Environmental Justice Week at Loyola
February 6-11th, 2017
Hosted by the Environmental Law Society
Monday, February 6
Kickoff Event: Film screening and discussion of “My Louisiana Love”
Room 405 from 6-8PM.
This powerful documentary portrays Monique Verdin, a young Native American woman and her family in Southeast Louisiana. The film follows her family’s struggle to stay close to their ancestral land despite a cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline. The film looks at the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta.
Tuesday, February 7
Air BnB Regulation in New Orleans & Neighborhood Gentrification and Safety
Room 306 from 12:30 -1:30PM
New Orleans City Council District B Chief of Staff John Pourciau and the Vieux Carre Property Owners Residents and Associates association Executive Director Meg Lousteau will speak about the Air BnB industry in New Orleans and the City’s attempt to regulate the industry in response to concerns about neighborhood safety, property values, and gentrification.
Wednesday, February 8
Call to Action: Caravan with us to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Public Hearing in Napoleonville, LA at the Assumption Parish Community Center
Participate in the public comment process with us on an urgent natural resource issue affecting Louisiana’s coastal, natural, and cultural resources. The hearing will be dedicated to the project’s Coastal Use Permit application and will be hosted by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.
Thursday, February 9
Indian Law and Natural Resource Conflicts
Room 312 from 12:30-1:30PM
We will be projecting a live video conference with attorney-advisors from the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to speak with federal administrative agency representatives about Indian law and natural resource management!
Saturday, February 11
Food Law and Policy Skills Course
Room 111 from 9AM-12PM
This course will provide an overview of what food law is and how it has been imperative in the formulation of law and policy in the US generally, but Louisiana specifically. Food, in all of its industry iterations have been at the center of legal arguments ranging from acquisition to workers’ rights. Fights over food, food security, food safety, and food access have traditionally been fought in courts that only consider food an ancillary component of the argument. Through this course, you will come to understand that food is the fight and it is predominately a social justice one.
Please contact loynoELS@gmail.com with any questions.