The seas are rising... and so are we!

 

Gulf South RisingTen years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped into the Gulf Coast and changed everything.

Today, we still struggle with the impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the social, environmental and economic wreckage left in the wake of the storm.

People from across the nation are looking to New Orleans to see how the city and its people are doing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. How are we doing? A decade later, we need an equitable and complete recovery of our coast and our communities.

This week, GRN is standing with Gulf South Rising to lift up the local leadership and resistance of people who continue to fight on the frontlines of climate, economic and racial justice. Gulf South Rising is a regional movement created to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis in the Gulf South Region. After months of organizing, GSR is supporting a Gulf-wide week of action that represents a powerful coming together of people dedicated to lifting up the leadership and resistance of the people on the frontlines.

Storms, sea level rise and the oil and gas industry continue to threaten the safety of Gulf Coast residents and our homes. The impacts of industry and climate change, however, do not affect everyone equally. Communities of color, indigenous people and poor communities are often hardest hit by environmental injustices due to socially irresponsible policy, laws and development that place marginalized communities at higher risk of hazardous waste, toxic facilities or inadequate storm protection.

We realize that GRN must elevate grassroots narratives from the Gulf South to national levels. We live in ground zero for climate change, and our strategies, struggles and successes are crucial for the rest of the nation.

By supporting #GulfSouthRising, GRN recognizes that our fights are interconnected, and without acknowledgement and collaboration with one another, our communities will not be made whole.

The #GulfSouthRising; Katrina 10 Week of Action is a historic moment happening in the Gulf South from August 21-30. The week culminates in Armstrong Park and Congo Square, a sacred space of resistance, with a four-day convergence that is free and accessible to the public. Will you support this historic commemoration by joining us this weekend?

Together, we will stand with frontline communities to mark 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.

Co-authored by Shona Clarkson, Communications Specialist and Natasha Noordhoff, Development Director

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