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We can lead America to a future of safe, sustainable energy! Our planet belongs to us, not a few billionaires who want to destroy its ability to sustain life. We INSIST that climate change be addressed. We INSIST that toxins be eliminated from our water and air. We INSIST that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet they can live healthy lives on.
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Support the Air District Board's Climate Action
On Wednesday, March 19 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board, in partnership with the Metropilitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is poised to approve a Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Regulation 14 Rule 1) requiring employers to offer one of four commute benefit options to employees. GHG emissions will be reduced as fewer people drive alone to work.
The Rule will apply to businesses that employ 50 or more people in the Bay Area for 30 hours a week or more. 10,000 Bay Area employers (60%) have 50 or more employees. Transportation accounts for 38% of regional GHG emissions. 53% of transportation emissions result from commuting. 68% of commute emissions result from single occupant driving. Estimated GHG emission reductions from the Rule as proposed are 12,714 Megatons in 2015, growing to 47,957 Megatons per year by 3035. This rule is a great start.
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THANK YOU Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and staff from both agencies for bringing a Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program up for a vote at the Air District on March 19, 2014. This is a great step forward for the Bay Area to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce traffic congestion and the stress it adds to our lives.
We applaud your action and hope for a unanimous YES VOTE.
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
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