Saturday, May 27, 2006

5/27/2006 Community Gumbo

5/26/06 Democracy Now
  • Enron Execs Found Guilty on Multiple Conspiracy, Fraud Charges
  • Enron: The Bush Connection
  • Enron Played Central Role in California Energy Crisis
  • Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room

audio New Orleans East residents explain their vote for mayor
Election maps and analysis at People Get Ready, and The Times-Picayune (here and here).

audio Mitch, miracles, and the rebirth of New Orleans
New Orleans attorney Ernest Svenson blogs at He offered this reflection on the meaning that can be found in Mitch Landrieu's defeat in the New Orleans mayoral race against incumbant Ray Nagin.

James Booker, "Goodnight Irene"

audio New Orleans Vietnamese Americans fight for their neighborhoods
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin used emergency powers to open a landfill in New Orleans East, bypassing public hearings and city council review. The Vietnamese-American community from a nearby neighborhood staged protest marches in front of city hall to stop the landfill. Au Huynh, a community organizer from Philadelphia, talks about the efforts by Vietnamese-American residents to rebuild their neighborhoods, and to stop the landfill project.

More information about the New Orleans Vietnamese-American community:

New Orleans Vietnamese Online.

Stop the Illegal Dumping in New Orleans East!

Mary Beth Black, Facts about landfill in New Orleans East (video), New Orleans Indymedia.

Kathy Kilbourne, "Vietnamese Folklife in New Orleans," Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Lance Hill, "The Miracle of Versailles: New Orleans Vietnamese Community Rebuilds," Louisiana Weekly.

Leslie Eaton, "A New Landfill in New Orleans Sets Off a Battle," The New York Times.

Bruce Eggler, "Landfill testing option offered," The Times-Picayune.

Lolis Eric Elie, "'Win' power felt in N.O. campaigns," The Times-Picayune.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

5/20/2006 Community Gumbo

Don't know where to vote?

Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State Polling Place Locator, or call 1-800-883-2805.

5/19/06 Democracy Now:
Hayden Defends Domestic Spy Program At Confirmation Hearing

“Voices of Time”: Legendary Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano on Immigration, Latin America, Iraq, Writing – and Soccer

audio Caroline Skinner (re-broadcast):
Caroline Skinner has a unique perspective on the Hurricane Katrina disaster. She was living in New York City when terrorists struck the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. After spending many years in New York, she returned to the Gentilly neighborhood where she grew up. Then, Hurricane Katrina struck.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

5/13/2006 Community Gumbo

Six Organs of Admittance, "Home"

5/11/06 Democracy Now
Georgetown Faculty Object to Appointment of Iraq War Architect Douglas Feith as Professor in School of Foreign Service

Controversy Brews at New School Over Pick of McCain as Graduation Speaker

Crackdown in Mexico: 200 Jailed, Women Claim Sexual Abuse by Police

Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

Mother Jones Radio
Hurricane Katrina Recovery: Stories of Hope

Malik Rahim, health clinic founder
Tim Shorrock, Mother Jones writer
Connie Moran, mayor of Ocean Springs, MS
Chris Kromm of Institute for Southern Studies
Stephen Bradberry of New Orleans ACORN

audio The Broadmoor Green Space Migratory Bird Refuge Wetlands Reclamation Project
When the Bring New Orleans Back Commission released its first vision for the future of New Orleans, it issued maps which featured green dots where neighborhoods would be converted into green spaces.

Carey Herman and her husband Paul Rogers are doing their share to fulfill the plan. For two years, they’ve had a giant pothole caused by a water valve leak in front of their house. When they returned to their once-flooded home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, they turned the pothole into a grass-lined garden with a pond.

It’s one of the unique ways in which New Orleanians are using humor to adjust to the new reality of living in a post-Katrina world.

Broadmoor Green Space Update:
Since the Community Gumbo interview was recorded, Sewerage and Water Board workers fixed the water valve, filled the pothole with dirt, and respectfully returned the pink flamingo to the green space. There’s still a pothole there, and residents still occasionally leave trinkets.

Fats Domino, "I'm Walkin'"

Saturday, May 06, 2006

5/06/2006 Community Gumbo

5/05/06 Democracy Now
Damu Smith 1952-2006: Legendary Peace Activist Dies After Battle with Colon Cancer

Retired CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Takes on Rumsfeld Over Justification for Iraq Invasion

FBI Counterterrorism Unit Spies on Peace Group School of the Americas Watch

FBI Targeted Freelance Journalist Covering FTAA Miami Talks

Evo Morales Nationalizes Gas Resources in Bolivia

Bullets in the Hood: Bed-Stuy Documentary Goes on Tour to Raise Awareness About Gun Violence

Drew Landry & Dirty Cajuns, "Salt Water Tears," Tailgaten & Hurricane Companion EP.

audio Lusher High School to Premiere Fall 2006.

"Fortier Fight Song," Fortier High School Band, Peter Dombourian, conductor, 78 rpm recording recovered from a Katrina debris pile on Jefferson Avenue.

Rose Melberg, "Cast Away the Clouds."

audio A Profile of Mary Heft, by Maureen Missavage.

Louis Armstrong, "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans."

Dr. John, "Goin' Home Tomorrow."

audio Tulane Volunteers Help Rebuild New Orleans.

Sunset Rubdown, "Snakes Got a Leg III."