Final Refinery Corridor Healing Walk 7/16

HealingWalkGroupShot.jpgJoin Idle No More SF Bay for the final Refinery Corridor Healing Walk. In January of 2014, Idle No More SF Bay, a group of Native Americans and their allies, decided to bring awareness to the five refineries along the Northeast San Francisco Bay which most people living in the Bay Area were not aware existed. Many people were aware of the Chevron refinery in Richmond because it exploded on August 6, 2012 sending over 15,000 community members to the hospitals. After the first year INM SF Bay decided to complete a series of four years of the walks from 2014 to 2017. This is the final year of organizing the walks.

The intention was to raise awareness of the fossil fuel corridor, the communities in these sacrifice zones, and the devastating health effects of those living near the refineries. We walk along the land in prayer for those living near the refineries, including our non-human relatives who are also impacted, the refinery workers, and for high levels of maintenance at the facilities so that what happened in 2012 would never happen again. We also pray for a just transition toward a safe and clean renewable energy future,  a transition to healthy jobs for people who work in the fossil fuel industry and an immediate transition off of fossil fuels in order to preserve a survivable climate.

The day begins with prayers for the water. Participants are invited to bring water from their watershed to join the waters that are collected from the Bay or Delta. The water is carried in a bucket along the route with everyone encouraged to take a turn carrying the bucket and offering their prayers to the water. The day ends with joining the water in the bucket back to the Bay.  It is our understanding that the spirits of the water which we have carried communicate with the spirits of the water in the Bay to let them know that there are human beings working to protect and renew them.

We walk in prayer, contemplation and quiet conversation for clean air, water, soil and a vibrantly healthy future for those alive now and those to come.

There are medics and support vehicles along the walks. Walkers are encouraged to take a break in the support vehicles as necessary. There is also a feast at the end of each walk and an art project where walkers are invited to draw or write their visions of their communities beyond fossil fuels on muslin squares which are being sewn into beautiful quilts.

We encourage folks to walk with us the entire day. It is truly a beautiful, profound and inspiring way to make a difference.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony - Feel free to bring water from your watershed!
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk - please see the details of the route

The walk will end at Keller Beach in Richmond  

Call this number to find out where we are: (510) 619-8279

Please do not call to find out when we will arrive at any given place...we will not know.

Make sure to keep the phone number on you if you are joining us on the walk!

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to What To Expect.

This walk is approximately 13 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk. Medics will also be available. Water will be provided - Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.  Carpool:  Sign up to drive or be a passenger here: CARPOOL

There will be two points where folks can get rides back to the beginning in Rodeo, at the Hilltop stop in Richmond and at the end at Keller Beach.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo within sight of the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery and walking to Richmond, stopping to pray at several places including the Kinder Morgan facility and the gates of the Chevron refinery.  We will end at Keller Beach in Richmond, the last natural beach left in the San Francisco Bay where we will all enjoy a delicious meal made by Mike Bear and his family and  youth from Urban Tilth in Richmond!

Can't come but want to support?  Welcome us at Keller Beach in Point Richmond and feel free to bring a dish to share if you would like.  

Coming? Let us know by filling out the form so we know how many to feed at the end.  

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July 16, 2017 at 8am - 5pm
Lone Tree Point
413 San Pablo Ave
Rodeo, CA 94572
United States
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