BP Gulf Oil Disaster NAACP Investigation DAY II—St Bernard’s Parish, Louisiana

The second day of my visit included a visit with Mike Bailey, a lifelong resident and community leader in St. Bernard’s Parish. The only time he has ever left St. Bernard’s was when he lost his home and all of his possessions to hurricane Katrina. Mike was gracious enough to meet me between a wedding and a reception to accommodate my visit. J

In his interview, Mike describes his community as a working class community where most people work in the oil or sugar refineries. He talks about the devastating impact Hurricane Katrina had on life and work. Mike states, “We were just starting to get back and now there is this oil spill.”  With hurricane season coming, Mike is concerned about “saving the wetlands that serve as a bumper guard to protect us from the hurricanes.”

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