Chevron: Clean Up Your Act

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Oil

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Last month, some friends of mine and I participated in a non-violent direct action outside the world headquarters of oil giant Chevron. We worked with a broad spectrum of groups concerned with Chevron’s behavior in Ecuador, Iraq’s Oil Theft Law, pollution around Chevron refineries in places like Richmond California and their role in the climate crisis.

Tomorrow will be a continuation of that action as those same groups will converge on Chevron’s shareholder’s meeting at Chevron world headquarters. Check out the details below if you want to get involved.

DAY OF ACTION TO CLEAN UP ECUADOR

APRIL 25th, 2007 7-11:30am: Rally at Chevron’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting
6001 Bollinger Road, San Ramon, CA
Take Express Shuttle from Walnut Creek BART

THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY IS CLOSE TO VICTORY.

ChevronTexaco is currently a defendant in an historic trial in Ecuador for having deliberately dumped 18.5 billion gallons of toxic waste directly into the rainforest, threatening the survival of indigenous peoples and leaving behind what is likely the worst oil-related disaster on the planet. The crude oil contained in Texaco’s contamination is more than 30 times greater than the entire volume of crude spilt in the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Filed on behalf of 30,000 indigenous and campesino people from the Ecuadorian Amazon, the lawsuit (Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco) has the potential to set a precedent that could benefit millions of persons worldwide victimized by human rights abuses committed by private companies. The case implicates important issues of globalization, indigenous rights, and corporate responsibility.

Support communities from at home and abroad, including the Philippines, Iraq, Richmond, and Ecuador, in holding Chevron accountable for human and environmental rights abuses that exact a toll on their lives, land, and culture.

CO-SPONSORS:
Amnesty International, Amazon Watch, Oil Change International, Anti-War Groups, West County Toxics, Communities for a Better Environment, Richmond Greens, Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES CARENOW! Campaign), International Accountability Project

Protest @ Chevron’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting April 25th Rally Begins at 7:00am Shareholders Arrive 7:00am – 8:00am Shareholder Meeting: 8:00am – 10:00am Report Back from Ecuadorian Indigenous Leaders Attending Meeting: 10:00am Rally While Shareholders Depart!

Take the Express Shuttle to Chevron from Walnut Creek BART To join a carpool from SF, Berkeley, or Oakland, contact Christy Tennery at cetennery@hotmail.com.

For more information contact: Zachary Hurwitz at 415-487-9600 or zach@amazonwatch.org

http://www.chevrontoxico.com

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