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Direct action rally, march, direct action
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com)
Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
Bay Area activists rallied, marched and held a direct action in Richmond, in solidarity with those taking part in actions in Cancun, Mexico.
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Richmond 09.08.03

bay area activists rallied, marched and held a direct action in Richmond, in solidarity with those taking part in actions in Cancun, Mexico.

This afternoon's action focused on the Chevron-Texaco refinery in Richmond. Chevron-Texaco is taking and processing Iraqi crude oil.

Despite a heavy police presence during the march and the direct action, people did not let down, and the mood was calm and joyful.

About 50+ police officers and sheriff deputies guarded the truck entrace to the refinery- with emt and a fire rescue crew standing by, while 22 demonstrators linked arms or used lockboxes to blockade the entrance to the refinery.

After a few hours, the protest ended peacefully.
§marching to chevron
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§brass liberation band!
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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thanks for the great music, you guys kick ass.
§linked arms
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§march pic 2
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§human blockade
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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there were more cops blocking the entrance to chevron, than protestors in the chain.
§lockboxes
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§chevron kills
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§taxes for peace
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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they had a colorful sign
§they guard chevron
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§what price for oil economy profits?
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§lou vitale
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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§jamming into the evening
by Darksyde (darksyde888 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Sep 9th, 2003 11:29 PM
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brass liberation band played into the evening...

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by Rob B
Wednesday Sep 10th, 2003 8:35 AM
VANCOUVER - The staff of Chevron Canada’s office decided they would rather take the afternoon off than talk to peace activists about their company’s policy of buying Iraqi oil from the occupation government.

Security staff began screening access to the high-rise office building that housed Chevron’s office prior to the start of the 4 PM protest. Despite this two activists managed to enter the building and make their way to company’s office. They found the offices closed and locked. A sign was posted saying that the offices had closed earlier with no further explanation. The activist left a letter for Chevron management in the mail slot.

Police presence was heavy on the sidewalk in front of the office building where about a dozen protestors picketed for two hours.

Chevron Canada's parent company, ChevronTexaco, has begun shipping Iraqi oil under a contract to buy 2 million barrels (San Francisco Chronicle, 25th Jun 03). The proceeds of this sale will go to a fund controlled by the United States.

The activists will also attempt to present a set of demands to Bill Stone, Chevron Canada's President. The demands are that ChevronTexaco immediately:

1. Cancel the current contract and refuse contracts for work in Iraq until US forces withdraw and allow the Iraqi people to create a freely elected democratic government.
2. Return profits already obtained to the Iraqi people or reputable humanitarian organizations working in Iraq.

The US occupation forces have canceled local elections, terrorized the civilian population and seem unwilling or unable to rebuild the infrastructure that they destroyed. The activists think it is ridiculous that ChevronTexaco is buying oil from this illegitimate government.

Members of StopWar.ca, a peace coalition of 150 local organizations, organized the rally. The demonstration is part of a week of protests to coincide with the WTO meetings in Cancun Mexico and it coincides with a protest at CheronTexaco refinery near San Francisco.

by A_quiet_statement
Wednesday Sep 10th, 2003 10:01 AM
Against oil wars.
Critical mass berkeley this friday.
In SF on the 26th

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