We are gathering at 11:30am at Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza – 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland (map). This is right at the 12th St. BART stop, and along major bus and bike lines. There is limited parking nearby (mostly paid garages), so plan accordingly. The day will start with a blessing of the land by local indigenous leaders. At 12 there will be a short welcome and orientation, and the march will step off.
Please wear blue.
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Several people and groups have organized contingents to march with. These groups are self-organized, and are listed below with contact information and gathering places.
- Indigenous block – As Native people, we understand that everything is connected and related. We love the spirits of the waters, the air, the soil and all of the relations with whom we share Mother Earth’s biosphere. It is our responsibility to speak up on their behalf when our human relatives harm them. Check out the Facebook event for more details
- Animals Against Extinction – We are bringin literally 100’s of masks and costumes (both large and small, for children and adults) to the march — join us and let’s have some fun! Contact Katy Polony at email@example.com for more details
- Climate & Labor contingent – For years, our labor movement has been silent on fracking, or has actively backed fracking. On February 7th, we say no more, not in our name. We demand a just transition away from extreme energy toward good jobs in community-controlled clean energy. Check out this Facebook event for more details.
- Climate Flotilla and boats – Imagine dozens of kayaks, flags flapping with messages of clean water, climate and energy, moving across Lake Merritt as the March for Real Climate Leadership walks along the shore and rallies. Let’s make it happen! This is for folks who have (or can borrow or rent) and transport kayaks, canoes or row boats (no motors please) and are up for being safe and working as a team. Check out the Facebook event or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Cyclists for Clean Air and Renewable Energy – Bikers will meet at 11am under the big Oak tree on 14th st at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza and will stay along 14th St closest to the street. Check out the Facebook event or e-mail email@example.com for more info.
- Environmental Seder – Beginning at 11 am: you don’t have to be Jewish to join Rabbi Michael Lerner and Beyt Tikkun Synagogue Without Walls and the interfatih Network of Spiritual Progressives in this Tu B’shvat Seder for the Earth at 11am before the march. Celebrate the earth and its trees – and bring fruit to share if possible — Check out www.beyttikkun.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Faith contingent – contact email@example.com for more details.
- Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Contingent – This group will be marching alongside the Native Americans / First Nations relatives in the Indigenous Bloc. Check out the Facebook event for more info.
- Nurses – Wear your red scrubs, bring your family and friends, and join the march. This contingent will be meeting near the fountain in the park. Check out the Facebook event for more info.
- Occupella – Join us singing movement songs! We’ll be brining songbooks so anyone can join. Enthusiasm is all we ask!
- Parents and Families Contingent – Climate Parents and Parents Against Fossil Fuels will be marching together, along with whoever would like to join. Look for the Climate Parents banner north (past) the BART elevators, on the right side of the steps at City Hall. There will be fun activities for kids throughout the march and at the end. For more information, contact Lisa Hoyos: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the march in the subject line of your email.
- Shut Diablo Canyon – CodePink Women for Peace joins Shut Diablo Canyon (Diablo Canyon is a nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo) in calling for an end to environmental racism and support for environmental justice. For more information, contact email@example.com.
- If you have another specific group that you’d like to self-organize, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE WE’RE MARCHING
The march route will snake 1.8 miles through downtown Oakland, including passing where Governor Brown formerly lived, and along Lake Merritt – an example of environmental protection (as the designated Wildlife Refuge in the country), and a beautiful testament to the importance of water.
The front of the march will be led by Frontline community members and youth – including indigenous leaders, farmers, and ranchers from Kern County and the Central Valley. Throughout the march there will be music (Maracatú Pacífico – Brazilian music & dance) to bicyclists, and much more. Bring your creative energy!
We will have a ton of signs and banners, but you are of course, welcome to bring your own.
WHERE THE RALLY IS
The march will end at the new Lake Merritt Amphitheater, on the south end of the Lake. There will be a bicycle-powered stage (courtesy of Rock the BIke). We’ll have some music and program of community leaders from across the State.
FREQUENTLY ASKED LOGISTICS QUESTIONS
- Blue Clothing
- Musical Instruments
- Walking shoes
You shouldn’t bring:
- Weapons of any kind
- Drugs or illegal contraband