Stop Oil Trains! A Jazz Funeral at the Schuykill River Park

Join your fellow concerned citizens at Schuylkill River Park at Spruce and 25th Streets to commemorate the 47 lives lost in the Canadian derailment of 2013 and to celebrate the solutions: Clean Energy, Green Jobs, and a Sustainable Future! 

We're meeting  at 2pm at the footbridge entrance to the park that crosses the train tracks at Locust Street. Prep your umbrellas and at 2:30 we will hear from our neighbors who live and breathe closest to this toxic infrastructure on a daily basis. 

Bring Your Own Umbrella to be adorned with fabric pom-poms, glitter, and bling so you'll fit right in to the New Orleans-Style Funeral Procession featuring the West Philadelphia Orchestra! 

WHY?Crude-by-rail shipments have increased more than FIFTY TIMES in the past 5 years. 35 million barrels were shipped here in January 2015, up from 700,000 barrels in January 2010. Over 500,000 Philadelphians reside within the 1/2-mile blast zone. The group is calling for
  • A ban on all tank cars in use today to end environmental injustices to the 700,000 Philadelphians within the 1/2 mile blast zone. 
  • More community workshops on crude by rail emergency response plans to protect public safety and community health
  • Support for the planning of a renewable and sustainable energy future in Philadelphia.
  • Commemorating the second anniversary of the oil train disaster at Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, where 47 people lost their lives.

2:00 pm -- Assemble at the footbridge area 
2:30 pm – Press Conference
3:00 pm – Remembrance of lives lost in Lac Megnatic
3:15 pm – March for environmental justice and solidarity across our nations – New Orleans style funeral procession with West Philadelphia Orchestra, decorated umbrellas and banners
3:30 pm through 5:00 pm - "Rainbow Bridge to Philly's Future" visual arts workshop and info-graphics gallery for ages 5-adult.- Rainbow balloon hanging- Child-friendly oil train and rainbow of renewables pavement chalking- Summer treats- Photo ops, outreach and creative happenings all afternoon! 

Location:Schuylkill River Park, 25th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, just upstream from South Street Bridge; main assembly at the pedestrian footbridge that crosses over the train tracks at Schuylkill River Trail Park.