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February 7, 2015
Contact: media@marchforclimateleadership.org, (347) 881-3784 or (510) 681-3171

8,000 CALIFORNIANS MARCH IN LARGEST ANTI-FRACKING DEMONSTRATION IN U.S. HISTORY

Massive crowd of Californians demand Gov. Jerry Brown act to end fracking

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120397232@N02/sets/72157650318691100/
Video: http://goo.gl/Xy92hl

OAKLAND — Despite early rain, 8,000 Californians took to the streets of Oakland today for the March for Real Climate Leadership, the largest demonstration against fracking in U.S. history. This crowd count makes today’s event nearly two times larger than last year’s historic anti-fracking rally, Don’t Frack California. The marchers, representing a broad coalition of organizations including labor unions, local environmental justice groups, and national NGOs, demanded Governor Jerry Brown step up and truly lead in the fight against climate change by ending the use of fracking in California.

Numerous studies and reports have shown fracking worsens climate change, exacerbates the state’s historic drought, and jeopardizes the health of residents. The science has persuaded other state leaders, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, to step up and take action against the practice. Yet despite Gov. Brown’s stated ambition for California to be an international leader in the fight against climate change, he has thus far refused to take a stance against fracking, which has been shown to be a risky and carbon-intensive form of oil extraction.

Organizers chose Oakland as the site for the March for Real Climate Leadership because of Gov. Brown’s unique relationship with the city, which he once served as Mayor and has long called home. Today’s events kicked off with a press conference on the steps of Oakland City Hall, where seven speakers with unique backgrounds laid out seven different arguments against fracking. Their quotes and biographies are listed below. 8,000 Californians then marched to Lake Merritt for a rally demanding action from Gov. Brown to end fracking in the state.

The March for Real Climate Leadership was composed of a broad coalition of activists, including: indigenous communities, healthcare professionals, artists, clean water activists, parents, and families. Today’s march also continued building the deepening relationship between climate activists and organized labor, with an impressive contingent representing local unions. For more information on groups participating in today’s march, visit: http://marchforclimateleadership.org/partners/.

QUOTE SHEET

“Kern County will be showing their power at the March because we represent the people most impacted by fracking,” said Juan Flores, Community Organizer at the Center on Race, Poverty, & the Environment. “97% of the state’s fracking operations are in Kern. These fracking sites are located next door to our homes, schools and food sources, and we are suffering the health and environmental effects. Last year we asked the Governor to come to come and see the reality of fracking and he refused. So we are coming to his hometown instead to deliver the message: we need to ban fracking!”

“Thousands of people are in the streets of Oakland today because climate change and fossil fuel extraction are inextricably linked,” said Tia Lebherz of Food & Water Watch. Both threaten our health, our water, and our California communities along with communities worldwide. Governor Jerry Brown wants to position California as a world leader in the fight against climate change. But climate leaders don’t frack, and until Governor Brown stands up to Big Oil and bans franking in California, he remains a climate change enabler.”

“Claiming to be a climate leader while allowing fracking is like saying you’re trying to save money from inside a Louis Vuitton,” said Linda Capato of 350.org. “The facts are clear: fracking worsens climate change, exacerbates a historic drought, and harms public health. That’s why the 10,000 people here today for the biggest rally against fracking in United States history are here — to say that unless Governor Brown steps up to take action against fracking, he’s not a real climate leader. It’s far past time for Governor Jerry Brown to step up, truly and end fracking now.”

“Communities all around California understand we are in the cross hairs of Big Oil and Big Rail’s profit-motivated greed and environmental destruction,” said Andres Soto, a lifelong Easy Bay resident from Communities for a Better Environment. “We also understand that if we stand together and change the paradigm of energy production and corporate corruption of our public institutions we CAn save this planet we call home for future generations and all Earth’s species.”

“Every child deserves a chance to a healthy future — so I don’t understand why as Californians we would allow fracking wells by school or playgrounds,” said Yulisa Elenes of Unite HERE Local 2850. “It’s wrong to allow our children to develop asthma and even die from cancer just for corporate greed. As a mother of 3 boys with special needs, I am fighting for a healthy future for all children because it’s a human right.”

“The student voice holds a lot of power,” said Eva Malis, a student at UC Berkeley. “We are aware, we are conscious, we are bold, we are brave, and we are concerned that fracking is hurting our communities. This dangerous and irresponsible practice does not belong in ​California. No matter how profitable a practice like fracking is, if it harms people, then there is absolutely no justification for letting it continue.”

“The oil industry’s toxic waste stream has proven to be unmanageable and an immediate threat to California’s drinking and irrigation water supply,” said Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action. “As we’ve learned recently about oil companies injecting into high quality groundwater and dumping toxic waste into open pits, it has become clear that the State isn’t up to the task of protecting our water or health. In the midst of the most extreme drought on record, this is unacceptable.”

For more detailed information about the speakers representing the March for Real Climate Leadership is available below.

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Tia Lebherz, California Organizer, Food & Water Watch
Based in Oakland, Tia Lebherz works to engage activists and hold elected officials accountable on a range of issues across the region including fracking, water privatization, and food issues including factory farms and genetic engineering. On fracking, she has supported communities including San Benito, Butte, Monterey, and Alameda counties.

Linda Capato Jr., Fracking Campaign Coordinator, 350.org
350.org is an international campaign to fight climate change. As Fracking Campaign Coordinator, Linda Capato, Jr. works to highlight the links between fracking and climate change, and leads 350’s push against it.

Juan Flores, Community Organizer, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Based in Delano, California, Juan Flores is a community organizer at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment. Since 2010 he has been working with CRPE on issues ranging from civic engagement to community farming, and now focuses on organizing Kern County residents to fight fracking. Juan lived in Mexicali, Mexico before moving to Delano, where his parents worked as farm workers.

Sahru Keiser, MPH, Program Manager, Breast Cancer Action
Sahru Keiser manages the program department for Breast Cancer Action and works on educating the public on issues of health inequities related to breast cancer and mobilizing BC Action’s national partners on inequities issues. Sahru’s mission as a public health practitioner is to work towards ending the devastating effects of discrimination and oppression on health.

Yulisa Elenes, Secretary/Treasurer, UNITE HERE Local 2850
Yulisa Elenes grew up in East Oakland and rose through the ranks of UNITE HERE to become Secretary Treasurer of Local 2850. She has been active and vocal about the need to connect social, environmental and labor organizing to create lasting and systemic change. As a mother of three boys, she is especially concerned about the negative health impacts of oil drilling and development.

Andrés Soto, Richmond Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment
Andrés Soto is a life-long East Bay resident who has committed his life to social justice and music. He has proudly raised his sons in Richmond and is currently the Richmond Organizer for Communities for a Better Environment on the front lines challenging Chevron Richmond and fighting Crude by Rail in Richmond and Benicia.

Andrew Grinberg, Oil and Gas Program Manager, Clean Water Action
Andrew Grinberg works to protect California’s water and health from the oil industry. A native of San Francisco, Andrew’s recent work focuses on the threats of oil industry wastewater to California’s water supply.

Eva Malis, California Student Sustainability Coalition, California Students Against Fracking
Eva Malis is a second year student studying Environmental Science and Creative Writing at UC Berkeley. She is an outreach coordinator for Students Against Fracking at UCB, blog editor for the California Student Sustainability Coalition, and a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2015
Contact: media@marchforclimateleadership.org, (347) 881-3784 or (510) 681-3171

PHOTOS, VIDEOS, AND CROWD COUNT FROM THE MARCH FOR REAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

8,000 Californians march to demand Gov. Brown act to end fracking

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120397232@N02/
Video: http://goo.gl/Xy92hl

OAKLAND — Despite a bout of early rain, 8,000 Californians took to the streets of Oakland today for the March for Real Climate Leadership, the largest demonstration against fracking in U.S. history. This crowd count makes today’s event nearly two times larger than last year’s anti-fracking rally, Don’t Frack California. The marchers, representing a broad coalition of organizations including labor unions, local environmental justice groups, and national NGO’s, demanded Gov. Jerry Brown step up and truly lead in the fight against climate change by ending the use of fracking in California.

Numerous studies and reports have shown fracking worsens climate change, exacerbates the state’s historic drought, and jeopardizes the health of residents. The science has persuaded other state leaders, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, to step up and take action against the practice. Yet despite Gov. Brown’s stated ambition for California to be an international leader in the fight against climate change, he has thus far refused to take a stance against fracking, which has been shown to be a risky and carbon-intensive form of oil extraction.

Another release coming later today will wrap up the March for Real Climate Leadership, and include quotes from speakers at the press conference. It will also be available at www.marchforclimateleadership.org/media.

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FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
February 7, 2015
Contact: media@marchforclimateleadership.org, (347) 881-3784 or (510) 681-3171

10,000 CALIFORNIANS TO MARCH IN LARGEST ANTI-FRACKING DEMONSTRATION IN U.S. HISTORY

Massive crowd of Californians will demand Gov. Brown act to end fracking

OAKLAND — 10,000 Californians will take to the streets of Oakland on Saturday for the March for Real Climate Leadership, the largest demonstration against fracking in U.S. history. The marchers, representing a broad coalition of organizations including labor unions, local environmental justice groups, and national NGO’s, will demand Gov. Jerry Brown step up and truly lead in the fight against climate change by ending the use of fracking in California.

CONTEXT

Numerous studies and reports have shown fracking worsens climate change, exacerbates the state’s historic drought, and jeopardizes the health of residents. The science has persuaded other state leaders, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, to step up and take action against the practice. Yet despite Gov. Brown’s stated ambition for California to be an international leader in the fight against climate change, he has thus far refused to take a stance against fracking, which has been shown to be a risky and carbon-intensive form of oil extraction.

MEDIA SCHEDULE & INFORMATION

There will be a number of opportunities for outlets to cover the March for Real Climate Leadership, including for photo and video. The following is the event’s media schedule for February 7th.

10:45 a.m. — Press Check-In
Location: Frank Ogawa Plaza, near City Hall steps
Description: Media outlets covering the march should arrive at this time to receive press badges that ensure access to the press conference area and Media Availability.

11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — March for Real Climate Leadership Press Conference
Location: Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza
Description: The press conference will feature a diverse group of seven speakers, explaining their opposition to fracking, and calling on Gov. Brown to truly lead in the fight against climate change.

  • Tia Lebherz of Food & Water Watch will serve as MC.
  • Linda Capato of 350.org will speak about the role of fracking in accelerating climate change.
  • Juan Flores of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment will address fracking’s human toll.
  • Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action will speak about the impact of fracking on California’s water supply.
  • Eva Malis, a student at UC Berkeley, will explain fracking’s impact on California students.
  • Sahru Keiser of Breast Cancer Action, will outline the risks to public health posed by fracking.
  • Andres Soto of Communities for a Better Environment will speak to the impact of oil refining and oil transportation by rail on local communities.
  • Vero Garcia, of UNITE HERE Local 2850, will speak on behalf of labor.

12:15 p.m. — March for Real Climate Leadership Begins
Location: Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza
Description: Marchers will begin walking the route, mapped at www.marchforclimateleadership.org/logistics.

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Media Availability with Top Spokespeople
Location: Press Tent at Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Description: Spokespeople for the March for Real Climate Leadership will gather at a press tent to be available for one-on-one interviews with media outlets. These will include Executive Directors of national NGO’s, Californians who have been personally impacted by fracking and oil extraction in their communities, as well as policy experts. Media outlets will also have access to local elected officials, representatives from organized labor unions, and California students.

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