MEDIA ADVISORY for October 23, 2013
Premiere of New Documentary Shows Failures of $600 Million
Katrina Recovery Project
With Job Creation Falling Short, Film Tracks Wayward Course of Controversial
Mississippi Port Restoration Project
Premiere of Port of the Future: Aboveboard, a documentary presented by the Steps Coalition on community efforts to ensure that port restoration using disaster relief funds meets the jobs and environmental justice requirements imposed by law.
The Steps Coalition (www.stepscoalition.org)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Great Southern Club (top of Hancock Bank Building)
15th Floor, 2510 14th Street #1480, Gulfport
The Steps Coalition will premiere Port of the Future: Aboveboard, a documentary film produced by Elaine Stevens and filmed by Francisco Gonzales on the restoration of the State Port at Gulfport, a controversial and costly economic development project. Aboveboard traces the evolution of a grassroots-led advocacy campaign that, over time, has brought about important changes in jobs, environmental justice, and community engagement in the largest single public infrastructure investment in Mississippi history. Through interviews with a wide range of voices from Governor Phil Bryant to local community activists, Aboveboard details the ways in which local voices are lifted up to ensure that the State met its promises to the Gulf Coast.
ABOUT THE STEPS COALITION
The Steps Coalition is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that brings together local allies working for a healthy, just, and equitable Mississippi Gulf Coast. The coalition aims to bolster a democratic movement by developing local leadership and supporting communities to advocate for their needs and by facilitating communication, coordination, and collaboration among its membership.
Roberta Avila, Steps Coalition, 228-229-8552
Howard Page, Steps Coalition, 228- 233-4734
Reilly Morse, Mississippi Center for Justice, 228-383-3348