Community Members Learn Rights Following Chevron Richmond Fire

Bishop Andre Jackson chaired community education meeting with Attorney John Burris as a speaker. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).

By Kia Croom A community rally, “Know Your Rights, Fighting for Justice,” informing Richmond residents about their rights following the Chevron Richmond fire, was sponsored by Healthy Richmond, the Law Office of John L. Burris, Healthy Communities and Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 25. The event, attended by more than 500 community members, was designed to provide guidance on how to process personal claims for damages citizens incurred as a result of the fire. “We decided to rally the community to educate them about their rights and help those seeking justice from Chevron. We wanted to let people know how to process claims and what to expect in these cases,” said Bishop Andre Jackson, Board Chair of Healthy Communities. “Events like this are the very best way for the community to make sure that Chevron understands the harm people face and also understands the need to compensate individuals who have been harmed,” said Jeff Ritterman, City Councilmember. Bishop Jackson served as master of ceremonies, and speakers included Burris, a civil rights attorney, Councilmembers Ritterman and other attorneys. Healthy Communities provided an on-site mobile medical van that treated approximately 80 people who reported medical needs resulting from the Chevron fire. Community members enjoyed complimentary refreshments and food. “We received great feedback from the citizens. Many people left better informed and prepared to take action,” Jackson said. Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.
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