Bold Bridge Action Turns Up Heat on Chevron as Ecuadorian Plaintiffs Prepare for Confrontation at Chevron Shareholder Meeting
- May 23, 2011
Less than 48 hours before oil giant Chevron's shareholders meeting, activists from Amazon Watch and our allies at Rainforest Action Network (RAN) rappelled from the deck of the Richmond Bridge over the San Francisco Bay to hang a 1500-square foot banner proclaiming "Chevron Guilty: Clean Up the Amazon!"
Activists from RAN and Amazon Watch dangled from the massive banner – which was anchored to the bridge deck – creating a spectacular sight adjacent to Chevron's polluting refinery in Richmond, CA.
As Chevron escalates its abusive tactics to evade accountability in Ecuador, supporters of the communities in the Amazon are escalating their efforts in solidarity with the men, women, and children who continue to suffer the toxic legacy of the oil giant in their rainforest lands.
"I've seen with my own eyes the devastation Chevron caused in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and it's long past time for the company to clean up its toxic legacy there," said Thomas Cavanagh of Amazon Watch. "And until Chevron does the right thing, we will stand with the Ecuadorian communities fighting for justice."