Fracking and democracy

Democracy Talk

The Culver City Democratic Club is sponsoring a discussion about our community rights to health and safety and how they are usurped by corporate personhood at this months General Meeting. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7pm, at the Veterans Memorial Complex, Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230. The event is free and open for all to attend, no club membership is required.

Democracy School

On Sunday April 21st,  a 3 hr version of CELDF’s full day “Daniel Pennock Democracy School” will be offered at the Veterans Center starting at 4 pm.

Democracy School teaches citizens and activists how to re-frame exhausting and often discouraging single issue activism in a way that we can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights. Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and the earth.

Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and the earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic recent organizing in Pennsylvania and other locations by communities confronting agribusiness, sewage sludge, and quarry corporations.

Democracy School is made possible locally through the combined Global Exchange/CELDF “California Communities Rising Against Fracking Tour.”

Click here to reserve your spot to this free seminar.

Fracking and Democracy Event

Concerned about our community’s health and safety in the face of Fracking? Wondering how corporate oil and gas interests in our state are causing a democracy crisis here?

On March 23rd, Democracy and Environmental activists in Culver City join together with the West Los Angeles College Chapter President of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild. Their combined forces will be presenting an Action oriented seminar to halt fracking through the assertion of community rights and our rights to heath and safety.

West Los Angeles College will host a seminar on hydraulic fracturing and the democratic process entitled Fracking: The LA Story Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

West Los Angeles College is located at 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.

Parking is free in the South Parking Structure off of Albert Vera Dr.

Registration for the seminar at West LA College will take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Coffee will be served. You can stay for the event or the sections that interest you.

Hydraulic fracturing is the highly controversial practice commonly known as “fracking.” This is a means of extracting hard-to-get oil using highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals. Critics are concerned about toxic air emissions, pollution of groundwater and earthquakes in a densely populated urban area. Local activists from Culver City and Los Angeles–including academics and physicians–have been advocating for a moratorium or ban on fracking, in particular because the oil company PXP has announced it will employ fracking in the Baldwin Hills Oil Field, located adjacent to West LA College in Culver City and Baldwin Hills.

The program will open with remarks by WLA College president, Abu-Ghazaleh, followed by introductory remarks by WLA College student and college representatives.

James Dahlgren, MD, a member of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Advisory Committee with the UCLA Department of Medicine and co-chair of the Heavy Metals Subcommittee at the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, will discuss health hazards associated with chemicals used in the “fracking” process.

C. Tom Williams, Ph.D, a retired geologist and a representative of Sierra Club CalFrac, will present the history of fracking, while Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director of Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, will explain the impact of fracking as it relates to earthquakes, and air and water quality.

Culver City Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells will speak about local government’s role in providing public health and safety.

“It’s encouraging to see Culver City residents so actively involved in learning and sharing information about hydraulic fracturing,” Sahli-Wells wrote in an e-mail. “There is a great amount of concern over the practice both locally and worldwide, but surprisingly few people know that it’s going on in such a densely populated urban area as Los Angeles County. I hope this seminar will help the West L.A. College community get vital information about the issue.”

Gary Silbiger, a former mayor of Culver City, will discuss a proposal for a community ballot initiative intended to restrict Culver City or any municipality from allowing fracking and explain the method to change a city charter so that citizens can obtain protections.

Lance Simmens, Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, will describe the effects of fracking in Pennsylvania contrasted to fracking in California.

Olga Shewfelt, Professor of International Relations will provide closing remarks. Audience members will be invited to adjourn to an Action Plan Center, hosted by local and national organizations.

Co-hosts of the event are West Los Angeles College, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch, Make Culver City Safe, and Transition Culver City.

We hope you will be able to attend or support this momentous event.

Together democracy shall prevail, as we reclaim our right to clean air, drinkable water and stable ground to dwell upon!

Thank you for your support,