Love Your Coast march on Louisiana Capitol

by Dege Legg

Gulf Coast residents march on the Louisiana State Capitol today and tomorrow.

A grassroots gathering of Gulf Coast residents frustrated with the BP response to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster are scheduled to march on the Louisiana State Capitol on June 17 and 18 in Baton Rouge. According to their press release, the organizers of the Love Your Coast rally "are ready to put aside finger pointing and partisan bickering…and stand up and speak out. With one strong voice, we are ready to show the world that the Gulf Oil Disaster is blatant injustice. We will not continue to allow deep pockets to jeopardize our culture and way of life."


The march begins at 11:30 a.m. on each day at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and proceeds to the Louisiana State Capitol. Partners in the Love Your Coast Coalition include Coastal Rescue, Youth Alliance of Louisiana Leaders, Sierra Club Delta Chapter, and the Student Coalition to Help the Oil Leak Relief. Other participating organizations include LSU, OSHA, Electric Auto Association, Ducks Unlimited, Public Citizen, Structure Green, LiteSolar, Oceana, LEAN, BREC, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, National Wildlife Association, Matter of Trust, Disaster Science Management Association, Murdered Gulf, Revolution News, American Birding Association.

Speakers for the Love Your Coast march include documentary filmmaker Dr. Riki Ott (Black Wave), Allison Fisher (Public Citizen, speaking on the long-term health and safety violations of BP), Larry Everest (Revolution News), John Clark (UNO), and other community leaders and impacted individuals. In addition there will be live music from on the grounds.