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August 28, 2007

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and still there are tens of thousands of families without homes.  30,000 families are scattered across the country in FEMA apartments, 13,000 are in trailers, and hardly any of the 77,000 rental units destroyed in New Orleans have been rebuilt.  To share some of these people’s stories, we have put together a short film, “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  

During the making of this video, we heard the heartbreaking stories of good people unable to return home.  We have heard the story of the Aguilar family who lost their home to the storm and only received $4,000 in payments from their insurance company.  We have met Mr. Washington, an 87-year-old man and former carpenter, who owned three homes prior to the storm.  He is still living in a FEMA trailer today.  And we’ve met Julie, who could have returned to her job and normal life, if the government had opened up the public housing units that she had lived in prior to the storm.  You can watch their stories here:

Watch the video:

There is something very specific you can do to help.  Sign the petition urging the Senate to pass the Gulf Coast Recovery Bill of 2007 (S1668).  The bill is expected to come to a vote after Labor Day.  Its passage will be an important step toward rebuilding the infrastructure in the Gulf Coast region.  

Sign the petition:

Please pass the video on and encourage people to sign the petition.  It’s important we all support the Gulf Coast region’s right to return home and put the needed resources toward rebuilding these families’ lives.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2007 12:46 am

    Eileen, thanks for remembering.

  2. August 29, 2007 9:03 am

    I’ve signed.

  3. Suzer permalink
    August 29, 2007 9:57 am

    I signed it — thanks for providing this information. We watched (again) part of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” this weekend, and I was in tears. May today be a day of remembrance for lives lost, for lives destroyed, and for the hope of resurrection.

  4. August 29, 2007 11:30 am

    I’ve also signed.

    Taciturn and I sold the home we owned on the MS Gulf Coast 6 weeks prior to Katrina. We’ve lost track of most of our friends who were part of the massive diaspora. Many of those who stayed (upper middle class, like us) still live in trailers themselves; so think of those who are not as economically advantaged! What in the world can they do?

    This entire episode of our country’s history is shameful. Why should the rest of the world trust us when our nation has refused (yes, refused) to care for our own?


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