By scott crow, Kathleen Cleaver
Tracing a lifetime of radical activism and the emergence of a grassroots association within the face of catastrophe, this chronicle describes scott crow's headlong rush into the political typhoon surrounding the catastrophic failure of the levee in New Orleans in 2005 and the following failure of country and native govt firms within the wake of storm Katrina. It recounts crow's efforts with others locally to stumbled on universal flooring Collective, a grassroots reduction association that outfitted clinical clinics, manage meals and water distribution, and created neighborhood gardens while neighborhood executive businesses, FEMA, and the pink pass have been absent or useless. The participants additionally stood along the beleaguered citizens of latest Orleans in resisting domestic demolitions, white militias, police brutality, and FEMA incompetence. This vibrant, own account maps the intersection of radical ideology with pragmatic motion and chronicles a community's efforts to translate beliefs into tangible effects. Resisting indifference, rebuilding wish amidst cave in, and independence from executive entities grow to be continual issues during this name to activism, demonstrating what could be performed via made up our minds members in severe conditions.
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While in other places—emotionally and physically— others struggled in shifting moments, in waking dreams and nightmares of helplessness and fear, in disbelief and paralysis, that ultimately led from stupor to actions that couldn’t have been imagined just hours or days before. Then as the storm waters receded and governments continued to fail—don’t they always fail? Watermarks and time were to show compassion, determination and resistance to forgetting and to neglect in sharp contrast to some of the worst in all of us that emerged on the toxic and degraded landscapes of what was once New Orleans in the Gulf Coast Region of the United States in the early years of the new century.
In New Orleans I witnessed what happens when people take action for their lives in a struggle for self-determination. With support from small organizations like ours, communities all over the region fought on many levels to have access to basic health care, to reopen their schools, to have decent jobs, to return to their homes and neighborhoods, and ultimately to decide their own fates. As I saw it, if there was ever a time and place for those of us with any amount of resources to put our principled political theories into action, this was it.
Pastor Brown: Headed St. Mary’s Baptist in Algiers. Collaborated with Common Ground in the early months after Katrina on many initiatives. S. in the early 2000s. Dirty South Earth First! : Militant anarchist, direct-action environmental organization that operated in Texas from 2002 to 2004. People’s Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) : Coalition of mostly New Orleans people of color-led political and grassroots organizations from New Orleans. Founded in 2005 after Katrina. It began with about twenty groups and eventually grew to over a hundred local and national organizations.