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New Orleans -- In an historic act of solidarity, around 85 students and organizers from across the country risked arrest today by entering Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated Lower 9th Ward. Outside the school, a crowd of around 300 gathered wearing Tyvek suits and respirators, holding hand painted signs and chanting to oncoming traffic. In an ongoing effort to rebuild New Orleans, residents of the Lower Ninth Ward requested that these supporters clean the school out.
Yvonne Wise, who advises Common Ground as a leader in the Residents of the Lower Ninth Ward Community Council, addressed a crowded press conference before the young people entered the school. "We appreciate the students coming out and supporting our effort to open this school, we want our schools open." Frustrated by lethargic governmental agencies, Wise said that if the government can't get the schools open, residents must take things into their own hands. "If the schools aren't open, the people can't return home," says Wise.
After seeing the O2collective presentation of the work they did in New Orleans, RogueIMC vounteer (Ashland) decided to see what he could do to help.
Service is Activism. Please help your human family still suffering in the post-Katrina South. Fundraiser and informational slideshow March 11 at Multnoma Arts Center.
Just as we feared, most of those evicted on the 13th did not have alternative housing. Some were arrested for trespassing as they sought shelter in abandoned buildings, and many dispersed throughout the country, refugees once again. This cannot be allowed to happen again. March 1st will be the final battle for thousands of NOLA families facing homelessness.
I spoke with one of these Louisiana National Guard troops (who has requested anonymity until he separates from service) on the phone two nights ago, and I've been seething ever since.
The National Guard is now being empolyed to assist the extremely sketchy New Orleans Police with these hotel evictions; and some of the troops don't like it a bit.
Said this distressed young man on the telephone, "This is f***ing unbelievable. We were given an operations order to herd our fellow New Orleanians onto buses like cattle or convicts in the middle of the night. They weren't even allowed to pcik up their belongings. We [the National Guard] were responsible to inventory their stuff and bag it up."
There is a really big New Orleans round-up scheduled, he advised me, on Monday night, February 13th.
Happy Valentine's Day.
Katrina and the classism and racism of Amerikan Fascism
On Monday, February 13th, the New Orleans homeless population will skyrocket, and the survivors of Katrina will be victimized again. FEMA's short-term hotel program expires for most of the 26,000 displaced hurricane survivors and most of these evacuees have not been provided with long-term, or even transitional housing solutions. The National Guard is even on call to evict these survivors at gun point.
Gentrification in New Orleans & Genocide Awareness Week here in Portland!
Sunday, February 12, 5:30pm at Talking Drum Books/Reflections Coffeehouse: 446 NE Killingsworth St. at MLK, next to Blockbuster Video.
Join us for an evening with Malik Rahim (founder of Common Ground Relief in New Orleans, former Black Panther, long-time community organizer) and Kerul Dyer (organizer with Common Ground, Oxygen Collective)
Food and drink will be available for purchase. Please support our kind host!
Last Week's Apocalypse doubles as a fundraiser for Katrina victims and a book launch party for Portland author Doug Lain
This video includes interviews from evacuees in NY and those who've returned to New Orleans. This issue is currently effecting the lives of thousands of people and it's still not too late to help put pressure where it needs to be put to force the goverenment to deal with these people properly.
Not unlike Iraq reconstruction funds, Katrina relief funds are lining the pockets of corrupt contractors while the people suffer. POGO has just released detailed results of investigation.
The city's official blueprint for redevelopment after Hurricane Katrina to be released Wednesday, will recommend that residents be allowed to return and rebuild anywhere they like, no matter how damaged or vulnerable the neighborhood, according to several members of the mayor's rebuilding commission.
News Direct from New Orleans via first responder hippies (who don't type stuff)
PS If you want to help your own community in the event of a natural disaster: research the ICS system firefighters use, it is a valuable tool for any community as well as training in Black cross / Red cross CPR - First Responder
We need to get to Mississippi! Are you going?
... America is moving the world toward a surveillance police state with no room for spirituality; Clyde Lewis of GroundZero Radio and Alex Ansary [AN" suh Ree'] of Portland Cable Television's OUTSIDE THE BOX here discuss progression toward this highly undesirable regime; recording was made at Mt Hood Community College, near Portland Oregon Tue Dec 20th 2005 (9.8mb, 55m47s)
looks like the only natural disaster new orleans might face in the near future is the roving gangs, aka "police", capping its citizens. what a shame, already off my x-mas list for another year...
Hundreds of New Orleans residents trying to survive Katrina were criminalized, arrested and jailed for the charge of 'looting.' Prisoners were abandoned in flooded cells for days, while those able to escape their cells were held at gunpoint on an overpass without food or water. Prisoners who've never even been convicted of anything, whose cases and records have been lost, who've posted bail, and those whose release dates have past are still being held illegally. Poorer residents returning to their homes are being arrested for curfew violations and coerced into guilty pleas without due process, lawyers or phone calls and used to clean out the now toxic Orleans Parish Prison.
The Red Cross keeps something like 80% of the money raised for its own self. (Does anyone remember the exact figure/story link?)
Here's one more very good reason not to ever give them one more dollar. Rampant racism, evicting people from shelters.
Katrina was not a natural disaster; it was and still is a social disaster. Katrina and its aftermath is the market at work for you.
I have seen countless convoys of military police, police officers from LA, New York and else where, corporate mercenaries on contract from Blackwater and on and on and on, but I have yet to see a single FEMA official in the city of New Orleans. Halliburton is being paid $3000 a house on a no bid contract to put tarps on leaky roofs, while the homeless and destitute owners and residents of those homes are shunned. . .
in the work of culture-changing, it is essential that we look at the symbols that arrise when power acts in it's most despotic. In the name of taking a seed and letting it grow in a clearing that the storm has made, rather then let the invasive Bush grow and spread. In the name of seizing some of the oldest images of resistance. I bring you a proposal. If you like it, please spread it.
While doing pet rescue in New Orleans, I was dispatched to a home that had five adult cats whose guardian had relocated and she could no longer keep them. She was desperately worried about her babies. One cat had already died since the storm and when we arrived, Batman, was also dead. The other three, Petie the 13 year-old momma cat and her two 12 year-old offspring, Lil' Shit and Gumbo, were alive, scared and hiding. It's hard to imagine what trauma these cats have been through as Katrina survivors, and now their once-stable life was about to get upturned again.
A Dutch Indi repost
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A Natural Disaster? Anti-state perspectives on Hurricane Katrina, its social context and its aftermath. (Brief presentations followed by discussion.)
Most animals in New Orleans died because Governor of LA Kathleen Blanco, FEMA and Mayor of New Orleans Nagin refused to let people affected by hurricane katrina to stay with their pets or to return to New Orleans to rescue their loved family pet members. At least 40,000 companion animals were murdered because of the government left them to starve to death or suffer injuries. Some pets who survived have been lost in the system because the HSUS have been so incompetent. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are sick of your recorded message on 1-800-humane-1 and even sicker of your "canned" statement letter. Read this on Craigslist about the HSUS, if you have problems with HSUS or finding a pet you think has been rescued email http://neworleans.craigslist.org/pet/114105353.html Around 10,000 companion animals survived despite the cruelty that the state of Louisiana and Kathleen Blanco inflicted upon them. Please let katrina survivors with missing pets know that they can look for them on Petfinder and Petharbor.
The Rainbow started Relief Kitchen in Waveland MS is shutting down and reforming in Saint Bernard's Parrish. We are still in need of volunteers...Please Help.
The Common Ground Clinic, born in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, continues to grow and evolve.
The most important topics cause the most intense controversy when breached. It has often been said that if you are an activist, and no one hates you, you simply cannot be doing your job. I have been through a near spiritual journey over the last year, figuring out how to navigate the waters of controversy due to my outspoken articles. Yet I see very clearly that to shy away from controversy in the media, is to shy away from the really important issues.
Ashland, OR - The Oxygen Collective, an Ashland, OR-based non-profit organization, and the newly formed Southern Oregon Gulf Coast Relief Network today announced plans to travel to New Orleans in early December. Members of both groups intend to support the ongoing grassroots hurricane relief efforts coordinated by Common Ground. Common Ground is a community-run organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support to the New Orleans communities that have been historically neglected and under served.
This just came out on the Rainbow Family listserve, and if anyone reading this doesn't know what the Rainbow Family is, you can go to www.welcomehome.org and find out a little about this group that has been working together to form intentional community in the forest for almost 35 years... Doing this in the forest prepares us to deal with immediate food and medical needs... so some folks did just that, in Waveland, and others are still doing it in New Orleans, where volunteers and supplies ARE still needed, very much so... For more information, go to the links at: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/11/328348.shtml
This may be of interest to some folks... Congresswoman Heather Wilson would be the contact for comments. http://wilson.house.gov/
this is reposted from New Orleans indymedia...the audio file is far more detailed than the text....
Join us Sunday Nov. 13 from 3:30-5:30pm as we talk with Shizuko about PCASC and listen to good music. Other telephone guests likely!
repost from new orleans indymedia. Report from inside OPP as its been open post-hurricane. Orleans Parish Prison took between 4 and 8 feet of flooding , prisoners were not evacuated until four days after the storm. There are reports of hundereds drowning while still locked in cells. It has now been re-opened with inhumane conditions.
The only kitchen serving fresh, nutritious meals to the people of New
Orleans east of Canal St. is being threatened with closure by city
Accepting submissions for journal
The Oxygen Collective is organizing a trip in our biodiesel bus for the first three weeks of December to bring supplies and volunteers to offer direct aid and relief work for people in the New Orleans area. We will be joining with an inspiring grassroots effort spearheaded by the Common Ground Collective ( http://www.commongroundrelief.org) in the Algiers Neighborhood, where one of the O2's founding members, Kerul Dyer, is working as their unofficial Director of Operations.
Great SWFlash collage of the New Waveland Cafe at
Aaron Funk, part of the international,
loosely-linked Rainbow Family, describes what his
group is doing to help in Waveland, Miss.
Scientology is preying on the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Please read and repost!!!!
Please call the Gretna Police Chief at 504-366-4374 to express outrage
and dismay at the harassment and threats being made by members of the
Gretna police department toward tenants in Terrytown.
The NewStandard ( http://newstandardnews.net), which has been cited by Chicago Indymedia for a number of Chicago-related stories, is facing a key crossroads and needs the help of Chicago Indymedia readers.
Please read this brief announcement and see if there is any way you can offer assistance at this watershed moment in American history. I am in regular communication with Kerul Dyer, an incredible community organizer and visionary activist who is working tirelessly with the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans to offer basic aid to the devastated communities of the Deep South. The stories she has to tell about what is happening on the ground there right now are almost beyond belief.
They're apparently charging the bus driver in that incident during the hurricane rita evacuation with 23 counts of negligent homicide...
As New Orleans neighborhoods remain empty more activists arrive.
Tropical depression twenty four is scheduled to mutate into yet another named tropical storm and then a hurricane in the next few days. Whatever shall we do when we run off the end of the alphabet?
"The Open Source Classism, Racism, and Sexism Project: Hurricane Katrina, The Blogosphere And Corporate Media... "White People Find, Black People Loot." This zine, lets everyone place the issues that matter most to them on page 20 and circulate it along with other news that is not getting enough media attention. That is the Open Source nature of this project.
The full version of the video runs just over five minutes
this is a really excellent talk given by the founders of common ground in new orleans...
I hope everyone from pdx that has ability will make a time to visit out here sometime.
The project here is truly showing the potential of a grassroots collective to effect major change and there is real hope that this and other progressive projects can be a powerful force in NO against gentrification and for positive changes on so many fronts.
New Orleans is an indicator for the New World Order.
It will happen everywhere.
Police beat man
Hurricane Katrina has blown the problems in the face of George W Bush that he wanted to be rid of with churches and caritas: class, race and poverty. In the view of many Bush critics, the chaotic emergency relief was the conse-quence of a policy of state dismantling and deregulation.
I got some pictures from nola.com, the press seems to want justify the brutal actions by claiming the police have been under alot of stress since Hurricane Katrina.
This article addresses the boot-strap republican ideology which blames the poor for being poor.
New Waveland Digest
New Waveland West Rumors
VA Highway Patrol Entertains
Need New PA Gear and Soundman
Many Comings and Goings
New Waveland Clinic News
Call for help with Oregon shelter data and other tasks