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  1. Pierre
    Pierre August 29, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    A very informative article on a most tragic event.

  2. Four Years « Memoirs of a Genderqueer Femme Anarchist

    […] the situation for my own mental and emotional health. However, Renee from Womanist Musings has an excellent guest post at Feministe about Hurricane Katrina, that cuts right to the core of what happened with Hurricane Katrina – the race and class […]

  3. R.I.P. to the Victims of Hurricane Katrina, Ted Kennedy & Michael Jackson – South Side Scholar

    […] despite the attention from the media, filmmakers and the like. Four years later, little progress has been made to rebuild Katrina and no progress has been made to get the original black residents back […]

  4. anarchafemme
    anarchafemme August 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    As a Hurricane Katrina survivor, I want to thank you for writing this. It’s frustrating for me the number of people who seem to have forgotten or pushed to the back of their mind what happened, or what is still happening.

    The levee failure, the severity of the storm, and the degree of the storm surge are also a huge example of the ties between environmental justice movements and anti-capitalist and anti-racist movements, because our culture subjects people who are poor and/or of color to the brunt of the environmental damage that we’re causing. In addition to the sub-par construction of the levees, the destruction of the wetlands in the Mississippi delta also contributed to the magnitude of the hurricane – between the amount of sediment in the Mississippi being reduced by three-quarters by dams, MR-GO preventing sediment from depositing, and global warming causing sea levels to rise, the storm surge was a lot worse. And, of course, global warming causes hurricanes to be more powerful. And the majority of neighborhoods in New Orleans, pre-Katrina, that were most prone to flooding were poor and black.

  5. Bryan
    Bryan August 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    Despite the fact that it may seem like the rest of the country has turned its back on Louisiana, there are glints of good in New Orleans. has this great documentary series that examines charities and non-profits that are helping the determined poor of New Orleans to rebuild and recover.

    It’s easy to overlook the good works that people are capable of.

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