“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.)
Judith Browne-Dianis (Advancement Project,), Jennifer Lai (Advancement Project), Marielena Hincapie (National Immigration Law Center), and Saket Soni (New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition/Advancement Project)
SOME EXAMPLES OF GRASSROOTS RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING IN NEW ORLEANS AFTER KATRINA
(This list is by no means exhaustive!!!)
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Some Perspectives on Grassroots Racial Justice Resistance