LISTEN: Cherri Foytlin on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Cherri Foytlin was a recent Earth Watch guest on KPFK radio’s Sojourner Truth show hosted by Margeret Prescod. Foytlin is a journalist, speaker and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of “Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion,” and regularly contributes to www.BridgetheGulfProject.org, the Huffington Post, and several local newspapers.

Foytlin is currently fighting the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Southern Louisiana. VICE profiled her in a recent piece:

The proposed pipeline she’s fighting would be a 162-mile extension of an existing pipeline in Texas. If approved, the Bayou Bridge pipeline would pass through 11 Louisiana parishes. Foytlin, a Diné and Cherokee mother of six, has been a prominent leader in the struggle against it.

 Camp L’eau Est La Vie, French for “water is life,” is constantly changing and growing, with new rafts or indigenous art pieces being added on. Foytlin tells me that she and other organizers are intentionally keeping many details about the camp secret—a lesson learned from watching Standing Rock, where outsiders flocked to the anti-pipeline camps after the battle against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) became a national cause.

“Our camp will never be a call for all because the swamp is a beautiful and unforgiving landscape that is also quite fragile,” Foytlin says. “Which is not to say that we may not need folks to come out to support in other ways. I think the most effective thing about the DAPL struggle was the messaging—water is life—you can’t get much more clear than that.”

The Sojourner Truth Radio Show airs every week on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles and around the world online. The Earth Watch segment is below.

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