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Spare Change for Big Oil
On Saturday, August 4, people across Massachusetts will participate in grassroots tongue-in-cheek fundraisers for oil companies in need of financial support. Citizens will take to beaches, town squares, and farmer’s markets with donation cans and ask passerbys to pitch in to help Big Oil, Coal, and Gas.
The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the fact that, in this time of recession, economic stagnation, and hardship for many Americans, the Big Five oil companies - ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Shell - made a record $137 billion profits in 2011. Despite these record profits fossil fuel companies received $11 billion of taxpayer dollars in subsidies.
Inspired by the global grassroots network 350.org and organized by the citizens' group 350 Massachusetts, Spare Change for Big Oil! will be one of several simultaneous events in major towns across the state that day.
Somerville Climate Action will be staging this event in Union Square, Somerville on Aug 4th from 9:30am-12 in front of Bloc 11 Cafe and the farmers market.
More About Bloc 11 Cafe
Brick walls, 40 tables, sandwiches with local ingredients, art from Somerville natives and a huge bank vault in which to imbibe your daily caffeine intake? This is the wonderfully quirky Block 11. Owner Jennifer Park also owns the impossibly hip Diesel Café in Davis Square, but Bloc 11 has a decidedly more sophisticated feel than its hipster sister. Don't miss the courtyard seating or the freestanding fireplace in the back; watching new baristas learning how to pull the perfect espresso on the trainer machine behind the main counter is also entertaining. Of special note is "The 257" sandwich, a sinful concoction of prosciutto, ricotta from Capone's market across the street and caramelized onions.
Other events here
- Open Mic w/ Kristen Ford at Bloc 11 Weekly on Thursdays, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm