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BP Protest in New Orleans

The New Orleans Protest Against BP and The Government’s paralysis in the oil spill crisis started in New Orleans’ French Quarter at 1pm today.  In spite of the rain, cheering crowds showed up with signs, yet major media was absent.  In exasperation, several of the protesters Tweeted:  Where are the nat'l news networks at the #bp #oilspill protest in New Orleans? What do we have to do?

Thank you Twitter for allowing us to get the latest news in the oil spill debacle, during this hour of darkness in America’s history!  The press has been censured and stifled by BP and its henchmen.  It is up to citizen journalists to disseminate the news in the greatest Environmental Disaster the World has ever seen.

 

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Nancy

These are the best pictures I've seen on the BP protest.  Can I suggest someone create a FaceBook page that is dedicated to keeping the information flowing from Gulf area to the people.  It is one simple way to keep your efforts in the spotlight.  There is one there already for a BP boycott.  If MSM won't cover your efforts then local media people and interested parties must.   With you in spirit -- A New Englander

May 31, 2010 03:37 AM #13
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brandy
i live i lake charles, and we r all upset over all of this! when we did have SOME media coverage, there was hardly ever menion of the 11 ppl that lost their lives. we cannot let this go. someone needs to b held responcible for all f the murders that are going on. first the initial 11 that lost their lives on the rig, then the MILLIONS of animals and the miles of wetlands. this is a BIG DEAL! and my brother-in-law, who is a wildlife and fisheries expert and a marine biologist, and i volunteered to help with the clean up and never got a responce... they dont care! we get no mineral rights from the oil, and now we get no rellief for the spill... whats next? i dont think i want to know, but someone needs to get off their butt and do something! wheres the company man that caused this? he should be held responcible fr the gross loss of life! put him on the news and arrest him publicly for mansaughter at the least! my husband works offshore, and we know how safety regulations work out there. the company man waited too long to do something that should have been automatic because he was waiting for word from the beach! stop finger pointing and fix this! who cares who caused it right now! FIX IT! this is our backyard!
May 31, 2010 04:42 AM #14
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It's dawn in Santa Fe, NM. There is no oil running in our streets, no oil or chemical fumes in the air or the smell or sight of dead former living beings. Yet, I am deeply troubled, concerned and horrified by the destruction to our gentle earth by all that has happened and continues to happen in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

I came to ActiveRain this morning to find the stories on the ground or the ones not being told by the media. Last night I found more information on local LA news on youtube than I could from any of the national media networks online.

There is also solid ongoing coverage from the ground up on twitter if you hastag (which means put the number symbol #) infront of BP or oil or just by searching for the words "oil spill." There you will see people around the world CARE and are at a loss by the destruction of the life and the gentle Gulf waters. If you track the comments on any of the NYTimes or Washington Post stories you will see hundreds voicing concern.

I sit here this morning wondering like you about the silence and lack of a national or global response of support. I think about the Gulf as it once was when I swam in the waters, flew over the turtles in a sea plane or just looked out in the horizon from the land and dreamed. I have no answers. I can offer only prayers. I encourage everyone to realize we are all connected to this natural disaster and what happens in the Gulf does not stay there. 

Your post is having an impact. It is like dropping a pebble in a pond and making waves going to many different shores. Thank you for your courage to make a difference. What ever you do next - keep blogging!

May 31, 2010 08:09 AM #15
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William R. James

Come on people!  Stepping on the british flag?  What is that for?  This has NOTHING to do with the people or government of Britian.  Why trash them or their flag?  The fact that BP is based there or has it in their name doesn't make the country responsible it. Would you blame the people of Stitzerland for a bad batch of swiss cheese?  Let's keep the focus where it belongs.  Trashing that flag was way over the top and very wrong. The British are some of the few real friends we have on this planet.  Show them some respect.

May 31, 2010 10:06 AM #16
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gmf

My son was at this protest.  He stood in line to speak.  He watched as the crowd followed the band out.  He looked around in horror at the trash the crowd left behind.

He picked up trash.

A few people turned to look.

He picked up more trash.

A few people stopped to help.

He picked up more trash.

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I find this even more disgusting than the blowout. 

Oil is spewing into the GOM every day because someone(s) made bad decisions based on profit.  This is what corporations do, maximize profit.  What did we expect?

When people who are screaming about saving the environment trash it through simple laziness, what do we call that?

May 31, 2010 10:14 AM #17
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Karen Hanegan

I do not have access to a television so I cannot tell if the TV news is totally ignoring what is happening or not. However, I live in Olympia, Washington, and since the beginning of this disaster I have been appalled, disgusted, and VERY worried about this MAN-MADE disaster.

We are used to things such as volcanos blowing, earthquakes, forest fires, etc. But those, in the long run, are NATURAL disasters, and end up being positive things in that they are Mother Earth's way of "cleaning house" - the volcanic ash turns into rich soil and new growth springs from it (see what the area around Mt. St. Helens looks like now!); the forest fires clean out too much growth and new springs from the old, etc.

But the oil spill is a man-made catastrophe the likes of has never been seen before.  It was the result of greed. There is absolutely nothing positive that is going to come out of this, unless it is a change in oversight of all major corporations.

This spill is going to make another Dead Sea out of the Gulf of Mexico. It will kill off everything and change the natural ecosystems in a huge area. I just read (on my computer, the only way I keep up with news) a BP exec stating that they hoped to have the thing capped "by August, perhaps." AUGUST????

For heaven's sake, get those jerks out of there, put some knowledgeable engineers and scientists in control, use some of the eco-friendly solutions suggested by simple farmers that WORK -

My heart is on the ground (as an old Indian saying goes) for all the flora, fauna, fish, we will never see again, and our grandchildren will never enjoy.

May 31, 2010 11:07 AM #18
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Nancy:  I am doing that on the BP=Biological Predator Facebook Community Page.  I have gathered up most of the significant Facebook groups dedicated in this movement.  I have all the protests scheduled in our events section.  I also have albums of pictures from the various Protests under our pictures tab, organized by the event.  We are gathering up steam very quickly.  Please join us:

BP=Biological Predator

PS: I have several discussions open under the Discussion Tab and several Notes worth reading. 

May 31, 2010 11:19 AM #19
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Bromley

A noble cause, but you totally lost me on the stepping on the British flag picture ...

I would also be upset if that were a US flag if Exxon were at fault, and it would be just as classless if this were a Venezuelan flag if Citco were at fault.

Do you really think stuff like that helps with your message?

 

May 31, 2010 01:19 PM #20
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Bromley:  I agree with you about the flag picture!  Britain has nothing to do with this.  I'm sure the people in Great Britain are as upset about this as we are.   This is a global disaster.  The picture did, however, convey the powerful statement of anger at anything associated with BP.

In spite of not agreeing with it, as a citizen journalist, I included it in the blog.  I basically culled all the pictures that were available at the time, in order to tell the story of the protest.  I did not censure the protest in any way.  We have enough of that going on right now...

May 31, 2010 01:55 PM #21
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Don Signorinu

Because this can't be bleamed on GW Bush, the news doesn't think it's important enough. Besides, they might have to blast Team Obama along with BP and Heaven knows, they CAN'T do that! That would be "racist"!

May 31, 2010 05:35 PM #22
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Don: It's the deregulation of the oil industry effected during the Bush administration (Cheney) that allowed BP to "regulate" itself.  A $500,000 piece of equipment, mandated by law in many oil producing countries like Norway and Brazil, would have averted this disaster.  While BP made $45Millions in profit per day, their greed driven myopia coupled with the lack of regulation drove them to "economize" by not installing this vital piece of equipment, and now here we are. 

This is no longer a partisan issue; this is a question of survival.  I have no clue why the media is not making a big deal out of this and for the life of me, I don't understand how we could keep the press from reporting on the devastation and not even allow anyone to fly above the areas most impacted by this disaster.   This is America, isn't it?

May 31, 2010 06:06 PM #23
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gmf

This mess is the result of decisions being made to rush the job to completion, despite previous signs of trouble with the well.

 

The cost of accountability has to be greater than the temptation to cut corners.

 

From the looks of things, this is no longer America, at least not what I thought America was, but simply a large plantation for corporate masters.

May 31, 2010 06:33 PM #24
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Jack

 

read this

 

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gulf-oil-spill-supertankers-051310

May 31, 2010 06:46 PM #25
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Bromley

I don't know Ms. Monte .... I wouldn't classify you as a "citizen journalist."  Journalists are supposed to be neutral in their reporting - and I'm seeing this as more than just informing an audience.  Isn't your goal to "Please spread the word!" in hopes for "Something to be done." ??

I do understand you not wanting to censure anything.  But any Brit seeing this website would be totally turned off to a good environmental cause. 

Jun 01, 2010 10:52 AM #26
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Bromley:  You are right!  I am biased.  I want this tragedy to end!  I want our Government to take action and take over the oil spill clean-up.  I want our journalists to be able to penetrate the impacted areas and give us an accurate picture of the destruction.  I want our basic freedoms back.  

You have a good point on the flag picture, though!

I would like to get others' opinions on this issue, please!  I certainly do not want to deter from the cause.  Seeing that picture certainly made me feel uneasy when I first looked at it.  It does however illustrate people's anger at anything associated with BP, so I included it, in spite of my personal feelings about it.

Bromley, thank you for voicing your opinions so clearly!  Thank you for bringing forward an important point!  I would like others' opinions on this though, before allowing my feelings and yours to obscure some of the facts. 

What do you guys think:  Flag picture in or out?

 

 

Jun 01, 2010 11:21 AM #27
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Jack:  Thank you for that link.  Seems like such a viable option.  Why isn't it being employed yet?

Jun 01, 2010 11:23 AM #28
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gmf:  Wow!  Poignant words:

 

From the looks of things, this is no longer America, at least not what I thought America was, but simply a large plantation for corporate masters.

Jun 01, 2010 11:24 AM #29
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Michele Gaudin

These are terrific photos! I too spoke at this event. I am also covering it on my radio show and associated web page, I am outraged at the failure of the Feds to lift a finger, and Obama has utterly failed to send any help. No super tankers, skimmers, manpower. Refusal to allow berm barriers to rotec marshed. Photoop trips to manage his image, with no regard for managing the disaster itself.His propaganda machine masquerading as the press wll not report on this, focusing only on the gusher and ignoring the preventable destruction AGAIN of Louisiana. Here is my speech, shortened considerably due to rain and time  constraints. I post it because it covers alot of points in one place. Source articles re: super tankers, swat teams etc cna be found at my website: www.baldyandtheblonde.com

 

This is Memorial Day weekend, a special time when we honor those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, by shedding their blood in defense of the USA.   The blood of thousands of Louisiana citizens has been spilled on the shores of foreign lands in defense of the United States of America.  

Today, oil is being spilled on the shores of our state of Louisiana by an impudent and arrogant  foreign  company,  with NO DEFENSE from the United States of America.   For the second time in five years, Louisiana  has been abandoned by the same federal government that put us in danger to begin with, by usurping our power and exploiting our resources without compensation, and denying our rights to defend ourselves.  

And so on this American holiday, we must regretfully ask: Is Louisiana really a State in the United States of America, or are we a colony whose wealth is to be exploited without compensation by the USA?   

  Louisiana provides One Third OF THE ENERGY SUPPLY OF THE US. For this, we bear all the risk  For this, we  get no reward.    Let me illustrate: Louisiana provides more than ONE THIRD OF THE Seafood OF THE US, this seafood industry fuels our tourism industry, our seafood and tourism industries are at risk for the nation's energy supply.   The corporate headquarters of the oil companies and their "big jobs" are in Houston.    

All the risk no reward. A colony? or a state?      

EVERY other state  that bears the risk of oil exploration is paid billions of dollars in oil royalties by the oil companies.
  Louisiana by far carries most of the risk of oil exploration for the NATION. There are 4000 rigs in the Gulf Of Mexico. 3500 are off the coast of Louisiana.    

In Louisiana , we who bear the HIGHEST risk are paid less than 10% in royalties. By comparison, Wyoming gets over one billion dollars annually!  

So who gets our BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in annual royalties paid by oil companies for the oil taken off of Louisiana's coast, INCLUDING BP?. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! The same federal government that refuses to send super tankers that can scoop the oil at the site. The same federal government that refuses to  send skimmers, that refuses to send manpower, that refuses to endorse our barrier island plan, that took over flood protection, and gave us floodwalls and levees that collapsed below design level, that channels the river for their ease of commerce to our detriment, that now refuses to stop the advancing enemy before it reaches our shores.     

THERE IS ONE MAN THAT CAN STOP THE FLOW OF OIL ONTO OUR SHORES.
AMERICA'S SHORES. AMERICA'S WETLANDS. That man is The President of the United States.  
OUR PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS "THE MAN". 
HE SAYS THE BUCK STOPS WITH HIM.  
BUT THOSE ARE JUST WORDS
 
WE DEMAND ACTION.
 
CAPPING THE WELL IS ONE THING.
 
BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR A DROP OF OIL REACHING OUR SHORES  
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO , Mr President, IS LIFT A FINGER AND ISSUE AN ORDER TO SAVE US.
 
NOW.   It has been 40 days.  
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ? 

We do not need cleanup, because we will be destroyed by then. 

We need to stop the oil before it completely destroys our wetlands and marshes, the nursery of abundant wildlife, and our way of life.
 
THIS IS SIMPLY A MATTER OF HAVING THE WILL TO SAVE LOUISIANA,
  WHO HAS GIVEN SO MUCH TO THIS COUNTRY AND RECEIVED SO LITTLE.
Louisiana, w
hose wealth is exploited without compensation for the benefit of the country. 
Louisiana, whose wetlands are eroded without compensation for the benefit of the country.  

DO IT, MR PRESIDENT. 
Pick Up the Phone.   Order the barrier islands built now, send in the manpower to do it.  
Send the super tankers, which can scoop the oil AT THE SITE of the gusher.  
Defend our beaches, as we have defended America.  
Prove that our sacrifices have not been in vain.  
Prove that we in Louisiana are citizens of the United States of America.

Jun 02, 2010 01:37 AM #30
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Michelle:  Wow! 

Thank you! 

Although Louisiana doesn't have the politicians' support, it certainly has the people's support.  I am there in spirit.  My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Louisiana! 

May this disaster end soon, before the devastation is irreversible.

Jun 02, 2010 04:31 PM #31
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Dylon

Everyone in this protest is fucking retarded. It's not like they purposely made the oil spill. The UK will remain the best country, and the strongest. What happened was an accident, but dumbass americans won't realize that because they're too uptight on everything. If you're seriously going to blame the whole country for this, seriously fuck you? What happened in the oil spill was an ACCIDENT. Get the fuck over it. BP will still be the most popular gas station, and will remain that way.

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