In the Pursuit of Environmental Justice: Then, Now, and Beyond

February 20, 2024

Today, let us pause and honor the indomitable spirit of Emelda Jones West, a revered figure hailing from Convent, Louisiana. Emelda was, above all, a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and community leader. Married to Melvin West in 1945, she was blessed with seven children: Yolanda, Harrison, Kevin Paul, Glenn, Charmaine, Sebastian, and Terrance. For […]


Louisiana Court Vacates Formosa Plastics Permits

September 16, 2022

On Wednesday, Louisiana's 19th Judicial District Court vacated the air permits issued to Formosa Plastics for its proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish. The move is a reversal of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's decision to issue the permits and a win for local activists working against environmental racism throughout the region.


Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Pushes Back on Wallace Grain Elevator

September 16, 2021

  The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) released a decision on September 7th to officially reconsider a coastal-use permit (CUP) application for a grain terminal in Wallace, Louisiana. The decision is signed by Thomas F. Harris, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.  The decision comes as a success to the applicants for reconsideration […]


Proposed Grain Elevator Charged By Community With Environmental Racism

August 27, 2021

A press conference was held August 23rd in Wallace by the community organization, Stop the Wallace Grain Elevator, voicing opposition and demands in response to a proposed grain terminal in Wallace, Louisiana. Representatives from the Center for Constitutional Rights, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, RISE St. James, and Louisiana Bucket Brigade were in attendance. The grain […]


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