Author and activist John Barry is our first guest today, and he joins us to discuss his continued fight to protect Louisiana's coastal wetlands and hold those accountable whom he feels are aiding in its depletion. As a former member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, John is spearheading the lawsuit against the Oil & Gas Industry for not upholding the law and for violating the permits granted to them. According to the permits, the Oil & Gas Industry was required to pay for any damages that they may have caused, and according to studies they are responsible for 36% of coastal damage done to Louisiana's coastline which they have yet to pay for. John and the lawsuit were mentioned in a recent New York Times Magazine article http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/02/magazine/mag-oil-lawsuit.html.
Also, longtime U.S. Representative from Georgia and veteran Civil Rights activist John Lewis joins us along with his co-author Andrew Aydin to discuss and promote their graphic novel March: Book One. The graphic novel tells the first-hand account of John's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, and includes detailed drawings by illustrator Nate Powell. Rep. Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin will be on campus at LSU October 21st for a book signing and presentation entitled "March with Congressman John Lewis" at the LSU Student Union.
Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm
Louisiana's coast is disappearing at the rate of about a football field an hour. Since the 1930s, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed up an area the size of Delaware.
You can see the water encroaching in Delacroix in St. Bernard Parish, less than an hour southeast of New Orleans. Here, a narrow crescent of land known locally as the "end of the world" is where the road abruptly comes to a dead end; in the distance, you see the tops of now-submerged trees.
Jim talks with John Barry, author of the book "Rising Tide", about the great 1927 Mississippi River Flood. John was recently dismissed from his position on a levee board that filed suit against the oil & gas industry. Now he's formed his own group to support litigation against energy companies for the damage they've done along Louisiana's coast.
Joe Traigle joins Jim to talk about the new ordinance in Shreveport "Be Fair Shreveport" that protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation.