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Confronting Chevron, In Houston and Beyond
by Paul Donowitz
I'm leaving this morning for an exciting week in Houston, Texas, where community leaders and watchdog groups from around the world will expose and confront the oil giant Chevron, at its own shareholder meeting, on its global record of environmental harms and human suffering. Activities were kicked off last week by The True Cost of Chevron network, with the launch of the second annual The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report. ERI is proud to be part of this powerful and emerging civil society coalition, and we look forward to challenging the company on key issues this week.
I will be joined in Houston by Naing Htoo, our Program Coordinator in Asia, and Lindsey Ingraham, an ERI intern and recent George Washington Law School graduate, and we will be taking part in a number of activities throughout the week, highlighted by a trip inside the Chevron annual meeting to speak directly to the company's CEO and Board of Directors on the harms they continue to cause. We will also be holding public events in Houston to expose the true cost of Chevron's operations on the communities where it operates, including press conferences and a panel discussion. Later in the week, the coalition will keep the momentum going by coming together for a strategy retreat to drive this important movement forward.
We'll be blogging from Houston throughout the week, so please check back for more updates!