Posted: Jul 19, 2010 1:39 PM by Veronica White
Updated: Jul 19, 2010 5:35 PM
Only 2 days left until the "Rally for Economic Survival"... but will it actually make a difference in Washington?
Rally leaders say they hope to fill the Cajundome with over 12,000 people. They have gotten response from people in parishes throughout the state and some people from Houston.
Their goal is to get the drilling moratorium lifted.
"People will have an opportunity to be proactive," says Lafayette Chamber of Commerce President Rob Guidry.
Rally supporters say a lack of drilling work ultimately impacts the whole nation.
"This is about much more than just BP-- it's affecting jobs and economies in an area of the country that is critical to their area of the country," says Lafayette Parish President Joey Durel.
Rally-goers say the rally is not about being anti-environment or about political parties.
"Everybody in our delegation has been asked to show up at this rally-Democrat, Republican, didn't matter," says Durel.
Organizers are getting the word out: the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has been in touch with the U.S. Chamber, and Lt. Governor Scott Angelle with Secretary Salazar.
They have also contacted national media.
If the rally does not work, both the Lafayette Parish President and Chamber of Commerce President say they will regroup, as they say fight is not over.
At the same time, a counter-protest will also be held at the Cajundome, outside of the building.
Anyone who supports the drilling moratorium is encouraged to attend.
The morning of the events, KATC will talk with both sides throughout GMA.