A coalition of environmental groups and community activists joined outside Chevron's national headquarters in San Ramon during the company's shareholder's meeting Wednesday, protesting Chevron's actions at home and abroad.
People from as far away as South America were among the hundred or so that attended the protest at Chevron, at 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, just east of Interstate 680.
"There were people from all over the world, Ecuador for example, wherever Chevron has contaminated indigenous people," said Eloise Hamann of Tri-Valley MoveOn.
Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch organized the protests to focus attention on Chevron's policies, claiming the company has contaminated the environment from Ecuador to Africa to Richmond.
"There's been an $18 million judgment against them but Chevron has refused to pay," Hamann said
Members of Contra Costa and Tri-Valley MoveOn groups joined the protest, along with some members of CCE -- the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, who carried signs to protest what they say is "Chevron's tragic, un-American activity at home."
Protesters carried signs demanding that Chevron stop dictating government policies, and calling on "1% whiners" to pay their fair share.
It's the first time members of the Occupy movement joined in what become an annual protest outside Chevron headquarters.
No arrests were reported, although at one point they crowded into the entrance way at Chevron and police moved in to clear the area.