Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth is a Louisiana native born in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She grew up in the New Orleans area. She has done extensive traveling out west and has lived in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, but has spent the majority of her life in Louisiana. Elizabeth has a BA in Sociology from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, and recently completed two graduate courses in history at the University of New Orleans. Elizabeth began taking part in active protests for social justice 6 months prior to Katrina, in the winter of 2005, when she became involved in the movement to save Iberville Housing Development from destruction. She joined C3/Hands of Iberville, attended and planned press conferences, rallies and attended New Orleans City Council meetings. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, plans to demolish public housing in New Orleans were amplified. With C3 and numerous other organizations and public housing residents, a grass roots movement was built to defend public housing. These efforts culminated in a showdown at the City Council meeting on December 20th, 2007 in which the council had activists evicted, some violently, from the meeting, while over 100 were prevented from attending and locked out of the meeting. The vote to demolish that day effectively ended the movement. When the BP disaster occurred, Elizabeth organized with other activists, including members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, to form the Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster. This committee continues to function and hold educational forums and support the efforts of other activists on the Gulf coast. Elizabeth also recently attended Occupy NOLA general assembly meetings and helped plan protest events, including a recent rally in front of Mayor Landrieu’s home to protest the eviction of Occupy NOLA from Duncan Plaza. Elizabeth has written numerous articles for alternative media on public housing and the BP oil disaster.

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