The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy (GCCLP) is a public interest law firm and justice center that post-hurricane Katrina has led efforts to build a multi-racial and cross-regional coalition around climate change and human rights. Following the 2010 BP Oil Spill, GCCLPC convened several Peoples Movement Assemblies engaging African American, Native, Latino and Asian communities around the impact of climate change, extractive industries and local justice opportunities. In the Spring of 2013, GCCLP worked to connect law makers and advocates working on immigration reform to the realities of disaster migration in Black communities, both within and across US borders. Currently, GCCLP is advocating that RESTORE Act dollars, funded by oil spill penalties, go to projects that support community economic development for communities of color, particularly African American and Tribal residents of Louisiana, who are suffering from high unemployment.
Secondly, GCCLP is building capacity for a climate justice campaign with regional tribal and Human Rights groups. The first phase, set to start in September 2013, will convene a Peoples Movement Assembly of leaders of color from throughout the Gulf Coast region to address the impact and intersection of climate change and systemic structural discrimination on marginalized communities, including new immigrant and indigenous communities. The second phase of this work will develop and implement strategies to create a more climate just Gulf Coast where people of color are included as decision-makers and owners of a more sustainable energy economy.