Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11 – noon
In response to the sudden announcement that the Trump administration plans to abrogate the Environmental Impact Statement process and bulldoze the sovereign rights of indigenous people at Standing Rock in order to push the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through their ancestral lands, OCA, in partnership with the Clallam Progressives and the Racial Justice Collective, will picket from 11 AM till noon, on Saturday, February 25, outside the U.S. Bank branches in Port Angeles, 134 E. 7th St. (corner of Lincoln), and Sequim, 101 W. Washington St. (corner of Sequim Avenue).
This will be our third week of demonstrating, back by popular demand! Bring signs and dress for the weather.
U.S. Bank is among a number of banks financing DAPL, and a worldwide movement is calling to divest from these banks if they won’t withdraw their DAPL investments. Seattle just passed a resolution to divest their accounts at Wells Fargo, another DAPL investor. In Clallam County, several local governments bank with U.S. Bank.
This protest is not against our local bank branches, staffed by our neighbors and doing everyday community banking. Rather, this protest is against their corporate executives, who often follow a very different agenda. In coming weeks, we will start a dialogue about ethics and investments by individuals and institutions.
Here are messages from Sacred Stone Camp and the #NoDAPL 2017 Action Hub. There the protesters are risking prosecution, jail, and worse to protect their sacred lands and water, and the water supply of millions. We quite simply do not need any new pipelines, and the sooner we get onto clean energy, the better off we’ll all be.
That pin in the upper left is us, not Victoria…in the entire Pacific Northwest, we and Seattle were the only places to hold “First 100 Hours” rallies to begin the resistance against the Cabinet nominees of Donald Trump.
Twenty-eight hardy souls were out in the middle of the street early this morning to spread the word, and we got much support from passersby. More support than from the Port Commission, who said it was inappropriate to lobby other government bodies such as the U.S. Senate. This was just prior to a long discussion of whether they should lobby state government to extend the halibut fishing season! Oh well, Profiles in Courage it wasn’t.
But the good news is that two out of three Port Commissioners acknowledge that human-caused climate change is a serious problem that must be seriously addressed. That’s a good thing for our local community, as the Port controls some of the most vulnerable assets in Clallam County under the threat of climate change.
Pictures from the rally are on our Facebook page.
Rally Jan. 23, 8 am – First and Valley Streets, Port Angeles
Climate action is under attack. The Trump presidency threatens to undo all our progress, and set the climate movement back years — years we can’t afford. In the first 100 hours of Trump’s administration, join Olympic Climate Action and a nationwide resistance to oppose the Trump Administration’s aggressive attacks on our air and water, our economy, our health, our families, and our future.
On January 23 OCA sponsored a rally and sign-waving at First and Valley Streets in Port Angeles at 8 AM to kick off the resistance during Trump’s Presidency. We brought signs and flags, and dressed warm! We rallied early that morning because at 9 AM, we crossed the street to the Port of Port Angeles office to ask the Port Commissioners to join us in opposing a Cabinet made up of climate criminals.
It’s up to us to stop these attacks before they can really start.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3 pm – Gateway Center – Front & Lincoln – details here
The Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribes stand in support of the Standing Rock protesters.
JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION #35-16
The US Army Corp of Engineers authorized the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction over the objections of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and despite the fact that the environmental assessment failed to account for the health and will-being of the Tribe or the spiritual significance of the purposed development site. The construction of the Pipeline poses a significant risk of contamination of Tribal homeland, water and natural resources and will permanently destroy sites that have sacred and cultural significance to the Tribe.
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Free Event: Our Marine Resources Facing Climate Change
Changing chemistry in our marine waters is changing the food web and the industries that depend upon it. How those changes occur, and what each of us can do to help reduce those changes, will be explored at a speaker forum and panel discussion on September 28 at the Red Lion Inn conference room. The free event begins at 6:00 p.m., and is sponsored by Clallam County Marine Resources Committee and Olympic Climate Action.
Forum speakers will examine the ecological impacts of ocean acidification, the impacts of ocean acidification on local shellfish, water availability on the North Olympic Peninsula, and how individuals can be involved to help make a difference.
Ginny Broadhurst, Executive Director at the Northwest Straits Commission, will facilitate the event and the panel discussion. Ms. Broadhurst will also outline actions that individual citizens can take to help reduce the impacts of ocean acidification.
Anna McLaskey, PhD student at University of Washington, will discuss the ecological impacts of ocean acidification. A member of the West Coast Ocean Acidification 2016 Cruise, Ms. McLaskey will introduce the cause and chemistry of ocean acidification. Ms. McLaskey’s research focuses on the impacts of ocean acidification on crustacean zooplankton such as krill and copepods.
Bill Dewey, Director of Public Affairs for Taylor Shellfish, will explore the impacts of ocean acidification on oysters and other shellfish Mr. Dewey states, “Ocean acidification is a big deal. Sea water chemistry is going to change in dramatic ways in our lifetime. We are going to watch all the organisms shift in the ocean in ways we can’t fully understand.” He travels around the world speaking about ocean acidification, how ocean acidification impacts the shellfish industry, and how it will impact the ocean food web. Taylor Shellfish started as a family business in 1890 and today they are the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the country.
Ann Soule, water resources specialist for the City of Sequim, will describe future water availability on the North Olympic Peninsula. Based on future weather predictions with drier, warmer summers and wetter winters, Ms. Soule concludes that we should “harness all possible sources of water for our water-dependent region.” She has worked extensively on surface water and stormwater, and water quantity and quality issues in the Dungeness watershed and Clallam County—and will explore potential relationships between freshwater supplies and marine resources.
Following the presentations a panel will engage the audience in a discussion about ocean acidification and water availability on the North Olympic Peninsula.
This project has been funded wholly or in part by the US EPA under Assistance Agreement PCOOJ90301.
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