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A Village called Versailles

a village called versailles screening at reel works

If you're in New York, I want to make sure you're aware of Reel Works' screening of A Village Called Versailles, about a community's struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. It's happening Friday, June 11 at Reel Works in Brooklyn.

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Never forget, never forgive

Nearly four and a half years ago this nation experienced the two worst disasters of this past decade: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' federal flood. Today many consider them old news, if not history, but they still are present in the lives of those who survived them.

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Al Jazeera Reports on New Orleans' Vietnamese Recovery

Frontline Photo:Armed with a new sense of belonging, the Versailles Vietnamese returned just six weeks after Katrina to begin rebuilding. By January 2006, more than half the community had returned, and the rest of the City began to take notice.

YouTube says this Al-Jazeera video isn't available to embed, though the service claims it'll give easy access to Al Jazeera in English. That you have to click a link, though, doesn't change the value of the reporting -- go watch it, and it'll remind you -- again -- why the Bush administration hated Al Jazeera so much.

It will also show you one part of New Orleans' drowned Ninth Ward making a comeback in spite of, rather than helped by, the governments of the city, parish, state, and nation -- a community in far better shape than many.

Indeed, it wasn't just the hurricane they had to overcome: it was a toxic waste dump the City of New Orleans located in their neighborhood.

Frontline Photo: In early February 2006, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin signed an executive order permitting the dumping of Katrina debris at the landfill, located less than two miles from Versailles.

There's a PBS documentary for Independent Lens, "A Village Called Versailles," you should also see. A community of immigrants, many of whom had come to the US as refugees from the Vietnam War, simply didn't accept that their homes, their businesses, and their community weren't worth saving, points out NOLa's own Times-Picayune.

Perhaps this is the Village Called Versailles we should all respect, if not actively emulate, eh?

Rick Weil, "Father Vien with Recovery Plan." Katrina's Jewish Voices, Object #2196 (September 01 2009, 12:41 pm)

Refusing to give in, refusing to give up, refusing to be beaten. Read more about Al Jazeera Reports on New Orleans' Vietnamese Recovery

The forgotten people of the forgotten city of New Orleans

Glen Ford at BAR reminds us that the only "change" coming to New Orleans under "our" new President is the erasure of poor black people from the city's future.

Not a single one of 500 planned “Katrina cottages” has been made ready for occupancy. Elderly people squat in abandoned buildings. There are no credible plans to repair or create an infrastructure that could accommodate the poor who still remain, much less the New Orleans diaspora, scattered to the four winds three and a half years ago.

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Privatization of the New Orleans Public Schools

Long-troubled Douglass High could lose its identity

Many Douglass supporters accept that some high schools should move to more state-of-the-art buildings, but they argue the disappearance of Douglass' program altogether would mark the loss of an institution that has stood as a symbol of community resilience in the 9th Ward for decades.

Nantrell Malveo, a 2008 graduate, compared her experience at Douglass favorably to her time at a Jefferson Parish school generally considered to be better.

"I learned more at the run-down school (Douglass) because I could relate to it, and it taught me to fight for what mattered," Malveo said.

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Mardi Gras -- New Orleans

Three times since the Federal Flood in the wake of Hurricane Katrina devastated the greater New Orleans metropolitan area, Fat Tuesday has come and gone. Every year, the powers that be claim the parades and celebrations are a step nearer Read more about Mardi Gras -- New Orleans

And the pretty blue pup tents were where in the Superdome during Katrina?


WaPo's headline:

Staying Cool Amid Flames

As opposed to keeping cool because you're drowning, or trapped in your attic by the rising waves, I suppose.

As a troll prophylactic, I should perhaps remark that I don't minimize any of the terrible things that California--or my friends in LA--are going through. Read more about And the pretty blue pup tents were where in the Superdome during Katrina?


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