Though we live in a world of sound bites and 140-character-driven narratives, life is simply more complex than this.
|By: Dakinikat Sunday May 30, 2010 11:01 am|
Unless you’ve spent some time down here on the Gulf Coast, you’re unlikely to really understand the people that live down here. Hard scrabble is a way of life. Historically, we’ve had systemic attacks on our people, our culture and our environment. The hostility runs pretty deep down here because the history of maltreatment runs pretty deep. There are several historical events that you really need to understand to understand the people of Southeastern Louisiana and the surrounding areas
|By: Garlin Gilchrist II Monday February 8, 2010 6:34 am|
Progressive organizers, activists, and politicians can learn a lot from the Super Bowl Champions about how to win this year and beyond. Here are 3 key lessons: be who you are, be bold or go home, and remember your supporters.
|By: Jim Moss Tuesday December 29, 2009 7:00 pm|
This countdown is based on the immediate impact of the stories as felt in the moment, and not necessarily on the long-term ramifications – which explains how Hurricane Katrina lands a spot above the Iraq War and the 2000 presidential election. It was a macabre scene of the type we never thought possible in the United States. [...]
|By: Louisiana Thursday October 15, 2009 12:27 am|
Today Obama will be making an extremely short stop in New Orleans. Or what my favorite NOLA blogger calls a “tinkle-stop tour.” In New Orleans, he’ll be visiting a charter school and participating in a town hall meeting in the Lower 9th Ward.
In contrast, his next stop will be San Francisco, where he’ll be spending four times as much time–16 hours. This has caused Harry Shearer to say,
Total elapsed time in SF: sixteen hours. They must have experienced a hell of a federal disaster there. Four times worse, you figure?
|By: Louisiana Monday September 28, 2009 7:52 am|
Often when people including those in government and the mainstream media who should know better refer to the events of 8/29, it is merely as “Katrina” or “Hurricane Katrina”.
There were actually two catastrophes that happened that day: the storm, which passed to the east of New Orleans, devastating with ferocious winds the Alabama, Mississippi and eastern Louisiana Gulf Regions, which was a NATURAL disaster, and the falling apart of New Orleans’ federally-built and maintained levees, which was a MANMADE disaster due to poor engineering.
While the use of Katrina as shorthand to cover the two events is easy (I’ve even done that at times) it’s misleading because of the implication that the flooding of New Orleans was a natural disaster. And this matters–more below the fold.
|By: Louisiana Saturday August 29, 2009 1:02 pm|
I should be feeling better–after all, Obama did commemorate Katrina and the flood in his radio address this morning. To his credit he also brought up levees and coastal restoration. But only time will tell if these words will be backed up by action or be mere empty words.
I have been upset and feel as if I’m almost physically ill. I cannot help but flash back, see the scenes of rescues and of the afflicted at the Superdome and the Convention Center and think of how so many suffered during Katrina and the federal flood and are still suffering. And I can’t help but wonder if Obama really cares about New Orleans. Because when I remember what happened during the flood and Katrina which turned the lives of so many upside down and think about the fact that Obama won’t be going there (which he wasn’t going to do anyway even if Ted Kennedy hadn’t passed) I’m depressed.
And others are also turned off by the fact that Obama has paid so little attention to Louisiana and her problems and those of her neighbors in the Gulf Region–a wound which Obama’s absence from Katrina observances has rubbed salt into. More below the fold…
|By: Louisiana Wednesday August 26, 2009 9:00 pm|
Among all of his other accomplishments, Ted Kennedy can be remembered since Katrina and the federal flood happened as a legislator who proactively did what he could to help New Orleans’ and the rest of the Gulf Region’s people after the catastrophe.
|By: Louisiana Tuesday August 25, 2009 5:35 pm|
Where are the hope and change in New Orleans? When Barack Obama was a presidential candidate, he promised that
he would “keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast” and take steps to prevent failures in emergency planning and response seen during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Specifically, Obama would ensure New Orleans has a levee and pumping system to protect the city against a 100-year storm by 2011, free up rebuilding funds that had been allocated but not released and to rebuild hospitals and schools.