Thursday, October 01, 2009

Congressional Tri-Caucus Sponsors Briefing on HR 2269

Four Years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita:
Human Rights and Green Jobs for America's Gulf Coast
Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 2269):
Stronger, More Sustainable and More Equitable Communities
A Congressional Briefing Sponsored by
The Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign

In conjunction with the
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus,
Congressional Black Caucus, and
Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009
(Refreshments will be served starting at 11:30a)
Cannon Caucus Room, 345 CHOB

Four years after our nation's largest disaster, Gulf Coast communities, especially residents with disabilities, poor, elderly, minority and immigrant communities, continue to struggle. The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 2269) builds on the success of innovative resident-led community and faith-based non-profits to rebuild lives and neighborhoods. The Act would create 100,000 green, living wage jobs rebuilding infrastructure and affordable housing, restoring natural flood protection, and promoting energy efficiency. This legislation would allow the federal government to directly partner with municipal officials, non-profits and community agencies to tackle the biggest remaining recovery challenges and ensure hurricane survivors' right to return with dignity and safety and participate in the recovery of their communities. It is supported by over 240 local and national community, faith, environmental, and human rights organizations. Over 100 diverse survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will travel to DC September 22-23 to attend this briefing and discuss the legislation with Congressional staff.
Vicky Cintra, Organizing Coordinator, Gulf Coast Office, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance
David Gauthe, Program Director, BISCO - Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing
(Thibodaux, LA)
Trinh Le, Community Empowerment Coordinator, Hope Community Development Agency (Biloxi, MS)
Shakoor Alujawani, Organizer, Louisiana Episcopal Community Services (New Orleans, LA)
Moderator: Stephen Bradberry, 2005 RFK Human Rights Award Winner and Nat. Campaign Coordinator, ACORN
Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights - Oxfam America - ACORN - Alabama Arise
All Congregations Together - Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America - BISCO - Boat People SOS
Gulf Coast Civic Works Project - - Hope CDA - Louisiana Episcopal Community Services
LA Interchurch Conference, Council on Environmental Stewardship
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance - MS Coast Interfaith Disaster Taskforce
MS Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities - NAACP - National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies
National Council of La Raza - Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
South Bay Communities Alliance - STEPS Coalition
Turkey Creek Community Initiative - Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
United Church of Christ, Justice & Witness Ministries -U.S. Human Rights Network


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