Among attendees at our demonstration was Pastor Harry Joseph from the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in St. James, Louisiana, the tail end of Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Pastor Joseph spoke outside the event, describing the greed and racism that’s fueled the rampant pollution that’s causing an ongoing health crisis in his community. Surrounded by oil, gas, and petrochemical infrastructure, his small, predominantly black neighborhood is nearly ubiquitously plagued with cancer. The community continues to courageously stand up for their right to clean air, water, and land – and are among the leaders in the fight to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline from adding to the already overburdened industrial pollution in his community.
Pastor Henry Joseph: it’s about people, we need more people to join the movement and stop the ones who want to destroy our land #StopBBP #NoBayouBridge #StopETP @labucketbrigade pic.twitter.com/QzFTeGHQPb
— The CCR (@theCCR) March 13, 2018
Pastor Joseph, along with Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Pam Spees, Senior Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, were all interviewed about the Bayou Bridge campaign and its connection to U.S. Bank on Democracy Now. See the segment here: