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Town Hall Meeting On Slow Recovery Held In Gulfport

Hundreds of people filled the Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport, not simply to get answers, but to get action.

"We've been meeting and meeting and meeting for the last year. We fill out applications, and we've been turned down, we've been told no, and we're still doing the same thing. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, we're just sick and tired of being sick and tired," says concerned resident R. Williams.

National and community leaders were on hand to help solve problems in a town hall meeting called "Envisioning a Better Mississippi".

The panel included actor and activist Danny Glover.

"I'm here because this is where I need to be at this particular moment. Right here," says Glover.

The two hour meeting covered eight broad areas, like housing.

"If you even read the Stafford Act, which is part of homeland security which is what governs FEMA, you will realize that it has nothing really in there on renters, it's all about homeowners. That's one of the things that we're working on right now in the Senate to have a new Stafford Act that would change that policy," says Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law executive director Barbara Arnwine.

But panelists also answered general questions, like why does it appear this area is being ignored by the media.

"The media has focused on New Orleans because of the drama of New Orleans. What's important is not to get caught up in where the media goes, but to pay more attention to where the money goes, because at the end of the day, the media is not gonna rebuild the gulf coast of Mississippi, the money is," says NAACP president Bruce Gordon.

The NAACP along with Oxfam America pledged to be advocates of "equal" recovery.

But they warn residents to not lose their voices when it comes to questioning what they fairly deserve.

By Karla Redditte

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