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The unheard story of Hurricane Katrina 9 years on: Blackwater, white militias & community empowerment

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Two weeks ago the NRA's Cam Edwards show stupidly praised a racist armed white vigilante group called the Algiers Point Militia that killed black men and bragged with impunity about it after Katrina. Abby Martin of Breaking The Set and Media Roots has been the only journalist and the news program to cover the controversy outside of the pro/anti-gun lens.

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When seasons pass: Katrina, anniversaries and waves of change

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The hurricane seasons come every year and although I am virtually landlocked in the middle of Texas my heart sputters for a minute when its upon us. Hurricane Katrina came ashore eight years ago and like many of us I cannot forget what happened.

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Repression against grassroots hurricane relief lingers in New Orleans

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The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has raised the question once again of whether post-disaster relief can help build organizations and networks that will create more resilient communities for the future. In trying to do so, East Coast activists and grassroots organizations — including the Occupy movement’s Occupy Sandy campaign — have been following in the footsteps Common Ground Collective’s relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. Even now, especially in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, the effects of organizing after Katrina are still being felt along the Gulf Coast.

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Seven Years After Katrina, A Divided City

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Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a national laboratory for government reforms. But the process through which those experiments have been carried out rarely has been transparent or democratic. The results have been divisive, pitting new residents against those who grew up here, rich against poor, and white against Black.

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Black Flags & Windmills

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Black Flags & Windmills (VIDEO)

While in town for the Law & Disorder conference, anarchist, community organizer and worker, scott crow was able to stop by the Red & Black Cafe to give an awesome presentation. Within the presentation, scott leads an inspiring discussion about his work in activism and how it brought him to where he is today. scott discusses the inspirational work of The Black Panthers, and the Zapatista's and other social justice movements who helped mold him into the person he is today. scott also touches on organizing in Austin, TX with his recycling worker owned collective 'Ecology Action', doing relief work in New Orleans, LA after Katrina and starting up the successful Common Ground Collective, also based in New Orleans.

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