My Morning Jacket, REM, Pearl Jam, Dr. John, Boots Riley and more ask McCain
and Obama to step up support for Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.
By BLURT Staff
“We are asking that the future President of the United
States direct the resources and attention necessary to restore coastal Louisiana
and secure the future of Louisiana’s communities.” So reads a letter
to Barack Obama and John McCain signed by more than 90 artists and industry
people. It asks that whomever wins the election pay special attention to the
needs of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and its residents.
The entreaty comes nearly three years after Hurricane
Katrina, many of whose victims still seek assistance in rebuilding their homes
and lives. The idea is that, no matter the outcome of the election, something
will finally be done.
Those signing the letter include
My Morning Jacket, Dr. John, Trent Reznor, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, the Coup’s Boots
Riley, Indigo Girls, Hubert Sumlin, Allen Toussaint and Galactic. They not only
ask the candidates to use the presidency to help Katrina victioms but also
attend a presidential forum September 18 n New Orleans, where they may present
their plans for “leading the Gulf Coast’s recovery.”