TL; DR: No More Freeways has so much to be thankful for, and we’re having a Happy Hour to celebrate all of our volunteers on Thursday, 1/19, 4:30-6:30 at The Waypost in N Portland. Hope to see you there so we can thank you and celebrate our accomplishments organizing for a future with No More Freeways!
We asked, and once again, you delivered.
Thanks to the hundreds of you who submitted a letter during the Public Comment for the proposed $1.4 Billion Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion. Thanks especially to those of you who wrote letters on behalf of your organizations, from Verde to Oregon Walks, Oregon Families for Safe Streets to 1000 Friends of Oregon.We some of the best comments submitted on our website.
Thanks to our diligent team of advocates, lawyers and traffic engineers that helped No More Freeways submit our official testimony in opposition to the project, along with 12 gigabytes of files of video, academic literature, public records, historic documents and photos to be included in the public record.
Thanks to the dozens of you who attended our People’s Public Hearing last week at Harriet Tubman Middle School, and shared stories about the urgency of investing in traffic safety, climate action, livable streets and clean air – and no more freeways. Thanks also to the dozen of you who volunteered – over the holidays no less! – to make this event work.You can watch full video of the event on our webpage; be sure to check out the testimony from Michelle DuBarry with Families for Safe Streets, Ukiah Steiner-Halloran, with Rural Sunrise Oregon, and Paul Rippey’s epic song about Induced Demand.
Thanks to the dozens of you who wrote postcards to Governor Tina Kotek, Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and ODOT’s planners demanding a full Environmental Impact Statement. We love to send snail mail!
Thanks to everyone who read about our freeway fight in the past few weeks. The Portland Mercury published a fantastic write up about the street safety concerns, BikePortland got some terrific portraits of testifiers at our event, and Portland once again got a nod in the New York Times for our struggles against freeway expansion. Our folklore hero Paul Rippey also got national coverage in Bloomberg!
No More Freeways will be having an informal “Thank You” party for everyone who was involved with the public comment period. This is your chance to grab a drink and celebrate our accomplishments against the freeway industrial complex, and learn more about what we’ve got lined up in the weeks and months ahead. Waypost has both indoor and covered outdoor seating available.
No More Freeways volunteer appreciation party
Thursday, January 19
3120 N Williams
accessible via 4, 24, 44 TriMet bus lines