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True Cost of Chevron: Shareholders Protest
by SanRamonCopWatch
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM
Today (Weds, May 27), Mayor of Richmond Gayle McLaughlin attended the Chevron Shareholder's meeting, along with delegates representing Nigeria, Burma, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Philippines, and Canada. The delegates introduced to the meeting this year's alternative Chevron annual report: The True Cost of Chevron. Board Chair David O'Reilly was reported, by the delegates, to have said that the alternative report was "an insult and should have been thrown in the trash". The annual report documents the ecological and human damage caused by mismanagement of infrastructure, laborers, and the environment. Backing the report was Amazon Watch and the Rainforest Action Network.

Today (Weds, May 27), Mayor of Richmond Gayle McLaughlin attended the Chevron Shareholder's meeting, along with delegates representing Nigeria, Burma, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Philippines, and Canada. The delegates introduced to the meeting this year's alternative Chevron annual report: The True Cost of Chevron. Board Chair David O'Reilly was reported, by the delegates, to have said that the alternative report was "an insult and should have been thrown in the trash". The annual report documents the ecological and human damage caused by mismanagement of infrastructure, laborers, and the environment. Backing the report was Amazon Watch and the Rainforest Action Network.

Iraq Veterans Against the War, along with World Can't Wait, US Labor Against the War and Code Pink were present at the protest to speak out against the Oil War in the Middle East.

Joining these groups were concerned citizens from the Bay Area, along with citizens of San Ramon, where Chevron locates its hq, itself.

Officers from the San Ramon Police Department were present with tasers (never taken out of holster at any time). Also present were Chevron's out private security. Chevron had a representative with a camera to take photos of the crowd.

Activists blocked the main gate entering the Chevron offices, including a few in a lock down position.

A handful of concerned shareholders did come out and meet with some of the protesters at the end of the demonstration.
§Justice for Burma
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Burmese Monks Face Torture
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

Burmese monks face torture, and Chevron's oil pipeline is a major source of funds for the military government's oppression of its people.
§Justice For Burma
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Justice for Burma
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Justice For Burma
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Iraq Veterans Against the War
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§The Delegates
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Chevwrong
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Anti-Advertising
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Justice For Manila
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§SR-PD
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Speaker
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Security
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§Gate Entrance
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§Code Pink talks to security
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM

§Shareholders talk to protesters
by SanRamonCopWatch Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:23 PM


Comments  (Hide Comments)

by SanRamonCopWatch
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 12:46 PM
William J. Haynes is a current attorney for Chevron, but in the recent past he worked under Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush Administration to create a "legal" frame work for torture. Haynes was behind John Yoo's (of UC Berkeley) outline for torture.

http://www.firejohnyoo.org/2009/01/war-criminals-watch-ii-william.html

It is unconscionable that Chevron have a War Criminal be on its legal team. Haynes must be disbarred and arrested for Torture.
by tk
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 5:37 PM
the direct action/blockade was requested by protest organizers and carried out by Rising Tide, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Unconventional Action in the Bay. This action provided the space for speeches and protest during and after the shareholder's meeting.
by Were there arrests?
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 7:23 PM
I was wondering if anyone was arrested for the direct action/civil disobedience blockade? What was the outcome of the action? How did resolve?
by Monkeyman
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 7:39 PM
Six of us - from UA in the Bay and Rising Tide Bay Area - locked down at the Chevron shareholder meeting. We weren't there at the request of the protest organizers, but we were doing this action in solidarity with the delegates who were coming to the meeting representing communities that have been impacted by Chevron, and who were going into the meeting to confront Chevron's board and executives.

We held one lane of Chevron Way until about 11am, so that the protest organizers could use Chevron's front porch as the stage for their protest. At around 11, the protest was ending, and the delegates had come out of the meeting and given their reportbacks. So we declared victory, and ended our lockdown without any arrests having been made.

The work that the overall protest organizers did was amazing, and they drew a ton of media attention to the plights of people around the world who have been impacted by Chevron.
by Zachary RunningWolf
Friday May 29th, 2009 11:35 AM
First off no disrespect to the people who took the time to drive (the key word) to protest an EVIL corporation but I would like to address how to protest. For instance a year ago me and three others (Greg, Chrystal and Marcella) attended the same meeting but instead of driving, we rode bicycles there. It was a 12 mile (24 in total) ride that was along a beautiful pathway. The only way we are going to make these oil companies feel anything is to not use them, boycott. Stop Driving