I finally made it to the Oil Disaster Zone, specifically to Plaquemine Parish and the Zion Travelers Cooperative Center. ZTCC has been doing great work organizing for an effective response to the effects of the BP oil disaster on communities in the path of the oil.
Today, 90% of Plaquemine residents have returned. ZTCC has been a leader in helping the African-American community recover. There are repaired homes, new manufactured housing, a new community center about to open. And while I think the air might still be a little toxic from the BP disaster (more on this later), it made my heart sing to see such a vigorous recovery.
Oh, and the last four bodies that had been ripped from their rest were re-interred on the 5th anniversary.