‘Shell: No Arctic oil drilling!’

first_imgSeattle, May 18 — Since the start of this year, a groundswell of opposition has arisen against Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic. With barely any public notice, the Seattle Port Commission had granted a lease in early January for Shell to use Terminal 5 in that city to overhaul a Shell oil rig.In response, environmental groups went into high gear to organize opposition. The sHell No! Action Coalition was formed, partnered with Bayan USA, 350 Seattle, the Backbone Campaign, the Mosquito Fleet and Rising Tide, Seattle. They work with Native peoples, especially the Duamish, the First People of Seattle. People sent thousands of emails and made calls to port authorities, held waterfront demonstrations and public speakouts at Port Commission and City Council meetings.These activists organized a three-day Festival of Resistance beginning on May 16 and building for Mass Direct Action on May 18. On the first day, the coalition held a Shell No Kayak Flotilla. Hundreds of people in kayaks and canoes with anti-Shell flags flooded the Port of Seattle in Elliott Bay in the Puget Sound. The Duamish people and other Native peoples rowed larger canoes. A banner called for “Climate Justice!”The activists massed in front of the 400-foot-tall ­Polar Pioneer drilling rig platform, which had arrived only days before. A rally was held on a barge only a quarter-mile from the oil rig.Some 500 demonstrators, organized by the sHell No! Action Coalition, marched today on Seattle’s Terminal 5 where the oil rig is docked. They blocked entrances to the 50-acre site; no truck traffic went in or out, and the terminal was shut down all day. There were no arrests during this resistance action, reported participants.On Jan. 7, an article titled “Limiting Tar Sands, Coal, Arctic Oil Is Key to 2-Degree C Goal,” appeared in the journal Nature. Its premise is that Arctic oil must be left in the ground and not burned to avoid catastrophic climate change. This attracted much attention from environmental activists in Seattle and elsewhere.Additionally, the arrival of Shell’s monster Polar Pioneer oil rig happened on the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster (also known as the BP oil spill) in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven people were killed on April 20, 2010, in what is known to be the worst oil spill in the petroleum industry’s history.White House OKed Arctic drillingThe White House gave the green light on May 11 for the oil rig to come in, when Shell won conditional approval to drill in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. The oil giant intends to drill in 140 feet of water in an area with major storms and waves up to 50 feet high. The risks for a major oil spill are very high.Shell’s record in Alaska is disastrous. In 2012 their drill rig Kulluk ran aground; Shell pleaded guilty to eight felony offenses related to safety.Washington’s easy approval is due to the oil monopolies’ tight control over the capitalist state. Shell Oil and allied oil corporations, together with the banks and the military-industrial complex, occupy the commanding heights of the capitalist system.Shell made over $15 billion in profits in 2014. Petroleum products are contained in consumer and industrial commodities everywhere in the capitalist markets. Big Oil dictates the oil wars against the peoples in the Middle East and Africa.Drilling for oil is an attack on the Indigenous peoples of the Arctic and oppressed countries across the globe who are struggling against rising oceans from Bangladesh to Barbados. Arctic drilling is a direct assault on the Kyoto Treaty and other international agreements attempting to stop global warming.The capitalists’ insatiable drive for profits must be met by a rising tide of working-class militancy and solidarity. The struggle must be aimed against this heinous system which threatens the planet and all its inhabitants.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Holy Family Church: Journey to the Center with Fr. Michael Fish OSB CAM

first_imgFaith & Religion News Holy Family Church: Journey to the Center with Fr. Michael Fish OSB CAM August 24-25, Mater Dolorosa Retreat House Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | 8:37 pm 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Last year, Fr. Michael Fish walked the 500 mile pilgrimage of the Camino Santiago in Spain. Everyone is invited to attend a 3 day retreat using the Camino Santiago as a map to the “Journey To The Center”. People of faith have gone into the desert and mountains on retreat to be sensitive to the presence of God for thousands of years. Today, there often comes a time when we must say “no” to the busy-ness we have created in our life and simply say “yes” to the part of ourselves that needs a time and space for deeper communion with God.Cost $325.00. For more information contact Karen Judson, [email protected], (818) 249-9419. Passionist retreat centers provide that time and space to be with God in a more intimate way. Michael Fish is Camaldolese monk and a member of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur California. He currently lives as a hermit, in solitude and prayer. Solitude is only part of his calling and he offers retreats, talks and spiritual direction to his brothers and sisters in religious and lay communities. Michael with the assistance of contemporary writing and teachers, especially Thomas Merton, continues to develop the notion of “the inner monk”, “the hermit in the world” and how to live a monastic rhythm in the world.Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, (626) 799-8908 or visit www.holyfamily.org Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Subscribe Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more