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Legacies: Racism and Resistance in New Orleans Before and After Katrina

A Reader for Katrina solidarity classes and reading groups

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Legacies Table of Contents
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SOME HISTORY OF RACISM AND RESISTANCE IN NEW ORLEANS BEFORE KATRINA
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"THEY LEFT US HERE TO DIE"
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WHERE THERE IS OPPRESSION, THERE IS RESISTANCE
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SOME EXAMPLES OF GRASSROOTS RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING IN NEW ORLEANS AFTER KATRINA

ANTI-RACIST SOLIDARITY: SOME PERSPECTIVES AND TOOLS (primarily for white activists)
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SOME RESOURCES AND LINKS

Section I: SOME HISTORY OF RACISM AND RESISTANCE IN NEW ORLEANS BEFORE KATRINA

A. Prelude

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B. A Bit of History

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C. Some Examples of Resistance since the 1970's

 

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Section II: "THEY LEFT US HERE TO DIE"

They left us here to die, and when we didn’t die, they tried to drive us out of our homes, and when we didn’t leave, they said they would knock our houses down,” said Mama Dee. Mama Dee is a community activist and elder who has lived her entire life in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward.

(From ‘Fighting for the right to rebuild New Orleans,’ by Karen Shain. SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW. Oct. 12, 2005.)

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WHERE THERE IS OPPRESSION, THERE IS RESISTANCE

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SOME EXAMPLES OF GRASSROOTS RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING IN NEW ORLEANS AFTER KATRINA

(This list is by no means exhaustive!!!)

(Editorial note: This material is taken mostly from the organizations’ websites in September, 2007. Please help us update it! Click on Contact Us to get in touch. The information here focuses on the organizations’ mission and vision statements, and often appears in the ‘About Us’ sections of their websites. To learn more about their histories, philosophies of organizing, past and current campaigns, and actions you can take to support their work, please check their websites often! Hopefully, you will be inspired by all the work they are doing to ensure the Right of Return of all Katrina ‘internally displaced persons’ and the Right to Rebuild their communities with justice and self-determination.)

Some Grassroots Racial Justice Organizations in New Orleans:

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Section IV: ANTI-RACIST SOLIDARITY: SOME PERSPECTIVES AND TOOLS

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Section V: SOME RESOURCES AND LINKS