Environmental Justice

Coasts, Not Coal - RAM Terminal Public Hearing, Sep 17

Coasts Not Coal

The past year and a half has been an amazing experiment in real democracy. Together, the people of southeast Louisiana spoke up and local government listened: we don't want the RAM Coal Export terminal or its dirty coal trains. City and Parish resolutions were passed, Plaquemines Parish denied a construction permit, and a Belle Chasse judge ordered the state permit revoked.

But the RAM Terminal is still at it. It has reapplied for a state permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and a public hearing has been scheduled for next week.

Katrina Tenth Anniversary Events in New Orleans

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There are many events going on in New Orleans around the August 29 Katrina 10th anniversary date. Sierra Club is active in helping to organize the following three events:

10 Year Commemoration March and Second Line: Event begins with the reading of the names of lost loved ones at the Lower Ninth Ward levee breach at Jourdan and a healing ceremony followed by a march through the city and a commemoration program of local speakers and performers.

Lower 9 Resilience Festival: An annual event by, for, and with the citizens of the Lower Ninth Ward to commemorate loss, recognize recovery, bring economic stimulation to the community, and encourage an ongoing commitment to becoming whole again after the devastation that resulted from Hurricane Katrina.

Rhythmic Alchemy Art Healing: Rhythmic Alchemy is a healing art space rooted in authentic African, Native American and South Louisiana cultural and healing traditions to commemorate the 10 years of recovery since Hurricane Katrina. Rhythmic Alchemy uses drumming, spoken word, live muralist, cultural dance, DJ, traditional exhibits, Second Line, masquerade, and collective movement to create a unique experience for all who attend.

Here is the link for locations and times: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=KKrVxOZMaBJGXQn7Yfj0bA

La. Green Army Legislative Wrap Up with Russel Honore - New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club June Meeting

Gen. Honore

Orleans Sierra Club presents: Lt. General Russel Honore will speak about the Louisiana state legislative session, what it means for the environment and how we can continue to build a stronger, more interconnected movement here in Louisiana.

Lt. Gen. Honore is famous for his service to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and now for spearheading the Green ARMY that is working to fight for the environment in Louisiana.

This month we are in a new location, the First Unitarian Universalist Church on 4903 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans. (corner of Claiborne and Jefferson.)

Invitation to GreenArmy Lobby Day, Thursday, May 14, 2015

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All are invited to Green Army Legislative Lobby Day on Thursday, May 14. We will be at the Louisiana State Capitol on that day starting at 9:00 am. Green Army organizations will be doing table displays, will be presenting information on important legislation, and will be coordinating meetings with legislators. We will have copies of the GreenArmy legislative report card and bullet points on important bills that GreenArmy is supporting for this legislative session. We will be providing opportunities for Louisiana residents to meet with legislators at the State Capitol. All are invited to contact GreenArmy in advance to arrange meetings with legislators, or to just show up and show support.

Green Army Event at the Louisiana State Capitol on Sat, April 11, noon to 3 pm.

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The Green Army holds its second annual Legislative Event at the Louisiana State Captitol on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The event will feature speakers from citizens groups and communities affected by air and water pollution. The event keynote speaker will be Lt. General Russell Honore, US Army Ret. We will have live music and other attractions TBA.

Speakers will address prominent Green Army issues such as the proposed open burn of munitions at Camp Minden, Bayou Corne update, Mossville update, fracking in St. Tammany, toxic air emissions in St. Rose, the RAM coal terminal in Plaquemines Parish, and an update from John Barry on the coastal lawsuits. Gen Honore will address the Green Army agenda for this legislative session.

Vans are available to transport people from New Orleans and from Lafayette. Contact for the New Orleans van is the LA Bucket Brigade office at 504-484-3433. Contact for the Lafayette van is by email to hrmartin2sc@gmail.com or phone at 337-298-8380.

Email for further information is Woody Martin, Chapter Chair at: hrmartin2sc@gmail.com

Please come out and support this event.

Acadian Group Lecture Series: RIKI OTT

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Acadian Group Lecture Series: RIKI OTT

Dr. Riki Ott, PhD, a former commercial fisherwoman, trained marine toxicologist and "accidental activist" since the Exxon Valdez disaster will be the guest speaker for the Acadian Group of the Sierra Club on Wednesday May 21, 2014.

Connect the Nine Bike Ride

Connect the 9 Bike Ride 2014

Get your bells and whistles out! The New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club is going for a bike ride!

We are joining up with several community allies for our next recreational outing on April 5, 2014. "CONNECT the NINE" will be a bike ride to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward and advocate for safe transportation options for bikers and walkers on the St. Claude Bridge!

WHY CONNECT THE NINE? Read the summary and the report from UNO on BikeEasy.

Proposal for New Coal Export Terminal in Louisiana Faces Major Setbacks

After one year, the RAM Terminal has still not received Clean Water Act permits from the Army Corps of Engineers

July 11, 2013

CONTACTS:
Gulf Restoration Network: Scott Eustis, (504) 525-1528 x212, scott@healthygulf.org
Sierra Club: Devin Martin, (985) 209-5454, devin.martin@sierraclub.org
Public Citizen Contact: Kaiba White, (512) 477-1155, kwhite@citizen.org
PREI Contact: Cornell Battle, (504) 578-2319

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