The rally at Duncan Plaza, 1300 Perdido Street in downtown New Orleans, will feature General Russel Honore, fishermen, BP Disaster Cleanup Workers, members of the Green Army and like-minded ecology groups, as well as the families of impacted Gulf Coast residents who have died or been harmed by the toxic chemical Gulf spill caused by the failure of the BP Deepwater Horizon. The Hot 8 Brass Band are also special guests.
This is the 8thanniversary of the BP disaster in the Gulf, and a recentGarretson Resolution Group Status Report(February 2018) and Justice for BP Health Victimsonline site note:
- BP Disaster cleanup workers were injured and made sick because they were not provided with or required to wear safety equipment.
- Many cleanup workers suffered injuries, respiratory problems, ocular problems, dermal problems and other chronic conditions from the moment they were exposed, but 80 percent of those who submitted a claim in the outlined process were either denied or only given the bare minimum compensation.
- Many cleanup workers and spill-impact-zone residents are developing cancer, blood diseases, and neurologic problems from exposure to the spill’s toxic chemicals.
- The so-called Medical Benefits settlement to provide compensation for the aforementioned chronic conditions has been effectively eliminated, as only 40 claims out of 37,226 qualified for compensation for a chronic condition were paid.
- A vast majority of claimants with chronic conditions are being forced to file an individual lawsuit against BP and pay a $400 filing fee to do so. Eight years after the spill, none of these claimants have been able to present their evidence to a jury and the Judge has stayed these cases indefinitely.
“The reality is many outside our region have forgotten about this disaster. As noted in the 2018 report the Plaintiff Steering Committee walked away with $700 million; the Claims Administrator, in charge of processing the first round of payments to victims, walked away with $155 million. The total paid to ALL victims? $60 million,” said Rally Organizer Jonathan Henderson. He said the General and his organization are turning in at least 20,000 petitions in support of health victims to the federal court located in New Orleans on April 20.
“My anger and focus on this miscarriage of justice will not end. While I speak out on every anniversary, this one is particularly urgent because the grave injustices which persist are adding up for our cleanup workers and our residents,” said the General.
- The rally is open to the public. More about the rally is here: ABOUT JUSTICE FOR BP HEALTH VICTIMS: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforBPhealthvictims
- The petition is online at https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/854/037/331/
ABOUT GENERAL RUSSEL HONORE: http://generalhonore.com/about-general-honore/