This is a Mark Twain quote that I saw today. It’s so fitting for our times that I wanted to share it with you all. Over the past few days, the well has been “capped”, or so they say. Now, will America turn their backs on the spill and the families affected by it? This is a blog and video that I wanted to post, and it deals with the fact that many women are affected by this oil spill as a result of their husbands being out of work as commerical fisherman, oystermen, shrimpers, etc. The rates of depression and domestic violence have increased for these men and women. I know that this is the same story across Florida’s gulf coast as well, as there are so many commerical fishermen (and women) in Destin, oyster folks in Apalach, Port St. Joe…the list goes on and on. They are all out of work since the oil spill as 1/3 of gulf waters are closed right now.
It’s incredible how many realities have been altered for so many people…all the result of a few mechanical oversights on an oil platform. Here’s the link to the Women of the Gulf post by the NOLA Femmes, along with a video of Kindra Anderson, wife of a fisherman in Lousiana : http://nolafemmes.com/2010/07/17/women-of-the-gulf/. Pretty powerful stuff.