California Communities Rising Against Fracking Tour
California Communities Rising Against Fracking
From flaming kitchen sinks, to exploding gas wells, toxic air, floating fish, lost property values, cancers, toxic waste dumped under aquifers, the quadrupling of regional earthquakes and severe impacts on climate change— hydraulic fracturing (fracking) may be the most destructive energy process in the US that there is. On the east coast, fracking is used primarily for natural gas. In CA, it's oil fracking, and while that might not make your sink catch on fire, it's a hazardous business.
The fracking boom has begun in California, promising to transform the state into the top oil producer in the U.S. Existing well rigs throughout the state are being fracked, particularly in the shale areas of central California all the way down to the border of Mexico, but detailed, public information is limited. In the Golden state, fracking is unregulated and unmonitored. Corporations do not need to disclose the toxic chemicals they are using or inform communities that fracking is happening. As a water-poor state, fracking and its toxic wastewater presents a serious danger to our communities and ecosystems. And in a state prone to earthquakes, human-induced fault pressures present an alarming risk. As a result of all of this, fracking in California is a well-kept secret: only 50% of residents know what fracking is. But that is about to change!
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Join the California Communities Rising Against Fracking Summer Tour!
Following our successful spring tour (see below), we have received a number of requests from communities who want us to bring the tour to their cities! We are looking forward to building relationships with new communities and continuing to deepen relationships with our current partners.
The first stop will be:
• Fresno, July 13th:
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave
Event Schedule: Speakers include Jean Hays (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), Cesar Campos (Central California Environmental Justice Network), Gary Lasky (Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter), Paul Ferrazzi (Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community), Roy McKee (Whittier Hills Oil Watch), Shannon Biggs (Global Exchange), Andrew Grinberg (Clean Water Action), Adam Scow (Food & Water Watch)
Contact: Gary Lasky, email@example.com
Update: California Communities Rising Against Fracking Spring Tour
San Francisco to San Diego, April 14-22, 2013
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This week-long speaking tour hosted by Global Exchange visited communities across California and exposed the reality of fracking in the state and engaged community members in the movement to oppose and stop this harmful and dangerous practice.
The speaking tour focused on impacted communities throughout the largest shale regions in Central and Southern California. We brought prominent voices, community activists, scientists, and anti-fracking leaders to California audiences—and a menu of ways for communities to engage - from working with Global Exchange to pass a “rights-based” local ban, to linking them to all of the tools, tactics and strategies employed by the growing anti-fracking movement in California.
Each stop along the tour included a day of action; we worked with host communities to develop unique actions that meet each community’s need. Each day’s activity was also preceded by a local media plan, social media outreach, and collaborative efforts. At each stop we also held a planning meeting with community groups. We visited Chico, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Culver City. Our partners included Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, SanDiego350.org, Clean Water Action, Environmental Working Group, Transition Towns and community-based groups and host community partners.
Following this tour, we have already increased our partnerships to over a dozen communities, and we look forward to continuing to build the movement for larger statewide engagement and action!
Global Exchange is helping Communities assert their right to say “NO fracking”
Five years ago, Global Exchange launched the Community Rights Program confronting corporate power at its core: by challenging unjust law and shifting the balance of power from one that protects the rights of corporations, to one that protects the rights of our communities and the environment. The Community Rights Program enters the California and national fracking debate via our expertise in grassroots, “rights-based” organizing, where we work with communities confronted by various corporate harms to enact local laws that place the rights of residents and nature above corporate interests. A right-based approach not only offers communities a way to stop the harmful practices of fracking in their midst, but has the power to bring statewide attention.
We’ve already been working with a handful of communities to pass rights-based fracking bans, including San Luis Obispo, and we hope to be working with many more. This efforts builds on the success of more than nine communities who have stopped fracking through passing rights-based fracking bans – the most notable in Pittsburgh, PA, led by featured tour speaker, Doug Shields. Pittsburgh’s fracking ban has been heralded as a major turning point in the fracking debate, where alarmed industry executives, legislators and regulators began to take community outrage seriously. Across Pennsylvania, New Mexico and New York, nine other communities have followed suit (with many more underway), declaring their right as communities to protect the health safety and welfare of residents and the groundwater they depend on.
For more information, join the tour, be a community host and to get involved
Contact Shannon Biggs, Community Rights Program director, Global Exchange