Schools and Katrina

I once wrote a post about having evacuees in my classes. I cannot seem to find it now and I hope it did not get lost in the transition from my old server to this one.

You can find a lot of the statistics about the state of education in the Gulf region (ie the failures of the gubment to care about educating marginalized people) in the list of statistics in this post; scroll down two the 4th set of bullet points (set 1 – gubment quotes, set 2 – christian right quotes, set 3 – decisions that set the levee break in motion, set 5 – organizations making changes).

There is also a new report out on the state of education: here
An article reprinted from Counter Punch at Brown femi’s place
And an article about the mental health issues of young children survivors: here

Ashe did one of the first youth healing meetings that I know of this past weekend at their art center. Several black therapists and social workers, my family among them, donated their time to provide culturally competent service to women and children evacuees but that work is no longer still being done – some have gone directly to NOLA to help but the organizing outside of NOLA has mostly halted in the areas I am aware of.

If you are an educator or a therapist, think about volunteering your time with evacuees in your area. If you have the funds, and are willing to live simply (ie camping on the floor rather than taking up needed housing) please contact one of the service agencies indigenous to the Gulf Coast about coming down to help. As Incite! reminds us, please bring your own food and water, a sleeping bag, and try to make homestay arrangements, so that you do not drain other people’s resources or occupy needed living space. If you are a professor thinking about organizing your students to go help, you may want to read Joy James’ “Political Literacy and Voice” & Bierria, Liebenthal, & Incite! “To Render Invisible” both in the What Lies Beneath collection from Southend Press. k-12 may be interested in some autoethnographies of the 9th ward by youth prior to hurricane called The Neighborhood Story Porject offered by Soft Skull Press.

This is my last NOLA post of the day – 5 in total. The mainstream networks in my area offered NONE. Thank you HBO for replaying When the Levees Broke and the Black Film channel for showing documentaries on NOLA music. They were the only ones marking the anniversary on all 400 channels I currently receive.

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