October 24, 2007

Detroit SDS - No War! No Warming!

Local SDSers turned out in force with other youth and students from the Detroit area and across the country to demonstrate for an end to America’s addiction to oil, that drives global climate change and virtually endless resource wars.The action took place in Center Line, MI at the largest Toyota dealership in Michigan, owned by Penske auto. The action took place on a nationwide day of action called Freedom From Oil campaign, which is putting pressure on automakers to meet higher fuel efficiency standards.
About ten participants turned out for a high energy Oil Enforcement Agency raid, to ticket SUVs for fueling the country’s addiction to oil, and to pressure the dealership owners to put pressure on automakers to adopt a more efficient fleet. Two participants were arrested for trespassing and disturbing the peace after dropping a 15-foot banner from the roof of the dealership, branding Toyota as driving war and warming.
Some have asked why the action targeted Toyota instead of American automakers with less efficient fleets. Action organizers explain that Toyota is “greenwashing” their brand by claiming to have environmentally sustainable practices through hyping up their hybrid technology while expanding just as fast in the SUV market.
Keep watching the blog for a personal report back from one of the arrested. In the meantime, check out awesome pictures of the action from SDSer Carmen Mendoza-King on Flickr!