(New Orleans) Pope Francis’ call for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful is being echoed on the streets of New Orleans today, as religious leaders and longtime advocates bring his message to a region beset by oil spill
Change Gotta Come, featuring Theresa Andersson, Stooges Brass Band
A Concert to Get Out the Vote
WHO: The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the Power Coalition, including the Alliance Institute, BreakOUT, FFLIC – Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, the Jeremiah Group, Neighborhood Partnership Network, OPEN – Orleans Public Education Network, the Service Employees International Union, Stand with Dignity, VAYLA New Orleans, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, One Voice, Women with a Vision, VOTE - Voice of the Ex Offender.
"...Just last week I was at a rally in front of a polluting Shell asphalt refinery in Saint Rose, Louisiana. Neighbors there are sick from Shell’s pollution. Shell cannot safely operate the facilities it already has. There’s no way this company should be allowed to drill in the Arctic,” Said Anne Rolfes, a New Orleans resident participating in today’s action."
(Norco, LA) In the last ten years the two Motiva refineries in Louisiana have had over 500 accidents, an indication that the refineries’ increasing reliance on contract workers risks the health and safety of the workers and the surrounding communities. Motiva is a joint venture of Shell and Saudi Aramco. “Shell is being short sighted in its zeal to eke out maximum quarterly and annual profits at the expense of worker salaries and benefits,” said Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “The result is more accidents, more dangerous accidents and a risk to the workers and the people who live nearby.”
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