Dec. 5, 2013 By Jack Jodell.
‘Tis the gift-giving season, and I can think of no better place to spend money than on the children and families whose lives were, AND STILL ARE, devastated by the aftereffects of the massive BP oil spill which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. We don’t hear much about it anymore on the mainstream media – they’re much too busy covering sensationalistic garbage and Hollywood nonsense to portray real and ongoing tragedies caused by a major oil company – but suffering and deaths are STILL occurring in our nation’s own southeastern area!
You may remember Cherri Foytlin, a young south Louisiana mother who pleaded in vain on CNN with President Obama in 2010 to come down to her area to see the sickness, death, and devastation this massive oil spill had caused. Ms. Foytlin, previously an average everyday American mother, has become a leading spokesperson for environmental issues in the wake of this disaster. She has demonstrated in Washington D.C. and has spoken all over to raise public awareness of this environmental and economic atrocity. Now a firmly committed activist, you can and should read more about her activities by clicking on this site – http://bridgethegulfproject.org/blog/19
Cherri has also been engaged in a campaign to provide much needed clothing and free Christmas meals for the many victims of this senseless occurrence. The effort is called A FRONT LINE HOLIDAY, and Sherri Foytlin explains it in her own words below:
A Front Line Holiday is organizing to provide a holiday meal and gifts to over 2500 families, elders and children who live in areas of high industrial pollution and/or are still recovering from climate induced disasters. These communities often share a common bond of devastating health and ecological effects, a lack of honest representation in the government, and extreme and malicious poverty. You can help to ease their burden. Please go to the Facebook page found here:https://www.facebook.com/AFrontLineHoliday, or the event page, to find a community/family/elder/child that you would like to sponsor. Donations of gift cards, toys and food are welcome and can be sent directly to the community of your choosing. If you like, please include a letter or card of support and encouragement. These donations go through on the ground organizations and leaders who “fight the good fight” with very little resource – a positive word can go a long way! Thank you for your support, and for sharing this initiative with others.
Supporting North American front line communities and climate disaster areas to provide a family holiday meal and gifts to our children and elders.
Friends, With the holiday season right around the corner, we are hoping to return with, and to expand upon, the Gulf Coast based Bayou Christmas event from last year. This initiative is open to all North American front line (low income or communities of color who are impacted by pollution) or climate disaster communities, and goes through existing on the ground organizations to help provide holiday dinners to families, and gifts for infant to high school aged children. COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ORGANIZERS: If you have folks in your communities who may well fall between the cracks of aid this season, please consider participating in this platform of relief. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO SIGN YOUR COMMUNITY UP TO RECEIVE DONATIONS: Please message this page on Facebook with your contact information, we will get back to you ASAP. FOR DONORS: Please see outreach material and listing information as it becomes available. You may choose which community(ies) you wish to support and send your donation(s) directly to the address(es) provided. Last year we were able to send presents and gift cards to 400 families across the Gulf Coast, this year we will expand upon that exponentially. Thank you for your support and participation. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear the “job creation” claims made by the petro/chemical industry, yet often these jobs do not impact the communities who bear the brunt of the pollution and societal ills from the effects of their production. These fence line communities struggle with the effects of poverty everyday. Similarly, once a climate disaster has left the eye of mainstream media, we often see gaps in or lacks of continued aid to the communities effected. We cannot continue to rely upon appeals to either governmental agencies or the industries themselves for help for our families and communities. By lifting up these communities we stand to amplify the voices of those who need us the most while simultaneously and directly making a difference in the lives of many folks who continue to disproportionately bear the burden of climate change and the petro/chemical industry. FOR INFORMATION OF HOW YOU CAN HELP BEYOND DONATING PLEASE CONTACT US BY MESSAGING THIS PAGE.
Sincerely, Cherri Foytlin
I STRONGLY urge all of you to contribute to this very noble cause – TODAY! Jack Jodell.