🌹No Coal in Oakland – A Climate Action Committee Special Event

March 2, 2023

In 2015, “No Coal in Oakland” became the biggest environmental campaign in Bay Area history. A local Bay Area developer teamed up with the largest coal company in Utah, and an investment bank from Canada in a scheme to build a massive coal export terminal in West Oakland. Had the plan succeeded, two or three-mile-long coal trains would be rumbling through the East Bay spewing toxic coal dust into vulnerable communities

A broad coalition of labor, climate, environmental justice, faith, and West Oakland community activists came together to fight the developer Phil Tagami, a pal and business partner of then-Governor Jerry Brown. The powerful grassroots campaign built by No Coal in Oakland emboldened the Mayor and City Council to block the project despite the threat of lawsuits from the developer.

Tagami is now suing the City of Oakland for over $100 million for getting in his way. The coalition that stopped him didn’t happen by accident. Strategy played a major role in No Coal in Oakland’s successful leadership of the grassroots campaign against coal.

In this online event, Lora Jo Foo and Ted Franklin, two EBDSA members who have served on the No Coal in Oakland coordinating committee since 2015, will do a formal presentation of this multi-faceted struggle. Other comrades who participated in No Coal in Oakland will share their perspectives and there will be plenty of time for Q and A.

The most intense organizing took place before the explosive growth of DSA’s membership so the story of No Coal in Oakland may be unfamiliar to many in our East Bay chapter. Its legacy, though, lives on in Youth vs Apocalypse, the radical youth climate group, and a powerful local network of left climate activists.


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When: March 2, 2023, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: Zoom
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