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VIDEO: Barber, St. James residents address media at CADA march press conference

Dozens of people from the community and beyond gathered there for what was the biggest day so far of the March Against Death Alley. And they got a boost from a powerful ally, the Rev. William J. Barber, Jr. of the Poor People’s Campaign.

Marchers walked two miles from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James to the site of Formosa Plastics’ $9.4 billion ethane cracker complex, currently a canefield off LA 18. They waved and handed out flyers to residents who honked and waved along the route.

At the site, organizers gathered news media from local and global sources for a press conference, where Rev. Barber arrived to address the crowd. If you weren’t there and missed his speech, you missed some powerful inspiration.

Here are links to a couple of video excerpts from Barber’s speech:

And Rev. Barber wasn’t the only powerful speaker at this rally. Myrtle Felton, a lifelong resident of the parish’s 4th District, came forward to speak on the pain of her loss of five family members to cancer over a four-month period – something she blames directly on the chemical plants that crowd Cancer Alley.

Here’s her address to marchers and news media, in full:

You can see a gallery of photos along Wednesday’s march route on Facebook.

Monitor the Facebook page of the Coalition Against Death Alley for schedules and updates on the march as we head to a finale in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 30. We hope you’ll come out and show your support!

The Bucket Brigade is marching in step with our great friends at CADA, RISE St. James and many other groups, determined to stop petrochemical pollution in Louisiana. We’re glad and grateful to count on your support.