28 August 2013 — Black Agenda Report
4 July 2012 — Black Agenda Report – News, commentary and analysis from the black left
Obama Bound for Mount Rushmore?
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
President Obama‘s healthcare plan, now vetted by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the spawn of Republican reactionaries, “based on the principle that people should pay for their own bodily maintenance.” It bears no resemblance to world-class healthcare systems, “expanding the healthcare compact only for those who are destitute, while turning everyone else into profit-centers for corporations.” Obama has locked in the past, and put up a roadblock to the future – just as the right-wingers that invented the “individual mandate” intended.
24 August 2011 — Jazz on the Tube
More from the interview with jazz writer John Swenson. How jazz musicians pulled together to save New Orleans the city after the federal levee failures. Includes footage from one of the first big second line parades after the flood, a memorial parade for a murdered artist, and musician Glen David Andrews speaking at the Silence Is Violence rally.
24 August 2011 — Jazz on the Tube
4 May 2011 — BAR – News, commentary and analysis from the black left
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Illustration by Leon Kuhn. More of his work at http://www.leonkuhn.org.uk/
This weekend the White House announced the extrajudicial killing of Osama Bin Laden, and the secret disposal of his body at sea. Are we any safer now? And would it be any different if George W. Bush were making the same announcement four years ago?
6 January, 2011 — Tradition is a Temple
TRADITION IS A TEMPLE explores New Orleans’ unique musical culture and the fragility of tradition in the modern world. The movie weaves together intimate personal discussions shot over a four year span with once-in-a-lifetime studio performances by New Orleans greats, such as Shannon Powell, Lucien Barbarin, Jason Marsalis, Topsy Chapman, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, Roland Guerin, The Tremé Brass Band and many more.
This portrait of New Orleans music culture highlights the musician’s upbringing, how tradition shaped their identity and continues to inspire young people today.
We’re currently fundraising for post-production costs through a crowd funding website called Kickstarter.com. Please consider pre-ordering the DVD or Motion Picture Soundtrack by making a pledge. This is your chance to make this film happen. To learn more about our Kickstarter.com campaign click here.
Early supporters include The University of New Orleans, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation and The Idea Village.
This is an artist-owned production.
16 September, 2010 — The Real News Network
Jordan Flaherty: Thousands of people are not able to return to New Orleans.
Jordan Flaherty is a New Orleans-based journalist and works with the Louisiana Justice Institute. He was the first writer to bring the story of the Jena Six to a national audience, and his award-winning reporting from the Gulf Coast has been featured in a range of outlets including the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Argentina’s Clarin newspaper. Jordan just published released his new book called FLOODLINES: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six .
15 April, 2010 — Levees.org
John Goodman – spokesperson for Levees.org – is Creighton Bernette in the new drama by HBO called Treme. Mr. Goodman, whose character is based on the late blogger Ashley Morris, is an angry, excitable fierce New Orleans who is not afraid to say out loud that the federal Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the disaster. The series debuted on April 11, 2010 and just two days later got the green light from HBO for a second season.
Click here for more information about HBO’s new show Treme.
Click here for Levees.org’s Public Service Announcement featuring John Goodman.
11 April, 2010 — Navigating the Storm
The three-month marker for the earthquake that devastated Haiti is now upon us. The significance of this marker is not one determined by the Haitian people, but rather by the enemies of the Haitian people and peoples’ movements throughout the world.
According to Milton Friedman and the intellectual guru’s of neo-liberalism there are critical timelines and stages that must be strictly adhered by to successfully capitalize on a catastrophe and transform a society. The three month marker is one of these critical timelines, and in the words of Friedman himself ‘ a new administration has some six to nine months in which to achieve major changes; if it does not seize the opportunity to act decisively during that period, it will not have another such opportunity.’ Based on experiences in Iraq, Sri Lanka, and New Orleans over the past ten years several things must be in place at the three-month marker in order for the catastrophe to be fully exploited. These include: sufficient military force to contain the population, the dispersal and fragmentation of the affected population to limit its ability to mobilize resistance, and the legislation and implementation of a new policy regime that seeks to privatize nearly everything and eliminate all financial controls.
21 October, 2009 — The Morning Star
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin praised Cuba’s disaster response system on Tuesday, acknowledging that the islands’s socialist authorities ‘do a much better job than we do.’
Mr Nagin, who arrived in Cuba last Friday along with 15 officials from police, fire and port agencies, has met Cuban civil defence authorities and seen presentations on how the whole island mobilises during disasters.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 per cent of New Orleans, killing more than 1,600 people.
Last year, hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma all pounded Cuba, killing seven.
Mr Nagin acknowledged that ‘one of the biggest weaknesses we had during Katrina is it wasn’t clear who was the top authority.
‘Here in Cuba you don’t have that problem. The government says: ‘This is what we’re doing, these are the resources we are going to deploy,’ and it pretty much happens.’
In Cuba, Revolutionary Defence Committees organise communities at neighbourhood level, providing social services as well as helping with evacuations.
‘They do a much better job than we do on knowing their citizens at a very, very detailed level, block by block,’ Mr Nagin declared.
Last week, US President Barack Obama told a New Orleans town hall meeting that, in the days after ‘that terrible storm struck your shores, all the world bore witness to the fact that the damage from Katrina was not caused just by a disaster of nature but also by a breakdown of government, that government wasn’t adequately prepared and we didn’t appropriately respond.’
Then-president Fidel Castro offered the US medical assistance after Katrina struck, including sending doctors to the area to treat storm victims, but the State Department declined the offer.
2 September, 2009 – FAIR
Four years on, media mostly neglect an ongoing disaster
August 29 marked the fourth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The devastation wrought by both the hurricane itself and the government’s inept response prompted remarkably critical corporate media coverage that promised to fight for Katrina survivors and change the way we talk about poverty and race (FAIR Media Advisory, 9/9/05).
As NBC‘s Brian Williams told the St. Petersburg Times (3/1/06), “If this does not spark a national discussion on class, race, the environment, oil, Iraq, infrastructure and urban planning, I think we’ve failed.” But four years later, corporate media outlets seem to have largely forgotten about Katrina and its survivors, let alone the conversations about race and poverty that were supposed to accompany it.
The Institute for Southern Studies issued a report (8/9/09) in which more than 50 Gulf Coast community leaders graded officials on their response to the ongoing disaster; the Obama administration received a D+, while Congress received a D. (George W. Bush received a D- in an earlier survey.) One million people are still displaced, rebuilding continues at a glacial pace, and the levees being rebuilt have been judged insufficient to protect New Orleans from another Katrina-level flood.
But amazingly, according to a search of the Nexis news media database, neither the Washington Post nor the L.A. Times ran a single piece on Katrina in the past week. ABC and Fox News didn’t mention the hurricane or its aftermath once.