Updated Dec 1, 2012
The following Working Groups formed to focus on the connected grievances Gulf Coast Activists Face.
- Student Debt
- BP Disaster Aftermath Concerns Working Group
- Military Industrial Complex
- Political Reform
- Workers’ Rights
- Tar Sands Event
Political Reform Working Group
Rep: Andy Washington
Objectives/Demands: Reform of voting law(s) and others To Be Announced
Housing Working Group
REP: Eloise Williams
1.Stop demolition of Iberville Housing Development
2.Government(HUD) must use section 8 to place people in housing
3.Government (HUD) must provide section 8 vouchers to everyone currently on section 8 waiting list
4.HUD replace public housing (unit for unit) demolished since Hurricane Katrina by constructing an equal number of public housing units in the same areas.
5.No cuts, fiscal cliff or otherwise, to the current HUD budget. Instead we demand that Congress raise the HUD budget HUD by 50% over the current one (2011-2012).
Meetings: Third Thursday of every month at 7pm. St Jude Center (C3)
BP Disaster Aftermath Concerns Working Group
Group Rep: Kimberly McCuiston
1.True longintudal studies on chemicals to detect toxins.
2.No use of dispersants if they are toxic
3.Transparent communication about what is being used
4.Cease spraying of toxic dispersants (TDs)
5.Cleaning up oil/tarballs/tarmats (that now contain high levels of Vibrio
Meetings: TBA (in January)
Planning another summit to stop TDs to take place in January in Mississippi
PAST flyering public places on threat of touching tarballs
CURRENT promoting (signing petition) HR 3562 moratorium on use COREXIT
Student Debt Working Group
Reps: TJ and Mark (since group members live along the coast there is a AL rep. and a LA rep).
1. Student Debt Forgiveness
2. Free well-funded quality “emancipatory” public education
3. Repeal bankruptcy law which prevents those with student loans from declaring legal bankruptcy
Tar Sands Event Working Group
Objectives/Demands: See http://tarsandsblockade.org/
In seeking to shut down the KXL pipeline to work with other groups against it (i.e. Sierra Club, etc.) and promote alternative energy and energy saving devices.
Teach-in Nov. 11th 5 pm Fair Grinds Coffee shop
Actions:to take part in demonstrations such as are occurring in Texas and other areas.
Health Care Working Group
Rep: Brad Ott
He is allied with Committee to Save Southeast Louisiana Hospital http://www.saveselh.org and Advocates for Louisiana Public Health Care
1.Single Payer health care
2.restore recent health care funding cuts
3.address defunding of public health care
5.support special legislative session to reverse budget
Meetings:Post-Election round table; Gillespie Breakfast 2nd Sat.of each month.
Workers’ Rights Working Group
Rep – Mike Chenier
1. All gains for workers have come/come through struggle and the struggle must be organized
2. Organization must occur independent of the current establishments (i. e. established unions, employers, etc.)
3.The Workers Rights group of the People’s Convention respects the initiative(s) and integrity of all workers
Actions: Support Striking Walmart workers
Military Industrial Complex Working Group
Rep: Ben Gordon
Pax Christi New Orleans. visit http://www.paxchristino.org/ for details.
Phone: Pax Christi 504-522-3757
1. Defund SOA/WHINSEC
2. End wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan with ongoing peace vigil in NOLA
3. Avoid war in Iran
Past Actions: Close SOA (School of the Americas) protest Fort Benning, Columbus GA Nov. 16th – 18th
Meetings: Usually monthly but will not be held in Nov due to SOA protest.
Next meeting is December 13 6:30 pm 7750 Walmsley NOLA
Actions: TBD post SOA protest
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