Whether it is hugging a tree, protecting the Atchafalaya Basin, recycling or any number of other activities, Acadiana has a long history of environmental activism. Way before hippies fought the good fight in the 60s, old swamp Cajuns fought to keep their land from being polluted and stripped by energy companies. That tradition continues to today in the form of many local organizations. On St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), UL’s SPEAK (The Society for Peace, Environment, Action, and Knowledge) organization hosts a gathering at The Green Room in downtown Lafayette. It will be assembly of eco-conscious youth interested in green climate change, clean energy and green jobs. The meeting will also double as a kick-off party for a SPEAK road trip to Power Shift 2011, a national gathering of 10,000 young leaders in Washington, DC on April 15 who are focused on “reclaiming our democracy from big corporations and pushing our nation to move beyond dirty energy sources that are harming the health of people and the planet.”
There will be live music by DJ Andre Broussard and Riffs of Griff, Riffs of Griff, free food from Subway, cool people and a bunch of fun. The SPEAK Power Shift 2011 kick-off party runs 6-8:30 p.m.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.