You know you’re back in San Francisco when….
On my second day back in San Francisco I went down to Mission and New Montgomery St, near my school to have lunch with a friend. We heard some commotion and saw this Climate Justice Rally marching the wrong way up New Montgomery St. Luckily I had my camera, I snapped a few shots and went back to my lunch. A few minutes later we realized that they were still at the intersection and there were people sitting on the ground with a large round banner.
According to ABC 7 in San Francisco, 15 people were eventually arrested for blocking the intersection. I appreciated this action. Besides the people who blocked the intersection, there were passionate speakers, chants and poets. For years I worked in politics–I did less protesting and more grassroots campaign tactics, knocking on doors, raising money, gathering signatures and pressuring elected officials. Some may have seen this as an pointless inconvenience, but it got me thinking about the BP oil spill disaster and how pissed I am that BP continues to spin the tragedy, how disappointed I am in this administration for their lack of climate change legislation. If these activists are willing to get arrested, it seems like the rest of us could do something small to help.
This action, lead by Mobilization for Climate Justice West, began at Justin Herman Plaza, marched to the Chevron Offices and ended at the BP offices at Mission and New Montgomery streets where I caught them in action.
Moratorium on New Offshore Drilling. No Use of Dispersants. Full Access to Media and Civil Society.
Big Oil corporations pay their debt to all impacted communities – Gulf Coast to Richmond, CA and around the world.
Big Oil pays for community livelihood and ecosystem restoration, clean energy, public transportation, and health care for impacted communities.
Get Big Oil Out of Politics!