Plans are underway that would permanently shut out Black and poor folks from New Orleans. The message from Washington is loud and clear: without a public outcry, the folks who were abandoned before Katrina will be betrayed once again. Legislators who want to gentrify New Orleans see no political consequences for abandoning Black and poor people. Legislators who should have their backs are too afraid or unmotivated to move without loud popular support.
Join us in calling on Congress and, in particular, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, to reject the Baker Bill and any other legislation seeks to revitalize the Gulf through gentrification, and to work actively to develop a rebuild plan that welcomes all New Orleanians who want to return home.
UPDATE: More than 5,000 ColorOfChange members called on Congress to reject the Baker Bill and the related Bring New Orleans Back Commission, pieces of a plan to permanently shut out Black and poor folks from New Orleans. The bill eventually failed.