More than 150 protesters on Friday blockaded the California State Office Building in downtown San Francisco and erected a 16-foot fracking well in the middle of an intersection to demand Governor Jerry Brown cease all drilling and fossil fuel extraction and respect climate justice.
Campaigners—who hail from labor, indigenous, student, and community organizations—were awaiting arrest at the time of publication, and their spirits remained "jubilant and defiant," Brooke Anderson, organizer with Climate Workers and Movement Generation, told Common Dreams.
The action was organized by the Bay Area Climate Justice Action Council, which brings together a broad array of organizations and affinity groups, and it comes just one day before thousands of people are slated to mobilize for the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland on Saturday.
"Idle No More is out here today to pressure Governor Brown from fracking in California," Pennie Opal Plant, organizer with the San Francisco Bay Area chapter, told Common Dreams. "The collusion at every U.S. government level with the fossil fuel industry is so outrageous that everyone should be out in the streets and protesting the demolishing of our water, our earth, and our air."