John Watson Is NOT a "Distinguished Global Citizen"

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Dear Dr. Duffy:

The Commonwealth Club should rescind its 2015 "Distinguished Citizen Award" for Chevron CEO John Watson.

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To: Commonwealth Club President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gloria C. Duffy:

Dear Dr. Duffy –

The Commonwealth Club should rescind its 2015 "Distinguished Citizen Award" for Chevron CEO John Watson. The decision to bestow this award to Mr. Watson is an affront not only to the ideals of the Commonwealth Club but also to the tens of thousands of people in communities in Ecuador and around the world affected by Chevron's deliberate and reckless acts of environmental destruction. In Ecuador specifically, Chevron's utter abuse of the pristine rainforest environment – which includes the dumping of billions of gallons of oil waste into the waterways relied on by local inhabitants for their sustenance – has been verified by multiple independent media reports, academic studies, and witness testimonies. It also has been affirmed by three layers of courts in Chevron's chosen forum of Ecuador, including the country's Supreme Court which found the company liable for $9.5 billion of clean-up costs in a unanimous decision issued in 2013.

The award of the Commonwealth Club is supposed to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the global community. Mr. Watson does not come close to living up to that ideal. For example:

Each year, despite making a mockery of the rule of law in many of the communities where Chevron operates, Mr. Watson receives approximately $30 million in compensation from a Board of Directors of which he is the chairperson. It is shocking that the Commonwealth Club would even consider honoring an oil company executive who has "distinguished" himself primarily for his lack of a proper moral compass.

If the Commonwealth Club does not rescind this inappropriate award, it will dishonor its own tradition and bring disrepute on an organization with a proud history of community service. I would urge you to reconsider this decision forthwith.

Sincerely,

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Tell The Commonwealth Club that repeat polluter and human rights violator John Watson is NOT a "distinguished global citizen".

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.@cwclub must NOT give polluter & #humanrights violator @Chevron CEO Watson "distinguished citizen" award! http://amwt.ch/3593

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Despite his repeated acts pollution and human rights violations around the globe The Commonwealth Club plans to honor Chevron CEO John Watson as a "distinguished global citizen." It is shocking that the Commonwealth Club would even consider honoring a man who has "distinguished" himself solely for his lack of a moral compass. They should rescind this award immediately. http://amwt.ch/3593
CEO of Chevron John Watson is responsible for massive pollution, outrageous legal attacks against critics, subversion of the rule of law, and corruption of the political process, yet The Commonwealth Club plans to honor him as a "distinguished global citizen." Wrong on all counts. http://amwt.ch/3593
Commonwealth Club, please explain to the people of Richmond, CA, the Ecuadorian Amazon, Nigeria, and around the globe who have suffered and continue to suffer from Chevron's actions why you plan to honor its CEO John Watson as a "distinguished global citizen." http://amwt.ch/3593

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.@DanAshleyABC7 as MC of @cwclub event object to honoring polluter & #humanrights violator @Chevron CEO Watson as "distinguished citizen".
Why would @climateone approve of @cwclub honoring @Chevron CEO Watson when he & company contribute to climate chaos? http://amwt.ch/3593
.@cwclub should move it to #AprilFoolsDay so distinguished citizen award for @Chevron CEO John Watson would make sense. http://amwt.ch/3593

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You can also send your own email to info@commonwealthclub.org and/or gduffy@commonwealthclub.org. The Commonwealth Club's President and Chief Executive Officer is Dr. Gloria C. Duffy. More info here.

If you're feeling inspired, you can call the Commonwealth Club and its president, Dr. Duffy directly at (415) 597-6729 or (415) 597-6721

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I am calling to express my outrage that the Commonwealth Club would even consider giving a “distinguished global citizen” award to Chevron CEO John Watson. Watson has proven himself to be a threat to both people and planet. His reckless practices as head of Chevron have marked the company as one of the worst in the world - frequently polluting, undermining democracy and free speech and not accepting responsibility for its messes. You should withdrawal this award immediately.
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