In "Global Day of Action" Communities Protest in Richmond Joining Ecuador, Nigeria, Argentina and Romania in a Call for Solidarity Against Chevron for Environmental and Human Rights Crimes

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Paul Paz y Miño, 510.773.4635, paz@amazonwatch.org
Jessica Yurasek, 734.474.9092, jessica@amazonwatch.org


Oakland, CA – On May 21st, in an unprecedented global event, communities on five continents will take action against Chevron Corporation over the company's track record on the environment and human rights. The communities, all affected by Chevron operations, are uniting in a call to citizens and governments around the world to reject the Chevron brand or Chevron subsidiaries, including Texaco, until demands for redress and remediation are met.

Similar demonstrations will take place in: Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Romania, and Bulgaria.

The actions are taking place just days before Chevron's annual general meeting where its CEO John Watson is under increasing pressure from shareholders for his company's environmental record. Watson recently announced he was moving the shareholder meeting from its San Ramon headquarters to a remote town in Texas. In recent years, community leaders from different countries have besieged the Chevron annual meeting with protest, including last year when several called for the firing of CEO Watson due to his poor leadership and repeated disregard for human rights and the environment.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 21st at 11:00 am PDT

WHERE: Chevron Richmond Refinery entrance near I-580 exit at Richmond Parkway and Castro St.

SPEAKERS:
Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, CA
Andres Soto, Communities for a Better Environment
Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay
Dr. Henry Clark, West County Toxics Coalition
Paul Paz y Miño, Amazon Watch
Shoshana Wechsler, Chevron Watch, Sunflower Alliance
Edward Trujano, Richmond Resident, UC Santa Cruz

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