100% of proceeds go directly to Black and Native communities in south Louisiana who are being impacted by this confluence of climate disasters. Local leaders have committed to a transparant and accountable process for the money - which will allow communities to practice self-governance and self-determination. Learn more about the Gulf South Rising Community Controlled Fund process in the 2019 GSR Guide to Building Grassroots Community Financing.
Climate Impacts in Gulf South Communities. As we near 14 years since Hurricane Katrina, we remember that the levees built on the lake were not strong enough to prevent the multiple breaches that flooded the city of New Orleans. This past weekend, Hurricane Barry tested the levees on the Mississippi River. After a week of severe street flooding and tornadoes, Louisiana had to contend with a storm surge off the Gulf of Mexico from its first Hurricane of 2019. The MS River is currently the highest its been in 70 years because of flooding flowing down from the Midwest due to increased precipitation directly linked to a changing climate. With water coming from 3 directions (down the MS River, up the Gulf of Mexico, and as severe rainfall), our communities prepared for flooding.
Ahead of the storm GCCLP convened a call with Black and Native Community leaders in Plaquemines Parish, who spoke about the threat of flooding, ongoing fights against industrial pollution in flood zones, and the impacts that flooding (including the closing of flood-walls and the opening of spillways to relieve the MS River) have on local food supplies and local economies.
Call for Solidarity. In this changing climate, we need our friends to support the long-term work of South Louisiana communities by contributing to the Gulf South Rising Community Controlled Fund- Barry + MS River Floods 2019. This fund was created for recovery and to advance long term planning for stronger communities in the face of continued disasters. 100% of proceeds go directly to Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change, where community members will make collective decisions about how to use the resources pooled. GCCLP has released its Recipe for Grassroots Community Financing - as a guide for frontline communities to start their own community funds as we prepare for and recover from the impacts of an increase in climate disasters.
We also ask that you sign this petition for Federal Recognition for the United Houma Nation who cannot directly access federal resources and support due to their lack of recognition by the US government. These signatures are in tow with the Principal Chief on the tribe’s annual trip to visit DC decision-makers who have the power to approve the almost 40 year pending petition.