WHO: Local Leadership Ministers of Alabama, Leaders of Operation People for Peace, Inc. and Leaders of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Inc. Mobile Chapter
WHERE: Rev. James Murphy, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 461 Texas St., Mobile, AL 36603
WHEN: 11:00AM, Wednesday, October 31, 2012
WHY: It has been over two and a half years since the BP oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010 when over 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, devastating a $146 billion dollar seafood industry, halting a $50 billion dollar cash economy, killing 11 rig workers, injuring 17 more individuals, and leaving many 1000’s of people homeless, unemployed, and ill.
Operation People for Peace, Inc. has met numerous times with BP officials and was told by BP Oil Spill Fund CZAR, Kenneth Feinberg, that the claims of the underserved would be paid.
We have filed a class action law suit with the courts and still have yet to receive any relief. The underserved groups claimants total over 11,000 claims with approx. 4,000 in Alabama. Many are below the poverty line and cannot afford to continue to be ignored. Many of these claimants are single mothers with 2 or more children in their homes. Many of these claimants are people who cook plates, are maids, clean windows, wash sheets/towels in hotels and other cash service industry jobs to create extra income to feed and house their families. Often these people are unable to file taxes because they are below the poverty line. Therefore, these people are now falling through the cracks. Operation People for Peace, Inc. Chairman and Southern Christian Leadership Conference Florida State Chairman, Art Rocker says, “Judge Barbier and his chief administrator, Patrick Juneau should define an order that will provide leniency for this group. The order that is now in place is designed for the “Big Man” but not the “Little Man.” Little people must suffer. Judge Barbier’s order reads sworn affidavits may be filed but the order does not spell out what type of affidavit the little man needs to file. They are slipping through the cracks as they continue to be stalled and have yet to be paid for their damages in their legitimate claims from the BP Oil Spill. We are now requesting a meeting with Claims Administrator, Patrick Juneau, to encourage him to broaden the scope for the “Little Man.”
For Additional Information Contact: Jessica Donahue, P: 404-840-6764 or Rev. Kelvin Maye, P: 251-370-8827