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so what the hell happened at the Chevron station, anyway?!?!

hey, it's great to have so many photos (and even video) from the Chevron action, yesterday, but there's no story/summary of the events in writing anywhere.
i was trying to hook up with this action, and missed it somehow, and now i'd really like to know what went down.

can someone who was there please post a story about it? even just a quick blow-by-blow? even just as a comment to this article?

thanks!!!!!!!

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the press release 21.Jan.2005 17:48

j20 media team actionmedia@j20pdx.net

Thousands protests inauguration in Portland
13 arrested as civil disobedience shuts down Chevron station

Portland, OR -- More than 4000 people joined inauguration protests in
Portland, OR yesterday, with smaller demonstrations occurring throughout
the Pacific Northwest in Oregon (Bend, Medford, Eugene, Tillamook, and
Hood River) and Washington (Olympia and Seattle). In all 15 [actually it appears to be 18 now] people were
arrested, 13 of them at a Chevron gas station where 2 protesters U-locked
themselves onto the station's gas pumps, while 250 protesters rallied in
and around the station. Filling at the gas station was brought to a
standstill for more than 3 hours.

"We need to shut down the war mongering oil empire. Our actions we're a
symbolic first step," said Tara Moore. "We are an innovative and
progressive city; we demand Portland's city government initiate a
world-class fossil fuel reduction program, and boot documented human
rights abusers from our city."

The actions followed a march and rally in downtown Portland in conjunction
with the larger protests in Washington, D.C. Organizers believe Portland's
protests were the largest in the country outside Washington, D.C.
Portland's main march stretched more than 14 blocks of the city's widest
downtown street. More than 100 smaller demonstrations took place
throughout the U.S. on inauguration day.

Chevron was chosen as a target for protesters for its strong connections
with the Bush administration and corporate history of human rights abuse,
environmental destruction, and war profiteering. Condoleezza Rice, Bush's
National Security Advisor, was on Chevron's Board of Directors between
1991 and 2001, and the entire administration is deeply tied to the oil
industry. The Bush campaign received $100,000 from David O'Reilly,
Chevron's CEO, during the 2000 election.

Chevron has paid the two largest fines for environmental pollution of any
oil company in U.S. history, both during Rice's tenure as a director. In
1998, also during Rice's Board term, Nigerian military units using
Chevron's helicopters shot and killed 2 protesters occupying an oil
platform. Today, Chevron enjoys a significant chunk of Iraq's oil
exporting industry under the U.S. led occupation.

"Benito Mussolini said 'Fascism should more appropriately be called
Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power'. If
having a former Chevron director as a top administration official isn't
the beginnings of fascism in the U.S., then I don't know what is," said
Calvin Jones. "If we don't take actions now to stop the rise of the ultra
right, when will we?"

The protestors delivered gift certificates for a free dinner to Chevron's
low wage employees and made clear their intentions to remain non-violent
throughout the course of the action. The action ended when 150 police
officers forcibly removed the 13 protesters engaged in a sit-in at the
stations pumps.