imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

"This is What a Clean-Up Looks Like!"

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

“In 1971, Occidental Petroleum was reinjecting their production waters back into the ground here in the United States and elsewhere where they were operating. [So] they had the technology—it was just more expensive to do it [in Peru], and no one was regulating them. This is environmental racism.” -- Mitchell Anderson, Amazon Watch

"This is What a...
oxydemomoppingsign.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x449

Shouting chants such as “This is What a Clean-Up Looks Like!” and “Caution! Caution! Oxy’s toxic!” demonstrators, dressed in hazmats, marched from Westwood’s Federal Building down busy Wilshire Boulevard to the headquarters of Occidental Petroleum, where they proceeded to “clean up” the entrance. In all, 60 demonstrators were counted by Amazon Watch.

The theatrical aspect of this event drew a lot of attention from passersby. Many people reacted positively.

Speaking through a translator, Henderson Rengifo, an Achuar leader, explained that Occidental Petroleum “was in the Peruvian Amazon for over 30 years and has left the devastation and environmental destruction in our territory. We’re here today, representing the Achuar people, the people that have been affected by Occidental Petroleum’s contamination. . . .

"Occidental Petroleum, 30 years ago, knew what they were going. They made a decision, they did it deliberately, they contaminated our lands, they contaminated our rivers. Our rivers are a source of life.”

“We demand immediate clean up. We will never be quiet about what Occidental Petroleum has done. Our spiritual leaders, [inaudible name] are dying. We are furious.”

Mitchell Anderson of Amazon said: “The rivers run black in Peru because this company chose deliberately in 1971 to begin dumping and continue dumping for the next 30 years. As they turned a profit on people’s lives and the lives of animals and the environment.

“In 1971, Occidental Petroleum was reinjecting their production waters back into the ground here in the United States and elsewhere where they were operating. [So] they had the technology—it was just more expensive to do it [in Peru], and no one was regulating them. This is environmental racism. They believe that the lives of Ecuadorian, of a Peruvian is less than the lives of people here.”

Activist-actress Daryl Hannah then took the floor. “I have a hard time believing that these gentlemen over here would actually stand idly by and watch children their are dying and accept the cancer and the lead poisoning without raising their voices," she said. "I think they must just not know, and they must not believe. I think that if they go down there and witness it for themselves, there would be no denying it—and you, gentlemen [referring to some employees of Occidental photographing the demonstrators], you guys who are taking pictures, I’m inviting you to go down there and see for yourselves. And then you’ll make Occidental take responsibility for their actions in Peru.

“So please come down and visit the Achuar territory. I’m sure they’ll welcome you with open arms. You can see their children dying; their food resources devastated, the fish gone, nothing growing, you’ll see their waters running with oil slicks; and then you’ll see and you’ll know . . . .”

For more details on this event, see: http://amazonwatch.org/newsroom/view_news.php?id=1565
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


The march to Oxy's headquarters

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

The march to Oxy's h...
oxydemomarch1.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


The march to Oxy's headquarters cont'd

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

The march to Oxy's h...
oxydemomarchcrosswalk.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Cleaning the Oxy sign

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Cleaning the Oxy sig...
oxydemobrushingsignholdingnose.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x449

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Mopping oil spill

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Mopping oil spill...
oxydemomoppingoil.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x449

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sign

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Sign...
oxydemosignbloodyhandprints.jpg, image/jpeg, 449x600

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Another sign

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Another sign...
oxydemotoxictruth.jpg, image/jpeg, 449x600

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Member of the clean-up crew

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Member of the clean-...
oxydemostilteddude.jpg, image/jpeg, 449x600

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Another cleaner

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Another cleaner...
oxydemostiltedcadaver.jpg, image/jpeg, 449x600

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Media coverage

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Media coverage...
oxydemomedia.jpg, image/jpeg, 449x600

Being interviewed is Atossa Sohani, executive director of Amazon Watch.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


An employee watches us through the window

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

An employee watches ...
oxydemoemployee.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x449

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Another employee watches curiously

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Another employee wat...
oxydemocuriousemployee.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Henderson Rengifo, an Achuar leader

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Henderson Rengifo, a...
oxydemoachuarrep.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x449

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


How the Amazon should look

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

How the Amazon shoul...
oxydemorainforestpict.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x449

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Activist-actress Daryl Hannah

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Activist-actress Dar...
oxydemodhannah.jpg, image/jpeg, 449x600

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Oxy Employee photographing demonstrators

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Oxy Employee photogr...
oxydemooxyphotographer.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Daryl Hannah invited everyone at Occidental Petroleum, including the people photographing us, to visit the devastation in Peru.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Posing for the media

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Posing for the media...
oxydemocluster2.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Relaxing after a big clean-up

by RP Saturday, May. 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Relaxing after a big...
oxydemocluster3.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Los Angeles Joins Nationwide March Against Mainstream Media #MAMSM A20 3:04PM

Has KPFK's GM Duncan just dis-appeared? A20 12:35PM

Michael Ruppert dead. A18 6:17PM

Pacifica voting in secret with no accountability? Is this part of KPFK ? A18 3:39PM

Kassim Alhimidi convicted of murder A17 8:33PM

Members of Bundy Family Explain Bundy Ranch Stand-Off With Bureau of Land Management (BLM) A17 1:03AM

Here's some interesting privatization connections in regards to the LAUSD District 1 race A15 4:25PM

Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War A13 3:16PM

Report Back: 4th Annual Hahamongna Walkabout A13 2:33PM

Pacifica Exe Director position is in confusion still putting KPFK at risk A10 3:52PM

Bernard Duncan, prior GM of KPFK is still in play A08 5:01PM

San Diego May Dai Workers Film Festival A06 5:11PM

Southern California Joins Worldwide Wave Of Action A05 2:31AM

Pacifica board members named here, who attempted ousting ED A04 1:06PM

LA Weekly promotes a slanted view of Pacifica/ KPFK A04 10:36AM

More Info about Pacifica, which holds KPFK's license, etc. A03 2:08PM

Listen to KPFK's staff talking to Pacifica Exe Director M29 7:31PM

Pacifica IS also KPFK, so let's not ignore what going on M29 5:42PM

Reported excerpts of Pacifica's - and that's KPFK's - incidents happening - update M29 5:14PM

Repost from Counterpunch re Pacifica - KPFK too involved M29 2:10PM

Forever intertwined: KPFK, WBAI, Gary Null ? M28 4:10PM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M28 3:32PM

GLOBAL DAY of ACTION for the Indonesian Rainforests! M27 3:06PM

Opponents of SB County Jail's Letter Ban to Share Progress, Next Steps M27 9:58AM

Pacifica Radio, Rwanda, and DR Congo M26 2:29PM

International Multicultural Literary Magazine Features Armenia in Spring Issue M25 11:14AM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M24 9:10PM

Home-less-free occupying is not a free ride either M24 8:46PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

US Threatens Russia A23 12:48AM

Outrageous Pro-Kiev Op-Ed A23 12:46AM

Mormon Perspective on #BundyRanch, U.S. Federal Government, and Divinity of Constitution A22 2:10PM

Propaganda alert: US and UN object to the holding of presidential elections in Syria A22 10:45AM

Livestreamer @PMBeers interviews Bundy Ranch supporters during BLM stand-off A22 8:13AM

Cold War 2.0 A22 12:51AM

Marwan Barghouti on Sham Peace Talks A22 12:50AM

Will Hundreds of Years of Contract Law be Eradicated in Santa Ana Court? A22 12:32AM

F*ck One Democratic state A21 10:55PM

Uranium Madhouse unleashes The Duchess of Malfi in Hollywood A21 8:48PM

Major BDS Donor Owned Shares of Caterpillar While Campaigning for Divestment A21 8:23PM

There Is A Petition For Single Payer Health Insurance A21 2:10PM

Proposal: Piketty and Saez Meme Project A21 1:24PM

The Great Shakespeare On Animal And Plant Rights A21 12:40PM

John Johnson A21 10:25AM

Kropotkin Prison A21 4:58AM

The Earth a Common Treasury for All A21 3:38AM

Kiev Breaks Easter Truce A21 12:44AM

Unacceptable State-Sponsored Murder A21 12:43AM

"Believing without Seeing" A20 4:13PM

Trolling ...what is that ? A20 1:01PM

Canada Targets Russia A20 11:45AM

Russia Bashing Continues A20 12:45AM

Koch Brothers-Style Free Society A20 12:43AM

Arythmie du capital A19 5:33AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A19 4:20AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A19 3:25AM

Kiev Violates Four-Party Agreement A19 12:50AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy