After you've given your money and/or your time why not share your thoughts on how to prevent a disaster like the aftermath of Katrina from ever happening again. Be a part of the future solution while Capitol Hill is busy pointing fingers. plk
Public Agenda Alert -- Sept. 8, 2005
* After the Storm: The Implications of Hurricane Katrina
For more than a week, the nation has been riveted by Hurricane Katrina the destruction of the storm, the sluggish government response and the chaos facing those waiting for help. Even now, as the nation tries to bury the dead, tend to the injured and find homes for the displaced, the aftermath of Katrina raises questions about poverty, race, energy policy, the federal budget, in fact just about every corner of American society and the purpose of government itself.
Most Americans are rightly focused on the relief effort, but already the debate over those broader questions is falling into the familiar political partisanship that bedevils so much public debate. We think those predictable responses are a disservice to the complex issues raised by this disaster and will do little to help the nation solve them in the long run. The situation calls for a different approach and we're asking our users to help us find it.
In our new special edition, "After the Storm," we look at some of the questions raised by Katrina. We're asking you, the users of Public Agenda Online, to join us in a discussion on the implications of Katrina.
You can talk about the implications in a general discussion, broadly examining what this disaster means for the nation and whether the partisan debate is helping or hurting the nation's ability to make sense of the tragedy. Or, you can join in on a focused discussion on one of the particular issues we've highlighted.
In these specific areas (poverty, race, the federal budget and the environment) Public Agenda already has "Choicework" guides designed to help people work through the problem. You can use these Choiceworks and the background material to examine all the angles on an issue. Are the policy choices laid out still relevant or does the nation have to think in new ways to cope with these problems? Your responses will help us keep the guides useful, and we hope will keep the public's concerns at the forefront of this debate.
Visit our special edition, "After the Storm":
* How to Help
Organizations and individuals across the country are mobilizing to assist hurricane victims. To find out how to donate to or volunteer with a wide range of organizations, we suggest Network for Good's Hurricane Katrina page: