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‘This is criminal’

November 23, 2008

This story, dictated by Malik Rahim to the Bay View two days after Katrina, was the call heard round the world that Black and poor New Orleanians were being abandoned in nothing less than attempted genocide and volunteers were needed. Now Malik is in a winnable race for Congress Dec. 6. Go Malik!

Malik Rahim for Congress Dec. 6!

November 22, 2008

Malik Rahim has spoken out with courage, asked the difficult questions and built viable community alternatives. He is a strong organizer who acted while the politicians waited. Now he wants to take his courage to Congress.

Displaced poor still arriving in New Orleans as Saints go marching in

October 24, 2008

Tears dripped down her face as she searched for her missing suitcase in the busy New Orleans bus station. “It had my ID, my children’s birth certificates, my money and my credit cards,” she softly cried. It was one week after she was bused out of New Orleans to a military base in Arkansas. She was supposed to be at work.

New Orleans News Briefs

October 24, 2008

The Lower 9th Ward Village, a post-Katrina nonprofit community center, is to become a multipurpose, multi-use facility that caters to the community in general, with emphasis on providing services, skills training and recreational activities to youth and the elderly.

Katrina Pain Index: New Orleans three years later

August 24, 2008

Zero apartments currently being built to replace the 963 public housing apartments formerly occupied and now demolished at the St. Bernard Housing Development. 2.6 billion FEMA dollars for Katrina damages that have not yet been delivered. Renowned people’s attorney Bill Quigley has compiled a shocking “pain index” caused by the continuing ethnic cleansing of New Orleans.

A spork in the road

August 10, 2008

At the press conference held by Rethink: Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, 19 middle school Rethinkers rolled out a riveting multi-media presentation describing who they are, what they have learned and their 12 recommendations for ALL public schools in New Orleans.

U.N. weighs in against demolishing public housing

July 27, 2008

The U.N. Human Rights Council concluded, “Thousands of Black families would continue to suffer displacement and homelessness if the demolition of 4,500 public housing units is not halted. … We therefore call on the Federal Government (U.S.) and state and local authorities to immediately halt the demolitions of public housing in New Orleans.”

Birth of the Common Ground Health Clinic

November 27, 2007

The Common Ground Health Clinic arose in the New Orleans west bank community of Algiers above the apocalyptic flood waters in the fall of ‘05. The founders’ visions, fueled by endorphins of kindness and adrenalin of desperation, were a beautiful thing to behold.

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