Offshore Drilling Hearing/Protest
Marriott Providence Downtown
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Date and time:
Feb. 28, 2018 at 5 p.m.
THE PLAN: Arrive at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street anytime before 5pm on Wednesday February 28. Dress as if you’re attending a public hearing; if you can, wear light blue in solidarity with the ocean. Enter the public meeting room where the DOI’s sham hearing is occurring.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/247483312455147/
On Wednesday, February 28, the Trump Administration is holding a SHAM hearing in Providence on their plan for offshore oil drilling in New England.
Instead of allowing the public to speak and be heard, they are setting up kiosks with biased info on how wonderful oil and drilling are, and asking people to speak “one on one” with Interior Department sales reps for the plan.
That is NOT what democracy looks like. That is a format designed to suppress and dissipate dissent.
To counter their sham hearing, we will hold a REAL hearing, at the same time and in the same room. This will be a peaceful and bold event designed to showcase our opposition to both Trump’s drilling plans and their phony public comment mechanism.
We need your help to have a huge turnout for this event!
To the best of our ability, we will conduct a proper hearing, allowing attendees to speak for up to 2 minutes each. Come prepared to applaud others’ statements, or if you like, deliver your own.
We have a right to be in the room, and we have a right to express our views to the federal government. Our action will make that loud and clear!
TRAINING MEETING Saturday 2/24: All attendees are encouraged to attend a training for this action. It will be held on Saturday Feb. 24, 3:30-5:30pm at 118 Gano St., Providence. We will rehearse how to organize ourselves for the hearing and how to interact with security. This training will be led by noted climate activist Tim DeChristopher.