Alliance for Justice Sponsors Washington, D.C., Premiere Screening of "Crude Justice" and Panel Discussion Exploring the Difficult Choices and Legal Challenges Facing Victims of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
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Washington, D.C., October 25, 2010—On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers, injuring dozens more, and devastating the lives of tens of thousands of people who depend on the Gulf of Mexico for their work, food, and culture. Although the oil has stopped flowing, the crisis is not over for the people of the region and the legal process of fully and finally compensating thousands of victims from the Gulf region is only just beginning.
The public is invited to participate in a free screening of Crude Justice, a 17-minute film narrated by environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr., that explores the catastrophic damage done to the lives and livelihoods of the people of the Gulf Coast and the difficult choices they must make as they seek justice and fair compensation. A panel discussion follows, featuring Baton Rouge attorney Keith D. Jones, whose son Gordon was among those killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion; Susan Steinman, Director of Policy at the American Association for Justice; Regan Nelson, senior oceans advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s oceans program; and moderator William Yeomans, Fellow in Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law. The panel discussion will cover the current legal environment in the Gulf and possible legislative reforms dealing with corporate liability in this and future environmental calamities.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Keith Jones is available for media interviews on Tuesday, October 26. Please contact Kathy Plate at Alliance for Justice at 202-822-6070 or Kathy@afj.org, to make arrangements.
WHAT: The Washington, D.C., premiere of the short documentary film, Crude Justice, and a panel discussion featuring Keith Jones, Susan Steinman, Regan Nelson, and William Yeomans
WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
WHERE: Woman’s National Democratic Club
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are required and may be made at the Alliance for Justice website, www.afj.org.
Crude Justice is the latest in a series of First Monday Films and action campaigns launched annually by Alliance for Justice on the first Monday in October, the traditional opening day of the U.S. Supreme Court term. The film may be viewed online at www.CrudeJustice.org. The website also provides viewing guides, additional background information about the legal issues, and profiles of the participants in the film. Viewers are encouraged to get involved in Alliance for Justice’s campaign to demand fairness and monitor the path to justice for victims of the oil spill. Copies of a DVD version of the film may be ordered online at http://www.afj.org/films-and-programs/crude_justice/order-the-film.html. Organizations may sign up to host screenings at http://www.afj.org/films-and-programs/crude_justice/host-a-screening-crude-justice.html.
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Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For more than 30 years, AFJ has led the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women's rights, children's, senior citizens' and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voices heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.