Asylum Seekers Are Being “Disappeared” in Private Louisiana Jails

Mike Ludwig, Truthout -

(Some names in this story have been changed to protect those criminalized for migration.) There isn’t much to see around the River Correctional Center, a small, privately run jail near the [...]

Petrochemical Giants Are Slowly Killing Black Louisiana Communities

By Mike Ludwig, -

Milton Cayette Jr. has just returned from a birthday party at the senior center in Welcome, one of the unincorporated hamlets nestled beside the earthen levee running along the east bank of the [...]

Court: Non-Unanimous Jury Verdict Unconstitutional Based On Racism

By Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, -

A district court in Louisiana ruled the state’s use of non-unanimous juries is unconstitutional and violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The court found the “non-unanimous [...]

‘Major Victory’: Legal Challenge Halts Construction Of Bayou Bridge Pipeline

By Jessica Corbett, -

While celebrating the win, activists noted that “construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline continues in other parts of the Atchafalaya Basin” and vowed to keep fighting to completely shut down [...]

Forcible Arrest Of Water Protectors At Illegal Pipeline Construction Site In Louisiana

By Emma Fiala, -

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is the same company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which was met with significant resistance from the local indigenous population in North [...]

Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Are Moonlighting For A Controversial Pipeline Company

By Karen Savage, -

Pipeline protester Cindy Spoon was trying to stop Energy Transfer Partners’ heavy tree-cutting equipment from coming onto a pristine cypress forest-covered island in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya [...]

Pipeline Protest Arrests Raise Questions About Controversial Louisiana Law

By Nicholas Kusnetz, -

An oil pipeline developer and local authorities in Louisiana are using a controversial new law to crack down on protests there, with at least nine people arrested this month within weeks of the [...]

[Act Out! 170] – #RiseTogether Against Dirty Energy + How To Hack Apathy

By Eleanor Goldfield, -

This week on Act Out! The #RiseTogether weeks of action against dirty energy projects and their financiers continue, and I share what I witnessed in the swamps of Louisiana as the fight against [...]

Years After EPA Cited Health Risks From Chemical Plant, Is Enough Being Done To Protect Its Louisiana Neighbors?

By Julie Dermansky, -

What should be done about a chemical plant in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish that releases chloroprene — a chemical so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined [...]

Indigenous And Environmental Water Protectors Fight To Block Louisiana Pipeline

By Sheehan Moore, -

Half an hour outside of Lafayette, Louisiana — almost three hours west of New Orleans — the proposed route of the Bayou Bridge pipeline crosses the road. It’s a seemingly minor bend in the [...]

Tree Sits Established To Stop Bayou Bridge Pipeline

By Staff, L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge -

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the largest swamps in North America, tree-sits have been established directly on the path of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Water protectors are currently [...]

Louisiana Residents Arrested For Delivering Judge’s Orders To Stop Bayou Bridge Construction

By Staff, -

(St. James) Twenty Water Protectors brought construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline to a halt this morning in St. James Parish, an area where the pipeline company is currently under a judge’s [...]

Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years In Prison

By Christine Baniewicz, -

"It's a good bill," he said, then motioned for favorable passage. Ninety-seven legislators voted yay, three voted nay, and just like that, all 4.6 million residents of Louisiana took a step [...]

A Death In Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Reinforces Small Town’s Fears Of Industry Impacts

By Julie Dermansky, -

Sixty-year-old Keith Hunter lived in St. James, Louisiana, for roughly 27 years, and during that time, he watched as the sugarcane farms gave way to oil storage tanks and as a railroad [...]

Bayou Bridge Protesters Arrested As Louisiana Advances Bill Toughening Penalties For Pipeline Protests

By Julie Dermansky, -

On Thursday, April 5, opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline attempted to shut down its construction by blocking an industrial supply company’s facility in Iowa, Louisiana, just outside of Lake [...]

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