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Hunger Strike Launched in Solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade: Demands That Valero Divest From Keystone XL (VIDEO)

From Tar Sands Blockade:

Earlier today,

Longtime Gulf Coast activists Diane Wilson and Bob Lindsey Jr. … locked their necks to oil tanker trucks destined for Valero’s Houston Refinery in solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade’s protests of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Valero Energy Corp. is among the largest investors in TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline that will terminate near the community of Manchester, located in the shadow of Valero’s refinery. Not only are Wilson and Lindsey blockading the Valero refinery, the two lifelong friends have also vowed to begin a sustained hunger strike demanding that Valero divest from Keystone XL and invest that money into the health and well-being of the people of Manchester.

As of the last update, Houston Police and Fire Department members had cut the locks used by Diane and Bob, and both were arrested. They launched their hunger strike from jail.

With a 90% Latino population, Manchester’s relationship with the Valero refinery is a textbook case of environmental racism. Residents there have suffered through decades of premature deaths, cancers, asthma and other diseases attributable to the refinery emissions. With little financial support for lawsuits and without the political agency necessary to legislatively reign-in criminal polluters like Valero, the community suffers while Valero posts record profits.

(Tar Sands / Valero Banner via Tar Sands Blockade)

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