Categories & Tags: katrina

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to...

 

New Orleans' new civil rights leaders   |   August 14, 2014
By Bill Quigley Like many cities in the South, New Orleans has a proud history of civil rights leadership -- along with an equally grim history of civil rights violations. That...

 

Chiquita's abandonment of Gulfport for New Orleans latest chapter for a company with a long, sordid history   |   May 16, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It was on this day (May 15, 2014) 123 years ago that Pope Leo XIII issued his landmark encyclical Rerum Novarum, also known as "The Condition of...

 

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?   |   April 10, 2014
By Maureen O'Hagan, Equal Voice News NEW ORLEANS ­-- When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant...

 

Learning From Katrina   |   November 29, 2013
Excerpt from Introduction: Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast, inflicting unprecedented damage in coastal communities and unleashing a chain reaction...

 

VOICES: Why I represent the New Orleans immigrant workers who committed civil disobedience   |   November 18, 2013
By Bill Quigley In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across our country...

 

What happened after Congress passed a climate change law? Very little   |   October 16, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising -- i.e., that climate change is happening....

 

Why waste a good huracán?   |   August 30, 2013
Derrick Christopher Evans is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, an advisor to Bridge the Gulf Project, and a managing advisor of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

In oil-producing regions, even minor hurricanes cause major environmental damage   |   August 21, 2013
We're now approaching the peak of hurricane season, with forecasters predicting a higher-than-average number of storms this year. As many as three to five are expected to...

 

Louisiana coastal damages lawsuit provokes wrath of Big Oil's political friends   |   August 8, 2013
After the Hurricane Katrina disaster drew scrutiny to Louisiana's flood-control efforts, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 to allow...

 

Disparate impact and fair housing: Seven cases you should know   |   February 12, 2013
By Christie Thompson, ProPublica Last week, the Obama administration formalized the legal standard it has used to enforce fair housing laws and hold banks accountable for their...

 

VOICES: We got 99 problems and the Super Bowl blackout ain't one   |   February 8, 2013
By Rosana Cruz, Bridge the Gulf Good natured New Orleanians may be laughing about Sunday night's blackout during the Super Bowl, as a "now you see how we live" type...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

Home builders lobby weakens drywall legislation   |   January 8, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Last week, federal lawmakers trumpeted the passage of the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 as a bipartisan victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by...

 

How cellphone companies have resisted rules for disasters   |   December 4, 2012
By Cora Currier, ProPublica In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you're likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Superstorm Sandy's climate wake-up call   |   November 2, 2012
Death toll so far from Hurricane Sandy: 165 Number of those deaths in the United States: 96 Width in miles of Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record: 1,100 Width in...

 

Who pays for extreme weather?   |   November 2, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest As the northeast begins to recover from the ravages of Sandy, there are estimates that the giant storm caused some $20 billion in property...

 

Oil and water create an uncertain future in the Southern wild   |   September 14, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf Cajun fishing and hunting guide Ryan Lambert has weathered his share of storms over the years. He rebuilt his house and lodge deep in the...

 

Who is most at risk from Hurricane Isaac?   |   August 28, 2012
At 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, Tropical Storm Isaac became Hurricane Isaac, with the National Hurricane Center reporting the storm's winds had grown to 75 miles per hour...

 

Vouchers no quick fix for disabled students in Louisiana   |   August 22, 2012
By Zoe Sullivan, New America Media Last April, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a new voucher program considered to be the most sweeping in the country. For years,...

 

Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics   |   August 8, 2012
By Theresa Moran, Labor Notes Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won...

 

RESTORE Act offers Gulf Coast a shot at economic mobility after the oil spill nightmare   |   July 3, 2012
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America Out of the tragedy of the 2010 BP oil disaster, we could soon see hope emerge. New legislation, the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act, just...

 

New Mississippi law boosts local hiring in disaster's wake   |   May 3, 2012
Following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, Gulf Coast community leaders raised concerns about the failure to prioritize hiring local residents for recovery jobs -- but an...

 

'Come and see for yourselves': A Gulf Coast activist addresses BP shareholders   |   April 13, 2012
Yesterday two community advocates and regional leaders from the Gulf Coast, Bryan Parras and Derrick Evans, brought an urgent message to BP's board and shareholders at the...