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President of Ecuador Welcomes Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin




Quito, Ecuador – Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is in Ecuador this week to meet with President Rafael Correa to make common cause in their ongoing disputes with Chevron, one of the world’s six “supermajor” oil companies


ughlin, who has clashed with Chevron over environmental contamination at the company’s refinery in Richmond, on Tuesday accompanied President Correa to visit Lagro Agario, part of the Amazon rainforest, which is one of the zones affected by the company Texaco (now Chevron) during the 1970s through the 1990s.

The Lago Agrio oil field is well known internationally for serious ecological problems that oil development has created there, including water pollution, soil contamination and deforestation.

Since 1993, lawyers representing local residents have sought to force former well operator Texaco and its now parent company Chevron Corporation to clean up the area and to provide for the care of those allegedly affected.

In February 2011, an Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay $18 billion in compensation, a ruling the company called “illegitimate” and vowed to appeal.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, Chevron criticized Correa’s visit to the Amazon as a “media show.”

“President Correa has decided to interfere once again in the Chevron case, despite the appeal filed by the company before the National Court of Justice. This time he took the local and international press to sites (in the Amazon) and offered a distorted and inaccurate account of the history of these sites and who is responsible for any environmental impact,” the press statement said.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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