gulf coast

FEMA trailer toxin linked to Lou Gehrig's disease

April 17, 2008 - Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that trailers the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided to families displaced by Hurricane Katrina were contaminated with dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.

2008 campaign loses a voice for "the other America"

January 30, 2008 - UPDATE: I cross-posted this at DailyKos and it's generating some interesting discussion. It's fitting that former N.C. Senator John Edwards will be heading to New Orleans today to announce his exit from the presidential race. With Edwards' departure, the still-ravaged Gulf Coast will lose its most passionate -- maybe its only -- advocate in the 2008 campaign.

Hope after Katrina: Gulf Civic Works bill introduced

November 2, 2007 - One of the biggest problems in the post-Katrina recovery that we found in our recent report, Blueprint for Gulf Renewal, was jobs. According to Institute analysis, there are still about 100,000 fewer jobs in the Gulf than there was pre-Katrina -- a major barrier to families trying to get home. What's more, many of the rebuilding jobs are unstable and low-paying.

Katrina having a dramatic impact on Louisiana politics

October 17, 2007 - Why is Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast recovery an important national issue? There are lots of reasons, but a big one is political. The failing Gulf Coast recovery, which has kept at least a third of those displaced by Katrina from coming home, has dramatically changed the political map of Louisiana and the South.

The Katrina Index: Making a living

August 30, 2007 - From the Institute's report, Blueprint for Gulf Renewal: The Katrina Crisis and a Community Agenda for Action, released this week. Economy and Jobs Number of jobs lost in the New Orleans area since Hurricane Katrina: 118,000