Katrina and the Birth of ColorOfChange

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 6:17 pm

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in August and September of 2005, upending the lives of 1.5 million people and putting Black folks’ lack of political and social power front and center for all the world to see.

The storms magnified racial disparities in the U.S., and no place demonstrated this more clearly than New Orleans, where 80% of the city was submerged after Katrina.


Babes in a Dangerous Toyland

By: Sunday March 20, 2011 9:30 am

We humans find ourselves in an awkward – perhaps fatally awkward – circumstance. We seem unable to safely and morally manage the technologies and systems we are clever enough to invent. From Bhopal to Chernobyl, from Three Mile Island to the Gulf Oil spill, from New Orleans levee failures to the Japan nuclear crisis, we [...]

George W. Bush Admits Failures During Katrina, Makes a Fool of Right-Wing Apologists, Self

By: Sunday November 7, 2010 11:30 am

Well, well, well — look what The Decider says in his ghost writer’s new book.

Making Time for a Friend, as Suicide Takes its Toll

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 9:06 am

I got a phone call last night from a seminary classmate. An old college friend of hers had just committed suicide. Sadly, calls like this are far too common — whether related to military service, the economy, disasters like the Exxon Valdez or Katrina or the BP spill, or a hundred other causes.

More than ever, tough times call for us to care for one another.

Panic Politics

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 9:30 am

If ever a town earned the right to perpetual panic, New Orleans is it. The people of New Orleans face the economic and environmental consequences of the BP oil spill before they’ve fully recovered from Katrina. I’ve been spending a good amount of time in New Orleans lately, and panic is the last thing on [...]

Evangeline, the Oil Spill and Highway 61

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 9:30 am

I was 18, skinny, out of money and in New Orleans for the first time after some Appalachian adventures and a visit to Nixon’s D.C. I faked a cocky walk into a French Quarter piano bar and stayed until closing time when the brunette singer in a sequined costume gown took pity on me. We [...]

Sunday Late Night: Bushista II, Gulf Coast Boogaloo

By: Sunday May 2, 2010 8:01 pm

Bush/Cheney is the gift that keeps giving, like herpes or untreated tertiary syphilis. You know something’s wrong, you scratch and scratch — but somehow, you cannot cast out the evil.

Rove Didn’t Destroy the GOP – Iraq, Katrina, and a Massive Financial Meltdown Did

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 7:57 am

No one political operative, no matter how powerful, brilliant, or stupid, can destroy a political party. The elected Republicans who were in power when they caused or failed to respond correctly to our country’s most serious disasters are the people who destroyed the party.

Late Late Night FDL: Watermelon Slim

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 10:00 pm

Featuring the music of Watermelon Slim and Timbre Timbre.

Sunday Afternoon Movie: Trouble the Water

By: Sunday September 20, 2009 2:00 pm

As Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans, Kim Rivers Roberts and her husband Scott, two residents of New Orleans Ninth Ward, emerge as unlikely heroes who rescue their neighbors and survive the chaos. And Kim documents it all.

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