Activists in St. James Parish have been fighting the development of a giant plastic manufacturing plant there for years. They have filed lawsuits, protested at the state capitol, and committed acts of civil disobedience. Now, two of them are facing felony charges and they say they’re being targeted for their activism.
Another huge protest swept through the streets of New Orleans today, despite the rain and foreboding overcast skies as Tropical Storm Cristobal barreled toward the Gulf Coast. The rally started at City Park at noon. Youthful protesters led the way as thousands marched down Esplanade to the French Quarter.
About 2,000 people marched from Duncan Plaza, past city hall, and through the French Quarter on Monday night in solidarity with marches across the nation in response to the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis.