They are called "Women of the Storm," and if all goes according to plan, a charter flight will land Monday in the nation's capital with this group of Jews and Christians, wealthy and poor, young and old, famous and not-so-famous -- women of African, European, Vietnamese and Hispanic ancestry. They will disembark with primary and secondary missions.
The Women of the Storm will separate into pairs, and each pair will formally invite four members of Congress to visit the Katrina-ravaged area.
"What we will be presenting to the elected leadership of this country is the face of New Orleanians, the face of the people of south Louisiana who have lost so much," said Milling, who organized fund-raising efforts for the initiative, including $70,000 for the charter flight.
The pairs also will advocate increasing the share of revenue Louisiana receives from drilling off the state's coast, enhanced levee protection, coastal restoration and legislation proposed by Rep. Richard Baker, R-Baton Rouge, that would use federal money to buy flood-damaged homes in Louisiana and pay off homeowners' mortgages.
NOLA needs some Jersey Girls so to speak. Let's hope Women of the Storm will be successful.