As we share the benefits of our progress, we must also distribute the burdens. We must maintain a healthy balance between commercial development, residential communities and natural resources.
ONE SOLAR COAST
One Solar Coast is a coalition proposing to use a portion of the $1.2 (or more) billion in BP oil spill Settlement money coming to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to put solar panels on public buildings across the Coast, creating lasting good by writing down the cost of utilities for all taxpayers, saving already strained public sector budgets, and seeding much needed local jobs in a 21st century growth industry.
CHEROKEE CONCERNED CITIZENS
This group represents a community located in Pascagoula, Mississippi affected by daily exposure to toxic pollution due to its close location to the Bayou Cassotte Industrial Park. Community members and allies have been advocating since 2014 for the enforcement of city, state and federal regulations to hold their toxic neighbors accountable for the health of this low to moderate income community.
PROTECTING WETLANDS IN NORTH GULFPORT
(BUTCH WARD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT)
Since 2011, Steps has led a campaign against the Port Expansion project that diverted $600 million from housing recovery money to expand the port with a promise to create thousands of jobs that have yet to be created. As part of this work, the Port Campaign Coalition has also effectively stopped development projects that threaten the flood protection of historically African American communities in North Gulfport. Also, as a result of the Port Campaign Coalition’s efforts, the Port of Gulfport agreed to participate in the Green Marine program.
MOSS POINT CAMPAIGN FOR A SAFE & HEALTHY COMMUNITY (2012)
Steps successfully stopped the application to build the Leucadia Corporation Petroleum Coke Gasification Plant by providing organizing and technical support to the community. Winning tactics included community meetings, organizing a forum of experts to discuss the environmental impact and helping the community understand the reality of job creation vs. environmental impacts.