Author Archives: environmental-justice-committee

Occupy the Farm reclaims agricultural land in East Bay

As of 10:00 pm on Earth Day, April 22, 2012, Occupy the Farm activists had reclaimed prime agricultural land in the East Bay.  Over 200 people worked to plant over an acre and a large number of people set up tents to spend the night protecting the space.   Following are excerpts from their press release. The Gill Tract is located at the Berkeley-Albany border, at the intersection of San Pablo Ave and Marin Ave. AC Transit 72 Bus goes to the tract and North Berkeley BART is a few … Continued


Chevron action April 20

The General Assembly of Occupy Oakland endorses and co-sponsors the April 20, 2012 demonstration against Chevron Richmond.  The demonstration will be held on Friday evening, April 20, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Richmond BART station and marching to a rally at the Richmond Civic Center. This demonstration adds to the ongoing community activism in Richmond directed at the ways Chevron has been a bad neighbor.  Chevron is a perfect example of how the 1% destroys the health and well-being of the 99%.  In the case of Richmond, this includes … Continued


Principles of Environmental Justice

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice. PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, to begin to build a national and international movement of all peoples of color to fight the destruction and taking of our lands and communities, do hereby re-establish … Continued


Richmond Demonstration April 20, 2012

A demonstration will take place in Richmond on Friday,  April 20, at 5:00, targeting Chevron.  This is a kick-off to the weekend of Earth Day and the beginning of a new mobilization in Richmond.  Chevron’s pollution, huge profits and financial shenanigans will all be targeted.  The Environmental Justice Committee of OO is collaborating with Richmond activists to organize this demonstration.  Save the date, and email us if you want to help with planning. 21400


Introducing the Environmental Justice Committee

The Environmental Justice Committee is currently collaborating with activists from other Occupies and organizations on a series of actions for Earth Day.  We are planning actions related to community gardens, Chevron’s environmental impact and an analysis for Earth Day that highlights the ecological devastation caused by the 1% and its disproportionate effect on communities of color and neighborhoods experiencing economic oppression.  We expect to link up with environmental justice activists in Oaklandto continue working on these issues throughout the year.  If you want to join us, email   20488