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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"One Gulf, Resilient Gulf," a new report released today by Oxfam America, the Gulf Coast Fund for Ecological Health and Community Renewal, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Alliance Institute, and more than 100 endorsing Gulf Coast and national organizations working on the response to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, represents the broadest effort yet to create a detailed plan to restore the region devastated by the BP oil spill.
The full report can be found here.
On the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the expected release of Sec. Ray Mabus’ Gulf Coast Recovery Plan, residents and advocates who have been responding to the disaster are calling for a recovery plan that addresses the core needs of those who have lived through both disasters and ensures that the status quo of degradation, inaction, and vulnerability is no longer be accepted.