Introducing Voices from the Gulf

Introducing Voices from the Gulf
Dear James,
We all know the headlines dominating the public conversation around
Hurricane Katrina: politicians making declarations but doing very little,
levees not being rebuilt, and thousands of people who want to return home
but can’t.
But we rarely get a chance to hear Katrina survivors speaking in their own
words, talking about where they are today and how they are moving forward to
rebuild their lives. On the second anniversary of Katrina, we wanted to
connect folks around the country, as directly as possible, to Katrina
survivors — creating a window into their lives. And we wanted to provide a
platform for Katrina survivors to make their stories heard, now and into the
The result is Check it out and participate here: launches today with stories from ten different
individuals and families, each with a unique perspective and experience. But
that’s just the start. In the coming weeks and months, we hope to add
hundreds more stories, as survivors who want to share their stories are
connected to volunteers who have a video camera and Internet connection. The
site makes it easy. Survivors and videographers fill out a simple form and,
based on geography, are put in contact with one another. They then get
together, shoot their video, and upload it to the
If you have a video camera, and you’d like to interview a Katrina survivor,
sign up here:
If you’re a Katrina survivor and want to share your experiences, sign up
As the media moves on to other stories, a living collection of testimony is
critical. It puts the stories of survivors at the center of the dialogue
around a just rebuild. And it informs those of us who want to support
Katrina survivors with knowledge about who they are and what they need.
The failures during Hurricane Katrina were a failure of America as a
community. But the stories of people reaching out, connecting, and helping
one another during and immediately after the storm showed Americans at our
best. If America doesn’t want to fail the Gulf Coast again — if we want to
help — we have to stay connected. is about making
this connection happen.
We hope you’ll join us in sharing and hearing these stories.
Thank You and Peace,
— James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, Mervyn, and the rest of the team
   August 24th, 2007  

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