Creatively Resisting A Fracked Up California

CA ProtestExcerpts from a piece by Sarah Lazare of, reporting from the big climate justice action in San Francisco this weekend:

More than 150 protesters on Friday blockaded the California State Office Building in downtown San Francisco and erected a 16-foot fracking well in the middle of an intersection to demand Governor Jerry Brown cease all drilling and fossil fuel extraction and respect climate justice (photo right from Steve Rhodes).

Campaigners—who hail from labor, indigenous, student, and community organizations—were awaiting arrest at the time of publication…

The action was organized by the Bay Area Climate Justice Action Council, which brings together a broad array of organizations and affinity groups, and it comes just one day before thousands of people are slated to mobilize for the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland on Saturday…

Brown, a Democrat, has sought to portray himself as a leader on climate change, but continues to allow the shale gas industry to frack within the state, including in areas near elementary schools, farms, and residential areas. Campaigners are outraged at his tacit promotion of this water-intensive drilling process, especially as California grapples with a historic drought.

They point out, furthermore, that refineries, pipelines, incinerators, and fracking wells are disproportionately placed in communities where poor and working class, immigrant, and people of color live…

Four people locked themselves to the symbolic rig in the intersection, which a climber mounted with a flag reading, “End Fracking.”
A group of 15 to 20 people from the the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, sitting on the steps of the state building meditating, amid banners that read, “Mindful of Fracking Disasters”—a direct appeal to Brown, who identifies as a Buddhist (photo: Brooke Anderson).


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