Category Archives: Events

Events related to the climate crisis, whether sponsored by OCA or others

Climate Grief Workshop in May

We are finally making it happen! The time has come sweet ones to honor our pain for this world together as a community. 

Our experience of moral pain for our world springs from our interconnectedness with all beings – including humans of all cultures – from which also arise our powers to act on their behalf. When we deny or repress our pain for the world, or view it as a private pathology, our power to take part in the healing of our world is diminished. Our capacity to respond to our own and others’ suffering – that is, the feedback loops that weave us into life – can be unblocked.

We are hosting a 2 day workshop with Oakland facilitator Lydia Violet Harutoonian, assisted by the one and only BJ Star (Barbara Jefferson) from Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects. (See more details below). 

I will most definitely be there. We will be bringing my FAVORITE MUSIC to close us out in concert Sunday evening ~ seriously, my favorite group – Earth Practice. Additionally, Lydia’s band (and also my own-Amora) will be offering songs to get the evening started.

Because this is a journey we will take together as a community, we ask that you attend both days as we will be building a container of trust as we go. However, if you cannot make it to the workshop for both days, please join us for Sunday’s concert (an alcohol free event). 

We have limited space and will close ticket sales at capacity. Please get your tickets here. 

We will provide a lunch and light refreshments throughout both days. 


Saturday May 16, 2020: 10am-6pm (hot meal 1pm)
Sunday May 17, 2020: 12:30pm-6:30pm (hot meal 3:30pm)
Concert Sunday evening with a Tea Bar (non-alcoholic event) 7pm-10pm

Location: Southside Commons

Prices for two day workshop, concert and food included:
General Admission: $100-$300 
Marginalized Communities/Low Income Admission: $25-$300 ($25 minimum to hold your spot: can be refunded if desired at the event.)
Concert Only: (alcohol free event)
General Admission: $10-$50 

In the spirit of micro-reparations for slavery, racism, and the displacement of indigenous people, we offer admission to this event by donation for black, indigenous and other people of color. General admission to this event is priced to make it accessible and affordable, please pay at the highest level that you can afford to do your part in making this event accessible to marginalized communities and low-income folks. (We realize that this policy is merely a gesture towards the need for much broader reparations and justice, and are open to feedback about how this policy can change and evolve over time. We are listening, and are committed to learning.)

Regardless, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Ahlay for any questions or concerns.

Proceeds beyond event costs will be donated to Real Rent Duwamish and 350 Seattle.  
Do you have accessibility needs? Will you need childcare in order to attend? Please let Ahlay know ASAP.

I am profoundly grateful to be sharing this work with you and to be deepening our purpose together as a community. Hope to see you there. 

In growth, 
Ahlay Blakely | Community Resilience 

Supported by U Productions 
Settlers on the homelands and waters of the Duwamish, Suquamish
Muckleshoot, Tulalip, and other Coast Salish peoples


From The Work That Reconnects Website:

Foundations of the Work: To those of us growing up in the Industrial Growth Society, a breathtakingly new view of reality arises from deep ecology, systems thinking, and the resurgence of nondualistic spirituality. These three streams attest to our mutual belonging in the web of life, and to powers within us for the healing of our world. They are basic to the core assumptions of the Work That Reconnects.

Core Assumptions of the Work That Reconnects:

  1. Our Earth is alive. It is not a supply house and sewer for the Industrial Growth Society. As most indigenous traditions teach, the Earth is our larger body.
  2. Our true nature is far more ancient and encompassing than the separate self defined by habit and Western society. We are as intrinsic to our living world as the rivers and trees, woven of the same flows of matter/energy and mind. The planet as a living system, having evolved us into self-reflexive consciousness, can now know and see itself through us, behold its own majesty, tell its own stories — and also respond to its own suffering.

Our experience of moral pain for our world springs from our interconnectedness with all beings – including humans of all cultures – from which also arise our powers to act on their behalf. When we deny or repress our pain for the world, or view it as a private pathology, our power to take part in the healing of our world is diminished. Our capacity to respond to our own and others’ suffering – that is, the feedback loops that weave us into life – can be unblocked.

Grace Hopeshe/her
PNW Regional | 425-890-2145Monday, Wednesday – Friday, 9-5pm PST

Learn to Defend Voting Rights and Environmental Justice


The 2020 election is a key opportunity to push leaders to lay out a bold vision for how they plan to combat the relentless assault under way on science, truth, and justice that has weakened our democracy. And throughout the election year, we will need to fight back against attacks on voting rights that deny people their fundamental right to vote, making it harder for them to advocate for policies that benefit their communities.

The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a webinar to learn key skills and ways you can join a strong, representative coalition to lead efforts on voting rights and environmental justice in your community.

Our #UnhealthyDemocracy:
Where Voting Rights Meets Environmental Justice
Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET / 12:00–1:00 p.m. PT

Register Today

Fight for Voting Rights and Environmental Justice

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Attend Environmental Lobby Day on January 30

More than 500 activists gathered on the Capitol steps for Environmental Lobby Day in January 2019 to call for bold action for the Southern Resident orcas, reduction in plastic pollution, 100% clean electricity, and oil spill prevention.

For the upcoming 2020 legislative session, the Environmental Priorities Coalition will continue fighting for policies that will help address the climate crisis and help sustain a healthy environment for all.

Join the fight this legislative session!
Attend Environmental Lobby Day on January 30. 
You’ll have the opportunity to attend issue briefings, learn how to lobby, hear from environmental champions, attend breakout sessions, and meet face-to-face with your elected officials.

The 2020 Environmental Priorities are…

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LSRD Breach Now! Rally — January 23rd

Facebook Event at Orca Oracle Bus Carpool

Join advocates for salmon,
tribal rights and
fiscal responsibility

to rally on the Washington Capitol steps,
Jan. 23, 2020 at 11 am

in support of breaching
the 4 Lower Snake River Dams (LSRDs) now. 

Gov Inslee is taking written comments on his “LSRD Stakeholder Study” through Jan. 24, but has no public meetings set around the Salish Sea, nor is he allowing any public comments at his 3 “Stakeholder Meetings” [set in Clarkston, Tri-Cities and Vancouver].

Speakers, signs and songs will let Gov. Inslee know that the time has come to breach these dams now based on science, economics and treaty rights!

No public comment is taken at the Stakeholder Meetings. 
The Stakeholder Rally welcomes open public comment. Come be heard and seen as
We the People advocate for saving salmon, orca, and taxpayer money.

More info and carpooling link will be available at the Facebook event

You may print and display the Stakeholder Rally Poster.

FridaysForFuture demonstrations in PA

Every Friday at noon at the downtown fountain

#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.

Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until Swedish policies provided a safe pathway to well below 2 degrees C, in line with the Paris agreement. Millions of people around the globe have joined Greta, committing to strike every Friday until real action is taken to halt our carbon output. 

In Port Angeles, in solidarity with this movement, we will be striking from noon-1 every Friday in front of the downtown fountain (First and Laurel Streets). We invite all to come join this international movement and add a presence and voice to our town and to the global consciousness around climate change. 

Things to consider from the website

FridaysForFuture: ActivismRiskZone

  1. Fridaysforfuture want you to only strike in a way, that you feel safe with.
  2. Many Fridaysforfuture strikers have a police approval for their strike.
  3. It is common for these approvals to only allow a quiet, sitting protest.
  4. A. ARZ: ActivismRiskZone is a working group aiming to support activism in risk zones. Use #ARZ_helps if a minor Human Rights violation occurs and you would like to lift awareness
    B. Fridaysforfuture are unlikely to be able to provide legal support if there are problems, so FFF advises strikers to liaise with local Non Government Organisations and email These NGOs, for example, Amnesty, Greenpeace, 350, WWF, usually know local lawyers, who are well versed in protest situations.
    C. Recommended reading for ActivismRiskZone
  5. We are a peaceful and quiet striking organisation, but unfortunately we have already seen examples in some countries, where some individuals or organisations try to join a strike for the purpose of causing trouble. Please take care and prioritise your own safety.
  6. Fridaysforfuture recommends that all strikers at risk use anonymous style emails if you would like to be contactable from the map, e.g.

What is Fridays For Future?

#FridaysforFuture is a peoples movement following the call from @GretaThunberg to school strike.

Why are kids striking?

School children are required to attend school. But with the worsening Climate Destruction this goal of going to school begins to be pointless.
– Why study for a future, which may not be there?
– Why spend a lot of effort to become educated, when our governments are not listening to the educated?

The basics on how/when/where to strike

Greta requests that people strike infront of their closest town hall, every friday. With a sign, take a picture and post it with the hashtags

How supporters can support

Many people do not think they can strike, i.e. they are worried about their school grades. The Belgium schools all used clocks which then ‘struck’ and then took a picture and this was there method to strike on November 30. Other groups have other ways to find a way to strike, even churches have their bells strike! Some empathy strike. All support is welcome.

If you post your work with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture and #ClimateStrike we will be able to find and share your excellent work.

Walking Tours by North Olympic Land Trust

Visit North Olympic Land Trust’s current conservation project, the 104 acre River’s Edge along the lower Dungeness River. These tours will give you a more in-depth look at this property and the impact it will have in our community. I know this time of year can get particularly busy so I’ve added a couple new dates for tours in the coming weeks and I hope you can attend. 

As the purchase of the property draws near, every gift from $100-$10,000 makes a difference! With 1:1 match, the donation you make today is doubled to help our community make this conservation opportunity happen. 

I’ve currently scheduled a few trips for the coming weeks. If you are interested in attending (and bringing a friend) please RSVP with me.

  • Thursday, December 5th – 1pm  (for folks that are first seeing this date with this email, sorry for the last minute notice)
  • Tuesday, December 10th – 2pm
  • Wednesday, December 11th – 2pm
  • Tuesday, December 17th – 11:30am

For each date and time, we’ll meet at the Dungeness Valley Creamery.

Come prepared for the weather and to walk about a mile on flat terrain (on the levee). Let me know if you have limited mobility, we can make a plan to suit your needs.
Thanks for your fantastic support for local land conservation, and I hope you (and a friend) can join us for one of these dates and see this amazing piece of property.

Tom Sanford – Executive Director
North Olympic Land Trust
602 E Front Street (physical address)
PO Box 2945 (mailing)Port Angeles, WA 98362(360) 417-1815 ext. 6

Legacy giving transforms communities. Please consider North Olympic Land Trust in your will.
If you have left the Land Trust in your will, please let us know so we can say Thank You during your lifetime.