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
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
- builds regional movement infrastructure;
- convenes frontline communities around collective healing and ecological equity;
- advances regional efforts of indigenous tribal and land sovereignty; and,
- 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