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Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch site launches

I finally met the talented Chris Kromm, executive director of the Durham-based Institute for Southern Studies and the editor of Facing South tonight at the Durham premiere of Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price at the Carolina Theatre. [It’s a hard-hitting documentary, and it confirms all the evil — and more — behind the retailer’s business practices.]

Chris let me know that ISS’s Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch has launched. It is a new project designed to document and investigate the rebuilding of the Southern Gulf in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The effort by the ISS (a non-profit research and education center), and its investigative reporting magazine, Southern Exposure, involves original reporting and features, community voices and with a blog. It aims to hold folks accountable during this period of reconstruction now that the cameras are not there 24/7, and there is little oversight.

The question that is before us all now, as citizens (and taxpayers) of this country is: who’s watching the Gulf? Here’s how you can help this independent effort.

* Be a Gulf Watcher: Active readers like you will help be our eyes and ears for key news. Send an anonymous tip here.

* Get active: Reconstruction Watch will feature regular action steps you can take to support those working for a just and accountable rebuilding in the Gulf.

3) Support our Investigative Fund!

The ISS is looking to raise $20K to fully fund the effort, so pass along the word, contribute and keep checking out the GCRW site for updates.

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