Floodlines : Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-17
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

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"This is the most important book I've read about Katrina and what came after. In the tradition of Howard Zinn this could be called 'The People's History of the Storm.' Jordan Flaherty was there on the front lines."Eve Ensler, playwright of The Vagina Monologues and activist and founder of V-Day"Jordan Flaherty brings the sharp analysis and dedication of a seasoned organizer to his writing, and insightful observation to his reporting. He unfailingly has his ear to the ground in a city that continues to reveal the floodlines of structural racism in America."Tram Nguyen, author of We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans. The book weaves the stories of gay rappers, Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, and grassroots activists in the years before and after Katrina. From post-Katrina evacuee camps to torture testimony at Angola Prison to organizing with the family members of the Jena Six, Floodlines tells the stories behind the headlines from an unforgettable time and place in history.Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. In addition to his award-winning post-Katrina journalism, he was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case and played an important role in bringing the story to theattention of the world. He has produced news segments for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, and Democracy Now! and appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN's American Morning , Anderson Cooper 360 , CNN Headline News , GRITtv , Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson , and both local and nationally syndicated shows on National Public Radio.

Author Biography

Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. He was the first writer to bring the story of the Jena Six to a national audience, and his award-winning reporting from the Gulf Coast has been featured in a range of outlets including the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Argentina's Clarin newspaper. He has produced news segments for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, and Democracy Now! and appeared as a guest on CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, and Keep Hope Alive with the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xviii
Introduction: We Know This Placep. 1
We Won't Bow Down: Culture and Resistance in New Orleansp. 5
Lies on the News: The Flood and Its Aftermathp. 31
Still Got Me in Disbelief: New Orleans After the Stormp. 53
Wonder How We Doin': The Blank Slatep. 79
Dollar Day in New Orleans: Money and Reliefp. 113
Behind Them Penitentiary Walls: Organizing in Prisonp. 135
Serve and Protect: Criminalizing the Survivorsp. 157
You Don't Want to Go to War: The Struggle for Housingp. 183
The Rest of the World Lives Here Too: Immigrant Strugglesp. 213
Fight for What's Right: The Jena Generationp. 227
Conclusion: Desirep. 255
Organizations in the Struggle for Post-Katrina Justicep. 267
Letter from the People of New Orleans to Our Friends and Alliesp. 274
Pledge in Support of a Just Rebuilding of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and the U.S. Gulf Coastp. 277
New Orleans Filmsp. 279
Notesp. 283
Indexp. 295
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