05-24-09 by dugan
Organized protest has come a long way from crude cartoons and thrown-together "white papers." For tomorrow’s annual meeting at Chevron’s San Ramon, CA, headquarters, a loose environmental and activist coalition has produced an alt-version of the annual report and (even more fun) its own take (pdf) on Chevron’s greenwashed "Will You Join Us" ads. Protests expected, too. Here’s the gorgeous website, with a slideshow of the fake ads, the alternative annual report, and info about tomorrow’s "True Cost of Chevron" events. Festivities begin at 7 a.m.
A lot of the credit for this gathering of artists, writers and activists goes to Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Tyranny of Oil." I’m sure Chevron CEO David O’Reilly will thank her for turning a dull celebration of profit into something much more complex, gripping and honest. If you’re in the Bay Area, go.
Bonus alert: There were two sets of alt-Chevron ads produced. The one linked above, which is beautifully professional and expressive. And a more guerrilla-style set, funnier, by Jeff Grubler of InsaneReagan.com. Watch this OilWatchdog space for Jeff’s ads as a slideshow.