When: July 10, 2014 8:30 PM
Where: Old Michigan Central Station • 2198 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
One year ago today a train laden with oil from North Dakotas Bakken fields derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec causing a series of cataclysmic fireballs killing 47 people and destroying much of the town center. Worse, this tragedy was preventable but for lack of regulation which continues putting us all at risk.
On Thursday July 10th from 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm, folks from Detroit and all across SE Michigan will come together to “shed light” on the unjust water shut-offs in Detroit and stand alongside vigils and actions happening all across North America this week for the 1 year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic . The same explosive Bakken oil trains are heading to MI and refineries in Detroit in the next few years unless we the people say otherwise.
Our Messages: Water is a Right & It’s Time to Move Beyond Extreme Energy Extraction that Destroys Communities!
WHAT: Stand with us against oil trains coming into Michigan, and amplify the voice of those resisting the unjust water shutoffs in Detroit. You’ll hear live performances from some amazing young Detroit artists and musicians, learn about the Bakken oil fields from a Detroiter and resident D-CAT & MI-CAT(MI coalition Against Tar Sands), and hear about powerful work happening to halt the unjust water shutoffs plaguing families in Detroit. Photographers will be on site to capture moments throughout the evening and get the large DLB group photo. This will be a fun, free, family friendly event.
Bring a candle and come spread some light with the Detroit Light Brigade(DLB) “Batlight” and Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands(D-CATS). This event is in solidarity with residents in Lac-Megantic, and being organized alongside grassroots activists across North America, and with ForestEthics, MI-CATS, 350.org, Oil Change International and the Sierra Club.
WHY: At a time when the urgency for climate action is at its greatest in history, we cannot fall into the oil industry’s distracting debates on the ‘best methods’ to transport fossil fuels. As our movement has blocked climate-killing pipelines across North America, big oil has moved at an alarming rate to transport oil by rail. Yet despite dozens of oil train disasters, the oil industry is seeking to dramatically expand oil by rail in the US and in Canada.
In Detroit, we are facing upwards of 3k families getting their water shut off per week in an attempt to privatize the water system and break apart families and communities. This is a human rights issue and the People’s Water Board of Detroit are among those leading the way to halt the water shut-offs and address the real root issues.
Lac-Megantic’s struggle is a grim reminder to us all: Big Oil will stop at nothing to extract, transport, and burn every drop of oil in the ground. No matter the risk, no matter the cost to public health, safety, and the climate, the oil industry will jump at every opportunity to profit.
But now we say NO MORE. We the People Must Peacefully Rise!
No more exploding trains. No more tar sands. No more extraction. No more water shut-offs. No more reckless endangerment of our communities and our climate! Join our event on Thursday July 10th. RSVP HERE