Policy Briefing Video Highlights - The Gulf Coast and the New Administration: An Agenda for the First 100 Days, September 15, 2008

This event was sponsored by the Equity and Inclusion Campaign of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (LDRF) and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. The panelists include:

  • Jainey Bavishi, Manager, Equity and Inclusion Campaign, the Louisiana Disaster                          Recovery Foundation, click here to view her welcome
  • Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO, PolicyLink, click here to view the Forum introduction
  • Jed Horne, former city editor, Times-Picayune and author, Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City,  click here to view 
  • Courtney Howell, director and co-founder, Bayou Grace Community Services, click here to view
  • Jerome Hughes, member, Bay Area Women's Coalition ( Alabama )
  • Donald Powell, former federal coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding, click here to view
  • Mary Troupe, executive director, Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, click here to view 

In the past few weeks, Hurricane Gustav has refocused the nation’s attention on the Gulf Coast region, reminding us once again ofthe hardships faced by those whose lives were devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But three years after those storms brought unprecedented death and destruction to the area, how can we ensure that attention doesn’t wane?

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have pledged to reinvigorate Gulf Coast recovery efforts, but what must be done to make sure their words are matched with concrete action?
On Sept. 15, a bi-partisan group ofnational and local policy experts, officials, foundation representatives, policy experts, journalists and community organizers working in the Gulf Coast region, came together to answer that question. The forum examined the policy strategies available to the next president, and how to maintain the political and public will crucial to recovery efforts. Panelists also discussed Congressional funding of Gulf Coast recovery efforts, and the pending second economic stimulus bill.

The event  also featured a presentation by Allison Plyer of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center on recent findings from The New Orleans Index compiled by the Brookings Institution and the Data Center.
Click here to view Allison Plyer's presentation.
Click here to view Allison's PPT (zip folder)

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For more information contact Helina Teklehaimanot at or 301-656-0348.