Rep. John Lewis, U.S. congressman from the Fifth District of Georgia calls for a Marshall-type plan to rebuild New Orleans in an OP/ED in Newsweek. Of the response from the Federal Government Lewis says, “But this is America. We’re not a Third World country. This is an embarrassment. It’s a shame. It’s a national disgrace.”
Lewis encourages Americans to rise up and speak out…
It’s very painful for me to watch and read about what is happening. I have a sense of righteous indignation. I think all Americans should rise up and speak out. It’s not like 9/11 that just happened. We saw this in the making. The media told us for days this storm was coming, and for years people have been telling us we need to do something to prepare. It took us so many days to make the full force of the government available afterward.
Rebuilding New Orleans should be seen as “opportunity to rebuild urban America. New Orleans could be a model.” Read more here.