Mosier Derailment Anniversary Observance and Rally

When oil trains derail, they explode. We saw this happen last year in Mosier, Oregon, dangerously close to the community school. Children had to be evacuated and families remained separated without any way of contacting each other for hours. On the first anniversary of this catastrophe, June 3rd, over 250 community members from across the region gathered to call for an end to reckless oil trains on the one-year anniversary of the dangerous oil train disaster in Mosier, Oregon. Tribal leaders, elected officials, and community members gathered at the Mosier Community School to send a clear message of support for Mosier.

All were united in their resolution to stop the flow of bomb trains to transport explosive, toxic crude oil through our communities.

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Tribal hip hop artists Kunu Dittmer and Fish Martinez shared their music at the rally. Their music resonated with the audience. Photo Credit: Gregory Monahan

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Photo Credit: Gregory Monahan

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Photo Credit: Kyle Ramey

Chairman of the Yakima Nation, JoDe Goudy, shown above and to the right, gave a highly evocative speech expressing empathy with the residents of Mosier telling them that they were collateral damage of a corporate business decision. He reminded us that tribal people are very familiar with the feeling that their lives and culture don’t matter and that we were all standing on tribal lands taken using “the doctrine of discovery” established by Papal Bull in 1493.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Credit: Kyle Ramey

Following the rally, participants marched to the sight of the derailment and down to the banks of the Columbia River where oil from the conflagration enter the river.

If you want to work to halt toxic dirty fuel trains through our communities contact:

Cecile Gernez, Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club Washington State Chapter, cecile.gernez@sierraclub.org

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