RAN Activists Unfurl 50′ Banner: “Chevron Guilty-Clean Up Amazon”

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UPDATE (10:57AM PST 05/24/11): All of the activists were released from jail early this morning. Everyone was charged with misdemeanors.

UPDATE (7:34PM PST): The seven activists who pulled off today’s action at Chevron’s Richmond refinery are in Contra Costa County Jail being processed. They’re all in good spirits and proud of what they accomplished today.

Show your support by sharing this totally awesome video featuring the activists who pulled off today’s action and many of the Ecuadoreans whose call for Americans to stand in solidarity they were responding to:

You can stand with the Ecuadoreans too. Sign the petition at www.RAN.org/StandUp.

Original post follows:

Climbers are hanging from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge right now, calling on Chevron to take responsibility for its oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Last week, the 30,000 Ecuadoreans affected by Chevron’s toxic legacy in the Amazon issued a moving “Open Letter to the United States” calling on Americans to stand with them in demanding justice. Today, a group of RAN activists heeded their call by unfurling a banner reading “Chevron Guilty, Clean Up Ecuador” from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in the shadow of Chevron’s Richmond refinery:

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Climber Matt Leonard reports while hanging from the Richmond Bridge:

My report from near the Richmond Bridge:

Stay tuned, more video is coming soon.

You can stand up to Chevron too by signing this solidarity petition right now.

Wednesday is Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting, and I’ll be joining a delegation of Ecuadoreans who will be in attendance in order to take their calls for justice directly to the company’s management, shareholders, and board members. (If you’re in the Bay Area, you can join the protest outside of Chevron’s shareholder meeting.)

In February, Chevron was found guilty by an Ecuadorean court of one of the largest environmental disasters of our time and ordered to pay $18 billion in compensatory and punitive damages. This is a historic judgment that is comparable in size only to BP’s promised $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

But Chevron has vowed that it will never pay to clean up its mess in Ecuador. That’s why it’s so important that we all stand in solidarity with the Ecuadoreans.

We’re trying to get 30,000 Americans to sign a solidarity petition, one for each of the Ecuadoreans affected by Chevron’s reckless pursuit of profits. The petition will be delivered to Chevron by me and the Ecuadorean delegation. It can be found at www.RAN.org/StandUp.

Our friends at Amazon Watch made a multimedia presentation out of the open letter. Check it out:

You too can heed the Ecuadoreans’ call for Americans to stand in solidarity with them by signing the petition now. But hurry! There are only 48 hours left for you to sign.

15 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Bonnie Lunt says:

    Go Ginger and RAN!

  2. Patricia Bereczki says:

    CHEVRON is definitely GUILTY.

  3. Patricia Bereczki says:

    Big Oil needs to be held accountable.

  4. Shari Welsh says:

    GO RAN !

  5. Gloria Purcell says:

    I am not much for casting blame, but I believe strongly in accepting responsibility, taking initiative, and improving the world around me. The image that I have of corporations and people who do not choose to contribute to the well-being of the world is one of mean, petty behavior based on greed and short-sightedness…nor do I think highly of those who don’t have the intelligence to see that the world is a very small boat, and we are all in it together, with the seas rising fast.

    I urge you to accept that the oil mess needs to be cleaned up, that it harms people and the Earth, and that you have the power and skills to clean it up, and that it is appropriate therefore that you do so. Changing your attitude will gain you more in public relations and in a cleaner environment for your own families than you will get by antagonizing many thousands of people and allowing a hazardous situation to continue when you could fix it.

    Sincerely, Gloria Purcell

  6. Branden says:

    Great work! Thanks for keeping the heat on Chevron – they will be held accountable.

  7. Michael Brune says:

    Great job RAN!

  8. Molénat says:

    Thank you for the courage of all the activists. Jean Molénat.

  9. Misc says:

    Do you morons realize that you faced the banner towards a completely empty area of the bay? You could have at least faced it out towards the populated part of the bay! Hope those jail cells over in Martinez are comfy. They should have just cut the ropes and let you drop!

  10. davidhartley says:

    THANK YOU for your courage and dedication

  11. John says:

    thank you guys. i wish i was there too.

  12. miscisadouche says:

    Hey “misc”, I’d like to congratulate you on becoming the complete and total douche you always knew you could be! Cheers! Momma must be proud!

  13. Gerhard says:

    I’m glad to see this committed work on behalf of vulnerable people and places in the Amazon. I feel admiration for those undertaking these bold nonviolent actions aimed at calling attention to the environmental justice movement activism demanding Chevron’s remediation.

  14. Marc J. Cohen says:

    WE NEED TO GET AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS AS AN ENERGY SOURCE! I SUPPOSE I AM NOT EXACTLY MAKING A GROUND BREAKING STATEMENT HERE…BUT WHAT THE HECK!

  15. Go Ran! You are all awesome in my book for such courage and an almost extreme dedication. :)

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