Archive for the ‘New Orleans’ tag
Copied from Sylvia:
New Orleans Craigslist: Rideshares — ignore the creepy one about BBW needing help evacuating, eww
New Orleans Craigslist: Volunteers — offers for family help and help with caring for pets
On Twitter: GustavAlerts
On Twitter: #gustav
Received via e-mail:
ICE has put out statements that it will not arrest anyone at any checkpoints and that the undocumented should evacuate along with everyone else. And it’s not just NOLA, but the entire region. Some Spanish language media is sending the ICE message out. Let’s hope people hear and believe it.
Many thanks to bfp, Andy Carvin, KM (via e-mail), robvato (via e-mail) and Prof BW for links.
Spooked by predictions that Hurricane Gustav could grow into a Category 5 monster, an estimated 1 million people fled the Gulf Coast Saturday…
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Spooked by predictions that Hurricane Gustav could grow into a Category 5 monster, an estimated 1 million people fled the Gulf Coast Saturday, even before the official order came for New Orleans residents to get out of the way of a storm taking dead aim at Louisiana.
Mayor Ray Nagin gave the mandatory order late Saturday, but all day residents took to buses, trains, planes and cars, clogging roads leading away from New Orleans, still reeling three years after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city and killed about 1,600 across the region.
The evacuation of New Orleans becomes mandatory at 8 a.m. today along the west bank of the Mississippi River and at noon on the east bank. Nagin called Gustav the “mother of all storms” and told residents to “get out of town. This is not the one to play with.”
Complete article linked above.
I hope everyone comes through this okay.
I hope any of you who read here who are (or were) in New Olreans are and remain safe.
Tulip, this means you. Stay safe.
Hurricane Gustav Strengthens, Heads for Cuba, Gulf (Update1)
By Patrick Donahue and Robin Stringer
Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) — Hurricane Gustav strengthened and picked up speed as it headed toward western Cuba and the U.S. Gulf Coast cities ravaged by Katrina and Rita in 2005, after lashing the Cayman Islands with torrential rain.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center declared Gustav a Category 3 hurricane today, with winds of almost 120 miles (195 kilometers) per hour, and said the storm could become Category 4 before making landfall in Cuba. It may reach central Louisiana on Sept. 2 before moving northwest into parts of Texas.
“Gustav is expected to pass over western Cuba as a major hurricane,” the Hurricane Center said in a bulletin at 8 a.m. local time, locating the eye of the storm about 225 miles east- southeast of the western tip of Cuba.
President George W. Bush yesterday declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, three years to the day after Katrina left more than 80 percent of New Orleans under water and caused more than $81 billion in damage. That hurricane was followed three weeks later by Rita, which ravaged central Louisiana and parts of eastern Texas, the same areas now threatened by Gustav.
“A land strike to the west of New Orleans will place this great city within the most dangerous part of the storm,” said Jim Rouiller, a senior energy meteorologist with Planalytics Inc., a forecaster based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. “Gustav has the potential to generate much more damage than Katrina did.”
Last Updated: August 30, 2008 09:10 EDT
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) — Exactly three years after deadly Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans, authorities on Friday began bussing people out of the city ahead of the possible landfall of Gustav, forecast to hit the area early Tuesday as a powerful Category Three hurricane.
Residents of the Big Easy were fearing the worst as Gustav regained hurricane strength on its deadly rampage through the Caribbean, where it has killed at least 78 in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
President George W. Bush on Friday declared a state of emergency in Louisiana and Texas, empowering federal authorities to lead disaster relief efforts in the two states, the White House said.
Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans on August 29, 2005 as a Category Three hurricane and smashed poorly-built levees surrounding the city. The subsequent flooding destroyed tens of thousands of homes and killed nearly 1,500 people.
Bush’s approval ratings at the time plummeted amid widespread criticism that he paid too little attention to Katrina.
Louisiana and Mississippi state authorities have already declared emergencies, and several oil companies evacuated workers from their installations in the Gulf of Mexico, where a quarter of US crude oil is produced, as Gustav loomed.
The United States could tap its strategic oil reserve if Gustav damages oil installations in the Gulf, a Department of Energy spokeswoman said Friday.
State and city officials have vowed to avoid repeating the mistakes of 2005.
Officials in Saint Charles parish, in western New Orleans, on Friday began bussing out residents who want to leave the city.
While the evacuations were voluntary, authorities in all six New Orleans parishes were planning mandatory evacuations starting noon Saturday if Gustav remains on the same path.
Saint Charles officials “are extremely concerned about storm surge flooding” that Gustav would cause, read a statement from the office of Parish President V.J. St. Pierre.
“The entire parish remains at risk,” St. Pierre wrote. “All residents should be taking steps to secure their homes and prepare for evacuation NOW.”
Separately, the Red Cross announced it is preparing to assist residents in the storm’s path with evacuation shelters, food, and other services.
Hurricane Gustav is forecast to make landfall early Tuesday just west of New Orleans, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
There is “a very distinct possibility” that it will strike the area as a powerful Category Three hurricane, Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen told AFP.
Category Three hurricanes pack wind speeds of up to 130 miles (209 kilometers) per hour and nine to 12-foot (2.7-3.7-meter) storm surges.
Many New Orleans residents are preparing for the worst.
“This is driving me nuts,” said Liese Dettmer. “It’s like double down or get out.”
A musician and club booking agent, Dettmer lost everything in Katrina, and was set to mark the third anniversary by moving into her new home in the Musicians Village, a community designed for displaced musicians to help restore the jazz city’s culture.
But because of delays she and 28 other families must wait until September 5 to move in — provided Gustav spares New Orleans.
Dettmer was one of many New Orleanians who evacuated at the last moment before Katrina hit on August 29, 2005.
She rented a car and drove to her parents home in Tennessee at 2:00 am on Sunday August 28, barely 24 hours before Katrina’s outer edge reached the city.
Dettmer’s mid-city apartment of 12 years was flooded. The roof was ripped off by high winds and she lost everything.
“I am in a complete state of panic,” said Mary Clancy, a professor of biology who lost a subzero freezer full of enzymes when power went out for months after Katrina. “I still can’t bring myself to throw out those tubes.”
Clancy’s laboratory building still isn’t ready for another major storm. It was slated to get a rooftop generator to protect against loss of research materials due to power failure. It hasn’t been installed.
“We’re supposed to get a temporary generator before the weekend,” Clancy said. “It’s not here yet,” she said, sighing. “This (storm) can’t happen.”
Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday that nobody would be allowed to stay in New Orleans should Gustav achieve its forecasted strength and path. “Everyone will be getting out,” he said on CNN.
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu told Fox Business Network that state and city authorities have been holding emergency meetings “for the last three or four days.
“The state police, the national guard, everybody is ready to go,” he said.
Read bfp’s posts, read her links. If you want to donate to help the victims, Catholic Relief Services is a better choice than the Red Cross.
Bint Alshamsa posted about the impending destruction of public housing in New Orleans and what this means for those with a low-income:
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
A major human rights crisis exists in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It is a crisis that denies the basic rights to life, equality under the law, and social equity to Black, Indigenous, migrant, and working class communities in the region. While this crisis was in existence long before Hurricane Katrina, the policies and actions of the US government and finance capital (i.e. banking, credit, insurance, and development industries) following the Hurricane have seriously exacerbated the crisis.
One of the clearest examples of this crisis is the denial of the right to housing in New Orleans, particularly in the public housing sector. Since the Hurricane, the US government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has denied the vast majority of the residents of public housing the right to return to their homes. Unlike the vast majority of the housing stock in New Orleans, the majority of the public housing units received little to no flood or wind damage from the Hurricane. Yet, as of October 2007 only ¼ of the public housing units have been reopened and reoccupied. The Bush government refuses to reopen the public housing units in New Orleans because it appears intent on destroying the public housing system, demolishing the existing structures, and turning over the properties to private real-estate developers to make profits.
Based on the discriminatory Federal Court ruling issued on Monday, September 10th, all of the major public housing units in New Orleans are now subject to immediate demolition (the latest report from Monday, November 5th is that HUD will attempt to start the demolition on Monday, November 19th. However, this is being challenged by various legal advocates and will be delayed until at least Wednesday, November 28th pending a Federal court hearing). The first site on the schedule for demolition is the Lafitte housing project. Lafitte therefore, is the line in the sand that must be drawn by all peoples in support of the human right to housing.
I believe in the fundamental human right to housing, and I will not be a witness to the denial of this right to the peoples of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. I therefore pledge myself to resist the denial of this right by all civil and humanitarian means available, including civil disobedience. I pledge to stand ready to take action against this imminent threat and to put myself on the line, either directly in New Orleans or in strategic locales throughout the US, in support of the demands and leadership of the peoples of New Orleans and their organizations in the struggle for housing and human rights.
We ask that all those interested in coming to New Orleans to contact us before making the journey. We need to ensure that everyone coming is registered, properly orientated and trained in order to partake in this act of resistance in the manner determined by the local leaders and residents. Please contact us via email at email@example.com, with the word “registration” in the subject line. Also, please include the following information:
Affinity Group/Organization (if applicable):
Have you ever received any training in civil disobedience?
What skills/resources are you able to bring to New Orleans?
All making this pledge must be advised of the following:
1. As of now we do not know exactly when the demolition orders will be given. We hope to have this information within at least 48 hours of the scheduled demolition to contact you and give you sufficient time to act (including travel for residents and allies coming in from out of town).
2. Given the limited timeframe and resources of the various organizations spearheading this fight back, access to the following will be limited:
Legal counsel and aid. All effort is and will be made to provide adequate legal support, but the reality is that it is limited at present.
Lodging and food. Again, given the uncertain timeline and limited resources, housing venues are presently limited, but all effort will be made to support all those making this bold pledge.
For more information, please contact the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) at 504.301.0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Survivors Village at 504.239.2907 or email@example.com.
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!
If you are coming to New Orleans:
Please think about forming an affinity group before you get here. Different roles in an affinity group can be:
* legal support person/people for members of your group
(for documentation of events and indymedia coverage in your own area)
if your group has some of its own logistical needs taken care of, this will help local organizers coordinate on a broader level. For example, if each affinity group has a legal support person, they can coordinate with the local legal team to make sure everyone’s legal needs are taken care of.
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While this website is specifically about transphobia, I don’t really envision it as restricted to that. If there’s a major crisis, a situation that needs attending, people in trouble, I will post about it. Bint Alshamsa, brownfemipower, and other women of color have been amazing allies to trans people in the past, and by not posting about Tabasco as soon as I knew about it, I failed as an ally in return. I apologize for that.