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Monday April 14--SHUT DOWN ChevronTexaco in Richmond, California

NO War on Iraq & NO Toxic War on Our Communities.
SHUT DOWN CHEVRON-TEXACO WORLD HEADQUARTERS! ChevronTexaco: Toxic Terrorists and War Profiteers

Mass Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Support Rally

Monday April 14, 2003 Gather: 6:00am--continuing through the work-day

Bollinger Canyon Road (at Sunset, immediately East of Hwy 680), San Ramon (a short shuttle from Walnut Creek BART)
 http://www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?list=type&type=33
Monday April 14--SHUT DOWN ChevronTexaco in Richmond, California
Monday April 14--SHUT DOWN ChevronTexaco in Richmond, California
NO War on Iraq & NO Toxic War on Our Communities.
SHUT DOWN CHEVRON-TEXACO WORLD HEADQUARTERS! ChevronTexaco: Toxic Terrorists and War Profiteers

Mass Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Support Rally

Monday April 14, 2003 Gather: 6:00am--continuing through the work-day

Bollinger Canyon Road (at Sunset, immediately East of Hwy 680), San Ramon (a short shuttle from Walnut Creek BART)

Everyone Welcome

For BART, driving directions and more information  http://www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=152 go to: ActAgainstWar.org 415 820-9649

"Iraq possesses huge reserves of oil and gas - reserves I'd love Chevron to have access to." -- former CEO, Ken Derr.

With former Chevron Director, Condoleezza Rice, as National Security Advisor, ChevronTexaco will have access to Iraqi reserves if we don't stop the war. Much of that crude will get processed in Richmond, where communities of color are subject to daily assault of toxins from the ChevronTexaco refinery, the biggest polluter in Richmond.

On Monday April 14th, instead of going to work or school, increase the resistance to stop this war by participating in or supporting mass nonviolent direct action in any way possible. Prepare now and clear your calendar: form an affinity group and participate in a nonviolent direct action training.

BACKGROUND

TOXIC TERRORISM IN RICHMOND, CA

The ChevronTexaco refinery in Richmond spews a deadly array of toxins into the air, water, and land, including cancer-causing dioxins, on the largely African American, South East Asian and Latino communities. Since 1999, there has been a 20% increase in toxic emissions in Richmond and most of the increase can be attributed to the Chevron Refinery, the largest polluter in the city,. The Refinery and plant have had hundreds of accidents, including major fires, spills, leaks, explosions, toxic gas releases, flaring and air contaminations inflicting severe illnesses including asthma and deadly cancers, on the people of Richmond. Despite decades of requests, demands, lawsuites and protests, Chevron has continued to place executive salaries and corporate profits over the health and safety of the community and workers.


WAR ON COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD

Between 1971 and 1991, Texaco extracted more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil from the Ecuadorian Amazon, devastating one of the most biologically fragile places on earth by destroying rainforests and creating massive oil spills. In order to save millions of dollars, Texaco simply dumped 20 billion gallons of highly toxic wastes from its operations into the pristine rivers, forest streams and wetlands, ignoring industry standards. Now, ChevronTexaco denies the effected peoples of Ecuador their right to compensation, and instead is trying to get back into Ecuador for a new round of devastation.

Over nearly 40 years of operations in Nigeria, ChevronTexaco has propped up military regimes and military forces, flared billions of cubic feed of natural gas, and dumped millions of pounds of toxic waste into waterways. Frequent oil spills, combined with the acid rain from flaring and the dumping of toxic drilling waters into rivers has severely depleted fish stocks, which the people of the delta rely on. When people protest to demand clean up and compensation, ChevronTexaco responds by providing helicopters and boats to the Nigerian police and military to attack communities. The company has actually been implicated in the murder of Nigerians protesting its operations.

WAR PROFITEERING

Thanks to the ineffective UN "Oil for Food" program, ChevronTexaco loaded millions of gallons of oil from Iraq for processing at the Richmond refinery in 2002. Instead of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Iraq caused by over a decade of sanctions and bombing the 'Oil for Food' program hasresulted in profitable oil sales and contracts for multi-national corporations, including ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil and Cheney's own, Halliburton. According to ChevronTexaco's own spokesman, "We still have an interest in Iraqi crude." Former CEO, Ken Derr said it best when he said, "Iraq possesses huge reserves of oil and gas - reserves I'd love Chevron to have access to."

WHO GETS THE OIL? CHEVRONTEXACO TIES TO U.S. BACKED IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS

ChevronTexaco stands to gain from the new Iraqi government. The U.S. tax-payer funded Iraqi National Congress, the London-based Iraqi opposition party to , is very likely to be installed as the new government of Iraq. Multi-millionaire, Ahmed Chalabi, who leads the INC, has made very clear their intentions to provide a leading role for US multi-national oil corporations, specifically ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil, in the future of Iraqi oil. "American companies will have a big shot at Iraqi oil," according to Chalabi, frontrunner to be installed as the new leader of a U.S. led Iraq. (Washinton Post, 9/15/02: In Iraq War Scenario, Oil is Key Issue)

The UK Guardian reported that the Iraqi National Congress met with executives of three US oil multinational, including ChevronTexaco, to negotiate the carve-up of Iraq's massive oil reserves. (11/3/2002)

Even CBS's 60 Minutes reported meetings between the INC and ChevronTexaco, reporting in March, 2002, that Chalabi is working, "with the president's and vice president's friends in the oil industry, promising executives of both ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil preferential treatment in a post Sadam Iraq."


WHO CALLS THE SHOTS? CHEVRONTEXACO TIES TO WAR PLANNERS AND WAR POLICY

Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor and super-hawk of the Bush Administration is a former director of ChevronTexaco and continues to maintain strong ties to the company. Chevron and Texaco executives, prior to the company merger, advised Vice President Dick Cheney on energy policy, both directly through the Energy Task Force and through the companies close ties to the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Council on Foreign Relations is a foreign policy think tank with intertwining interests between industry and government. CFR provides policy advice to the Bush Administration, including an Iraq policy "road-map" jointly developed with the right-wing policy group, "The James Baker III institute for Public Policy." James Baker III, of course, was Secretary of State for Bush Sr. and an architect of the first Gulf War. ChevronTexaco is a consistent funder of CFR, including $27,500 in 2001, and a significant portion of a $3.2 million CFR endowment this year. ChevronTexaco director Carl Ware sits on the board of CFR, as does former Chevron director and current Natinal Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice and former ChevronTexaco Vice-Chairman Richard H. Matzke. Clearly, the company has found many ways to get its voice heard on access to Iraqi oil. (sources: Business Wire 7/23/2002, ChevronTexaco 2001 Annual Report of Contributions- Civic & Community, Capital Research Center website
 http://www.capitalresearch.org and The Council on Foreign Relations)

Toxic Terrorism in Richmond and War Profiteering in Iraq leads to big bucks for big oil, right here in the Bay Area. We call on ChevronTexaco's Chief Executive Officer, David O'Reilly, the entire Board of Directors and all the employees to:

- Publicly denounce the War against Iraq. Use your intimate ties to the administration to demand an end to the brutality and begin an immediate full withdrawal. In this time of crisis, we call on you to put people before profit.

- End the Chemical Assault on Richmond and compensate the communities suffering health, economic and environmental injustice. You have the power to stop the deadly practice of environmental racism. You know that your operations cause asthma and cancer. Stop.

- Declare that you will not refine stolen Iraqi crude in Richmond. Withdraw you economic support for this immoral war. Promise the people of Richmond that you will not further contaminate their air, water, land and bodies with oil secured through the murder of innocent Iraqis and the needles deaths of U.S. service men and women forced off to war.

DASW Goals:

1) If the government and corporate war makers won't stop the war, we'll shut down the operations! We will raise the economic, social and political costs of waging this war, and continue to stop business as usual until the war stops. We are publicly declaring and organizing mass nonviolent direct action now with the express intention of stopping this war against Iraq and future wars.

2) Assert our power to transform our cities and towns from profits, oil and war to resistance and life! We will create open, welcoming, inspiring actions that gives voice to the anti-war majority as an assertion of real democracy.

3) Uproot the system behind the war and behind the war at home: racism, poverty, environmental injustice, corporate globalization; help catalyze mass movements to challenge corporate and government power and create socially just, directly democratic, ecological, peaceful alternatives.

April 14th Chevron Texaco Action

ChevronToxico April 14 Directions, Transit Info & Maps
Bart, Bus, Bike info for getting to the April 14 ChevronToxico Action
 http://www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=152

NO War on Iraq & NO Toxic War on Our Communities.
SHUT DOWN CHEVRON-TEXACO WORLD HEADQUARTERS! ChevronTexaco: Toxic Terrorists and War Profiteers
 http://www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=123

Outreach Flyers
 http://www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=126

Chevron Texaco Map (pdf)
 http://www.justicedesign.com/DASW_web_images/DASW_texaco_map_web.pdf

Chevron Fact Sheet (pdf)
 http://www.justicedesign.com/DASW_web_images/DASW_texaco_factsheet.pdf

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