Charles Steele said “BP, I am coming for the funding for the underserved and the underrepresented. I am coming to collect.” Steele continued, “Too many have died, too many are hungry, too many are crying and we are not scared Negroes. We want restitution, not promises of mules but restitution in cash for all Churches, maids, small businessmen, fishermen, and people who have worked in cash industries and don’t have receipts that should still be paid,” said Steele. “We must provide a program for those in need. British Petroleum, you destroyed the environment and in the process you killed workers, now you should pay the people.” Steele spoke at a rally with over 1000 plus at First Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama and he vowed to discuss BP with International leadership in Russia and other countries where he is organizing chapters and donors.
Art Rocker stated, “BP is trying to pay the Federal Government and the States so they will provide social services to the people, but we want the funding to come from BP and go directly to the ones in need.” Rocker continued, “On our visit to BP in London, BP Bob Dudley’s corporate official requested that we return to America and get the claims paid and then the company reneged on the payments. “This organizing of leaders and our youth is a prelude to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with 1 million plus on April 24, 2013, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. We are coming with strong international leaders to support our discussion against BP. British Petroleum places greed over safety and we are going to March and wake up America and the World on BP. We are also dealing with Equality for All, Environmental devastation and disruption, military families in need, gun violence, and voters suppression. We are also marching for nonviolence and peace. We are bringing youth ages 17 and up with parents and chaperon's to let BP know we won’t turn back.”
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