Pulling Together a Community


The most powerful night of my time spent in the Gulf was our community meeting in D’Iberville, Mississippi. Hundreds of fishermen gathered together to evaluate their unraveling realities and plan next steps. What struck me on an emotional level — something that surprised even me — was the level of division in the room. Sure, [...]

Watching Grown Men Cry: Fear and Distrust in Mississippi


We’re rushing from Grand Isle, Louisiana to D’Iberville, Mississippi where our guide, Pat Heidingsfelder, along with the help of local community organizer Linda St. Martin, has set up a town hall style meeting with Gulf Coast shrimpers. It’s an uncanny mix of folks: half are Cajun, the other are from the Vietnamese community. But in [...]

What Are Local Fishermen Thinking?


What are the local reactions to the government claim that 75% of the oil from the BP spill has disappeared? This is a great piece interviewing Frank Davis, Captain Mike Frenette and George Barisich of the United Commerical Fisherman’s Association of the real impacts of the estimated 50 million gallons of oil still in the [...]