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For once, Wal-Mart is acting like a hero, with speedy
delivery of water and supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. If it
could only act that way every day.

America's narcissism and willful blindness to its own
moral failings have been placed in sharp relief as the nation fitfully
responds to the needs of storm victims.

Long fooled by the Bush image machine, Americans now
understand that this Administration can only deliver spin, not
substance; photo ops, not action.

Despite persistent calls from the right to raze the
ruined city, gritty storm survivors from New Orleans to Gulfport and
Houston begin to put their lives together again.

The chronicle of an unfolding catastrophe, as told by
the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the bureaucrats, the rescuers, the
journalists and the politicians.

Let the evacuees of New Orleans take the lead in determining how the
billions of dollars in reconstruction funds are used to rebuild their
lives and their city.

The most remarkable aspect of the media's treatment of the hurricane coverage
was the return of the poor, in coverage that was neither condescending nor condemnatory.

Some storm victims evacuated from New Orleans were
"sorted" by age, race or gender. Is breaking up families and
prioritizing by race any way to deal with disaster?

At first glance New Orleans looks like a cross between a
giant conceptual art installation or the set of a cold war disaster
movie.

New Orleans is the classic tale of two cities: one
showy, middle-class and white; the other poor, downtrodden and
low-income black.

Blogs

Helpfulness not guaranteed.

May 5, 2015

Fox and friends are gearing up for a replay of the 1968 riots that helped bring us Richard Nixon.

April 29, 2015

Protesters on both sides of the border are revolting against the same transnational policing and trade policies. 

April 28, 2015

Why that’s a big win for the poor, people of color, and economic justice in general.

April 20, 2015

A challenge to Rahm Emanuel and corporate Democrats sows the seeds of a new urban populism.

April 8, 2015

When it counts, the newest Republican presidential candidate sides with autocrats who thwart local control, democracy and, yes, liberty.

April 7, 2015

A supporter of public schools and teachers pushes Democrats to get on the side of the future.

April 3, 2015

Chuy challenges Mayor Rahm Emanuel and insider Democrats.

April 1, 2015

Although the Department of Justice and the police bureau in Portland, Oregon, reached a “groundbreaking” settlement last year, residents say racial discrimination is a problem.

March 16, 2015

Governor Cuomo's public school agenda puts both students and teachers in jeopardy. 

March 13, 2015