ForestEthics: Uprail opposition strategy – Benicia Organizing Toolkit

From a 10/21/15 email sent by Ethan Buckner, Forest Ethics

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Hi all,

I am excited to share a new resource to support uprail work in the fight to stop the proposed Valero oil trains terminal in Benicia.

Our new Benicia Organizing Toolkit includes fact sheets, sample comments (DUE OCT 30!), a Letter to the Editor / OpEd guide, action alerts, and sample resolutions & opposition letters to bring to your city councils, county board of supervisors, school districts, and other public agencies.

As of now, there are NO cities & counties that have taken a firm oppositional stance and sent letters to Benicia’s decision makers urging them to reject the Valero project.  (Some area governments and the Attorney General critiqued the EIR, but they didn’t actually take a position on the project as a whole). This uprail opposition strategy has been very effective in the San Luis Obispo County Phillips 66 campaign and is an amazing opportunity we have in Benicia.

In reaching out to local governments, I recommend citing strong letters sent to SLO County in the Phillips 66 campaign. Along with the Organizing Toolkit, I’m making available a few of these letters:

Please download the Toolkit & letters, adapt and use as you will. If you plan to mount a resolution campaign in your city/county/school board/agency, please let me know and I will do my best to support you.

Many thanks for all your great work and more to come!


Ethan Buckner
Extreme Oil Campaigner
follow me on Twitter: @ethanbuckner