Law and Policy

Today the Obama Administration released a plan for the long-term recovery of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil disaster. 

America’s Gulf Coast: A Long Term Recovery Plan After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” was developed under the guidance of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who visited the Gulf for a series of listening tours over the summer

Most of you know my story by now. Four years ago, back when the banks were getting bailed out and the people were getting bailed on, I lost the first house I ever owned. After moving to South Louisiana and rebuilding our lives, my husband and I were able to move ourselves and our 6 children into a beautiful new home. Three days later the moratorium hit - and I say hit, because it was like a punch in the stomach to the people of our area. 

Off-Shore Oil Drilling Forum - Houston

9:00am CST - Off-Shore Drilling Forum - The forum will allow the government to "engage the public and experts on issues to determine what additional measures are needed so deep-water drilling can proceed in a manner that is safe for crews, the environment and coastal communities." Location: Crowne Plaza Houston-Downtown. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Two more forums are planned for Biloxi, Miss., (on Sept. 10) and Lafayette, La., (in mid-September). More information will be forwarded as it becomes available.


Thank you for letting me understandReilly Morse
homelessness, living without power,
without television, without cool air in the heat.
Thank you for letting me understand
hunger, the pleasure of dry clean clothes and
the relief of place to sleep.
Thank you for letting me understand
the deep and overwhelming sadness
when forces, beyond our personal control,
take the loved, the familiar, the usual.


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