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Louisiana Leaders Affected by the BP Oil Spill go to San Francisco to Talk about Life in the Coastal Communities One Year Later

San Francisco, CA - Wednesday, October 26, 2011

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Louisiana residents - including fishermen, businesspeople, environmental and tribal leaders - who were affected by the BP oil spill, will offer their insights on recovery work and every day life in the coastal areas today at a cocktail reception which will take place at the Kapor Capital headquarters in downtown San Francisco, CA, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Friends of New Orleans is organizing and sponsoring this cocktail reception in order 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 that is still required to make the Gulf region whole again. Guest speakers will discuss the current state of the Louisiana wetlands and coast in the wake of the oil spill; the impact the spill has had on Louisiana fishermen, and businesses that serve or are dependent on the State's seafood industry; the effect on the indigenous coastline cultures; financial reimbursements by BP to date; mental and physical health issues facing those affected by the spill; and the coastal and wetlands restoration work that still lays ahead.

Featured Speakers:
Lance Nacio - Leader in the White Boot Brigade, a Louisiana fishermen advocacy org.
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 
Diem Nguyen 
- Exec. Director of the Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC which represents and works with the Vietnamese fishing community
Brenda Robichaux - former Chief of the Houma Nation (40,000 strong in Louisiana)
Kirk Cheramie - Manager of the Houma Nation newly launched radio station
Rebecca Templeton - Exec. Director of Bayou Grace, a social service agency serving Bayou Grace area
Diane Huhn - Environmental Outreach Volunteer Coordinator at Bayou Grace
LaTosha Brown - Former Exec. Director of the Gulf Coast Fund a donor that supports these communities
Sharon and David Gauthe - Co-Founders of Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO) which operates in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

With Special Guest:

Matt Petersen - President and CEO of Global Green USA, an environmental advocacy org. working in New Orleans and Louisiana's coastal communities

To attend this reception, arrange an interview or for more information on the featured speakers and the cocktail, please contact Denise M. Byrne, FONO Executive Director and Board Member, by email ( or cell phone (703-371-7455).

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

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