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Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans Still be New Orleans?

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans Still be New Orleans?

NEW ORLEANS ­– When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant city ­– the place where jazz was born, where the food is legendary, where culture runs deep – had some big problems. The poverty rate was about twice the national average. The [...]
In Ala., Helping People Find a Voice – and With Voting, TooMy experience working as a family engagement fellow in South Mobile County, Ala. has changed me forever, teaching me the true meaning of community and the ability for everyone to be heard and be whole. The county suffered two catastrophic disasters: Hurricane Katrina destroyed Bayou La Batre, the shrimp capital, and the BP oil spill [...]
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The War on Poverty Hasn’t Failed – It’s the EconomyWe have spent the last year memorializing the events of 1963 which led to the enactment of the major civil rights legislation of that decade. The events that played out in cities like Birmingham and Selma, and other countless communities across our country, were among the first that were brought into the living rooms of [...]
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Child Care Fundraising Sinks in Ky. Over Employment PlanLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Uncertainty over a short-lived proposal to open employment to gays at Kentucky’s largest private child care agency prompted many of its supportive churches to withhold giving last year, causing a multi-million dollar shortfall. Sunrise Children’s Services depends on giving from Baptist congregations in Kentucky, along with government funding. But Kentucky Baptist [...]
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Remembering Chokwe Lumumba, Human Rights AdvocateJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Grassroots community groups throughout the country are mourning the passing of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who as city leader persuaded voters to accept a sales tax to fix crumbling infrastructure in Mississippi’s capital. He was 66. Officials said Lumumba, a Democrat, died Tuesday [...]
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Fraternity Chapter Suspended After Noose Put on StatueOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi was indefinitely suspended Friday by its national organization and three of its freshman members were kicked out because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith, the first Black student to enroll in the then all-white college. In [...]
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Miami Teen Fights to Bring his Deported Mom Back to U.S.MIAMI (AP) — He remembers the moment so clearly, the last time he saw his mother on American soil. Jose Antonio Machado was merely 15, too young and powerless to stop what was happening. His mother, Melba, was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wrists in handcuffs, being led away by an immigration officer. When she [...]
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Florida Set to Become Third-Most Populous U.S. StateORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sometime this year, Florida will surpass New York in population, becoming the nation’s third-most populous state, and sun-seeking seniors are not driving the growth. The milestone is validation of the increasing influence of the Sunshine State as it approaches being home to 20 million residents. Once Florida passes New York, only [...]
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Defeat of ‘English Only’ in Nashville Shows Power of UnityFive years ago on Jan. 22, Nashville voters went to the polls to decide whether English should be the exclusive language of local government, a proposal designed to eliminate all official translations and interpretation. But national anti-immigrant forces were really testing another proposition. Could they put misinformation and $100,000 into the hands of a local [...]
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Bill Seeks to Restore Parts of Struck-Down Voting Rights ActWASHINGTON (AP) — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters [...]
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