At its February meeting the First Church Green Ministry Team decided to support an advocacy initiative this spring called No Coal in Oakland, an effort that seeks to prevent a new terminal at the Port of Oakland being used to ship millions of tons of coal from the Mountain states throughout the world.
The First Church Green Team was represented, along with other faith communities, at the February 16 meeting of the Oakland City Council and voiced opposition to the plan. Fortunately, the Oakland City Council appears to be solidifying its opposition and is developing a new policy that will ban all coal exports from the city. Stopping coal shipping from Oakland is one step toward reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
For more information on the issue, see the following article from the Sunflower Alliance, ?Momentum Builds to Ban Coal Export from Oakland,? 2/20/16.
A rally will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 1 pm at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza to let the City Council clearly hear the voice of the people.
The Oakland City Council will next consider the issue at its meeting on Monday, June 27 at 5:30 pm at Oakland City Hall. The Green Team urges that you consider signing one or more of the several petitions that are circulating to voice your opposition to coal transshipment in Oakland, including: