Burien Resident Organizes “Boycott BP” Rally For June 12th
Allison Bond, a Burien resident, is organizing a protest against British Petroleum (BP) from Noon â€“ 2pm on Saturday, June 12th at Westlake Center, as part of a national “Worldwide Protest BP Day.”
Unless you’ve been living on a remote oil rig, you undoubtedly know that BP is currently up to its neck in a major, ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (to see a live video feed of this disaster unfolding, click here).
“I wanted to start this protest because I am tired of being an uninformed citizen sitting on the sidelines while corporate greed and negligent, irresponsible behavior goes unchecked and causes catastrophic events that destroy our natural environment,” Allison said. “An informed populace is inherently necessary for a true democracy to function, and that is exactly what I am striving for.”
Allison also adds:
I also wanted to start this protest to raise awareness about the inner workings of our government that has directly contributed to this disaster – our “representatives” are backed by contributions from oil companies which has lead to lax safety regulations and environmental exemptions that directly led to the gulf spill. Further on that point, I want to be certain that BP pays for this clean up. Exxon-Valdez was fined millions but tied themselves up in the court system for years, and ended up settling for a fraction of what they should have paid. We cannot allow this to happen with BP. I don’t understand how BP has the authority to block the media reporters and scientists from coming into the region – how is this allowed to happen? The public needs to be asking a lot more critical questions and demand answers – our government needs to feel the pressure of its citizens to not just push, but shove this issue in the direction it needs to go.
I’m currently working on writing letters to my representatives, senators, and congresspersons; joining activist groups in the Seattle area to make a further impact locally, as well as continuing to educate myself about these issues. I would love to go to the areas impacted by the spill – I think a “Natural Disaster Task Force” is crucial to have on hand in events like this, as well as the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. I would love to be part of a movement to help create a task force like this, in which people can sign up to be on-call if a disaster strikes and people need immediate help.
There is so much work to be done that it feels incredibly overwhelming, but seeing the waves of protests that are popping up not only nationwide but worldwide, is inspiring and gives me hope. I truly believe that public outcry has been a sleeping giant for so long that people just don’t know what to do and feel powerless. Each and every individual has the power to create change. I’m just one person who has never really been involved, yet here I am organizing a protest. To me, that’s powerful. Everyone can do this if we believe in it and join forces with other like-minded people to commit to change.
Here’s info from the Worldwide Protest BP Day Facebook page:
Since April 20 2010, thousands upon thousands of barrels of crude oil have been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Countless birds and marine life have been devastated beyond repair, as well as the livelihoods of fishermen that rely on the health of the Gulf to make a living. I am sick and tired of sitting back and not doing anything while these huge oil corporations run our country and destroy our fragile ecosystem. JOIN ME in staging a protest – bring your own signs, dress up, make a statement!!
The message I want to get across with this protest is that while yes, it is a boycott of BP, it is much more so a protest against big oil paying their way into our government and getting off scott free when BOTH are blatantly negligent and irresponsible in their standards of safety and environmental compliance. We’re protesting the government allowing subsidies to big oil to perpetuate our horrendous addiction to fossil fuels. We’re also rallying to push for renewable, clean energy to greatly lessen our dependence on oil and start chipping away at the powerful structure that keeps us in this cycle of repeating history. I’m done sitting down, staying complacent, and feeling powerless!