On August 15th, 2006, the Vietnamese community came together as a unified whole to protest the reopening of the Chef Menteur Landfill. From the ages of three to 90, four full school bus loads left from Mary Queen of Vietnam Church; two arriving at the gates of the landfill, along with an assortment of human rights and environmental advocates, while the other two strategically protested outside of New Orleans City Hall some fifteen miles away.
This landfill is intended to take in millions of tons of wastes and debris resulting from both Hurricane's Rita and Katrina, much of it including toxic materials found in the average household and garage. Besides a potential groundwater contamination threat, a waterway runs adjacent to the landfill which also runs through this community, which is only one mile away. Besides being a public health issue, the landfill is located right across the Chef Menteur Highway where the largest inner-urban wildlife preserve in the United States is located.