Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Reintegration and Reconstruction: Rebuilding the Gulf In Ways
Beneficial To & Inclusive Of Residents.
Curtis Muhammad, Co-Founder, Community Labor United,
New Orleans

A Little more than two months have passed since Katrina's force
submerged the Gulf Coast, but already the tide of media coverage has
ebbed. We've heard about the devastation and how the government's
"benign neglect" exacerbated the consequences of the dreadful
storm. But, what are the prospects for reconstruction and how can they
be made to benefit and include the now displaced population of New
Orleans? Will the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the White
House, and the Federal Government continue its pattern of ignoring, or
worse redesign the exclusion from New Orleans of the 67 percent Black
population and the 30 percent of the population that lives below the
poverty line? How can government be forced to make the priority
reintergration of the displaced, provide them with short range economic
assistance and living accommodations and long range assurance of
jobs and permanent housing?
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