Monday, April 30, 2007


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information, Contact:
Monday, April 30, 2007 Harry Adams at (408) 277-2003

Media Advisory

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.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Virtual Post-Katrina National College Summit

Not at one of the 43 College Summits - Feeling left out?

Participate in the Virtual Post-Katrina National College Summit

Policy Publication of the University of Michigan Roosevelt Institution

Hot off the presses: Policy Publication of the University of Michigan Roosevelt Institution [pdf]

Excellent work by the students at Michigan's Roosevelt Institution! Also, if you are near Ann Arbor, they are hosting Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré as part of their National Post-Katrina College Summit in support of the Gulf Coat Civic Works Project.

Tuesday, April 10th: Key Note Speaker Henderson Room, Michigan League 1:30-2:30pm, Featuring Lieutenant General Russel Honoré

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Please distribute widely.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Contact: Salena Acox at +1-408-627-0917
Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton at +1-510-508-5382 38

SAN JOSE, CA -- Students and faculty from thirty-eight colleges, including Xavier, Tulane, Stanford, Cal, Michigan , Indiana, NYU, Princeton, Tennessee, South Florida, and San José State are hosting a "National Post-Katrina College Summit" this Monday through Saturday.

The Post-Katrina College Summit is a nationwide, week-long effort to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast through documentary films, speakers, spoken word, blood drives, rallies, petition drives, reading the names of Katrina victims, and other events. For example, this Tuesday at the University of Michigan, Lt. General Russel Honore, the person who Mayor Ray Nagin credited with finally bringing in supplies to New Orleans, is our keynote speaker. Also, on Tuesday at Cal State University of Fullerton, a second line march and processional across campus will occur, followed by the reading of the names of 1784 Katrina victims.

The Summit is an attempt to catapult New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast back into the national consciousness and to promote federal legislation for a New Deal-style program for the Gulf Coast.

Working together as the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project, students and faculty are calling for federal legislation to implement a civic works program in the Gulf Coast, creating 100,000 jobs for Gulf Coast residents to rebuild their communities. The cost of the program, which includes job training, is estimated to be $4 billion.

The Gulf Coast Civic Works Project has received support from some key allies, among which are Congressman Bennie Thompson, Chair of Homeland Security, and the New Orleans chapter of ACORN.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Katrina Hero Lt. General Russel Honoré Anchors Week-Long Roosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina College Summit at University of Michigan

April 3, 2007

Contact: Deborah Greene, (734) 763-4008,
Stephanie Somerman, (440) 773-7138,
Kurston Cook, (734) 6048467,


Katrina Hero Lt. General Russel Honoré Anchors Week-Long Roosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina College Summit at University of Michigan

DATE: April 9-14, 2007.

EVENT: On April 10, Lt. General Russel Honoré, a hero of post- Katrina rescue and relief on the Gulf Coast, will deliver keynote remarks as part of the Gulf Coast Civic Works' National Post- Katrina College Summit at the University of Michigan. Formerly commander of Joint Task Force-Katrina, he currently serves as commanding general of the First U.S. Army.

April 10 event highlights:

1:30-3 p.m.: Keynote remarks by General Honoré, the Roosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina College Summit
Michigan League, Henderson Room, 911 North University, Ann Arbor.

3:30-5 p.m.: Reception and informal discussion with General Honoré,
Michigan League, Vandenberg Room.

Following the devastation of Katrina, General Honoré was hailed as a hero throughout the U.S. when he arrived in New Orleans as commander of the U.S. Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. His pivotal role was saluted by President George W. Bush, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, and thousands of others throughout the country and around the world. Spike Lee featured Honoré's effective and humane leadership in his Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke."

General Honoré's remarks anchor the week-long Roosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina College Summit. In addition to General Honoré's keynote address and reception, the week-long summit will include:

-Film Screening: Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke" Parts I-IV
April 9 and 10, 7-9 p.m., Forum Hall, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave.

-Policy Proposal Challenge
April 11, 7-9 p.m., Trotter Multicultural Center, 1443 Washtenaw Ave.

-Fundraising events
April 12 and 14, for details, see Web site:

The University community and the general public are encouraged to participate in all summit events. Details are available online at

SPONSORS: The Roosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina College Summit at U-M is produced by the U-M chapter of the Roosevelt Institution, and co-sponsored by the U- M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Dean of Students; School of Natural Resources and Environment, School of Social Work, Center for Afro-American and African Studies; the Army, Reserve Officers Training Corps; the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives; Comprehensive Studies Program; the U-M College Democrats, and others.

The Roosevelt Institution is a national non-profit college student think tank dedicated to development of progressive policy solutions (

The objective of Roosevelt Relief is to create policy initiatives that serve the Gulf Coast area to stimulate economic development, rebuild the educational system, address mental health issues, provide solutions to wetland and levee redevelopment, and place emphasis on the rights of internally displaced persons. Roosevelt Relief will culminate in a national publication and policy debate that will increase public policy awareness of the post-Katrina environment.