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Katrina Uncovers: Black Land and Labor


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Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Source: Tena Rubio

Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Source: Tena Rubio

One year after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters nearly destroyed the region, virtually nothing has been done to reconstruct the Crescent City. Inaction from local authorities, almost zero commitment from the federal government, material shortages and employers leaving workers unpaid, have all added up to a crisis of stagnation and desperation for residents trying to reestablish their lives. Rebuilding must happen, but who will do the building? Some say a new union movement is the answer.

In addition, many of Katrina’s refugees assert the “right to return” as part of the deep historical relationship African- Americans have to land in the south. On this edition, we’ll hear from three community organizers.


Steve Zeltzer, founder, Labor Video Project; CC Campbell-Rock, veteran journalist and community organizer displaced by Hurricane Katrina; Raymond Rock, community organizer displaced by Hurricane Katrina; Eric Mann, author and director, Labor Community Strategy Center.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio.
Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich.

For more information:

National Black Newspaper (c/o San Francisco Bay View) – San Francisco, CA

The Labor Community Strategy Center – Los Angeles, CA

Labor Video Project – San Francisco, CA

LaborTech – San Francisco, CA

Labor Fest 2006

Author: Radio Project

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