August 2015 Archives
Without transportation many residents had no way to escape the deadly onslaught.
"Tens of thousands of the city's sickest, oldest, poorest, youngest, people with disabilities and the like were left behind." -- Loyola University Law Professor Bill Quigley
100,000 African-Americans never made it back.
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: Flood devastated residential section of Lower 9th Ward; house landed atop Chevy car. Photo by Infrogmation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"The tragedy of Katrina is less about what nature wrought, more a conspiracy of federal, state and city government along with business interests against the area's most vulnerable residents - mainly its poor Black population."
Gulf coast areas became a laboratory for disaster capitalism. "I think we have a clean sheet to start again (and take advantage of) big opportunities," said New Orleans developer Joseph Canizaro at the time.
Tourist business has largely recovered. Poor communities are being erased, replaced with upscale development. Ten years after the hurricane, too many of our brothers and sisters continue to have "no way out."
The 1000+ audience for Sunday's rally against the growing epidemic of systemic violence against Black and Brown people, here and around the world, was rewarded with a memorable expression of solidarity for a community of activists determined to stop State brutality and oppression.
Take a deep look, watch the entire video (yes, Janelle Monae and Wondaland are in it at the end),
"..those who missed out on attending this event really missed out. It was emotional, powerful, beautiful to the core and brought to light to a movement that I often only hear about from a very small lens surrounded with lots of speculation and rumors." -- Photographer Michelle Dione
"The Afghan state is designed to meet the national security interests of the United States - not to be responsive to the needs of Afghan citizens." -- journalist Anand Gopal
Half a year after NATO officially ended its military operations, much of the countryside lies in tatters, and the so-called armed opposition, which encompasses the Taliban and a plethora of armed militias including groups operating in the eastern region who have declared their allegiance to ISIS, is alive and kicking...
Ten years since Katrina and 10 years among the undead, I recall having had my humanity interrupted, my community made fodder to a culture in which gazing upon our deaths is an act as simple as a few guilt-free clicks. These days, I share my culture with those who zoom their lenses in on me and my son--those who demand with point-and-shoots to know if we are a part of the festivities?
c/o Chelsea Manning Support Network:
Chelsea faces this incomprehensibly severe punishment as a result of ridiculously innocuous institutional offenses, including the possession of books and magazines related to politics and LBGTQ issues (which she received openly via the prison mail system), and having a tube of toothpaste that was past its expiration date (apparently deemed "medical mis-use"). The catalyst for this attack on Chelsea seems to have been an incident in the mess hall where she may have pushed, brushed, or accidentally knocked, a small amount of food off of her table. She then asked to speak to her lawyer when confronted by a guard. The absurd charges were tacked on later.
World Can't Wait enthusiastically supports work to stop mass incarceration, police brutality, and murder of Black and Brown People.
Your contributions at this time make a world of difference to how resistance to the New Jim Crow plays out.
Sustain the #RiseUpOctober volunteers who came to Ferguson for the anniversary of Mike Brown's murder. "We came to stand with the people, to uphold the Ferguson rebellion in the face of attempts to repress and slander it, and to spread the message of the Rise Up October national tour," report arrestees Carl Dix and Cornel West.
A year after the murder of Michael Brown, It's Still Right to Rebel Against Injustice!
"Artists have a responsibility to record history," Andre Guichard, artist, Curator and co-owner of Gallery Guichard Fine Art Gallery in Chicago said. "This is part of American history."
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"..the overall record of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate is one of violence, militarism and aggression that has left a pile of dead bodies of innocent people," writes Glenn Greenwald. "That Obama feels the need (or desire) to boast about how many countries he's bombed, and that the only mainstream criticisms of him in the Iran debate is that he is too unwilling to use more aggression and force, says a lot about Obama, but even more about U.S. political culture.
The tale developed to justify the bombings that led to a world in which the threat of human extinction has been a daily reality may be the most successful legitimizing narrative in our history. Seventy years later, it's still deeply embedded in public memory and school textbooks, despite an ever-growing pile of evidence that contradicts it. Perhaps it's time, so many decades into the age of apocalyptic peril, to review the American apologia for nuclear weapons...
Under the guise of good manners, America's polite authoritarians seek to silence qualms with the status quo, preferring that angst be channeled into the less disruptive, more respectful and largely ineffectual world of electoral politics. Don't like the system? Vote for someone who will promise to change things (and then be mature enough to accept the fact they won't)...