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GND local update

From: Mike Ferguson <petitions4bernie@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:15 PM

Below are local actions to take and UPDATED INFO for events on the Olympic Peninsula to ensure the Green New Deal gets the support it needs.

The plan to pass the Green New Deal starts now! From today until Sunday, February 10, we need you to tweet, call, and email our Senators and Representatives relentlessly to demand they back Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Senator Markey’s Joint Resolution for a Green New Deal. Pramila Jayapal has already signed on, but all other WA representatives need to join her. We want to make some noise, so please sign on & share this petition with your friends. We will be loud and heard! Go to sunrisemovement.org/call for an easy tool to use.

Then from February 11-13, plan to visit your representative’s office. You can go on your own or bring a friend. Ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. During this time, continue calling, tweeting, and emailing to ramp up the pressure.

The deadline for them to sign on is February 26! If they still haven’t co-sponsored or supported the resolution by then, we’ll unite for a National Day of Action, storming into offices, singing, dropping banners, rallying outside their offices and making it clear that we will hold them accountable to taking action on climate change and the Green New Deal.


Here are the details for local actions:  

1) February 6-10: Make our demand clear! Call, tweet, and email our elected representatives relentlessly, demanding they support Ocasio-Cortez & Markey’s joint resolution for a Green New Deal.

Sign this petition

Write a letter:

Below are some talking points for our Letters to our Representatives. We need to have a strategic, unified message, but each letter will be as unique as we are. When legislative assistants review these letters before delivering them to elected officials, it is far better that they read one hundred personal letters that must be read individually than a single document co-signed by five hundred individuals. A simplified message will be easier for the aides to process.

Example letter for Rep. Kilmer

Talking points about the Green New Deal

Send an email:

It has been suggested to type “Co-Sponsor The Green New Deal Resolution” in the subject line, since our emails to legislators are processed through computer programs and this is a way to be clear about what we are asking.

Derek Kilmer: https://kilmer.house.gov/contact/email-me

Patty Murray:  https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email

Make a phone call:

The Sunrise Movement has create a very handy function that plugs your phone directly into the phone lines of our Senators and Representative.  All you have to do is enter your info and it calls your phone, connecting you to each office. So, answer your phone, follow the simple directions and leave your  message for each office.


Detailed contact info for legislators:

For more extensive contact info for our Federal Legislators, use the following link.  Simple put in your zip code and detailed info will pop up. If you are planning a visit that has not been organized call the office to make sure you find a time they are open.


2) February 10 – 11: There are 2 letter-writing parties planned on the Peninsula;  bring a friend and a pen!

Port Angeles Letter Writing Party:

When: Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 pm

Where: Metta Room in Port Angeles, 132 E Front St, Port AngelesW


Port Townsend Letter Writing Party:

When: Monday, February 11th at 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop, 126 Quincy Street in Port Townsend


3) February 12-13: It’s time to show up! Visit your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices and ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. Then, keep the pressure high by getting more and more people to call, tweet and show up in person. We will be organizing a large letter delivery event. One of the most impactful things we can do is to march into our Representatives’ offices and deliver the letters ourselves.

Derek Kilmer Office Visit (Port Angeles)

When: February 12, 10:30 AM

Where: 332 E 5th Street, Port Angeles

Event Link:  Derek Kilmer Office Visit

Carpool Page: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/m5bja6

Derek Kilmer Office Visit (Tacoma)

When: February 13, 3:00 PM

Where: 950 Pacific Avenue Suite 1230, Tacoma

Event Link:  Tell Congressman Derek Kilmer: We Need A Green New Deal

Carpool Page: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/irkh90

*There are more Green New Deal office visits and actions listed here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/gnd/. Scroll to the bottom of the page and type in your zip code to find addition events near you.

4) February 26: All across the country, we’ll be storming into offices, chanting, dropping banners, rallying outside and making it clear that young people are ready to hold our politicians’ feet to the fire. This will be a political earthquake; forcing elected officials to think twice before they refuse to back the Green New Deal.

*We will send updates about the February 26 actions when information is available.

Tips to effective outreach:  Make sure when you contact your representatives, that you state your address. It holds more weight than just saying “I live in Port Angeles/etc.” Call each of their offices, field offices as well as at the DC office. Call, email, and tweet every day. We cannot overstate how impactful this will be.


If you have any questions or suggestions, I will be making myself available all the way through the Green New Deal campaign, so feel free to reach out.  If you want to help organize, that would be wonderful. I’m happy to help you plug in!

Please do forward this email to local groups and connections that you have.  SPREAD THE WORD!

In Solidarity,

Mike Ferguson, Hub Coordinator

Sunrise Movement – Olympic Peninsula

(360) 565-6647

Majority favors action on climate, both here and nationally

The people of the Olympic Peninsula, like the people of Washington State and the United States, want to address climate change. $32 million of Big Oil money does not deny that fact!

From Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018:

Sample survey question: “Congress should do more to address global warming.”

6th Congressional District (Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas): 62%

Clallam County: 62%

Jefferson County: 65%

Washington State: 64%

United States: 62%

People’s Climate March Olympic Peninsula

Saturday, April 29 was a day of Climate Awareness marches in Washington, DC and around the world.  In Port Angeles, some 600 concerned citizens from across the Olympic Peninsula and beyond came by bike, by foot, by carpool, and by busloads.  Some presumably swam, like this pod of orcas from Port Townsend!

Lys Burden, Dale Grooms, Debra Ellers and Annette Ruzicka of Port Townsend

Lys Burden, Debra Ellers and Annette Ruzicka of Port Townsend

The event was organized by a tireless group of activists from Olympic Climate Action and supported by the Sierra Club North Olympic Group.  Led by members of the Klallam Drum Group of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, this non-violent march moved with good spirit through the sidewalks of downtown PA in the rain.  The majority of bystanders and local businesses showed their support and expressed an understanding of the importance of the issues being raised on this day.

More photos available on OCA’s Facebook page.

Climate change is real and now. Most of us get it. Humans must act in ways to limit its effects, and deal with surviving the changes that are here and/or on their way.


Give a rousing cheer for the many unsung citizens who took an afternoon out of their lives to make this a worthy event.  Even the clean-up crew!

Check out the Peninsula Daily News story about this March for Climate, and some of the interesting commentary that follows.

People’s Climate March ♥ Olympic Peninsula ♥ April 29, 2017

“Our Peninsula, Our Future, Our Climate”

3:00 PM • Port Angeles City Pier

321 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles, WA 98362

RSVP here

Contribute here

Map to parking and City Pier

Agenda of speakers and activities

March route


Our banners – original artwork by Makah artist Micah McCarty

Video by James Cameron

Article by Bill McKibben

“Why I March”:  A Set of Short Videos

Article in Port Townsend Leader

Article in Peninsula Daily News

The People’s Climate March is a nationwide event to re-energize and build the movement for climate action in order to fight pollution, protect human rights, and transform our economy.

Here on the Olympic Peninsula, we have the opportunity to build a coalition of communities and cultures dedicated to a just transition toward community  resilience. Climate action here can mean moving toward stable jobs with good wages, building and retrofitting infrastructure to generate our own energy, increasing efficiency, and preparing for climate changes to come.

Together we can achieve a better future for us all. This is why we are concentrating our efforts into a joint march for the whole North Olympic Peninsula. This is our Peninsula, our future, and our climate.

In addition to climate action on the Peninsula, we stand up to protect the recently signed Paris accord, in which nations work together to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, and thereby hopefully sustain a livable planet. We reject the call by members of the current federal administration to pull out of the Paris agreement and unleash a new wave of unnecessary and lethal fossil-fuel extraction.

The Sierra Club North Olympic Group and Olympic Climate Action invite you to join us. Let’s march together for our future.  We have a great lineup of speakers and others to inform and inspire you!

We use non-violent means to achieve change. We are committed to nonviolence, inspired by the spirit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and other peaceful protesters before us. No violence, no property damage. We believe that this approach offers the best means of creating lasting progress toward a just and healthy world.


People’s Climate March–solidarity actions across the Peninsula

People’s Climate March:  solidarity actions across the Peninsula on Sept. 20-21

On the weekend of Sept. 20-21, people around the world will gather for what promises to be the biggest climate demonstration in history, centered upon the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, two days prior to a special climate summit being called by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where world leaders (not just their climate negotiators) will be called upon to get serious about a world climate action plan.

The message:  it’s time to act.  And here on the Olympic Peninsula, we will march in solidarity in three places:

Port Angeles:  “People’s Climate March:  Connecting the Dots”

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., beginning and ending at the Port Angeles City Pier, OCA, along with other community groups, will lead a vigil, rally, and march.

10-10:30:  Semi-silent vigil led by faith communities (or family time at the beach)

10:30-11:30:  Rally with speakers from a variety of organizations speaking about how climate change impacts them in their lives and work

11:30-12:30:  March around downtown Port Angeles, ending at the observation deck at the end of City Pier for photographs

12:30-1:  Semi-silent vigil to close the activity (or more family time at the beach)

The “dots” are the various issues that impact and are impacted by climate change.  We are seeking broad involvement by people involved in a myriad of social issues, because climate change will affect us all.  Here is a partial list of participating organizations, along with OCA:

  • Stop the Checkpoints
  • MoveOn
  • Green Party
  • Veterans for Peace
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • Port Angeles Dzogchen Sangha
  • Sierra Club North Olympic Group

The visuals will center around a large painting of Earth which will be visually connected by ribbons to smaller “dots” with phrases suggesting the surrounding issues.  These images will be carried in a long line during the march and then displayed in sunburst fashion, with Earth at the center, for a photograph with marchers at the City Pier observation deck.

People’s Climate March PA Poster

Photos from that day:

Kia ArmstrongThe DotsGroup shot

Sequim:  Climate talk and march at Railroad Bridge Park

On Saturday, Sept. 20, OCA member Bob Lynette will give a talk on climate change and its local impacts at the Dungeness River Audubon Center from 10-1.  Following his talk, OCA members will lead a brief march and photo shoot in support of the worldwide mobilization.

Railroad Bridge

Port Townsend:  Rally, song, and march at Pope Marine Park

Our colleagues at the Fossil Fuel NW Action group will hold a rally and march on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 3 PM at the Pope Marine Park waterfront.  PT Peoples Climate Action poster

Two numbers of import:

401: The peak concentration of carbon in the atmosphere (in parts per million) measured by the world’s leading scientists this spring — higher than any time in human history.

Zero: The amount of progress we’ll make if we stay home. There’s no guarantee this will work. The only thing that’s for sure is if we stay home, nothing will change — except the climate.  More than 2000 events are being planned around the world, in 130 countries…let’s do our part on this beautiful corner of the planet!

Disruption chronicles the making of the People’s Climate March

Disruption logo

As a lead-up to these solidarity actions, Disruption weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history.  It features Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, and some fresh faces with powerful new stories.  Watch it here.