ALEC, is coming to town the week of August 3rd to the 6th... ALEC works with oil companies, like BP, to destroy environmental protections and reduce the royalties oil companies pay for the oil they extract from our land! On August 4th, people are organizing a civil disobedience action at the BP Unified Command Center in New Orleans at 1250 Poydras St., in Poydras Plaza, from 5pm-8pm. We'll let the organizers explain:
It is time.
Over the 15 months since the explosion and consequential sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, we - the people of the Gulf, rightly claim that we have exhausted all other avenues with concern to finding justice for our communities affected.
...ON AUGUST 4 WE WILL MAKE OUR STAND, IN UNITY, AGAINST BRITISH PETROLEUM AND THEIR CONTINUING LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY
FISHERMEN - ACTIVISTS - COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS - CITIZENS - "FIRST RESPONDER" CLEAN UP WORKERS - VOO CAPTAINS AND CREWS - MOTHERS - FATHERS- GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS
One year ago from August 4, Jane Lubchenco and President Barack Obama declared erroneously that 75% of the oil was gone from the GOM. At that time the media packed up and left, taking with it the eye of the American public.
Since that time we have been to commission meetings, met with officials - including the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Farce, gone through an unjust claims process, defended ourselves from outlandish accusations, paid for a distributed self testing of water, air and wildlife, battled illnesses associated with the catastrophe, posted video proof of such, walked through oil and tarball fields still coming onto our shores, lost large portions of our marshes and wildlife, lived through financial devastation, been denied legislation to protect us, fought for a citizen's oversight committee, been on media outlets around the world, begged for funds for further testing and to keep our already fragile ecosystem from damage.. and yet, still can find no voice or justice for our people.
We have too long been the energy sacrifice for the nation And to the criminal acts of BP, who is NOT "making it right".
Feeling that we have exhausted all other options on August 4 we join together in a show of solidarity.
WE DEMAND THAT IMMEDIATE AND DIRECT ACTION BE TAKEN:
-IN THE CONTINUATION OF INTERIM PAYMENTS AND THE PROVISION OF A FAIR AN INDEPENDENT CLAIMS PROCESS
-THAT OUR FISHERMAN AND MA'AM'S NOT BE BLAMED FOR THE DEATH OF ANY OF OUR WILDLIFE WITHOUT AN HONEST AND OPEN INQUIRY INTO THE USE OF OF THE TOXIC CHEMICAL DISPERSANT COREXIT, AND A FINAL ACCOUNT OF THE OVERALL IMPACT OF THE CATASTROPHE ITSELF.
-THAT AN RCAC, CITIZEN'S OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE BE FORMED ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO AND BE FUNDED BY THE OIL INDUSTRY.
-THAT ANY AND ALL FUNDS FROM THE BP FINES BE FUNNELED BACK TO THE GULF COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS AFFECTED.
-THAT BRITISH PETROLEUM BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY FOR THEIR ACTIONS UP UNTIL NOW.
-THAT ALL HEALTH CLAIMS FILED WILL RECEIVE FULL REVIEW BY AN INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A PART OF FINAL PAYMENT.
-THAT A NEW UNDERSTANDING BE REACHED THAT THE PEOPLES OF THE GULF COAST WILL NOT "GO SILENTLY INTO THE NIGHT", THAT CLEAN AIR, WATER AND SOIL ARE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES, THAT ANYTHING LESS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, AND THAT ANY AND ALL VIOLATORS WILL BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST ACCOUNT OF THE LAW.
More info to follow...
TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON ALL EVENTS AND INITIATIVES SURROUNDING AUGUST 4, NOW BEING ORGANIZED AND SUPPORTED BY COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS ACROSS THE GULF GO HERE http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gulf-Change/229360920411954 AND LIKE THE PAGE.