Who We Are
We are a coalition of community and environmental justice groups that have joined together to advocate for the health and safety of residents in Death Alley.
Community, environmental, civil rights, human rights and religious organizations have banded together to form CADA, Coalition Against Death Alley. On March 20th, 2019, these Louisiana leaders announced a process of non-violent protests to pressure industrial giants and governments to stop the ongoing poisoning of majority-black communities in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”, which amounts to ongoing silent genocide. Communities along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge are experiencing high rates of death not just from cancer, but also respiratory and autoimmune diseases. More than 200 petrochemical industries contribute to genocide here in what is known as a “national zone of sacrifice”. That’s why leaders and residents in the affected communities decided to rename the region “Death Alley.”
The production and wastes from these state-supported industries are life threatening, emitting hundreds of known cancer-causing chemicals that are also known to cause birth defects, cardiovascular complications, autoimmune disorders and respiratory diseases. Children, developing fetuses, and the elderly are the most vulnerable to adverse health effects, yet everyone is susceptible, as evidenced by the sheer numbers of deaths in these mostly black communities.
Our coalition formed to affirm the dignity of communities living in Death Alley and fight together for environmental justice.