Join us August 30th for #GulfSouthRising’s Final Report Webinar

Last year the 2015 Gulf South Rising initiative set out to make a few things clear: The Gulf South is where long-term change for the nation has historically been generated, and is where the nation should invest in building power. As the seas that connect to the Gulf South rise, so do the people.

Download the #GulfSouthRising Final Report Here

About Us

A few words ABOUT US

Gulf South Rising (GSR) is a coordinated regional movement created to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). Through collaborative actions and events around strategic dates in 2015, like the 5-year commemoration of the BP Oil Crisis and the 10-year commemoration of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, GSR demands a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies, and unjust practices that hinder equitable disaster recovery and impede the development of sustainable communities.


Organizations committed to the Gulf South Rising initiative made decisions to follow the six Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice established by Black, indigenous, Mexican, and Asian movement veterans in 1996:

  • Be Inclusive
  • Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing
  • Let People Speak for Themselves
  • Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality
  • Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves
  • Commitment to Self-Transformation


Our year-long initiative will:

  • Build regional movement infrastructure
  • Convene frontline communities around collective healing and ecological equity
  • Advance regional efforts of indigenous tribal and land sovereignty
  • Shift the regional narrative from resilience to resistance


From 10 years of challenges and triumphs working in the Gulf South, we’ve established the following values:

  • The honoring of local frontline leadership
  • Full transparency and accountability of processes
  • Shared liberation

GSR Strategy Document

Gulf South Rising is an open source organizing tool to connect the realities and shared liberation of all frontline communities in the region. For more on Our Strategy please download the Gulf South Rising 2015 Strategy Document

GSR Community Messaging Summary Document

The purpose of this document is to offer messaging ideas developed through a collective process that prioritized grassroots leadership from the region.
The hope is to elevate the voices of those most impacted such that the untold stories of survival, disaster response, and disaster recovery are amplified during the 10-year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina.


We are not an organization. We are not a coalition.

We are frontline communities in the Gulf South rising together for justice and equity.

Gulf South Rising Participants include:

1st Unitarian Church, New Orleans – New Orleans, LA – Louisiana – Southeast Region, USA

Advancing Equity & Opportunity Coalition – Southeast, USA

Advocates for Environmental Human Rights – New Orleans, LA

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Birmingham, AL

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network- Birmingham, AL

Alternate ROOTS – Southeast Regional

Bayou Interfaith Shared Organizing (BISCO) – Thibodaux, LA

Black Spring NOLA – New Orleans, LA

Black Youth Project – NOLA- New Orleans, LA

Catalyst- Miami- Miami, FL
Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal – New Orleans, LA

Coastal Women for Change – Biloxi, MS

Community In-power and Development Association Inc – Port Arthur, TX

Community Justice Project, Inc.- Miami, FL
Cry You One Ensemble – New Orleans, LA

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University – New Orleans, LA

Divest Tulane – New Orleans, LA

Do it for the Youth – New Orleans, LA

East St. Tammany – NAACP, Slidell, LA

EEECHO- Gulfport, MS

European Dissent- New Orleans, LA

Fight for 15- Louisiana – New Orleans, LA

Florida New Majority- Miami, FL

Florida Young Democrats- Miami, FL
Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center – New Orleans, LA

Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable – New Orleans, LA

Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy – Slidell LA & Gulf South Regional Anchor

Gulf Future Coalition – Gulf Coast South Regional

Gulf Resotration Network – New Orleans, LA

Gulfport Branch- NAACP – Gulfport, MS

GO FISH Coalition – Southeast, LA

Hijra House – Bay St. Louis MS

Immaculate Heart, CDC – Lucedale, MS

Junebug Theater Company – New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Oystermen’s Association – LA

Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation – New Orleans, LA

Mississippi Coalition of Vietnamese Fisherfolk and Families – Biloxi, MS

National Council of Elders – Southern Cohort, USA

Nfungotah, Inc.- New Orleans, LA
Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center – Hattiesburg, MS

Peace by Piece/AFSC- New Orleans, LA

Poarch Band of Creek Indians – Alabama

Public Lab – New Orleans, LA

Project South – Southeast Region & Atlanta, GA

Southwest Worker’s Union- San Antonio, TX

Steps Coalition – Biloxi, MS
Seminole Nation – Florida

Sierra Club Chapter – Mobile, AL

Sierra Club Chapter – New Orleans, LA

So-called Media – New Orleans, LA

South Alabama Center for Fair Housing – Mobile, AL

Southern Movement Assembly – Southern, USA

Southwest Workers Union – San Antonio, TX

t.e.j.a.s. – Houston TX

The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS) – Dothan, AL

The Star Institute- New Orleans, LA

Tulane Environmental Law Clinic @ Tulane University- New Orleans, LA

United Houma Nation – South Louisiana

University Sin Fronteras – TX, GA, FL, & Regional

VAYLA – New Orleans, LA

Voice of the Ex-offender (VOTE) – New Orleans, LA

Women with a Vision – New Orleans, LA

WordPlay NOLA- New Orleans, LA

Workplace Justice Project @ Loyola College of Law – New Orleans, LA

Zion Traveler Cooperative – Braithwaite, LA

National Allies of Gulf South Rising

American Friends Service Committee
Amnesty International, USA

ATD Fourth World Movement

BCS/National Society of Black Engineers

Center for Law, Energy & the Environment @ UC Berkeley

Center for Social Inclusion

Climate Justice Alliance

Color of Change

Core Align- Memphis, Tennessee

Energy Action Coalition

Environmental Action Network

Food & Water Watch

Georgia WAND


Movement Generation

National Nurses United

National Nurses Organizing Committee

Natural Resources Defense Council

Oxfam America

Sierra Club

Sierra Club Student Coalition

Union of Concerned Scientists

US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

Young Climate Leaders Network

*Anchors in each state are highlighted


From the extreme extraction of fossil fuels to the pollution and severe weather that follows…

The Gulf South is on the frontline of climate change in the United States and has been a sacrifice zone for generations. While extreme extraction may provide national benefit, immense local pollution has led to irreparable harm within our communities and exceptional climate-related risks.

Today, frontline communities in the Gulf South include:

Residents of coastal areas
Neighborhoods near fossil-fuel refining and toxic pollution
Marginalized communities that continually have opportunity, democracy, and natural resources extracted

The extreme extraction of limited resources and associated pollution, the lack of corporate accountability, and the subsequent lack of government responsibility have damaged the land, people, and democratic systems of the Gulf South.

Gulf South Rising

Acknowledges that the global climate crisis is rooted in economic theories that promote mass consumption of limited resources, laws that maintain inequity, and social hierarchies and governance processes that limit civic participation.

Learn more about Gulf South Rising!