ASSEMBLYWOMAN LIEBER AND HURRICANE KATRINA SURVIVORS CALL FOR MASSIVE FEDERAL JOB CREATION FOR GULF COAST
Monday, April 30, 2007 Harry Adams at (408) 277-2003
Assemblywoman Lieber and Hurricane Katrina Survivors Call for Massive Federal Job Creation for Gulf Coast
Who: Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-San Jose), Hurricane Katrina survivors, Gulf Coast Civic Works Project representatives, San José State University students
What: Press Conference to announce introduction of resolution calling for increased federal action to rebuild the Gulf Coast region.
When: Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 2:00pm
Where: Sacramento, Fish Pond area east of East steps of the State Capitol [Map]
Background: On May 3, Speaker Pro Tempore Sally Lieber of the California Assembly will introduce a joint resolution in support of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project, which is the national effort to develop federal legislation to create 100,000 WPA-like jobs to rebuild the region using Gulf Coast residents.
“I think all Californians should be concerned about the well-being of Gulf Coast residents. We should be particularly concerned about the slow, ineffective response of federal, state and local agencies.”, stated Assemblywoman Lieber, “Too many families, the aged and the disabled, remain displaced with inadequate housing, shelter, health care, employment and education 20 months after Katrina devastated the region. As Americans we all have a responsibility to demand action.”
Citing a weak federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the resolution calls upon each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States and the President to support the passing of federal legislation based on the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project.
The California legislature is the second state to introduce such a measure; the Missouri legislature introduced a similar resolution in late February.