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Earth First! to Chevron: NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET
by Tiller
Friday Aug 14th, 2009 11:00 AM
As commuters zipped home this Thursday evening, Earth First!ers took to the waters of the Bay in a high speed Zodiac, and reclaimed the Red Rock Island by dropping a 50' banner, just SW of the Richmond Bridge, reading "HEY CHEVRON: NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET." In solidarity with the Mobilization for Climate Justice, and the rally/protest against Chevron on Saturday, August 15th, EF! declared the island a corporate-polluter free space, just within sight of Chevron's ocean-tankers.

As commuters zipped home this Thursday evening, Earth First!ers took to the waters of the Bay in a high speed Zodiac, and reclaimed the Red Rock Island by dropping a 50' banner, just SW of the Richmond Bridge, reading "HEY CHEVRON: NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET." In solidarity with the Mobilization for Climate Justice, and the rally/protest against Chevron on Saturday, August 15th, EF! declared the island a corporate-polluter free space, just within sight of Chevron's ocean-tankers.
Earth First!ers who did action, believe that for far to long Chevron has been polluting Richmond residents, and for that matter all of the Bay, and stealing the wealth and health of the world. This is not a "Jobs vs. the Environment" argument, this is a lying, stealing, polluting corporation vs. communities argument. Also, we believe that if the workers owned and ran the plant in Richmond it would change and that we would see a shift towards healthy, appropriate jobs.
Come join the fight this Saturday, August 15th, with a 11:30am rally at Richmond Bart, and a 1pm March to the Chevron refinery, followed by a direct action/ protest.
§the crew and banner
by Tiller Friday Aug 14th, 2009 11:00 AM

§the Beach landing
by Tiller Friday Aug 14th, 2009 11:00 AM

§view of the city from Red Rock
by Tiller Friday Aug 14th, 2009 11:00 AM

§Showin Chevron what we got
by Tiller Friday Aug 14th, 2009 11:00 AM


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by truth
Friday Aug 14th, 2009 11:04 AM
What a great post to wake up to. Hope to see many people tomorrow.
by Nick
Friday Aug 14th, 2009 12:24 PM
Kinda funny that they are protesting oil and gas yet their Zodiac is powered by a gas motor that is thrown inside and paddles strategically planted for the photo (looks like it’s a 2-Stroke motor which are the WORST polluters), the boat itself is rubber which is not made from rubber trees like many think but from the heavy paraffins from crude oil. Sure the tree-huggers are wearing synthetic material (its San Fran, cotton sucks there) which is made from crude. I am a petr engineer and consider myself a tree hugger also but realistic...thanks for giving your opinion on a large banner that will end up in the bay but next time keep your clothes on please (why is nudity and protesting so often times linked?).

PS thank you all for making SF such a wonderful city...visited from TX (I know I know, but I'm an import) and fell in love with that wonderful yet goofy city!
by Tiller
Friday Aug 14th, 2009 12:45 PM
Hey Nick (and anyone who thinks this is a us vs. them world),
thanks for your post....but a heads up. Yes we use oil based products, but that does not mean that we believe alternatives and more befitting technology exist. Hell, haulin ass at 15 knots was great (the only reason for the oars was for coming ashore, and for when the motor died, which it did). But the point is that we, like you were born into this world, and we use what we have available to use. Chevron, likes it that way....it makes them money. We believe there needs to be hugely available alternatives. Thats why I bike and drive a bio-diesel rig, cause they are available. So hey, sinced you are a engineer, start crackin.
Enjoy texas,
Tiller
ps: the nudity was to wash off the poison oak (i could have posted the full-frontal), and all three of use cut trees for a living.
by limb
Friday Aug 14th, 2009 4:45 PM
I've heard that 'hypocrite' argument all the time. I'm not protesting simply 'oil and gas' like Nick says in his post. If you're reading Nick, or anyone else who might feel how he does; I'm protesting the manner in which transnational (oil) corporations:

1) exploit socially poor, natural resource rich bio-regions of the world either by force or by political manipulation, and also how

2) lie to the public about how they are socially and environmentally responsible, and using corporate media to spread those lies

3) siphon money up to the top corporate officials and board members, while the local residents nearby (of Richmond) are forced to choke on the toxic emissions and live below the poverty level in ghettos.

Chevron is no exception.

So I drive a bio-diesel car, ride my bike and bring my own bag to the grocery store, but understand that other people may not think they have that choice, or be as resourceful. By education, gatherings, demonstrations (like the one tomorrow), we can get some media attention of our own to counter to corporate onslaught that is killing our planet.

So Nick, instead of being nit-picky about the hard (and fun and exciting) work of some local Earth First activists, why don't you get up and do something about the problems that you apparently are aware of yourself? it's not a condescending question, it's a challenge.

What kind of Earth do you want to great-grandchild to inherit?
by Swamitron
Saturday Aug 15th, 2009 8:56 AM
Doing the 'right' thing is a question of consciousness. Purify ones consciousness and proper action will follow.
by Nick
Saturday Aug 15th, 2009 11:27 AM
Tiller...you seem like a good bunch of guys and gals that are sincerely trying to better our world; thank you. Sorry to upset others. Good luck with the protest but stay out of trouble...ha. Rest easy, many many engineers work very hard on alternatives as well as hydrocarbons (Chevron is the worlds top producer of geothermal energy, as well as own 5 Hydrogen stations, own 1/2 of the largest biofuel refinery in USA (when completed) located in Galveston TX). Rest assured, 'enginerds' love this stuff (its interesting and challenging and thats what 'we' like!). Again, sorry to upset anyone as these comments aren't meant to hurt or argue, they're just comments.
by c
Saturday Aug 15th, 2009 1:13 PM
There are dozens of alternative methods of generating energy which have already been developed, and which are cheaper than oil. Geothermal would be one example.

It is only monopolistic economic decisionmaking and lack of will on the part of the people running our regional power and energy systems which has left us with so few choices. It's just that there isn't much money to be made on installation of cheap energy because the savings go to the public rather than the producer. It is really ridiculous that despite the existence of so many devices, there is no section at Home-Depot where you could get the materials for rewiring a house, solar panels, or deep cycle batteries.

Batteries are a weak point which do require some new engineering breakthroughs, and of course more efficient wind turbines or solar etc than already exists is great. I'd also say that grid-independent power production, and water and power efficiency devices would be highly welcomed in many countries around the world. If this were a goal of Chevron, I think there would be plenty of this stuff visible already
by lil animal
Monday Aug 17th, 2009 12:25 PM
great job friends! mad respect for a successful and well executed action.

thanks for the last pic, ha!

by Richard Mallory
Wednesday Aug 19th, 2009 12:51 PM
I have one big problem with so called Environmentalists climbing Red Rock and putting up a protest banner. This time of year the island is covered with nesting gulls. To climb means chicks will jump out of their nests and fall to their deaths. Those climbers could be responsible for about 50 bird deaths, and their action will likely spawn copy cats.
by Rodger Jacobsen
Tuesday Sep 15th, 2009 9:57 AM
I really doubt any gulls chicks were lost, who is the more righteous when it comes to the environment?
But I do think the banner became trash and the it seems to me the responsible thing would have been to remove it and not leave it for others to do.
Jeez, you make a mess, you clean it up, Environment 1A. , basic.