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Roosevelt Relief

Roosevelt Relief

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Published by: Roosevelt Campus Network on Sep 23, 2009
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Roosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina
 A Policy Publication of the University of Michigan Roosevelt Institution
Dear Reader,In Ann Arbor, amidst the historic tradition of activism and student involvement, we, theUniversity of Michigan Chapter of The Roosevelt Institution undertook a project that would allow us to create change and raise awareness through the formation of effectivepolicy focused on a community in need. We entitled the project Roosevelt Relief. Thesubsequent choice of a community which could most benefit from our aid andinnovative policy solutions was not a difficult one. A year and a half after HurricaneKatrina struck the Gulf Coast, causing over $81.2 billion dollars in damage anddisplacing thousands of American citizens from their homes, it was apparent that new legislation was vital in order to attack the unanswered problems in the region. Inresponse to local, state, and national cries for such solutions, and the growing action of the activist community toward the insufficient response to the communities in need, we,the members of the University of Michigan Roosevelt Institution, through our smart andfresh approach at policy, hoped that we could truly effect change and write policy that would not only aid the area in need, but also prevent similar atrocities from occurring inthe future. Therefore, Roosevelt Relief placed its focus on the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and proceeded to produce civil liberties, economic, healthcare,environmental, education, and international policy that would address, and perhapseven provide solutions for the issues faced by post-Katrina communities Additionally,Roosevelt Relief was used to engage the University of Michigan campus and draw support from student groups, advocacy groups, local politicians and other interestedparties in order to spread awareness about Post-Katrina issues.. The culmination of theRoosevelt Relief: Hurricane Katrina semester, however, is the following publication of student written policy. With it, our hope is that interested persons might find theseinventive solutions desirable for implementation in relevant communities and by relevant political bodies. At the very least, we expect that the policies over whichUniversity of Michigan Roosevelt Institution members have toiled during the course of this semester might inspire hope in those who read them and come to the realizationthat there are minds and hearts still dedicated to alleviating the existing Gulf Coastsituation, and working to devise new solutions and provide an optimistic of a vision forthe future—we have not given up.Sincerely,Hilary Doe and Stephanie SomermanCo-PresidentsUniversity of Michigan Roosevelt Institution
Table of Contents
Civil Liberties
 A Policy to Ensure the Civil Rights of Natural Disaster Victims 1-10
Public Education in New Orleans: Bring in the Teachers 11-14
The Path to Prosperity for New Orleans 15-19Reviving New Orleans Through Tourism 20-22
 Alleviating the Lead Contamination of New Orleans 23-27Urban Planning in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina 28-31 A Chance to Re-New Orleans: Building a City for Long-term Sustainability 32-36
Health Care
Mental Health in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 37-41
International Relations
Improving UN Disaster Response 42-47

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