Stand with No Coal in Oakland at a press conference to launch a grassroots campaign demanding that developer Phil Tagami drop his lawsuit against the city for banning a coal export terminal. Monday, Jan 30, is the day the city’s response to the lawsuit is due.
After a year-long campaign involving many communities throughout the city, the Oakland City Council voted to ban coal exports from the development at the Old Oakland Army Base, because of the threats it would pose to health and safety.
If the lawsuit succeeds, the people of Oakland could be subject to the proven health and safety risks of coal. But it could also have disastrous national impact.
The lawsuit claims that the ban on the coal terminal is illegal because only the federal government can make regulations that involve interstate commerce and hazardous materials. If this suit is successful, it would prevent local communities from protecting themselves from any environmental catastrophes. By definition, when we talk about environmental pollutants, we are talking about hazardous materials!
The press conference will include speakers from labor, faith, and community groups that fought together against the coal terminal.
Mon Jan 30, 1 pm
Rotunda Building in front of Tagami’s office at 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza #340, Oakland,