Richmond Vice Mayor Eduardo Martinez then called for the crowd to take local action on climate justice. After his speech Martinez acknowledged, “The refinery is not going away” anytime soon, but said the city and community could find ways to live with its presence until it was eventually decommissioned.

Martinez, who is running for mayor of Richmond, said the refinery needs to contribute more in tax revenue to the city than it does currently. He also floated ideas like Chevron putting money into an industrial risk bond that would pay for damage to the city and community the refinery caused.

“Chevron needs to pay its fair share,” Martinez said.

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