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August 26, 2010
12:04 PM

CONTACT: Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration and National Wildlife Federation

Reggie Dance
The RDPR Group
rdance@Therdprgroup.com 973-934-0055

5th Annual New Orleans Katrina Commemoration March to Honor Lives Lost Due to Hurricane Katrina and a Call to Action for Environmental Reform in the Gulf Coast

Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration and National Wildlife Federation Team Up to Bring National Awareness for New Orleans' Continued Need for Economic Support and Restoration

NEW ORLEANS, La. - August 26 - The New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Hip Hop Caucus and National Wildlife Federation have teamed up to organize the 5th Annual New Orleans Katrina Commemoration March on Sunday, August 29, 2010. 3,000 New Orleans residents, local officials and entertainers are anticipated for the ceremony which will include the reading of names from those lost during Hurricane Katrina and a 3 mile March to remember the lives of those lost during the tragic hurricane.

The Hip Hop Caucus, National Wildlife Federation and New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation organized the March to continue national awareness to the injustices that took place during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which caused additional death and suffering and has yet to be addressed. The March also calls for a comprehensive recovery plan of the Gulf Coast which focuses on areas such as housing needs, job placement, environment restoration and oil spill response amongst other initiatives necessary to put New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on track for recovery.

"The 5th Anniversary Katrina Commemoration March and Secondline is an important ceremony we've built here in New Orleans to show the families of victims and residents we have not forgotten about their struggle to resume their lives," said Sess 4-5, Co Founder of the New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation. "It is vital for the American people and government officials outside of New Orleans recognize our hardships continue and we still need their help to get many families back home and on their feet after this disaster."

"Five years have gone by and New Orleans has still not received the necessary backing from the United States government to help restore this city to prominence," stated Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus. "It is vital the people of New Orleans and local officials unite and demonstrate our communities are still in dire need of assistance as well recognize and create an action plan to restore our coast and protect New Orleans for future generations."

"The Katrina anniversary and oil spill are both wake up calls that we need to restore Louisiana's coastal wetlands, which are nature's first defense against storms, sea level rise and flooding," said National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Larry Schweiger. "Restoring the coastal wetlands will not only help protect the communities and ecosystems in south Louisiana but also help the region recover from the BP oil spill."

The commemoration events begin at 10:00 a.m. with the reading of the names of our lost loved ones at the Lower 9th Ward Levee Breach at Jourdan and North Galvez. Following the Healing Ceremony, at 10:45 a.m. the March Secondline will begin through the streets of New Orleans and conclude at 12:45 at Hunter's Field. From 12:45, the Commemoration Program will begin with community members, local musicians, hip hop artists, gospel choir and spoken word performances.

For more information on the Commemoration Events, please visit, www.HipHopCaucus.org or www.KatrinaCommemoration.org.


List of Endorsers for 5th Annual Katrina Commemoration and Secondline March

1SKY
2CENT ENTERTAINMENT
350.ORG
ADVOCATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS
AFL-CIO
AFRICAN AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALIST ASSOCIATION
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
ALLIANCE FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION,
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL FUND
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE
AMERICAN RIGHTS AT WORK
ANTI-RACISM WORKING GROUP
APOLLO ALLIANCE
ASANTE FOUNDATION
BENJAMIN FOUNDATION
BLACK LEADERSHIP FORUM
BLACK LOVE MOVEMENT
BLACK MEN UNITED
BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT
BLOWOUT CONSCIOUSNESS
BROTHER UMRANI
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENT COMMERCE AND ENERGY
CHESAPEAKE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
CODE PINK
COMMITTEE TO RE-OPEN CHARITY
COMMON GROUND HEALTH CLINIC
COMMUNITY BOOK CENTER
COMMUNITY UNITED FOR CHANGE
CRAIGE CULTURAL CENTER
CRITICAL RESISTANCE
CRESCENT CITY ANTI-AUTHORITARIANS
DC GREENWORKS
DEEP SOUTH CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY
DIARY FROM THE DOME
DREAMING OUT LOUD, INC.
EARLINE'S PRALINES
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE
FM 98.5
FEDERALLY EMPLOYED WOMEN
FINDING OUR FOLKS
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
FYRE YOUTH SQUAD
GET FRESH
GLOBAL EXCHANGE
GRASSROOTS AMERICA
GREEN DMV
GRIND FOR THE GREEN
GRINDSTAFF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
GRIS GRIS LAB
HEADCOUNT
HIGHLANDER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER
HIP HOP CAUCUS
HOT 8 BRASS BAND
HOT OFF DA PRESS PROMOTION
INDUSTRY INFLUENCE
IRON RAIL BOOK COLLECTIVE
JUNEBUG
JUVENILE JUSTICE PROJECT OF LOUISIANA
LEVI.ORG
LOUISIANA JUSTICE INSTITUTION
LOYOLA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE--NEW ORLEANS
MIKE B. DA GRINDA
OLD SKOOL 106.7 FM
N'COBRA
NATION OF ISLAM MOSQUE #42
NATIONAL BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS
NATIONAL CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN
NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
NEW ORLEANS WELFARE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
NOLA.TV
NUTHIN' BUT FIRE RECORDS
PEACE KEEPERS
PRAXIS PROJECT KATRINA INFORMATION NETWORK
POWER 102.9 FM
Q93.3 FM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION
RS SECURITY INC
SESS 4-5
SAFE STREETS
SLAM NEW ORLEANS
SOJOURNER TRUTH COMMUNITY CENTER
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AT NEW ORLEANS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
STAND WITH UNITY
STOOGES BRASS BAND
SURVIVORS VILLAGE
TAMBORINE AND FAN
THE FRUIT WIZARD
THE UPTOWN WING SHACK
TRANSAFRICA FORUM
TRUTH UNIVERSAL
TULANE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
UNITED TEACHERS OF NEW ORLEANS
UPTOWN WING SHACK
VITAMINWATER
WBOK 1230 AM
WILD WAYNE
YOUNG SINO
ZION TRINITY
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The Hip Hop Caucus organizes young people in urban communities to be active in elections, policymaking, and service projects. The Hip Hop Caucus is a member of the Black Leadership Forum and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. With nearly 700,000 members around the country, in 2008, the Hip Hop Caucus created the "Respect My Vote!" campaign with recording artists T.I. and Keyshia Cole, and in 2004, Hip Hop Caucus President Rev Yearwood co-created the "Vote or Die!" campaign with P Diddy. The Hip Hop Caucus is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future, with four million members and supporters nationwide. National Wildlife Federation is working with state and national groups to advocate for the environmental restoration of Louisiana's coast.

The New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation is a local grassroots organization formed to commemorate loved ones lost during Hurricane Katrina and Great Flood.

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