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Capitol Hill Briefing Featuring Louisiana Citizens Affected by the BP Oil Spill

Friday, September 17, 2010

10 am - 2 pm

Washington, DC - Key Louisiana residents including fishermen, businesspeople and tribal leaders affected by the BP oil spill will offer their insights on recovery at a briefing on Capitol Hill, September 17 from 10 am - 2 pm, at the Hart Senate Office Bldg. Friends of New Orleans is organizing and sponsoring this briefing to give a voice to those who have been most affected by the BP oil spill, and to raise awareness of the amount of work and resources that will be required to restore the region. Panelists will discuss the current state of the Louisiana coast in the wake of the oil spill; the impact the spill has had and will have on Louisiana fishermen, and businesses that serve or are dependent on the State's seafood industry; the effect on indigenous coastline cultures; financial reimbursements by BP; mental and physical health issues facing those affected by the spill; and the coastal and wetlands restoration work that lays ahead.

Featured Speakers Participating in the FONO Briefing include:
Mike Tidwell - "Bayou Farewell" Author & Head of Chesapeake Bay Climate Action Network
Byron Encalade - Director of the Louisiana Oystermen Association
Lance Nacio - Leader in the White Boot Brigade, a Louisiana fishermen advocacy org.
John Tesvich - Owner and CEO of the AmeriPure Oyster Co.
Capt. Michael Frenette - Professional Angler/ESPN contributor, Charter Boat/Tour Co. and Fishing Lodge Owner in Venice La. Marina, Director of Louisiana Charter Board Association
Father Vien The Nguyen
- Chairman of the Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC working with the Vietnamese fishing community
Tuan Nguyen - Deputy Director, Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC
Brenda Robichaux - former Chief of the Houma Nation (40,000 strong in Louisiana)
Kirk Cheramie - Manager of the Houma Nation radio station
Rosina Phillipe - Grand Bayou Shrimper and Elder Leader in the Atakapa tribe
Courtney Howell - Director of Bayou Grace, a social service agency serving Bayou Grace area
Diane Huhn - Environmental Outreach Volunteer Coordinator at Bayou Grace
LaTosha Brown - Exec. Director of the Gulf Coast Fund
Beth Galante - Director of Global Green New Orleans, an environmental advocacy org.
Tracy Kuhn - Director of Louisiana Bayoukeeper, a wetlands advocacy organization
David Gauthe - Co-Founder of Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO) which operates in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes
Patty Whitney - BISCO Environmental Advocate

To attend, arrange an interview or for more information on the featured speakers and the briefing, please contact Denise M. Byrne, FONO Acting Executive Director and Board Member, by email or cell phone (703-371-7455). This FONO event is supported in part by the New Orleans Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program (

Please click here to view bios and photos of these leaders.

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