Thursday, July 23, 2015

VAN supports two youth activist training camps in Oregon

VAN activist Matt Landon will volunteer with the 7th annual  Youth Empowered Action Camp  (YEA Camp) at Camp Adams located in Molalla, OR from July 25 thru Aug 1, 2015. 

He is also helping with the 2nd annual Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (Next Gen Camp) at Apserkaha Park at Howard Prairie Lake north of Medford, OR from August 4-8, 2015.  

There is still space available at both camps and scholarships are available. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Clarity about the use of the b**b word when describing oil trains

It has come to our attention that the Oil Train Watch volunteers in Wisconsin have been using the b**b word when describing oil trains in their Twitter posts which have been showing up on VAN's blog via the WI Twitter filter. 

VAN volunteers were concerned enough that we talked with the WI Oil Train Watch volunteers who have assured us that they will stop using the b**b word to describe oil trains. So while you may temporarily see the b**b word on VAN's blog rest assured that it will no longer be showing up constantly.

VAN volunteers are pretty concerned with the use of the b**b word to describe oil trains since it is an automatic red flag alert for government surveillance. Also it could be construed as a command or order.  It is neither.

Vancouver Action Network, VAN volunteers, and the Oil Train Movement are completely dedicated to non violence (including no property destruction) and the budding Oil Train Movement doesn't need to provide ammunition for additional government repression at any stage.

This change in wording is also about providing safety and clarity for our families ,friends, and oil train data. In the most correct sense the trains carry oil, not b**bs.  As citizen scientists we strive to provide the highest quality data possible.   

Please discontinue the use of the b**b word when describing oil trains.  Thanks, VAN


 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

VAN protests during International Oil Train Week of Action July 6-12

All events are listed at www.stopoiltrains.org
Please join VAN volunteers as we organize protests against explosive oil trains.  July 6 is the second anniversary of the tragic Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec, oil train catastrophe that killed 47 people. The Stop Oil Trains week of action will call attention to the growing threat of oil trains across North America.
There is NO safe way to transport extreme tar sands and Bakken crude. Two years after Lac-M├ęgantic, oil trains keep exploding and carbon pollution keeps rising. Oil trains are a disaster for our health, our safety, and our climate.

In July 2014, thousands gathered at 63 events for the first Stop Oil Trains Week of Action. In 2015, we will demonstrate the growing power of our movement and organize more than 100 events across the US and Canada to demand an immediate ban on oil trains.
 
 
Oil Train Week of Action July 6-12, 2015
Monday July 6 – 10amNustar Protest – don't ship crude oil

5420 Fruit Valley Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660
 
VAN will likely invest in a selfie stick.

****UPDATE***Nustar Protest
 
 
Tuesday July 7 – Twitter Oil Train Watch (ongoing)

Wednesday July 8 – 11am Union Pacific protest – demanding their hidden Crude Oil by Rail disaster risk documents and demanding they stop shipping crude oil via train – call in, email in, write a letter actions, banner drop meet on Burnside Bridge and i-5 signage and flyers write letters to-- 19th & SE Holgate Blvd., Building 1825, Portland, OR 97202

Call Union Pacific
800-877-5123


submit emails via this page http://www.up.com/messages/index.cfm?address=jadukes

****Update**** No Oil Trains banner drop on Burnside Bridge at I-5 northbound


 
12pm tabling on Portland east side of Steel Bridge on the Eastbank Esplanade

****Update**** Tabling in front of the Union Pacific railroad office in the blast zone
 

Thursday July 910 am DOT Vancouver – give us our rights back to know about oil train shipments and don't allow oil to be shipped in DOT 111 railcars

11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682


***Update*** The DOT's in Portland and Vancouver  communicated about the protests today. 



3pm DOT Portland – give us our rights back to know about oil train shipments and don't allow oil to be shipped in DOT 111 railcars

 ***Update*** A representative from the Oregon DOT came out to speak with us and take our list of demands. 


 
123 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209
Shelli.Romero@odot.state.or.us

Phone: 503-731-8200


Friday July 1010am BNSF protest Vancouver – demanding their hidden Crude Oil by Rail disaster risk documents and demanding that they stop shipping crude oil via train  – call in, email in, write a letter actions and banner drop meet near the cross streets of W Mill Plain Blvd and Lincoln Avenue in the Fruit Valley area of NW Vancouver with signage and flyers
write letters to--
    1310 W 11th St
    Vancouver, WA
    Call BNSF (360) 418-6303



Submit emails using this form

***Update*** The largest of the protest crowds attended this event on W Mill Plain in Vancouver.  Thanks to Pam for making calls to help turn folks out. 
 


***Update*** BNSF police were not to happy to see us.  There were more police than protesters but we delivered our list of demands.

 
12pm Federal Railroad Administration Vancouver- don't allow oil to be shipped in DOT 111 railcars and give us our rights back to know about oil train shipments

500 Broadway, Suite 240
Vancouver, WA 98660 phone: 360-696-7536

***Update*** When we arrived at the FRA there was already a group of protesters upstairs talking with a Department of Homeland Security agent who was monitoring the protest last year.  Everyone came downstairs to the street for a pic. 

***Update*** We had a short conversation with an FRA rep and delivered our list of demands.  We were assured that he was creating a report including pictures he took to alert FRA headquarters that they were under protest.
 

1pm tabling on Vancouver Riverwalk near 170 SE Columbia Way
 

Saturday July 112pm Lemon Island, Oregon Camp out "planning meeting" for oil train focused 2016 PNW Climate CampJuly 6-12, 2016 (boat in event) http://www.pnwclimatecamp.blogspot.com/

Sunday July 12 – 10am Lemon Island, Oregon Camp out "planning meeting" for oil train focused 2016 PNW Climate Camp (boat out event) http://www.pnwclimatecamp.blogspot.com/




Friday, June 26, 2015

Matt Landon offers oil train workshops via Skype

Matt will present the Oil Train Railside Listening Project and Twitter Oil Train Watch workshops.
 
Please join regional activists at Matt Landon’s Skyped, two-hour workshops in Spokane, Washington, and Sandpoint, Idaho, this weekend, July 27 and 28. Converge at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 27, in Meeting Room 1B, at the street level of the downtown Spokane Public Library, at 906 West Main Avenue in Spokane, and at 2:30 pm at the East Bonner County – Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint. Do not miss these opportunities to attend these Inland Northwest Climate Activist Training Workshops that will enhance your personal and collective capacity to thwart the fossil fuel onslaught currently rampaging the Northwest. WIRT and SPORT welcome your questions and suggestions about these events and your confirmation of participation. Thanks to Helen for organizing these trainings.  If you would like to schedule an in-person or Skyped training for your community please contact us at vancouveractionnetwork@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Oil Train Blast Zone bike rides / protest for Pedalpalooza 2015 with Updates!

June 7, 2015 Vancouver Oil Train Blast Zone bike ride leaves at 11am for a 6 mile ride.
 

Pedalpalooza event page
 

 Oil trains hauling Bakken crude oil and Tarsands oil have been exploding across the US and Canada for the last two years. The Port of Vancouver is proposing to have two operational oil terminals (Tesoro-Savage and Nustar).
Additional oil trains are traveling through Vancouver to other terminals. We will take a leisurely paced 6 mile ride starting in Marine Park.

SE Marine Park Wy & Columbia Way
Vancouver, WA
Meet near the playground.

We will be riding along the Columbia River on the river walk, near railroad tracks where oil trains travel, and on public side streets.

The ride will end with an optional protest at the proposed Nustar oil terminal located at 5420 Fruit Valley Rd Vancouver, WA.

***Update*** The protest bike ride was awesome today!  Thanks to the bike riders who showed up during the 90+ degree weather.  Also thanks to the Portland Mercury newspaper for featuring this bike ride.  



June 20, 2015 Portland Oil Train Blast Zone bike ride leaves at 11am for a 10 mile ride.

Pedalpalooza event page


Oil trains hauling Bakken crude oil and tar sands oil have been exploding across the US and Canda for the last two years. The Port of Portland currently has one oil shipping terminal, Arc Logistics. Additional oil trains are traveling through Portland to other terminals.

We will take a leisurely paced 10 mile ride starting at the corner of N Willamette Blvd and N Ida Ave and riding to 2020 SE Bush Street.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Oil Train Days of Action Eugene, OR May 14-16, 2015




A Training and Community Organizing Project about Oil Trains

Sponsored by the ROAR Center, Civil Liberties Defense Center, and Vancouver Action Network

May 14 Thursday - Video screening (23 min) and Discussion at UO.
Location: UO Lawrence Room 177 @ 6pm-7:50pm
Tabling on UO campus 8am-10am and 2pm-5pm 
May 15 Friday - Listening Project Training at UO campus. Anyone can attend this training and it will prepare you for the railside neighborhood Listening Project on Saturday.               Location: Fenton UO Hall Room 117 @ 2pm-2:50pm
Tabling on UO campus 8am-5pm 
May 15 Friday - Community Listening Project Training at The Boreal in the evening.  This two hour event will begin with the screening of the VICE news segment followed by a discussion during the first hour and the Listening Project training during the second hour.        Location: The Boreal 450 W 3rd Ave Eugene, OR
May 16 Saturday - Community Listening Project training from 8:30am-9:30am at the Grower's Market. Volunteers will then travel to the railside neighborhoods going door to door from 10am-3:00pm followed by a debriefing from 3:30pm-4pm.  Any amount of time you can donate is valuable. Location:  Grower's Market 454 Willamette St. Eugene, OR.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wisconsin Oil Train Watch actively spotting trains

Welcome to Sarah Zarling of Watertown Citizens for Oil Train Safety in Watertown, Wisconsin. Thank you for your oil train monitoring efforts.

You can find more info about this group on Facebook and please LIKE their page- https://www.facebook.com/#!/watertownoiltrainsafety?fref=ts

You can view Wisconsin's live Twitter feed in the right hand column of our blog just below our Washington Twitter feed.  vancouveractionnetwork.blogspot.com