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Dec. 21st, 2007


louisianaquest

Who's side are you on anyway?

Who’s side are you on anyway?

December 21, 2007

The housing situation in Louisiana must’ve peaked someone’s interest in the news recently. This is beyond riot time. Two years or less in a FEMA trailer demands attention. Two years plus living away from “home” demands much more media attention. The fact remains that there was a big issue with housing prior to Katrina. So what. No one gave a damn. Now its news because its a “Katrina” story.

The issue that I have with recent events is that as a Katrina Victim I’m still labeled a Katrina Victim. In other words, local school district has put me into a demographic catagory called “Hurricane Katrina”. Yeah, big of them wasn’t it? That’s what I discovered this week. I’m pissed off! Instead of what type of dwelling my children and I live in..apt. house, duplex, etc. I get “Hurricane Katrina”. Yeah! My label under the “type of dwelling catagory” ~ Hurricane Katrina. No kidding folks. Nice of them. Just what exactly do they intend by putting me in this catagory? Are we special?

Really, this is how special we are here. The Urban League sent me a letter last week saying that there was a deadline Nov. I missed. In fact, they addressed me as “Hi, new neighbor”. I’d like to slam the SOB’s upside the head and tell them off! The letter went on to say that there was a deadline ( in three days ) for another program they were offering for Christmas. These a******* first contacted me in March or so of 2007 to let me know they were offering “assistance”. In other words, jump through our hoops so that you can wait further, we can decide whether or not you DESERVE our help and we can keep harassing you in the ure. These people suck! These organizations accepted FEDERAL FUNDING from FEMA and others to assist “Hurrican Katrina VIctims” ~ at their leisure, and at Victims expense. Instead of getting assistance to those who requested it at the time of the crisis, government authorities decided the best way to handle the issue was to outsource to these charitable ( ha ha ha) organizations ( ha ha ha). The Urban Legaue. I have a brand new taste in my mouth for them. PUKE. These big shots are getting a paycheck everytime they send me a letter. I asked them how they received my info back in March and to please remove it. They couldn’t give me a phone number for local people in Louisiana to call to gain assistance, at the time. These agencies rival the other non-profits who don’t really have to give back 100% of their funding. They can pocket all but 3% and say they did their job. Meanwhile, people in New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana - are homeless. Meanwhile, I’m still not home.

OH! And another thing.  There is supposed to be a Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery for those who perished in the hurricane.  The Earth Institute at Columbia University headed by John Mutter,  jmutter@ei.columbia.edu  - this project has some posts in details that are really disrespectful.  “Drowned, duh.” for davis, taylor who was 79 female is way outta line.  Columbia needs to address the issue PRONTO.

Posted in Accountability?, Clueless Katrina Comments, Corruption, Demolitions, Disaster, Displaced, Housing, Houston, Hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Recovery, Katrina Evictions, Katrina bashing, Louisiana, Media, Media Oversight, Mississippi, New Orleans, News, Social Justice, TV, Urban League, WDSU-Affiliates-Suck, WDSU-TV, evacuee, negligence

Nov. 5th, 2007


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Why do FEMA employees read Louisiana Questions?

Why do FEMA employees read Louisiana Questions?

Oct. 26th, 2007


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Who is Katrina bashing, California?

Who is Katrina bashing, California?

Sep. 8th, 2007


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Why were over 60% of Louisiana Nursing Homes NOT EVACUATED PRIOR to Katrina?

Why were over 60% of Louisiana Nursing Homes NOT EVACUATED PRIOR to Katrina?

Aug. 18th, 2007


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Why are they still missing after Hurricane Katrina?

Why are they still missing after Hurricane Katrina?

Aug. 11th, 2007


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Who cares for the welfare of the elderly of Louisiana?

Who cares for the welfare of the elderly of Louisiana?

Find Mrs./ Ms. Martin, give her a hug and a team of brilliant lawyers please...

With  the necessitation of lawsuits such as these post Katrina,  the pre-Katrina publicity promoting Louisiana as a "Great Place to Retire" rings hollow.  To place blame on the levees for the lack of evacuation prior to a  450 mile wide storm is a red herring.  "Red Herring" is a very nice word because I have sooo many more inappropriate foul-mouthed words to hissssssss on this nursing home evacuation issue.  The levees were somewhat functional prior to Katrina and have nothing, absolutely NOTHING to do with a timely evacuation.  Read what Victor Hull had to say from St. Pete's Beach.

Aug. 9th, 2007


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Why would I buy all that if I wasn’t fixing it?

Why would I buy all that if I wasn’t fixing it?

Aug. 1st, 2007


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What’s in the news for da parishes?

What’s in the news for da parishes?

Jul. 31st, 2007


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Who is fighting poverty in Louisiana? Anonymous "stakeholders and community organizers" .

The Advocate printed an Opinion article, "Fighting Poverty in Louisiana",  on how Louisiana is addressing its poverty issues.  It lacked depth.  First of all, its goals from 2004 are out of date.  Secondly, it states that there are "stakeholders" in all 64 parishes addressing the "problems" in their communities.  Lies, lies, and more lies. If they had published the names of these so called "stakeholders and community organizers" I'm sure the local OFS DSS offices would have distributed the information.  This is the first I've ever heard of the SToP Movement from DSS.  It's a crock of bull designed to assist DSS employees in making themselves feel like they have made a difference.  The social workers before Katrina, from what some have said, had an overwhelming case load.  Like I've stated.  If there is still such an organization - it isn't organized.  The article also mentioned the American Community Survey from the Census.  There will be, from what I can see from their website, a release of information in August and September 2007.  The information is based on populations 65,000+.  Now that leaves out rural areas, doesn't it? Especially with populations under Census guidelines of 65,000+.   Good grief!  LSU AG Center defined this as "persistent poverty" and identified its sources.  It didn't define those areas of populations at or above 65,000+ as 20% of Louisiana.  Sure, that 65,000+ slice has a 20% poverty rate.  This information leaves out rural areas of under 65,000 as in every rural community in Louisiana. 

I dig statistics and information sourcing, but I don't dig half baked articles making claims at a FIGHT!


"Fighting Poverty in Louisiana" published July 31, 2007, The Advocate, Opinion
Acting together as concerned citizens, we will address a chronic problem that is more pressing now than ever before. This problem affects hundreds of thousands of Louisiana families, costs uncounted millions of dollars, destroys our children’s potential and tarnishes our state’s image. This problem is  poverty.

According to the 2005 American Community Survey, approximately 864,277 Louisianians, or about 20 percent of the state’s population, live in poverty. Through a one-of-its-kind movement joining grass-roots stakeholders with state and federal partners, Solutions to Poverty is making strides in alleviating poverty in Louisiana, and we need people’s help.

During the birth of the Solutions to Poverty movement in 2004, education was identified as the No. 1 solution. We are grateful to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco for her commitment to education and the $700 million new budget investment, especially $30 million for pre-kindergarten.

In other legislation backed by SToP, the governor recently signed into law two powerful new tools for fighting poverty in Louisiana: a School Readiness Tax Credit for quality child care and a state Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor.

The SToP movement, led by the Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support, has created a statewide network of programs to help our fragile families achieve self-sufficiency. More than 10,000 Louisiana citizens have signed up so far to participate in this three-pronged effort:

    * Community: Grass-roots stakeholders in all 64 parishes seek to identify and own solutions.
    * Policy: These groups create initiatives and suggest program improvements that enhance quality of life.
    * Legislation: Community organizers are mobilized into lobbyists for legislation that helps citizens move from poverty into self-sufficiency.

SToP solutions include promotion and implementation of the following program components: the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credit, the School Readiness Tax Credit, the Individual Development Account program, the Quality Rating System, the Microenterprise Development program, the Head Start Collaboration project, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention initiative.

Poverty affects all of us, and everyone can be part of the solution. To join the grass-roots effort to eradicate poverty in Louisiana, contact OFS staffer Kim Lacour at (225) 342-6030.

Adren Wilson, Assistant Secretary
Office of Family Support
Department of Social Services
Baton Rouge


If you have questions or comments about the American Community Survey, please call (888)346-9682 or e-mail cmo.acs@census.gov.

Links from The Advocate
http://www.gov.state.la.us/
http://www.crt.state.la.us/ltgovernor/
http://www.legis.state.la.us/
http://www.ag.state.la.us/
http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/
http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/
http://www.dps.louisiana.gov/dpsweb.nsf/
http://www.dotd.state.la.us/

Jul. 30th, 2007


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Surfs up in Mississippi

http://www.sunherald.com/201/story/109174.html
Long Beach Library to Reopen

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070730/NEWS01/707300314/1002
Jones Co. Mississippi FEMA needs to pay up

http://www.cdispatch.com/articles/2007/07/28/local_news/local01.txt
Ball State Indiana student takes a walk for Katrina
"Indiana man puts feet to pavement for Katrina relief"
http://www.benswalk.com


http://www.cdispatch.com/articles/2007/07/28/state_news/alabama/alabama02.txt
Confederate finally gets proper burial
"Sailor's remains from CSS Alabama buried in Mobile ceremony"

http://www.gulflive.com//mississippipress/breaking/index.ssf?/mtlogs/gulf_breaking/archives/2007_07.html#253977
FEMA trailer residents granted more time

http://www.gulflive.com/news/mississippipress/news.ssf?/base/news/1185790571116970.xml
Ocean Springs, a Great Place You've Never Heard Of


http://208.62.60.4/40/article_1398.shtml
Bay okays 'Katrina cottages'

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