[Hpn] Mutual Aid In New Orleans

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Mon, 5 Sep 2005 03:26:37 -0400


saluton. by the way, this FWDing msg from a suburb of New Orleans
reports about a bit of radikal kolektyw in this city. thanx. in
solidarity.(rebel_JILL/ osaka) rebel_jill98@yahoo.co.jp
Sat Sep 03, 2005
Mutual aid in new orleans

 Right now I'm staying at a place 25 miles up the Mississippi
from New Orleans, listening to wwl (conservative talk-radio/local
emergency broadcasting station), and one caller who was hunkering down
Uptown (upriver area of Orleans Parish) reported that he and other folks
in his neighborhood have been collectivizing all available resources
(food, water, clothes, etc) and have been doing "excellent". His tone
sounded empowered and excited, and his only concern was the call from on
high for martial law, fearing that the military soldiers and cops would
be hostile.
Another caller in Algiers Point (neighborhood directly across the
Mississppi from dowtown Nola) complained of police harrassing, and even
shooting in the direction of, the neighborhood children who would leave
to scavange for relief drop-offs, accussing them of being "looters".
Concerning the New Orleans radical community: there's a chance that New
Orleans's excellent radical lending-library/bookstore, the Iron Rail,
housed in the same building as the collectively run Plan B bicycle
project, may be underwater, and assuming that they escape the
floodwaters, many involved seem to be relocating themselves to other
cities for the next while.

 Given that entrance into Orleans Parish may
not be possible for some months, this gives a lot of the volunteers
plenty of time to become entrenched in other things, in other places.

Many locals, judging from wwl callers alone, seem to have begun to cast
a much more critical eye on the state in the wake of this event. Even
with pre-Katrina radicals MIA, this could lead to a blossoming radical
community come the reinhabitation of New Orleans?


Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2005
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Malik Rahim, New Orleans Black Panther and community activist speaks
about the situation in New Orleans.