March 15 and March 19, 2008 are two very key dates here in the SF Bay Area and around the U.S., as thousands of groups step out to protest the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
In the Bay Area, Direct Action to Stop the War has called two actions, one on March 15 to protest war profiteer Chevron – for their links to war for oil but also their role in the war at home. The company is seeking to expand its refinery in Richmond, CA, which will have additional negative health and environmental impacts on the surrounding community. On March 19, DASW will be holding decentralized protests in downtown San Francisco.
March 15 Info from DASW:
On March 15th – together with the West County Toxics Coalition, Greenaction, Amazon Watch, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, the Richmond Greens, Communities for a Better Environment, Community Health Initiative, and many other community organizations – we will be organizing a rally and non-violent direct action at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. We will holding a rally at Carroll Park (W. Cutting Blvd. and S. Garrard Blvd. in Richmond) at 11am, and then doing a direct action at the Chevron refinery (100 Chevron Way in Richmond) at 1pm.
Chevron is a leading war profiteer, as well as one of the biggest Bay Area polluters. Internationally, Chevron is driving the war and occupation in Iraq, refining over a million barrels of stolen Iraqi oil in Richmond a month, and actively lobbying for the privatization of Iraq’s oil fields so that massive oil corporations can seize control of them. Locally, their planned refinery expansion will increase pollution and cause asthma, cancer and rising death rates, both in Richmond and in surrounding communities (as far away as 30 miles).
We will take action against Chevron on March 15th, in order to send a clear message to Chevron: Stop stealing Iraqi oil, and stop polluting our communities!
March 19 Info from DASW:
On the morning of March 19th, we will be organizing multiple direct
actions at the San Francisco offices of federal agencies, corporations
with military contracts or contracts in Iraq, politicians who have failed
to stop the war, and foreign embassies of countries linked to the war in
We will take direct action on March 19th against as many of these locations as possible, in order to send a clear message to the economic and political decision-makers that control this country: No BUSINESS AS USUAL until all U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq!
Marches to direct actions targeting war profiteers will be leaving Market & Sansome throughout the day, beginning at 7:30 AM.