From July 6th to July 12th, over 70 events took place across North America as part of the third annual #StopOilTrains Week of Action.
Community members gathered at events ranging from vigils to rallies to flotillas in order to commemorate those killed in the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster in 2013 and to fight against oil trains in their own communities.
Here are some highlights.
We delivered a letter to President Obama
from 125 public officials, organizations and grassroots groups demanding he stop oil trains.
Milwaukee NAACP President Fred Royal spoke out about parked oil train cars on the North end of the city, describing it as a human rights issue. Co-organized by Citizens Acting for Rail Safety.
#StopOilTrains and #BlackLivesMatter Art
Balitmore residents delivered a #StopOilTrains petition with over 2,000 names to the City Council. A banner was dropped at an Orioles baseball game.
People of Portland, Vancouver (WA) and neighboring communities came together to remember the 47 victims lost in the 2013 tragic derailment and explosion.
Just over a month after an oil train derailed and caught fire in their hometown, over 80 citizens of Mosier gathered to take a stand against oil trains passing through Mosier and the Columbia River Gorge.
The Quinault Indian Nation hosted a Shared Waters, Shared Values march and rally in Hoquiam, WA against the proposed Gray’s Harbor oil train terminals. Kicking it off with a flotilla of traditional canoes, fishing boats, and kayaks, this event highlighted the threats that proposed oil train terminals pose to local waterways and the economy.
Over 100 people attended the 100th birthday party for the Skagit River Railroad Bridge in Burlington, WA on Saturday, July 9th. A birthday cake in the shape of a DOT-111 tank car brought attention to the old age of the bridge, and a flotilla of kayaks and canoes later gathered under the bridge for a photoshoot as an oil train passed overhead.
Local families and individuals gathered to call for an end to dirty energy projects. The event featured music, art, and kayaking.
Over 150 activists gathered in protest of the Phillips 66 rail spur proposal that would bring dangerous oil trains into the county. Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, spoke at the event.
People rallied in Lac-Megantic on Sunday, July 10th in remembrance of those who were killed by the oil train disaster three years prior.
Houston residents voiced their opposition to oil trains traveling through their city.
Activists marched in solidarity with those affected by the 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster.