Crimes of Katrina Continue

New Orleans’ Homeless Rate Swells to 1 in 25 – USA Today 3/16/08


Study claims FEMA ignored toxic trailer findings – AP via Raw Story 1/28/08

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency manipulated scientific research in order to play down the danger posed by formaldehyde in trailers issued to hurricane victims, according to an investigation by congressional Democrats released Monday.”


Katrina victims complain about red tape – AP/Yahoo 3/13/08

EXCERPT: “Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of miserable homeowners are still waiting for their government rebuilding checks, and many complain they can’t even get their calls returned. But the company that holds the big contract to distribute the aid is doing quite well for itself. ICF International of Fairfax, Va., has posted strong profits, gone public, landed additional multimillion-dollar government contracts, and, it was learned this week, secured a potentially big raise recently from the state of Louisiana. In the waning days of Gov. Kathleen Blanco‘s administration, state officials increased the management contract ceiling from $756 million to $912 million — this, after the Legislature wanted to fire ICF over its handling of the homeowner recovery program, called Road Home.”

The Cleansing of New Orleans: Half the City’s Poor Permanently Displaced – CounterPunch 3/4/08


Katrina aftermath erodes bayou culture – AP/Raw Story 3/16/08


CDC: Gulf Coast trailers contaminated – ABC 2/14/08

EXCERPT: “U.S. health officials are urging that Gulf Coast hurricane victims be moved out of their government-issued trailers as quickly as possible after tests found toxic levels of formaldehyde fumes.  Fumes from 519 trailer and mobile homes in Louisiana and Mississippi were – on average – about five times what people are exposed to in most modern homes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some trailers, the levels were nearly 40 times customary exposure levels, raising fears that residents could contract respiratory problems.”

New Orleans Mayor Nagin wants to move homeless into military barracks – AP via Raw Story 2/27/08

Because they’re a tourist eyesore, and homelessness may be contagious.


Bush’s czar to rebuild New Orleans is quitting – NYTimes via Science Blogs 3/1/08

His reason: after spending 200 out of 730 nights in New Orleans, his wife is complaining that he lives there.


38,000 families still living in poisoned Katrina trailers – NYTimes 2/15/08


FEMA continues to distribute poisoned trailers to hurricane victims in Arkansas and Tennessee – AP/Google 2/14/08


10 minute Video: A Big Easy North American Union – BrassCheckTV/YouTube 2/12/08

“Already the symbol of abandonment, must New Orleans now become the symbol of abandonment of the entire country? Going well beyond the Port of New Orleans, Security and Prosperity Partnership plans for “North American Integration” endanger port, trucking, and railroad jobs, as well as investments, incomes, and State revenues all over the country. The SPP is coming to the Big Easy, why should you care? Let’s have a look…”

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