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REMAINS and REBIRTH: An Evening Around Katrina

Join media activist Walidah Imarisha and Orleans-based organizer Suncere Shakur for a screening and presentation on the continuing aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and the rebuilding and rebirthing that is going on from the ground up. The event is a benefit for Common Ground Relief, and is hosted by the Portland Alliance and KBOO. Details for Portland event and full tour schedule below. | Schedule updates and Film Trailer here.
Walidah Imarisha
Walidah Imarisha
Suncere Shakur
Suncere Shakur
Thursday, May 24th
Doors at 6:30pm; Screening starts at 7:00pm
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
$7-$15 Sliding Scale
A benefit for the common ground collective.
Hosted by The Portland Alliance and KBOO.

It has been a year and a half since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast, forever changing that region and the national political landscape. The impact on the area, the country, and the world has been profound, but the media coverage has grown sporadic and shallow, not addressing the long term deeper issues of racism, classism and self determination that continue.

To combat this misrepresentation and to present images of oppressed peoples organizing and rebuilding in the face of oppression, the Portland Alliance and KBOO present "REMAINS AND REBIRTH: An Evening Around Katrina."

This three part event includes: a screening of the post Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans ; a presentation by New Orleans-based organizer Suncere Shakur; and a question/answer dialogue with the filmmaker Walidah Imarisha and Shakur.

----------- Full Tour Schedule -----------

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Tacoma, Washington
12th Annual Research Showcase and Resource Fair: "With Liberty and Justice For Whom?"
3 p.m.
Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus
1210 6th Ave. Moot Court
Free; All ages

Tacoma, Washington
Rhymes, Beats, & Media Activism
Sponsored by 2012 Inc.
8 p.m.
One Heart Cafe
1117 Broadway Ave, Tacoma, WA
Also featuring a Hip-Hop Performance by Canary Sings of Seattle
$5 general admission, $3 with student ID; All ages

Tacoma, Washington
Finding Common Ground at The Conversation
Sponsored by 2012 Inc. & The Conversation
9 a.m.
The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus
1210 6th Ave.
Free to the public w/ suggested donation

Vancouver, BC
Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway
Cost: donation

Seattle, Washington
7 p.m.
2000 S Jackson St.
Cost: $5 donation

Eugene, Oregon
The University of Oregon Multicultural Center
6 p.m.
Suite 33 EMU University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
6:30 p.m.
Churchill High School Auditorium
1850 Bailey Hill Rd. (corner of W. 18th and Bailey Hill)
$2-20 sliding scale
Refreshments provided
Sponsored by the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Community Alliance of Lane County, The National Lawyers Guild (Eugene Chapter)

Thursday, May 24TH:
Portland, Oregon
6:30 PM
The Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
$7-$15 Sliding Scale
Hosted by The Portland Alliance and KBOO

San Francisco, California
12 p.m.
Roxie Cinema
3117 16th St.

Santa Cruz, California
6:30 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz - 1156 High Street Classroom Unit 001
Cost: donation

----------- Film Details & Speaker Bios -----------

FINDING COMMON GROUND IN NEW ORLEANS - This 24 minute documentary, shown through activist and poet Walidah Imarisha's lens, looks at the effects that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have had on New Orleans and the surrounding area. Through compelling and often heart wrenching interviews with residents, survivors, activists, volunteers and officials, the landscape of a city devastated by a natural disaster but more by criminal negligence, trying to rebuild comes to light. This film includes exclusive footage shot in the makeshift bus station jail known as "Camp Amtrak" and interviews with officials at the jail about the city's criminal justice system, or lack thereof. The short documentary is able, through the lens of personal accounts that speak to broader issues and concerns, to capture the pain, the loss and the hope of New Orleans.

Finding Common Ground in New Orleans has been or will be screened in the Women of Color Film Festival, the Sankofa Film Festival, The New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival, the Harlem Film Festival and the Black Lily Film Festival, along others. It has received a Director's Choice Award during the Black Maria Film Festival, and was the recipient of the PIFVA Winter 2006 Film Subsidy. Watch a 7 minute version of the film here.

FOOD, WATER, REVOLUTION - In March 2006, Veterans Against the Iraq War organized a march from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, LA in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Did you see any media coverage of this event? Neither did we. That's why we're presenting this video Food, Water, Revolution! that documents the march and makes clear the connection between the U.S. presence in Iraq and the government negligence in responding to the needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina - in one word, capitalism! Danya Abt: 10 min | color | 2006

SUNCERE SHAKUR - An organizer for over 15 years, Suncere Shakur has worked on issues affecting black communities on a grassroots level. At the age of 14, Shakur helped to form Fatima, a community grocery program. While based in his home town of Washington, DC, Shakur co-founded Caf? Mawonaj, a grassroots coffee house/meeting space, and MayDay, a housing rights group. He was instrumental in the formation of a chapter of the Anarchist People of Color while in Asheville, North Carolina, and was one of the organizers of the 2004 Regional APOC Conference. Shakur has spent the past 19 months in New Orleans as part of Common Ground Relief, a New Orleans first response team of radicals. He has set up six distribution centers, two free breakfast programs, a Saturday legal clinic, and was an important part in the effort to save the oldest black Catholic Church in America, St. Augstine. He is featured in the short documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. For more information, go to commongroundrelief.org.

WALIDAH IMARISHA - A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah helped to found and served as the first editor of the political hip hop publication AWOL Magazine. She was one of the editors of the 911 anthology Another World is Possible. The bad half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista, Walidah is also the director of the post-Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She does anti prison organizing with the Human Rights Coalition, a group of prisoners' families and former prisoners and is on the board of the Central Committee for Conscientous Objectors, which does anti militarism organizing work. For more information, go to poetryoffthepage.com.

PDF of quarter page handouts for the event 17.May.2007 21:29


cut em up and hand em out. easy.
quarter page advert
quarter page advert

"an evening around katrina" 18.May.2007 01:52

what an odd phrase

"Around"? As in "I'm organizing around Katrina"?

Like, "we're using Katrina as pretext to get people together to accomplish some other goal I have"?

new orleans 18.May.2007 11:04


hey, i am an anarchist in new orleans, and almost EVERY anarchist in new orleans HATES common ground and will not work with them. if you want to give your money to new orleans pojects, there are plenty of groups that have been working for years on the issues in New Orleans which Katrina exposed. Safe Streets, Strong Communitiies (an anti-police and violence group), the INCITE! women's health clinic, the Iron Rail Bookstore and Library, etc...

one of the the main problems with common ground is that they ask for volunteers to come help repair new orleans, and many do, but the ones who STAY end up being wingnuts with NOTHING to go back to wherever they came from. they are the people who stay long-term, people who use the common ground space as everything from a shelter to partial rehab center to just something to keep their wingnut brains occupied. it is more of a drain on the local radical community then anything else. common ground is well known and recieves piles of money because they have a well-oiled self promotion machine, which encompasses half of what they do. and not only do they promote themselves, but to further the self-promotion/money making machine, they refuse to work with any radical groups in new orleans unless they can put the common ground name on what they are doing, and if that doesn't work, they do the exact same thing as the locals and subdivide resources and energy, and if they don't do that, they'll often just take credit for the work of other radical groups as their own.

struggle must be rooted within your community, and when common ground people who've been in town for 2 weeks try to tell local radicals how things should be done, there is a serious problem there. and this st-up has continued because the longer-term people become the ones in charge via more experience, and those longer-term people are the eingnuts with no community of their own to be part of a struggle within.

so please think twice about this event and putting it on the newswire. people in new orleans are fed up with common ground and need other people to support us in out fight by fighting where you live, in your community, because the same issues that existed and were exposed here by Katrina exist where you live.

hopefully we'll be able to put together a more comprehensive critique of this radical charity model, and we can all learn how to help each other in more productive ways in the future.

when opportunity knocks 21.May.2007 11:31


money making ,bleeding heart faking, beware the sex
assaults that took place and the race war that receives
money through common ground sympathetic tours of fundraising
common ground and the white girl agenda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!