While we were in New Orleans we went to a community protest meeting organized by ACORN and other community groups focused on saving NOAH, an adolescent mental health facility. However, the issue of Charity Hospital and other community health facilities were raised by many speakers.

A message was sent out today from Save Charity Hospital saying in part….”Because of your support, the campaign to save Charity Hospital now has more momentum than ever. There are two crucial events this week that will define the next phase of our fight — and we need your help.

In the past month, we’ve learned the details about the current proposal for the LSU Medical Complex — that it would take more money and more time than rebuilding Charity, that it unnecessarily destroys an historic neighborhood, and that the new site would abandon downtown New Orleans.”

There is a call in the message for local residents to go out to a public meeting on Thurs May 28th from 4-6pm sponsored by the City Planning Commission. Tell your NOLA friends to go out to that meeting

As well, state legislators in Baton Rouge are considering new legislation – Bill 780 – that will “prevent LSU from prematurely seizing private property in New Orleans and putting taxpayers on the hook for hundreds millions of dollars to finance LSU’s flawed plan.” A bus trip is being planned for tomorrow to help lobby Louisiana legislators. Those with a LA address can click here to lobby legislators . This site only works for those with a Louisiana address. Those outside of Louisiana can find legislators here.

You can also watch the Save Charity Hospital video to “learn why rebuilding Charity Hospital is the best option to rebuild downtown New Orleans”.