Gulf South Rising Marks 5th Year Since BP Oil Drilling Disaster with “Week of Action”

Gulf South – Gulf South Rising, a movement of community organizations, civic groups, and faith-based organizations in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, is marking the 5th year since BP’s devastating oil disaster with a “Week of Action” (April 15-22nd). Five years since the beginning of the BP disaster, the Gulf’s people and wildlife continue to reel from the damages of BP’s negligence. Coastal residents are struggling to maintain their livelihoods and culture, while they wrestle with health problems from exposure to oil and toxic chemical dispersants. In the face of this devastation, Gulf coast residents are banding together and rising up to call for the restoration of our Gulf communities, cultures and environment.

Recent events to remember the Gulf of Mexico’s losses due to the BP oil disaster include:

  • An interfaith memorial and jazz funeral procession ending at BP headquarters in Houston, TX (April 20th)
  • A “Soaked in Oil” march in downtown New Orleans, LA (April 20th)
  • “Come Fish Off My Boat”, an open invitation to local, state, and federal decision makers, as well as to members of the media, to spend a day fishing with Gulf Coast fisherfolk in Mississippi and Louisiana who were affected by the BP disaster (April 16th-22nd)
  • Additional events in Alabama and Florida

In a prepared statement, Chief Thomas Dardar of southern Louisiana’s United Houma Nation noted, “The Gulf drilling disaster is an absolute threat on who we are as Houma people and our way of life.  Our homeland and the health of our people are at risk as we deal with the long-term effects of this catastrophe.”

Thao Vu, Director of the Mississippi Coalition of Vietnamese Fisher Folk & Families and lead organizer of “Come Fish Off My Boat” said, “BP needs to tell the truth. This disaster is still affecting our communities.”

A full list of events to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the BP disaster can be found at www.GulfSouthRising.org

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CONTACT:

Michelle Pichon, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Communications Director, 985.788.7658; michelle@gcclp.org

Raleigh Hoke, Gulf Restoration Network Communications Director, 573.795.1916