Rise For Climate, Jobs and Justice: Tacoma

Start: Saturday, September 08, 2018 9:00 AM

End: Saturday, September 08, 2018 2:00 PM

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice is a massive global day of action planned for September 8, to coincide with the start of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in California. On that day, thousands of actions will be held around the world to demand that elected leaders commit to fighting climate change by building a world that puts people and justice before profits.  

Local elected officials, including Governor Inslee, will be at GCAS to discuss their climate commitments. Even though we are in our second summer of unhealthy wildfire smoke, Governor Inslee and many local electeds are still supporting expanded fossil fuel infrastructure in this region, even though we need to transition to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

We will RISE in Tacoma on September 8th to draw attention to this disconnect. There’s no more time for empty political gestures. No more stalling, no more delays, it’s time to act!

A massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is currently under construction in Tacoma, with the blessing of local electeds, despite opposition from the Puyallup Tribe and local residents. This facility will add to pollutants in an already toxic industrial area, leading to negative health impacts for surrounding communities. The Salish Sea cannot handle more toxicity, as the orcas and salmon are already struggling. The for-profit Northwest Detention Center located near the LNG facility houses 1,575 immigrants, many of whom came to the United States to flee climate impacts, poverty, and violence. To solve the climate crisis, our work must also challenge the underlying intersections of racial, social, and economic inequities.

Event Details:
9am rally at Tollefson Plaza (1548 Pacific Ave, Tacoma) followed by a march to the Northwest Detention Center.  The march will be under 2 miles long and we’ll have support vehicles for those that need assistance.

Get involved:
We hope to see contingents come from all over Western Washington representing voices as diverse as our communities. Please message us (eli@350seattle.org) if you would like to co-host the event or register a contingent!

Host organizations:
350 Tacoma, Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC, 350 Seattle, Redefine Tacoma, Protectors of the Salish Sea, Sierra Club Washington State, 350 Eastside, 350 Bellingham.

Need a ride? Can give a ride?
Fill out the Group Carpool: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/zqr4te

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