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Support Chavez; Buy CITGO Gas - Join the BUYcott; It doesn't go to Bush, Saudia Arabia etc
CITGO is owned by state owned Venezuelan Oil Company which is benefitting the poor. See bottom for closest stations
Published on Monday, May 16, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!
by Jeff Cohen
Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations.
And tell your friends.
Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor. The country is Venezuela. The President is Hugo Chavez. Call him "the Anti-Bush."
Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela -- not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. There are 14,000 Citgo gas stations in the US. (Click here http://www.citgo.com/CITGOLocator/StoreLocator.jsp to find one near you.) By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans.
Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn't have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That's why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections. And why the Bush administration supported an attempted military coup in 2002 that sought to overthrow Chavez.
So this is the opposite of a boycott. Call it a BUYcott. Spread the word.
Of course, if you can take mass transit or bike or walk to your job, you should do so. And we should all work for political changes that move our country toward a cleaner environment based on renewable energy. The BUYcott is for those of us who don't have a practical alternative to filling up our cars.
So get your gas at Citgo. And help fuel a democratic revolution in Venezuela.
Jeff Cohen is an author and media critic (http://www.jeffcohen.org)
5 Closest CITGO Station(s)
1. U & I AUTO SAFETY CENTE
205 FRANKLIN ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102
1.96 miles from the center
2. 7 ELEVEN 19235
DALY CITY, CA 94014
3.01 miles from the center
3. 7 ELEVEN 32181
4193 PIEDMONT AVE
OAKLAND, CA 94611
10.49 miles from the center
4. 7 ELEVEN 22930
2500 MACDONALD AVE
RICHMOND, CA 94804
13.46 miles from the center
5. BUD ADAMS AUTO REPAIR
18811 LAKE CHABOT RD
CASTRO VALLEY, CA 94546
17.90 miles from the center