Sunday, May 30, 2010

BP Oil Spill: Protesters List Demands at Jackson Square

The New Orleans Ladder has great pictures, like the one at left, from today's Jackson Square protest against BP and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The photo plays off BP's initials, converting British Petroleum to "Bitch, Please!" It also appears to suggest BP is using our need for oil like a gun aimed at our heads. However, a post at Humid Beings says protest organizers are making demands of the Federal Government, not BP. Read the demands there, where it's said that 650 people showed up. The New Orleans Ladders says 700 in the rain.

An action group with a website called Murdered Gulf appears to have organized today's protest.

Other groups area also taking action. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, a petition has been started asking the government to seize BP. The group behind that campaign is called the Answer Coalition. According to its website, "It is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and prominent individuals and scores of organizing centers in cities and towns across the country," and its focus is social justice.

Humid Beings says the national media ignored the protest. I'll wait to see if they pick it up from affiliates like WDSU and WWL. The latter says protesters swarmed the square. WDSU, which also has a slideshow, reports director Spike Lee was present. Will we see another documentary from him about our disasters?

While some of our local political leaders blasted him for When the Levees Broke about Katrina and called any officials who spoke on camera against how it all went down "traitors," I appreciated his documenting the emotions and injustices rising with the flooding of New Orleans. Picayune has a story about the dispirited summer of oil that awaits us and growing anger in Louisiana, including pastors praying in church. Its collection of protest photos is pretty big. It includes the photo on the left of Spike Lee who was with someone filming the event, it seems.

See all oil posts here.

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