Epic Chevron Battle Lands in Canadian Court

Epic Chevron Battle Lands in Canadian Court

Oil giant asks Canadian Supreme Court to rewrite laws in attempt to avoid seizure of assets by Ecuadorian rainforest communities

Ottawa, CA – Hockey. Maple syrup. Round bacon. Canada is known for many things. But it is also now, unexpectedly, the new battleground for one of the world’s most epic environmental litigations.

With sub-freezing temperatures and the first snow of the season on the ground, one might have thought that hell had indeed frozen over and that Chevron was finally ready to fight it out on the ice, as promised, in its effort to avoid paying a $9.5 billion judgment to Ecuadorian rainforest communities. But the hearing this month before Canada’s Supreme Court was just Chevron’s latest legal maneuver to deny justice to 30,000 Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities seeking clean water, healthcare, and a full remediation of the contamination the company left behind over two decades ago.

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Jon Soltz, VoteVets.org


Thanks to the generous contributions of veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters, we were able to cut a $25,000 check to Wreaths Across America last week.

What’s more, we connected the organization with former Congressman Patrick Murphy, who did his MSNBC Show, Taking the Hill, live from Arlington National Cemetery on the day volunteers laid wreaths across the country.

It was an amazing show – you can watch the first segment here.

Thanks for marking our participation a success for the second year in a row. We firmly believe that the holiday season is about giving, which is why we chose to raise money for other worthy groups like this, and not ourselves. We look forward to doing it against next year.

But first, we have a lot of work ahead of us after the new Congress is sworn in. We’ll have to work hard to avoid dramatic escalation in Iraq and Syria, while protecting the diplomatic progress with Iran. We’ll also have to fight to protect veterans’ health care, education, and job training from Tea Party cuts.

It will take your involvement – and we’ll be in touch soon.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman