350 Austin – First Thursday Happy Hour – 9/6/2018

350 Austin – First Thursday Happy Hour – 9/6/2018

At 350 Austin we believe in play as well as work, so we are excited to tell you that the 350 Austin Happy Hour is back, with a twist. We will be hosting a monthly Happy Hour on the first Thursday of the month. Join us on Thursday, September 6 for our first “First Thursday Happy Hour” at Cenote – 1010 E. Cesar Chavez. 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  

Calling all friends of 350 Austin, new and old! Join us for an evening of casual drinks & conversation. Meet others who are excited about the #FossilFreeFast movement! Come early or late!
In addition to beer and wine, Cenote has a full food menu and non-alcoholic beverage list. There’s something for everyone! Children are welcome at this happy hour.

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350 Austin Monthly Meeting – 8/21/2018

350 Austin Monthly Meeting – 8/21/2018

To get Austin to be “Fossil Free Faster”, it’s going to take more than just pressuring Austin Energy (AE). While we are not shifting that focus, we are expanding it to include the LCRA* – AE’s “partner in crime” at the Fayette coal plant. When it comes to the Fayette Power Plant (FPP), it’s about more than just CO2 and its impact on climate change and the health of the nearby community – as bad as those effects are.

There’s a water grab going on. And if you want to get Texans riled up, just go after their water.

Al Braden, Austin’s own photographer extraordinaire and long-time activist on climate change, will be leading us in what is bound to be a very motivating discussion on how to get organized to take on the LCRA* in our goal of shutting down the Fayette Power Plant altogether.

And don’t forget that we have candidates’ forums to plan, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves as we get to work on that pressing project. Solar Austin is partnering with 350 Austin, so we can make new friends while we identify when and where the forums will be held. And draft the questions we want our mayoral and city council candidates to answer.

Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s August Open Meeting:

  • Tuesday, 8/21 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
  • First UU Church at 4700 Grover Ave, 78756.
  • Food always makes work more fun, so feel free to bring Finger Foods to share! (No access to the kitchen!)
  • Parking. We’ve been told we can ignore the “Reserved for Massage School” signs.
  • Bus. Stop ID #974 (49th & Grover).
  • Facebook event to invite your friends!

 

 

Austin 350 Reading Group Discussion – 7/24/2018

Austin 350 Reading Group Discussion – 7/24/2018

Tuesday July 24, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people! This month we will be discussing the article:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate plan is the only one that matches scientific consensus on the environment

https://qz.com/1316082/alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-could-make-the-us-a-climate-change-leader/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an upset win in a NY Democratic primary against an established incumbent, and will now likely be elected to congress this November. Her “Green New Deal” plan will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. Let’s start the discussion with this and see where it leads.

As usual, we will meet from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on July 24th at the Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Hope to see you there,
Mike Ignatowski

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends

Recap: July 2018 Open Meeting – Video & Slides

At our July Open Meeting, we learned more about the Fayette Power Project, a dangerous coal power plant that is partially-owned by Austin Energy (AE). We talked about potential strategies to pressure AE to divest from Fayette more quickly, as well as ways we could advocate for a full-plant shutdown.

Al Braden gave a presentation about the Fayette coal plant and AE’s stake in the facility. He also updated us on measures being taken by the AE Electric Utility Commission (EUC) to push for more transparency around Fayette. Thank you to Al for your informative presentation!

If you missed the meeting or would like to review Al’s presentation, the slides and video are available below. We hope to see you at our next Open Meeting on August 21!

PowerPoint presentation slides (opens a viewer in a new tab)

Electric Utility Commission (EUC) Meeting 7/16/2018

Monday, 7/16 (6 to 8 p.m.)Electric Utility Commission (EUC) meeting at 721 Barton Springs. Citizens Communication at the start of the meeting. Wear your 350 Austin shirt. The EUC is taking note of our presence. Immediately after Citizens’ Communication, those on the Campaign Strategy Circle will meet in another room and return to the EUC meeting for Item #11. EUC 07.16.18 Agenda & documents

350 Austin Monthly Meeting 7/17/2018

350 Austin Monthly Meeting 7/17/2018

Tuesday, 7/17 (7 to 8:30 p.m.) – 350 Austin July Open Meeting at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Grover. NOTE THE TIME CORRECTION! We are in the process of sharpening our focus on the Fayette coal plant and steps we might take in getting it shut down much sooner than Austin Energy’s (AE) is currently planning. Al Braden will be sharing his broad and deep understanding on Fayette. We will also be updating you on information that AE has effectively been withholding regarding how much Fayette is being used.

See you soon!

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

100 Texas Candidates Sign “No Fossil Fuel Money” Pledge

100 Texas Candidates Sign “No Fossil Fuel Money” Pledge

Our dedicated member Mickey Fetonte is on a mission: Get candidates for local, state, and national offices to sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. From February 4 to June 22, Mickey personally collected pledge signatures from 96 Texas candidates. Four other Texas candidates signed the pledge through other channels, bringing the grand total to 100 candidates. Thanks for your great work, Mickey!
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350-Austin Reading Group (formerly the 350 Book Group) – 6/26/2018

350-Austin Reading Group (formerly the 350 Book Group) – 6/26/2018

Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, Texas 78702

Join us for a lively and stimulating discussion with some really interesting people! This month we will be discussing the article:

“Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/climate-fear-or-hope-change-debate

Hope to see you there!
Mike Ignatowski

Follow this link to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

350 Austin June Open Meeting – 6/19/2018

350 Austin June Open Meeting – 6/19/2018

Tuesday, June 19 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

Before the meeting, join us for a social happy hour at Citizen Eatery at 6:00 pm! There will be a happy hour discount on food and drink. Citizen Eatery’s menu features 100% vegetarian cuisine and locally-made beverages. Look for the table with the 350 Austin sign! Citizen Eatery is located at 5011 Burnet Road.
https://www.citizeneatery.com/

Then come to First UU for the open meeting. This is a working meeting in which you will have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to work. There will be a variety of breakout groups, including: planning our city council & mayoral candidates forums; learning more about our campaign strategies & tactics; and generating ideas for 350.org‘s Day of Action leading up to the Global Climate Summit. https://riseforclimate.org/

In honor of Juneteenth, we are particularly interested in ideas on how 350 Austin can work more effectively towards freedom from the effects of climate change that affect People of Color first and worst.

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

EUC Meeting 6/18/2018

EUC Meeting 6/18/2018

Monday, June 18 at 6 PM – 8 PM at 721 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1145

Austin Energy (AE) will be reporting to the Electric Utility Commission on the status of the 16 studies mandated by City Council last August. We want AE to begin working on the studies ASAP and communicate to the EUC and the public on their specific plans for becoming Fossil Free Fast. To view the mandated studies, go here and scroll to pages 3-4. http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=282674

Citizen Communications (3 minutes max) occur at the beginning of the meeting. If you want to speak but need help crafting your message, Direct Message Bobbie Tsukahara, Dana Wen, Ellie Fogleman, Gilbert Starkey or other 350 Austin activists.

If you have a 350 Austin shirt, please wear it. If you don’t have one, come a few minutes early to pick one up. $15 for those who can afford it. This is NOT a protest or rally.

Please follow this link to the Facebook Event to RSVP or invite friends.