Saturday, April 01, 2006

4/01/2006 Community Gumbo

Update in progress ... It's the annual Marathon fundraiser at WTUL -- call 504-865-5887 to pledge, or go to

New Orleans Rent Gouging
This feature was produced by Lew Myrick from the University of Southern Mississippi (pardon the delay in posting -- please check back, Lew is updating this very well-produced story, and it'll be well worth the wait).

The Maple Leaf Re-opening
Despite the devastation of much of the city, curfews, the lack of electricity and the terror of pitch black streets, a slice of New Orleans culture was resurrected just a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina. The Maple Leaf Bar re-opening was an act of defiance against hopelessness. Guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington drove all the way down from Ohio for the occasion. The feature was produced in early October, intended to be broadcast on WTUL -- but the station wasn't able to get back on the air until late December.

Listen to the story at New Orleans Indymedia

3/31/2006 Democracy Now -- Interview with Noam Chomsky

Community Events
Rally to protect the right of evacuees to vote
Ernest Morial Convention Center
Saturday, April 1st
9 a.m.
The rally will begin at the Convention Center parking lot, 9 a.m., Saturday, April 1st, and participants will march across the GNO bridge to Oakwood Mall. There will be a significant presence of police along the route to maintain order. Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby will speak at the rally. I don't have any additional information -- I couldn't find anything online. This is word of mouth, but I did confirm the event with ACORN.

In the Vietnamese Community

Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
5069 Willowbrook Drive
New Orleans, LA 70129
Phone: 504-254-5660
Fax: 504-254-9250
Sunday, April 2, 11:15 a.m. -- mayoral candidates forum
Sunday, April 9, 11:15 a.m. -- council candidates forum
New Orleans East—April 2, 2006 and April 9, 2006 – The Vietnamese Community in New Orleans will hold its first Mayoral Candidate Forum on April 2, 2006 at 11:15 am, followed by its first City Council candidate forum the next Sunday on April 9, 2006 at 11:15 am.

We have eighteen mayoral candidates confirmed for the forum on April 2nd and twenty city councilor candidates representing District C, E and At-Large on April 9th.

Both forums will take place at: Mary Queen of Vietnam Church 14001 Dwyer Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70129

An increasingly large number of the Vietnamese community have returned home over the past few months. The community is prepared for a comprehensive rebuilding and revitalization. However basic needs essential for repopulation such as schools and hospitals are still not available. Candidates will have the opportunity to present their platform as well as address issues pertaining to the returning community.

For information:
Contact: or Au Huynh at
Phone: 504-254-5660

Prejudice & Stereotyping Through the Lens of Katrina
Boggs Hall Room 239
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Janet Ruscher of the Psychology Department will present as part of the "Perspectives on Katrina" series. Box lunches provided to the first 25 attendees. Admission is free of charge. This event is open only to members of the Tulane Community (blah blah blah). For more information, call or e-mail Celeste Uzee at 247-1671 or respectively.




Blogger Bri said...

This has gotten very little press so far - someone should run with it. FEMA is closing all of the New Orleans camps/tent cities that volunteers are staying in, as of April 10. These tents have been housing the volunteers gutting houses from organizations ranging from ACORN to Habitat for Humanity. the only stories on this so far on the net have been:
Christian Broadcasting Network: and
Talking Points Memo Cafe

This is ridiculous -- the very least that the federal government should do is house and feed volunteers coming to help.

11:46 AM  
Blogger potlikker said...

Thanks for the tip bri. You're right -- we need *more* tent cities. What are they thinking?

I'll look into this -- I have a contact at ACORN who I've interviewed before. I know about the tent city in City Park, and Common Ground volunteers are living in tents.

Please let me know of sites or other organizations that I should know about.

7:10 AM  

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