Wade Rathke's Journal: NO's Future

September 13, 2005 - Wade Rathke, a legendary organizer with ACORN (Association of Communities Organized for Reform Now) and SEIU Local 100 based in New Orleans, has been sharing some very interesting thoughts on his personal blog.

Organizing for Accountability

September 12, 2005 - As news stories and first-hand accounts grow of people not getting the aid they need in the wake of Katrina, is it time for independent groups to start organizing accountability teams? Institute friend Joan Browning writes from West Virginia with some interesting history:

Big Money for Contractors, Not for Workers

September 9, 2005 - Reuters reports that President Bush has issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage:

The Disaster Profiteers

September 8, 2005 - Today the WaPo wades into the story we've been following about Joe Allbaugh -- former director of FEMA (who got his old college roomate Michael Brown the current top job), Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign manage

Katrina Timeline Belies White House Spin

September 7, 2005 - In the wake of the universally-condemned response to Katrina, the New York Times reported last Sunday that the White House was rolling out a carefully-crafted PR campaign "to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials."

The Katrina Profiteers, Cont'd

September 7, 2005 - In a follow-up to our previous post about the Iraq military contractors now sniffing for disaster money in Louisiana, Josh Marshall points out that Joe Allbaugh -- who left FEMA to cash in on Iraq reconstructio


August 31, 2005 - By R. Neal We're watching the reports from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. I am unable to process, much less describe, the magnitude of what we are seeing. Not much else seems very important today. As the personal accounts start coming in, we begin to get an idea of the terrifying ordeal those who could not or would not leave have endured.