by Antoine Cloird
I’m a Richmond resident and I’m also a member of Local 324. I’m a laborer and a union member. We’re here to support the modernization project at Chevron, because we know that since the [previous project] got shut down our community has been affected. Not just by taxes, but just by paying bills and being able to have a comfortable life in our community.
Our union members are here to solidify our unity in our community and support this Chevron modernization project. There’s an old saying that if you want to be seen, you got to stand up…and if you want to be heard, you got to say something. So our community now is no longer going to stand by and be overlooked when these jobs come to our community and when people’s agenda is pushed before the community.
It’s my job as community activist to say to you, our city leaders, that Chevron is a participant not just a provider. They provide for nonprofits all over this community. And also they are the main player of Richmond. Without Chevron we’d be like Vallejo – broke. So can’t we all just get along? If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Our community is tired of falling for anything.
Cloird spoke during Open Forum at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.