Mississippi NAACP on One year anniversary of Katrina08/23/06
A new report in Mississippi says that a year after Hurricane Katrina, the focus and attention by federal and state policy toward rebuilding has been slow, disjointed, and not often reflective of key voices in Mississippi.
The report comes from 2 dozen organizations from Mississippi, which critiques local and federal responses to Katrina, whose anniversary is in 6 days.
Derek Johnson is president of the Missisippi State Conference of the NAACP. (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?funding programÃ¢â‚¬?)
Johnson lots of people affected by Katrina in Missiippi are not having their housing issues addressed, saying currently 47% of homeowners on the Missisippi Gulf Coast are renters, and to this day, none of the funds received from the federal government are being used to assist them in their recovery efforts.
At his speech in Jackson Square in New Orleans last September 15th, President Bush said there was a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdeep, persistent poverty Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ in the region, a poverty that has its roots in racial discrimination and that the country had a duty to confront that poverty .
Derek Johnson from the Mississippi NAACP says a year later, most of the money that has come to Mississippi from Community Development Block Grants. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just now getting there (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?Mississipi Gulf CoastÃ¢â‚¬â„¢)
Roland Anglin is Director of the Initiative on Regional and Community Transformation at Rutgers University, and a co-author of the NAACPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s report (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?hoped that it wouldÃ¢â‚¬?)
That NAACP report is available at their website, ncaap.com