The Gulf Coast Civic Works Project is the national effort to pass HR 4048: The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act, which would create 100,000 jobs for Gulf Coast residents and evacuees to rebuild their communities. Learn More.

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Mardi Gras is approaching, and what better way to celebrate the culture of New
Orleans, than to demand the rebuilding of the city where jazz was created. 
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your college to have a Mardi Gras party and procession on you campus.

Today, four of the seven general hospitals and 65% of all schools in New Orleans remained closed. Over 150,000 people remained in toxic FEMA trailers throughout the Gulf. The good news is that there is a solution to this crisis and it is HR 4048: The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act.

This bill, which was introduced into Congress on November 1, 2007 and was co-sponsored by Charlie Melancon from southern Louisiana and Gene Taylor from southern Mississippi, calls on the federal government to create a minimum of 100,000 civic work jobs at prevailing wages to rebuild the infrastructure of the Gulf Coast. A 1-page summary and the full bill are attached.

So on Mardi Gras, colleges throughout the nation will "Celebrate for HR 4048" by having Mardi Gras processions on their campuses. Below is San Jose State University's Mardi Gras schedule, and is provided as an example of what your college might do:

9 am-noon: Politically-themed mask making and sign making (in support of HR 4048) sponsored by Associated Students

Noon: Meet at Smith & Carlos Statues for procession around campus with jazz band

12:45ish pm: Barbecue at the pits focusing on New Orleans cuisine

2 pm: Speaker on New Orleans Culture at the Dr. Martin Luther King Library

3 pm Student report out of current state of New Orleans

4 pm: Video showing: "American Blackout" (a video on Black voter suppression)

All Day: Tabling to sign people up for the campaign to pass HR 4048.

The goal of the Gulf Coast Civic Work Project—a coalition of over 40 college campuses, and which created the idea for HR 4048—is to have Mardi Gras processions, jazz bands, throwing of beads, etc., in order to highlight the crisis in the Gulf and the solution.

Learn more about Mardi Gras [click here] and info on HR4048

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This year Mardi Gras falls on Super Tuesday, where 20 states will hold caucuses or primary elections to choose their presidential candidates. What better day to highlight to America the importance of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast!

Let's send a loud message to the nation and to the presidential candidates that there is solution to the crisis in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and it is the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act.

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