Lawsuit Hearing, 2nd Day
CBE, RCA and SAFER vs
Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery
When: August 30, 10:00 AM
Where: Superior Court, 725 Court Street, Martinez, CA, Judge Goode’s Court Room (take elevator up one floor from the lobby. His Courtroom is to the right as you exit the elevators)
The lawyers for CBE, Rodeo Citizens Association, and Safer have already made their opening arguments. Phillips 66 began its presentation and will continue on Tuesday.
~Please turn your cell phones to silent mode. No photography allowed.~
8/31/2016 Update: P66 has to now turn in responses to some questions from the Judge within a few days. The lawyers representing RCA, CBE and SAFER will then respond. There may be a ruling within the next 6-8 weeks!
For inspiration: every protest movement needs some songs! Here are some for us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KqTjn_prn
The Refinery Corridor Healing Walks, started in 2014 by Idle No More SF Bay, were inspired by the Alberta Tar Sands Healing Walks and many other similar Native American journeys. The walks connect the dots between the Tesoro, Shell, Valero, Phillips 66 and Chevron refineries. Walk with Idle No More and the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition to bring attention to the health risks and climate dangers posed by the explosive crude, tar sands and fracked oil these refineries want to bring through our communities.
The fourth and last 2016 Refinery Corridor Healing Walk will begin at Lone Tree Park on San Pablo, South of the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo and go to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, ending at Keller Beach in Richmond. There are places along the way where people can join in.
Dallas Goldtooth, the Keep It In The Ground Coordinator for the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, will be walking with us.
Join us as we walk in prayer and conversation for:
• Clean air, water, and soil
• Safe jobs, roads, railways and waterways
• A vibrant, healthy future for all children
• A just transition to safe and sustainable energy
Sunday, July 17
Water Ceremony 8 a.m
Registration 9 a.m.
Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
Lone Tree Point Park on San Pablo Ave., between Parker and Pacific (along the RR tracks) in Rodeo.
Walk will end at Keller Beach in Richmond, through the tunnel at the north end of Miller-Knox Park. If you unable to come on the walk, you can join us there around 5:30—bring a dish.
For further information, including RSVP and BART directions, visit Refinery Healing Walks
To Contribute to the 2016 Healing Walks: GoFundMe Campaign
- May 18: Spare the Air: Community Organizing Forum – Part 2
One of the biggest political players in Northern California is the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). Time and time again, this agency has sided with the oil refineries by:
- Issuing permits for tar sands projects
- Refusing to set greenhouse gas emission limits to protect our health
If refineries increase their capacity and process more and dirtier crude, toxic emissions will increase. Our challenge is to convince the BAAQMD board that both our communities and the planet are at risk and they need to do their job.
Come join us at a community forum in Richmond where folks will discuss the specifics of how to turn up the heat on BAAQMD and get the regional agency to protect frontline communities, workers, our environment, and our global future.
Come hungry (free dinner will be served) and bring a friend!
- When: Wednesday 18th 6-8:30 PM (community style dinner begins at 5:30)
- Where: St Marks Church in 159 Harbor Way, Richmond
If you can, RSVP by sending a quick e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 21: Spare the Air: Community Organizing Forum
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/997902783629206/
Join a great group of organizers (from the Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment, 350 Bay Area, Sunflower Allaince, Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Global Community Monitor) and learn how you and your neighbors can help push local air regulators to adopt limits on toxic refinery emissions this year. Without emission caps, communities living near the Bay Area’s five refineries and near railways will suffer from more toxic air pollution and more explosive oil-train traffic.
You don’t need to be an organizer or activist to attend this event — you just need to care about what’s in the air your family breathes.
We will provide:
* Free communication training
* Food and refreshments
* Take-home toolkit
* Opportunity to share your story
Together we can achieve:
* Cleaner air for the Bay Area
* Safer working conditions and neighborhoods
* A better and more healthy planet for our families
When and where: Thursday, June 21st, 6-8:30 PM
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 2369 Barrett Ave, Richmond
- April 16, May 15, June 11 and July 17: 2016 Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
Walks to heal …and re-imagine what we want for Mother Earth.
Join elders of Idle No More SF Bay and those who care about clean air, water and soil in a series of walks between Bay Area oil refineries each year. These peaceful walks and are led by Native Americans in prayer.
For more information: http://www.refineryhealingwalks.com/
- July 19th: Refinery Corridor Healing Walk – from Rodeo to Richmond
Join the elders of Idle No More Bay Area and fenceline activists from the Bay Area on Sunday, July 19th for the last of the 4 healing walks for this summer. We will begin in Rodeo in the early morning and will end in Richmond in the afternoon.
In the Native American culture, there is a long history of these types of healing walks. The Refinery Corridor Healing Walks were inspired by the Tar Sands Healing Walks in Alberta, Canada, the Longest Walks, and the Peace & Dignity Journeys. Walkers here in Northern California have been walking in prayer and conversation – from refinery town to refinery town – bringing attention to the dangers and risks of refineries and envisioning a cleaner, safer future.
For more information, see: http://www.refineryhealingwalks.com/
Also, NPR radio station KALW in San Francisco sent a reporter to walk with us and capture the spirit of the healing walk. Good on-the-fly interviews and thoughtful reporting by journalist Lezak Shallat makes it a good listen. Click below to listen to the podcast.
- July 11th: Stop The Oil Trains March and Rally in Richmond
This July is the second anniversary of the tragic Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, oil train catastrophe that killed 47 people.
The fight against oil trains is heating up across the Bay Area, California, and North America. In California, we are on the front lines of two major oil train fights: first, environmental justice leaders have been fighting to shut down the illegal Kinder Morgan oil trains terminal, which was permitted behind the backs of the community. And now, the proposed Phillips 66 oil train terminal in San Luis Obispo County would bring an additional 2.5 million gallons of toxic, explosive tar sands oil daily through our cities and towns.
That’s why on Saturday, July 11th a coalition of environmental justice, labor, climate, and community groups mobilized many hundreds of people to stop oil trains in Richmond, as part of the Summer of Our Power and the national Stop Oil Trains Week of Action.
Here is a great 2.5-minute video piece of the July 11th action made by videographer Peter Menchini: https://vimeo.com/133507080 Enjoy!
- July 3rd: March with Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community
What a joy! The Stop Crude by Rail activists were part of the July 3rd Candlelight parade on the eve of our nation’s Independence Day while a great slide show was projected on the side of Benicia’s historic State Building. Here’s to a safe future for America… and independence from fossil fuels! Click the link below to see a short movie of the action.
- MARCH WITH THE STRIKING OIL REFINERY WORKERS AT TESORO SUNDAY, FEB 22nd AT 10 AM!
Refinery corridor residents, environmentalists, and nurses continue to support striking steelworkers
Here’s the issue iin a nutshell: Oil refinery workers put their lives on the line every single day. When refineries refuse to shut down broken units for repairs, they put their workers in harm’s way.
Several times during the strike, residents from fenceline communities and nurses joined our brothers and sisters from Steelworkers Local 5 and walked the picket line, in all kinds of weather. An injury to one is an injury to all!
SIGN OUR ON-LINE PETITION!
The wonderful entity, Credo Action, has graciously collaborated with C.R.U.D.E. and published an on-line petition. The petition will be presented to the board of supervisors. It is a great way to make your voice heard… plus it’s super easy to sign. Just click on the link below!
As of June 3rd, we collected over 1,500 petition signatures. The petition was presented to the Board of Supes at the June 3rd meeting. We still welcome new signatures!
The text of the petition: