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August 26, 2010
3:15 PM

CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

Katrina Plus Five

 

WASHINGTON - August 26 - 

JORDAN FLAHERTY
Author of the just-released book Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, Flaherty said today: "I'm concerned about those who have been kept out of most discussions of the city's future. More than 100,000 former New Orleanians remain displaced in 5,500 cities across every U.S. state. A recent survey found that 75 percent of African Americans who were displaced wanted to return but feel they are being kept out -- mostly by economic issues. These are the stories that have not been heard."



TRACIE WASHINGTON
Co-director of the Louisiana Justice Institute, Washington said today: "There are areas of remarkable rebuild that tend to be highlighted; but areas like the Lower Ninth Ward, Gentilly, Pontchartrain Park, New Orleans East and St. Bernard's Parish have not seen the promised help. We've had a red-lined recovery."


CHRIS KROMM
Kromm is director of the Institute for Southern Studies, which just released a report titled "Learning from Katrina: Lessons from Five Years of Recovery and Renewal in the Gulf Coast." The report "finds that many of the problems exposed in the botched federal response to the storm -- from breakdowns in disaster planning to a misguided and mismanaged recovery -- have yet to be addressed in Washington.

"What's more, these key flaws in federal policy will stall Gulf Coast rebuilding and put lives at risk in future disasters unless the President and Congress take action soon. Among the critical issues addressed in the study:

* "Poor disaster planning and response put thousands of Gulf residents in harm's way before, during and after Katrina. But after months of delays, FEMA is just now releasing its new disaster framework -- and it still omits internationally-recognized standards for protecting storm victims.

* "Waste, fraud and abuse by private contractors hurt Katrina relief and recovery efforts and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Despite widespread calls for contracting reform, federal officials have yet to beef up contractor investigations and oversight that can prevent future scandals.

* "While most Gulf communities have turned the corner, the recovery remains fragile and uneven. Problems with affordable housing, schools and health care access are still big obstacles, and have been exacerbated by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the BP oil disaster."


 

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Was Flooding of New Orleans a "Natural Disaster"?


WASHINGTON - August 30 - 

IVOR VAN HEERDEN
SANDY ROSENTHAL
Author of The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina -- the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist, van Heerden is featured in the new film "The Big Uneasy," a documentary by Harry Shearer that is playing tonight in theaters across the country. 

Van Heerden is an adviser to the group Levees.org on coastal issues; Rosenthal is founder and executive director of the group. See "NOLA residents still skeptical of levees." 

PoliticsDaily.com states: "Dr. Ivor van Heerden, the former deputy director of Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center, was one of several experts to presciently predict the disastrous consequences -- including catastrophic levee failure -- if a major hurricane were to hit the New Orleans area. 'Louisiana is a terminally ill patient requiring major surgery,' van Heerden told the PBS program 'Nova' in 2004.

"In the course of encouraging transformative hurricane preparation, van Heerden additionally called for the restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. Decades of erosion due to oil exploration have eroded the marshes that once functioned as New Orleans' natural buffer from approaching hurricanes. Such storms feed off of open water, vast expanses of which now lie ever closer to the city. As van Heerden and others foretold, this situation proved disastrous during Katrina.

"After the hurricane, van Heerden chronicled his findings in 'The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina -- the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist' (Viking Adult, 2006; co-written with Mike Bryan). The book earned wide praise as a telling indictment of the Army Corps of Engineers, which van Heerden castigated for building shoddy levees around New Orleans and for allowing the oil companies to ravage the wetlands by digging intrusive canals. At the same time, it was criticized for perceptions of a self-serving tone and a pedantic writing style. More significantly, van Heerden's book and his ensuing outspoken statements clearly annoyed his employer, LSU. In April 2009, he was fired."

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A nationwide consortium, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) represents an unprecedented effort to bring other voices to the mass-media table often dominated by a few major think tanks. IPA works to broaden public discourse in mainstream media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots activists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2010
11:04 AM

CONTACT: Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration and National Wildlife Federation
Reggie Dance
The RDPR Group
rdance@Therdprgroup.com 973-934-0055

5th Annual New Orleans Katrina Commemoration March to Honor Lives Lost Due to Hurricane Katrina and a Call to Action for Environmental Reform in the Gulf Coast

Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration and National Wildlife Federation Team Up to Bring National Awareness for New Orleans' Continued Need for Economic Support and Restoration

NEW ORLEANS, La. - August 26 - The New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Hip Hop Caucus and National Wildlife Federation have teamed up to organize the 5th Annual New Orleans Katrina Commemoration March on Sunday, August 29, 2010. 3,000 New Orleans residents, local officials and entertainers are anticipated for the ceremony which will include the reading of names from those lost during Hurricane Katrina and a 3 mile March to remember the lives of those lost during the tragic hurricane.

The Hip Hop Caucus, National Wildlife Federation and New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation organized the March to continue national awareness to the injustices that took place during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which caused additional death and suffering and has yet to be addressed. The March also calls for a comprehensive recovery plan of the Gulf Coast which focuses on areas such as housing needs, job placement, environment restoration and oil spill response amongst other initiatives necessary to put New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on track for recovery.

"The 5th Anniversary Katrina Commemoration March and Secondline is an important ceremony we've built here in New Orleans to show the families of victims and residents we have not forgotten about their struggle to resume their lives," said Sess 4-5, Co Founder of the New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation. "It is vital for the American people and government officials outside of New Orleans recognize our hardships continue and we still need their help to get many families back home and on their feet after this disaster."

"Five years have gone by and New Orleans has still not received the necessary backing from the United States government to help restore this city to prominence," stated Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus. "It is vital the people of New Orleans and local officials unite and demonstrate our communities are still in dire need of assistance as well recognize and create an action plan to restore our coast and protect New Orleans for future generations."

"The Katrina anniversary and oil spill are both wake up calls that we need to restore Louisiana's coastal wetlands, which are nature's first defense against storms, sea level rise and flooding," said National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Larry Schweiger. "Restoring the coastal wetlands will not only help protect the communities and ecosystems in south Louisiana but also help the region recover from the BP oil spill."

The commemoration events begin at 10:00 a.m. with the reading of the names of our lost loved ones at the Lower 9th Ward Levee Breach at Jourdan and North Galvez. Following the Healing Ceremony, at 10:45 a.m. the March Secondline will begin through the streets of New Orleans and conclude at 12:45 at Hunter's Field. From 12:45, the Commemoration Program will begin with community members, local musicians, hip hop artists, gospel choir and spoken word performances.

For more information on the Commemoration Events, please visit,www.HipHopCaucus.org or www.KatrinaCommemoration.org.


List of Endorsers for 5th Annual Katrina Commemoration and Secondline March

1SKY
2CENT ENTERTAINMENT
350.ORG
ADVOCATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS
AFL-CIO
AFRICAN AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALIST ASSOCIATION
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
ALLIANCE FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION,
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL FUND
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE
AMERICAN RIGHTS AT WORK
ANTI-RACISM WORKING GROUP
APOLLO ALLIANCE
ASANTE FOUNDATION
BENJAMIN FOUNDATION
BLACK LEADERSHIP FORUM
BLACK LOVE MOVEMENT
BLACK MEN UNITED
BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT
BLOWOUT CONSCIOUSNESS
BROTHER UMRANI
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENT COMMERCE AND ENERGY
CHESAPEAKE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
CODE PINK
COMMITTEE TO RE-OPEN CHARITY
COMMON GROUND HEALTH CLINIC
COMMUNITY BOOK CENTER
COMMUNITY UNITED FOR CHANGE
CRAIGE CULTURAL CENTER
CRITICAL RESISTANCE
CRESCENT CITY ANTI-AUTHORITARIANS
DC GREENWORKS
DEEP SOUTH CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY
DIARY FROM THE DOME
DREAMING OUT LOUD, INC.
EARLINE'S PRALINES
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE
FM 98.5
FEDERALLY EMPLOYED WOMEN
FINDING OUR FOLKS
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
FYRE YOUTH SQUAD
GET FRESH
GLOBAL EXCHANGE
GRASSROOTS AMERICA
GREEN DMV
GRIND FOR THE GREEN
GRINDSTAFF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
GRIS GRIS LAB
HEADCOUNT
HIGHLANDER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER
HIP HOP CAUCUS
HOT 8 BRASS BAND
HOT OFF DA PRESS PROMOTION
INDUSTRY INFLUENCE
IRON RAIL BOOK COLLECTIVE
JUNEBUG
JUVENILE JUSTICE PROJECT OF LOUISIANA
LEVI.ORG
LOUISIANA JUSTICE INSTITUTION
LOYOLA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE--NEW ORLEANS
MIKE B. DA GRINDA
OLD SKOOL 106.7 FM
N'COBRA
NATION OF ISLAM MOSQUE #42
NATIONAL BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS
NATIONAL CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN
NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
NEW ORLEANS WELFARE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
NOLA.TV
NUTHIN' BUT FIRE RECORDS
PEACE KEEPERS
PRAXIS PROJECT KATRINA INFORMATION NETWORK
POWER 102.9 FM
Q93.3 FM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION
RS SECURITY INC
SESS 4-5
SAFE STREETS
SLAM NEW ORLEANS
SOJOURNER TRUTH COMMUNITY CENTER
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AT NEW ORLEANS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
STAND WITH UNITY
STOOGES BRASS BAND
SURVIVORS VILLAGE
TAMBORINE AND FAN
THE FRUIT WIZARD
THE UPTOWN WING SHACK
TRANSAFRICA FORUM
TRUTH UNIVERSAL
TULANE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
UNITED TEACHERS OF NEW ORLEANS
UPTOWN WING SHACK
VITAMINWATER
WBOK 1230 AM
WILD WAYNE
YOUNG SINO
ZION TRINITY

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The Hip Hop Caucus organizes young people in urban communities to be active in elections, policymaking, and service projects. The Hip Hop Caucus is a member of the Black Leadership Forum and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. With nearly 700,000 members around the country, in 2008, the Hip Hop Caucus created the "Respect My Vote!" campaign with recording artists T.I. and Keyshia Cole, and in 2004, Hip Hop Caucus President Rev Yearwood co-created the "Vote or Die!" campaign with P Diddy. The Hip Hop Caucus is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future, with four million members and supporters nationwide. National Wildlife Federation is working with state and national groups to advocate for the environmental restoration of Louisiana's coast.

The New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation is a local grassroots organization formed to commemorate loved ones lost during Hurricane Katrina and Great Flood.

 

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