From the Capital to the CalSTRS board meeting in West Sacramento
October Action: For the Amazon: Blackrock and Oil are killing us
We are teaming up with Youth V. Apocalypse, BlackRock’s Big Problem coalition, Friends of the Earth and Amazon Watch to bring the truth to the Blackrocks front door…..AGAIN!
We will begin by gathering for about half an hour or so at the consulate practicing our songs and then heading to Blackrock! Come with your noisemakers, instruments and voices ready to scream for the Amazon and the sacred system of life.
We will be lifting up the Brasilian governments alarming lack of emergency response to the oil spill in the Northeast coasting Brasil! So many lives are being poisoned forever by the toxins of this spill and it must be treated as the state of emergency that it is!
Youth Climate Strike: Los Angeles with Greta Thunberg
Rally for our Future, Disaster Relief, and a Green New Deal
VA members joined Sunrise Movement’s Bay Area and Sonoma hubs at a rally and student walk-out at PG&E’s headquarters, standing with victims of the climate catastrophe while demanding a livable future. We need a Green New Deal now.
Fires are raging in California, fanned by the negligence of PG&E and the heat of climate change. Huge corporations must be held accountable for climate crimes. At the time of the rally, 200,000 people had been evacuated from their homes and 3 million people had their power shut off, 20% of whom are disabled or elderly, many who need electricity to survive.
Court Hearing: City of Oakland
A panel of three Ninth Circuit judges will hear oral argument on the appeal by the City of Oakland, Sierra Club, and San Francisco Baykeeper, from Judge Vince Chhabria’s decision after a three-day trial in which he struck down Oakland’s ban on on the storage and handling of coal at a terminal on City-owned waterfront near the Bay Bridge toll plaza.
The hearing will be open to the public. All supporters of No Coal in Oakland are encouraged to attend.
The closest BART station is Civic Center. You must bring picture ID to get into the courthouse. Phones may not be used in the courtroom and must be silent
Public meeting: US Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to dredge a channel in the Bay from San Francisco to Stockton in partnership with the Port of Stockton, Contra Costa County, and the Western States Petroleum Association. In this public meeting, they will be discussing the dredging plan for the Bay.
Rally to Protect The Arctic
Right now, we are fighting for the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Trump administration wants to raid the Refuge for oil, but they know that their window of opportunity is closing, so they’re scrambling to sell out the Refuge while they still can. They are aiming to hold a lease sale as early as this December.
Chevron has emerged as a top contender and potential bidder. So let’s take the fight to them and send a resounding message that Arctic drilling is bad business. Join us at the Chevron Richmond Refinery on November 22nd from 10:00 am – 11:30.
The Gwich’in Nation of Alaska and Canada have been leading the fight to protect the Refuge, and they’re asking for widespread support from people in the Lower 48 this fall. We are honored to have four representatives from the Gwich’in Steering Committee leading this action in Richmond. Come join us and learn more about how you can help protect the Arctic Refuge from destructive development.
Action at Richmond City Council’s final vote on the Richmond Coal Ordinance
The ordinance would phase out the storage and handling of coal and pet coke over a three year period.
We expect many people to show up in opposition, as happened at the Planning Commission hearing, so get there early. Faced with a rowdy show of force, the commission voted to delay approval of the ordinance. We need to show the council members that there are even more people who support passing the ordinance without delay and transitioning the terminal to cleaner commodities that won’t endanger the health of residents and workers.
Richmond residents and workers are encouraged to testify about health impacts, visible dust, and other concerns. If you are willing to speak, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about this process.
Divest from Destruction!
Invest in a Green New Deal!
BlackRock is an investment firm that has continuously funded the destruction of our planet and the oppression of black and brown people. They have funded the burning of the Amazon, leading to environmental catastrophe and the murder of indigenous people, and have invested in private prisons and detention centers. Following the rally and speak-out at BlackRock, there will be a march to the office of a congressional representative.