Justice and Beyond
“Formosa Plastics – Toxic Emissions and Kids Don’t Mix”
@ Cafe Istanbul (Healing Center 2372 St. Claude)
Oct.29, 2018 Monday @4:45pm
The fight for social justice and a sustainable future in New Orleans.
Come early. This is an important community meeting. Spread the word!
· Sharon Lavigne (RISE St. James)
· Anne Rolfes (LA Bucket Brigade)
· Mark Nguyen (VAYLA)
· Formosa company representative
Formosa Plastics is in the permitting process for yet another petrochemical facility to be built in St. James, very close to the 5th Ward Elementary School. At $9.4 billion and 26 million tons of toxic emissions per year, this is a giant project. St. James Residents are already suffering from much higher rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses due to existing giant tank farms, pipelines and petrochemical facilities with constant “permitted” emissions plus frequent “unplanned releases”. Upstream, more than one hundred petrochemical plants are using the Mississippi River as their toilet, downstream, we in New Orleans are drinking it. St. James residents are organizing and saying: St. James is full.
As always a delicious meal will be served at 5 pm.
Justice and Beyond re-structured the coalition to make governance stronger and broader to include coalition members called pillars. The pillars selected five co-moderators including the following persons: Janice Long (Louisiana Caribbean Cultures Inc), Sylvia McKenzie (Rosewood Subdivision), Trevor Bryan II (youth moderator Episcopal Commission on Racial Reconciliation), Pastor Greg Manning(Broadmoor Community Church). Written rules of participant conduct will be unveiled at the forum. The rules, will be strictly enforced. The rules are designed to maintain a safer place for dialogue and respect for all participants. Everything else is the same. Expect more voices of stakeholders as there are interest in an issue.