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.

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“Thank You Santa Cruz!” from Shreveport, Bogalousa and New Orleans, Louisiana

On October 1, 2005, Curtis Reliford, a community organizer and founder of “Brothers Teaching Brothers,” held a celebration and informal report back at clock tower in Santa Cruz. The event was a way for Shreveport, Bogalousa and New Orleans, Louisiana to say “Thank You” to Santa Cruz community members for their generous support and donations.

The celebration at the clock tower included food, music and photos of the relief effort from Santa Cruz to Louisiana.

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Santa Cruz Community Yard Sale Benefits Katrina Survivors

On October 1, 2005, a community yard sale benefiting survivors of Hurricane Katrina took place at the United Methodist Church in Santa Cruz.

The yard sale was organized by a handful of volunteers. Many people generously donated clothing, books, furniture and other items for homes. The response from the community was great! The yard sale was very well attended and money was raised for important relief efforts, including Common Ground.

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Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina

On September 20th, after Vinny and I visited the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, we headed over to the Reliant Arena to find out more information about Katrina survivors being transferred from the Arena to Fort Chaffee, a military base in Arkansas.

After trying to find family members and friends, the next step for Katrina survivors has been to try to find some form of housing.

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