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published TV Ad for PCR in Mobilizations 2014-09-17 23:35:09 -0700

TV Ad for PCR

BREAKING! We are running this ad this week for the People's Climate Rally on MSNBC in Oakland and San Francisco!

The is the first TV ad buy in the US by an all-volunteer climate group! See you at the Rally!

published DECS Sponsors and Endorsers in Climate Conference 5/9-11 2014-03-10 14:44:03 -0700

DECS Sponsors and Endorsers

List your endorsement of Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014, from yourself or your organization. Send your logo to Rand.Wrobel@gmail.com. Thanks for helping spread the word!

signed Ban fracking in California! 2014-09-18 13:36:17 -0700
Incredible that this is happening in CA!!?!

Tell Governor Brown to ban fracking in California!

1,421 signatures
Sign our petition asking Governor Brown to lead efforts to prevent the climate change catastrophe of expanded drilling for dirty oil in California.

Governor Jerry Brown:

We recognize your strong commitment to protecting our climate and call on you to ban fracking in California.  Fracking accelerates climate disruption.  Fracking and the use of fracked oil will produce a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions, virtually wiping out progress made by California toward emissions reduction.  I want California to move forward to clean, renewable energy and leave dirty shale oil in the ground.  New York, New Jersey and Vermont have already enacted bans or moratoriums on fracking.  California has always been the leader in fighting climate disruption.  We call on you to provide that leadership now and ban fracking to ensure our children and theirs will have a habitable earth to live on.

Summer Heat Richmond - Participant Info

Important: Non-violence in all aspects!

Posters and Flyers


JPG Quarter Page Flyer 

PDF Quarter Page Flyer


4x6 Postcards


12 x 18 Poster

Things to Be Aware of The Day of the Rally

Here are a few points to be aware of: 

1. Please bring your own water bottle
2. Porta-potties will be available at the rally site, and possibly near the start (you can use either BART or the nearby Bobbie Bowen Center).
3. Don't forget sunscreen
4. This is a family friendly event. (children are encouraged to join the kids march from Judge George Carroll Park--formerly Washington Park). Non-violence includes no verbal abuse or threatening motions (although spirited chants are a big part of our demonstration). No weapons, no alcohol, no non-prescribed drugs. Be respectful of all participants and on-lookers.
5. People with any kind of mobility issues, or people who don't want to do the whole march, please gather at Judge George Carroll (Washington) Park.

6. Spanish translation will be available at the rally within the Labor Contingent.

7. Parking Options: Click Here for Satellite Photos of Parking Options
8. The march route is a little over two miles. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! See route below:


Click Here for March Route Google Map


10:00 am 

Richmond BART – Gather & Speakers

10:45 am

Nevin Park at  598 Nevin Ave., Richmond – Estimated milestone (no activities)

11:15 am 

George D Carroll Park at (formerly Washington Park) 

83-123 E Richmond Ave, Point Richmond – Join additional brigades

12:00 Noon

 Rally begins at the Chevron Refinery Gate (speakers scheduled for about 30 minutes)

Public Transportation to the Rally

Note that BART only runs 3 car trains on Saturday morning to Richmond.  Plan to come early to avoid crowded trains!

The 72M (wheelchair accessible) AC bus goes to both the George Carroll Park and very near the Chevron entrance.  It is scheduled to leave from Richmond BART every 30 minutes at 24 and 54 minutes after the hour.   It also returns every 30 minutes also leaving Chevron at 24 and 54 minutes after the hour.  See the AC scheduleWe will also have a shuttle bus (not wheelchair accessible) back and forth from BART to the rally site during and after the event.

If the BART trains to Richmond are overcrowded Saturday morning, you can get to the beginning of the march at the Richmond BART station by taking the 72M bus from 14th and Broadway (near the 14th St BART station) in downtown Oakland.  Buses leave about every 15 minutes, and the trip takes almost an hour, leaving at the following times Saturday morning, according to the AC Transit  schedule: 7:29, 7:41, 7:59, 8:11, 8:30, 8:41,  9:00, 9:12, 9:30.   If you’re running late and want to go straight to the rally site, EVERY OTHER 72M continues from the Richmond BART to the corner of Castro St. and Tewksbury, within sight of the rally.  This takes another 10 minutes travel time.

People with limited mobility may want to gather at Judge George Carroll Park (known as Washington Park), which is about a quarter mile from the Chevron entrance.  Or they may want to come directly to the rally at Chevron.  

Transportation from Oakland Airport to nearest BART Station: http://www.flyoakland.com/bart_airbart.shtml



We ask everyone to consider participating in the nonviolent direct action. Some Richmond community leaders are doing this. Please also send this announcement with a note to folks you know who might consider joining us. A SAFE ZONE will be clearly marked for those not wishing to be at any risk of arrest.


For additional information, we will do a final briefing and walk through for everyone participating in the nonviolent direct action on the morning of Aug 3 from 8:30am to 9:30am, just before our final mini-training 9:30-10:30. 


We plan a peaceful, well-organized effective nonviolent direct action, with training to prepare, and legal support to make sure everyone is taken care of. 

Here is what you can do if you are thinking you can join us at this level:

August 3rd: 9:30am to 10:30am; Final Mini-Training 

at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center 1021 Macdonald Ave Richmond, CA - near Richmond BART.

For people who have been unable to make previous trainings or meetings, this will be a last-minute training and orientation and plug in to the main action. The march will leave at 10:30, so we'll be finishing promptly!


LEGAL SUPPORT: We have experienced attorneys and legal workers with the National Lawyers Guild who will help us with legal support. While things can change, our past experience with those arrested at Chevron has been to be released the same day/eve and the District Attorney has not chosen to press charges. More info on what to expect when arrested here and on legal support here.

This is an opportunity for truly transformative action, and we hope you can join us in any way you can!


If you or someone you know is willing & able to help at the event, please email Jack Fleck (lucerofleck@gmail.com)


  • Monitors (help communications & marchers on day of event):  Training will be provided. Anyone willing to be a monitor for the march please come to the Bobbie Bowen Center, 1021 MacDonald Ave., Richmond (a few blocks from BART) at 9:00 AM on Saturday for training.   if you are able to be a monitor and will be there at 9:00 AM.
  • Media Wranglers: To look for media and connect the media rep with people who are well versed/knowledgeable in Chevron/Richmond/tar sands.
  • Drivers - To shuttle folks between route sites, especially those individuals who find the walk taxing.  All drivers would be helpful; those with handicapped accessible vehicles are especially wanted.
  • Photographers & Videographers:  At the Richmond BART (9:15 am if possible), along the march (approximately 10:30-noon), at Carroll (formerly Washington) Park where there be children’s activities (starting at 11:15), and at the Chevron Gate (approximately 12 to 1:30pm)

Equipment & Supplies

  • Tempura paints, brushes & containers for street painting.
  • Wild Sunflower seeds: To disperse.


Sign and Banner Making

We will have some signs and banners available at the rally, but not enough for all demonstrators.

We encourage all participants to make their own signs and banners.

Can you host a sign and banner making party in your neighborhood?

All that's required is:

  • Floor space or a yard with something firm to work on. Plywood will do.
  • Material - canvas is good, but sheets will do.
  • Water-based paint in bright, bold, or very dark colors. Old house paint will work.
  • Wood to attach to either end of the banners and a staple gun. Even bamboo will work.
  • People, and you don't really need more than a few.

We suggest the banners be roughly 3' x 9', but smaller will do. Cardboard signs are easy.

For individual hand-carried signs, white cardboard or foam-core board are really good. It’s often possible to find old political yard signs on which to superimpose your own sign—and those yard signs have a central stick or two thin metal rods that are easy to carry, so you can hold your sign up high. Get big markers and use large print with fairly thick letters. More than one color is a good idea. If you put the words on both sides of the sign and hold it over your head, it can be seen front-and-back.

To answer further questions and find out what to do with the banners and signs when done, contact: Katy, katypolony@gmail.com, 510-763-1266

Below are some slogan ideas for signs and banners, but creativity is encouraged:

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TestOrg endorsed 2013-07-02 00:09:45 -0700
Happy to be a founding sponsor!

Summer Heat Bay Area Endorsers

The following organizations have endorsed this event:

  • 350 Bay Area
  • 350.org
  • 350 Marin
  • 350 Silicon Valley
  • 67 Sueños
  • 99Rise
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
  • Amazon Watch
  • American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 57
  • American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Bay Area International Socialist Organization (ISO)
  • Bay Localize
  • California Faculty Association
  • California Nurses Association (CNA)
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) East Bay
  • Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
  • Common Cause
  • Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 9
  • Communities for a Better Environment
  • Design Action Collective
  • Earth Justice Associates of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
  • East Bay Move to Amend
  • Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)
  • Fight Austerity Now Network
  • Gathering Tribes
  • Global Community Monitor
  • Global Exchange
  • Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) NorCal
  • International Workers of the World (IWW) Bay Area
  • Idle No More
  • Jobs with Justice SF
  • Keystone XL Action Council
  • Los EcoAmigos
  • MoveOn, Northern California and San Diego County Councils
  • Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project
  • Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
  • Nail Salon Women Greening Their Jobs & the Environment
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives (Tikkun)
  • Occupy SF Environmental Working Group
  • Occupy Forum
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 3
  • OUR Wal-Mart Bay Area
  • Public Banking Institute
  • Rabbi David Cooper, Kehilla Synagogue
  • Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun
  • Rainforest Action Network
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (ROC the Bay)
  • Richmond Progressive Alliance
  • San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • San Francisco Green Party
  • SF Living Wage Coalition
  • SaveWithSunlight
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021
  • Socialist Action
  • Suigetsukan
  • Sungevity
  • Transition Albany
  • UAW Local 2865 Berkeley Campus
  • Local 1 of UPTE-CWA 9119
  • UNITE HERE 2850
  • Urban Tilth
  • VietUnity
  • Wellstone Democrats


 Read more on these links to see the amazing work of some of our partner organizations.  And the coalition is growing...

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Next Step to Stop K XL Volunteers

Help is needed for this event. Can you assist with any of these tasks?

Feel free to volunteer for more than one!

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commented on Home 2014-03-28 12:26:16 -0700 · Flag
Guys, reducing solar insolation is a bandaid, not fixing the cause of the problem. First, we need to stop digging the hole deeper. Its a known-science-based plan by Prof. Mark Jacobson to get to 100% renewables (solar, wind and water) by 2050 at equivalent stable prices. That’s a great investment in jobs with today’s technology, and solves energy dependence problems too, potentially giving local communities ownership of their generating infrastructure. Help us get there in 3 decades.

published No Bay Area Tar Sands Petition in Petitions 2013-02-09 22:17:53 -0800

No Tar Sands in the Bay Area

Tar Sands are a bad idea.  We can make sure that the Bay Area is not part of this problem. and ensure that area refineries don't process any materials from tar sands mining operations. Help us convince the cities of Richmond and Martinez to prohibit the dirty, destructive and climate-disruptive tar sands within their city limits.


1,463 signatures

We request that the city councils of Richmond, Hercules, Benicia and Martinez pass city ordinances to prohibit the transport, processing and refining within city limits of any materials obtained or derived from tar sands of any source. We request that all other city councils in the Bay Area pass resolutions in support of these ordinances.

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Take a Stand and make your voice heard 

These are our 350 Bay Area campaigns' petitions for local climate action:

  • Dump The Pump  - Cigarettes have warning labels, why not gas pumps?  Ask Bay Area City Councils to pass a City Ordinance to put warning labels on Bay Area gas pumps

published Volunteer 2013-01-26 02:00:48 -0800

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Your assistance is VALUED and APPRECIATED! 

350 Bay Area can use your help!  There are plenty of opportunities to support us in a variety of upcoming 350 Bay Area Events, and the ongoing work of building the organization.  

New! Click the below button to see the Special Opportunities (roles) we have to make a big impact to save the planet:


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followed Tar Sands Background 2012-12-20 15:04:07 -0800

Tar Sands Background



Summary By Ann & Loring Dales, Edited by Rand Wrobel

Main source of information: Williams, Ted: “Tarred and Feathered.” Audubon magazine, Volume 113, No. 4, July-August 2011, pp 24-33.

The Company TransCanada's proposal is for a 3-foot diameter, subsurface pipeline running from Alberta through Oklahoma and Texas to the U.S. gulf coast.


Tar sands are just that, sands impregnated with tarry oil that, in Canada, underlay perhaps 20% of of the Province of Alberta, with most of the overlying terrain covered with boreal forest.

  • Bulldozing, Pits and Toxic Waste

Mining tar sands starts with bulldozing off about 100 feet of soil overlying the tarry deposits, followed by strip-mining out the oil-laced sand. This sand is then steamed with vast amounts of gas-heated water to extract the desired product, bitumen. Waste products of this process include hundreds of billions of gallons of toxic substances.

  • Habitat Destruction

Of course, the overlaying boreal forest - which among other things provides habitat for some 30 percent of our continent's landbird species as well as a number of waterbirds - is destroyed. The mining companies' subsequent “restoration” measures seem about as good as the perfunctory habitat restoration practiced by coal strip-mining companies in Appalachia –extremely poor. This converts many, many square miles of fish and wild habitat into pits and toxic waste, much of which leaks farther out into the environment,

  • Billions of Tons of Carbon Pollution

The mining and processing requires energy, thereby directly and indirectly consuming huge amounts of fossil fuels with the associated generation of greenhouse gases


  • Risk Contamination of Drinking Water for Two Million People

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was to run 1660 miles through a total of 6 Great Plains states in the U.S., a little below the land surface. For many of these miles the pipeline will would have been buried inside possibly the largest underground aquifer on the planet, the Ogallala Aquifer, which charges rivers, lakes, and marshes and supplies drinking and irrigation water to eight states. Initially, TransCanada was non-responsive to requests to revise the pipeline route to avoid this aquifer. Later, when it became clear that local and state governments in this area were increasingly resistant to the idea, the company changed its mind and now proposes the that the Keystone XL pipeline go around the aquifer.

  • Risk Contamination of Drinking Water for Two Million People

Because the bitumen is too viscous to be piped as is, it is mixed with a volatile liquid concentrate from natural gas, converting it into thin liquid. This liquid contains all the toxic and carcinogenic fractions found in regular crude oil. And the tar sands oil makes pipeline leaks more likely. It has high concentrations of chloride salts, sulfur, abrasive materials and acids, and it needs to be pumped at high pressure. All of this is hard on pipes, increasing the likelihood of ruptures.

  • Past Large Spills
    • Kalamazoo  River: TransCanada claims it can reliably prevent significant leaks in the pipeline, but empiric experience strongly suggests otherwise. In July 2010 a pipeline carrying this kind of slurry for TransCanada ruptured in Michigan, sending millions of gallons of it into the Kalamazoo River system. (U.S. government investigation of this episode reported many uncorrected erosion problems in the pipeline.)
    • Yellowstone River : In July 2011, an Exxon Mobile oil pipeline running along the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured, spreading crude oil into the river for miles, also with fumes forcing evacuations. And of course the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline - which is only half the length of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and contains oil which is less abrasive and corrosive than that of the Keystone XL, has experienced multiple significant leaks and ruptures over the years.

  • Underground Hidden Leaks

Unlike the Alaska pipeline, the Keystone XL would be underground, making it harder to detect non-massive leaks. Even the proposed project's own environmental impact statement apparently says that some slow leaks will not be detected for long periods.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sharply criticized the U.S. State Department's draft environmental impact statement for the project. The New York Times has called the project's environmental risks “enormous.” Leaking from the pipeline could pollute the Ogallala Aquifir for great distances, rendering water unfit for use by wildlife and humans.


TransCanada has been threatening landowners on the proposed route with eminent domain actions to frighten them into selling it right-of-way easements. An excerpt from to a ranch owner on this subject: TransCanada's letter

 “While we hope to acquire this property through negotiation, if we are unable to do so, we will be forced to invoke the power of eminent domain and will initiate condemnation proceedings.”


Opening of the proposed pipeline would:

  • Destroy Forests: substantially increase extraction of Canada's tar sands, thereby expanding the destructive impact on the boreal forest in Alberta.
  • Explode The Carbon Bomb: Also, of course, the extraction, processing and ultimate use (burning as fuel) - wherever the latter happens - will result huge additional discharges of carbon into the atmosphere with the attendant major impact on climate instability. Exploiting this, the second largest “carbon bomb” in the world after the Saudi oil fields, is what the top NASA climatologist, James Hansen, called, “Game Over for the climate”.
  • Not Reduce Gasoline Prices: The petroleum products rendered from the oil slurry after it reaches the end of the pipeline in Texas apparently are planned mostly (possibly entirely) to be sold on the world market, thus not substantively addressing this country's own needs for oil and its products.
  • No Long-Term Jobs: Construction of the U.S. segment of this pipeline would help generate some American jobs, but this temporary effect would end when the construction is completed. There will not likely be a substantial increase in employment at the U.S. gulf coast refineries that process the product.
  • Corporate Profits From Pollution: The big short and long-term “winners” look to be the corporate owners of the tar sands extraction operators in Canada and the corporate owners of the U.S. gulf coast refineries (as well as their investors). The “1%” and others near the economy's upper end will do fine, short and long-term.  But for the working and middle classes, the long-run jobs increase prospect looks slim.

published Setting up the 350 Bay Area Website in Blog 2012-10-04 00:27:06 -0700

The 350 Bay Area Blog

This blog is for you. 350 Bay Area posts relevant climate action and related justice information here.

We hope you find the website useful, informative and serving your needs.  Let us know your thoughts on our Suggestions page. Thanks for your contributions to our local effort and to the planet!

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published Spread the Word in Campaigns 2012-10-02 23:25:23 -0700

Spread the Word

Invite your friends and family to be part of the Solution and make the Bay Area a leader in fighting the Climate Crisis....

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We're fired up and ready to take the climate fight to the next level.

These are our campaigns for local climate action:


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Spread the Word

Tell your friends, family and coworkers about 350 Bay Area and our campaigns to help solve the climate crisis. Like, Post, Tweet, Email and even, what is that?... talk face-to-face with people about it.














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Rand Wrobel
Climate Activist, Technical Business Process Consultant, 350 Bay Area Comms Coord, Exec Dir. of nonprofit LilliWorks, Ultimate player/coach, and progressive.