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Letter from the Gulf: a New Orleans oil protest

By Sonia Van Gilder Cooke  

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The Krewe of Dead Pelicans didn’t show up, but it was like Mardi Gras all the same. The embattled people of New Orleans are so good at throwing public parties that they will seize the viIest of ecological disasters as an excuse for a colorful wingding. Which is just what happened at the worldwide BP protest day on Saturday.

The first to arrive is Lauren Goldfinch, aka Pearly Oyster Queen, a young woman with fake oil dripping down her face. She works for a…

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