The first week of July marked the start of an international week of action aimed at highlighting the growing opposition to dangerous oil trains in the US and Canada. With over 70 events taking place across North America, this event is scheduled to commemorate the 47 people killed in the Lac-Mégantic 2013 oil train disaster by people taking up the struggle to fight against these oil trains in own communities.
As participants in the week of action, CCAN coordinated with members of Clean Water Action to raise awareness about the dangers that oil-train blast zones pose to the Baltimore community.
A number of Baltimore’s most iconic institutions are located in the “blast-zone”, which activists highlighted by using light projections on places like the National Aquarium and during the Baltimore Artscape Festival.
Additionally, on Wednesday July 6th CCAN and Clean Water Action delivered over 2000 petitions and handwritten letters to City Council President Jack Young calling for further action to be taken against dangerous oil trains in Baltimore city.
Wrapping up the week of action, activists participated in a Banner Drop at Camden Yards in Downton Baltimore in protest of oil trains that run alongside the stadium and threaten this beloved Baltimore institution.
The international week of action to #StopOilTrains reaffirmed the growing movement across North America to take back our communities from oil companies and explosive oil trains. Now, more than ever, is the time to get organized and get loud. To get involved, attend our monthly volunteer meetings to plan and strategize how to make our voices as loud as possible.