Occupy movement joins annual protest at Chevron HQ

100 turn out to protest environmental policies, business practices

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.


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Posted by Marrushi
a resident of San Ramon
on May 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

In solidarity with the occupy movement. Occupy Chevron!

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on May 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Instead of “Occupiers” they should be called “Occu liars.”

They claim Chevron isn’t paying its “fair share,” even though Chevron has a 44% effective tax rate, according to its SEC filings, one of the highest of any company in the world. In comparison, the average effective tax rate for S&P 500 companies is 26%.

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And those protesters aren’t paying their fair share. Middle class income taxes are at historic lows, currently 5.6% for a family of four. And overall federal taxes --which include income as well as payroll and excise taxes -- on middle-income households are near their lowest levels in decades, 14.3% on average.

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Meanwhile, the average income tax rate of the top 1% is currently 24%, which does not include payroll & excise taxes, the impending 3.8% Obamacare surtax on investment income and 0.9% payroll tax (assuming it is ruled constitutional), nor the 10% California state income tax. The top 5% pay more taxes than the bottom 95% combined.

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It’s time for the Occupiers to pay their fair share.

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Posted by Public Employee
a resident of Danville
on May 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

The Occupy movement "is an international, people-driven movement of individuals with many different backgrounds and political beliefs. Since we no longer trust our elected officials to represent anyone other than their wealthiest donors, #occupy empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. Organized in over 100 cities in the United States, the movement aims to fight back against the system that has allowed the richest 1% to write the rules governing an unbalanced and inequitable global economy, and thus foreclosing on our future."

What does the Occupy Movement want? "to end the monetized relationship between corrupt politicians and corporate criminals. To end profit-driven policies. We believe our grievances are connected and rooted in corrosive corporate influences. We want a system that operates in the interest of the people."

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Posted by Randall
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 2, 2012 at 12:48 am

So media matters and occupy join forces? Say Hi to your esteemed leader and benefactor George Soros. Interesting media matters etc have not picketed Nancy Pelosi for banning union workers at her winery and restaurants. Or what about big big bad bad GE and Jeffery Immelt---paid no taxes? Oh yes---FOO---friend of Obama. Selective outrage I see.

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