Hurricane Katrina Topics

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

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  • Race and class loom large in the critical discussion of the federal response to the impact of hurricane Katrina. We speak with two African-American activists about the poor communities that have been hit hardest by the hurricane. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2005 | Story
  • With communication lines down in the areas hit by the hurricane, there are thousands of people with no word about their loved ones in the area. We hear the voices of worried family and friends broadcasting their messages to those missing. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2005 | Story
  • We go back to the spring of 1927 when the Mississippi River flooded after weeks of incessant rains. While the federal government response was well-coordinated, African Americans were rounded into work camps by land owners and prevented from leaving as the waters rose. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2005 | Story
  • Michael Chertoff appears on Meet the Press and defends the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 05, 2005 | Story
  • On Sunday Aaron Broussard, the president of Jefferson Parish appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and accused the federal government of abandoning the people of New Orleans. He broke down crying, as he recalled how the mother of one of his colleagues died after waiting days to be rescued. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 05, 2005 | Story
  • We go to Louis Armstrong airport in New Orleans where thousands of hurricane survivors are staying. The airport has become a triage center where the oldest, the youngest and the sickest lay desperate for help. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 05, 2005 | Story
  • On Friday night, Grammy-award winning hip-hop superstar Kanye West delivered a blistering critique of President Bush and the administration"s response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. "I hate the way they portray us in the media," West said. "If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. See a white family, it says they’re looking for food." [includes rush transcipt]
    Sep 05, 2005 | Story
  • More public figures have spoken out, lambasting the government"s slow response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Reverend Al Sharpton spoke in Houston on Saturday and said that race played a role. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 05, 2005 | Story
  • Malik Rahim, veteran of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans, is interviewed in the Algiers neigherborhood by Democracy Now! producers. Rahim talks about what should have been differently. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 05, 2005 | Story
  • Democracy Now! producer John Hamilton spent the past several days in Louisiana. He filed a report from the flooded streets of New Orleans as he rode in a boat with locals searching for survivors in their community. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 06, 2005 | Story