Hurricane Katrina Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Hurricane Katrina

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  • On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina we speak with Jed Horne, an editor at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and author of "Breach of Faith." Horne says, "Louisiana is part of the old south...The mayor is a Democrat but could probably be called a neoconservative. He’s as much a believer in the kind of free market, less-is-more approach to government as Karl Rove, one of his mentors." [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 29, 2006 | Story
  • New Orleans activists and residents have condemned the federal government’s refusal to re-open the city’s public housing projects and point out that while tourist areas are being developed, affordable housing is not being built. Many of those who have been unable to return home are poor and African American. We speak with lifelong New Orleans resident and civil rights lawyer, Tracie Washington. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 29, 2006 | Story
  • New Orleans judge Arthur Hunter has pledged to begin releasing prisoners today whose cases have been delayed since Hurricane Katrina. Many prisoners jailed in New Orleans for over a year haven’t talked to a lawyer or had a day in court. Some have yet to be charged with a crime. We speak with Katherine Mattes of Tulane University’s Criminal Law Clinic. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 29, 2006 | Story
  • Over one hundred twenty thousand Katrina evacuees still live in Houston, Texas. A recent study shows ninety-eight percent are African American, three quarters earn less than $15,000 per year, almost half have no health insurance, and less than twenty percent are employed. Many could soon lose assistance from FEMA. Two organizers tell us how the community is responding. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 14, 2006 | Story
  • Over 100 families living in an apartment complex in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans are facing eviction. Tenants in the complex recently received notices telling them they had to vacate the premises because the new owners of the building were planning massive renovations. We go to New Orleans to speak with Malik Rahim on the Common Ground collective.[rush transcript included]
    Nov 27, 2006 | Story
  • Scholar and former prisoner Angela Davis was in New Orleans this month to speak out against human rights violations and demand amnesty for those imprisoned during Hurricane Katrina. We hear from her keynote address at the event "Amnesty for Prisoners of Katrina: A Weekend of Reconciliation and Respect for Human Rights." [rush transcript included]
    Dec 28, 2006 | Story
  • New Orleans police raided the Saint Bernard housing project this morning where activists had been occupying a building to prevent government plans to demolish it. Meanwhile, the Housing Authority of New Orleans has sent a letter to one of the lead lawyers for the residents, Bill Quigley, asking him to stop speaking to the media and to remove statements he made that appear in several online videos. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 31, 2007 | Story
  • Zirin discusses how sports have become an "athletic-industrial complex," Pat Tillman, Hurricane Katrina, the legacy of Roberto Clemente, Mumia Abu-Jamal and his new book, "Welcome to the Terrordome."
    Jun 12, 2007 | Story
  • Twenty-two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, residents are still fighting to save their communities. We speak with Monique Harden, co-director of the New Orleans-based Advocates for Environmental Human Rights and organizer of a caravan of Katrina activists to the U.S. Social Forum this week. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 29, 2007 | Story
  • As the peak of hurricane season approaches, we speak with leading science journalist Chris Mooney about how global warming relates to the frequency and ferocity of hurricanes. We also ask him about White House interference in climate science and Al Gore’s recent campaign to address global warming. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 11, 2007 | Story