Once a year, some friends of mine gather in downtown San Francisco and march through the financial district, trying to bring positive energy to a corrupt system.
At the end of our June 20th Solstice in the Streets march, Tavin, a quiet young person who marched with us asked for our attention. Then they (the pronoun Tavin prefers) pulled out their mandolin and played a very short instrumental for us.
On Wednesday, May 30, in solidarity with people from around the world coming to Chevron’s annual shareholders meeting at their San Ramon headquarters, Occupy Environmental Justice activists made our presence known outside Chevron’s San Francisco office at 345 California St. We creatively called attention to their reckless fossil fuel extraction practices, which include hydraulic fracturing in California. Hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking”, is a toxic method of drilling for oil and [...]
On Tuesday a group of Shalersville residents attended a meeting of its trustees to voice their objections to fracking. Video of all the statements can be seen at the Shalersville No Fracking web site. There was a three minute speaking limit so the clips are short. (If you cannot watch video where you are, this is a rough transcript of my own remarks.) Here is just one of them, and [...]
On the face of it there’s no good reason for anyone in Oakland to care about natural gas deposits in Ohio. Fracking hasn’t been an issue in the region, and even if your patch of northern California was on a potentially lucrative deposit it probably wouldn’t matter. Fracking has been primarily situated in rural areas, not in urban ones. This kind of drilling is dirty enough and water-intensive enough to [...]