<\body> Stories in America: Katrina: A Year Later

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Katrina: A Year Later

Watch this video from Oxfam:
"What disturbs me most about the situations described in this film is that more than a year after the double disaster struck, so many poor people are still swamped in a sea of need," said Glover. "Their houses are wrecked. Their jobs are gone. And the billions of federal dollars allocated to rebuild the Gulf Coast are not reaching them. Why?"

Filmed by award winning TIME photojournalist Steve Liss, the 17-minute video explores the consequences months of neglect have had on families as they try to piece their lives back together.

"We’re all standing around looking at each other asking well, when are they going to remove these cars? When are they going to remove these houses? When are they going to remove the stuff so we can start even rebuilding?" asked the Rev. Martin Denesse in the film, frustration fueling his resolve. "I’m gonna stay here and I’m gonna fight. We’re going to do what we got to do to make sure we reclaim our home."

6 Comments:

At 6/04/2007 9:34 PM, Anonymous Rev. Dr. Martin Denesse said...

Well we have fought and continue on. It is my opinion that the storm is what we are in NOW...the wind, water and waves of Katrina was just the beginning. The inequities in this recovery process and the rush to say we are recovering is an effort to hide the failure of government which was uncovered by the washing waves of Katrina. FEMA, the US Government and State and Local government have sorely mismanaged and failed in equitable allocation of the immense monitary resources spent under the guise of Help for people affected by the devastation of Hurricane's Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Now we are selling the temporary housing units to the residents of the devastated areas. Molding, toxic and unliveable, it seems that the people who work in government have no touch with reality or worse care for their fellow countrymen. Is it our way to disenfranchise, abuse and neglect our citizens in such a manner? We can mobilize Billions of dollars and place tens of thousands of our young men and women in harms way...but we have no effective and working solutions for our own countrymen...whats wrong with this picture? We have been "bambooseled" and "hoodwinked". Where has America's heart gone? Where is the love for our own countrymen, as we lavish it upon uncaring and unwanting foreign countries? we have shed our blood, served our country and burried our children and in our great time of need we are served with lies, layers of deception, incompetence and disdain. Our enemies abroad do not need to shredd our falg or civil liberty we are doing a good job of this ourselves and Katrina has uncoverd it all...all one has to do is come and see!

 
At 1/24/2009 3:29 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Rev. Martin Denesse just arrested with crack cocaine and an lb of marijuana in his ride. Oh, yeah...his 22yo daughter was with him and was holding a crack pipe. Can you believe the hypocrisy?

 
At 1/30/2009 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

god have mercy on him

 
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