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Arrests in Martinez as Californians demonstrate against oil trains
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
Police arrested four Bay Area protesters after they suspended themselves from the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge to hang a banner protesting oil trains. Photos here are of the protest in San Jose, California. Both protests were part of a week of action against oil trains.
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Police arrested four Bay Area protesters after they suspended themselves from the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge to hang a banner protesting oil trains last week. Elsewhere in California, Raging Grannies in Davis and San Jose enlivened protests there singing out,”No more exploding trains”.

Oil trains go through almost every US state, disproportionately over poorer American communities. The crude oil moving by train is more toxic, explosive, and carbon intensive than conventional oil. It puts millions of Americans and Canadians at risk. Last week there were more than 80 protests and educational events in North America about this danger.

The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster happened July 6, 2013, when a freight train carrying Bakken formation crude oil rolled downhill and derailed, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars. Forty-seven people died and many others injured. Last week's events were timed to coincide with the anniversary of that catastrophe.
§singing in the historic San Jose train station before the outdoor rally
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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...before the outdoor rally
§parasols at Guadalupe River Park
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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It was a hot day
§Some of the concerned folks
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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Houses near the railroad tracks are in particular danger...the "blast zone" of endangerment is one mile
§Robot with a message
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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§two of the San Jose Raging Grannies
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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Altogether Raging Grannies on the SF Peninsula and from San Jose numbered 17
§Control Railroad Corporations!
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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§Grannies take the stage
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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§the crowd numbered about 100
by R. Robertson Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015 6:22 PM
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The event was covered on corporate media TV news hopefully bringing more attention to the issue
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