Gulf South Rising (GSR) is a regional movement of coordinated actions and events to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL).

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A few words ABOUT US

a coordinated regional movement

Gulf South Rising (GSR) is a regional movement of coordinated actions and events to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida). Through collaborative events and actions around strategic dates in 2015 GSR demands a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies and unjust practices that hinder equitable recovery from disaster and impedes the development of sustainable communities.


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

#1 Be Inclusive

#2 Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing

#3 Let People Speak for Themselves

#4 Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality

#5 Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves

#6 Commitment to Self-Transformation


our demands!

Grassroots leaders across the Gulf South are organizing collaborative events and actions around strategic dates in 2015, including the 5th anniversary of the BP Oil Crisis and the 10th anniversary of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, among other turning points. Frontline communities demand a just transition away from extractive industries and discriminatory and unjust practices that hinder equitable recovery from disaster and impedes the development of sustainable communities.

The year-long initiative

  1. builds regional movement infrastructure;
  2. convenes frontline communities around collective healing and ecological equity;
  3. advances regional efforts of indigenous tribal and land sovereignty; and,
  4. shifts the regional narrative from resilience to resistance.


Based on 10 years of challenges and triumphs working in the Gulf South, we established the following values:

  • Honor local, frontline leadership
  • 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


We are not an organization. We are not a coalition. We are front-line 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

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

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

European Dissent- New Orleans, LA

Fight for 15- Louisiana – New Orleans, LA

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

Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center – Hattiesburg, MS

Public Lab – New Orleans, LA

Project South – Southeast Region & Atlanta, GA

S.T.E.P.S 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

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

Zion Traveler Cooperative – Braithwaite, LA

National Allies of Gulf South Rising

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

Georgia WAND


Movement Generation

Natural Resources Defense Council

Oxfam America

Sierra Club

Sierra Club Student Coalition

US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

Young Climate Leaders Network

*Anchors in each state are in highlighted

Why Gulf South

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

the Gulf South is on the frontline on climate change in the United States. For generations, the Gulf South has been a sacrifice zone, with levels of pollution and extraction that provide benefit to the nation, but create irreparable harm in our region.

Today, frontline communities in the Gulf South include:

residents living in coastal areas,
neighborhoods near fossil fuel refining and toxic pollution,
and, marginalized communities that constantly have opportunity, democracy and natural resources extracted.

The extreme extraction of limited resources and the subsequent pollution; the lack of corporate accountability and the subsequent lack of government responsibility have damaged the land, people and systems of democracy 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.

Take Action!

Here are actions you can take to stand in solidarity with the Gulf South:

  1. Houma-Meme
  2. Send a message to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advocating for strengthening the U.S. toxic dispersant rule
    • Almost 5 years after 1.84 million gallons of toxic dispersants were dumped in the Gulf during the BP drilling disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed a new rule for the use of dispersants during oil spills. Although these reforms aren’t perfect, they do require science and safety information that will allow the U.S. Coast Guard and EPA to make better informed decision about the use of dispersants.  Tell EPA to make these reforms as strong as possible!
  3. Sign the petition to BP asking them to stop attempting to discredit Gulf scientists every time a new study comes out.
    • BP is working hard to make sure that we forget about the 210 million gallons of oil that gushed into the Gulf for 87 days. Researchers all over the country are working hard to evaluate the damage done to Gulf communities and wildlife habitats, but each time a new study is released, BP’s PR pros sweep it under the rug in an attempt to discredit the important research.
    • It’s time to send BP a wakeup call! The Gulf cannot be fully restored until BP takes responsibility and stops the PR spin. Join us in asking BP to work with researchers to restore the Gulf to its full potential.
  4. Donate to Gulf South Rising
  5. Interact With Social Media
    • ​Twitter: @gulfsouthrising
    • Hashtag: #GulfSouthRising
    • FB Posts: Gulf South Rising

Sample Tweets (click to automatically send) :

“We stand with Gulf Coast communities 5yrs after the BP oil disaster. BP pay what you owe. #GulfSouthRising; @gulfsouthrising”

“Gulf Coast communities have paid the price for all of us. Ban toxic dispersants. #GulfSouthRising; @gulfsouthrising”

“As goes the Gulf South, so goes the nation. We support Gulf South Rising! #GulfSouthRising; @gulfsouthrising”

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Upcoming Events

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