The Coalition Against Death Alley (CADA) will kick off its March Against Death Alley at 6p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 with an opening rally at Church at New Orleans, 11700 Chef Menteur Highway. Rev. Lionel Davis, pastor of Pentecostal Church, will address the rally, which also feature activists, artists and musicians.
Gwen Collins-Greenup, candidate for Secretary of State, is also slated to speak at tonight’s rally. Collins-Greenup captured over 33 percent of the vote in the primary, landing a spot in the runoff against incumbent Kyle Ardoin. If elected, Collins-Greenup would make history, becoming the first Black Louisianan elected to a statewide office since Reconstruction.
CADA and its partners, including RISE St. James, The Concerned Citizens of St. John, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Justice and Beyond, 350 New Orleans and more, will march from New Orleans to Baton Rouge over the two-week period from Oct. 16 to Oct. 30. And for several days in New Orleans, organizers will highlight the grave impact of industrial pollution and environmental genocide in Cancer Alley and beyond.
Other activities planned for the March Against Death Alley include:
- 10:00 a.m. Press conference at General De Gaulle and L. B. Landry.
- 10:15 a.m. March/bus ride across GNO bridge to Entergy headquarters.
- 12:00 p.m. Rally at Entergy on Poydras.
- 1:00 p.m. Visit Katrina monument at Industrial Canal, 4900 N. Claiborne.
- 2:00 p.m. March 1.5 miles to Gordon Plaza via Louisa and Higgins
- 3-3:30 p.m. Arrive at Gordon Plaza and rally
- 6-7:30 p.m. Evening rally with health fair at Broadmoor Community Church, 2021 S. Dupre St.
Thursday, Oct. 17
- 10-10:45 a.m. Civil District Court. 421 Loyola Ave, New Orleans; visit with Mayor Cantrell
- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 1.3 miles to Perdido and Broad (Jail)
- 11:40 a.m. Stop at ICE office on 1250 Poydras Ave. to point out issue of climate refugees
- 1:30 p.m. DA’s office on White Street
- 2:15-3:30 p.m. March on Broad to Youth Study Center
- 4:15 p.m. Leave for church on Harrison Ave.
- 5-6 p.m. Dinner (LA Bucket Brigade will provide)
- 6-7:30 p.m. Evening rally, Pentecost Baptist Church, 1510 Harrison Ave.
Friday, Oct. 18
- 10-11:00 a.m. press conference at S&WB, 625 St. Joseph St.
- 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. March 1.5 miles on Earhart Blvd to Broad St. overpass, ride bus to Gert Town
- 2:00 p.m. Bus ride to LaPlace
- 4-5:00 p.m. LaPLace CBD/Walmart 1616 W Airline Hwy, Laplace, LA 70068. Pass out flyers
- 6-7:30 p.m. Evening rally at Tchoupitoulas Chapel, 1022 LA-44, Reserve, LA 70084
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Free film screening of Women of Cancer Alley at Newcomb Art Museum.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Rev. William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign will rally with marchers at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 8103 Mt Calvary St. in St. James Parish.