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Bay Area Refinery Corridor residents will walk from Rodeo to Richmond to 'Connect the Dots' organized by a coalition of activists led by Idle No More SF Bay, between exploding oil trains, expanding refineries, and the climate crisis this Saturday, July 12th; beginning the day off with an 8:00 am prayer for water ritual, and rally to begin at 8:30 am leaving Lone Tree Park in Rodeo, to finish at Keller Beach in Point Richmond.

“It is time for humanity to build a just transition beyond fossil fuels,” says Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More. “All of the tools we need are already available. We will pray with each step we take for life, for the air, water and soil, for the health and safety of refinery workers, and of impacted communities. It's time to envision a safe and sustainable future.”

Idle No More SF Bay

Idle No More SF Bay, are a group of concerned Native American activists and their allies that include 350.org, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community, Center for Biological Diversity, Communities for a Better Environment, Crockett-Rodeo United to Defend the Environment (C.R.U.D.E.), CREDO Action, Forest Ethics, Global Community Monitor, Martinez Environmental Group, Sierra Club, Sunflower Alliance.

Coalition members say they formed, "to heighten public awareness of dirty fuel projects that threaten local communities and destabilize the climate." The walks demonstrate the growing momentum of public support for a rapid and just transition to clean energy.

Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks

An estimated one hundred plus people are expected to walk the 13 miles connecting the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo with the Chevron refinery in Richmond, on the fourth and final leg of a series of “Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks.” The monthly walks, which started in April, have been calling attention to the public health and climate impacts of the Bay Area's fossil fuel infrastructure, centered in the northeast San Francisco Bay refinery corridor.

Saturday's fourth "Connect the Dots" walk is being held in conjunction with the July 6th-July 13th Oil by Rail Week of Action, linking a series of community events throughout North America protesting the transport of crude oil by rail. July 6th was the first-year anniversary of the catastrophic derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Québec of a train carrying volatile fracked crude from the Bakken fields of North Dakota. 47 lives were lost. The oil train risk also extends into the Bay Area.

Bakken shale, oil, and tar sands

"Connect the Dots" walkers will pass alongside the Kinder Morgan terminal in Richmond, which has been offloading explosive Bakken oil from rail cars since September and sending it by truck to Tesoro in Martinez. The Valero refinery in Benicia is currently proposing a crude-by-rail terminal to bring in price-advantaged tar sands and Bakken oil. WesPac has proposed a similar rail facility in Pittsburg.

Many of the participates live in frontline communities and "will walk in prayer to heal the land and waters and envision an environmentally sane future," the organization released. "They join a long and venerable tradition of healing walks and runs in Native America, similar to the spiritual pilgrimages in many religious traditions. Ponca Nation elder and indigenous rights and climate activist, Casey Camp-Horinek from Oklahoma, will speak, along with refinery town activists, at the afternoon rally held at the gates of the Chevon Refinery."

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014. 8:00 am Prayer for Water; 8:30 am Rally.
Where: Lone Tree Park in Rodeo to Keller Beach in Point Richmond.
Join the Walk as it's taking place: 510-619-8279.
See the Connect the Dots site - for map and timed itinerary

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