Towards a Red, Black, and Green New Deal
Nov. 15th, 2020 at 1:30pm CDT
As a part of From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy hosted "Towards a Red, Black, and Green New Deal," a movement strategy conversation between international Black leaders on the connections between the struggle for Black liberation and for Global Climate Justice. Speakers discussed the need for climate reparations for communities in Africa and the African diaspora, lifting up the Movement for Black Lives' reparations toolkit and work to develop a 'Red, Black, and Green New Deal' platform that centers Black lives and Black visions for Climate Justice. How can we build transnational Black solidarity towards a global Red, Black, and Green New Deal that delivers reparations?
This panel was co-sponsored by the Movement for Black Lives. Watch the recording here.
"From the Ground Up" was an online convergence organized by the COP26 Coalition to mark the moment that the COP26 climate conference was set to take place in Glasgow. The gathering provided space to educate, strategize and coordinate, to build power and connect within global justice movements.
Gulf Gathering 2020
Oct. 20 - 23, 2020
The Gulf Gathering brought together 120+ leaders from all five Gulf South states to advance and build regional power through strategy development rooted in the on-going work of environmental justice and climate justice leaders in our region. Together we created multiple spaces to advance healing and reconciliation for Gulf South communities, established 5 stateweide policy tables (one for each Gulf South state) to lead local policy and regulatory work in 2021, established a regional action plan that builds around land, and affirmed a 12 month regional communications strategy. Collectively this yields the Gulf South for a Green New Deal 2021 Action Plan, which will steer our shared work throughout 2021.
Katrina15 to Rita15: Community Rising Series
Sept. 14th - 25th, 2020
After Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana and Texas, we shifted our Gulf South for a Green New Deal #Katrina15 Commemoration. The moment called upon us to stand in solidarity with our Gulf South family recovering in real time, while honoring 15 years of ongoing recovery from Katrina.
Community programming postponed due to Laura will now be featured in 10 Gulf South for a Green New Deal #Katrina15toRita15 Power Hour sessions at 12:00 pm (Noon) CDT from September 14th through September 25th, marking the 15 years since Hurricane Rita. These sessions are part of the Community Rising series and will feature regional leaders and advocates advancing frontline solutions to the climate crisis along with local art & culture. Come ready to connect, learn and get energized each day - to renew our spirits and build our power for the fight for climate and racial justice. The seas are rising and so are we!
Register for each session by clicking the links below. Contact Troy Robertson () with any questions.
The Role of Waste in the Climate Crisis
Understanding How "Waste" Impacts Communities & Ecosystems
Sept. 25th, 2020 at Noon CDT
Join GCCLP for the final #Katrina15toRita15 Power Hour Session building from our commemoration of Katrina15 on August 29th to the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Rita on Sept. 24th. We will be joined by Darryl Malek-Wiley - Senior Organizing Representative of the Sierra Club's Environmental Justice and Community Partnership Program - and by Michael "Sage" Pellet with New Orleans for Lincoln Beach. They will be discussing how different forms of "waste" impact our communities and ecosystems in the Gulf South.
Register at bit.ly/Waste-and-Climate.
United Frontline Table and the "People's Orientation Toolkit"
Invest in Feminist Economy & Energy Democracy
Sept. 23rd, 2020 at Noon CDT
Join us on Sept. 23rd from 12-1pm CDT for a Power Hour session on the United Frontline Table's toolkit "A People's Orientation to a Regenerative Economy: Protect, Repair, Invest, and Transform." GCCLP will be joined by Margaret Kwateng of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, who will speak to the toolkit as a plan to invest in economy and energy democracy. This event as part of the #Katrina15toRita15 Community Rising Series anchored by Gulf South for a Green New Deal.
Register here to join: bit.ly/United-Frontlines-Table.
Honoring Katrina's Impact on the South:
Origins of the Southern Movement Assembly
Sept. 22nd, 2020 at Noon CDT
Join Stephanie Guilloud, Co-Director of Project South; Jerome Scott, Project South's founder; and Trupania Bonner of Crescent City Media Group for a conversation on the legacy of Hurricane Katrina for the entire South and the movement we have built in the fifteen years since, including through the U.S. Social Forum and the Southern Movement Assembly.
Register for the call at bit.ly/K15-SMA.
Community Energy & Environmental Justice:
Energy Future in the Gulf South
Sept. 21st, 2020 at Noon CDT
This #Katrina15toRita15 Power Hour will feature Jonathan Green, Executive Director of the Steps Coalition; Nina Morgan, Climate & Environmental Justice Organizer at the Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (Gasp), and Logan Burke, Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy.
Join us as we practicing collective visioning of just energy futures for the Gulf South.
Register at bit.ly/K15-R15-Energy.
"Swimming Upstream" Stage Reading & Talkback
Presented by the Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Sept. 21st, 2020 at Noon CDT
This Saturday, September 19th at 2pm CDT, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, will present an excerpt stage reading of Swimming Upstream, in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and as a part of the #GulfSouth4GND Community Rising Series:
From Ashé Cultural Arts Center: "The cast of this year’s production features Adella Gautier, Karen Kaia Livers, Mae Chapman, Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Anne-Liese Juge Fox, and Sunni Patterson, with a special appearance from our CEO, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes. Created by Vagina Monologues playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler) in partnership with V-Day and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Swimming Upstream is penned by 16 women from New Orleans and the Gulf region, who recount their stories of survival post-Katrina in word and song.
"The reading will be livestreamed, followed by a talk back with the cast and co-creators, featuring Asali DeVan-Ecclesiastes, V (formerly Eve Ensler), Carol Bebelle, Anne-Liese Juge Fox, and Karel Sloane Boekbinder from 3:45pm-4:15pm. We will be focusing on two primary questions during the talkback: Who did you remember and call forward as you created this production? Why is it important to revise and revisit cultural productions like Swimming Upstream over time?"
Natural Systems as Climate Protections:
The Role of our Coastal Wetlands in Mitigating Flood Risk
Sept. 17th, 2020 at Noon CDT
Join us for our next #Katrina15toRita15 Community Rising session on Gulf Coast natural systems as a form of climate protection, with a community panel with Arthur Johnson of the Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, Corey Miller of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and Kathy Egland of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization.
Register at bit.ly/K15-R15-Natural-Systems.
Louisiana Waters & Workers:
Building Power for Climate & Racial Justice in the Gulf South
Sept. 16th, 2020 at Noon CDT
Join us for our second #Katrina15toRita15 Community Rising session on Louisiana water & frontline labor, with a community panel with Daytrian Wilken of City Waste Union, Jessica Dandridge with the Water Collaborative, and Jane Patton with No Waste Louisiana and the Center for International Environmental Law.
Community Resilience from the Climate Frontlines:
How Communities Have Rebuilt & Sustained Themselves After Disaster
Sept. 14th, 2020
This #Katrina15toRita15 Power Hour session will feature a panel conversation on community resilience and lessons learned from disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster, between Gordon Jackson, Environmental & Climate Justice Chair of the Biloxi Branch of the NAACP; Khai Nguyen, program manager at MQVN Community Development Corporation; and Jimmy Dunson, coordinator at Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. We will also hear updates from the frontlines of Hurricane Laura, from grassroots organizer KD Minor and from Pastor Gary Dardar, pastor of the River of Life Fellowship in Lake Charles and enrolled member of the United Houma Nation.
Katrina 15 Commemoration Event
Saturday, Aug. 29th, 20200
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy invites you to stand with Gulf South communities on the frontlines of climate change to remember and commemorate 15 years of recovery, resistance and love of home, since Hurricane Katrina. Frontline leaders from across the Gulf South region and beyond will host a virtual #Katrina15 Commemoration on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00am- 3:00pmCDT. The session will open with a welcome from August Creppel, Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation and the keynote address offered by Malik Rahim. Community art, music, poetry and learning panels are designed to remind participants about what really happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and offer an update on the work from the frontlines. Registration is requested. Click Here to Register.
15 Days of Remembering Katrina
August 15th - August 29th, 2020
Join Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and stand with Gulf South communities on the frontline of climate from August 15th - 29th for the 15 Days of Remembering Katrina 15. We know that Hurricane Katrina connects to all of our issues and served as a warning shot for us all. These 15 days provide space for regional leaders and national allies to remember 15 years of ongoing recovery and uplift a collective Gulf South vision for a new way forward. The 15 Days of Remembering Katrina 15 include Indigenous led ceremony, dance workshops, community prayers, conversations on water, a US Congressional Forum, and more. Contact Troy Robertson () or Emma Collin () for more information.
Southern Movement Assembly for a New Social Economy
August 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm
This is an invitation open to all Southern leaders working to advance a people centered and sustainable economy. We want hear about the work you are moving to advance a new social economy in your community and generate ideas and plans for what we can together to strengthen and build Southern people's power in a time of crisis.
K-15 Altar Creation & Drumming Ceremony
Saturday, August 23rd at 10:00 am
Join us at the New Orleans Convention Center for this remembering #Katrina15 ceremony led by Wind & Warrior and Nfungotah, Inc.
Show up wearing white & PPE.
Community prayer on the Lower 9th Levee Breach
Saturday, August 22nd at 8:00 am
Join us live at https://www.facebook.com/sustainthenine or in person for community prayer on the Lower 9th Levee Breach hosted by Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development. Meet at Jourdan and Surekote road in Lower 9. Wear red & PPE.
SMUDGE THE DOME
Saturday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm
Join us for a smudging ceremony led by Principle Chief August Creppel of United Houma Nation at the New Orleans Superdome as part of Remembering #Katrain15. Show up wearing read and PPE.
#Katrina15: How much have things really changed?
Wednesday, August 19th at 1:00 pm
Join Climate Nexus and the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) for a webinar that explores what community resilience looks like 15 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Panelists will also discuss advancements in attribution science that shows storms are stronger and wetter than ever before in human history and how local TV newsrooms can help keep communities safe by sharing new science with viewers. Register here to watch the recording.
Black Climate Feminist Roundtable
Monday, August 17th at 4:00 pm
Join us for conversation with three Black women leading within the environmental and climate justice movements about the limits they have faced, the potential for the present, and their radical visions for the future.
Black Climate Feminist Leadership Roundtable for the Future includes guest speakers Dr. Adrienne Hollis, JD, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, JD, and our Executive Director, Colette Pichon Battle.
Resistance & Movement
Sunday August 16th at 4:00pm
Join us for an all level dance workshop led by Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla. La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble rooted in Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous traditions and Social Justice.
The workshop will explore movement and percussion as tools of resistance against systemic oppression, and uplift the legacy of Mexican feminist resistance and Black/Brown alliance, through dance.
Starting out with a lesson in Samba Reggae from Brazil and closing with a short percussive pattern, we'll take a look at how dances rooted in the African diaspora and Indigenous traditions have created worldwide social change throughout history.
Register at tinyurl.com/Resistance-and-Movement
Friday, June 19, 2020
This Juneteenth, a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, we will come together as a region behind our collective vision of Gulf South for a Green New Deal. We know that there is no climate justice without racial justice. That is why we are launching our graphic connecting the Movement for Black Lives call to divest to the work already happening towards a Green New Deal in the Gulf South and beyond.
9th Annual Regional Justice Leadership Summit
May 29, 2020
The 9th annual Regional Leadership, hosted by the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, will be held virtually on May 29. GCCLP and Gulf South for a Green New Deal are proud to co-sponsor this event to advance structural shifts towards justice and equity in our region. Join us as we engage leaders from across the Gulf South in dialogue to advance justice work in the region and connect the dots between fair housing, health, and climate change.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this virtual event.
CARRIZO COMECRUDO TRIBUNAL for HUMAN RIGHTS
Friday, May 22 - Saturday, May 23, 2020
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is joining with the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas - the Esto'k Gna people - to hold this Indigenous-led people's Tribunal to support the Tribe's continuing resistance against the petrochemical build-out and border wall expansion threatening their sacred sites in Garcia Pasture, within the Rio Grande Valley. The Tribunal will investigate rights violations by state and corporate actors against the Esto'k Gna and against the land, following a decolonized process that centers Indigenous voices and an Indigenous framework towards addressing harm and pursuing justice.
Connecting the dots between extractive infrastructure, the border, violence against Indigenous women and girls, ecology, and cultural erasure; this event will advance calls for Indigenous sovereignty, climate justice, and a Just Transition from this polluting economy. This Tribunal is part of the work of healing & reconciliation that is essential to Gulf South for a Green New Deal. Only when we acknowledge and repair past and present harms can we move towards ecological equity and collective liberation.
To respect everyone's safety, the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights will be held virtually, via webinar.
Dates: Friday, May 22nd, 9:00am - 2:00pm CDT and
Saturday, May 23rd, 10:00am - 2:00pm CDT
For more info, contact: Matthew Kennedy at
Earth Day 50
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
On Wednesday, Apr. 22nd - on the fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day - community partners at the Cosmic Poetry Sanctuary in Vancleave, Mississippi will lead a virtual Earth Day celebration that will center Black farmers and gardeners, herbalists, and artists on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Tune in to participate in virtual farming & foraging tours on Mississippi land, learn from demonstration projects, watch local artists perform, and learn about the collective healing & reconciliation work of Gulf South for a Green New Deal. Join the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy as we build together towards ecological equity in the Gulf South.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, 10:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Register HERE to join.
Email any questions to .
#BP10 Comemmoration Event
Monday, April 20th, 2020
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy invites you to join us online to commemorate 10 years since the BP Deepwater Horizon Drilling Disaster on April 20th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT (11am-2pm EDT/ 8-11am PDT), as a regional convergence of Gulf South for Green New Deal to mobilize support to the frontlines. Register here.
Together we will remember lives that were lost 10 years ago, and the lives that continue to be lost as a result of this dangerous and extractive fossil fuel industry. We will hear from the frontlines in Mississippi, learn about the role of art and culture in disaster, and take action together to show our solidarity with fisherfolk and other communities on the frontlines of environmental and climate injustices in the Gulf South.
Monday, April 20th, 2020, 10:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Free and open to the public!
Email any questions to .
ROAD TO THE GREEN NEW DEAL - NATIONAL TOUR:
Flagship Stop in New Orleans
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is excited to be hosting the New Orleans stop of the Sunrise Movement's national Road to the Green New Deal Tour, in partnership with a growing list of local organizations. The tour spans the entire U.S., with 8 massive tour stops and over 100 town hall meetings, where communities have been gathering together to share stories of climate disaster and resistance, to build movement, and to vision what a Green New Deal should deliver for their regions.
Our goals for the New Orleans tour stop are to 1) Honor local Indigenous and Black leadership around caring for each other and the earth; 2) Create a safe, inclusive space to connect the dots around climate, climate disaster, jobs, and next generation leadership; and 3) Launch Gulf South for a Green New Deal as a multi-state effort to implement the vision of the Green New Deal, rooted in the unique realities of the Gulf South. Read more about Gulf South for a Green New Deal HERE.
GCCLP invites you to join us on Tuesday, May 7th, from 6pm-9pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for an evening of ritual, of local art and performance, and of authentic dialogue about the particular crisis we face here in the Gulf South and what must be done to confront it in a manner that advances ecological equity and climate justice in the region. CLICK HERE to Register!
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019; 6pm-9pm
Mahalia Jackson Theater
1419 Basin St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Free and open to the public!
Registration is encouraged but not required
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PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY: COAST.CLIMATE.ENERGY.WATER.
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy invites you to join us for our first People's Movement Assembly of the year. In 2019, GCCLP will be meeting with communities throughout Louisiana to discuss the issues and solutions connected to Louisiana's coastal crisis and climate change. What better place to start than the Northshore!
Participants from St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Helena and Livingston parishes will leave this dynamic session with a deeper understanding of how to protect our greatest assets and engage in Louisiana's Restoration Economy. Presentations will be offered by local leaders and information offered by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA); the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Sierra Club and Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.
This event is free and open to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED due to limited space. Lunch and childcare will be provided for those who RSVP before 5pm on Friday. Grab a couple of friends and join us as we take the first steps towards a better Louisiana!
#Katrina13: Honoring Women & the Sacred Feminine in
Climate Disaster Recovery
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and Lift Louisiana invite you to join us in commemorating 13 years of recovery from Hurricane Katrina. #Katrina13 will host a conversation with New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell and feature a panel discussions with community leaders from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Puerto Rico. Speakers will explore the role of women and the feminine in climate disaster and recovery, and will uplift local leadership from climate frontlines across the gulf. The event is free and includes lunch and childcare. Registration is required. Register here.
#Katrina13 will also welcome the Freedom to Breathe Tour, a cross-country bus tour that spotlights injustice and elevates the stories of people advancing solutions. The Freedom to Breathe Tour invokes the Freedom Riders of the 1960’s in a call-to-action for people throughout the country to confront the racial, social, economic, and climate injustices that America faces today. The climate crisis demands solutions that work for all of us. Register here.
Wednesday August 29, 2018; 12pm-4pm
University of New Orleans- Lindy Boggs Conference Center