Sunday, April 17, 2011

BP Memorial Events that Sierra Club in Louisiana is supporting and participating in:

Wednesday April 20, 2011 in New Orleans, LA

7-8 am Sunrise Gathering, Memorial Service with faith leaders and representatives from the Mayors office, Amphitheatre Across from Jackson Square Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Press conference at 10 am at Gulf Coast Leadership Summit, Release of Weeks Bay Principles

7:00 pm House of Blues benefit concert with Brad Pitt, Kevin Kostner, name musicians

Wednesday April 20, 2011 on Grande Isle

Memorial of the 1st Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion--Day 1

Grounds of the Grand Isle Medical Clinic 108 Willow Ln Grand Isle, LA 70358

Corner of La. 1 and Willow Lane, Grand Isle, LA, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

• Fishless Fry and Shrimpless Boil – Refreshments available throughout the day.

• Children’s Oil Spill Art Exhibit
• Music and Poetry Reading!/event.php?eid=109972452413727

Tuesday through Thursday, April 19 – 21, 2011 Gulf Coast Leadership Summit

Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70140. Presentations, panels and exhibits about the effects of the BP Oil Disaster on the Gulf Coast. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 23 · 10:00am - 9:00pm

The Resurrection of the Gulf: A Day of Action and Hope

Pirate Island Daiquiri, La Hwy. 1, Grand Isle, LA

• Music

• Easter Tarball Hunt (Beach Cleanups)

• Chili Dogs, White beans and rice will be served. Vegetarian selections will also be available. Refreshments available throughout the day. Please consider donating at the serving tables.

• Children’s Bounce House (ages 10 and under)

• Bake Sale, Book Sale, “Repurposed Treasures” Yard Sale – all proceeds to help Island residents in need.

• Food/care package drive to benefit the citizens of Grand Isle, La.

Items needed: canned foods, boxed foods, childrens Tylenol, Motrin, cold medicines, toothpaste, razors, soap, gift cards, gas cards, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine care items, wound dressings, etc.

• “Planting Hope” - Native Vegetation and Tree Donation Drive

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Youth Leaders Travel to DC for Power Shift

Bringing to Capitol Hill a message of longstanding history of injustice in Louisiana

As the anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster approaches, nearly a hundred young people—ranging in ages from 13 to over 30, and hailing from Grand Isle to Grambling—are getting ready for a long trip ahead of them. They are going to Washington, DC April 15-18, to join ten thousand other young leaders at Power Shift 2011, a national convergence of young leaders working to restore our democracy and build a clean energy economy across the United States.

"Louisiana is dying a slow death from social and environmental injustices,” says Matt Wyatt, LSU student and steering committee member for the Youth Alliance of Louisiana Leaders. “Power Shift gives us the chance to build the next generation of environmental leaders to keep our coast, climate, and culture alive."

At Power Shift 2011, they will participate in a series of political and grassroots campaign organizing trainings, hear from top leaders like EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, interact with citizens on the front lines of oil, coal, and nuclear pollution, and meet with other youth leaders from around the country. The conference will culminate with a rally outside the White House and a full day of lobby visits on Monday, April 18th.

“Louisiana youth are awake,” says Devin Martin, a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Power Shift coordinator for the Louisiana Chapter of the Sierra Club. “We know that our dependence on offshore drilling creates a dysfunctional democracy and is not an economic strategy for our future. From nuclear meltdowns to mountaintop removal coal mining to the ongoing disaster in the Gulf, we are constantly reminded of why young people are passionate to create a sustainable clean energy future and restore government to ‘We the People’.”

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Devin Martin, Sierra Club PowerShift Coordinator