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10 Years After Katrina, Here's Who's Still Helping Rebuild New Orleans 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, claiming almost 2,000 lives and displacing 1 million people, the emotional and physical scars are still visible. In the decade since, the city has worked to rebuild itself despite widely publicized  funding challenges . And in many ways, the it has come back stronger, President Obama told New Orleans residents Thursday : "Because this is a city that slowly, unmistakably, together, is moving forward." Here are the groups continuing to help New Orleans progress: The Louisiana Centre for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit law office for minors sent to juvenile court, helped support young people in need following Katrina. It was established at a time when most schools were closed for months, and many young people faced devastating loss, including their homes and families. The model was one of the first of its kind in the U.S. See how you can help here.   Since launching in 2006, the St. Bernard's Project has rebuilt 600 homes in New Orleans for low-income ...
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Post-Katrina New Orleans Is Bouncing Back, But Not for the Better 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama and others commemorate lives lost and progress made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, competing narratives about the city's recovery and its beneficiaries will emerge. Yet, most agree that the work to reinvent New Orleans remains unfinished. That's true, especially because post-Katrina New Orleans is trending back toward its old self -- a sluggish regional economy with high inequality and not enough opportunities for its residents. That was certainly not the vision. Mayor Mitch Landrieu often says that Katrina's "near death experience" forced clarity about the need to rebuild the city and region better and stronger following the storm and the levee breach. And when Brookings launched the Katrina Index 10 years ago (now the New Orleans Index run ably by The Data Center), our goal was to measure not just rebuilding activities but the extent to which the billions of government, philanthropic, and corporate dollars -- and citizen sweat equity -- were resulting in a more prosperous ...
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Celebrating W.E.B. Du Bois: A Towering Figure Who Died 52 Years Ago 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On August 28, 1963, as more than 200,000 Americans assembled at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Roy Wilkins, the longtime head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), addressed the crowd. Toward the end of his remarks, Wilkins announced that Du Bois, who had helped found the NAACP in 1909, had died the day before in Ghana at age 95. Wilkins explained: "Now, regardless of the fact that in his later years Dr. Du Bois chose another path, it is incontrovertible that at the dawn of the twentieth century his was the voice that was calling to you to gather here today in this cause. If you want to read something that applies to 1963 go back and get a volume of The Souls of Black Folk by DuBois published in 1903." Few at the march had heard of Du Bois, whose writings were mostly forgotten. He had not been actively involved in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The "another path" that Du Bois had chosen late in his life was ...
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Headlines for August 27, 2015 27.8.2015 Democracy Now!
Virginia: Vigils Held for Two Journalists Shot Dead on Live Broadcast, Wal-Mart Will Stop Selling Assault Rifles, Will Still Sell Shotguns, Jorge Ramos to Megyn Kelly: Trump "Has to Answer" on Immigration, Ricky Martin on Trump: "Xenophobia is Lowest You Can Go", Guatemala: Judge Orders Former VP to Remain in Prison Pending Trial, Honduras: Protesters Demand Resignation of President for Corruption, Saudi Ground Troops Cross into Northern Yemen, Escalating Crisis, China: 12 Arrested for Explosion at Chemical Facility that Killed 139, South Sudan: President and Rebel Leader Sign Peace Deal, Austria: 50 Migrants Fleeing Violence Found Dead in Parked Truck, Mississippi: Judge Temporarily Blocks Executions over Drug Cocktail, Civil Rights Pioneer Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104
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In A Summer Of Protest, Kendrick Lamar Hits The Black Soul The Hardest 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- It's been a traumatic year for black people in America. We've been bombarded with deaths -- and thanks to social media, every time another black person is killed for, essentially, being black, we can all take part in the horror, the anger and the grief of people and communities we don't even know.  Eric Garner and John Crawford were killed only 23 and four days, respectively, before a police officer shot Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Missouri. Then came Ezell Ford . Then Kajieme Powell . Then  Akai Gurley , Tamir Rice , Tony Robinson , Walter Scott , Freddie Gray , Christian Taylor -- one loss can barely be mourned before another name is trending. It's hard to be black and even slightly aware of the world around you without feeling an exhausting emotional weight  from all this. There's really no good way to escape this feeling, but in the past five months or so, I've found catharsis in "To Pimp a Butterfly," the most recent album by the Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. It isn't an album ...
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Ahmad Batebi: Turning Slander Into a Shelter 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In preparation for my first meeting with famed activist, Ahmad Batebi I read up about his involvement with the student reform movement, his participation in the demonstrations and his subsequent arrest. I read whatever was publicly available about his nine years in prison, the isolation and the torture he endured for holding blood-drenched shirt that famously appeared on the cover of The Economist and marked him as an icon of human rights. To me, as a naturalized American citizen, I compared Batebi and other Iranian prisoners of conscience to US war veterans who sacrifice their youth, physical and mental health, and connections to their family to defend their country. Simply put, I was honored. When we met, I asked if he had considered writing his memoirs for a book or film project, but he answered me with a brief no and move to other subjects. I persisted, explaining that his story could help to raise awareness about the struggles of young changemakers in Iran and that his courage and perseverance could ...
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Trash or Treasure? Repurposing Food Waste to Feed the Hungry and Create Jobs 26.8.2015 Environmental News Network
"If I offered you a bruised banana, you probably wouldn’t be interested,” said Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, director of Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. “But what if I offered you some banana ice cream on a hot summer day? I bet you’d find that a lot more appealing.”It was this simple observation that inspired a new model for recovering would-be wasted – or surplus – food and repurposing it to feed hungry people, generate revenue and even create jobs. The model was recently piloted in West Philadelphia, home to a large population of low-income and food insecure individuals, as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge with support from Brown’s Super Stores.Compiled by researchers from Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Cabrini College and the EPA, the results were published in Food and Nutrition Sciences, a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the latest advancements in food and nutrition sciences. The report also projects the ...
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New York State Police Create Unit Dedicated To Campus Rape Cases 26.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - New York state is launching a specialized police unit to help crack down on sexual assault on college campuses, but some victims' advocates are wary, saying law enforcement has not been effective in tackling the issue in the past. A law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month allocates $4.5 million for what officials have said is a first-in-the-nation police unit that will train college officials and local police units to respond better to sexual assaults on campus. The law, which has been touted as the most progressive in the country, also requires all colleges in the state to implement a uniform definition of affirmative consent, distribute a students' bill of rights and adopt a policy that grants victims immunity for drug and alcohol violations. The U.S. Department of Education is currently investigating 131 schools for violating federal law in their handling of sexual assault allegations, and New York leads the country with 20 schools on that list. Vice President Joe ...
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Access to nature may help you sleep better 26.8.2015 Environmental News Network
Men and persons age 65 and older who have access to natural surroundings, whether it’s the green space of a nearby park or a sandy beach and an ocean view, report sleeping better, according to a new University of Illinois study published in Preventive Medicine.
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Headlines for August 26, 2015 26.8.2015 Democracy Now!
Donald Trump Tosses Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos from News Conference, Jeb Bush Blasts Trump Immigration Plan, Defends "Anchor Babies" Use, Texas: Court Stays Execution of Man Convicted of 1997 Fatal Shooting, Guatemala: Supreme Court Approves President's Impeachment, Afghanistan: Explosions at Gas Terminal Kill 11; 2 NATO Soldiers Shot, Air Force: U.S. to Deploy F-22s to Europe amid Tensions with Russia, Turkey & U.S. Finalize Plan for Turkey to Join Coalition Against ISIL, Illinois: Academic Heads Call for Steven Salaita's Reinstatement, Calif. Academy of Sciences to Divest from Fossil Fuels, 20 Arrested in Anti-Tar Sands Pipeline Protest at John Kerry's Home, Pentagon Ban on Transgender Troops Could End as Early as Next May, #BlackTransLivesMatter Protests Held in 14 Cities Across U.S., Texas: City Council Approves Renaming Street "Sandra Bland Parkway"
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Project Slut: Young women challenging rape culture, slut shaming, and high school dress codes 26.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
trr_rpn_aug24-28_2015_project_slut.mp3 Chip in to keep stories like these coming. On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Andy Villanueva and Kerin Bethel-John. They are members of Project Slut, a collective of young women who set out to abolish the dress code in their high school and won, and who now have their sights set on transforming school dress codes across the entire Toronto District School ...
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A healthy environment nurtures healthy people 26.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Chip in to keep stories like these coming. If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It's no different with our broader surroundings, from the immediate environment to the entire planet. If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are — to the detriment of our health and the health of the ecosystems on which our well-being and survival ...
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Iconic Ferguson Photo Subjects Are Being Charged A Year Later 26.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- Two young men featured in iconic photos taken during the Ferguson, Missouri, protests of August 2014 are among a whole swath of demonstrators and observers whom St. Louis County authorities  chose to prosecute  nearly a full year later. Others who were recently charged by the St. Louis County Counselor's office include a pastor, a "peace poet," a young student muralist and a legal observer. At least three professional journalists (including one of the authors of this story ) also recently found out they would have to appear in St. Louis County Municipal Court. Authorities have not said precisely how many people have been charged just under the statute of limitations, but court records examined by The Huffington Post indicated that over two dozen individuals had court dates Monday for allegedly "interfering with a police officer in performance of his duties." An unknown number of other individuals have court dates on Wednesday and next month. It's noteworthy that so many have been ...
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Noted Author Resigns From Northwestern In Censorship Protest 26.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Medical humanities and bioethics professor Alice Dreger is resigning from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, citing the school's  censorship  of a magazine she guest edited. Dreger, a noted researcher and author, submitted a resignation letter to Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer on Monday. She said she's stepping down because the university censored faculty magazine  Atrium , forcing editors to take the digital issue offline after they  published an article  last March about a consensual blowjob involving a nurse in 1978. In the wake of intense criticism, the medical school allowed the magazine to resume publication and to repost its online digital issues 14 months later, but it also imposed a new editorial committee that includes a public relations staffer and would have say over future issues. In her resignation letter to Linzer, Dreger joked that, at first, she thought the censorship might have been a "publicity stunt being arranged by Penguin Press," since she was close to ...
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Of course we need to debate women's issues 25.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Of course we need to debate women's issues
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Drinkable Book: The pages contain instructions and can be used as high-tech water filters 25.8.2015 TreeHugger
Helping the most vulnerable people have access to drinking water.
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Tackling Climate Change Boosts Economic Growth 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Too often the debate among policymakers rests upon a false dichotomy between choosing economic growth or environmental sustainability. What initially comes to mind when I think of this manufactured dichotomy is the doomsday 1972 book 'The Limits to Growth' which highlights how sustaining current developments with finite resources would lead to disaster. The 'regulation kills growth' mindset is especially destructive at a time when the focus within public policy should be on combining economic growth with environmental sustainability, as advocated by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs who argues that , "today's mounting threats cannot be covered up. The Age of Sustainable Development must be built on openness, participation, and science." This sentiment is gaining traction as policymakers look to the Paris Conference in December where 196 countries will meet to sign a critical new climate change agreement. As part of an overarching goal to stabilize and reduce greenhouse gases to less than 2 degrees Celsius ...
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Thirty Miles From Selma, a Different Kind of Civil Rights Struggle 25.8.2015 Truthout.com
Also see: Environmental Racism Persists, and the EPA Is One Reason Why Uniontown, Alabama - As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground. A landfill owner that staked out roughly 1,000 acres for Alabama's biggest municipal-waste site on a county road dotted by well-worn homes. A county commission that approved the landfill over objections from a largely African-American neighborhood. And a state agency that issued operating permits time and again. "If this had been a rich, white neighborhood, the landfill would never have gotten here," said Calhoun, whose sharecropper and slave ancestors toiled on local plantations, explaining why so many of her fellow citizens view the facility as discriminatory. "They put it here because we're a poor, black community," she said. "They knew we couldn't fight back." In the last decade, little has roused this town in the heart of Alabama's "black belt," 30 miles west of Selma, like the ...
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Government delays may scuttle Nova Scotia ferry service 25.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Chip in to keep stories like these coming. It's hard not to feel a twinge of sympathy for the conundrum Stephen McNeil's Liberals face as they scramble to figure out what to do next with the listing ship that is the Yarmouth-Portland ferry service. But it's also hard not to believe the government's decision last week to put off deciding who will run the service next year may have pulled the bath plug on any hopes the ferry service can succeed next season -- or, perhaps, ...
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Headlines for August 25, 2015 25.8.2015 Democracy Now!
Thousands of Migrants Rush to Reach Hungary Before Border Is Sealed, German Refugee Shelter Goes Up in Flames as Merkel Denounces Violence, Chinese Stock Market Continues to Fall; Dow Jones Down 600 Pts Monday, Philippines: Marine Testifies to Choking Transgender Filipino Woman, North and South Korea Agreement to Defuse Rising Tensions, Court Orders Russia to Pay for Seizing Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise, Wildfires in Central Washington Now Largest in State HIstory, Obama to Visit the Arctic Following Approval of Oil Drilling Permits, Obama Unveils New Measures to Promote Solar Energy, Ferguson: Judge Withdraws 10,000 Arrest Warrants in Court Changes, Women in CA Book Club Kicked Off Train for #LaughingWhileBlack
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