Tuesday night, in response to the fire a the Chevron Richmond refinery, Chevron hosted a Townhall meeting at the Civic Center in Richmond. Community groups, including APEN, held press conferences and a rally outside of the center before the meeting, in an amazing show of community unity and outrage at Chevron for their ‘dirty’ practices. Urban Tilth, a community-based organization in Richmond and a close MG partner, held a powerful press conference to show the contamination the fire had caused to the 100s of pounds of fresh, organic produce that UT grows in their community gardens. They literally dumped vegetable plants that they had to uproot after the fire – pounds of healthy produce that had to be trashed instead of used to feed families. UT really exposed how Chevron’s impacts on the community extend beyond just the immediate health impacts of the toxic plume. Here are some pictures from the press conference on Tuesday!
Photo credit: Jeff Rutland