Oh Brave New World that hath such creatures in it! Selkie and I went to Oroville this morning with Charles and Kathy. After the San Bruno pipeline rupture PGE decided they need 30 feet clearance for all pipelines in the state. They paid off the Oroville City authorities and have cut many trees (and will be heading to Chico next to negotiate the same deal behind closed doors.) Some optimists tried to rebuild new trees but these trees along the old cemetery are over over a hundred years, planted well before the pipelines went in. And luckily the people of Oroville aren’t going to let anymore of them be cut down. There is one more meeting before Wednesday when the chainsaws return. If they come back we’ll be waiting for them. We rushed back to Chico in the 59 MPG Jetta (on bio-diesel) and then I rode my bike downtown to the nut factory where the march against police violence, white privilege and racism was just starting. I donned an ACLU tee shirt and took up the role of Event Monitor but these young people were orderly and their soft blockades were short and calm– marchers and motorists alike. The police only sent one patrol car.
I’m tired but so grateful to have had such a stirring and positive day. I loved the energy, the speeches and the people themselves. We can have a better world with these new leaders and determined justice seekers.