For those of us who know Cherri Foytlin, we know that she is a beacon of resilience and love for her family, community, and our world. We know that Cherri is constantly working in service of a more just and equitable society. We know that she has built a supportive, loving home for her six incredible kids. And we know that despite facing tremendous obstacles, from horrendous flooding to police violence, the Foytlin fam continues to thrive.
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Cherri is a key leader in the movement to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners. She has built a reputation as a fierce champion of indigenous rights and climate justice. That work has not been without personal sacrifice, and the Foytlin family has been harassed, intimidated, and surveilled in attempts to silence them.And now, Cherri’s family is facing a new level of deeply personal, politically-motivated intimidation. On Tuesday, July 18, Cherri was notified that someone filed a report with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). During the initial investigation by DCFS it became clear that there was a retaliatory and fraudulent motivation for the report.