The Remember the Kalamazoo memorial event aims to remind us of the devastating effects of the inland oil spill that shocked the nation five years ago.

Taking place on Saturday, July 25, at the Burnham Brook Community Center in Battle Creek, the commemorative day will feature speakers from Battle Creek, Galesburg and Marshall, the communities most affected by the spill. The event will begin at 10 a.m., featuring workshops, keynote speakers and a healing walk.

The breach of Enbridge Line 6B spilled over 1,000,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, damaging surrounding communities’ economy and destroying local biodiversity. The memorial day will offer training on how to prepare if a similar situation were to again occur. In addition, a workshop will focus on effective ways to resist the focus on oil profits over people and the environment, with special attention on the threat of increased oil transportation from Tar Sands. The closing of the event will feature a walk to the Kalamazoo River.

To register for the July 25 Remember the Kalamazoo, visit this link or the Facebook event.

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