Repost from ForestEthics
[Editor: Nice summary here. Lots more photos and details at ForestEthics.org and on Facebook and Flicker. ALSO, see excellent coverage onTar Sands Solutions Network: 100 Actions, 5,000 people: Biggest oil trains protest in history. – RS]
2015 Stop Oil Trains Week of Action Roundup
The 2015 Stop Oil Trains week of action marked the second anniversary of the fatal Lac-Mégantic, Quebec oil train disaster. This year 5,000 citizens gathered in 100 cities and towns across the US and Canada to demand a ban on these dirty, exploding trains.
To see ALL pictures from the week of action check out our Flickr Group – http://bit.ly/Flickr_StopOilTrain
Highlights from the week of action are too numerous to count. National press coverage included pieces in MSNBC, Democracy Now, EcoWatch, The Hill, AP, & VICE – alongside dozens upon dozens of local print, TV, and radio pieces.
In Lac-Mégantic, the week started with a beautiful, bold, and somber march that drew hundreds of people to the tracks. The week continued with a banner hang and guerrilla projection actions in California, powerful infrastructure blockades in New York and Oregon, creative rallies in Albany, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Richmond (VA), Minneapolis, and DC – just to name a few. Then this weekend, action picked up with a jazz funeral procession in Philadelphia and a die-in in Seattle. On Saturday, thousands attended coordinated protests across California – including rallies that drew hundreds each in San Luis Obispo, Richmond, Los Angeles and San Jose – to call on decision makers across the state to reject new oil train infrastructure proposals and shut down existing operations. There are countless more to name, and every action had an impact, from gatherings of 5 to 500. No matter where or how you participated, you were a part of something extraordinary.