Gulf South - The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy proudly announces its 2014 Class of Gulf Guardian Fellows. Five leaders submitted ideas that make progress toward restoring the humanity of marginalized communities in the Gulf South while honoring the work that strengthens the broader Gulf South ecology.
The Gulf Guardian Fellowship is a 12 month program that aims to strengthen social and ecological equity in the Gulf South. Fellowship awards are meant honor and support community members working to address root-causes, immediate consequences or long-term impacts of inequality or climate change in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
The Gulf Guardian Fellowship is a new initiative of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP), a regional justice center working with southern communities on the frontline of climate change. "This Gulf Guardian Fellowship welcomed applicants from diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to apply, said Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy. "Our vision is to support diverse leaders engaging in work that restores the humanity of marginalized communities in the Gulf South while honoring the work that strengthens broader Gulf South ecology."
The Gulf Guardian fellowship aims to support various approaches to building social and ecological equity by honoring community leaders working to address the long-term impacts of inequality and climate change.
Leaders from the five Gulf South states made up the regional Selection Committee that met in Slidell, Louisiana in early September to select five fellows from just under 300 applications submitted. After an arduous process of much discussion, the selection committee and the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy are pleased to announce the following 2014 Gulf Guardian Fellows:
- Pandwe Gibson, Miami, Florida (Social Entrepreneur)
- Joel Lewis, Mobile, Alabama (University of South Alabama)
- Ya-Sin Shabazz, Biloxi, Mississippi (Hijira House)
- Bette Billiot, Houma, Louisiana (United Houma Nation)
- Jorge Lugo, Houston, Texas (Artist/Activist)
To be selected, applicants had to be 18 years of age or older and residing in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida. Selection priority was given to Individuals working on climate, environment, economic justice, or social justice issues for at least 2 years and to those who showed a history of collaborative work. Selected fellows receive a $40,000 stipend and attend training and retreats designed for collective learning, cross-sector networking, collaborative strategy and leadership development.
About the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP):The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is a non-profit, public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to build, serve and advocate for structural shifts that promote equity in law, society and community. GCCLP envisions social, economic and political systems that promote equity and justice for all people. GCCLP's long-term work addresses intersecting visions of Climate Justice, Migrant Rights, Land Sovereignty and Economic Opportunity for Gulf Coast communities on the frontlines of climate change. Through human rights-based legal services, community leadership development and advocacy, GCCLP promotes structural equity in the laws, policies and practices that impact Gulf South communities on the frontlines of climate change.