Saturday, September 27, 2008

9/27/2008 Community Gumbo

Listen | Democracy Now (9/26/08)
  • Bailout Talks Founder, WaMu Collapses in Deepening Financial Crisis
  • Demonstrators Rally on Wall St. Against Federal Bailout

Listen | Democracy Now (9/25/08)
  • As Bush Admin Pushes $700B for Wall Street, Ralph Nader Asks, “Why Is There Need for a Bailout?”

Listen | Democracy Now (9/24/08)
  • Bush Admin Faces Congressional Skeptics on $700B Wall St. Bailout
  • Naomi Klein: “Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine”

Music Played:
The Flying Lizard, "Money (That's What I Want)"

Public Image Ltd, "Home"

Terrakota, "E Verdade"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

9/20/2008 Community Gumbo

Listen | Democracy Now (9/17/08)
  • US Seizes Control of AIG with $85 Billion Bailout
  • Sarah Palin and Global Warming: Alaska Prof. Says Palin Misrepresented State Findings on Endangered Polar Bears…and Tried to Cover It Up
  • Evo Morales Accuses Right-Wing Governors of Trying to Stage Violent Coup; 30 Dead, Many Still Missing in Pando
Listen | Democracy Now (9/19/08)
  • Amidst Wall Street Woes, Labor Activist & Writer Bill Fletcher on “Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice”
  • Book: Cheney’s Drive for Warrantless Spying Nearly Brought Down Bush Presidency
Listen | Assessing the Damage from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in Coastal Louisiana
Jamie Billiot is the Executive Director of the Dulac Community Center, and a member of the United Houma Nation. She was joined by volunteers from Southern Illinois University this past Thursday to move soggy books, water-logged furniture, and thick mud outside of the center. More volunteers and donations will be needed to help the United Houma Nation recover from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Jamie can be reached at jjbilliot at removethis gmail dot com.

If you'd like to volunteer to help members of the United Houma Nation clean up houses and buildings flooded by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, send an email to communitygumbo at removethis gmail dot com.

Or visit the United Houma Nation Web site at


More photos of the Dulac Community Center are in the Karen Apricot Flickr collection.

More photos of relief efforts in the United Houma Nation can be found in the vmcgmar Flickr collection.

Music Played:
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, "Indien sur le chicot"

Feufollet, "Belle Louisiane"

Saturday, September 13, 2008

9/13/2008 Community Gumbo

Listen | Democracy Now (9/11/08)
  • On 7th Anniversary of 9/11, Voices from StoryCorps Recordings of Friends, Kin of Victims Killed in the Attacks
  • September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Continue Advocacy for Victims of US Attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan
  • From One Ground Zero to Another: An Afghan American Who Lost 19 Family Members in US Bombing, and a New Yorker Whose Brother Died in the World Trade Center
Listen | Democracy Now (9/9/08)
  • US Bails Out Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
  • Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Church of God

Saturday, September 06, 2008

9/06/2008 Community Gumbo

Listen | Democracy Now (8/29/08)

Listen | Democracy Now (9/05/08)

Listen | Democracy Now (8/29/08)

Listen | PBS Now, Amy Goodman on her Convention Arrest

Listen | Support the United Houma Nation Relief Fund


Robichaux’s father was an oyster and shrimp fisherman; her grandfather, a “traiteur,” or healer. Her father’s education ended in the 7th grade, because that was as far as Native Americans were allowed to go—hers was the first generation to integrate regular public schools and then to graduate from high school. Robichaux’s mother served on the tribal council of this matriarchal tribe—the foundation, perhaps, for Robichaux’s own tireless service to the United Houma Nation. Professionally, she works for the school board, helping them meet the academic and cultural needs of Native students. But her non-paying job is as Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation.