SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

East Bay | Anti-War | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Front Page

Fri Mar 14 2008 (Updated 03/22/08) Community Protests Chevron's Role in War, Warming, Toxics and Human Rights
Direct Action and Rally Planned at Chevron Richmond Refinery On Saturday March 15th, activists and community members protested the war in Iraq, environmental racism and global warming by blockading the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, CA. A coalition which includes health, environmental and anti-war organizers had called for people to shut down the Chevron refinery for the day in support of community efforts to stop Chevron from expanding its Richmond refinery. An expansion will increase pollution and cause asthma, cancer and rising death rates in surrounding communities.

Chevron was shut down all day in anticipation of the protest. Protesters marched to one of the main gates of the refinery and people laid out lock down tubes and barrels and up to 50 people locked themselves down. Bands played, and there was street theater and food. The police had the entrance blocked with barricades. After several hours, the lockdown was ended. Protesters held a circle gathering then quickly moved the barricades and went toward Chevron. Police were startled but formed a line and people sat down. Other people took down the rest of the barricade and put it out in the intersection to keep the street closed. People sat in front of the police for several more hours. Eventually the police arrested 25 people. Protest organizers say that Chevron is driving the war and occupation in Iraq, refining over a million barrels of stolen Iraqi oil in Richmond a month, and actively lobbying for the privatization of Iraq's oil fields.
imc_photo.gif Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | imc_video.gif Video: 1 | 2 | imc_audio.gifAudio

Chevron has a long and highly profitable history with Iraq—one it wants to see significantly expanded. Most recently, Chevron has teamed-up with Total to bid on Iraq’s fourth largest oil field, the Majnoon field. Chevron hopes to produce oil in the field under the terms of the Iraq Oil Law. It has continued regular negotiations with Iraq’s leading government officials in pursuit of the best contract deals possible, while the Bush administration pressures the Iraqis to pass the Iraq Oil Law.

In Richmond, a city with a population of about 100,000, the vast majority of whom are low-income people of color, 17,000 people live within just three miles of the Chevron refinery, including in two public housing projects. Built in 1902, the Chevron Richmond Refinery is one of the oldest and largest refineries operating in the U.S. To refine its capacity of 87.6 million barrels of crude oil per year—240,000 barrels a day—the refinery produces over two million pounds of climate-poisoning, smog-forming and toxic air and water pollutants each year. Event Announcement

see also: Protests During 5th Anniversary of US Bombing and Invasion of Iraq || Previous Coverage: Richmond March Demands Environmental Justice


09/14/14 Half Moon Bay Family also Names County and 911 Dispatcher in Federal Lawsuit   Police State and Prisons | Peninsula
09/14/14 Observers Document Killing of Whales, Dolphins and Sea Lions by Fishery   Environment & Forest Defense | California
09/14/14 Tribal Members and River Advocates Attend Day Celebrating Water Flow   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley
09/13/14 Battle for Passage of the ERA has been Fought for 91 Years   Womyn | Peninsula
09/12/14 Officer Who Beat Tarek Abu Khdeir also Suspect in Other Violent Crimes   Anti-War | Palestine
09/07/14 Longtime Santa Cruz Residents Forced Out of Town by City and UCSC   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
09/04/14 Salinas is 'Our Ferguson' Declares One Demonstrator   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
09/04/14 New Trial Date Set for Santa Cruz Eleven: July 27, 2015   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/30/14 Genetically Engineered Crops Are Major Driver in Butterfly's Population Crash   Environment & Forest Defense | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/29/14 Journalist Brad Kava Attempts to Use Media Hype to Cash-in on Crime with 'Cane-O-Mite'   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/29/14 After Being Told they Will Arrest her Brother's 'Black Ass,' Woman Films Police   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia