Oil spill: Residents to protest BP headquarters
A nonviolent protest at BP Unified Command Center in New Orleans is being organized for Thursday by Gulf Coast citizens and organizations who are angry about ongoing and unresolved issues caused by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
The protest, dubbed “The oil is still here, and so are we,” is set for 5 p.m. Thursday at BP’s headquarters, 1250 Poydras St.
It’s being organized by fishermen, BP clean-up workers, activists, community organizers, citizens and families from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.
Organizers are encouraging protesters to use costumes, images and other creative, nonviolent tactics to drive home the message that the oil spill is still impacting their lives.
The date was selected because it marks one year after the White House claimed that 75 percent of the oil was gone from the Gulf of Mexico. Organizer Cherri Foytlin says the protest is an effort to get the attention of BP and elected officials and encourages them “To take responsibility and end the human crisis on the Gulf Coast.”
The protest is part of a larger event called ‘A Day of Unity and Action,” said Barbara Nonas, a spokeswoman for Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health.
The day begins at 10 a.m. with a “Teach-in for Unification for Environmental Justice in the Gulf Coast,” at the Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans, 5212 Clairborne. The 3-hour program features regional and national speakers who will discuss ways to unite the Gulf Coast to ensure justice for those impacted by oil spills, chemical plants, toxic waster dumps and oil refineries.
Stephen Bradberry, a 2005 Robert F. Kennedy human rights award winner, will be one of the speakers.
For details, contact Nonas at (212) 759-4378