As part of the ongoing fight for justice following the BP disaster, Alliance Institute has been at the forefront of assuring that residents of the gulf coast region have a voice in the federal decisions being made for recovery. Partnering with the Gulf Coast Fund and the Gulf Restoration Network, Alliance Institute helped to sponsor two trips to Washington DC to push for local considerations, as put forth in the document "One Gulf, Resilient Gulf," to be included in the conversations around the Restore Act – a piece of legislation that would direct 80% of Clean Water Act fines to the states of the Gulf Coast for recovery efforts. On April 18, 2012 the House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing the legislation. The fight is not over, as we must now clear the White House.
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On January 12, 2011 Alliance Institute and others were invited to a small meeting following the release of “Deep Water, the Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling” by the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. At the event, Alliance Institute pointed out the need for access to health care in addition to long-term monitoring of workers associated with the disaster and the clean-up (a copy of the recommendations can be found here).
Following the 2010 BP Oil Drilling Disaster, Alliance Institute has been working diligently with the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Louisiana BayouKeepers, Jefferson Community Health Care Clinic, and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights to bring health care services to coastal communities affected by the disaster.
Alliance Institute and its partners are currently working through a variety of avenues to access the funding necessary to make health care professionals available to gulf coast communities.
On December 1, 2010 Alliance Institute and other organizations working on Gulf Coast recovery met with a Senior Associate for the Clinton Global Initiative's Environment and Energy Task Force. A part of President Clinton's work world-wide, the task force is looking at America's gulf coast following the 2005 hurricane season and the BP oil drilling disaster.
One of the few projects focused on the United States this was a unique opportunity to help provide the voice of those most impacted by the disasters. During the meeting, we discussed coastal restoration, the need for greater access to health care, continued monitoring, as well as sustainable recovery and community oversight during all of these processes.
We discussed the opportunity for us to share our concerns and suggest our solutions to the full body of the task force over the coming months. We also talked about the possibility of organizations from the region participating as partners in 2011, when they once again open the doors for applications. This marks an important step towards getting the voice of the gulf heard by key decision makers in both government and business. Also in attendance were Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Gulf Restoration Network, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Bridge the Gulf, and Louisiana BayouKeepers.
This week, the Alliance Institute has partnered with Oxfam America, the Gulf Coast Fund, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, and over 100 other groups at the forefront of Gulf Coast recovery to release a blueprint for the long term recovery that calls for community-based, democratic, equitable and green solutions to the ongoing crises in the region.
Support the people of the Gulf Coast by urging the Obama Administration to equally value communities, environment and economic welfare in its Gulf Coast recovery plan.
President Obama has appointed Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to develop a Gulf Coast Recovery plan in the aftermath of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina. Send a letter today to Secretary Mabus and ask him to adopt the recommendations of the new report "One Gulf, Resilient Gulf".