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The Inequity of New Orleans' Katrina Recovery at 10 29.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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After Katrina, Here’s How New Orleans Improved Education, Low-Income Housing, Health Care 29.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, claiming 1,800 lives and causing unspeakable destruction. But, parenthetically, experts say, the storm gave the reeling city no choice but to hit the restart button on some of its broken systems that were long overdue for repair, including education, low-income housing and health care. Here's how the city addressed some of those challenges -- both succeeding and failing along the way.   Education Da’ja's Story: From Struggling Reader to Valedictorian. When Da’ja Simmons started seventh grade at her new charter school in New Orleans, she was nowhere near her grade’s literacy level. In addition to lagging behind academically when she started at Cohen College Prep, Simmons also lived in a homeless shelter for a year in eighth grade, after her father lost his job, making concentrating on her school work even more challenging. “I was weak in math and reading,” Simmons, now 18, told The Huffington Post. “I would mix up simple words.” Fast forward to last ...
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Hurricane Katrina and Bernie Sanders: From Neoliberal Disaster to 'Political Revolution' 29.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability 29.8.2015 NPR News
A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.
Civil Legal Aid Must Play a Larger Role in Disaster Recovery 28.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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How the Clean Power Plan Can Benefit Latino Communities 28.8.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Earlier this month, the United States announced a major step forward in addressing air quality concerns and climate change threats to Latinos.  I’m talking about the Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from powerplants and places us on a path to heed Pope Francis’s call to protect our planet. […]
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Trail 'em, Nail 'em, Jail 'em: How We Treat Mental Illness 26.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A young man suffering from mental illness is screaming incoherently at a fast-food restaurant and someone calls 911. When the police arrive, the man has not harmed anyone, is not armed, and is standing up talking to himself. The police bark commands at him that he does not understand. When the man does not respond, the police begin yelling and threatening him. Officers then go in to arrest the man, who does not comply with their demands for him to get on the ground. They wrestle him to the floor and charge him with resisting arrest. The man cannot afford bail so he sits in jail for 45 days before having the case dropped. This was just one of the many cases I have worked on. There are more than 300,000 inmates in American prisons that are diagnosed with mental illness. Meanwhile, there are only around 30,000 mentally ill patients in psychiatric facilities throughout the country. If that number is staggering to you, it should be. America is "treating" mental illness through incarceration -- and the price ...
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'Eastside Sol' Kicks Off Community Solar Campaign in Los Angeles (VIDEO) 26.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Walking around my neighborhood in Boyle Heights, on the eastside of Los Angeles, I see murals and street art conveying pride in the community and the cultural roots of its residents. I see street vendors and informal entrepreneurs trying to capture the America dream; and I smell delicious food and hear infectious Latin music that will make you want to move with the rhythm. What I don't see are solar panels, plentiful shade trees and green space, electric vehicles, and other icons of the growing clean energy economy. Instead, I smell vehicle exhaust and feel the heat trapped in my neighborhood and many like it on the eastside, where communities are bisected by freeways, surrounded by toxic facilities, and bound by a jungle of concrete. But it doesn't have to be like this. Recently a coalition of labor, environmental justice, and community organizations teamed up with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to put together Eastside Sol, the first 100 percent solar powered art and music festival on the eastside of ...
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Essential California: Five-minute showers and the drought 24.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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A Bull in a China Shop: How SkyPower's Plan to Donate 2 Million Solar Home Kits in Kenya Will Wreck the Energy Access Market for Decades 22.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(photo credit: snvworld.org) The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that's exactly what is afoot with SkyPower, a utility-scale photovoltaic energy company and their plan to donate two million home solar kits to "the people of Kenya". There are appropriate times to donate solar, such as disaster relief, or to schools and clinics who otherwise could never purchase them. However, bulk donation programs wreck the market and the customer's perception of solar as a concept. Solar products need to be deployed and serviced with the highest quality of customer satisfaction in mind. Mainstream bulk donation programs often do not budget for high quality products or invest in the distribution and after-sales service required for solar, leaving customers with either inferior products or, over time, faulty products that stop working and spoil the market concept of solar in general. In their recent June 2015 Opinion Brief , the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association highlights the issue: "Systematic ...
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Seattle City Council candidates give their take on crime, public safety 21.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Editor’s note: As the general election draws closer, The Seattle Times opinion page is reaching out to candidates around our region to get their take on the issues that matter most to voters. In our ongoing reader survey, crime continues to be a popular concern for voters across Seattle’s seven City Council districts. (Housing was […]
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How a $3 menstruation toolkit could empower girls in developing nations (Video) 20.8.2015 TreeHugger
Access to safe, reliable and affordable sanitary napkins is a big barrier to equal opportunity for many girls in developing countries. This inexpensive and clever set allows girls and women to clean, dry and carry their pads discreetly.
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'Yemen After 5 Months Looks Like Syria After 5 Years': Red Cross Chief 20.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
CAIRO (AP) -- The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said Wednesday. Ertharin Cousin, head of the U.N.'s World Food Program, said that while some food aid is flowing in, fighting around major ports is stalling deliveries, while reaching the country's interior is proving difficult and donor funding is still falling short. "If we do not receive the additional access that is required to meet the needs of those who are affected by this ongoing conflict, if we cannot support the commercial markets by ensuring that the ports are open and providing food to ensure that those who have resources can buy the food that is necessary, and if we do not see increased donor support, we are facing the perfect storm in Yemen," she told reporters in Cairo. Cousin was in Cairo following a three-day trip to Yemen. The WFP says all sides ...
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Remembering Katrina in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement 20.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen? 20.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Julian Bond: Immutable Voice for Environmental Justice 19.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rhea Suh, President, New York City: Ten years ago this month, civil rights icon Julian Bond watched in sorrow and anger at the suffering and loss the people of New Orleans endured in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a state, local and federal response that...
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U.S. housing regulator targets more support for poor borrowers 19.8.2015 Yahoo: Business
The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told the two firms on Wednesday to provide more support to low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing home loans. The Federal Housing Finance Agency released goals for the two government-controlled firms for 2015-2017 that would advance agency chief Mel Watt's aim to widen access to housing credit. The rules direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to expand the number of loans they back for low-income families to 24 percent of the their purchases of single-family home mortgages over the period, up from a target of 23 percent in ...
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Odom: Julian Bond's lesson on civil rights 19.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
"I do think that some of us began to realize that this was going to be a long struggle that was going to go on for decades, and you'd have to knuckle down. A lot of people in our generation did that. They didn't drop out and run away." -- Julian Bond
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UN says Yemen on edge of famine from conflict, blocked ports 19.8.2015 World
CAIRO (AP) — The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said ...
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Fresh Food Fuels Change: An innovative pilot evaluation 19.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Fresh Food Fuels Change: An innovative pilot evaluation
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