Archive for the 'Gulf Coast' Category

Why do dominionists hate NOLA?

A “hall of shame” listing those members of the “Avengelical Taliban” who have explicitly claimed Katrina and other natural disasters are God’s wrath.

See also dogemperor at DKos.

McCain responds to Katrina

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Democratic National Convention: Katrina & President Carter

Justice for the Angola 3

Call on the Dept. of Justice & Louisiana Governor to Investigate

Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox have have endured 35 years of solitary confinement after being framed in a murder that everyone now knows they didn’t commit—locked up for daring to speak out against inhumane conditions in Angola, Louisiana State Penitentiary. They now spend every day in a 6×9 foot cell on the site of a former plantation.

As with the Jena 6, we’re seeing another example of Louisiana’s sense of justice—unfair and unaccountable—and funded by our tax dollars. Please join us in demanding a full and fair investigation into the case of the Angola 3 and the Louisiana Prison system.

There is oil under the 9th Ward

Back from the Gulf Coast…

In New Orleans, they are still fighting about whether to rebuild. The governmental pressure is to NOT rebuild, and rebuilding seems to be taking place almost randomly, at least in the Lower Ninth Ward (much of which is below sea level, and is expected to flood again the next time a hurricane hits). If someone wants to rebuild, they have to convince an inspector that their house is damaged, but not destroyed; if the house is more than 50% damaged, it has to be rebuilt only on stilts (expensive), following construction techniques that clearly recognize that the neighborhood will flood again, and that we don’t want to have to pay for this all over again ten years from now. The result is that the Lower Ninth Ward — a once vibrant neighborhood — has very few people living there, and there are basically no jobs. The stores are vacant. The social structures that make a city a community aren’t there. There are few children in the schools. Many former residents of the Lower Ninth Ward are asking, “Why do I want to go back anyway?” Many of the relief agencies are not helping to rehab houses; they are providing social services support to people who may still be living in trailers but who have no long-term plan for their lives.

There is oil under the 9th Ward. Why do you think Bush didn’t want to reinforce the levee? Shell Oil wants that oil and no one will take them on.

Today: protest destruction of housing in NOLA

Hip Hop Caucus and Others to Protest HUD

HUD is set to bulldoze New Orleans Public Housing. A Rally at HUD in DC TOMORROW will beheld organized by: Advancement Project, Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Public Housing Residents, Empower DC, ONE DC, CODEPINK

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson frequently recounts his role in the historic march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge when civil rights activists were clubbed by law enforcement and bitten by their dogs in Selma, Alabama. On Thursday December 13th, hundreds will flock to HUD’s offices to let Secretary Jackson know that he needs to revisit the true tenants of the civil rights movement – equity, inclusion, and justice. One month after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Secretary Jackson said “New Orleans is not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again.” While Secretary Jackson’s rise to a cabinet level position in the White House is a direct result of the civil rights movement, he now is using his position to set back the dreams and objectives of the very movement in which he claims a role.

Meanwhile, back in New Orleans

This shouldn’t be happening…Act now to save New Orleans public housing

For the 9th Ward

Please Blog…Fund Raising Drive to Bring Miracle and her family home to the Lower 9th Ward

Two weeks ago I posted about the Joseph family who lost their Lower 9th Ward home for the second time. Kellie Joseph and her 6 children lost their home to Katrina. The rebuilding of their home was nearly complete when it was tragically destroyed by a fire after someone abandoned a stolen car in their backyard and lit it aflame to destroy evidence. The flames engulfed the home.

A group of Tulane medical students who heard of this devastating news decided to help the family rebuild again and started a website called Hope in Grace for what is called Project: Bring Miracle. Recently the students contacted me. The online donation effort has reached a standstill after some initial local media attention. It is their hope to reach a wider audience through the Internet.

Hope in Grace

Kellie Joseph’s Lower 9th Ward home has been lost….again.