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5 Years after the BP Gulf disaster: Remember, Reflect, Reimagine

5 years ago today I sat with Clayton Thomas Mueller and George Poitras in rural Wales, both stranded in the UK after the BP Annual General Meeting. In the wake of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, all planes were grounded for a week.  After a walk on the moors we came back to hear the news of the oil rig that had exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. We watched on the live stream as plumes of petroleum spewed into the ocean. Just 4 days prior we had sat in the BP Annual General meeting, telling shareholders about the climatic devastation being caused by tar sands.  An older gentleman in the audience piped up, stating his concerns about the cement being used for […]

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BP attempts to silence Community Resistance to BP’s ‘Extreme Energy’ at Annual General Meeting

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, representative of devastated communities from Gulf Coast confronts BP board over failure to address environmental and social damage. Solidarity activists refused entry into the meeting.    Suzanne Dhaliwal (UK Tar Sands Network) on +44 (0)7772694327 Today, outside the BP Annual General Meeting, UK Tar Sands Network, CoResist and Rising Tide held up a 30ft colourful fishing net decorated with messages, images, and slogans from the coastal communities who still feel the impacts of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Monday, 20th April 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of the offshore drilling accident that killed eleven workers and spewed over 4.9 million barrels of oil  into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days.  “Once abundant oyster, shellfish and fin fish populations […]

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Fossil Free-dom Fighters Join in Solidarity

Dear Fossil Free-dom Fighters, Crystal Lameman from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and I are writing to you from the road with the fine People and Planet folks. We have been meeting with students, climate justice activists and friends to talk about how we can deepen the links of the amazing Divestment movement with frontline resistance to devastating energy extraction at the source. Fossil Fuel companies are wreaking havoc on the lands of First Nations communities in Canada and since 2010 we have been speaking truth to corporate power at the BP Annual General Meeting. 5 years ago, just days after that meeting the Gulf was devastated by the biggest offshore spill in history as a BP well exploded. Since then […]

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Shareholders barred from entering BP AGM for criticising tar sands

11.04.13 Today at BP’s Annual General Meeting two campaigners were refused entry to the meeting, despite holding legitimate paperwork. Emily Coats, from the UK Tar Sands Network, was told she was ‘not welcome’, despite being a shareholder, because she had previously protested against BP’s involvement in the tar sands. Eight other campaigners, holding shares or proxies, were able to gain entry to the AGM, after invasive ‘random’ searches, where they put pressure on the board to defend the direction it is taking the troubled company. Two of these campaigners were escorted from the meeting when they tried to exercise a right to respond to BP’s inadequate answers to their questions. “I own a share in BP so was shocked to […]

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Questions we asked BP at their 2013 AGM

1. On page 44 of your Sustainability Review, you say BP commits to respecting all internationally recognized human rights. Can you confirm for us whether this includes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? If so, this is significant, because it includes the right to free, prior and informed consent before the approval of any project affecting Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and other resources – in other words, the right for an indigenous community to say no. Would BP be willing to shelve a project if a local indigenous community says that they do not want it? If the answer to this question is no, then will you amend your reporting in future so as not to mislead […]

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Get involved this month!

In the next few weeks we have not one but TWO exciting actions coming up and we would just love to have you there. Sunday 18th November ‘Out, Damned Logo!’ Shakespearean flashmob The Reclaim Shakespeare Company season finale in the British Museum. Tuesday 20th November Down with Dirty Oil Diplomacy Oil executives, bankers and dirty diplomats will be gathering at Canada House to plot and scheme about how to expand the tar sands industry and turn Canada into an energy superpower. Read more about both events»

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The Merchant of Darkness – The story of BP & the Reclaim Shakespeare Company

A play of three acts telling the story of BP, ‘a merchant of most monstrous greed’, the RSC ‘a goodly company of players’ and the rebel performers who seek to remove the mask from BP’s face. Inspired by the Bard and wise to BP’s ‘deep and dark desires’ the rebel players, known as ‘The Reclaim Shakespeare Company’, have performed many times at RSC productions. Using the brief interlude before the start of a play they have jumped upon the stage to make clear their concerns about the oil giant’s sponsorship of the World Shakespeare Festival. All our theatrical interventions and our manifesto can be seen at http://www.bp-or-not-bp.org

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Shakespeare would have seen through BP’s greenwash

Dear friends, The Reclaim Shakespeare Company surpassed itself last Saturday, jumping on stage at Stratford-upon-Avon in its SEVENTH anti-BP-sponsorship performance intervention since launching in April. Watch the film, if only for BP’s magnificent yellow stockings, cross-gartered. The Independent then reported the action, not just in an article, but also in an editorial which claimed that the bard himself may well have approved of such protests! The action followed hot on the heels of some audacious pop-up performances at the British Museum’s BP-sponsored Shakespeare Live night. Go actorvists!! Shakespearean antics aside, there’s a lot going on in the global struggle to stop the tar sands at the moment. Some of the highlights include: utterly inspirational direct action in Texas by people […]

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‘Out damn logo!’ We take to the stage. Twice.

Dear actor-vists, This week, the Reclaim Shakespeare Company is back with a vengeance, jumping onto BP-sponsored stages and performing guerrilla Shakespeare before startled but receptive audiences. Get the full story below, along with the latest on the Greenwash Gold campaign, which is coming to a head as the Olympics hurtle towards us. 1. ‘Out damn logo!’ 2. Will BP win Greenwash Gold? 3. Upcoming event: Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love As you know, the arts are underfunded – and our particular brand of pop-up performance is no exception. Could you help us do more of these interventions by making a donation? We promise to spend it on creative action against oil industry sponsorship of the arts. Love not logos, Jess, Emily, Sue and Ruthi […]

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Greenwash Gold protest takes our message direct to LOCOG’s Head Offices (guest blog)

Originally published on Monday, 18 June 2012. Written by Bhopal Medical Appeal This morning, protesters from the London Mining Network, UK Tar Sands Network and the Bhopal Medical Appeal, the campaign groups behind the Greenwash Gold 2012 campaign, protested outside LOCOG headquarters. After LOCOG’s constant refusal to meet any of the groups involved in the Greenwash Gold campaign about the London Olympics’ controversial corporate sponsors, we thought we should take our message right to their front door. We took giant dummy megaphones to project our message to the LOCOG offices. We asked LOCOG to send down a representative to meet us, but once again LOCOG refused to engage. This is in spite of the fact that, following Drop Dow Now’s […]

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