APRIL 20TH- GRAND ISLE TO NEW ORLEANS… PRAYERS FOR THE 11, DR. JOHN’S SECOND LINE, A 4:20 SONG FOR WILLIE, AND FINALLY… A TOWN HALL MEETING FOR COASTAL CITIZENS TO DISCUSS THE HEALTH OF THE GULF

First, here’s a song for you… I want to remind all you tokers that in addition to being a great day to smoke- April 20th is also the day that 11 men died on the Deepwater Horizon. This leads us to where we are today….

Mr. Willie Nelson signed a parlor guitar from the late 1800′s that will be auctioned off online starting April 22. Proceeds will help continue the fight to restore the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Nelson has always fought for the farmer & the planet. Here your songWillie!.. a rough cut, but I figure if I couldn’t get it out for 4.20 what’s the point?


Truth is we need folks to stand up for our commercial fishermen. Before the spill they were one of the last groups of people that could sustain a living from our plant.  No amount of money can replace what we have lost… Sustainability, I fear the next generation may not be able to hunt and fish the way we did growing up. We trusted our government & gave BP the benefit of the doubt. Many were starved out by the claims process. Many remain sick from toxic exposure. Some were made whole, but were all failed by the chain of command. Don’t believe me? We’ll now is your chance to hear from all the good people that make a living in the Gulf of Mexico.

After being part of countless gatherings, three trips to DC, and fighting to tell the truth for the last two years it seems the media is finally willing to report the real condition of the Gulf. The real deal is BP’s carelessness killed 11 of our brothers. Losing jobs to the moratourim helped cripple our economy while our ecosystem is still being run down from their oil that washes death on our coast. Very little has changed in the way we handle spill response, not one piece of legislation pass since the spill has protected coastal citizens or those who work offshore, The restore act is sitting in limbo and will be part of a bill that will incldue allowing a pipeline across the country, and fresh oil kicks up every time we have a storm in the Gulf.  The truth is that we are divided by those who profit from our existence… And if all those who live, work, play, fish, hunt, and care about the Gulf don’t come together-it will be divided we fall. That is, if the environmentalist, fishermen, oil workers, and all who earn a living in the Gulf don’t work together to restore it-there won’t be anything left to save.

For those who have fought for their homeland for the last two years I will see the morning of April 20th in Grand Isle, La. The day starts with a 9am meeting under the Community center with Scientist, concerned citizens, & fishermen. At 10 we will pray at the beach where Betty Doud planted crosses for the 11 that died in the Deepwater Explosion…  This will be followed by planting seagrass on Elmer’s Island then it’s off to New Orleans..

Last year Dr. John, Shannon McNally, I joined a host of musicians that played a concerts across the Gulf for those exposed toxic conditions in the Gulf. Not one elected official would listen to them and it was hard to get media to print anything about their plight. Now we have science and the testimony of  thousands of folks affected by the disaster. Mac’s vision was to Unite the Tribes in prayer for the Gulf. I’m proud to say his vision has come together in a week of prayer and you are invited be part of an all-Nations drum circle friday in Louis Armstrong park followed by a Second line at 4:20pm. This will end in a Town Hall Meeting that night in New Orleans. Here’s the Press release:

The Health of the Gulf Town Hall Meeting will be held at 6pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, 2903 Jefferson Avenue.  Scientists, doctors, fishermen, clean-up workers, and concerned citizens will discuss health, science, and long term restoration efforts in the wake of BP’s Oil Drilling Disaster. Scheduled speakers include Kindra Arnesen, Riki Ott, Aaron Viles, Antonia Juhasz, Cherri Foytlin, Dr. Mike Robichaux, Dean Blanchard, Drew Landry and children who are experiencing symptoms of oil-related exposure. After the meeting a reception follows with Music by Shannon McNally & Drew Landry follows. Media Contact:  Karen Savage, 617-784-0125, mathsavage@gmail.com
Why is the media back?- because the very Scientist that BP hired are putting their findings out to the public. Because kids in Grand Isle, Venice, and Mississippi are all suffering from the same illnesses. Because, no matter what BP commercials say about the condition of the Gulf- fishermen have to throw back shrimp caught with out eyes, scientists are seeing increasing amount of fish with lesions, crabs in the Gulf are still being caught with their shells eaten away, and the beaches are full of vibrio ridden tarballs. BP money is being used to tell the world how safe the seafood is while they stifle projects that would truly give us an idea about the health of the Gulf. Don’t believe me? try this one on for starters- there will not be a fish count till 2014 (the assumed date the case will fully be done). Want to hear another amazing bit of info? A proposed LSU project to accuratly report the amount of fish with lesions in the Gulf was shelved without good reason. Maybe, it’s the fact that folks can’t handle the truth. Most Compelling to me is that BP will not even give the researchers they are paying to look at the long-term effects of the spill the dispersed oil they have needed for their experiments.

Hats off to all those who never gave up when the world said they were crazy for telling the truth. We’ve met with CDC, EPA, NIEHS, and countless elected officials know that Fishermen, cleanup workers, and coastal citizens in every Gulf state are sick from toxic exposure. This is the consequence of putting record profits over life on this planet. The reality is that our government let a foreign company carpet bomb the Gulf with dispersant and this is still the only answer the industry has to dealing with deep water disasters. The proof that this is not safe is in the mutated sealife, sick families, and death that continues to wash up on our shores.

As for Earth day in Acadiana it’s all about my lil Sister, Dana. She was a soldier, a farmer, a mother, and a hand full. She made goat soap, kept bees, had at least one really cool horse, helped set up the Freetown farmers market, cared deeply for a lot of people, had many projects including sustainable agriculture, green energy, and suffered from depression. She took her life a few weeks ago, but it is my honor to continue some of the great projects she started. It is also our duty to reach out to those who need it when they are at their worst. The show at the Feed & Seed will be for her… The show at McGee’s landing will be for the Basin and for all of us.

10 AM PRAYER AT LAKE MARTIN

12 Noon- Opening song

12:10 Chrysi Anne Forton

12:25 Brother Dege

1PM Chad Faulk & them

1:20 Shane Blonco

1:40 NAYBORS BASEMENT

2:30 DREW LANDRY w/ LEE ALLEN & the Crew

3:15 THE Kenneth Richard BAND

*BASINKEEPER.ORG FOLLOWING 4 PM @ McGees Landing on the Levee

4PM Clint Robin

4:30 Cory Guidry/Strawboss

5:15 Mike Dean

6PM Drew Landry/Bandryland

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GUITARS FOR THE GULF… LOUISIANA & TEXAS MUSICIANS UNITE @ SXSW MARCH 16TH

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GULF RESIDENTS RALLY BEHIND THE SICK AT TIPITINA’S FRENCH QUARTER LOCATION & SHED BBQ JOINTS IN COASTAL STATES

Tipitina’s French Quarter location, Shed BBQ & Blues Joints across the Gulf Coast, and venues around the country are throwing concerts to honor the 11 that died in the explosion & help the Louisiana Environmental Action Network get symptom sheets to folks that have fallen ill from exposure to oil and the record amounts of dispersants sprayed in Gulf waters. Here are the events we have planned. Please let people know how they can be part of the Solution to Pollution. We are asking folks to donate guitars of some value. These instruments will be signed by artists & all the money collected from their sale and proceeds will help Louisiana Environmental Action Network continue to help those sick from toxic conditions in the Gulf and Louisiana artists finish the Solution to Pollution project.
New Orleans events on 4/20
-5PM Future of the Gulf Town Hall Meeting 5PM- 7:30 Upstairs @ Tipitina’s French Quarter 
-6PM Free Show/Press Conference @ the Louisiana Music Factory with Drew Landry (acoustic)
-6:45PM SECONDLINE FOR THE GULF leaves from the Louisiana Music Factory
  Rev. Goat Carson’s 2nd Line w/ the Kinfolk Brass Band Mardi Gras Indians/Native Americans… Fi Yi Yi,    Dancing Man 504, The Grayhawk Band, and many more roll into Tipitina’s in the Quarter at 7:30
-7:30PM THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION CONCERT w/ Dr. John, The Treater Band, Drew Landry, Shannon McNally & the entire Second Line.
THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION PROJECT/GUITARS FOR THE GULF 4/20

The ‘Solution to Pollution Project’ was Bobby Charles’ vision for introducing children at an early age to sustainability through music and environmental lesson plans. “Bobby Charles left behind some of the best songs of all time, but his real passion was the three song tape & lesson plan he created called ‘Solution to Pollution’,” said Louisiana singer/songwriter Drew Landry. Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, a lifelong friend of Bobby Charles, believes the deep water disaster can be a catalyst for changing the way we treat our planet. Mac decided it was time to bring back the ‘Solution to Pollution’ and Wish Nails donated time for the Project at Dockside Studio where Bobby recorded the original Solution to Pollution EP. Louisiana musicians will showcase some of these songs at the one-year spill memorial concert.

A five song EP featuring Dr. John singing the songs of Bobby Charles & Drew Landry along with many other Gulf Coast musicians will be available at the concert and for sale at the Louisiana Music Factory. Funds collected at the concert and from the Deep Water Memorial EP will go toward completing a full-length album and implementing Bobby Charles’ environmental ideas and a few of our own in local communities.

Advance tickets $25 available at www.tipitinas.com, or $30 tickets at the door.

TIPITINA’S FQ EVENTS

On the one year memorial of the worst man-made environmental disaster in our nation’s history, coastal residents are coming together to honor the 11 men that died & those that fought to protect our coast. We also must chart a course to deal with the long-term environmental & health impacts from last year’s spill. Restoring the health & fragile ecosystem of the Gulf will be no easy task, but people here deserve a voice in their own recovery. We have some serious issues to address, but who says we can’t have a good time doing it?

TOWN HALL MEETING UPSTAIRS AT TIPITINA’S IN THE FRENCH QUARTER LOCATION 5-7:30 PM, Wednesday, April 20th
233 N Peters St, New Orleans, Louisiana – (504) 566-7095

There will be a Town Hall meeting in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Leadership Forum from 5-7:30 PM. This event will be upstairs at the French Quarter location. The mission is to give a voice to the thousands of coastal residents and cleanup workers who have fallen ill since the deep water explosion.

We will address the long-term recovery of the Gulf and inform the public on the current condition of coastal communities. Many residents and their children have come down with severe health problems since they started working and living in toxic conditions. So far, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. To date, the best our federal and state governments have done is provide a phone number from CDC & a 10-year study that ‘might’ start soon.

Much like the 9/11 first responders, many of those who were on the front lines of the oil disaster and rose to the challenge to protect and clean our wetlands now suffer chronic heath issues. There is little doubt their conditions will worsen over the years to come. This is unacceptable; the lives of coastal citizens and clean up workers must not be a “trade off”. When James Carville said, “We’re dying down here”, few thought about the long term effects of oil & the dispersant COREXIT. It’s time to see if our elected officials care more about the health of their people that live the coast and those who risk their lives to clean this mess than multinational companies that profit from our existence. The truth is we can’t wait for thousands to pass before we get a bill that takes care of our own first responders. The sick include our commercial fishermen on the VOO program, clean up workers, and coastal citizens who frequent beaches and live on the water.

Sick residents and clean up workers get in the town hall free (rsvp to: gulfchange@gmail.com). For others, there is a suggested $10 donation that will go to LEAN who has been tracking the symptom of the countless residents who have fallen ill. We also hope to raise $1,200 for Mr. Clayton Matherne for his basic needs and housing. Like many, his medical condition has not allowed him to work since being exposed to the dispersant COREXIT.

We are proud this panel will represent the concerns of coastal citizens in the Gulf Coast Leadership Forum & Cherri Foytlin will personally invite our senators & congressmen to listen to the voices of the people they represent. For more info on Symptom Sheets & independent testing results in the Gulf please visit leanweb.org . For press inquiries or details on events please email  gulfchange@gmail.com

Tipitina’s schedule:
5:00 pm – What Happened to the National Media?, Rocky Kistner, NRDC, Lessons from the Past: EXXON VALDEZ, Dr. Riki Ott, author, Sound Truths and Corporate MythsSpillionaires? I don’t know any” -the truth about the Claims process  Grace Scire, BPSOS

5:30 pm -  Our first responders & coastal citizens will address their health issues & the impacts from Dispersants, Clayton Matherne/Lori Williams/and Cpt Louis Bayhi/& more

6:00 pm –   State of the Gulf: Conditions on the Ground one year later
Cpt. Al Walker,  Billy Nunguesser, Parish President (invited), Chris Chassion Houma Nation, Susan Shaw, marine toxicologist

6:30 pm -  Roots of the regional citizens oversight committee-
How to get involved? Weeks Bay Agreement/Lessons learned in DC visit/Powershift
Aaron Viles, GRN/Cherri Foytlin/Derek Evans, Gulf Coast Fund/Turkey Creek

7:00 pm – Where we go from here? – Helping the SICK with Dr. Mike Robichaux, Dr. Wilma Subra, Mary Lee Orr,

7:30 pm – Second line/Solution to Pollution grand entrance – Concert starts & Citizens will be able to meet with leaders from the forum & work on Solutions together.

8-10 pm – Upstairs reception w/ Sasafrass, Art, and pics from the spill.

LOUISIANA MUSICIANS WILL GATHER FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE LOUISIANA MUSIC FACTORY, 210 Decatur Street, ABOUT THE LONG TERM RECOVERY OF THE GULF COAST 6PM-

*Restore the Gulf: Direct 80% of BP’s Clean Water Act fines toward Gulf Coast recovery    and restoration

*Provide Health Care Now: Create accessible health care and testing to address the  growing health crisis on the Gulf Coast.

*Give Communities Control: Establish a Regional Citizens Advisory Council to provide long overdue, locally informed oversight of the oil industry.

Shed Shows and Water keepers to support in those areas… Bring a Guitar & buy some BBQ

SCOTT, La. – MUSIC BY Mitch Red & Citizens Band, Bro Dege Legg, & Jake Stevens. It’s a membership drive for Basin Keeper Dean Wilson & Greg Guirard will be there to sign copies of his latest book Atchafalaya Autumn II.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Ms. – The w/ Rochelle Harper Band http://www.rochelleharperband.net

GULFPORT, Ms.- Delta Reign- Bluegrass & Sweet Fritzi Presley

MOBILE, AL Host an All-star line up…Ryan Balthrop and his Bowling Buddies**9 Volts and Thunderbolts featuring Brett LaGrave**The Gregg Fells Band
And the headliner GRAYSON CAPPS along with John Milham and Nick Branch!!!

A Press Conference from Artist and Activists @ the Louisiana Music Factory will be part of the release of the Solution to Pollution EP & short set of songs from a few Gulf Coast artists working on the project will happen at 6PM Followed by a SECOND line that will leave Decatur street at 6:45PM

DEEP WATER MEMORIAL SECONDLINE – to remember the lives lost on 4/20
REV. GOAT CARSON WILL LEAD A SECOND LINE FROM THE LOUISIANA MUSIC FACTORY at 6:45 WITH DANCING MAN 504, THE GRAYHAWK BAND, THE KINFOLK BRASS BAND, FIYIYI & HIS MANDINGO WARRIORS ACROSS THE FRENCH QUARTER INTO TIPITINA’S at 233 St Peters TO KICK OFF THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION CONCERT AT 7:30 PM

THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION CONCERT
DR. JOHN, THE TREATER BAND, DREW LANDRY, SHANNON MCNALLY, AND THE ENTIRE SECOND LINE will perform tunes of their own & music and many songs inspired by the spill and a few the late great Bobby Charles wrote for the Solution to Pollution. Attached is a song from Dr. John about the health affects of the spill. The release of the Bobby Charles’ inspired Solution to Pollution EP will raise money to finish the full album. We must unite those who care about the future, ensure care for the sick on the coast, prepare for the next spill, and further the push for clean air & water.

GUITARS FOR THE GULF-
LEAN, Gulf Fund & saveourgulf.org will also be helping to provide support for the Guitars for the Gulf program. The ask is for guitars of some value to be donated at one of these events. Instruments will be signed by artist and proceeds from their sale will be split between developing the Solution to Pollution Project & long-term testing of our waters, wildlife and people.

As you know, Cherri Foytlin walked to Washington, DC, in hopes of talking with President Obama about the health issues of coastal citizens. She will be finishing her walk with college students from all over the country at Powershift by walking to BP’s office in DC to deliver to them a bill for the $9.9 billion they are receiving from the American people in tax deductions for the spill & then continuing up to Capitol Hill to ask the elected officials from gulf coast states to hear the voices of the coastal citizens & clean up workers who all face an uncertain future. It was bad enough that our commander in chief balked at addressing the long-term effects of the spill in his State of the Union address, but it is unthinkable that on the one-year mark of the worst man-made disaster in US history, our president is thinking only about restarting his re-election campaign with a facebook town hall meeting about the economy. Please voice your concerns about the future of the Gulf Coast at this meeting.

Mississippi residents will gather together to remember the workers who lost their lives, share stories about how this tragedy has affected them, and speak with one voice to tell our leaders that now is the time for action to make the Gulf coast and it communities whole once again and prevent future oil disasters. Lighthouse Fishing Dock, north end of Lee Street, Biloxi, MS (just north of the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Lee Street) For more information, contact Raleigh Hoke at Raleigh@healthygulf.org or 504-525-1528, ext. 204. 

Karen Hopkins is organizing Memorial in Grand Isle. What has become Ground Zero for graphic pictures of oiled beaches is also host to many great activist & people that have done great work throughout the spill. Join the Sierra Club & the good people of Grand isle for daytime events at the Grounds of the Grand Isle Medical Clinic 108 Willow Ln Grand Isle, LA 70358 Corner of La. 1 and Willow LaneGrand Isle, LA

The House of Blues… Music by the great Tab Benoit & Voice of the Wetlands and the Kevin Costner Band. Organizer Jerry Cope promises the likes of Brad Pitt & Daryl Hanna and will raise money with the goal of starting two health clinics. Tickets are $50 & 1,000 for VIPS..

I got a call from concerned citizens in Atlantic City who were friends of Dr. John & wanted to do their part…..Eddie Morgan and REK’D 4 JAZZ will jam from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Wash’s Inn, 128 N. New Road, Pleasantville, NJ for a  $10 cover charge. Patrons will have the opportunity to learn more about the ongoing oil tragedy, donate to the cause, and win some fabulous jazz related door prizes according to local author Sandy Warren who has helped raise money for Gulf aid the past year. For table reservations and more information, call 609-992-6728.

Our Friends from Gulfsongs Oregon have a great show: It’s a journey through New Orleans jazz and piano with Reggie Houston, Janice Scroggins, Andrew Oliver, DK Stewart, Steve Kerin.  Hear how the music of New Orleans infused virtually all forms of jazz, big band, blues, rock, and beyond, through the master musicologist, storyteller, and sax player Houston and four of Portland’s best piano players.  This show is also the premier of the short documentary, After The Spill, that comes from the PDX 2 Gulf Coast’s visit last summer to the Gulf to learn about the spill and issues facing the region and the country.
$15, doors at 6 PM

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