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Jul 16, 2010 7:20 PM by Melissa Hawkes

The Rally for Economic Survival Attracts Local Business Owners

No matter where you drive in Lafayette---you're bound to see signs promoting the Rally for Economic Survival.

     The rally is set for Wednesday at the Cajundome. It's free and open to the public.

Rob Guidry, President of Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, said "we are urging, urging the employers in Lafayette parish and the surrounding parishes to let their employees off to fill the Cajundome."

Speakers at the rally will be Governor Bobby Jindal, Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle, Lafayette City-Parish Preident Joey Durel and the Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph.

            Other people related to the oil and seafood industry in Louisiana will also speak.

The rallies main goal is to bring the people of South Louisiana together.

            Guidry said, "The people that live next to you and me. It's our brothers and our sisters, our parents who have grown up with the industry."

A local salon owner says she's joining in on the rally because eventually the effects of the moratorium will trickle down and affect her business.

Debbie Trahan, the Owner of Fantastic Sams in Crowley, said, "even though we are just a small business in Crowley, eventually it will hit us."

She said she's never taken part in any rally before.

"Sometime we feel like we can't do anything," Trahan said. "If we just show up one person at a time, then maybe they'll listen, maybe they'll look."

Trahan lived through the oil bust of the 1980s and fears what happened to the area economy then will happen again if the moratorium isn't lifted.

"A  lot of our customers-- if they lose their job-they're going to have big fears, they have a car note, they have kids to feed and then the trickle down effect is going to effect all the way down to McDonalds."

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