Sunday, February 26, 2006


1. Aslam, Abid. “New Bankruptcy Law Could Sink Katrina Survivors-Lawmakers, Rights Groups.” Common Dreams News Center 15 Sept. 2005. 23 Feb. 2006

All about how New Orleans residents should be able to file bankruptcy because they have sustained losses that would allow them to have a bankruptcy and lose some of the debt that they are having. However, there is a new law that Bush passed in April saying that the rules for bankruptcy are different and a bill was recently passed to allow the victims of Katrina to have another year without this new law so that they could perhaps get their lives back on track a little faster and Bush is considering allowing it.

2. Azulay, Jessica. “Some Neighborhoods Rebuild, But Part of Lower Ninth Remains Off Limits.” The New Standard 17 Oct. 2005. 23 Feb. 2006 <>

This gives the residents perspectives and how they are frustrated to come back and be blocked out from their neighborhoods. They feel like they are constantly being pushed out of their city. It gives different accounts of residents who live in New Orleans and feel as though they are being pushed away from their homes. It told how many residents thought the levees were intentionally destroyed in order to divert flood waters from the richer areas as they did in the twenties with Hurricane Camille. They also commented on the media’s false portrayal of the city immediately afterwards.

3. Boehm, Scott. “Bulldozing the Dead in New Orleans.” Common Dreams News Center 6 Jan. 2006. 23 Feb. 2006

This article tells a sad account of someone who saw her son die in the rising waters and talks about the historic black roots that the Lower Ninth Ward has. It tells that many black families bought their first homes in the area and the fact that everyone is displaced around the country is a big problem when the issue of destroying homes comes to play because many do not know the story and what is going on. The big question is how the city can be so slow in responding to the residents and getting them help but so fast to want to start bulldozing the place. It also gives speculation as to why this is so. It gives community sentiment of “there can be no justice in the rebuilding process unless the residents and homeowners can fully participate.” All about how in order or the city to rebuild the local people must lead the way in doing so.

4. Chen, Michelle. “New Orleans Homeowners Fight to Save Homes from Bulldozers.” The New Standard 6 Jan. 2006. 23 Feb. 2006

This is about the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward and advocates supporting them and how they are persisting in opposing city halls plans to demolish and clear out thousands of devastated houses in the neighborhood. To the residents the government is trying to create a whiter New Orelans by shutting out all of the blacks which are predominately the lower income minority communities. The city says that the area is unsalvageable and it must be demolished for safetly reason but the Constitution clearly states that property cannot be taken away without due process of the law and their homes clearly fit into this category. It also brings in ACORN which is an activist group for the community and gives accounts of personal stories of people who do not want to leave their neighorbood despite all of the trouble that is coming along with it.

5. Cotton, Deborah. “From the Ground Up: Attorneys Advise Residents Regarding ‘Bulldozing Campaign’ in the Lower Ninth Ward.” Katrina Help Center Feb.2006. 23 Feb. 2006.

This articles talks about the meeting held on February 4th about the “bulldozing campaign” to destroy the heavily damaged properties in the city. The homeowners won the case about having to be told beforehand when the city wanted to bulldoze. It tells about the problem in the Lower Ninth Ward being that many owners aren’t back yet to have seen the damage to their properties or to know about the campaign that is going on. It gives numbers on how many houses are in the right of way, on the sidewalks, and unstable. It is an article that puts the homeowners first and talks about the Lower Ninth Ward Homeownership Association and upcoming meetings that are going to be held.

6. Cotton, Deborah. “Faces: Sydna Peterson: The Storm Made My Life Better.” Katrina Help Center Feb. 2006. 23 Feb. 2006.

Gives an account of a woman whose home was devastated but how it changed her life in a positive way. It is an example of how those who live in New Orleans have such positive outlooks on life and Sydna, for example, turned the home that she is now living in, which was one of her friends houses that used to be rent out to tourists, into a place for her church to meet and set up ways to rebuild and restore New Orleans.

7. Dixon, Emma. “New Orleans’ Racial Divide: An Unnatural Disaster.” Common Dreams News Center 16 Nov. 2005. 23 Feb. 2006

This article tells the demographics of the areas heavily flooded. It gives a history of the racial divide in the area and how this entire situation has been with racist pretenses and gives specific examples of different racist accounts like hotels not offering rooms to black people and black people being turned away at the Gretna Bridge. It states that Katrina has shown “a racial wealth divide in New Orleans” and that even if we rebuild the city, we need to rebuild society to rid it of this divide in the future.

8. Klein, Naomi. “Purging the Poor.” Common Dreams News Center 23 Sept. 2005. 23 Feb. 2006

Talks about demographic shift being so intense that many see it as “ethnic cleansing”. This is not because of any kind of conspiracy through the government, however, but due to the whole geography of the region and that many of the more wealthy oftentimes white people living in higher areas. An important quote is that “the neighborhoods were dysfunctional to begin with and that rather than rebuilding ghettos, New Orleans should be resettled with mixed income housing, with rich and poor, black and white, living side by side.” It tells who could move back to the area under this plan and what it would entail.

9. “Rebuilding New Orleans: The Struggle Continues.” Democracy Now 13 Jan. 2006. 23 Feb. 2006

This article discusses the rage of residents that were told they have four months to a year to prove that their neighborhoods shouldn’t be bulldozed. Each neighborhood must submit a recovery plan and if they cannot do that or do not attract enough development they will be gone. There is also a transcript about those living in hotels being evacuated because tourists have booked the rooms for Mardi Gras at the end of the month. There are 15,000 displaced staying in New Orleans. The plans that are underway are restricting the homeowners futures and it also talks about the issues that are happening with the FEMA trailers. Another big issue stated is how the mayor is pleading for everyone to return home yet when they do return, there is no place for them to stay, which is really not fair to the people who have come back because they did not know what to expect in coming and trusted the mayor.

10. United States. The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned: GPO, 2006.

The official document made by the Bush administration and the government concerning the events that took place with hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It tells of what was expected of the storm in the days before it hit as well as what exactly went wrong, what went right, and plans for the future in case this situation ever arises again.


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