Oakland March for Real Climate Leadership.

 

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We had such a diverse and representative group on board. This bus did San Luis Obispo proud. Youngest on board Lucas 7 with his grandfather,  great student presence from Cuesta lead by David Kooi and Poly lead by Jesse Gibson, and the rest were the movers and shakers in the community providing the glue and connecting the dots. This was taken in Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of an historic  heritage live oak. Its called the Jack London Oak and has quite an interesting history.  http://www.asla.org/ppn/article.aspx?id=19088  Truth is I did not know Jack London grew up in Oakland.

Eric Greening graced us with his presence and provided us with gems of info about the inter workings of our governing boards and made sure we didn’t miss the San Ardo oil fracking oil fields which are  too close for comfort to our county line and a precursor to what is in store for us in Price canyon and Husana​ if we don’t do something straight away to prevent it. Seeing it on the way home was an eye opener. Lights from the operation reflected off the clouds and lit up the sky. It was bright.

 

We had fresh coffee and pastries from Black Horse and Cowboy Cookies and munchies from SLO Food co-op. Tori, Linda and Holly. Take charge ladies that just made things happen. Thank you.

 

And to our sponsors who donated seats and made sure this happened. THANK YOU. Always get just what we need when we need it. This community ROCKS. Thank you.

Thank you June for handling the check ins. No small task. Never did find out where that extra person came from on the way home but at least we didn’t lose anyone.

 

The march was super.

 

​L​et me say that people power celebrating our love and commitment to Mother Earth generated so much good energy it put dinosaur energy to shame.
 Brown’s response to the March. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hertsgaard-jerry-brown-fracking-20150206-story.htmlToo bad, I think he is too far gone. Politics has a strange way of changing even the best people with best intentions into someone you hardly recognize.
IMG_2495This is David Kooi on the right Cuesta College organizers for Students against Fracking with fellow student Chloe on the step of  Oakland City Hall where Brown walked every day when he was Mayor.


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Jesse Cal Poly student against Fracking organizer.

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​This is very special. Grandfather and the future generation.​

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​ 2 more States just joined the strike. Oil is creating jobs nobody wants.
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​This is Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.
I explained that our BOS does not exactly understand
the Health implications of Fracking and have refused
to invite the Health Commission in on the Fracking
conversation. This group headed up by Barbara Sattler RN,DR.PH,
FAAN, Professor out of the University of San Francisco school of Nursing and
Health Professionals said she would be glad to come and explain the
health impacts from fracking if our Board is interested. Is our Board interested?
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All the people here concerned about their health and safety and future generations. All taking our duty and responsibility as stewards of the earth very seriously.   How can  Brown not get this? Does he really trust the oil industry more than he trusts us?  If Brown ignores this contingency, No Nukes, that he vowed to shut down on June 30, 1979 then he is choosing to break his promise. He knows the right thing to do.
And he has the power to do it. He has the power to Shut down Diablo.
He has the power to Ban Fracking. He has the power to stop the oil
trains. It is the power we the people gave him when we elected him
to keep California a Safe and Beautiful place for generations to come.
It is called the power of the pen. We give him permission to use that power now.
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Two interesting things in this pic. Off to the left
the object that looks like a tree with speakers
coming out it is is the pedal power generator.It is
generating the power for the mic. And then notice
the sign in the back? San Diego was there. Amazing
group down there. Communities not immediately threatened
by fracking but joining in Solidarity the right to a healthy
environment.
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The officers were standing in a group looking very isolated. I asked them if there would be escorting us down main street and they said yes. I asked if they would mind if we took a picture with them and they were most accommodating. Chloe is on my right and this was her first march. I don’t think it will be here last. I thanked them and  I think they appreciated being recognized. Really who doesn’t?  It was a  good day.
The convergence after the Rally was so amazing.
We heard first hand info from the organizers on how they got Cuomo to sign a ban on Fracking in New York. Local actions were key.
An amazing attorney, Madeline Stano, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment talked about strategies and how the oil companies think. She is currently working with the locals in Kern county who have had they water poisoned, air polluted and rigs built within a hundred feet of schools and residences. It is a nasty ugly situation.
I talked to her after and she graciously agreed to look over a draft for an ordinance we are working on in SLO.
David Brawn who was part of the New York to ban fracking campaign loves SLO and  is anxious to help us with our campaign.Neighboring communities, Santa Barbara, Monterey,  San Diego, Butte,  are all about helping each other out. We are all in this together.
​And here is a very nice synopsis of the trip by Marty Brown.
The morning was dark and rainy. Participators from North County met the bus to Oakland at 6:45 a.m.

We joined people from San Luis Obispo and our coordinator and spokesperson, Jeanne Blackwell, an energetic and energizing   leader.

 

There was excitement and good feeling on the bus. We were united for an important cause. We learned more details about fracking later after the march when a panel discussion at  Laney College was held
by activists who were successful in the banning of fracking in New York State, a journalist who has written for The Nation and other progressive publications, and a lawyer who has served people in Kern County who
have been physically and psychologically damaged by oil drilling —  some located very close to schools and homes.

The trip was rainy all the way – skies dark.  When we arrived in downtown Oakland, there was a clearing and the sun shown.  The buses arrived from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Humboldt.

 

There was mutual respect between the police and demonstrators.  Along the march route we passed many spectators who were aligned with us.  People in tall apartment and hotel buildings cheered us on. There was only one anti-anti fracking and climate change denier demonstration held by maybe five men with signs saying “Climate Change is a Lie”.

 

The march ended with a rally at Merritt Lake Park where indigenous people spoke and offered prayers.  There were Pacific Islanders who were losing their land to rising sea levels, Native Americans and Latinos, people from agricultural areas and poverty whose health, homes and property have been affected and continue to be
affected by fracking that is already taking place.
I felt there was no place I’d rather be than there at that time with 8,000 Californians who say NO! to fracking and want real climate change action by those we have trusted with our future.  It was encouraging to be outnumbered or at least matched by young people — it was not a grey-haired convention as it often is.  Students from Cal Poly, Cuesta College and UCSD, Humboldt State, UCSB and others were marching with us and had such energy and optimism.
Alternative, sustainable energy technology was widely discussed.  There is no reason to keep polluting our Mother Earth.  One of the speakers from the Catskills Citizens who were the driving force behind having Governor Cuomo signing onto the ban in New York State said education is a big factor in getting climate action, and doing the research, telling the truth, using the science.
The young Cuesta student I was seated next to on the bus said, “It was a life-changing event in my  life.”  That was the first demonstration that she has been a part of — hopefully the first of many more. (She was sitting next to Chloe)

Hope this was helpful.

 

Marty

Always,
SLO Clean Water Action.org
The safety of the people is the supreme law. Bacon’s Max. in Reg. 12; Broom’s Max. 1.  Prevention is better than cure. Co. Litt. 304.  “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell.
 


 




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