Steps Coalition is convening a series of planning meetings with stakeholders, including those most impacted, to develop a strategic action plan to prepare our coastal communities for future disasters and to ensure that all residents and communities have the resources they need to mitigate, adapt, and recover through stakeholder education and advocacy for non-structural mitigation programs and policies
Mississippi has taken its first step toward a solar powered future with the passage of the net metering rule. Though it is a positive step in the right direction, there is much more we need to do to transition to 100% renewable energy (solar, wind and water). That is why Steps Coalition would like to invite you to be a part of a strategic planning initiative to build and advocate for a just transition in Mississippi.
People in the Gulf are standing together to say no to new oil and gas leasing in our Gulf and yes to clean energy jobs and future that begins with putting an end to the expansion of fossil fuels. You can add your voice and sign-on to the Gulf regional letter to oppose new offshore drilling in our Gulf!
May 4th marked the first day of a two week series of global mass actions to keep oil, coal, and gas in the ground and accelerate the transition to clean energy economy. With the threat of truly catastrophic climate crisis looming, across the globe, communities on the front lines of climate change and the fenceline of fossil fuel industries are standing together and calling on world leaders to live up to their promises made in Paris last year to stop global temperature from rising above 2 degrees.
Steps Coalition is thrilled to be part of this momentous effort to protect our communities and future on this planet. As part of a Gulf delegation, we will be joining thousands of others across the nation for a Break Free action in Washington DC on May 15th.
Two weeks ago hundreds of citizens from across the Gulf rallied in New Orleans to call for an end to new oil drilling in the Gulf. It was the first time the people of the Gulf stood together in a united front to demand an end to the destruction and sacrifice zone our Gulf has become in the pursuit of money and oil. The fight continues. Next week the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Dept of Interior) is currently working on the next five year plan for auctioning oil leases in the Gulf. The current five year plan includes auctioning off two-thirds of the entire Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leases.
The latest research tells us that if we are going to prevent climate chaos, we will need to keep 80% of coal, oil, and gas in the ground. It is thus, imperative that we stop the sale of new oil and gas leases. It is time we stand together once again to demand a just transition to clean energy!
Concerned parents and advocates gathered together in Biloxi last Wednesday night, March 30th, for a town hall meeting to learn and discuss how state policies can protect children at schools from traumatizing, dehumanizing, and dangerous procedures, known as restraint and seclusion. In partnership with Moore Community House, ACLU Advocacy Coordinator, Rene' Hardwick, facilitated a discussion about protections and safe alternatives to restraint and seclusion.
Concerned citizens of Biloxi gathered for a town hall meeting Thursday night March 31st to discuss the impact of the War on Drugs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The meeting began with an overview of the criminal record expungement process given by Latrice Westbrook, Esq. Following the informative presentation, Dawn Stough, Esq. moderated a panel discussion and a Q&A with citizens. The town hall was organized by One Voice and My Voice Vote Campaign and co-sponsored by Steps Coalition, MS Center for Justice, Biloxi NAACP, Stone County NAACP, Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, District 119, and Law Offices of Dawn Strough, PLLC.
On March 23rd, Mississippi Gulf Coast residents joined hundreds from across the region from Texas to Florida to oppose the sale of 43 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore drilling as part of a national effort to call for a just transition toward clean energy. The movement has had significant victories, including the recent win by Atlantic coast residents to protect their shore and the postponing of oil and gas auctions in Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.