Solidarity Not Charity
Volunteer in New Orleans
The future of New Orleans
depends on those who are willing to fight for the right of every
person to return. Please join in. People who care can help us
rebuild our communities.
Pair up your community, school,
business, church professional organization with one of the Gulf
Coast. Build a relationship where your group can be a resource for
one here. Provide opportunities for your groups to come and help and
for people here to come and tell their stories in your communities.
Most groups have adopted the theme Solidarity not Charity.
(Bill Quigley, justiceforneworleans.org.)
In late June workers found the
body of the 23rd Katrina victim since March. Over 200,000
people have not yet made it back to New Orleans.
In eastern New Orleans, only
13% have been reconnected to electricity.
Not a single dollar of federal
housing repair or home reconstruction money has made it to New
70,000 families in Louisiana
live in 240-square-foot FEMA trailers in gravel strewn FEMA-villes
across the state.
There are now only
four public schools in New Orleans. They will lose $213 million next
school year in state money. The federal government has allotted
$23.9 million which can only be used for charter schools in
HUD announced plans
to demolish 5,000 apartments. 4,000 families locked out since
Katrina are not allowed to return.
The broken city
water system is losing about 85 million gallons of water in leaks
every day, at a cost of $200,000 a day.
The big public
hospital remains closed. A woman with cancer and no car was told she
has to go 68 miles away to the closest public hospital for her
A mental health
screening of 5,000 Louisiana children found that 96% saw hurricane
damage to their homes or neighborhoods, 22% had relatives or friends
who were injured, 14% had relatives or friends who died and 35% lost
pets. 34% were separated from their primary caregivers at some
point. 9% still are.
6,000 crime cases
await trial. There were no jury trials and only 4 public defenders
The National Guard was sent to
guard citizens from themselves, instead of helping set up hospitals
and clinics, or helping gut and build houses, or picking up
mountains of debris. The Guard help local police dramatically
increase stops and searches of young black males.
Signs of Hope and Resistance.
across the Gulf Coast are meeting and insisting that the voices and
wishes of the residents be respected in the planning and rebuilding
of their neighborhoods.
forced FEMA to cancel the eviction of 3,000 families from trailers
There is a growing
grassroots movement to save the 4,000+ apartments of public housing
HUD promises to bulldoze.
Bill Quigley, justiceforneworleans.org