We Need Protection from Flood

Call your elected officials to ask them to “please investigate & stop the explosions on the Industrial Canal. We need protection from flood. No Canal Expansion & no Florida Avenue Freeway.


Stacy Head 504-658-1060


Jason Williams 504-658-1070


Susan Guidry 504-658-1010


LaToya Cantrell 504-658-1020


Nadine Ramsey 504-658-1030


Jared Brossett 504-658-1040


James Gray 504-658-1050


State Rep. Jimmy Harris



Congressman Cedric Richmond


Army Corps




Major A Community Voice Victory on Formaldehyde

Hurricane Katrina survivors win court battle against feds on regulating formaldehyde

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

Feb 16, 2018 – 3:33 pm

Hurricane Katrina survivors won a court battle involving FEMA trailers on Friday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was to start regulating formaldehyde, a chemical used to treat wood products, in December. The chemical has been linked to nose and throat cancers as well as respiratory ailments.

However, the agency decided to postpone enforcement for at least a year, saying companies needed more time to prepare for the new rule.

The New Orleans-based group A Community Voice fought back, noting that Hurricane Katrina survivors were sickened by the formaldehyde used to manufacture components of the trailers deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for use as temporary housing.

“There is no simple ‘long-term fix’ for the side effects of formaldehyde poisoning, since the poisoning begins immediately. … So, the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards must be put in place immediately. We have waited far too long,” A Community Voice Vice President Vanessa Gueringer wrote in a statement issued Friday.

Jeffrey White, a federal judge in California’s northern district, agreed. He ordered the EPA and plaintiffs to report back March 9 with a timely plan to enforce the rule.

“At long last, the EPA will protect people from hazardous formaldehyde in everyday furnishings and building materials,” wrote Earthjustice attorney Patti Goldman, who represented the plaintiffs.

Since Katrina, FEMA has changed the type of temporary housing offered to survivors of natural disasters.



Action Alerts: Full Funding for Flood Protection Now

Funding for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is at risk. These funds are used to elevation homes, acquire and demolish flood prone buildings and protect our neighborhoods from flooding.

Please contact Senator Bill Cassidy (202) 224-5824  online contact form and Senator John Kennedy (202) 224-4623  online contact form

Tell them how much Louisiana and the rest of the country needs full funding for flood protection.

Talking Points 
  • I’m concerned and urge you to oppose inclusion of Sec. 2009 of the H.R. 4667, the 3rd Disaster Supplemental passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this past December.
  • Sec. 2009 would siphon scarce dollars away from FEMA projects that help people and communities reduce their risk of flooding and allow Corps of Engineers projects to receive funding through a backdoor.
  • The Corps already spends 9 times more on levees and stream channelization projects than FEMA does on home buyouts, home elevations, and protecting public infrastructure.
  • FEMA’s funds need to stay put and not be diverted to more costly and less cost-effective Army Corps of Engineers projects.
  • Please oppose inclusion of Sec. 2009 in any disaster supplemental that the U.S. Senate votes on.

ACV Members Fighting Against Trump/Ryan Tax Plan

November 16, 2017

U.S. Senators

John Kennedy

Bill Cassidy


Clay Higgins

To Whom it May Concern:

A Community Voice and our allies ask you to please do consider that the overwhelming majority of your constituency will be hurt by the proposed Trump/Ryan tax bill. We are aware that the Congressional Budget Office states that it will trigger automatic Medicare cuts of $400 billion over the next decade. How many Louisianans will die from this?

It is a massive transfer of wealth from the working people to the super – rich. Please do stop the repeal of the estate tax and the pan to increase taxes on working people, folks with disabilities, seniors and those who need health care.

The fact that this is being rushed through Congress right now is terrible and against ethical representation. What a thing to do as Christmas nears! The take from the poor and let them die practice to give more wealth to the super rich must be stopped. It is unfair, undemocratic and unChristian.

Lanny Roy


A Community Voice



Town Hall on the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans

November 14th, 2017

Town Hall with Justice & Beyond on the dysfunction of the Sewerage & Water Board in New Orleans. 

  • ACV supports the Full platform of our allies in the struggle to reform SWB especially no privatization ever.
  • ACV also supports a lower rate structure for low to mdoerate income people, especially the elderly and disabled residents.
  • Flooding is a problem for many reasons, and it includes that it discourages former residents from returning.
  • The SWB needs a full-service plan to remove all lead lines in the entire system.  We would like the details of this plan to be calendarized and made transparent.
  • The SWB needs to manage a program that includes a long-term plan to audit each residential property to notify the owner and residents of all sources of lead in their system, as well as to install certified filters at the main  faucet used for drinking and cooking in each residence. and to train the residents how to replace the filters.