Contact: Jainey Bavishi, Equity and Inclusion Campaign, Jainey@equityandinclusion.org (225) 772-2714;
Dr. Scott Myers Lipton, GCCWP, smlipton@gmail.com (510) 508-5382;
Diane Yentel, Oxfam America, dyentel@oxfamamerica.org(202) 496-1304;
Jeffrey Buchanan, RFK Center, buchanan@rfkmemorial.org(202) 257-9048;

Campaign Applauds Job-Creating Gulf Coast Recovery Legislation

The Newly Introduced Bipartisan Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 2269) Promotes Infrastructure, Training, Comprehensive Flood Protection and Energy Efficiency.

WASHINGTON, DC – May 7th – The Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign, a diverse national partnership of community, environmental, faith-based, human rights and student organizations, applauds the introduction this afternoon of bipartisan legislation to rebuild more equitable and resilient communities across the areas still recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act of 2009 (H.R. 2269) would create 100,000 “green” living wage jobs and training opportunities for Gulf Coast residents and displaced people to rebuild critical infrastructure, restore natural flood protection and increase energy efficiency.  This important legislation allows the federal government to partner directly with local leaders and non-profits to address remaining recovery challenges while building resilience to climate change, mitigating the effects of future deadly storms and confronting poverty. It also addresses the challenges faced by internally displaced, elderly, disabled, women, low income, immigrant and minority communities.

HR 2269 was introduced in the U.S. House May 6th by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA), Rodney Alexander (LA), Joseph Cao (LA), Charles Gonzalez (TX), Charlie Melancon (LA), Gene Taylor (MS), Bennie Thompson (MS), John Conyers (MI), Alcee Hastings (FL), Barbara Lee (CA), John Lewis (GA), Peter Stark (CA), and Charlie Rangel (NY).

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The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act will be introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren and a growing bi-partisan group of co-sponsors on this Wednesday (5/6/2009). I wanted to share some core documents regarding the bill with each of you and some information on next steps below, including asking your organization to sign on to the press release endorsing the legislation.

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We have a Draft Bill!

We just received a draft of the legislation we’ve been working on from the Office of Represenative Zoe Lofgren.  There have been a number of changes since we last saw the bill, many of them just in terms of formatting and definition, but we need to be certain this is the best possible bill when it is introduced, so I want to invite you to view the bill and offer comments.

Please take some time to read the draft.  We only have until close of business Monday 4/20 to offer changes.

Discussion Draft of Gulf Coast Civic Works Act of 2009

If you have initial comments please email buchanan@rfkmemorial.org

Or if you’d like to join a conference call discussing possible edits to the bill and next steps, please call:

Title: Edits to Discussion Draft GCCW Act of 2009 Conference Call

Date: April 17th, 2009
Time: 4:30 pm ET/ 3:30 CT
Number: 309-946-5300
Access Code: 433724

A couple of new updates:

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Can you join a conference call to discuss the next steps in the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign, including the legislation, an upcoming lobby event and an Interfaith Week of Prayer and Action (see below for details)?

REVISED Date: April 16th, 2009

Time: 3:30 pm ET/ 2:30 CT
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Before the call I wanted to invite you, you colleagues and member to consider participating in the actions below.  To help recovering communities finally return and rebuild with safety and dignity, we need to act now.

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Welcome Friends!

Greetings and Welcome to the Gulf Coast Civic Work Campaign’s new blog. We will keep updates and new information on the campaign posted on this site, including upcoming actions, conference calls and the latest news on Gulf Coast recovery.

The survivors of the Gulf Coast hurricanes deserve some justice, let’s all keep fighting!

-Jeffrey Buchanan