350 Austin August Open Meeting – 8/20/2019

350 Austin August Open Meeting – 8/20/2019

August 20, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin Texas 78756

It’s time to roll out the red carpet for 350 Austin’s new leadership team! Welcome our new Executive Director, R Brent Lÿles and give a big hand to our new President Kristin Herrington-Albrecht and VP Liliana Mendoza.

Founders Gilbert Starkey and Bobbie Tsukahara are stepping away from leadership to make way for lots of new energy.

Let’s show the new leaders that we are going to support them with our hands and hearts!!

We will also be hearing from Sunrise Movement ATX and the Climate Strike. And, as always, there are working groups to help you dive in!

Calling All Shirts EUC – 8/12/2019

Calling All Shirts EUC – 8/12/2019

August 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
721 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704-1145

The Electric Utility Commission (EUC) advises City Council on the management of Austin Energy (AE). Arrive shortly before 6 pm to sign up for Citizens Communication.

350 Austin can be a key player in pushing AE to be Fossil Free Faster by participating in the resource generation planning that is getting underway right now.

Agenda: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324877
Aug. 2017 Council Resolution requiring studies (see p. 3-4): http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324876
Fayette Operational Data (revised): http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324940

Whenever possible, please keep your Citizen Communication *brief and to the point*. Although you have a 3 minute limit, you do not have to speak for the three minutes.

Some suggested topics: Status of studies due 9/30? What plans does AE have for accelerating timelines to get us to Fossil Free Faster? Transparency regarding coal ash.

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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!!

If you are on Facebook, please use this link to RSVP and invite friends!

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.”

350 Austin July Open Meeting – 7/16/2019

350 Austin July Open Meeting – 7/16/2019

July 16, 2019 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm at
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin Texas 78756

350 Austin’s monthly open meeting is a great way to meet others who share your concern for the climate emergency threatening all of life. There will be updates on our core campaigns to Keep It In The Ground and to Divest from Fossil Fuels. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to participate.

If you are on Facebook, follow this link to RSVP and invite friends.

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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June Open Meeting – 6/18/2019

June Open Meeting – 6/18/2019

June 18, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

The more we learn, the more we realize how urgent the work that lies before us. Join us as team lead Danny Fetonte lays out the philosophy and critical details of our strategic approach to Closing Fayette Coal Plant asap. Board member Bobby Levinski will update us on behind-the-scenes meetings that are moving us forward.

Following the short presentations, we will be breaking up into working groups: Divestment team; petition training; planning the Global Climate Strike happening 9/20/19; volunteer “fair”; and more!

PLEASE BRING SNACKS and/or BEVERAGES to share!!

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350 Austin Reading Group – 5/28/2019

350 Austin Reading Group – 5/28/2019

May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm at Cepeda Branch Library
651 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people!

Sometimes I wonder if we should rename this group “The Guardian article discussion group”. The British daily newspaper The Guardian has become the world’s premier source of influential articles on climate change. Even American journalists such as Bill Moyers are getting their voice heard through The Guardian. At this month’s 350 reading group meeting, we will discuss two of the many articles on climate change that were published by The Guardian in just the past week.
Of course, you can come without doing any of this reading just to enjoy the discussion. I will summarize the main arguments in the articles for everyone – but the articles aren’t that long and are well worth the read.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/24/climate-crisis-global-strike
(a call for a global climate strike on Sept 20th)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/climate-crisis-ed-murrow-bill-moyers

As usual, we will meet on the final Tuesday of the month, from 7:00pm to
8:30pm on May 28th at the Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant
Valley Rd, Austin.

Everyone attending will be loved!

If you’re on Facebook use this link to RSVP and invite friends!

Hope to see you there,
Mike Ignatowski


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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May Open Meeting – 5/21/2019

May Open Meeting – 5/21/2019

May 21, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

Dr. Jules Elkinsa professor at the University of Texas in the Department of Geography and the Environment, will be presenting a talk on the toxins associated with energy production and their impact on the neurological development of children. Her presentation is part of our campaign to close the Fayette Coal Plant (FCP) and move us away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

Second, if you have been collecting signatures on our petition to Austin City Council, please bring those to the meeting and give them to Danny Fetonte or Bobbie Tsukahara.  

Third, in addition to our usual collection to support 350 Austin’s work, we will be taking a special donation for Earth Day Austin.  They sustained heavy financial losses when last month’s terrible storm forced them to re-schedule.  We will provide a special basket for cash and check donations.  

  • Donations to 350 Austin can be made by cash, credit card, check payable to “350 Austin”, or by using this link.  
  • Special gifts to Earth Day by cash or checks payable to “Earth Day Austin”.  

Fourth, please invite your friends, especially those in the pediatric medical professions or who live in the communities most impacted by the Fayette coal plant.  

Fifth and finallyFOOD! There will be a cake to honor all of our terrific volunteers and to make our guests feel welcome.  Please feel free to bring finger foods and beverages to share.  

We look forward to seeing you and your friends!  

For more info about Dr. Elkins, check out her UT page: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/geography/faculty/jre737

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