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Missing the Katrina Moment

October 11, 2005 - The New York Times has a discouraging but, I think, largely accurate piece today describing the closing window of opportunity for progressive reform in the wake of the Katrina catastrophe, and why progressives should see this as an

Report from the Gulf: "The Working-Class Red Cross"

October 7, 2005 - Few will forget the stories of sadness and outrage at the staggering failure of public and private agencies to provide help to the people of New Orleans and other hurricane-struck areas. But there are inspiring stories, too, of grassroots inventiveness in the face of official neglect -- in many cases, led by progressive activists.

Rebuilding for the people

By R. Neal
October 6, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Chris had a great post yesterday on Seven Points for Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. As a follow up to that, here's an op-ed from the Boston Globe (free registration required):

7 Principles for Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

October 5, 2005 - Darryl Malek-Wiley, a long-term New Orleans-based organizer with the Sierra Club (which down there works closely with labor and community groups), sends me this excellent platform for Gulf Coast reconstruction from his new base in Baton Rouge:

Bush loses another fight, this time with brother Jeb

By R. Neal
October 4, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Since the first day of his administration, Bush has wanted to open up the Gulf Coast for offshore oil and natural gas drilling. And since the first day of his administration he has been at odds with his brother Jeb, the Governor of Florida, who doesn't want offshore drilling in his back yard.