Sign our petition asking Governor Brown to lead efforts to prevent the climate change catastrophe of expanded drilling for dirty oil in California.
Governor Jerry Brown:
We recognize your strong commitment to protecting our climate and call on you to ban fracking in California. Fracking accelerates climate disruption. Fracking and the use of fracked oil will produce a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions, virtually wiping out progress made by California toward emissions reduction. I want California to move forward to clean, renewable energy and leave dirty shale oil in the ground. New York, New Jersey and Vermont have already enacted bans or moratoriums on fracking. California has always been the leader in fighting climate disruption. We call on you to provide that leadership now and ban fracking to ensure our children and theirs will have a habitable earth to live on.
Important: Non-violence in all aspects!
Posters and Flyers
Things to Be Aware of The Day of the Rally
Here are a few points to be aware of:
1. Please bring your own water bottle.
2. Porta-potties will be available at the rally site, and possibly near the start (you can use either BART or the nearby Bobbie Bowen Center).
3. Don't forget sunscreen
4. This is a family friendly event. (children are encouraged to join the kids march from Judge George Carroll Park--formerly Washington Park). Non-violence includes no verbal abuse or threatening motions (although spirited chants are a big part of our demonstration). No weapons, no alcohol, no non-prescribed drugs. Be respectful of all participants and on-lookers.
5. People with any kind of mobility issues, or people who don't want to do the whole march, please gather at Judge George Carroll (Washington) Park.
6. Spanish translation will be available at the rally within the Labor Contingent.
7. Parking Options: Click Here for Satellite Photos of Parking Options
8. The march route is a little over two miles. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! See route below:
Richmond BART – Gather & Speakers
Nevin Park at 598 Nevin Ave., Richmond – Estimated milestone (no activities)
George D Carroll Park at (formerly Washington Park)
83-123 E Richmond Ave, Point Richmond – Join additional brigades
Rally begins at the Chevron Refinery Gate (speakers scheduled for about 30 minutes)
Public Transportation to the Rally
Note that BART only runs 3 car trains on Saturday morning to Richmond. Plan to come early to avoid crowded trains!
The 72M (wheelchair accessible) AC bus goes to both the George Carroll Park and very near the Chevron entrance. It is scheduled to leave from Richmond BART every 30 minutes at 24 and 54 minutes after the hour. It also returns every 30 minutes also leaving Chevron at 24 and 54 minutes after the hour. See the AC schedule. We will also have a shuttle bus (not wheelchair accessible) back and forth from BART to the rally site during and after the event.
If the BART trains to Richmond are overcrowded Saturday morning, you can get to the beginning of the march at the Richmond BART station by taking the 72M bus from 14th and Broadway (near the 14th St BART station) in downtown Oakland. Buses leave about every 15 minutes, and the trip takes almost an hour, leaving at the following times Saturday morning, according to the AC Transit schedule: 7:29, 7:41, 7:59, 8:11, 8:30, 8:41, 9:00, 9:12, 9:30. If you’re running late and want to go straight to the rally site, EVERY OTHER 72M continues from the Richmond BART to the corner of Castro St. and Tewksbury, within sight of the rally. This takes another 10 minutes travel time.
People with limited mobility may want to gather at Judge George Carroll Park (known as Washington Park), which is about a quarter mile from the Chevron entrance. Or they may want to come directly to the rally at Chevron.
Transportation from Oakland Airport to nearest BART Station: http://www.flyoakland.com/bart_airbart.shtml
CALL FOR NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION: CAN YOU JOIN US?
We ask everyone to consider participating in the nonviolent direct action. Some Richmond community leaders are doing this. Please also send this announcement with a note to folks you know who might consider joining us. A SAFE ZONE will be clearly marked for those not wishing to be at any risk of arrest.
For additional information, we will do a final briefing and walk through for everyone participating in the nonviolent direct action on the morning of Aug 3 from 8:30am to 9:30am, just before our final mini-training 9:30-10:30.
We plan a peaceful, well-organized effective nonviolent direct action, with training to prepare, and legal support to make sure everyone is taken care of.
Here is what you can do if you are thinking you can join us at this level:
August 3rd: 9:30am to 10:30am; Final Mini-Training
at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center 1021 Macdonald Ave Richmond, CA - near Richmond BART.
For people who have been unable to make previous trainings or meetings, this will be a last-minute training and orientation and plug in to the main action. The march will leave at 10:30, so we'll be finishing promptly!
LEGAL SUPPORT: We have experienced attorneys and legal workers with the National Lawyers Guild who will help us with legal support. While things can change, our past experience with those arrested at Chevron has been to be released the same day/eve and the District Attorney has not chosen to press charges. More info on what to expect when arrested here and on legal support here.
This is an opportunity for truly transformative action, and we hope you can join us in any way you can!
LAST-MINUTE CALL FOR DAY-OF VOLUNTEERS
If you or someone you know is willing & able to help at the event, please email Jack Fleck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Monitors (help communications & marchers on day of event): Training will be provided. Anyone willing to be a monitor for the march please come to the Bobbie Bowen Center, 1021 MacDonald Ave., Richmond (a few blocks from BART) at 9:00 AM on Saturday for training. if you are able to be a monitor and will be there at 9:00 AM.
- Media Wranglers: To look for media and connect the media rep with people who are well versed/knowledgeable in Chevron/Richmond/tar sands.
- Drivers - To shuttle folks between route sites, especially those individuals who find the walk taxing. All drivers would be helpful; those with handicapped accessible vehicles are especially wanted.
- Photographers & Videographers: At the Richmond BART (9:15 am if possible), along the march (approximately 10:30-noon), at Carroll (formerly Washington) Park where there be children’s activities (starting at 11:15), and at the Chevron Gate (approximately 12 to 1:30pm)
Equipment & Supplies
- Tempura paints, brushes & containers for street painting.
- Wild Sunflower seeds: To disperse.
Sign and Banner Making
We will have some signs and banners available at the rally, but not enough for all demonstrators.
We encourage all participants to make their own signs and banners.
Can you host a sign and banner making party in your neighborhood?
All that's required is:
- Floor space or a yard with something firm to work on. Plywood will do.
- Material - canvas is good, but sheets will do.
- Water-based paint in bright, bold, or very dark colors. Old house paint will work.
- Wood to attach to either end of the banners and a staple gun. Even bamboo will work.
- People, and you don't really need more than a few.
We suggest the banners be roughly 3' x 9', but smaller will do. Cardboard signs are easy.
For individual hand-carried signs, white cardboard or foam-core board are really good. It’s often possible to find old political yard signs on which to superimpose your own sign—and those yard signs have a central stick or two thin metal rods that are easy to carry, so you can hold your sign up high. Get big markers and use large print with fairly thick letters. More than one color is a good idea. If you put the words on both sides of the sign and hold it over your head, it can be seen front-and-back.
To answer further questions and find out what to do with the banners and signs when done, contact: Katy, email@example.com, 510-763-1266
Below are some slogan ideas for signs and banners, but creativity is encouraged:
CLIMATE CHANGE KILLS!
400,000 PER YEAR
COOL THE CLIMATE
SAVE THE PLANET
IS BAD FOR
GIVE $$$ TO
SAVE OUR PLANET
- TAKE THE TRAIN
GET THE FRACK
OUT OF CALIFORNIA!
(PICTURE OF THE EARTH)
SAVE OUR HOME
LISTEN TO GOD’S WARNINGS:
DROUGHT, HEAT WAVES,
FOREST FIRES, SUPERSTORMS
IS A KILLER -
400,000 PER YEAR
CUT GOV’T EXPENSES –
STOP FOSSIL FUEL
✔ CARBON TAX NO MORE
“BUSINESS AS USUAL”
The following organizations have endorsed this event:
- 350 Bay Area
- 350 Marin
- 350 Silicon Valley
- 67 Sueños
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
- Amazon Watch
- American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 57
- American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Bay Area International Socialist Organization (ISO)
- Bay Localize
- California Faculty Association
- California Nurses Association (CNA)
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) East Bay
- Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
- Common Cause
- Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 9
- Communities for a Better Environment
- Design Action Collective
- Earth Justice Associates of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
- East Bay Move to Amend
- Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)
- Fight Austerity Now Network
- Gathering Tribes
- Global Community Monitor
- Global Exchange
- Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice
- International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) NorCal
- International Workers of the World (IWW) Bay Area
- Idle No More
- Jobs with Justice SF
- Keystone XL Action Council
- Los EcoAmigos
- MoveOn, Northern California and San Diego County Councils
- Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project
- Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
- Nail Salon Women Greening Their Jobs & the Environment
- Network of Spiritual Progressives (Tikkun)
- Occupy SF Environmental Working Group
- Occupy Forum
- Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 3
- OUR Wal-Mart Bay Area
- Public Banking Institute
- Rabbi David Cooper, Kehilla Synagogue
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun
- Rainforest Action Network
- Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (ROC the Bay)
- Richmond Progressive Alliance
- San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility
- San Francisco Green Party
- SF Living Wage Coalition
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021
- Socialist Action
- Transition Albany
- UAW Local 2865 Berkeley Campus
- Local 1 of UPTE-CWA 9119
- UNITE HERE 2850
- Urban Tilth
- Wellstone Democrats
Read more on these links to see the amazing work of some of our partner organizations. And the coalition is growing...
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Your contribution matters! We are up against some of the richest, most profitable (and dirtiest) enterprises, as Bill McKibben put it, in the history of money.
We appreciate your support for event and meeting logistics, outreach, publicity and general support of local Climate Activism. Every dime will be well spent!
Yes, Taylor, we the people. McKibben made that crystal clear in his MSNBC interview: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/17/climate-policy-comes-out-of-exile/ (Suggest to see all 3 segments: Bill McKibben and the Chief Jackie Thomas are interviewed at the site of the Forward On Climate Rally Sunday morning 2/17, along with leaders of NAACP and Public Citizen Energy Program.)
He said (paraphrasing here) we won the science 20 years ago. The “rational” approach that one might expect to address climate change (and had nacient starts) did not happen, essentially due to the fossil corporate money (over $100 million, it turns out) to denialist misinformation groups.
So to overcome those same active groups, where science failed to lead policy, so we the people must make it happen. Like other social transformations (like civil rights) enough people must take action to make it happen. Personally I think we may need 10x today’s numbers in the streets. As Mr. Cohen noted, our biggest day yet has barely moved the media needle. And we have just begun.
My wife ran across this, from Cloud Atlas:
“The conflict between corporations and activists is that of narcolepsy versus remembrance. The corporations have money, power and influence. Our sole weapon is public outrage. Outrage blocked the Yucca Dam, ousted Nixon, and in part, terminated the monstrosities in Vietnam. But outrage is unwieldly to manufacture and handle. First, you need scrutiny; second, widespread awareness; only when this reaches a critical mass does public outrage explode into being.
We are “raising the temperature of public awareness [however] fractionally toward its ignition point”. Thanks to each of you.
Tar Sands are a bad idea. We can make sure that the Bay Area is not part of this problem. and ensure that area refineries don't process any materials from tar sands mining operations. Help us convince the cities of Richmond and Martinez to prohibit the dirty, destructive and climate-disruptive tar sands within their city limits.
We request that the city councils of Richmond, Hercules, Benicia and Martinez pass city ordinances to prohibit the transport, processing and refining within city limits of any materials obtained or derived from tar sands of any source. We request that all other city councils in the Bay Area pass resolutions in support of these ordinances.
Take a Stand and make your voice heard
These are our 350 Bay Area campaigns' petitions for local climate action:
- Dump The Pump - Cigarettes have warning labels, why not gas pumps? Ask Bay Area City Councils to pass a City Ordinance to put warning labels on Bay Area gas pumps
- Bay Climate Action Plan Petition - Ask the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (which has the mission and the authority) to reduce Bay Area GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
- No Tar Sands in the Bay Area Petition - Prevent Bay Area refineries from processing the dirty, destructive and polluting tar sands. Ask the cities of Richmond and Martinez to prohibit tar sands within their city limits.
- Tell Governor Brown to ban fracking in California! Governor Brown has been an outspoken proponent of strong measures to prevent Climate Disruption. Tell him to continue to lead on this issue by banning fracking in California.
Also See these 350 Bay Area-Endorsed National Petitions/Letters:
- Sierra Club's phone-call-to-Obama Drive - Tell President Obama to Move Forward on Climate
- Renewable Energy Policy Petition, endorsed by 350.org & 30 other organizations and companies
(Note:350 Bay Area has a reservation concerning the definition of renewable as non-combustion)
- Co-sign this CREDO Letter to President Obama, asking for bold action to confront climate change, signed by over 180,000 people.
League of Conservation Voters petition for increased coverage of the climate by the major networks (completes soon). Note: Be aware of LCV's disclaimer of membership and communications.
The Oil Change International "Exxon Hates Your Children" TV ad (OUCH!): See the ad at: http://exxonhatesyourchildren.com/
The Bay Area emits 100 million tons of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) per year. Scientists tell us that to avoid catastrophic warming we must cut GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (down to 17.6 million tons in the Bay Area). California aims to reduce GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020. It's a start, but not nearly enough. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has the power to regulate over 50% of all the GHG emissions in the Bay Area. The Air District needs to lead the way to bring those emissions down to safe, sustainable levels. If the progressive, environmentally aware Bay Area can't lead the way, who can?
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Mission is “to protect and improve public health, air quality and the global climate.”
We petition the Air District to use its authority to:
- Declare that catastrophic climate disruption is an escalating emergency
- Act on its mission by adopting aggressive programs by July 2014 to reduce Bay Area greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050*.
*This is the level that the National Research Council determined as a worldwide goal in order to keep global warming from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius.