by a full day event designed to examine patterns, cultures, and systems that contribute to identity, power, and privilege. In examining and challenging concepts of privilege and oppression, WPS Northwest offers solutions and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world.
Special Guest EduTrainer Christian Paige. Registration Opens Feb. 14, 2020
Change Roots is a new organization founded to combat toxic partisanship.
It’s easy to feel powerless given our politics today. It feels like the media, big money and the elite are manipulating the system to their benefit at the expense of everybody else. You’re not wrong. But we can’t let that continue. Each of us can do our small part to make our republic better so that we can all live our best life.
Understand toxic partisanship
There’s nothing inherently bad about being a proud Democrat or Republican. However, it can quickly become damaging when people consider those in the other party to be their enemy. Learning more about how we became so partisan and what forces make us feel that way gives you the skills to prevent yourself and others from becoming dangerously partisan.
Read More About 3 Ways to Make a Difference
April 15-18 -- All In for Climate Justice: People. Power. Planet.
UU United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar - New York, NY
Send an Intergenerational team from your congregation!!
The cost of Early Registration (December 2 - February 3) for all attendees is $375. Regular registration is open February 4 - March 2 at an increased rate. This year we have a new model in which all attendees pay the same rate, regardless of age. This adjustment moves the Seminar towards being more sustainably funded, with all costs shared between attendees.
Apply by January 27 for a reduced registration rate.
Sunrise Movement, the young people's climate action organization, is planning to train 100,000 young people next year. That’s twenty times the number of people we trained this year. So to meet that huge goal, we need to grow our national trainings team.
Help us train 100,000 new Sunrise leaders next year: Apply to join our team as a full-time training fellow from March to December 2020.
The fellowship will start with a multi-week intensive orientation in which you’ll get a deep dive into Sunrise’s strategy and DNA, and learn how to be an effective Sunrise trainer.
Then, you’ll jump into training the members of our movement, traveling to hubs across the country. Through online welcome calls, day-long orientation trainings, mass summits, and multi-day skill workshops, you’ll level up thousands of young people to be leaders in Sunrise -- whether they are experienced hub coordinators or just got involved in the movement last week.
What young people in America do in 2020 will determine the course of history for centuries to come. As a Sunrise trainer, you can help make sure our movement can grow at the rapid pace we need to win a Green New Deal.
For all the details, check out the application. Apply by January 12th.
Panel Discussion: Bringing Social Values to Life in Our Cities, Our Communities and Our Conscience, January 5th, 2020, Seattle WA
The Mount Holyoke College Club of the Puget Sound invites you to a panel discussion. Speakers:
Dr. Serin Houston, Professor of Geography and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College, and author of Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance.
Dr. Anu Taranath, Principal Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas at University of Washington, and author of Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World.
Ms. Sarah Mayes. Sarah has worked for four lawmakers, most recently at Seattle City Council. A transgender woman and single mother, Sarah produces and co-hosts a new podcast, By the Sound.
Free and open to the public. Download flyer here.
Volunteers Needed for King County’s Annual Point in Time Homeless Count, January 24th, 2020-Register Now
Opportunities from All Home: Count Us In 2020 Mark your calendars: Count Us In 2020, King County’s Annual Point in Time Count (PIT), will be happening January 24, 2020! The core purpose of our annual PIT Count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. A successful and accurate PIT Count is an essential component to informing our system response to the need in our community and to ultimately making homelessness rare, brief and one-time.
is now live for registration and will be your resource for anything volunteer related—i.e. communicating with team members, early preview of census tracts, webinars, Q&A, etc. A successful count relies on volunteers and community members like you. Our team at All Home and our new team at VN Research and look forward to working together with you!
Fight Back Against Harmful Fee Hikes for Permanent Resident and Citizenship Filing:Comments Due by Dec. 31
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is joining partner organizations and people around the country in a comment campaign to oppose a proposal from the Trump Administration that would significantly increase fees immigrant community members have to pay to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a wide range of immigration applications. We are deeply concerned that this proposal will effectively price out tens of thousands of people from being able to obtain critical immigration protections or U.S. citizenship.
Last June, the Department of Homeland Security repealed “Parole in Place,” a policy that prevented deportation of family members of active duty military members, veterans, and reservists. Previously, federal immigration officials allowed servicemembers and veterans the time to pursue paths to legal residency for both themselves and their family members without fear of disruption and separation.
Removing this protection is cruel and inhumane. And it’s a slap in the face to those who have borne the brunt of our often disastrous foreign policies.
Add your name to tell your Senators to cosponsor S. 2797, The Military Family Parole in Place Act, and keep our servicemember and veteran families together.
Service in the armed forces and reserves has been a path to citizenship for generations. Now, the Trump administration is refusing to hold up their end of the deal. This is unfair and underhanded. At a time when very few of us will ever see a battlefield, we must honor our obligations to those who have.
The problems with our current xenophobic immigration policies are large and require big solutions, and this is one thing we can do right now for people who have made an enormous commitment to our country.
Sign the petition NOW.
Win Without War, building a movement dedicated to ensuring the United States acts to uplift and reinforce all peoples’ desire for dignity, prosperity, and self-determination.
The WTO+20 Event Schedule:10:00am-12:00 pm Rally at OCCIDENTAL PARK 3:30pm-6:00pm Trade Justice Workshops @ TOWN HALL Session 1 Environment with Selden Prentice of 350 Seattle and Manuel Pérez Rocha from Institute for Policy Studies Labor Issues in Trade Policy with Motthida Chin from Verité and Barbara Byrd from Oregon AFL-CIO Public Health with Leigh Haynes and Julia Robinson of Peoples' Health Movement and Health Alliance International Immigration with Ricardo Ortega from LELO Session 2 Indigenous Sovereignty and Extractive Industries with John Sirois of the Colville Tribes Labor Activism That Crosses the Border: Past and Future with Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Food Sovereignty with Karen Hansen-Kuhn of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy WTO Tech, Data, E-Commerce Expansion with Deborah James of Our World is Not For Sale Trade and Militarism with Carly Brook of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility 7:30pm Keynote with Joseph Stiglitz and Brief Action Orientation with Lori Wallach @ TOWN HALL General admission for the keynote is $20. A limited number of free student tickets are available first-come-first-serve. Scholarships are available--contact Hillary at Hillary@washingtonfairtrade.org for more information.
UU Ministry for the Earth has several calls to action that have deadlines over the next couple of weeks:
- 1) Submit a Keystone XL Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Public Comment by Nov 18th --www.uumfe.org/2019/11/13/public-comment-needed-now-for-keystone-xl-pipeline-by-nov-18/
- The US State Department just released a draft of its most recent study on the Keystone XL pipeline, and this is your last chance to give a public comment on KXL! All comments must be submitted by November 18th, 2019 (as of today only 400 letters have been sent).
- 2) The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is seeking public input on climate policy issues -- due by Nov 22nd -- climatecrisis.house.gov/inforequest
- The U.S. House of Representatives created the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to “investigate, study, make findings, and develop recommendations on policies, strategies, and innovations to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis, which will honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”
- There is a questionnaire that the Committee needs you to respond to.
- 3) Sunrise Movement is holding another US national climate strike on Dec 6th pushing for a Green New Deal! Support your local youth leadership!! www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike
- . . . in Washington Faces New Federal Court Challenge (https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/kalama-methanol-refinery-washington-faces-new-federal-court-challenge-2019-11-12/).
- Sign the WA Department of Ecology petition at: https://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/petition-methanol
Saturday – November 23, 2019 When: 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Free of Charge Where: East Shore Unitarian Church - 12700 SE 32nd , Bellevue Panel & Discussion with:
- Dina Burstein, Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW
- Monserrat Padilla, WA Immigrant Solidarity Network & Coordinator for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project
- Carolyn de Ford, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Puyallup Domestic Advocacy Program
- Nickhath Sheriff, Muslim Community Resource Center