Global Strike III: Austin – 9/20/2019

Global Strike III: Austin – 9/20/2019

September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Texas State Capitol south steps, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701

Wherever you are on 9/20, you can Climate Strike with us! Join us at the Capitol or use #TexasStrikeIII to submit your pics from your own spot! Pick a park, a city office, even a transit stop or intersection to strike with your friends.

Walk out from your school, home, or place of work on 9/20 at 9 AM! Attend an action around the city, then meet up at 12 PM at the Texas Capitol Building for a program of speakers and a networking opportunity to meet more like-minded people and organizations!

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Climate Emergency for Austin – 8/8/2019

Climate Emergency for Austin – 8/8/2019

August 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin Texas 7870

Do you want Austin to join NYC, LA, Boulder, and other cities and countries around the globe to declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY? Then come to City Hall on 8/8 and speak out in support of Item #78. Text of resolution is here: https://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324055

Make sure your council member is going to vote in support of the Resolution. Not sure who your council member is? Click here to find out: http://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/CouncilDistrictMap/ You can also email all of Council, including the mayor, here: http://austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members

PLEASE help spread the word by inviting all your friends and sharing this event with your groups!!

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Some suggested Talking Points:
* We want a resolution with teeth, not an aspirational document! The City Manager is going to need a team dedicated to the development of a Master Emergency Plan with Milestones. The resolution currently reads more like a task list for the City Manager.
* Ask Council to direct the City Manager to establish a transparent process for monitoring and assessing the financial risks posed by the climate crisis, including investment risks for the three City employee pension funds.
* Ask Council to direct each of the three pension funds to provide data to Council in an open format which is to be made publicly available for independent review and analysis.
* Ask that the language of the resolution reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. Use of the term “climate change” no longer captures the climate emergency.
* Please feel free to draft your own talking points!

A key aspect of addressing the climate emergency is divestment from the fossil fuel industry. 350 Austin would like to have that be a part of the City’s #ClimateCrisis resolution. Consider using something like the following when making your statement:

“Be it further resolved that Council directs the City Manager to ask the City’s three pension funds to provide data on their investments in an open format that can be published on the City’s open data portal to allow the community to be able to analyze the fossil fuel portion of those investments.”

Climate Emergency – NO. MORE. GAS! – 7/15/2019

Climate Emergency – NO. MORE. GAS! – 7/15/2019

July 15, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 721 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

There is a rumor afoot that Austin Energy is seriously considering a new gas plant, possibly at the Decker site. Calling all “Shirts” to show up for the Electric Utility Commission meeting and demand that AE go on the record confirming or denying that rumor.

EUC commissioner (and former 350 Austin divestment team lead), Stefan Wray is intending to push City Council to declare a Climate Emergency. Whether this item makes the EUC agenda, we can help build support for this effort.

You must be there on time to sign up to speak at citizens communication. If you have a Close Fayette or 350 Austin shirt, please wear it. Yes, making a 6 pm meeting in Austin traffic is a pain, but it is much less of a drag if you take the bus!

The agenda, when ready, will be posted here: http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/27_1.htm

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Urgent City Council Resolutions – 5/9/2019

Urgent City Council Resolutions – 5/9/2019

May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin Texas 78701

A GREEN NEW DEAL for Austin and ELECTRIFICATION of transportation!! Items #19 & #20 (sponsored by CMs Leslie Pool and Alison Alter) are on the Council Agenda. We need lots of people there to support these resolutions.

Press conference is at 9 a.m. Items #19 and #20 are expected to be discussed in the earlier part of the day.

Link to text: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council/2019/20190509-reg.htm#019

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