ANOTHER GULF IS POSSIBLE

We share a deep, abiding and unwavering belief that another Gulf is possible.

We, the people of the Gulf South and the Global South, stand united and firm we need a just transition for the sake of the life and livelihoods of our communities, our cultures and our ecosystems.

We will no longer stand to be a sacrifice zone for this country, we demand justice and equity.

We know that in order to do this, we must stand up to the corporate empire and our elected officials, while simultaneously building, growing and healing our own relationships with each other in this movement.

Another Gulf Is Possible aims to bridge our movements to unify, uplift and inspire so we can truly build the world we want to see.

Join us and learn more as we work together in co-creating this vision for our Gulf…

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Communities

Obama has a historic opportunity to take bold action on our interdependent fights for justice and stand with our communities. In his last 100 days in office, President Obama can take bold action on many issues, we call for his executive action on our interdependent struggles in this region and we stand in solidarity with the Vision for Black Lives:

For healthy, safe and vibrant communities, we want to see:

 

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Environment

Communities of the Gulf Coast refuse to be a sacrifice zone any longer.

  • The Gulf Coast continues to be a site of powerful community resistance against the devastating impacts of not only fossil fuel extraction from its land and waters, but also the stealing of land, people and labor from this region as a sacrifice zone to the country.
  • Continued investment in the dying industry of fossil fuels in this region, as we see the world shifting energy economies to renewable and clean energy, perpetuates the cycle of generational poverty this region has already suffered from far too long.
  • This is our home, not a sacrifice zone. We demand a just transition now.

For a sustainable climate and environment, we want to see:

    • A halt to the expansion of offshore drilling projects in the Gulf South, and cancelling the August 24th fossil fuel auction.
      • From Hurricane Katrina to the disappearance of entire islands below rising waters such as Isle de Jean Charles, Gulf Coast communities have known devastating climate impacts and the despicably slow and inadequate responses those impacts receive from our country’s leaders. Black, Brown, and poor communities, who are hit first and hardest by the impacts of climate change, continue to face abandonment when these disasters strike.
      • True climate justice means doing everything possible to prevent climate disasters from happening in the first place by keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and coming together to protect everyone from those we can’t prevent.
      • Our goal is to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry: no new tar sands pipelines, no new coal mines, no new offshore drilling, no new fracking, and no new leases of public lands for fossil fuel extraction of any kind. We’d be better off investing all that capital in a clean energy economy and into our communities.
      • As part of the Paris Climate agreement, the US officially committed to keeping warming well below two degrees Celsius — selling Gulf Coast waters to the highest bidder for new fossil fuel extraction projects is inconsistent with that bare-minimum commitment.
      • Earlier this year, Shell spilled 90,000 gallons of oil from offshore drilling infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico. These types of accidents are devastating, dangerous, and inevitable if offshore drilling continues in the Gulf.
      • By allowing leases for offshore drilling, the Obama administration continues to offer the Gulf South region up as a sacrifice zone for the fossil fuel industry.
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Economies

The Gulf Coast has historically been one of the most economically poor, yet culturally and naturally rich places in the United States. It is time that our federal policies and practices reflect the integral role of this region, again in solidarity with the movements for black lives, migrant workers, queer and trans folks. Continued investment in industries such as the fossil fuel industry keeps our region behind in the long run by continuing to develop resources that do not have a long term, sustainable future. We can create jobs now by investing in repairing existing infrastructure as well as building our Gulf Coast around a robust renewable energy economy while we move towards a just transition for us all.

For a just and fair economy, we want to see:

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Interdependence March

On Saturday, August 20th, we marched through the streets of New Orleans, stopping at 6 sites of resistance, in solidarity and with love. Our route:

  • Start: Lafayette Square, site of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, to demand federal action by Obama on our interconnected struggles for justice.
  • 1st Stop: TO CHANGE EVERYTHING, WE NEED EVERYONE at Shell Headquarters
  • 2nd Stop: FEARLESS MIGRATION at ICE Office
  • 3rd Stop: BLACK LIVES MATTER (1st stop) at Monument to White Supremacy
  • 4th Stop: LOVE IS LIBERATION at Upstairs Lounge
  • 5th Stop: BLACK LIVES MATTER (2nd stop) at French Quarter Police Station
  • 6th Stop: INDIGENOUS RISING across street from Jackson Square
  • Closing: WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT at the Mississippi River

 

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Contact

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