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Lobby Your NBC Station to Air Katrina Documentary

July 14, 2010

To mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an excellent documentary has been produced called “Coming Home: Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later.” It has been sold to NBC to be shown on its affiliates, but it’s optional, so not all affiliates will air the documentary. You can help by contacting your NBC station and urging them to show the film. It’s important for people to see how far the community had come before the recent oil spill occurred. From all accounts, the people of New Orleans are reeling now. They were just starting to recover from the devastating effects of the flooding, but now face a severe economic crisis due to the loss of jobs after the spill. I heard one commentator say that residents lost their homes five years ago, but now that they have rebuilt their homes, they’ve lost their jobs and may not be able to stay in those homes.

To see the trailer for the documentary go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpZel8T13HA

To find out how to contact your NBC station you can go here: http://www.nbc.com/Local/

A great organization to support for the rebuilding of homes is Project Homecoming: www.projecthomecoming.net. My son Alex works for the organization through Americorps, so I’ve been able to see first-hand the group’s efficiency and success.

I remember a conversation I had a few years ago with a gentleman in my city here in California who said, “It’s not worth saving New Orleans. They should just relocate everyone and walk away.” After having visited there I cannot disagree more. The city and its’ people are national treasures. The Gulf region itself is of utmost importance to the economic health of our entire nation. No matter where we live in the United States, we must commit to helping the people of that region.

True dat.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deb Halford permalink
    July 14, 2010 7:17 pm

    Pam, I really appreciated your article on New Orleans! What we saw on the Gulf Coast 4 years ago on the Caravan trip will always stay with me, and the spirit of the region is something that reflects many parts of America. It’s their home, and it’s part of our collective history. It can’t be thrown away! True dat!
    ~Deb

    • July 14, 2010 10:13 pm

      Amen, Deb. I think about our mission trip to Mississippi often.

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