Let there be no misunderstanding by any inclined to find an “is-sue” in support from a broad range of community organizations. BCGP support an Action of Students United for Socioeconomic Justice
A few of some fifty protestors blockading Valero HQ on March 22nd 2013, during the Week of Action, including Indigenous leader Antonio Diaz with the Flag.
“Friday March 22 – Valero Corporate HQ Taken Over by the Community
“Almost 50 activists rallied in front of Valero Corporate Headquarters in San Antonio, TX forcing police to block exits and divert employees away. This action was supported by People’s Power Coalition in Solidarity with Idle No More, Bexar County Green Party, Southwest Workers Union, and Texas Indigenous Council.”
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UT San Antonio students join Keystone XL protests
A week of actions by environmental groups opposed to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline continued today. FSRN’s Andrew Oxford is in San Antonio, Texas, and reports from a demonstration outside one of the pipeline’s biggest stakeholders.
Valero Energy spent more than $1.3 billion upgrading one of its refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast to process crude oil from the Keystone XL. The company has much to gain from the completion of the controversial pipeline. Today, students at the University of Texas at San Antonio — right next door to Valero’s headquarters — rallied at rush hour to demand the school sever ties.
“They make their well-publicized donations to the university all the time and set up these research institutes which basically benefit them and not the student body at-large.”
Jake Tucker is a student at UTSA and one of the organizers of the protest. Echoing calls for divestment from students around the country, he says public universities have gotten too cozy with the fossil fuels industry. The action at the gates of the Fortune 50 company included representatives from indigenous groups and environmental activists as well. In Los Angeles and Dallas, activists rallied outside the offices of John Hancock Life Insurance Company, another stakeholder in the pipeline. In Newark, protesters targeted the offices of TD Bank, a major financier of the Keystone XL. Actions were also planned for Denver, Portland, and Westborough, Massachusetts. Andrew Oxford, FSRN, San Antonio.
Jill Stein weighs in on the Keystone XL debate
The Berkshire Beacon March 18, 2013