National Bucket Brigade Conference Kicks Off in New Orleans

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Where: Garden District Hotel, 2203 St. Charles Avenue

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, October 8, 2004

(New Orleans, LA) Delegates from New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Texas and elsewhere are converging on New Orleans for the first ever Bucket Brigade Strategy and Sharing Meeting. The conference - designed to forge the national groups into a coalition - will feature the Louisiana Bucket Brigade's work as a national leader in using the community friendly technology. "Communities all over Louisiana, especially Norco and Chalmette - have used this technology to win pollution protections," said Anne Rolfes, Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. "We have been on the cutting edge, and now it's time use this power for a national movement."

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) recently made a $30,000 grant to the Louisiana Bucket Brigade for their work in helping polluted communities to help themselves. Tonight's kick off gala will feature CCHD's public service announcement about the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Over 30 people from eight states are descending on New Orleans to collaborate on how they are using the results of their air sampling to win campaigns against polluters. The work in the US is part of a growing global movement of communities taking action and monitoring their own air with the buckets. 

The conference will feature reports and TV clips from the US and India, the Philippines, Russia and South Africa. The air sampling results of the St. Bernard Citizens for Environmental Quality, currently in a heated campaign with Exxon Mobil, will lead the program.

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