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East Palo Alto Youth Activists/Raging Grannies at OSHA
by Granny Ruth/Bill (info [at] raginggrannies.com)
Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
East Palo Alto has long been a dumping ground for high-tech's toxic by-products. The Raging Grannies, inspired by the high energy and spirit of youth activists in YUCA (Youth United for Community Action), added their voices to a rally in San Francisco at OSHA regional headquarters to convince OSHA to stop the environmental racism. Chanting "Justice for Froilan", demonstrators called for stiffer penalties for safety infractions at Romic Technologies. A big polluter, Romic also showed gross negligence when they delayed seeking medical help for a seriously burned employee. Three Part report.


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Photos by Bill Carpenter
Part I: The Rally in front of OSHA
Part II: Stopped at the GATE!
Part III: Raging Granny street theater in front of SF's OSHA district office

Palo Alto Daily News Feb 7, 2007

(two color photos, top of the fold article)

Protesting for Penalties -- Youth Group Rallies for Burned Worker

The East Palo Alto-based Youth United for Community Action protested Feb 6 outside the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration's district office in San Francisco. The group, joined by the Raging Grannies, is asking for stiffer penalties for the East Palo Alto company Romic Environmental Technologies after Froilan Chan-Liongco was burned on the job in a welding accident. Security closed gates before they could reach the OSHA office.

Bay City News Wire report posted on CBS5.com
http://cbs5.com/localwire/localfsnews/bcn/2007/02/06/n/HeadlineNews/CAL-OSHA-PROTEST/resources_bcn_html

Metro News report on East Palo Alto's Beef with Romic
http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=f622143ed89436b822952fbe53c1d94f

§Annie and Granny Barbara
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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On the left: Annie Loya, YUCA organizer, led the rally with high energy, spunk and determination. Granny Barbara, on the right, helped keep the Raging Grannies in sync with the youthful crowd.
§Gabriel and Oscar
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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§Chants
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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YUCA is what? DYNAMITE!
§Marching on Spear St
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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OSHA's San Francisco District Office is at 121 Spear St.
§New friend
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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Although not feeling well, this young woman rallied to the cause. Grannies got motherly and offered a hanky.
§Justice for Froilan
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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Froilan Chan-Liongco was burned on the job in a welding accident at Romic. Romic's fines were minimal.
§Call 911
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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Romic hesitated and did NOT call 911 right away when Froilan was injured. Grannies say: Gross Negligence!
§more
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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§2 guys
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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Demonstrators were observed from the street by police, some apparently plain clothes.
§I LUV EPA
by Granny Ruth/Bill Saturday Feb 10th, 2007 3:37 AM
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East Palo Alto kids show neighborhood pride
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