NEW ORLEANS -- Appalled by the lack of progress in the Gulf, a group of prominent business, civic and entertainment organizations have joined forces to mobilize Americans to converge upon New Orleans on August 29, the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The event, "8/29, A Day of Presence ," will take place on August 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Conventional Center and is intended to force the government to act swiftly to create a Marshall Plan to restore New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.
(for similar grassroots organizing on a reconstruction plan see the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project: solvingpoverty.com)
Those being invited to speak include Susan L. Taylor, Essence magazine; Marc Morial, National Urban League; Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., 100 Black Men of America; Melanie L. Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; author and professor Michael Eric Dyson; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Operation Rainbow PUSH; Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network; Iyanla Vanzant, author, radio host and spiritual leader; as well as all presidential candidates.