Lake Merritt is the arena for "Knock Out Oil" on August 1st. Save the date for lively, family-friendly, anti-fracking street theater on the occasion of the statewide Clean Not Extreme Day of Action.
Did someone say "street theater"? Yep. At "Knock Out Oil", giant bunches of grapes and person-sized suns will duke it out in the boxing ring against oil barrels and fracking rigs.
But seriously. August 1st marks a pivotal moment in the fight to stop fracking and other forms of extreme oil extraction in California. For years, Governor Jerry Brown has refused to even consider ending these toxic practices before the results of an independent scientific study were released. That California Council on Science and Technology report has just come out, and it confirms what we already knew: that fracking and other forms of extreme extraction are indeed dangerous. (Read a recent LA Times editorial citing the study as grounds for a moratorium.)
A state-commissioned environmental impact report (EIR) was also released last week. It found that impacts to air quality, public safety and climate from extreme oil production methods are "significant and unavoidable."
Fracking, moreover, is an environmental justice issue. It overwhelmingly occurs close to schools that serve predominately Latino populations. More than sixty percent of the 61,612 California children who attend school within one mile of a stimulated well are Latino. Statewide, Latino students are over eighteen percent more likely to attend a school within a mile and a half of a stimulated well than non-Latino students. This is why one Kern County family recently sued Governor Brown in a lawsuit brought by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, claiming that the new fracking regulations put in place do not protect the health of Latino public school children. (Read article about the lawsuit, Romo v. Brown, by the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, July 15, 2015)
Governor Jerry Brown has run out of excuses.
Sunflower Alliance, in partnership with a statewide alliance of fracktivists, strongly urges you to sign this timely petition to Governor Brown. He needs to hear the voices of the millions of Californians who want an end to fracking and other forms of dangerous extraction NOW.
Take a few seconds to sign the petition to ban fracking and other extreme extraction methods in California. And then come out to Eastshore Park on Lake Merritt on Saturday, August 1st, to "Knock Out Oil." (Facebook event listing here.)
Grand Ave and MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94610
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