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Update on Community Congress Activities in New Orleans

Many of you know that AmericaSpeaks has been working with the Unified New Orleans Plan (www.unifiedneworleansplan.com) to organize the Community Congress efforts to discuss rebuilding New Orleans. For Community Congress II held on December 2, 2006, more than 2600 New Orleanians gathered in five primary sites linked by satellite and 16 community sites via webcast joined in a unified voice to state their priorities for recovery and rebuilding New Orleans. Last week, over 1300 New Orlenians gathered again for Community Congress III. The Congresses have generated a new sense of will both for the people of New Orleans and for their leadership to take a unified voice back to Congress to make the case for the additional federal investment that is necessary for flood protection, schools, affordable housing and healthcare.

Reports and videos generated by the process are now available on the Web. To see the preliminary report on last week’s Congress III event, visit : www.unifiedneworleansplan.com/uploads/CC3-Preliminary-Report-to-PRINT-32599.pdf. To see videos of the process, go to UNOP’s main website and click on the word “Media.” To hear an NPR story on Community Congress III, click here.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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