Dear MoveOn member,
It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina changed our country.
The disastrous federal response to the storm, the lack of emergency preparedness and support for low-income communities, and the failure of our government to rebuild entire neighborhoods have shaped our national understanding of how our federal government responds to the suffering of Black communities.
Our friends at ColorOfChange, the country's leading online civil rights organization that was founded in the storm's wake, are hosting an important town hall to reflect on what's changed since Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and southern Louisiana.
This Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, Aftermath: The Movement for Black Lives 10 Years After Katrina—moderated by CNN political contributor and ColorOfChange Co-founder Van Jones—will feature the voices of New Orleans-based organizers on their local work for racial justice and equity.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Black workers continue to be excluded from the ongoing reconstruction of New Orleans, though more than $71 billion has been spent to restore the city. More than 50% of the city's Black children live in poverty, Black families make half the income of white families, and as little as 4% of the workforce on city construction projects is Black—even while 52% of Black men in New Orleans face unemployment.
ColorOfChange is joining New Orleans-based civil rights groups to discuss organizing and activism in the Black community after Hurricane Katrina, resistance to the privatization of schools and the expansion of the cradle-to-prison pipeline, and the exclusion of Black workers from quality jobs.
The online town hall will provide an opportunity to connect with front-line organizers in the Movement for Black Lives in New Orleans to better understand the current struggles in the efforts to dismantle the entrenched plantation economy, end white supremacy, and build a world that respects Black lives in school, at work, and in communities.
The event will take place on Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m. ET.
- Moderator: Van Jones, political contributor, CNN; president, Dream Corps; and co-founder, ColorOfChange
- Host: Rashad Robinson, executive director, ColorOfChange
- Co-host: Saket Soni, executive director, New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice
- Panelists: Latoya Lewis, organizer, STAND with Dignity at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice; Gina Womack, executive director, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC); Quess, co-founding member of BYP 100 NOLA
Thanks for all you do.
–Mark, Maria, Erica, Nick, and the rest of the team
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