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Ecuador's Black Plague
by Dan Bacher
Friday Mar 19th, 2004 3:01 PM
You are invited to two presentations at CSUS on Monday, March 22 regarding oil, Ecuador's "Black Plague."
(From Maria Kochis: kochism [at] csus.edu)

Ecuador's Black Plague

Texaco began producing oil in the Amazon in 1971. In October 2003, a
subsidiary of Texaco was accused in the courts of Ecuador with polluting
parts of the Amazon by dumping huge amounts of oil wastes in the rain forest between 1971 and 1991.

Some claim that total spills in the rainforest were twice as large as the Exxon-Valdez spill. ChevronTexaco, the giant oil conglamorate, is the corporation being tried by indigenous residents of the Amazon, who claim that they suffer from rashes, cancers, and environmental degradation as a result of these spills. If convicted, this will be a precedent setting case for small communities litigating against multinational corporations.

When members of the indigenous communities traveled to San Ramon, CA, where ChevronTexaco is headquartered, concerned residents of San Ramon met with the group and offered continual support and aid. Come hear reports from "The Sam Ramon Valley Cares" delegation to Ecuador  as they present information about their first-hand experiences in the rainforest this past year. Check out their website for more information http://www.sanramonvalleycares.org/

Two presentations will be made on Monday, March 22nd.

The First Presentation, sponsored by Campus Peace Action, will take place at
the:
· Redwood Room, University Union, from 1:30 - 3:00

The Second Presentation, co-sponsored by Sacramento Peace Action and an embryonic activist group, will take place at the:
· Newman Center (across from CSUS and J. street), from 6:30 to 9:00
p.m.

Come learn, participate, brainstorm, and think about changing habits of
consumption.

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