August 25th marks the 1-year anniversary of Katrina reaching hurricane strength. In the days that followed the storm would strengthen rapidly over an unnaturally warm Gulf of Mexico, ultimately striking the coast and leaving thousands dead and homeless, victims of an uncaring government, centuries of racism, and an ever more chaotic global climate. |
This year, let's take to the streets with a reminder that the tragedy in the Gulf continues and a demand that it never be repeated.
We're looking for more help in Portland with sign making and flyering. PLEASE contact brian---at---risingtidenorthamerica.org for more info
Why Critical Mass on Katrina Anniversary? Car Culture, Oil, and Environmental Injustice
Critical Mass is a celebration of bike culture, a meaningful alternative to car culture and greenhouse gas generating fossil fuels.
Looking closely, you can see a slick, oily residue connecting the dots of injustice from Colombia to Baghdad to the Gulf Coast.
Along Louisiana's coast, once stunning wetlands are overrun by oil canals and drills. Residents of Louisiana's "Cancer Alley", a corridor of oil refineries and petrochemical plants, suffer the highest cancer rates in the United States. During Hurricane Katrina, black gold flowed from these plants into urban areas, bathing backyards in a petrochemical gumbo.
For the oil industry, demand nothing less than global Climate Justice: the dismantling of decades of racist exploitation, violence and murder, toxic pollution, and denial of oil's role in climate chaos!
Climate Injustice: Katrina is just the beginning
As the climate chaos continues to escalate, the killer storms will become ever more frequent, sea levels will keep rising, and climate evacuees will go from thousands of millions. And the enduring racism in our society promises those suffering from these ecological disasters will continue to be the poor and people of color.
Climate change will affect all of us, but it will --and has-- affected some more than others. Combating this social and ecological devastation is the movement for Climate Justice.
Join Us on August 25th!
Rising Tide North America ( www.risingtidenorthamerica.org ), a network of radical climate campaigners (including relief workers from Louisiana to New England) is working with Critical Mass groups around the country on August 25th to draw attention to the movement for climate justice and the important relationship between climate change, catastrophic storms, and environmental racism.
On Monday, August 25th, join Critical Mass riders around the continent and Rising Tide in exposing the oil industry for its role in decades of abuse in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world and illustrate that a world without oil and racist exploitation is possible.