Emily Mendenhall 
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Re: “SOS from Avondale

The Pray for Avondale campaign is just one part of many ways Avondale SOS is working to save middle class jobs at the shipyard. If these jobs are gone, area businesses will be devastated, housing prices will see substantial further decreases, and we will let thousands of well paying jobs be lost, which will resonate in ways we can't even predict.

To top it off, the company is receiving TAXPAYER MONEY to take these jobs away when there is another company who wants to come in and start building commercial ships (as opposed to military ships) at Avondale (not the gov't Dana, but a privately owned business. You should be outraged that the government is using our taxes to pay the current owners to take jobs out of the New Orleans area). These commercial ships would help to revitalize shipping and would create long term job stability for thousands of well-paid, skilled workers and economic stability for the New Orleans area as a whole.

And Booker, you're right--As someone working on the Avondale SOS campaign, I have been talking to people working in Wisconsin. I was part of the Union Summer group, which was also doing work in Madison. If we learned from Wisconsin, we learned that the only way to make this a successful campaign is to get everyone involved--businesses, elected officials, labor, shipyard workers, faith leaders, and the community. The over 120 faith leaders who have signed on their support to save the shipyard is outstanding! Over 10,000 congregation members will hear directly from people they know and trust that there is a fight, and that they can and should get involved.

There's going to be a march in NOLA on October 1. There will be info up on the Avondale SOS website. Nolarobert, you're right too-we can't just rely on prayer. Hope to see you at the rally, asking our elected leaders and the Avondale owners what they're doing.

Posted by Emily Mendenhall on 09/07/2011 at 9:24 AM

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