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Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Welcome and Introduction
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Registration and Hotel Check-In at the Hotel Monteleone Dinner Welcome to New Orleans and Conference Overview: Hadar Susskind, JCPA Washington Director Jacob Schuman, JCPA Public Policy Fellow Introductions to each other: Answering the questions: Who are we? Where are we from? Why are we here? What have been your past experiences working on AfricanAmerican/Jewish community relations? What have been your past experiences working with New Orleans? Introduction to New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, Race, and Poverty: Sister Dr. Jamie T. Phelps, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University Denise Graves, Community Organizer, Micah Project, PICOLIFT Louisiana General introduction and background. Setting the stage for our next few days. History and Tradition of African-American/Jewish Community Relations: Rabbi Edward Cohn, Temple Sinai Imam Wali Abdel Ra'oof, New Orleans Masjid of Al Islam Discussion of shared history, values, relations of African-American and Jewish communities in pursuit of social justice. Connections to our trip and contemporary issues.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Monday, June 22, 2009 – Understanding Race, Poverty, and Katrina
8:00 am to 8:30 am Breakfast Panel Discussion: Race, Poverty, and New Orleans Dr. Joel Devine, Partnership for the Transformation of Urban Communities, Tulane University Danatus N. King, President, New Orleans Branch NAACP Tracie Washington, President and Attorney, The Louisiana Justice Institute History and theory of institutional racism and structural violence generally and in the city of New Orleans. How race, policy, and history relate to poverty. 10:00 am to 10:15 am Break

8:30 am to 10:00 am

10:15 am to 11:15 am

Presentation: Katrina, the Response, and its Aftermath Peter Kovacs, Managing Editor, The Times-Picayune General presentation on Hurricane Katrina, the government response, the devastation, the media coverage, the immediate and long-term aftermath. Panel Discussion: Witness to the Storm Chief Norman Woodridge, District Chief, New Orleans Fire Department Captain Joe Fincher, New Orleans Fire Department Captain Robert McCoy, New Orleans Fire Department Personal narratives of how officers of the New Orleans Fire Department experienced the storm. How they have been affected since Katrina.

11:15 am to 12:00 pm

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Lunch with firefighters Gray Line New Orleans Katrina Tour

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm Visit to Beth Israel Synagogue, Presentation by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm Visit to St. John #5 Faith Church, Presentation by Pastor Bruce Davenport Panel Discussion: Leadership and Community Development after the Storms Rev. Vien Nguyen, Pastor, Queen of Viet Catholic Church Rev. Tyronne Edwards, Executive Director, Zion Travelers Cooperative Center Rheneisha Robertson, Executive Director, Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies How different communities have worked to rebuild and renew the city. 6:30 pm Evening on the Town

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – Day of Service
7:30 am to 8:00 am Breakfast Day of Service: Beacon of Hope Resource Center, Gentilly Neighborhood 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Be prepared for hot weather. 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Visit to Dillard University, Presentation by Troy Baldwin and Allan Katz on Dillard’s National Conference on Black-Jewish Relations Dinner at the Hotel Panel Discussion: Public Policy, Reconstruction, and Race and Poverty Peter F. Burns, Associate Professor of Political Science, Loyola University New Orleans James Perry, Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Councilperson Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, New Orleans City Councilmember How different levels of government have worked to rebuild the Gulf Coast specifically, how they address issues of race and poverty more generally, and what we can do to continue to advocate for more effective and sustained efforts on the Gulf Coast and across the country.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – Action on Advocacy and Future Collaboration
8:00 am to 8:30 am Breakfast Panel discussion: Community Organizing Workshop: Davida Finger, Katrina Clinic Staff Attorney, Loyola School of Law Malik Rahim, Founder, Common Ground Relief Tanya Harris, Head Organizer, ACORN New Orleans A presentation and discussion of how to most effectively mobilize grassroots efforts and coalitions between communities to advocate on local issues of race and poverty. 10:00 am to 10:15 pm 10:15 am to 11:00 am Break Presentation: National Advocacy and Activism on Race and Poverty Melissa Boteach, Jewish Council for Public Affairs – Poverty Campaign Coordinator Discussion: How do faith and values impact our work? How can we continue to develop solidarity and collaboration between the African-American and Jewish communities? Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Lunch: Small group discussions: What can I take away from this experience? How can I involve my community with the information I have gathered? Group Discussion and Reflection

8:30 am to 10:00 am

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm


				
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