June 13, 2021

Juneteenth Rise St. James

In this first episode of the Plastic Bucket, we talk with Sharon Lavigne of Rise St. James in St. James Parish, Louisiana, about their upcoming Juneteenth event. The fifth district of St. James Parish is fighting a massive plastics plant from being built in their neighborhood. The site where Formosa intends to build a 2,500 acre plastics plant contains hundreds of acres of wetlands and the graves of people who were enslaved. Rise St. James will honor those ancestors at their Juneteenth event. They hope to see grocery stores, green jobs, and housing for St. James Parish instead of more petrochemical infrastructure for Cancer Alley.

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