Saturday April 12, 2014
Environmental Justice Organizer
|Russell Honoré at the recent|
Louisiana Water Festival in
Baton Rouge, LA
The Louisiana Green Army was recently mobilized by Russell Honoré after being contacted by the Bayou Corne community to enlist his help with their infamous growing sinkhole. His work with that community, along with lifelong concerns about the ever deteriorating environmental conditions in his native state, prompted the formation of this coalition of environmental justice groups.
Darryl Malek-Wiley is a veteran of the environmental justice movement. He has worked for over 30 years with communities along the Mississippi River to fight toxic pollution and protect peoples' health.
He joined the Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program in June 2004 to support the efforts of Louisiana environmental justice groups on issues including toxics, pollution and environmental health. He has been dedicated to protecting Louisiana's environment and people throughout his career. He was a key organizer of the Great Toxics March from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1988. This march defined the problem of toxic emissions in the "cancer alley" and launched the campaign for improvement that continues today.
Like many people in New Orleans, 2005 was a dividing line in Darryl's life work with the large scale flooding caused by poor levee design and Hurricane Katrina. For the last 7 years he has been working in the Lower 9th Ward helping the community there recover, rebuild and renew their community & advocate for their vision of a more sustainable community.
The Lower 9th Ward community is also pushing for the reforestation of the Bayou Bienvenue Cypress Swamp, and over the last 2 years Darryl has been working on the issue of transportation in the Lower 9th Ward and how the lack of good quality transportation options are negatively impacting the Lower 9th Ward.
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)
10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*
11am to Noon- Featured Presentation
*$3.00 suggested donation
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Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee
since May 1983.