Saturday, August 16, 2008

8/16/2008 Community Gumbo

Listen | Democracy Now (8/13/08)
  • The Way of the World: Ron Suskind on How the Bush Admin Deliberately Faked an Iraq-al-Qaeda Connection and Undermined Diplomacy, Democracy in Pakistan and Iran

Listen | Democracy Now (8/08/08)
  • “This is the Olympics the West Wanted”–Dave Zirin on US Corporations Entering China, Athletes Speaking Out and the Games from ’68 to Today

Listen | Democracy Now (8/15/08)
  • Russia-Georgia Conflict Fueled by Rush to Control Caspian Energy Resources
  • Naomi Klein and Christian Parenti on How Beijing Olympics Highlight Globalization of Police State, Inequality

New Orleans Speaks
For many months after the levees breached we waited for someone to help us “recover”. Who was coming: FEMA? The federal government? A university? Developers? We were waiting for experts to arrive with answers. The answers and experts never came because they were already here in the person of every emerging activist, every parent struggling to navigate a shattered school system, every neighbor at a planning charrette, every small business owner who evaluated a volatile economy and chose to rebuild anyway, and every returning New Orleanian. We are the experts that we have been waiting for.

The New Orleans Speaks Symposium will highlight lessons learned by fifteen of these experts - the real deal about urban resilience.

Their lectures will include stories of personal and community recovery, present visions for urban renaissance, and identify targeted resources communities need to bring to bring their visions from concept to completion.

We know we must write a living history of our own. We recognize we must control our own message, herald our own accomplishments, and articulate our own frustrations. Only then can we, as a city, identify what our communities need, and what our learnings can contribute to a broader understanding of how cities can emerge from extraordinary challenges.

The New Orleans Speaks Symposium which will take place on August 30, 2008 at UNO’s Kirschman Hall.

New Orleans Institute

Rising Tide III
Rising Tide is a gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans' recovery from the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the failure of the levees that were supposed to protect the area.

We will come together to dispel myths, promote facts, share personal testimonies, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels. We aim to be a "real life" demonstration of internet activism as we continue to recover from a massive failure of government on all levels.

John Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, will be keynote speaker at the Conference this year.

Rising Tide started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the city when a small group of New Orleans, La.-based bloggers decided to expand their on-line advocacy for the rebirth of New Orleans into a public event.

August 22-23, 2008, Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd (@ Felicity) New Orleans, LA 70113.

Brad Meldau Trio, "Black Hole Sun," Nonesuch.

Miles Davis, "Spanish Key," Miles from India, Times Square Records.

Ellis Marsalis Quartet, "Ruby, My Dear," An Open Letter to Thelonius, Elm.


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