For those of you who live and breathe electoral politics, this episode of the Frontline USA series discusses post-Katrina human rights violations (right to return, fair housing, etc.) in the context of the presidential race. It’s an ingenious, if somewhat cynical way to bring attention to the ongoing injustice in Louisiana — by pointing out that the dispersal of low-income Black residents from New Orleans effectively eliminates a powerful Democrat node in an otherwise solidly red state.
I get updates on New Orleans happenings through the Anti-Racism Working Group and other connections I made while volunteering in the 9th Ward over the summer of 2006. So the video comes recommended by folks doing good organizing work down there.
Another piece of news they passed along Tuesday connects NOLA to my home state:
CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE PASSES GULF COAST RESOLUTION
Students, Gulf Coast, Victorious in Vote
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the California State Senate passed Assembly Joint Resolution 22 on a 24-11 vote. AJR 22 urges California Congress members and the President to support the passage of House Resolution 4048: The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act. HR 4048 is based on the work of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project (GCCWP), a movement begun by college students and faculty whose goal is to create civic work jobs and rebuild communities in the Gulf Coast region.
I haven’t heard as much about this bill as I did on the Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery Act of 2007 (Senators Maxine Waters and Barney Frank among leaders on that one, hey hey Cali and Mass). Anyone here have some insight?