While it’s very short notice, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of flash mobs today around the country at BP gas stations on the one year anniversary of the start of the worst oil disaster in US history. As the Huffington Post notes, not a single major law on oil or gas drilling has been passed by Congress since this environmental catastrophe, and BP has yet to clean up or pay for its mess.
Here are the instructions for today’s actions on Power Shift 2011’s website:
1. Register your event: Create a Facebook event for your flashmob and use the sign-up tool below or text BP to 228466 to put your action on the map!
2. Make a plan: Pick a BP station near you, and a agree on a meeting time and place with a group of friends. Agree on how you’d like to make your voices heard on Wednesday.
3. Get the materials you need:Print the signs and fliers from this site, then find your props, and cameras to record the event. Make sure someone in your group agrees to bottom-line bringing each of these to your event.
4. Spread the word: Post fliers in your school or community, make a Facebook event, Tweet about it, call or send an advisory to local media outlets — do whatever you need to do to get a big crowd for your event.
5. DO IT! Have a great time.
6. Tell the world: Take great video and photos, and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Post them on Flickr and Youtube with the tag MakeBPPay and share them with friends, family, press and community. Tweet your event with the hashtags #powershift and #makebppay
And if you want to join an event that has already been organized, check out the map on this website, which links to the Facebook pages with the details for each local action.
Also, as the Wonk Room writes:
…the Gulf Restoration Network… has a national petition to hold President Obama accountable and implement the Oil Spill Commission recommendations to ensure Louisiana and its sister states come back stronger.
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