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Galveston plans demolition of two public housing complexes

Houston03 Feb 2009
The Galveston Housing Authority plans to demolish two public housing developments, reports the Galveston Daily News. In the midst of these plans, public housing residents still struggle to find places to live.

In Galveston three-quarters of all homes were damaged in Hurricane Ike and many public housing units were deemed unlivable. Facing South reported in September 2008 that Galveston's public housing residents were ordered to leave their homes but were given no answers about where they were supposed to go.

Since then, housing has continued to be a major issue for Galveston's poor. And now more than five months after the hurricane, Galveston public housing residents continue to have trouble finding places to live. Galveston Daily News reports. [read full article]
Facing South's Gulf Watch

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New Orleans05 Dec 2008

Blogging about Ike: a round up of blogs addressing social justice issues and Hurricane Ike

Houston25 Sep 2008
Numerous local Bloggers for media justice have weighed in the consequences and possible outcomes of Hurricane Ike and its aftermath. Here are some good ones: ¡Para Justicia Y Libertad! (don't worry its in english) | Grits for Breakfast | Brother Jesse (Final Call correspondent in Houston) [More Blog Links]

From Brother Jesse: IN-CERT, Inner City Emergency Response Team, is headed by Mr. Khallid Greene (pictured). IN-CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. For years, members of churches, groups, schools, and centers have been getting training led by IN-CERT to prepare them to be first responders in situation such as Hurricane Ike....and they did!
Brother Jesse: When did IN-CERT hit the streets?
Khallid Greene: We started assessing damage around 4:00am Saturday morning (Sept. 13) right after Hurricane Ike struck. There was a complex on North MacGregor that had four feet of flood water, so we got busy rescuing people... [read full interview]

Related: Galveston reopens for residents, Reports from the Island | Street Medics Harassed by Police & FEMA during Hurricane Ike Relief

After Ike: Trying to Put Things Back Together

Houston16 Sep 2008
Hurricane Ike hit Galveston and Houston dead on. As power is being brought back to the city and people clear the streets of debris, people are starting to upload reports about the impacts of hurricane Ike on the greater Houston area. More than a million people in the greater Houston area are without power, Centerpoint Energy has released a timeline predicting when full power will be restored by zip code. According to this timeline, by Monday, hundreds of thousands will still be without power, mostly in center and eastern Houston. Centerpoint Continues to post updates to their website.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened PODs in a number of areas in Houston [list of locations | map], providing ice, water and Meals Ready to Eat to the public. FEMA is also encouraging people to apply for assistance online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If anyone can find a clear list of what benefits are being made available, please post it on the newswire, or email houston@indymedia.org.

Reports from the Open Publishing Newswire:

Articles Amy L. Dalton Ike Impact Notes | hmmmm Curfew Chat | Free Press Houston Fuck a curfew. What do you think? The Free Press chimes in | Dee Hurricane Ike and Texas Prisoners, Did the state prepare for an emergency? | lonestar in gotham Excutions Continue Despite Widespread Power Outages in Huntsville | Texas ACORN ACORN's Plans for Hurricane Ike Recovery | Jesse Muhammad Brother Jesse of Millions More Movement on the ground in Houston after Ike | KPFT Status Report - Still off the air

Photos Nick: Boy and Tree | Food Not Bombs post-Ike Erin: Neighborhood Photos RoB: During and right after the Storm in Bellaire | Day 2: Dawn of the Dead at Galleria, back to Montrose | Post Ike Photos part 3: from Sunday and Monday | Five days in and still a mess Montrose Patriot Photography & Promotions: Third Fiesta Out-takes from MPP&P | Nena Fotos del desastre por el Huracan Ike en el Suroeste de Houston

Audio Rachel Clarke: Pre-Ike Preparations | What Was Houston's Plan for the Homeless During Ike?

Hurricane Ike Info and Resources

Houston12 Sep 2008
Hurricane Ike is bearing down on the upper Texas Gulf Coast and looks like it might get dangerous. Stories from the open publishing newswire:
Some photos from the 'trose: getting psyched for Ike: Some photos from my hood while I was running errands. It took me from 4:05pm to 4:40pm to get gas from this Shell station at Richmond and Woodhead.
Photos from Houston as we settle in for the Storm Some photos from Friday morning in Houston Texas on Friday September 12th. The outer bands of Hurricane Ike should be reaching us in an hour or 2.
Ike Evacuations for Gulf Coast Prisoners the weather has become a bigger story than usual for the Texas justice system in 2008. Some private prisons - especially the tent city down in Raymondville created to house immigration detainees - haven't yet gotten over damage from Hurricane Dolly.

UPDATES: Hubris: Galveston Sheriff leaves inmates, deputies, in hurricane's path | From ZNet: Firsthand Account of Haiti's Hurricane Suffering: A Call for Help

Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe and Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Take Direct Hit From Gustav Eyewall

New Orleans06 Sep 2008
Despite the rosy media reports of light damage from Hurricane Gustav, several of southern Lousiana’s coastal Indigenous communities are reeling from a direct hit by Hurricane Gustav’s 115mph winds and large storm surge. Their communities lie in shambles.

The communities of lower Pointe-au-Chien, home of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe (PACIT), and the Isle de Jean Charles (“The Island”) Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Confederation of Muskogees (BCCM) are still trying to assess the severe damage and what it will take to rebuild after Gustav’s devastating winds and storm-surge flooded homes, knocked buildings off their foundations, and decimated the primary source of income in the early season commercial shrimp harvest. The Island is still inaccessible due to prevailing flood waters. Read More: URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR HURRICANE GUSTAV SURVIVORS (the most recent update from community leaders follows this action alert)

Related: Allegations police brutality and inhumane conditions in state shelters

Understanding the developing Braithwaite situation

New Orleans01 Sep 2008
About two hundred residences in the Braithwaite subdivision along Highway 39 at the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish boundary southeast of New Orleans were threatened with flooding during the afternoon of Monday, September 1, 2008 as hurricane Gustav came ashore in southern Louisiana. The towns of Braithwaite and Port Nickel were ordered to evacuate. The status of this threat may have subsided somewhat tonight as the Army Corps of Engineers opened gates on the Caernarvon Mississippi River Diversion, thus lowering stress on the overtopped levee. Water in the Mississippi River is currently lower than the levels in the canals.

This article continues to clarify the Braithwaite situation and history... Read full report by ectopia | | | Related: One Day to Gustav | The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice gains the assurances for safe passage | As Hurricane Gustav Approaches, Blackwater Seeks Personnel to Deploy to Gulf Coast | | | More info available at gustavsolidarity.org and commongroundrelief.org.

Katrina & Gustav : On Remembrances and Anniversaries: Tears for the Gulf Coast & Immediate Concerns

Houston01 Sep 2008
UPDATE: Radical Response to Hurricane Gustav and the RNC: From TC Indymedia and the Indymedia network

I am writing on this day of remembrance and tears, struggle and concerns of the disaster from Katrina in the Gulf Coast of three years ago in 2005. Some of you may be aware there is a hurricane named Gustav that is working its way into the Gulf Of Mexico as we speak. It has already left devastation in its wake upon small Caribbean countries whose people have suffered under Power and now natural disaster. It is predicted to become a category 3 by landfall in the u.s. It is also has indications of heading for the New Orleans area--at this point most likely Morgan City west of NOLA. Of course these are only predictions. But with predictions and memory come concerns.

We of Common Ground Relief are asking that you all remain aware. Aware that the potential for history to repeat in response to disaster or really to anything. Also not forget during this time of remembrances. New Orleans has still not been rebuilt, and the progress is slow. The levees are only 20% completed and millions of dollars over budget. The coastal areas which include First Nation and other small towns and Vietnamese and Cajun fishing villages; these people are still in disrepair and vulnerable due to major wetlands loss of human cause. Read full story | Related: Three Years After Katrina: While Republicans and Democrats Gather and Celebrate, A City Still Searches for Recovery | Prisoners of New Orleans need your help now (Hurricane Gustav)!!! | What is East of New Orleans? | Witness to Scrubbing of Oil-Soaked Birds | Gustav Approaches: Politics and consequences of the storm?

Photo: Katrina Remembered in front of FEMA as Gustav threatens New Orleans from DC's WSQT Guerrilla Radio

Indian shipyard workers accuse their employer of human trafficking and forced labor

New Orleans14 Mar 2008
A year after the Signal strike, Guest Worker organizing continues in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hundreds of Indian welders and fitters were trafficked to the Gulf Coast. For a hefty fee of $20,000, the recruiters promised the workers good jobs, permanent residency, and a chance to bring their families to the US. Workers sold their homes, took high-interest loans, and plunged their families into debt to pay for the American Dream.

When they arrived they discovered that all of the promises that had been made to them were false. They learned that in fact there were no green cards for them: they would not receive permanent status and they would remain separated from their families. Surely this was better than the way they had lived in India they were told, but many of the workers had worked in several countries and the accommodations here were the worst of all. Read More>>

Saint Bernard Parish to Demolish Hundreds of Homes

New Orleans01 Mar 2008
During the early afternoon of Saturday, February 16th, 2008 residents of Saint Bernard Parish discovered red “X’s” stuck on the doors of their homes. Posted on hundreds of neighborhood homes that by the Saint Bernard Parish Government, the red “X” or Notice and Order of Involuntary Demolition gives residents little hope of being able to reverse the condemnation status of their property. The Notice and Order of Involuntary Demolition states that tagged properties are not in current compliance with Minimum Housing Standards and gives homeowners 10 days (not business days) to appeal the condemnation status of their homes...

It is interesting to note the proposed Florida Expressway that runs the length of the Lower 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish figures prominently on the 2006 Universal Map, commonly sold within the city of New Orleans. Remembering the drafts of the enlarged industrial canal, flanked by casinos and golf courses, it’s easy to imagine St. Bernard as a bedroom community for affluent urban professionals in the “new” New Orleans... Read More | St. Bernard resident comments on demolition | Notice of Condemnation | related: Defend 'Bork'

Listening to the Homeless

IMC-US01 Jan 2008
From New Orleans IMC -- Three interviews with homeless men beneath the Claiborne Avenue Bridge. Full Report: Homeless Men Talk About the Housing Crisis, Public Housing, and Post-Katrina New Orleans | Related: New Year’s Resolution For Nola: Homeless Unite With Public Housing Residents

From Colorado IMC: On December 16th, the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless held its annual ceremony for those who died on the streets during the last year. It was bitter-cold despite the bright sun shine, and three inches of snow blanketed the ground. Dozens of men and women gathered early to get into the soup line, The Red Pill was able to sit down with Wild Man a Grand Junction native who has been on the streets for that last year and half. Full Report: Death on the Streets: Homelessness in the Grand Valley

More coverage of Homeless Memorial Day, 2007: DC | Baltimore | Worcester: 1 | 2 (audio) | Reports from www.nationalhomeless.org | 2006 Roundup | | Related: Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban Struggle Persists as Ryan Coonerty Becomes Mayor | On Being Hawaiian and Homeless

Police Attack Protesters With Mace, Tazers to Keep Them Out of City Hall

New Orleans21 Dec 2007
First locked out of their homes for more than 2 years, and now locked out of the very City Council meeting in which the city’s politicians are set to vote for tearing down their homes, residents and activist today were attacked by police to keep them from entering the City Council chambers. Read More... (photo by fraugg)

Additional Coverage Tasers, Pepper Gas Greet Protesters At City Hall | | images from city council meeting | | Videos

Demolitons and Resistance Begin At B.W. Cooper

New Orleans14 Dec 2007

Public Housing Demolitions Set for December: Call for National Support & Action!

New Orleans19 Nov 2007
Many activists believe New Orleans is a test ground for the US Government to demolish public housing across the nation and replace it with "mixed-income" developments that would displace thousands of families. Pledge to come to New Orleans and resist this privatization of public housing! Read Call for National Support

Past Coverage of the Post-Katrina Public Housing Struggle: Nov14: Movement Unites in New Orleans to Re-Open Public Housing by Evan Casper-Futterman | Rally To Save Public Housing by Michael Steinberg | | | Sept26: HUD Demolitions Draw Noose Tighter Around New Orlean by Bill Quigley (reposted) | | | Sept2: Public Housing Residents Shut Down HUD Offices by various authors | | | June7: HR 1227 Demonstrators at Desire Reopening by Bobbi Walker | | | Feb14: C.J. Peete Public Housing Residents (Temporarily) Reclaim Homes by Common Ground Media | | | Jan21: St. Bernard Residents Cleaning Up Homes Despite HANO's hostility by Anna McRobbie and Logan Price | | | Jan15: Occupation of Public Housing: St. Bernard Update by Matt Olson | | | Aug26, 2006: 9 Arrested in Action to Reopen New Orleans Public Housing by Darwin BondGraham

Related from DN!: The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism

New Orleans Public Housing Residents Stage Sit-in at Housing Offices

US-IMC03 Sep 2007
NEW ORLEANS, August 31, 2007 – Public housing residents staged a three hour sit-in this Friday at the New Orleans Public housing office in hopes of meeting with the regional HUD director. Residents displaced from their homes for two years by the Katrina/FEMA disaster are still being denied the right to return to their home. Local authorities responded to the sit-in as if it were a terrorist attack; evacuating the building and militarizing the surrounding two block area with a combined force of local police, SWAT and National Guard troops. When questioned by the residents the authorities gave no explanation for their overreaction. The residents left peacefully after three hours, there were no arrests. Despite this heavy-handed response the residents plan to continue in their struggle for the right to return to their homes. New Orleans IMC Feature

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