On Saturday, April 29, an estimated 2,000 people gathered at Banning Park and marched to Tesoro Oil Refinery to protest the refinery’s planned explansion, reported MyNewsLA.com. This was in conjuction with the People’s Climate Marches happening nationwide to advocate for climate change reform and to oppose fossil fuel expansions. The march was purposely coordinated to be done on the 100th day of the Trump presidency to hold the administration accountable for its short-sighted rollback of climate and environmental protections, and to demand economic policies that help working people and support a livable planet.
A coalition of almost 100 groups endorsed the march to represent the full breadth of socioeconomic and cultural diversity in the region, including faith and labor leaders, workers, indigenous peoples, environmental activists, and more, coming together for just solutions to the climate crisis. Wilmington was selected as the community to host the rally because it is commonly refered to as ground zero for having the largest number of overlapping refinery air pollution plumes in California, according to a report by Communities for a Better Environment and because of the current controversy surrounding Tesoro’s Los Angeles Refinery Integration and Compliance Project (LARIC) known as the “Tesoro Expansion.”
Actress Jane Fonda, environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. and state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon were among the speakers at the rally.
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