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Alameda Beach Slated as Venue for Offshore Drilling Protest

Oil washed up on Alameda beach last November at Crown Memorial Beach and other areas after an oil spill  due to tanker refueling problems. The spill led to beach pollution and closed beaches, and it also killed some wildlife and left dozens of birds covered in oil. 

Now, the nation is grappling with the widespread effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the April 20 explosion at a deep-water rig owned by British Petroleum. The resulting pollution and other impacts have prompted some groups in Florida and other areas to organize protests against oil drilling.

 Hands Across the Sand will take place at noon Saturday, June 26, on Crown Beach in Alameda as part of a global protest and in support renewable energy development.

The event in Alameda is part of a widespread effort put together by the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and many other non-profit organizations.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 11 a.m. this Saturday.  At 12 p.m., participants will hold hands for 15 minutes in support of clean beaches and clean energy.

If possible, event organizers say, participants should walk or bike to the area.

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Alameda Action at City Hall

Several protestors taking a stand against British Petroluem and speaking out in support of Gulf Coast residents, wildlife and communities turned up at City Hall on June 8, election night for several statewide measures, as well as local and statewide primaries.

Many Alameda and Bay Area residents feel a strong sense of solidarity with the Gulf Coast after recent oil spills in San Francisco Bay hurt wildlife and polluted area beaches, including Alameda’s Crown Beach.

Also, for those residents wondering about Measure E results, you will have to hold on another two weeks. June 22 is the official day when the mail-in ballots for the latest Alameda parcel-tax measure are due, and the election period is officially over.

Between now and then, expect the vocal supporters and opponents of Measure E to be out on the streets (or, at least on the lawns with signs) and all over the Internet with their respective messages.  

(Thanks to James Fryer for the image.)