Rev. Dr. Willie T. Snead, Sr., of Los Angeles, President of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
, of Los Angeles, President of the 2.5 million member National Missionary Baptist Convention
of America, was one of a dozen or so leaders of historic African American and "mainline" denominations who toured toxic Louisiana communities in March under the auspices of the Black Church Environmental Justice Program.The program a joint project of the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Working Group
and of the ecumenical Black Church Liaison Committee of the NCC
and U.S. Conference of the World Council of Churches
.The group also visited the predominantly African American communities of:
Convent, where a multi-racial residents group is seeking to block the Shintech Corporation
from building a $700 million polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in their already heavily polluted community; Oakville, where a 150-year-old community is fighting to close and clean a private toxic dump established 10 years ago, literally in their back yards; and New Sarpy/Norco, where residents want a fair price for their homes so they can move away from the fumes, explosions and fires from the parish's (county's) 27 oil refineries.