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Toxic Dangers Threaten Gullah/Geechee Nation Community Meeting To Be Held October 10th

The Atlantic Ocean has sustained the Gullah/Geechee people for hundreds of years. The African ethnic groups and indigenous Americans, who formed the Gullah/Geechee Nation, have kept their fishing and agrarian culture alive in spite of threats from coastal development, pollution and climate change.

Now the Gullah/Geechee Nation faces the existential threat of toxic chemicals being set free off the shores of their ancestral home in the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands.

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De Wata Need We! Protecting the Waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Coast!

The Gullah/Geechee Nation also finds itself having to fight against oil exploration, oil drilling, and the use of seismic guns in the Atlantic Ocean once again since the US government is attempting to reopen the coast to this.  We have until August 17, 2017 for comments to be entered with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to oil exploration including the use of seismic guns and to oil drilling.  We are calling on all of our supporters worldwide to let them know that you stand with the Gullah/Geechee Nation maintaining its cultural heritage on this coast and to that end, you want the Atlantic Coast kept off of the list of locations for oil exploration and drilling to take place.  You can go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0050-0001 to enter your comments.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Joins in Contacting President Obama about Banning Offshore Drilling

“There is a Gullah/Geechee proverb that says, ‘De wata bring we and de wata gwine tek we bak.’ We know that coastal resources are inextricably tied to the sustainability of Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage because we live in and from the sea.”

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#GullahGeechee Stand at Hands Across the Sand

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Oceana, Don’t Drill Lowcountry, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, (SACE), hosted a Hands Across the Sand event on Folly Beach, at which members of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition joined over a hundred others to join hands as a visual display of “drawing a line in the sand” to show support for the federal government’s recent decision to cancel plans for Atlantic offshore drilling, and also to increase awareness about the threat of seismic airgun blasting off the East Coast.

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No Oil Drilling Off the #GullahGeechee Coast!

It is for the future generations of the Gullah/Geechee Nation that I rise daily to do the work that GOD has charged me to do even when there are times when there may be only one Gullah/Geechee voice in the room that I am headed to. If I am that one Gullah/Geechee I know that the past generations want me to speak. I know that I would have done my mother a disservice if I didn’t continue to go to these meetings and protests even when she could not come along. I know that we all will do Mother Earth a disservice if we do not begin to take care of her as she feeds us. We are not going to eat the money when we cannot get seafood from our waterways or vegetation from the land. So, like mama said, some things you need to “leave alone!” However, standing for our rights is not one of the things that I will leave alone!

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Gullah/Geechee Leaders Join Activist Actors on Capitol Hill

Ted Danson, Kate Walsh and Sam Waterston have joined coastal leaders including Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) in Washington, D.C. to urge President Obama to abandon his plan to open the Atlantic Ocean to industrial offshore drilling for the first time in U.S. history.

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Gullah/Geechee ALERT! Stop Permits for Seismic Gun Activity Off Our Coast!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) is standing with Oceana to protect the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s coast!  There is a push to begin exploring the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast to see if there could potentially be the presence of oil.  (Oceana released a report entitled “Offshore Energy by the Numbers” which you can also obtain here: http://oceana.org/publications/reports/offshore-energy-numbers) …

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