Week from today, ExxonMobil shareholders stage their annual meet and greet at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which means folks who work in and around the downtown might want to consider alternate routes. Looks like you might want to make it in before, oh, 8 a.m., as that's when The Exxon Enough! coalition -- consisting of members of the Dallas Peace Center; Peekskill, New York-based Consumers for Peace; and Houston-based Citizens League for Environmental Action Now -- plans its morning press conference in front of the Meyerson.
Topics will include "Iraq war-profiteering," "ExxonMobil’s dangerous goal in Iraq," "excess profits and high gas prices" and "ExxonMobil’s lack of investment in clean renewable energy." At noon on May 27, the group will hold a sort of preview press conference -- well, actually, an "Environmental Justice Hearing"-- at the Munger Place United Methodist Church.
The timing's certainly good for all concerned: As Friends will recall, May 27 is also the day David Sirota's book The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington goes on sale -- containing within its covers an entire chapter about one of these ExxonMobil meeting. In celebration, I will do a shot of unleaded every hour on the hour. --Robert Wilonsky
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