Rally at One Shell Square at 701 Poydras- 12 Noon-June 20, 2001
(New Orleans) Nationally renowned environmental leader, Lois Gibbs of the infamous Love Canal contamination case, will lead a rally of thirty-five national groups and state and local environmental leaders in support of full relocation of the African American community of Diamond in Norco. Ms. Gibbs led the nation's first major community relocation battle in Love Canal, New York over decades ago. The battle over relocation of Diamond threatens Shell with another major public relations nightmare as it is receiving major national attention.
Citizens of Norco's Diamond community and residents of New Orleans will join the national groups to protest Shell's division of an historic African American neighborhood in Norco, Louisiana. The community, known as Diamond, has been battling Shell for a fair and just relocation for many years. Today's protest will highlight the national spotlight that is increasingly being turned on Shell's refusal to include all members of the historic community in the program.
Shell currently refuses to offer relocation to two of the four streets in Diamond, which will tear apart families and support networks in the closely-knit community. Diamond residents and their supporters want Shell to offer relocation to all four streets in Diamond so that families will not be offered the cruel choice of leaving their sick and invalid family members behind.
The rally is sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Norco, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the Coming Clean Coalition.