Pressing the System, in an Ann Taylor suit

in the same suit two days in a row, since this grad student only owns one good one! 

I’m in DC all week, on my first advocacy trip to Capitol Hill, for an equitable recovery in the Gulf Coast – long overdue, now two years after the storm.  I’ve discovered my favorite brand of activism: getting spiffed up, arguing over policy, turning up the heat on our alleged leaders, and working with an extremely diverse coalition of folks in the process (race, class, gender, region, skills, etc. etc. etc.).

Please read more about this work here.  Some excerpts:

…some 40 community leaders from four states in the Gulf Coast region will be in Washington DC this week to meet with congresspersons…that two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thousands of people continue to suffer from the consequences of the storms and they continue to wait for Washington and state leaders to keep their promises.

The Gulf Coast delegation of grassroots organizations from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas will demand that the Senate move swiftly to pass the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act (S.1668) and supplemental thereby releasing the flow of billions of dollars dedicated to the region’s recovery from the storms of 2005.

While members of the multicultural delegation intend to raise issues and concerns that are specific to their communities, they are of one voice in calling on Congress to support their civic efforts to ensure accountability and transparency in the spending decisions made by state and local officials.”

Yesterday, the NYT ran an editorial about the on-going housing challenges in Mississippi wrought by Katrina and unjust, discriminatory local government action since the storm.   Just one example of thousands of the same sad story from AL to TX.  If you want to know where to target your own efforts against a major obstacle to the passage of this targeted and smart housing bill (S.1668), just read this incendiary and inaccurate editorial.  (Tough to rally the nation when you can’t rely on your own officials for support!)

Believe me, in my commutes b/w Boston and the Gulf, I know all about “Katrina fatigue.”  I was nothing but tears last week as I fully internalized the toll of racial and economic injustice that I see and feel through this work.  But as my regional colleagues shouted down an obtuse legislative aid yesterday, those of us policy advocates outside the region may be “working on this” issue everyday, but they are “living this everyday.”

Please, support S.1668 and bringing much needed funding for affordable rental housing and homeownership in the Gulf Coast!!! 


3 Responses to “Pressing the System, in an Ann Taylor suit”

  1. 1 Amy
    September 29, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Wow. I wish I could see you in action.

  2. 2 Amy
    September 29, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Wow. I wish I could see you in action.

  3. September 29, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Yeah, I’m still flying high from the momentum of the week!!! (Albeit, on major sleep deprivation, oil wells of acne springing up on my face, in major need of a shower and a good two non-stop weeks at the gym!!!)

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