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New Orleans “Jam-balaya” to Rock Both Political Conventions

Friends of New Orleans (FONO), a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has organized two New Orleans All Star Jam-balaya events, one scheduled for Sunday, August 24 at the Fillmore in Denver, the site of the Democratic National Convention, and one for Monday, September 1 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, the host to the Republican National Convention. FONO advocates for coastal restoration and help in drawing attention to the plight of the coastal wetlands

“FONO will continue to bring much-needed awareness of the ongoing efforts to rebuild this unique region, and more importantly, to honor the extraordinary work of the local organizations who are restoring their homes and communities in new and innovative ways, says FONO director Emily Byram in a press release. “The nation could learn a lot from them about ‘what works’ after a disaster. Their efforts must be supported for the long term.”

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