1. Louisiana Re-storied


    from Meredith Drum Added 560 5 0

    I am happy to report that LOUISIANA RE-STORIED won a 2012 distribution grant through Wave Farm, a NY State Council on the Arts re-grant. Thanks Wave Farm! The piece is an interactive, documentary installation concerning environmental justice and pollution governance in Southern Louisiana. The work examines a particular geography, the stretch of Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where small, predominantly working class, African American communities are sandwiched uncomfortably between large petrochemical plants and oil refineries. In recent years, community groups, in collaboration with scientist activists, have won seminal legal victories and out-of-court settlements, initiatives to protect their health from toxic emissions. In this project, the current narratives are juxtaposed with Robert Flaherty’s 1948 Louisiana Story. The intent is to instigate a dialogue regarding the relationship between the petroleum industry and human and ecosystem well being and to consider how a documentary project might contribute to citizen activism demanding stronger pollution regulation. As a hypertext, the participants navigate through 24 narrative threads. The deeper participants venture into the work, the more nuanced their understanding of the region’s controversies. The installation includes a large projection and a touch screen, with an interface made up of images of common products produced by petrochemical feedstocks, referencing the visitor’s potential daily consumption. User interaction is governed by a MAX patch. The work was created by Meredith Drum.

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    • Oil and Water


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      On August 29, 2012, South Louisiana underwent a sobering exercise in deja vu when Hurricane Isaac's storm surge nearly matched that of Katrina causing major damage outside of the federal levee system and catching many residents by surprise. Was Isaac an aberration or was it a "reality check" for a region whose decimated coastal wetlands no longer protect inhabited areas from even the most common storms? When Isaac turned out traces of the recent BP Macondo oil disaster with its surge it left a calling card of one of a main contributor to the growing threat to coastal communities. According to the Times-Picayune's landmark 2002 special report, Washing Away, oil and gas exploration has been responsible for "a third to more than half of the erosion that has occurred along Louisiana's coast in the past 100 years, when more than 1 million acres of Louisiana's coast, mostly wetlands, have eroded -- an area the size of Rhode Island." The boom rush to develop Louisiana's oil and gas wealth has taken a toll not only on the land itself but also on the people and wildlife who inhabit it. Coastal residents, fisherman, and clean up workers report chronic health impacts of exposure to oil and chemicals associated with its production. And despite the barrage of BP funded advertising from tourism promoters, many questions remain about the health of coastal fisheries as well as the consequences of consuming their product. In 2012 a salt dome operated by a gas production company collapsed into a chemical sinkhole demonstrating once again the risks the industry poses to nearby communities do not exist only in myth and stories. The consequences of exploiting Louisiana's vast mineral wealth in oil and gas are threatening to destroy its natural wealth in wildlife, fisheries, and the communities built around them. Can Louisiana find a way to tame the hazards of an economy that mixes oil and water? Or is it already too late?

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      • One Year Later - Voices from the Spill: MaryLee Orr & Wilma Subra


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        Marylee Orr is the founder of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Wilma Subra is a chemist, MacArthur Genius and long-time community activist.

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        • Voices from the Spill 2: The End of Fishing in the Gulf


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          Wilma Subra is a chemist, MacArthur Genius and long-time community activist. "You never get used to this level of emergency. When you come home at night you can't separate the science from the social impact on these communities, but you take it day to day.

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          • Wilma Subra


            from Jon Goldman Added 79 0 0

            Wilma Subra, long a hero and friend of mine, travels from New Iberia, Louisiana to help communities across the world deal with environmental justice issues. As an community activist and an environmental chemist she shows people how to make corporate and federal bodies accountable. There is a reason she won the MacArthur Award, and here she tells of possibly the largest environmental disaster in the history of the US. Why does she do it? She wants the world to be a better place for her grandchildren....

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            • Wilma Subra - 2011 Domestic Award, Global Exchange


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              Global Exchange celebrates Domestic Honoree, Wilma Subra, Gulf Coast Activist who has been on the frontlines of the struggle for answers in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion in April 2010. Wilma has been a truth seeker, standing in stark contrast to BP's repeated, hollow claims that precious and interdependent ecosystems are not in harm's way. Drawing on three decades of experience as an Environmental Scientist, she is undeterred in the face of the massive challenge posed by this nation's largest spill. Big oil has an arsenal of slick lobbyists and public relations teams. Fortunately, the plants, animals and people of the Gulf have Wilma. On June 1, 2011 Ms Subra was honored by Global Exchange (globalexchange.org) at the 9th Annual Human Rights Awards. Watch her speech here: http://www.vimeo.com/25090977 This video was produced by Bridge the Gulf for its on-line citizen journalism site. To hear directly from Gulf Coast community leaders and activists working for a sustainable future, go to bridgethegulfproject.org.

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              • Wilma Subra - 2011 Domestic Honoree


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                On June 1, 2011, Global Exchange hosted it's 9th Annual Human Rights Awards in San Francisco, CA. Domestic Honoree Wilma Subra continues to put her invaluable expertise as an environmental chemist to work for those most harmed by the petrochemical industry. She formed the Subra Company in 1981 to provide testing and knowledge on behalf of Louisiana residents in the fight to protect their lives and livelihoods. Bringing her expertise in chemistry and microbiology to bear, Wilma provides scientific evidence for communities to back up their claims when it comes time to go toe to toe with corporate criminals. Wilma has worked with communities impacted by natural gas drilling in Texas and Wyoming, has helped communities living near polluted shipyards in San Francisco and covered the potential impacts of importing Italian nuclear waste through New Orleans. She has trained people in rural areas in techniques for monitoring the health of the communities in which they live — gathering data on air quality and the impact of harmful emissions. In 1999, she received a MacArthur Genius Grant for her work protecting communities, and she served as vice-chair of the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). In every capacity, at every turn, she has used her expertise and quiet diligence to help communities in need and spread the word about industry abuses. Following the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 resulting from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oilrig, Wilma has been on the frontlines of the struggle for truth. BP has consistently claimed that there is no more danger, but Wilma has been relentless in exposing the disastrous reality: oil coating the bottom of the ocean, oil continuing to wash up on shore and oil destroying the life cycles of countless organisms. The challenge of responding to the Gulf oil spill is massive, but Wilma is undeterred. She will continue as she has for the past thirty years: putting her expertise to work, battling a toxic industry with public good. Watch a video of Ms Subra's work here: http://www.vimeo.com/25380784 She is also featured in the stirring book, Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, published in April 2011.

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                • Wilma Subra, Gulf Coast Summit, April 19, 2011


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                  Environmental scientist and chemist, Wilma Subra, discusses the negative health effects the people of the Gulf Coast are experiencing in the wake of the BP oil spill. This presentation was filmed at the Gulf Coast Summit on April 19, 2011, held at the one year anniversary of the Macondo blowout.

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                  • WILMA'S WARNING


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                    Wilma Subra, a MacArthur Award-winner and chemist raises the difficult questions people would rather ignore. In Post-Katrina Louisiana she is a hero who has spent a career fighting for safe toxic disposal, testing and analysis. But someone wants her quieted. Shots were fired at her office in New Iberia, Louisiana as she continues to be a pre-eminent voice for environmental justice. Producer/Director Jon Goldman follows her in the wake of the brutal hurricane. A short form documentary produced for Al Jazeera International from 2006.

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