Gulf Coast Rally To Demand Speaker Pelosi Take Action on 4th Anniversary of Katrina

Supporters of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 2269) announced yesterday that a rally and press conference will be held at Noon on Friday, August 28, in front of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office at the Phillip Burton Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, on the plaza in front of the flag poles.

The rally, marking the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, calls for the Speaker to take two small, but powerful actions: (1) That she asks the five committee chairs where the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act sits to report back to her office on HR 2269 before the Congressional winter recess; and (2) To sign on as a co-sponsor HR 2269.

The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act, co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 30 Congress members and supported by more than 240 diverse regional and national student, faith, environmental and community organizations, would create a minimum of 100,000 prevailing wage jobs and training opportunities for local and displaced workers to rebuild Gulf Coast infrastructure and restore the coastal environment utilizing green building technologies.

The rally will include a theatrical performance of “President Obama” and “Speaker Pelosi” announcing an important new policy on the 4th Anniversary of Katrina; reflections from survivors of Hurricane Katrina; the reading of the names of the 1,836 people who died in Hurricane Katrina, and the planting of 1836 white flags with the names of each person and age on the flag; and the delivering of the attached open-letter to Speaker Pelosi, as well as 10,000 signed petitions in support of HR 2269.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton, Associate Professor, San José State University, (510) 508-5382,, or Rev. Jeff Moore, NAACP Silicon Valley/San Jose, (408) 515-1114,

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