'Occupy Earth Day' Protest Against Chevron Draws About 200

About 200 people attended an "Occupy Earth Day" protest against the Chevron refinery in Richmond late yesterday, April 20.

Demonstrators gathered at the Richmond BART station late Friday afternoon for an "" protest against the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin was among the speakers at the protest, which drew about 200 people, according to the Richmond Confidential Web site. The demonstraction included a march from the BART station to Richmond's Civic Center Plaza.

An announcement about the event on the Occupy Oakland Web site says Chevron "is a perfect example of how the 1% destroys the health and well-being of the 99%." The protestors accused the oil giant of polluting the air in Richmond and of being greedy in its long-running legal challenges to the property-value assessment assigned to the refinery by Contra Costa County. The assessment determines the property tax that Chevron must pay.

Chevron says its emissions have been substantially reduced by equipment upgrades and meet all government standards. It also says that its property is overvalued by the county assessor and that it has been a good corporate citizen, providing financial and other contributions to the community for many years. 

The protest was organized by Occupy Richmond, according to Richmond Confidential.

The event listing placed on Patch said the demonstration was "endorsed by Occupy Richmond, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Berkeley, Occupy Cal, Occupy Concord, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Bay Area 350, Center for Biological Diversity, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Contra Costa County Central Committee of the Peace & Freedom Party, Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organizations (CCISCO), Global Community Monitor, Greenaction, Green Party of Alameda County, Laotian Organizing Project, Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), the Sierra Club, West County Toxics Coalition, and Youth Together."

A special thanks to photographer Limor Inbar for contributing the attached photos.

jessica April 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Chevron employs less than 7% of richmond residents! Chevron pollutes and profits and wants a tax refund from Richmond!? That's why the 99% is rising up!
CW April 22, 2012 at 09:31 PM
BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU... yep... that'll get you what you want.. I support Chevron in not giving the city one more Single Dime more than they have to. YEP.. wana have a new comercial.. WE AGREE.... NOT ANOTHER 10 CENTS... I agree with Joseph's comment above.. y'all are just stupid... Chris Wimmer Sr.
CW April 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Employs less than 7%. Provides better than 40% of the city's general fund., engages in business with a significant number of local small businesses who also employ people. Provides significant contributions to the local non profit agencies WILLINGLY without expectation for anything back. They want a tax REFUND because they were unfairly taxed in the first place. They PAID the tax up front so that they could remain compliant with the law. How many other businesses have NOT PAID THE TAXES THEY OWE in the first place. Do we hear about that.. NOPE..
None April 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
The "City" has successfully chased Ford Motor Company out of town, they used to have a large manufacturing base where people of the community could enjoy being employed. What happened to Rheem Manufacturing, American Standard, Garwood Manufacturing, the Shipyards, the canaries and a number of other employers that used to be here? They were driven out by the same mentality that is attaching Chevron today. If you elect to live in a community with no employment, no manufacturing and no employees, I wonder who supports that community, their infrastructure and their local government. Chevron requires zero support from the city and the city brings in the majority of their revenue from Chevron and now the Mayor wants them out? And, where does the gasoline and it's byproducts like plastic, synthetic materials and other consumable products come from? Looks like it may be time for some logic and clear thinking. (I have to start using "Spell Check")
Patrick Rei April 23, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Being a contractor who has worked in the refinery for the last 25 years I can say with 100% confidence that I have never witnessed anyone from Chevron knowingly or willingly act with disregard for the environment. In fact the majority of the work my small business has benefitted from has been improving the efficiency of the process plants, mitigating pollutants, cleaning and restoring unused portions of the property and making the refinery a safe place to work. I have also witnessed the generosity of Chevron and its employess to the community at large. How dare they only want to pay what they rightfully should have to pay. It's the self righteous politicians and blind sheep protesters with their sense of entitlement who do far more damage to our communities than Chevron ever could. Chevron could survive w/o Richmond, could Richmond survive with the loss of one the regions largest employers and tax payers? Maybe but who do you think they would look to to make up the shortfall? That's right you and me.


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