Women of the Storm -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan alliance of Louisiana women whose lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina and/or Rita -- is working with Dillard, Loyola, Tulane and Xavier universities to encourage the Commission on Presidential Debates to hold one of their 2008 debates at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The proposal has already been endorsed by the Washington Post, New York Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the six U.S. Senators running for president.

Now, Friends of New Orleans -- another nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to support the Gulf Coast rebuilding effort -- has joined the initiative with an e-mail campaign on its Web site. Sending a message of support will take only 30 seconds of your time and is as easy as clicking here.