Today, Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org met with a group of five visitors from Italy including two interpreters.
The visitors were in New Orleans as part of a special program with the US Department of State. They requested to meet with Rosenthal to discuss the group’s grassroots work in holding the Army Corps of Engineers accountable.
Ms. Rosenthal met the group at the outdoor Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden at 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly, the site of one of the most severe levee breaches during Katrina. Afterward, the group continued the conversation at Morning Call in City Park.
In addition to the group’s requests, she spoke on Levees.org’s work in exposing the Army Corps of Engineers levee building mistakes and its campaign after Katrina to cover them up.
The presentation was organized through the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council which is a nonprofit organization that arranges professional appointments and cultural activities for over 500 international leaders sent to New Orleans annually by the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and other programs.
As one of approximately 90 councils nationwide, and the only council in Louisiana, the NOCDC aims to promote cross-cultural relationships and mutual understanding.