Our partners at the Kellogg Foundation shared this incredible video Lizz Wright created of the song she wrote and performed for the National Day of Racial Healing. Hope you enjoy it!
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 policiesRead more
100% Renewable Energy Economy in Mississippi is Possible!
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.Read more
At the end of April, strong storms hit the city of Gulfport causing the mayor to declare a state of emergency. Over 140 homes flooded, and first responders, including two five-ton trucks and three swift water rescue teams, stayed busy rescuing people from homes and businesses. This was a strong storm, but the kind of storm we expect regularly in the Gulf.
Much of the flooding was predictable and avoidable. Unfortunately, the City of Gulfport has a history of dangerous developmental practices, including filling in wetlands. This practice allows the cheapest path for development, providing profits for developers at a huge cost to residents and first responders. Gulfport relies on gravity drainage, but April’s rains showed the vulnerability of the city’s drainage and stormwater handling system. Existing wetlands need to be left in place in areas of the city where foreseeable flood risks are high.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more