Archive for the ‘Hurricane Katrina’ Category

Noon – Monday January 21st

Remembering the Dream: Protesting the War in Iraq and Military Contracting at Carnegie Mellon University.

meet at CMU’s Warner Hall at the corner of Forbes and Murray Ave.

Concert For Peace / Celebrate the Birth of Martin Luther King

8:00 PM – Monday January 21st

Concert at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, Bloomfield.

music by:

1. Devilish Merry
2. Evan Knauer
3. Jennie Snyder
4. Molly in the Crowd
5. Welcome Abraham
6. Moonlight motel
7. Phat Mandee

$10 admission / 5 bucks for the not so rich

This is a benefit for the women’s shelter of New Orleans. Organized by Duncan and Porter House and Music Without Borders.


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Duncan Plaza
New Orleans, La.
July 2007

Dear Family and Friends,

Raymond tried to eat the slice of pepperoni pizza. He really did. Problem was, his teeth are falling out. But before they leave, he says, the teeth break off in pieces.

Hall was one of the first homeless New Orleanians I saw who came to protest the inadequate public housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Over 100 people night after night sleep in the shadow of City Hall at Duncan Plaza. They sleep in the gently elevated grass and under a statue of George Washington. And next to a boarded and vacant state office build the same year as City Hall.

As I walked by them the other evening, the air had cooled, many people were up telling stories, smoking cigarettes. The main branch of the New Orleans public library is next to Duncan Plaza. About 30 people sleep under a library canopy too. An electrical outlet is used by a woman’s boombox. It’s not quite a nightlight, but she seemed peaceful.


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Last night residents’ lawyers heard that the HUD attempt to start demolition scheduled for November 19, 2007 has been postponed until after the judge makes a decision on the requests of residents for an injunction. There is presently a hearing scheduled for federal court on 9am November 28, 2007. So, for the present, demolition has been postponed until after that hearing, although the government is asking the judge to hold the hearing sooner. This may change on very short notice. We will notify everyone of any changes.

There is a unity meeting of residents and allies organized for Loyola Law School, 526 Pine, on Saturday, November 10, 2007, from 11-1.

We are setting up a special email alert list so people can be advised what is going on regarding the demolition on a regular basis.

If you are interested in being on a list to receiving updates please email Audrey Stewart at audrey stewart ; or call her at 504.710.8889.

Other actions:
C3 hands off iberville has scheduled a protest outside of federal courthouse for Tuesday November 13 at 4pm and encourages residents and allies and other groups across the nation to do the same. For more information contact Jay Arena at: Jay ; or call 504-520-9521.

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Despite the severe shortage of housing affordable to low-income residents of the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday approved a plan by the Housing Authority of New Orleans to raze four public housing complexes with a total of 4,500 units and redevelop them as mixed-income housing, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The developments targeted for tear-downs are C.J. Peete, St. Bernard, B.W. Cooper and Lafitte. The demolition work is expected to begin in the next two or three months, according to the paper.

Read the rest of this article: here.

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A Blastfurnace Radio/TV Exclusive!

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BIG EASY TO BIG EMPTY: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans available online and in stores June 2007.

On August 22, 2006, reporter Greg Palast and producer Matt Pascarella were charged with criminal violations of the anti-terror laws by the Department of Homeland Security while making BIG EASY TO BIG EMPTY. Here is the real story of Hurricane Katrina you won’t get on CNN. You’ll follow investigative reporter Greg Palast as he travels to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. On his visit, Palast discovers the population of New Orleans is minuscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates climbing, and that many citizens have not returned to the city that care forgot.

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blast furnace radio back in the big easy

great! story, do not miss this


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