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Posts Tagged with "Hurricane Katrina"

U.N. advisors host town hall on forced evictions in New Orleans

July 30, 2009

A group of advisors who will report to the director of the U.N. Habitat agency held a town hall meeting in New Orleans on Sunday, July 26, to hear from resident experts and other community members about housing rights violations along the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina.

The vilification of Cynthia McKinney

July 14, 2009

Our country desperately needs politicians like Cynthia McKinney – those who speak truth to power. Her words and actions mark her out as a prime target for those whose main interest is in maintaining the status quo. It makes me sad and angry to hear Cynthia McKinney accused of bigotry. It’s bad enough to hear right wingers do that – that’s to be expected. But to hear charges like that spread on progressive websites is depressing.

NAACP urges Congress to pass post-Katrina employment, rebuild and development legislation as people affected by Katrina and Rita continue to suffer

July 5, 2009

Four years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast region, there are still numerous unmet needs and challenges facing the residents of that area every day. Especially hard hit by the hurricanes were low-income and racial and ethnic minority Americans, and they continue to suffer disproportionately.

San Francisco 8 case takes a critical turn

July 3, 2009

A few days ago, Herman Bell accepted a plea bargain from the prosecution and will be returning to New York for his parole hearing as soon as California gets him on a return flight. The news was greeted soberly and from some quarters with bemusement.

No evictions: Gulf Coast residents can keep their FEMA trailers

June 10, 2009

The move by FEMA to enforce the June 1 eviction date for Gulf Region residents who live in temporary trailers not only lacks basic compassion but is also a derogation of the government’s responsibilities to uphold fundamental human rights.

WBOK purchased by Danny Bakewell, champion of Black economic self-determination

June 4, 2009

WBOK has come back strong from the severe damage inflicted on its studio, offices, transmitter site and broadcast tower by the flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now broadcasting over a powerful signal, the station adopted a Black talk format – “Real Talk for Real Times” – on Nov. 1, 2007, after it was purchased and upgraded by Danny Bakewell Sr. on behalf of the Bakewell family.

Media as a weapon: New Orleans’ 2-Cent

June 4, 2009

“Malcolm X would love to make mixtapes, have those out on the streets. The same reasons they boycotted and had protests in that era are our reasons too. We’re coming from that same mindset, but we’re using new tools, trying to get our inheritance.”

Government goes on trial for Katrina flooding

May 19, 2009

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina are finally getting their day in court. In a trial lasting most of a month that went to the judge Thursday, May 14, in New Orleans, a group of residents is holding the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for the flooding that occurred in the wake of Katrina.

Should Oakland and other U.S. cities replace police with armed mercenaries?

May 11, 2009

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons and certainly with the U.S. military/ national security/ intelligence apparatus.

Damaged roots in the fight for public housing?

May 11, 2009

The fight for housing affordable to low-income families in the United States is a vortex – even unlike the work I did representing immigrants in the post-9/11 world. In my experience, fighting for public housing is more unpopular than fighting for non-citizens’ rights.

The Haiti connection: An open letter to Black people everywhere

March 13, 2009

Seeing the resilience of our beloved Haiti has strengthened my commitment to our global revolutionary liberation struggle – until the last drop of my Black royal blood.

Obama’s post-racial ‘New Deal’

February 2, 2009

What does Obama’s otherwise spectacular achievement say about the issues of police brutality, welfare to work, Reparations or Affirmative Action? What about the New Year’s Day police shooting of an unarmed Black man, Oscar Grant?

‘If it moved, you shot it’: Investigation uncovers vigilante shootings of Blacks in New Orleans

December 18, 2008

In an 18-month investigation, A.C. Thompson weaves together stories of both innocent victims and unrepentant vigilantes, painting a terrifying and never before told picture of a hidden race war in New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

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.

Voting as addition and subtraction

October 24, 2008

Every single eligible citizen who is 18 years old on Election Day has the constitutional right to vote. A right that cannot be restricted because of tricks, wealth, property ownership, fiscal judgment, gender, national origin or race. That’s the law, but …

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.

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