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Demand an Independent Investigation to find out why so many Americans were abandoned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Last week, devastation struck the City of New Orleans. The first disaster was natural. The second was a failure of leadership. Our federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina was slow and mismanaged. And now, hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans are dead.

So what went wrong? This question must be answered--for the sake of the victims of Hurricane Katrina--and for future generations. Please join me in calling for an Independent Commission to investigate what went wrong and make sure that this never happens again. Sign the petition:

Republican Senator Bill Frist was right when he said, "America deserves answers."

But Senator Frist and the Republican leadership believe that they should lead the investigation--the same Republican leadership that has consistently voted to cut funding for flood control and prevention in the Gulf Coast. And the same Republican leadership that has suggested it is not worth rebuilding one of the most historic cities in America.

Americans want the truth. We cannot allow for the Republican leadership to investigate itself. And we cannot allow Congress to be distracted from the main task at hand--aiding the victims of this disaster and providing extensive recovery relief.

We need to find out what went wrong--and we need to find out the truth. But the only way to successfully achieve this is through an Independent Commission. Join me today:

Thanks for all you do.

Jim Dean
Democracy for America

P.S. Last week, we joined our progressive allies in launching an emergency national housing drive to connect your spare rooms, empty beds and comfy couches with hurricane victims who desperately need a place to stay. If you are able to offer housing, please visit:

Originally posted to Jim Dean on Thu Sep 08, 2005 at 12:29 PM PDT.

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