THIS EVENT IS PAST. IT WAS GREAT.
RALLY & MARCH to the Chevron Refinery
Here's photos, Videos and media coverage of Summer Heat Richmond:
PHOTOS & VIDEO
A YouTube channel with a collection of TV coverage:
MSNBC Rachel Maddow: The Most Profitable Industry in the History of the Universe
Democracy Now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPHv06whPyc
12 minutes, Includes interview with Mayor McLaughlin
Independent Video (new):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oShk6VCfSbw&feature=youtu.be By mendingnews, includes major speeches
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWsYDelqN8w - By Tomcoroneos1, Excellent coverage start to finish with a music montage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6vHoLkX0-Y - By Tanya Dimitrova, Includes crossing the line.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbY4hLhnOx0 - By Paul Kangas, Interviews at the arrest scene.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xYsZpl-1yw - By PeaceFor HopeNow, Moving scenes with Bill Mckibben's speech voice-overed
KALW 91.7 FM
Major Newspapers, Etc.:
More than 200 people were arrested Saturday outside Chevron's Richmond refinery during a protest over safety issues at the plant and the company's global environmental practices.
ThinkProgress - More than 200 protesters were arrested outside of a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California on Saturday, one year after a pipeline leak sparked a major fire at the facility.
Fairfield Daily Republic
Socialist Worker Online
Marin Independent Journal -About 500 demonstrators march to the Chevron refinery after a rally at Richmond BART station inRichmond, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
Sacramento Bee - RICHMOND, Calif. -- Richmond police have arrested more than 160 protesters for trespassing at a Chevron refinery as part of an environmental ...
Yahoo! News- He had earlier joined Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin in a rally, one in ... The protest came a day after the city of Richmond filed suit against ...
Click here for the main Summer Heat Richmond page for more info.
On August 3rd, the one year anniversary of the Richmond Chevron refinery explosion and fire, two powerful forces, 350BayArea.org and the environmental justice groups organizing in Richmond, California, came together and took action in Northern California to stop climate chaos and move towards a just, renewable region and world.
The moment had come to stand up to the industry that is wrecking our future.
Please come together with 350.org, 350 Bay Area, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, Gathering Tribes, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, local unions, community groups and others on the one-year anniversary of Chevron's Richmond refinery explosion and fire. Together we will march, rally and protest at the gates of the Richmond refinery. Let's tell Big Oil we will not allow their business as usual to destroy our communities and planet
This event has incredible potential to bring together thousands on the doorstep of the largest climate polluter in the state, and to build the movement to stop climate chaos. To realize that potential we need you. You can participate in the march and rally with no risk of arrest, or for those who choose to, there will an option of nonviolent direct action or civil disobedience.
We asked people to do one or more of these three things?
1) Spread the word: Can you invite your community, network, friends, co-workers, fellow students and family? You can start by forwarding this email with a note from you, and a follow up phone call or meeting goes a long way -- we'll need everyone who can pitching in in every way they can to make this work
2) Get our message on BART: A new form of outreach - advertisement on 14 BART stations for 2 weeks prior to the action. Mini billboards in Bay Area transportation hubs broaden our base beyond our usual networks.
We fully funded this project! -- we got our message out on BART!
The BART Billboard
3) Participate in nonviolent direct action: Can you join us in heeding the “Summer Heat” call to action and risking arrest? We will plan a peaceful, well-organized effective nonviolent action, with lots of 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:
* Attend Nonviolent Direct Action Training: Training Teach-in for anyone interested in supporting or participating nonviolent direct action. With a team of experienced trainers, we’ll prepare ourselves to engage in nonviolent direct action on August 3. We are still in the process of setting trainings up in the Bay Area and we may be able to send a trainer to your town if you have a group of 20 or more who would like a training to prepare for the action. Check http://joinsummerheat.org/bay/ for the schedule.
* Form a Group to participate in the action: Organize an "affinity group" of people who will participate in (or support those who do) nonviolent direct action on August 3 from your organization, your friends, family, community, congregation, union, school, neighborhood, etc. More info on affinity groups here:
This is an opportunity for truly transformative action. We hope you can join us in any way you can.
Tar Sands in the Bay Area
Earlier this month the Contra Costa Times revealed that Chevron and the other four Bay Area refineries were already refining tar sands oil from Canada brought to the Bay Area by rail and that they want more! On August 3rd, the anniversary of the big refinery fire last year, this powerful alliance is bringing together a mass mobilization in Richmond to stand up to Chevron's pollution and their drive to refine more dirty tar sands. Can you be there?
The Richmond Chevron refinery fire as seen from San Francisco. (FoTo Taker/CBS)
Demands of the Rally and March
The current demands of the action are:
- NO KEYSTONE XL TAR SANDS PIPELINE.
- NO MORE LIFE-THREATENING HAZARDS. Chevron and other Bay Area refineries shall prevent future spills, fires and explosions by retrofitting with the best and safest technology available.
- NO REFINING OF DIRTY CRUDE. Refining high-sulfur, low-quality tar sands and fracked oil increases greenhouse gas emissions and toxic air pollutants. It also seriously corrodes refinery machinery, which contributes to major industrial accidents.
- NO MORE CORPORATE TAX EVASION. Chevron shall pay its fair share of taxes to City, County, State and Federal agencies, and stop all frivolous litigation relating to these matters.
- NO MORE POLLUTING OUR DEMOCRACY. Chevron invests more in lobbying and manipulating elections with outrageous campaign contributions than it does in plant safety. Big Oil’s injection of mega-bucks into the political process ensures its continuing domination of energy policy.
- A JUST TRANSITION FROM DIRTY FOSSIL FUELS TO UNION JOBS IN CLEAN ENERGY. Government and Big Oil shall invest in high-quality union jobs in clean energy for local residents. Chevron needs to support Richmond’s long-term transition to a renewable energy-based economy that’s good for people and the planet.
1700 Nevin Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
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