E-mail or call City Council by 5 PM July 26th
We’re almost at the finish line, but we need your help!
Groundbreaking amendments to New Orleans’ Master Plan that would protect musically, historically, and spiritually important cultural sites; allow historic music venues to re-open; and help establish a soundproofing grant program are on the verge of passage, but we need more people to contact City Council by the end of the day Wednesday (the 26th) to ensure they do!
Several preservation organizations have come out in opposition to our amendments, the re-opening of historic music venues in particular. One group, Louisiana Landmarks Society (who twice sued in support of the racist Liberty Place monument), has gone so far as to say New Orleans culture has no place in historic preservation!
Please call and/or e-mail City Council in support of our amendments. If you like, you can use the following message:
I am writing is support of all of the Master Plan amendments submitted by the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, particularly amendment 1.D. “Protect Important Cultural Sites, Activities, and Traditions” in Chapter 6, Historic Preservation, which has 4 parts:
1. A comprehensive survey of existing musically, historically, and spiritually important cultural sites should be completed, and sites should become eligible for protection.
2. Allow historic music venues to be reestablished at sites where such former use is identified.
3. A grant program for soundproofing businesses, similar to a façade grant program, should be developed and implemented, with an emphasis on music and barrooms.
4. Encourage businesses and facilities that promote New Orleans culture through music, entertainment, dance, art, and oral traditions.
Please vote in favor of MaCCNO’s amendments to preserve and develop the culture of the City, and help the economic well-being of our musicians, artists, and culture bearers.
Contact the City Council here:
Stacy Head, At Large, firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-658-1060
Jason Williams, At Large, email@example.com, 504-658-1070
Susan Guidry, District A, firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-658-1010
LaToya Cantrell, District B, email@example.com, 504-658-1020
Nadine Ramsey, District C, firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-658-1030
Jared Brossett, District D, email@example.com, 504-658-1040
James Gray, District E, firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-658-1050