Think New Orleans Is All Better? Check Out This New Documentary.

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Big Easy to Big Empty – The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans

From the site: In this half-hour film, Greg Palast and his team travel to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Katrina. On his visit, he discovers that the population of New Orleans is miniscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates are climbing, and many have not, nor know how to, return to the city. He examines why residents had to leave, what really caused the flood and why they aren’t returning. There are still 89,000 families still in FEMA’s trailer park – the mobile home gulag where Katrina’s survivors remained barred from returning to the Big Easy. New Orleans is NOT all better…some would say it is worse off now than it was in the middle of the hurricane. Click on the picture to go to You Tube to watch the trailer.

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Some of the stories in this documentary are absolutely heart wrenching. Here are a few of them:

Patricia Thomas who broke her teeth while trying to evacuate is now homeless and is locked out of her public housing unit in the Lafitte housing project near the French Quarter. We go with her as she enters her blockaded apartment (which she now plans to illegally occupy) and find that it was not damaged by the flooding and could be re-opened within a week’s time. So why is it still closed?

Pamela Lewis, who had guns shoved in her face when she tried to evacuate with her 86 year old mother, has now been relocated over 100 miles from the city to one of FEMA’s giant trailer parks fenced in with barbed-wire and has lived there for 9 months. The trailer park is in a field literally in the middle of nowhere behind an Exxon Oil Refinery , the only bus available for residents goes only to Wal-Mart.

Even if you are not interested in politics and/or watching this documentary, let it serve as a reminder that almost 100,000 people are still without homes and living in trailers, even though the media has conveniently “forgotten” about Katrina. For more info, check out the site for the movie, Big Easy To Big Empty.

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