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Climate Justice Now!

Call to action for Festival of Resistence at ExxonMobil shareholders meeting1310May 24-29, 2002 Dallas, Texas
PressurePoint
March 28th, 2002

Join together with activists and indigenous peoples from around the world for a festival of resistance in the streets to protest the destructive actions of ExxonMobil at their Annual Shareholder Meeting. Large puppets, banners, street theater, and drums will be used to bring attention to the proceedings inside. Join us in Dallas!

Why ExxonMobil?

In addition to being the largest corporation in the world, ExxonMobil has virtually single-handedly blocked global efforts to address climate change, including sabotaging US participation in the Kyoto Protocol. It is #1 in climate destruction, human rights abuses, and democracy buy-out. It is being sued for complicity in genocide in Indonesia, has recently removed at gunpoint indigenous peoples from their homes in Colombia, and is supporting one of the worlds most brutal regimes in Chad. If anything, ExxonMobils impact on the environment goes far beyond ExxonValdez, ranging from its repeated efforts to destroy the Clean Air Act to endangering whale populations off Sakhalin Island in Russia. These are only the most recent issues with a company which is historically synonymous with greed and abuse.

May 24-27: Radical Education Camp

Tejas Encuentros will take place at a ranch outside of Dallas, and will feature regional community organizers in activist trainings, issue teach-ins, panels on the historical context of liberation struggles, and discussions on revolutionary problem-solving.

May 28: The People Vs ExxonMobil

PressurePoint and a coalition of national organizations and community groups invites you to join us at the ExxonMobil Crimes Against Humanity Trial, and stand in solidarity with oppressed communities. Representatives of communities directly impacted by ExxonMobil will testify at the mock trial. These representatives will also speak directly to shareholders, the Board, and CEO Lee Raymond inside the shareholder meeting, as well as to the media. The following communities will testify:

Aceh, Indonesia, where human rights groups have reported that ExxonMobil provided earth-moving equipment used to dig mass graves, equipped soldiers involved in atrocities, and allowed company facilities to be used for torture and interrogation. Land seizures with minimal compensation, explosions that have destroyed homes, and fields flooded with toxic waste are among the other Exxon-related issues at stake in Aceh. Cut Zahara, who lived near the facilities in Aceh, will be testifying.

Chad/Cameroon, where they are both ruled by brutal regimes which have suppressed internal uprisings regarding the environmental and social consequences of the ExxonMobil-led and World Bank-funded oil pipeline currently being built through the rainforest from Chad to Cameroon. We will hear the testimony of Ngarlejy Yorongar, a prominent member of the Chadian Parliament who was beaten and tortured for rightfully winning the last president election and a fervent opponent of the pipeline.

Guajira, Colombia, where ExxonMobil has been the majority owner in El Cerrejon Norte, the worlds largest open pit coal mine, and which is being expanded on Wayuu indigenous land. Last August, at the behest of ExxonMobil, the Colombian military forcibly removed the community of Tabaco, bulldozing native homes to make way for the expansion. Armando Perez, Tabacos legal representative, and Remedios Fajardo, a Wayuu indigenous native, will be testifying.

Tuvalu, a Pacific Island nation and first-hand witness to the effects of rising ocean levels. A country whose highest point is five meters above sea level, Tuvalu faces the possibility that its freshwater supplies will be eliminated and much of its land covered in the next fifty years, potentially forcing a mass evacuation.

Sakhalin Island, Russia, where the effects of oil exploration on the community and environment have been devastating. Rapidly declining fish and whale populations illustrate the tremendous negative impact of oil exploration in that area of the world.

Alaska, where the native Gwichin people are victims of Exxons efforts to increase oil exploration and drilling, specifically in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Gwichin rely on the caribou herds that breed on the coastal plain and would be severely endangered by any drilling. Faith Gimmell, a Gwichin native, will be testifying.

Houston, Texas, where ExxonMobils Baytown refinery is ranked among the top US polluters. Allowed to regulate itself under former governor George W. Bush, residents surrounding the refinery are primarily poor people of color who are experiencing disproportionately high levels of respiratory illnesses, cancer, and other forms of health deterioration.

May 29: Festival of Resistance and Shareholders Meeting

Join us for colorful and creative actions inside and outside the shareholders meeting. The mobilization around the Climate Justice Summit will educate the public and shareholders, build awareness, get media attention, and create a grassroots base for a long-term campaign against ExxonMobil and unrestrained corporate power. The success of the Climate Justice Summit depends on the numbers we bring to Dallas. We cannot and will not let ExxonMobil continue to destroy communities and the environment for profit.

Save our climate! Work for justice! Come to Dallas! The reality is urgent and demands a response. This is as big as the earth itself, as personal as the air we breathe, and as desperate as the countless families around the world whose quality of life is falling as fast as the quality of their air and water.

CONTACTS:
Kat Lo, PressurePoint, kat@pressurepoint.org, (206)297-0891 Scott Crowe, Uproar, scott@uproarnow.org, (214)642-6580

Kat Lo, Climate Justice Campaigner PressurePoint 5215 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206)297-0891 kat@pressurepoint.org