Here’s the problem as stated by Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Democracy Is For People and Public Citizen:
“Chevron is among the largest, and definitely most brazen, corporate political spenders. It spent over $2 million just weeks before the election in a campaign contribution to Congressman Boehner’s SuperPAC and over $1.2 million on candidates running for the Richmond City Council. It makes no effort to conceal its political spending, which signals an attitude that this is how business is done these days.
“If Chevron does not get denounced for this spending, other corporations will begin assuming the public will tolerate this. We will be targeting them, as part of a nationwide campaign to expose their misdeeds, with a mass demonstration the week of the third anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that states that corporations can give unlimited amounts of funds to influence the outcome of our elections.”
Here’s what we’ll do about it: With the Chevron Richmond refinery practically in our back yard, we’ll stage our demonstration there.
Our beginning list of collaborators include activists in Richmond (who are experienced in grievances with the refinery), amazonwatch.org (who focus on Chevron’s impact on people and the environment, primarily in South America) and Common Cause, San Francisco. We expect this list to grow; there are very few people/groups who are not adversely affected by this giant of the fossil fuel industry in particular and by the buying of elections in general.
A nationwide organizing party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, with a teleconference with Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Democratic Progressive Caucus. Our local event will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Come help us mobilize our progressive groups and plan transportation.
For more information, call host Rosalinda Martinez at 530-662-2793
Mary M. Zhu