Why be for Chevron? 28 March 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Big Box Blogs, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Report back from Josh Russell
The sun hadn’t risen yet. After circling once under the cover of darkness, our van and truck pulled up to Chevron’s world headquarters. Our affinity group (Bay Rising Affinity Group aka BRAG!), burst out of the van and deployed our barrels, lock boxes, and bodies. The cops were waiting for us, but for some reason when we hopped out of the van, they ran the opposite direction. Welocked our arms into place.
Our barricade and occupation of Chevron’s entrance was in place in less than 60 seconds. We completely shut down the main entrance to Chevron’s International HQ. Initially we were worried that we wouldn’t have enough bodies to cross the whole 6 lanes of the entrance – but lucky for us, even though we didn’t reach the other side (at first!), the cops completely shut down the rest of it for us!
Directly related, this interview from (yesterday) Democracy NOW! on the office occupation campaign that is on-going for over two months now…
AMY GOODMAN: And the response of the Democrats? I mean these are Democrat-led bills in both the House, and now this week, the Senate, about to be voted on.
KATHY KELLY: The Democratic National Leadership, with Nancy Pelosi playing a very, very active role, I think, was very anxious about the 2008 elections. They don’t want to be pinned with any kind of allegations that they don’t support the troops. And so they have put forth a bill that would allow for the supplemental spending to go forward, and they have issued a timetable.
But I think Howard Zinn had it right. I mean imagine if the early abolitionists had said we want to see an end to slavery, but we’re going to extend a timetable that would extend it for two more years.
So we have great admiration for the congress people whom you named. I mean Mike McNulty in Albany New York was somebody who vigorously was for the war. He actually appeared at a press conference and apologized to the people who were vigiling on the streets of Albany, saying that he now realized that this spending is wrongful and it has to end.
But I think many people agree with their constituents, if we go into their offices and ask them, so who is asking you to prolong this war, the aides say nobody calls and asks for that.
So who is pressuring Nancy Pelosi and the democratic leadership to prolong the war?
We can’t help but think that it has a lot to do with the major weapon making companies, with the oil execs. And we are very disappointed, really, to see that even groups like moveon.org have gone along with this idea that the supplemental funding bill has to be passed but with some reservations.
And this is just a hoot:
AMY GOODMAN: So you’ll be leading the occupations of Senator Obama and Senator Durbin?
KATHY KELLY: Sure, we think that Senator Obama now has an extraordinary opportunity with a high profile as a presidential hopeful, and we have been disappointed that even though he says he’s against the war, he’s ready to continue paying for it.
AMY GOODMAN: And Hillary Clinton?
KATHY KELLY: Well, Hillary Clinton’s aides have been deeply distressed by people who stayed in her office.
They said that Hillary doesn’t want to be viewed as someone who supports the war.
But we have to insist that they can turn off the funding for the war if they don’t want to see it continue.
Tell Hillarious aides that it is failing … She and Bill supported – and support – this war. Fully.
Amy and KK then turned to a discussion of the ME refugee situation, the large numbers fleeing Iraq… with this at the close… the SHAME is that so many Democrats agree!
AMY GOODMAN: What is the solution overall?
KATHY KELLY: I believe that the overall solution is to bring these Unites States troops home. End the war and put very, very generous packages of reparation and reconstruction into an account that would be made available to Iraqis, but detach that from the United States military or the logistical military security companies that have been attached to the United States. Certainly the United States owes people in Iraq a huge apology for what has been done. However, it seems that President Bush’s statement in January was that he thinks the problem is that Iraqis aren’t showing a sufficient level of gratitude.
Last, is a point that DT raised in the previous thread… yes, maybe if you take Chevron ads, well… maybe you just plain old agree.
Words are cheap, especially when sold to a willing, jelly-like mass, but self-representation is just that: What you are willing to say about yourself.
Yet sometimes, many times, military force is a force for good. There are evil people in the world, doing evil things. And all the sanctions in the world, all the strongly worded denunciations, will never have the effect of a 1,000 pound bomb.
Last (really last), from Sabrina Ballerina in the previous thread:
If only Nancy hadn’t taken it off the table and if only the so-called progressive blogs had not treated part of the Constitution as ‘Impeachment Porn’ but as the legal remedy it was intended to be by the Founding Fathers, to rid the country of lawbreaking elected officials.
These blogs should should have been a megaphone for the people to uphold the Constitution, instead they acted like the hired hands of corrupt machine politics whose job it has been to muzzle the very voices they claim to represent.
Ironic how often we tried to tell them that once the magnitude of the crimes of this administration were made public, their concerns about votes in the Senate for conviction (or excuses) would no longer be valid. Once again the ‘pragmatists’ are proven wrong. Ironic that it is Republicans who are willing to discuss impeachment, and who are backing away from Gonzales, Cheney and increasingly from Bush.
Democrats lost the chance to be out front on responding to the concerns of the people regarding corruption by keeping everything on the table and by being very vocal about it.