Malik Rahim Speaks About the Grassroots Response to Hurricane Katrina

On October 4, Malik Rahim, a longtime community activist in New Orleans and San Francisco, spoke at the Women’s Building in San Francisco about the situation in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous response by the Bush administration and other government agencies. Malik, who lives in the Algiers community of New Orleans, discussed the grassroots community relief and rebuilding efforts underway through the Common Ground collective.

Malik Rahim (39:39 minutes)

Other participants in the program included a women named Nicole who spoke about her experience inside the Superdome in New Orleans, Maurice Campbell of the Community First Coalition, Gloria La Riva and Bill Hackwell of ANSWER who traveled to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston in the days following the disaster.

Nicole on her experience inside the Superdome (4:59 minutes)

Gloria La Riva screened her new 14-minute video, “Heroes Not Looters: Eyewitness New Orleans and Houston.”

This event raised awareness and funds for Common Ground.

Common Ground is a community-run organization based in the Algiers community of New Orleans offering temporary assistance and mutual aid to the citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Common Ground’s team includes doctors, lawyers, aid workers, community organizers, and volunteers of all stripes and creeds.

Audio, Photos and Written Reports from Houston and New Orleans

Crossposted on Indybay.org

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.