The Legacy of Katrina Study – The Kids Aren’t Alright

As a social worker, you develop a really dark sense of humor, a mindset often used as a coping mechanism for some of what you see and the stories you hear. During Katrina, I was living on the West Coast and at conferences, or in simple conversations with co-workers a statement I heard more than…

Headlines: Gulf Coast and Beyond…

1. Locals worry Gulf oil spill will hurt them twice 2. Obama energy advisor won’t say if BP to face criminal negligence charges 3. Plugging the WikiLeak: US Government frustrated by lack of options 4. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu marks 100 days with 100 projects 5. Coast Guard and Obama Administration betrays the people…

From Project Katrina Hope: What You Can Do To Help The Gulf Coast

Sometimes, it’s difficult to think what to do in situations like this, these problems that are so large, so overwhelming, and oftentimes we do nothing because we don’t know where to begin. The oil spill is like that, two million gallons of Corexit, millions of gallons of oil, the wildlife, all the people suddenly robbed…

Who Will Pay to Fix Louisiana? Big Oil is Big Pimpin’…

You mean to tell me that the short-sightedness was not the sole property of British Petroleum, that all the oil companies have been making shortsighted decision for the past 100 years, and they’ve been enabled in these endeavors by the state’s politicians? Say it ain’t so Landrieu, say it ain’t so. 8000 miles of canals…

Whadda Ya Mean, Disenfranchised? Well, Let Me Tell Ya…

Disenfranchised: 1. To deprive (a person) of a right of citizenship, as of the right to vote. 2. To deprive of a franchise, privilege, or right. I suppose we could start with a definition, tends to set the ground rules so to speak…but sometimes dictionary definitions don’t always cut it man, so stagnant, cold…and this definition…

Afterword to Why New Orleans Matters – Tom Piazza

Picked up this book at a favorite bookstore in New Orleans called Faulkner Books located in Pirate’s Alley…read it on the flight home, highly recommended and nothing I need to add to it… Here is the afterword…by Tom Piazza: “How to convey the mixture of gratitude and grief, anger and joy, worry and hope, that…