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An emerging organization committed to the intergenerational healing and flourishing of the Black descendant community in the Louisiana river parishes.


#PutHousingFirst Radio Show: The Descendants Project

Host Andreanecia Morris is joined by Joy and Jo Banner from the Descendants Project to talk about the work they're doing to combat environmental racism and injustice in St. John the Baptist Parish.


We are taking our fight to save our community to the world. 
Please follow The Descendants Project's Facebook page to see updates on their visit to the United Nations in Geneva. 
The founders of The Descendants Project Jo Banner and Joy Banner testified before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 
They demand a moratorium on toxic industry in their community which is nicknamed "Cancer Alley".

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is sharing its concerns and objections to the proposed Greenfield Terminal project in Wallace.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience.

Read the full statement in the link. 


You deserve a say in our community's future!


Join the Natural Resources Committee for a virtual input forum on Wednesday, July 20th at 11:00am.  Our input will help shape legislation to fight pollution and environmental racism in our community.

A letter from Marc H. Morial

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President and Chief Executive Officer National Urban League, to Christopher James who wants to build the Greenfield Grain Terminal close to the Whitney Plantation. 
"Your plans reflect insensitivity to this historic, treasured, and sacred site of an essential element of African American history."

Live with Joy Banner, co-founder of The Descendants Project about the Big Win in court today.



Tell the Corps of Engineers:

Greenfield's Grain Terminal Puts The Community at Risk From Dangerous Flooding!


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Jo Banner and Joy Banner, co-founders of The Descendants Project appear in the Hip Hop Caucus'  "Big Oil's Last Lifeline" Part 2 - New Orleans documentary. 

"Big Oil's Last Lifeline" is a three-part documentary series sounding the alarm on the petrochemical industry’s impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. There are environmental and climate injustices happening all over the planet, but particularly along the Gulf Coast of the Mississippi River and the Ohio River Valley. These injustices have strategically targeted low-income communities where the majority of black and brown U.S. citizens call home.
This series is produced by Hip Hop Caucus' Think 100% FILMS and Majestic 9 Productions.
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In The News

Thursday, August 10, 2023

These Louisiana sisters took their fight against big industry in ‘Cancer Alley’ to court — and won

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

A museum on a former plantation shut down. These environmental activists have a plan to transform it.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Black History Month: Non-profit fighting industry expansion


Friday, December 1, 2023

Joy Banner told to curtail remarks or risk arrest

The Lens


The Descendants Project is thrilled to announce a new free film training program for the River Parishes called “River for Reel Film Industry Training”.  


Film Industry 101
April 19 2022

Costuming Training
Begins May 14 2022

Grip and Electric Training
Begins May 16 2022

We say NO to the Wallace Grain Elevator! The Descendants Project’s commercial campaign fights a thirty-year zoning battle that threatens our Black community. We've found criminal “zoning” that exposes the residents of Wallace, LA to pollutants caused by heavy industry.

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EPA Administrator Michael Regan holds Stop The Wallace Grain Elevator Shirt.

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