Take action on the BP disaster: protests near you (including national events on 6/12 and 6/26)

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Hello all – hopefully I can make this into some kind of a short series or get someone to help me with this, but if not you’ll probably see at least one more diary on the subject from me.  Basically, here’s a post where I’m trying to assemble all the information for protests that you need to know in order to take action against BP and for some kind of a clean energy future.

Go below the fold for a list of events/websites/facebook pages/etc.

(Just because of my own time constraints, I’ve only listed events in the US)

First off, if you’re in or near Philadelphia, I’m organizing two protests.  Here’s a copy of the information I posted to the site youngphillypolitics.com:

FLOURTOWN (suburb)

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: BP Station

Street: 1674 Bethlehem Pike

City/Town: Flourtown, PA

We’ll meet up at the shopping center right next to the station at 5 PM then head to BP

On google maps: Google Maps

ROXBOROUGH (Philly neighborhood)

Date: Monday, June 14, 2010

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Roxborough BP Station

Street: Intersection of Ridge Ave and Shawmont Ave

City/Town: Philadelphia, PA

We will meet up at the Shawmont School on Shawmont Ave down the street at 5 PM and then head to BP.

The BP station: Google Maps

The Shawmont School: Google Maps



GENERAL INFORMATION


Our list of demands include:

NATIONALLY

-Make BP (and any other corporation responsible) pay for the ENTIRE cost of clean up

-Permanent moratorium on offshore drilling in US waters

-A real, strong climate and energy bill…that means something better than cap and trade and no fossil fuel bailouts like the current bill

LOCALLY

Higher gas tax in Pennsylvania

-More and better public transportation

A moratorium on all new natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale

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One useful tool is the facebook page BP=Biological Predator’s list of events.  Here they are for all of you who aren’t hooked into facebook (if you are, they’re linked, so you can RSVP on facebook).  I didn’t include the two protests I’m organizing, even though they are listed on the facebook page.

CHICAGO OIL SPILL RALLY (Link)

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Pritzker Park (Corner of State & Van Buren) & march peacefully to Millenium Park.

We will march peacefully to Millenium Park in honor of World Ocean Day and to raise awareness for all the beings suffering on the gulf coast. Let’s be a constructive force by bringing attention to the importance of minimizing our own energy consumption. We will meet at Pritzker Park (Corner of State & Van Buren). Bring a sign if you can.

Worldwide BP Protest – Cocoa, FL (Link)

Cocoa, FL, US – 12 June 2010 – Protest

Saturday, June 12, 2010

10:00am – 12:00pm

exact location will be announced soon

http://www.facebook.com/pages/…

Starter: Karrie Krell

Worldwide BP Protest – ATLANTA, GA (Link)

Atlanta,GA, US – 12 June 2010 – Protest BP

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 350 MORELAND AVENUE

Starter: Monica Manuel, GA

Attention: this was moved from Jonesboro to Atlanta!

Worldwide BP Protest – DALLAS, TX (Link)

Dallas,TX, US – 12 June 2010 – Protest BP

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Young St. Dallas, TX (in front of the WFAA Channel 8 studios.)

Starter : Lori Jett Davis

Celebrate Worldwide Protest BP Day! There will be an Anti-BP/Pro-Clean Energy Reform PROTEST next Saturday, June 12th 10am-12noon @ 606 Young St. Dallas, TX (in front of the WFAA Channel 8 studios.) Come join us!!!! Show your outrage, show your support, and show Big Oil that they may own our politicians, but they don’t own us!!!

Worldwide BP Protest – WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Link)

West Palm Beach, FL – 12 June 2010 – Boycott BP

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: West Palm Beach, FL

Street: Okeechobee and Haverhill

City/Town: West Palm Beach, FL

Worldwide BP Protest – Santa Cruz, CA, USA (Link)

Santa Cruz, CA, USA – 12 June 2010 – Protest BP Saturday, June 12, 2010

11:00am – 1:00pm

Location will be announced shortly

http://www.facebook.com/pages/…

Worldwide BP Protest – DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Link)

Daytona Beach, FL, US – 12 June 2010 – Protest BP

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: 971 West International Speedway Daytona Beach Fl. On the corner of ISB and Nova

Worldwide BP Protest – NEW YORK CITY (Link)

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: location tba

Worldwide BP Protest Day – Gulf Breeze, FL, USA (Link)

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: 2967 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563-3147

Worldwide BP Protest – Houston, TX, US

Houston, TX, USA – 12 June 2010 – Protest BP

Saturday, June 12, 2010

11:00am – 1:00pm

near the BP office in Houston at 501 Westlake Park Blvd

Worldwide BP Protest – Orange Beach, AL (Link)

Orange Beach, AL, US – 12 June 2010 – Protest BP

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: location to be announced

SEATTLE, WA Protest/Demonstration against BP for the Gulf oil spill (Link)

Protest/Demonstration against BP for the Gulf oil spill

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Westlake Center, Downtown Seattle

Since April 20 2010, thousands upon thousands of barrels of crude oil have been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Countless birds and marine life have been devastated beyond repair, as well as the livelihoods of fishermen that rely on the health of the Gulf to make a living. I am sick and tired of sitting back and not doing anything while these huge oil corporations run our country and destroy our fragile ecosystem. JOIN ME in staging a protest – bring your own signs, dress up, make a statement!!

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND – Maumee Bay State Park, Erie Beach, OH (Link)

Maumee Bay State Park, Erie Beach

Beach:Location: Maumee Bay State Park, OH

Address/directions: Maumee Bay State Park, Erie Beach.1400 State Park Road Oregon, Ohio 43618

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (http://)

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND-NO TO OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING YES TO CLEAN ENERGY!

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Location: NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND – SIESTA KEY BEACH, SARASOTA, FL (Link)

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND-NO TO OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING YES TO CLEAN ENERGY!

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Location: SIESTA KEY BEACH, SARASOTA, FL

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Here is more info about the “Hands Across the Sand” events, and more events themselves.  From the website (there is more info there, too):

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, fishing industry and coastal military missions. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling.

A Message To The World

In the next two days Hands Across The Sand  will go International.  Any country will be able to plan events on this website.  This is a peaceful gathering of the people of the world. Planning an event is as simple as this:  Go to YOUR beach on June 26 at 11:00 A.M. in your time zone.  Form lines in the sand and at 12:00, JOIN HANDS.  The image is powerful, the message is simple.  NO to Offshore Oil Drilling, YES to Clean Energy.

Mission Statement

  1. To organize a national movement to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy and renewables. These gatherings will bring thousands of American citizens to our beaches and cities and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threat oil drilling poses to America’s coastal economies and marine environment.

  2. To convince our State Legislators, Governors, Congress and President Obama to stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling and  to adopt policies encouraging clean and renewable energy sources.   America needs legislation that creates tax incentives and subsidies to encourage the growth of clean energy and renewable industries for America’s future.

For a state-by-state list of events (OR to organize one), go to this page.  There will be tons, especially in Florida.

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The folks at SeizeBP.org have a list of dozens of demonstrations around the nation.  Their “weak of protest” started on June 3 and is lasting until June 10, this upcoming Thursday.  Seize BP is calling for the government takeover of BP, but the protests are more general than that, it seems.  Just go to SeizeBP.org and click “find a demonstration.

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Sierra Club rally in DC

Host: Glenn H.

Location: BP Gas Station Logan Circle Area

1301 N 13TH ST NW

Washington, DC 20005

When: 06/09/2010 1:30 PM-3:30 PM EST

At the event, we’ll get a briefing via cell phone from Aaron Viles, Campaign Director of the Gulf Restoration Network, who’s on the ground assisting the recovery effort in New Orleans. Then we’ll call on BP to clean up the spill immediately – and demand that President Obama and Congress end offshore drilling and provide the leadership we urgently need to create a clean energy future.

Given that we’re in DC, we expect some good media attention – so bring big posters calling for an end to oil. After the event, we’ll head over to Church Key for some drinks – and to plan follow up action. It will be fun and we think a real opportunity to make a big impact.

So get off your butt and sign up!!! There’s a huge need in the Gulf and this is probably the biggest moment we’ve ever had to rally our city and country for clean energy! See you there.

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6/12 12pm Worldwide BP Protest Day @ the State House Boston (Link)

BP Protest in BOSTON MA

Start: June 12, at 12:00PM

Meeting Point: THE STATE HOUSE, 24 BEACON STREET

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Indian Harbour Beach, E Central FL

OIL SPILL VIGIL

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 7PM

Bicentennial Park

1877 SR A1A

Indian Harbour Beach FL, 32937

(A1A Hwy. just north of Pinetree and Lowes on the right)

If you’re planning an event, Codepink has a useful page with songs, chants, contacts, and more.  Click here to check it out.

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Well, that’s all I could find tonight.  If you know of any other events, let me know and I’ll post them.  Hopefully this was helpful, and hopefully you’ll be out at one of these protests or you’ll organize your own.

And for your enjoyment, the Raging Grannies:

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    • rossl on June 7, 2010 at 3:47 am
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    • dennis on June 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm
  1. June 26th in Cocoa Beach FLA Hands event…

    great work rossl thanks for posting.

  2. So BP sucks, does it? Tell me something I don’t know.

    It’s not the suckitude of BP that should concern anybody overmuch, but the suckitude of our government, which is supposed to regulate the BP’s of this world, at least as regards drilling within it’s territorial waters. (Which leads me to a question, actually, that I haven’t seen addressed. What governmental authority are drilling companies liable to, when they drill outside of territorial waters? IIRC, for the US this is 200 miles off the coast.)

    The Raging Grannies would be better off drawing up a list of names of politicians who were most responsible for the lack of regulation (and who are still in office). These losers get put on an electoral hitlist, and the raging grannies then approach the voters with the message that “we are endorsing Candidate X, who has been selected to replace Incumbent Y. BTW, Incumbent Y SUCKS!” There needs to be a whole infrastructure to support voting blocs, which will help them self-moderate their electoral activities so that they don’t over-reach, and end up accomplishing nothing. But in the meantime, developing a small electoral hitlist (say, 2 Senators and 8 Representatives) might be just the thing to get the ball rolling, and to have a real effect on regulatory outcomes.

    They seem intent on saying “suck”, so have at it. But while they’re having fun, or venting, why not simultaneously work to dump the incumbents who made this all possible? BP is supposed to be responsible (according to law) to shareholders, first and foremost. Meanwhile, government is supposed to be resposible to citizens, first and foremost.

    If I was a greedy BP exec, I’d be quite happy with Raging Grannies singing songs at my gas station, as opposed to developing political muscle that would target my poorly regulated and effectively liability-free business pursuits.

  3. Much like Islam was America’s replacement enemy for the military industrial complex,the Gulf oil spill is the replacement enemy of the people from  Big Al Gore’s divorced ass, failed global Bernie Madoff tax scam.

    How is that for pissed off.

  4. I just had a cancellation so I can attend a boycott BP demo this evening.  Where?  Chatham, Columbia County, New York, 7 pm, on the Village Square.  Join me.  I’ll be the guy with virtually no hair.

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