The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is a non-profit, public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to build, serve and advocate for structural shifts that promote equity in law, society and community. GCCLP envisions social, economic and political systems throughout the Gulf Coast that promote equity and justice for all people.
GCCLP’s scope of work spans the Gulf South states, namely: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. We believe the basis of genuine, systematic and transformative solutions that tackle the real causes of inequity in the Gulf South must be rooted in restorative justice and human rights. Therefore, GCCLP’s long-term work addresses intersecting visions of Climate Justice, Migrant Rights, Land Sovereignty and Economic Opportunity for Gulf Coast communities on the frontlines of climate change.
Through human rights-based legal services, community training, local leadership development and grassroots advocacy, GCCLP works to create structural balance in policies and practices that produce disparate impacts on marginalized groups. GCCLP’s programmatic work and community campaigns emerge from the front lines of coastal communities on the frontlines of climate change.
GCCLP contributes a southern perspective on issues that have
national impact and global influence.
Free the People, Free the Land
THE NEUTRAL GROUND
July 7th, 2014
By Colette Pichon Battle, Esq.
Over the last few weeks, the term “freedom” has been present in various conversations with allies, friends and family. Like most years, this past Fourth of July holiday was a reminder of the freedom associated with autonomy and independence. But my annual celebration of America is also a time when I reflect on the many challenges that real people face in coming to or while living in the USA.
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