Break Free Los Angeles – Action to End Neighborhood Drilling – May 14

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On May 14, 2016 Californians convened in Downtown L.A. for a mass action to stop oil and gas drilling in our neighborhoods. Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest urban oil field in the United States—ground zero of California’s climate fight. 

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Los Angeles March to Break Free from Fossil Fuels

On May 14, 2016 Californians convened in Downtown L.A. for a mass action to stop oil and gas drilling in our neighborhoods. 350.org’s activist legend Bill McKibben led the charge, with appearances from NextGen Climate’s Tom Steyer, Activists from Frontline Communities, LA Hip Hop Group Inner City Dwellers, Grammy-Nominated Singer/Actress Antonique Smith, and thousands of people from across the state came in chartered buses.

2016 is a critical year in the fight to move California away from dangerous fossil fuels and toward the renewable energy future we need. From the neighborhoods in Richmond and Wilmington alongside toxic, explosive oil refineries to residents living only feet away from neighborhood drilling in South L.A. and Kern County, frontline communities all over the state are living with the insidious threats of fossil fuels. The time to act is now.

 

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Refineries, oil and gas drilling site, major storage of toxic and explosive materials, all exist side-by-side with our neighborhoods in Southern California. It is time to Break Free from dangerous fossil fuels. Photo from STAND-LA.

 

People from Northern, Central, and Southern California converged on Los Angeles to demand our elected leaders put an end to the oil and gas production that threaten the state’s health, environment and future. If California wants to uphold its legacy as a global climate leader, then we must keep oil and gas in the ground as we work toward establishing a sustainable energy economy.

That’s why we’re marching with thousands of Californians in Los Angeles to demand a ban on urban drilling and all new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Los Angeles March to Break Free from Fossil Fuels

What: A mass action on May 14 to protect Californians from dangerous drilling.

When: Saturday, May 14, 1 PM

Where: Downtown Los Angeles, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street

Event Website: Break Free — Los Angeles

SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/1UIPgEw

More Info: http://bit.ly/1quPr9w

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Former drilling site owned by McAlmond Oil Company near downtown Los Angeles. Phillip McAlmond, an independent oilman, operated ten wells here. From Getty.edu

 

Climate justice is fundamentally an issue of racial justice, inextricably linked to health, housing, and human rights. This was an important venue bringing together the diverse voices of those affected by fossil fuel’s stronghold on California. We stand together to show that our health, our communities, and our climate are more important than the profits of a greedy industry. We know that change can begin in L.A. to move our state off fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy.

WHERE WE’RE MEETING

Bus Drop Off_arrowWe are gathering at 1:00 pm at Los Angeles City Hall (200 N Spring St). This is 0.4 miles from the Civic Center metro station on the Red and Purple Lines, and along major bus and bike routes.

There is limited parking nearby (mostly paid garages), so plan accordingly. Click here to see the parking options nearby.

The buses will drop off at 1st and Main Street. (See photo to the left).


WHERE WE’RE MARCHING

LA_RouteMapThe march will open with a rally at City Hall. We will then march approximately 1 mile through Downtown L.A. with a stop at SoCal Gas Headquarters.

The front of the march will be led by frontline community members and youth. Throughout the march there will be music, chants, and much more. Bring your creative energy!

We will have signs and banners to share, but you are of course, welcome to bring your own. Click here to download flyers, posters and other resources available.


AFTER THE MARCH

MercadoLaPalomaAfter the march, join us for dinner at 5:00 pm at Mercado La Paloma (3655 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90007), home to 14 family-owned restaurants.

We will also be hosting a Non-Violent Direct Action Training after the march from 5:30–7:30 pm for an upcoming action. It will take place at the Mercado in room #280 on the second floor.

This former sweatshop is now a community and cultural space led by Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, one of the main groups of the STAND-LA coalition and a main coordinator of this action.


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This May: Break Free from Fossil Fuels


Al Jazeera piece on Los Angeles neighborhood drilling

Updated May 27, 2016

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Planners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt