West Side Missionary Baptist Church Honored for Role in No Coal Campaign

West Side Missionary Baptist Church and its pastor, Rev. Ken Chambers, were honored for their outstanding contributions to the No Coal in Oakland campaign at California Interfaith Power & Light’s 10th annual awards ceremony on November 15.  CIPL is an interfaith group responding to climate change, with members from Islamic, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Unitarian, and many other spiritual traditions.  At this year’s annual awards ceremony, attendees shared food, offered prayers, and celebrated climate care and advocacy work being done by congregations ...

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NCIO Campaign Report Published, August 2016

No Coal in Oakland: A report on the campaign
In August 2016, No Coal in Oakland member Margaret Rossoff, following consultation with several others in the group, completed a report summarizing the NCIO campaign's origins, strategy, tactics, organization, and key documents. In the report's introduction, Rossoff explains: Many activists have expressed interest in an account of how the No Coal in Oakland campaign was organized.  This article is a response, but is not a history.  It is structured thematically rather than chronologically, and the many amazing activists and organizers are not identified by name. ...

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Victory: Oakland’s Coal Ban Becomes Law

Rev. Ken Chambers of Oakland's West Side Missionary Baptist Church addresses the Oakland City Council just before the council's final approval of a ban on coal in Oakland, 2016-07-19. Photo credit: Steve Masover.
On July 19, 2016, the Oakland City Council approved the ban on coal initially approved three weeks before. The vote on the council's Consent Calendar, on which the coal measures were included, was unanimous: 8-0, with all council members in attendance. Prior to the vote, No Coal in Oakland member Aaron Reaven thanked the council for approving the coal ban at its special meeting on June 27, 2016, and asked that changes to its process for hearing community input be considered, to prevent "political thuggery" in which paid political operatives are permitted to shout ...

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No Coal Coalition Receives Eco-Warrior of the Year Award

Oakland Rising Townie Award logo
At a party that drew many to downtown Oakland last night, Oakland Rising presented Townie Award for Eco-Warrior of the Year to the No Coal in Oakland coalition.  On hand to accept the award were Katy Polony of Sunflower Alliance and Brittany King of the Sierra Club.  Oakland Rising is a five-year old organization that aims to build and wield mass-based progressive political power, align and coordinate social justice forces, and develop new leaders in Oakland. Oakland Rising also named the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters as Townie of the Year, Nicole Lee as Youth ...

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National and Local Press Reports Oakland’s No Coal Vote

Grand Lake Theater marquee displaying thanks to City Council for voting to ban coal Credit: Jahahara
Numerous articles have appeared in the local and national press concerning the Oakland City Council's historic vote on coal: Oakland City Council votes to ban coal — from Utah or elsewhere — at its new port (Salt Lake Tribune, June 27, 2016) Utah counties determined to find port for coal (Deseret News, June 27, 2016) Oakland Votes to Block Large Shipments of Coal (New York Times, June 28, 2016) Oakland bans coal shipments in a blow to planned export facility  (Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2016) Oakland Council Bans Coal Shipments, Citing Health Risks ...

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City Council Votes 7-0 to Ban Coal in Oakland

No Coal in Oakland rallies outside City Hall in advance of the special meeting, chanting and drumming in opposition to a crowd of West Oakland residents favoring the 100-200 permanent jobs coal shipment through Oakland would provide over the community's health and safety, 2016-06-27. Photo credit: Steve Masover.
In a resounding victory for No Coal in Oakland organizers and allies, Oakland residents, the Greater Bay Area community, and Planet Earth, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously on June 27, 2016 to prohibit shipping and handling of coal in Oakland. At a special meeting that began at 5:00 pm and packed the council chambers and three overflow rooms at City Hall, seven of Oakland's eight councilmembers heard summaries of reports by Assistant City Administrator Claudia Cappio and public health expert Zoë Chafe. Testimony was offered by many dozens of Oakland's ...

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Hundreds rally in Oakland to demand No Coal – No Compromise

Hundreds came out to City Hall (Oscar Grant Plaza) to call for "No Coal - No Compromise" on a sunny Saturday afternoon two days before the Oakland City Council takes up a proposed ban on coal storage and handling at the city's export terminal at a special meeting, Monday 27 June at 5pm. No Coal in Oakland activist Michael Kaufman reminded the crowd of Monday's special meeting of the City Council, and outlined what each Oaklander can do to influence the council vote -- whether they were able to attend the rally or not. Details on how to phone and e-mail your support for ...

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Call for federal investigation of Oakland coal terminal financing

Mr Money Bags mural by "Alec" in Los Angeles, photo by Aisle Twenty Two via Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/aisle22/9181719818
A letter sent by conservation, health, and good-government organizations to Attorney General Loretta Lynch  on June 20, 2016 calls for a federal investigation into potential legal and ethical violations in Utah's $53 million publicly funded loan to fund a coal export terminal in Oakland. The letter was sent on behalf of Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, Alliance for a Better Utah, HEAL Utah, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, the Grand Canyon Trust, Living Rivers, and the Center for Biological Diversity. As the Salt Lake City Tribune reports: ...

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Total Ban on Coal in Oakland Set for Vote June 27

The City announced on Friday that a ban on coal storage and handling at Oakland’s proposed bulk terminal will be on the City Council's agenda on Monday, June 27, at 5 pm.  This is the City's first official confirmation that an outright ban will be put to a vote. Activists from No Coal in Oakland are optimistic that the full City staff report, due to be published late in the week, will recommend City Council action to ban coal and not a compromise with the developer that would endanger public health and safety in Oakland and increase greenhouse gas concentrations ...

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Public health experts expose coal hazard ‘protection’ fallacies

Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre marquee advocating "No Coal in Oakland." Photo credit: Toni Morozumi.
Coal proponents have advertised they will use new technology to shield port workers and their West Oakland neighbors from the toxic, corrosive, and explosive dangers of transporting coal through the former Oakland Army Base. But fantasies can't protect Oakland's workers and families from coal's frighteningly real threats. Up to 620 tons of dirty coal dust blown into West Oakland every year? That's what a Public Health Advisory Panel on Coal in Oakland figures in their report, An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland [1]. ...

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