Charity Hospital Supporters March on City Hall in New Orleans

Marchers arrive at City Hall with petitions supporting the re-opening of Charity Hospital.

Hundreds of New Orleanians marched Thursday from the shuttered Charity Hospital building to City Hall.  The marchers, accompanied by brass bands, sought to deliver thousands of petitions to Mayor Mitch Landrieu urging him to re-open the landmark art deco hospital instead of destroying acres of historic housing in the Lower Mid-City neighborhood.

A copy of the petition remains available online for signature here.  If you have already signed, please ask others to do so.

We will continue collecting both online and on the ground until we can not only give the petitions to the Mayor - but he also meets to discuss.  While we were not able to present the petitions to the Mayor, we are in discussions with his staff about a meeting in the near future, and we anticipate presenting the petitions soon.

Additional links:

"Charity Hospital advocates hope for fresh start with seating of new board"

"Hospital plans defy the state's budget realities"