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Coalition of Communities for Environmental Justice (COCEJ) Conference Call
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Public Hearing: Safety Performance Indicators
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gulf Restoration Working Group Call
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Webinar: How You Can Generate Long-term Revenue from Recurring Giving
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

EPA's Trash Free Waters Program Discussion
Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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The advisors and grantees that make up The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health are on the front lines of the issues that impact the Gulf Coast and its communities. Our spokespeople include community leaders, environmental experts, fishermen and women, oystermen, shrimpers, independent scientists, church leaders, and residents from over 200 community and grassroots organizations across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Florida.

To read stories and see videos about these and other Gulf Coast citizens working toward a just, healthy and sustainable future, visit



Rosina Philippe, Leader, Atakapa-Ishak tribe; Director, Grand Bayou Community United; Grand Bayou Village, Louisiana. Rosina is a community leader whose tribe has been living and fishing on the Gulf for centuries

Tracy Kuhns, Director, Louisiana Bayoukeeper; Barataria, Louisiana. A mother with 17 grandchildren, Tracy advocates for fair recovery, seafood safety, and health care for impacted communities

MaryLee Orr, Founder, Louisiana Environmental Action Network; Baton Rouge, LA. Marylee is a leading advocate and expert on the environmental and economic impacts of the spill

Brenda Dardar Robichaux, Leader and former Principal Chief of the Houma Nation; Founder, United Houma Nation Relief Fund; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Golden Meadow, LA. Brenda is a dauntless advocate for minority issues and for tribal citizens impacted by the drilling disaster

Cherri Foytlin, Co-founder, Gulf Change; Grande Isle, LA. An oil-worker's-wife-turned-activist, Cherri has become an outspoken moral voice for the human right to clean air and clean water, and an advocate for proper monitoring of human health impacts since the BP drilling disaster. Cherri's blood has been tested and shown to contain high levels of the same toxic chemicals present in BP crude and dispersants

Byron Encalade, President, Louisiana Oystermen Association; Telley Madina, Executive Director, LA Oystermen Association, Plaquemines Parish, LA. Byron is a leader of  African-American and minority oyster fishermen in the region; Telley is a veteran community organizer who helps Plaquemines Parish and minority fishermen access members of the U.S and LA State government

Wilma Subra, chemist; MacArthur genius grant recipient; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; independent environmental scientist; New Iberia, LA. Wilma's blood testing of clean up workers and residents reveal alarming levels of the same toxic chemicals present in BP crude

Stephen Bradberry, Executive Director, The Alliance Institute; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; recipient of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award; New Orleans, Louisiana. Stephen is a veteran community organizer working to promote community access to health care

Kindra Arneson, Plaquemines Parish, LA. A fisherwoman-turned-activist since the drilling disaster, Kindra is leading the call for reparations and concern about the spill's impact on human health

Patty Whitney, BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing); Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. Patty is a Cajun community organizer working with impacted fishing communities

Elodia Blanco, President, Agriculture Street Landfill; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; retired police officer; New Orleans, LA. Elodia is a community environmental justice leader in New Orleans

Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade; New Orleans, LA. Anne is an environmental health and justice leader who works with communities that neighbor the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants

Rev. Tyronne Edwards, Zion Travelers Baptist Church; Founder and Executive Director, Zion Travelers Cooperative Center; Phoenix, LA. Rev. Tyronne is an advocate for community participation and creating local jobs in coastal restoration

Father Vien, Founder and Chair of Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVNCDC); New Orleans, LA. Father Vien is a Catholic priest and progressive social activist in the Vietnamese community of New Orleans, where he actively assists a large population of Asian American fishermen, oystermen, and shrimpers

Dr. Beverly Wright, Founder, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; New Orleans, LA. Dr. Wright is a leading environmental justice scholar who advocates for the African-American community in New Orleans

Aaron Viles, Deputy Director, Gulf Restoration Network; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; New Orleans, LA. Aaron supervises GRN’s efforts to protect and restore coastal habitats throughout the Gulf, and ensure sustainable fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico




Casi Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper, Mobile Baykeeper, Mobile, AL. Casi works to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay watershed, Alabama’s waterways and coastal communities. Mobile Baykeeper priorities are clean water, clean air and healthy people along with responsible government and a healthy economy

Paul Nelson, President, South Bay Communities Alliance; Coden, AL. Paul is a coastal Alabama fisherman and community leader who works with commercial and subsistence fishermen

Chris Bryant, Alabama Gulf Coast commercial fisherman-turned-activist; Bayou le Batre, AL. Capt. Bryant is concerned about seafood safety and has been monitoring the use of Corexit in the Gulf

Danny Patterson, Director, Community Building, Community Foundation of South Alabama; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Mobile, AL. Danny works to improve the quality of life in South Alabama by promoting philanthropy

Teresa Bettis, Director, Center for Fair Housing; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Mobile, AL. Teresa works to ensure equal housing opportunities for all residents of southwest Alabama

Robin Young/Jerry Cope, Guardians of the Gulf; Orange Beach, AL. Community non-profit based in Orange Beach AL focusing on health effects from the oil disaster



Thao Vu, Mississippi Coalition of Vietnamese American Fisherfolk and Families; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Biloxi, Mississippi. Thao provides support for the Vietnamese fishing communities impacted by the spill

Derrick Evans, Founder Turkey Creek Community Initiatives; historian; community leader; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Turkey Creek, MS. Derrick has led coastal Mississippi's region-wide strategy and response to the oil spill

Bishop James Black, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Environmental and Economic Justice; Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Pastor of Faith Tabernacle of Praise, Inc.; Biloxi, MS. Bishop Black is a veteran social and environmental justice leader

Reilly Morse, Senior Attorney, Mississippi Center For Justice; Biloxi, MS. Reilly specializes in land use, zoning and environmental justice issues and was the lead attorney behind the $133 million housing victory achieved in 2010 to assist low-income Mississippi residents in repairing their Katrina-damaged homes



Charlotte Wells, Galveston Baykeeper; Seabrook, TX. Charlotte works on protecting and enhancing the water quality of Galveston Bay for the benefit of its ecosystems and human communities

Bryan Parras, Leader, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, (t.e.j.a.s.); Gulf Coast Fund Advisor; Houston, TX. Bryan is an environmental justice organizer in Houston working to improve the health and environment of local communities



Chasidy Fisher Hobbs, Emerald Coastkeeper, Pensacola, FL. The Emerald Coastkeeper serves the watershed in Northwest Florida, working to respond to citizen reports of pollution and adverse environmental impacts from the Alabama/Florida state line to Perdido Bay, and Panama City to West Bay

Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Robin Vroegop, OSPREY Program Coordinator; Apalachicola, FL. Apalachicola Riverkeeper works to protect the Apalachicola River, Floodplain and Bay, its tributaries and watersheds, in order to improve and maintain their ecological integrity, and to preserve their natural scenic, recreational and commercial fishing character

Francine Ishmael, Executive Director; Citizens Against Toxic Exposure, Inc. (CATE); Pensacola, Florida. Francine is a leader in the environmental justice field in Pensacola and is working to inform and protect Florida panhandle communities from toxic exposure related to the drilling disaster