Marchers from Occupy Oakland and many other communities joined Richmond activists to commemorate Earth Day with a protest of Chevron on Friday evening, April 20. Chevron is both the largest greenhouse gas polluter in the State of California and the largest company in the state—a perfect example of how the 1% is devastating our environment.
About 200 people gathered at Richmond BART, welcomed by Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who expressed her support for Occupy. After a few speeches and music led by Occupella, the group marched to Richmond’s Civic Center. Accompanied by the Brass Liberation Orchestra, marchers distributed educational leaflets and recited chants like “hey hey, ho ho, Chevron’s greed has got to go.” At Civic Center speakers addressed the history of activism against Chevron, the impact of refinery pollution on health (a personal story) and the on-going struggle against Chevron’s attempt to get a refund of its property taxes. When the Occupy Oakland kitchen arrived with a delicious dinner, it was the perfect finale to a day in which OO showed our strong support for our neighbors in Richmond.