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Fables of the Reconstruction

October 7, 2005 - The issue of Gulf reconstruction is staying red-hot -- as it should be, given what's at stake for the people in the region and for the national political and economic landscape. Some recent developments: 1. The good news is FEMA's announcement yesterday that, after blistering criticism of crony contracting that saw 80% of jobs go in no-bid contracts and 90% go to companies outside the region, it will re-open bids for $1.5 billion worth of Katrina work deals. It's a good start, but not enough.

25 Questions about the Murder of New Orleans

October 3, 2005 - If you haven't read it yet, definitely check out the piece by New Orleans architect Anthony Fontenot and author/scholar Mike Davis (who wrote this prescient article last year), penned after spending a week in New Orleans talking to locals, officials and surveying the hurricane aftermath.

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.