San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP SJSU Gulf Coast Civic Works Project Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County August 25, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Scott Meyers-Lipton (408) 924-5761; email@example.com Jeff Moore (408) 515-1114; firstname.lastname@example.org Diane Fisher (408)357-7504; email@example.com
NAACP, Jewish and Catholic Communities Join With Students and Assemblywoman for 3rd Anniversary of Katrina
Los Gatos— August 29 marks the 3rd Anniversary, or 1095 days, since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee failure created the greatest physical devastation this country has known. On August 31 at 3:00pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the people who perished, who suffered, and are still suffering will be remembered and honored. The Eye of Recovery: the 3rd Anniversary of Katrina will honor them, not only by telling their stories, but also by encouraging everyone to advocate for a real solution. That solution is proposed in H.R. 4048, which outlines a public works project for the Gulf Coast region that would generate 100,000 jobs, and allow the people of the region to rebuild their own homes, schools, hospitals, and roads. The SJSU Gulf Coast Civic Works Project, a student human rights movement lead by Prof. Scott Meyers-Lipton, developed the ideas behind H.R. 4048, and they have been working hard for nearly two years to make this project a reality. The NAACP, the Jewish and the Catholic community, are now joining them in coalition. We will be joined at the Anniversary event by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, who has also called upon each U.S. Senator and Representative from California to support the passage of this legislation. The Anniversary event will include an opportunity to hear the amazing personal stories of CC Campbell-Rock, Amber McZeal and Charles Hawkins, who are Katrina survivors currently living in our area.