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4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: What you can do!

August 28, 2009

Katrina Information Network – http://www.katrinaaction.org

Greetings! All over the country, there are events (http://katrinaaction.org/node/400) commemorating August 29, 2005, the fateful day Hurricane Katrina made landfall. We remember the abandoned families and lost loved ones. We have witnessed the public neglect and private profiteering and four years later, as some media and many aid organizations have “moved on”, we are committed to keeping up the fight for a just recovery in the Gulf — until resources go where help is needed, until everyone is home.

With new challenges looming around the Census and dwindling resources, families in the gulf need your support now more than ever. That is why Katrina Information Network (KIN) is commemorating the anniversary with an extensive events calendar (http://katrinaaction.org/node/400) and our new 5 for 5 (http://katrinaaction.org/node) , five actions you can take that take less than five minutes to keep just recovery on the public agenda.

1. Make sure Gulf communities don’t miss out on much needed public resources because ( http://katrinaaction.org/node/404) returning residents are not counted. Send a letter ( http://katrinaaction.org/node/404) to Rep. William Clay, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives urging Congressional hearings to develop special provisions for those temporarily displaced and actively rebuilding to return.

2. Tell Congress to pass the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act right away (http://katrinaaction.org/node/376). The region will not recover without real investment in cleaning up the environment and living wage jobs. This legislation will do both.

3. Should workers have to worry about losing their job if they are forced to evacuate in the face of a hurricane? If you think not, please sign Restaurant Opportunities Center’s petition (http://katrinaaction.org/node/396) to get workers seven days to get home after evacuation orders are lifted. Evacuees are already worried about their lives; they shouldn’t have to worry about their jobs.

4. Make a commitment to be there when evacuees need us. Join the People’s Evacuation Plan network by signing up to be a resource (http://katrinaaction.org/node/405). The Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable is calling on people of goodwill to help establish safe places and resources for evacuees in the cities where many residents go before disaster strikes. The Plan is being developed as a way of helping residents avoid the discrimination and criminalization they often face from traditional aid agencies. If you, your faith community or other organization can help, please sign up today.

5. Share KIN actions with friends and social networks (http://www.katrinaaction.org/5toget10) by posting to Facebook, Twitter (http://www.katrinaaction.org/node) and following KIN on Twitter (http://twitter.com/KIN_Action). And please don’t forget to join the KIN page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katrina-Information-Network/119018826560?ref=ts#/pages/Katrina-Information-Network/119018826560?ref=ts) where you can find more commemoration information and actions for just recovery in the Gulf.

As we remember those who have passed, the hundreds of thousands still displaced and those still suffering the effects of those fateful weeks in 2005, we thank you for staying the course. Thanks to you, we can keep the pressure on and make just recovery a reality. In solidarity, The KIN Team Visit the KIN website (http://www.katrinaaction.org/) for more information.

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