"This is not a time for fireworks or stern lectures. It's a time for stillness and reflection. I'll mark the anniversary by spending time with some old friends and some new friends; all of them are people who love New Orleans now more than ever." -- from Ernie the Attorney, Hurricane Katrina survivor
Can we please have a moment of silence . . .
To remember those who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005.
Today marks the One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in which 1,464 people died and hundreds of thousands of familes lost their homes in New Orleans and surrounding Gulf Coast. (Peep the devastating statistics)
And don't forget about New Orleans' neighbor Mississippi. In the mist of all of the coverage directed to the Big Easy, Mississippi got lost in the mix. They are folks still struggling down there as well.
More Hurricane Katrina reflections.
Also . . .
Please surf over to Different Kitchen and read Ian's very informative round-up of post-Katrina related stories. For the survivors, it has been a year of broken and unfulfilled promises.
Also read an EXCERPT from Kevin Powell's Hurricane Katrina book, Someday We'll All Be Free.
Meanwhile, Leonard Moore, a professor of African-American history at Louisiana State University, feels that New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin's current agenda to revitalize the city doesn't include helping displaced African-American residents. "I think you are looking at basically a town that will be a playground for the rich for the next 40 years," he told Byron Pitts on 60 Minutes. "I look at the post-Katrina piece as a game of musical chairs. Once the music gets turned off, the white folks have a place to sit down, a place to sleep, a place for their children to go to school. We're [African-Americans] going back to a trailer."
And finally, don't forget to watch director Spike Lee's riveting four-hour documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts on HBO, airing tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. ET.
Oh, and one more thing . . . .
Impeach President George W. Bush!