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4 Years of War for Oil -- Enough! Basta!
by Bay Rising
Wednesday Mar 7th, 2007 11:28 AM
4 Years of War for Oil -- Enough! Basta!

End Chevron's Oil Crimes from Richmond to Iraq

STOP THE IRAQ OIL THEFT LAW!

1. NO BLOOD OR OIL! 2. CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW! 3. TO STOP WAR, END EMPIRE!

MON MARCH 19, 7-11am

Protest, Rally, & Nonviolent Direct Action
Chevron World Headquarters, San Ramon, CA


6001 Bollinger Canyon Road at Sunset, just east of Hwy 680
(From Walnut Creek BART: a short ride on County Connection shuttle 121, or flat 12 mile bike ride: we're also working on providing transportation.)

We encourage you to wear Red.

For nonviolent direct action preparation, transportation,
to get involved and for more info:
http://www.MySpace.com/ProtestChevron

1: OIL
EXPOSE THE OIL AGENDA BEHIND THE WAR
It's simple: Before the war U.S. and British oil companies were all but shut out of Iraq's oil. Now, they're getting ready to take control of it and Chevron's at the front of the pack. Within a year of the invasion, Chevron's profits nearly doubled, and each year since then, Chevron has set new record profits, with 2006 the company's most profitable year ever. Those profits have been driven by Iraqi oil, which Chevron refines in Richmond.

HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL!
We join activists from across Europe and the U.S. who, on March 18 & 19, will demand that Big Oil and our governments get their "Hands Off Iraqi Oil!" We will expose the Iraqi Oil Theft Law that would turn Iraq's oil over to foreign oil companies including Chevron.

WHAT IS "THE IRAQ OIL THEFT LAW"?
The brainchild of the Bush administration and U.S. oil companies, a new oil law nearing passage in Iraq would radically transform Iraq from a nationalized oil system all but closed to U.S. oil companies, to a commercialized system, all-but-privatized, and open to private foreign corporate control.

Iraqi Trade Unions Unite to Oppose Undemocratic Oil Law
In a joint statement
<http://www.carbonweb.org/showitem.asp?article=222&parent=4> ,
Iraq's five trade union federations rejected "the handing of control over oil to foreign companies, whose aim is to make big profits at the expense of the Iraqi people, and to rob the national wealth, according to long-term, unfair contracts, that undermine the sovereignty of the state and the dignity of the Iraqi people".

"The Iraqi people refuse to allow the future of oil to be decided behind closed doors."

Support real democracy in Iraq. End the US occupation of Iraq.
Defeat the oil theft law. Hands off Iraqi oil.

2: CLIMATE
WE DEMAND CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!

With just 4% of the world's population, we in the US release 25% of all global carbon emissions. Oil and oil-driven consumption are a primary cause of greenhouse gas pollutants which fuel climate crisis. Chevron is the 2nd largest oil company in the U.S. and the 5th largest in the world.

Chevron sabotages domestic efforts to transition to a green economy and refuses to invest in any significant way in alternative forms of green energy.

WE DEMAND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE NOW!
Chevron poisons local communities from Richmond, to Ecuador and Nigeria. The Chevron refinery in Richmond spews a deadly array of toxins into the air, water, and land, including cancer-causing dioxins, on the largely African American, South East Asian, and Latino communities. The refinery and plant have had hundreds of accidents, including fires, spills, leaks, explosions, toxic gas releases, flaring, and air contaminations causing severe illness, including asthma and deadly cancers, for the people of Richmond. The people of Richmond are fighting back and demanding that Chevron clean up or get out.

We need to imagine a world without Chevron, its oil, and its climate chaos.

3: EMPIRE
WE RECOGNIZE THAT TO STOP WAR, WE MUST END EMPIRE.
To end current and future U.S. wars and occupations, to stop climate chaos, to increase democracy and human rights at home, to redirect resources to urgent human and environmental needs, to take apart a global economic and political system that benefits mega corporations at the expense of the planet, we must change the underlying U.S. government policies of empire.

"Empire" is now used by both critics and advocates to describe the unparalleled U.S. system of economic, political, cultural, and military domination. We pay a high price to live in an Empire, including $441 billion a year on a military of over 2 1/2 million soldiers with more than 700 bases spread across 130 countries fighting ever-increasing wars to feed the Empire and expand its control.

To Stop Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc., we must end Empire!
Nonviolent Direct Action Training
Saturday, March 10
12:30-4:00pm
New College of California
780 Valencia Street ("The Creamery"),
btwn 18th & 19th in the Mission, SF
(16th Street BART)

PLEASE JOIN US!