Monday, February 8, 2016

Publishing Previously Un-released Notes

I have been publishing my notes which were not previously published, after a long sabbatical and rest.

I hope these notes and the stories and photos found here and at postkatrina 2007 are helpful to students and those who care for the heart of New Orleans and her peoples.

I hope to release more in the future.

your Planetary Sister


Could somebody tell me is it because I am black...?

 Everton Blender

Previously unreleased notes - released 2016

Racisim and the Distribution of Funding - Volunteers and Rebuilding - Reparations of the Heart

 Previously Unpublished Notes: Released 2/2016
 Circa Early 2008

My experiences of watching, what seems to be to me, the uneven distribution of funding post-Katrina New Orleans, via photographing low income neighborhoods that were hit the hardest by the failure of the levies, and of conversations I have had had with local Black New Orleanian's themselves as the struggle to rebuild are deeply saddening.

The ongoing revelations of uneven distribution of helping and funds*,  are so deeply disturbing to me because of the contempt I believe it shows for African Americans in post-Katrina, levy failure flooded, New Orleans.

 * If it were not for the volunteers, who paid their way to volunteer -  gut out, and help rebuild houses, I believe hundreds would have never made it home. When I hear people speak of reparations - I will often speak of the thousands of primarily caucasion volunteers who came to New Orleans and spent their money and time, rebuilding mostly the African American neighborhoods. Without them I wonder how many would have been left bereft of a home and culture. These were reparations of the heart, out of a love for the community and their sufferings. Their deeds and acts of love were a healing balm to the virus of racisim.


Previously unpublished notes: Released 2016

I have seen the most postings of "FOR RENT" signs around the Uptown area near Tulane and Loyola. Broadmoor next (1 or 2 with signs of community growth). Mid-city: 2 apartment for rent signs, 7th Ward: 1, Upper 9th: 1 (maybe?). How much of the availability is affected by the fluctuations of student populations? How about incoming new residents? What is available and where for what income populations? (educationally and socio-economically) What has it been like for returning post-Katrina levy flooded residents to find affordable "before the storm" rentals in their previous communities?


Previously Unreleased Notes: Released 2016

How are the shifting populations of Black New Orleanians due to economic and social injustices, policies and hardships pre & post-Katrina affecting the murder rates of the overall New Orleanian population? 

What percentage of American males of African decent are post-Katrina murder victims? What was the mean age of the American males of African decent - as murder victim for 2004 - 2005 (aftermath) - 2006 -2007 -2008? For perpetrators? 

What is the likelihood that American males of African decent with a felony conviction will be able to find a good paying job which could be the platform for a transformation of the individual and the community?  

How many American males of African decent have been the victims of the collateral damage of not only flawed social policies which express to me a contempt for the local population of American males of African decent as well as an overall contempt of one race and class over another?    

How many American males of African decent living in post-Katrina New Orleans have been the victims of the collateral damage from the glamorization of the "gangsta" image -- with marketing of the sexualization and gaining of 'notoriousness' thru killing and living the life of the gangster?

What is the percentage of the population of American males of African decent living in post-Katrina levy faiilure New Orleans who no longer care, live in depression, addiction, fear, despair, rage and suffer from symptoms related to PTSD related traumas and the levy failures and the flooding of the city of New Orleans?

Did you know that post-Katrina neither the State, nor the FEDS saw it necessary to open the Louisa Tech Trade School or other trade schools?

What percentage of American males of African decent who were trained at these technical schools as electricians, plumbers, builders, contractors, etc. - are now working to rebuild the city of New Orleans - whilst most likely rebuilding their own homes, post-Katrina levy failure flooding in New Orleans?

How could we not as a nation, state, city, and community see the need to have these schools built and ready by 2006 -2007; with local populations of American males of African decent attending these schools for training IN BUILDING SKILLS and on their off time having the opportunity to earn extra monies with the knowledge and skills they have learned at school -- whilst also getting historic and valuable building information by apprenticing on the job THUS CONTINUING THE CULTURAL TRADITIONS IN BUILDING AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAINTAINING AND HISTORIC GENERATIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS OF NEW ORLEANS. 

How has not having the New Orleans Technical Trade schools up and operating by 2006-2007 to train the local population of males of African decent AFFECTED this population of New Orleanians?

Did you know of the proud heritage of the 7th Ward of coming from generations of builders, craftsmen, bricklayers, tile men, and the like? What percentage of the local population of American males of African decent from the 7th Ward have been sentenced since post-Katrina and what is the murder rate? Speculation: How would this socio-economic post-Katrina picture have looked if the trade schools had been up and running by 2006-2007?

What are the chances for the local population of American males of African decent to participate in the trickle down rebuilding and recovery approach created by the City of brand New Orleans, The State of Louisiana, and the Federal government of the United States? (Remember "We the People"... or as the Compassionate Christians of the Republican party like to remind the rest of the country - "One Nation under God")?

WoW. It really _ _ _ _ _ to be an American male of African decent in post-Katrina levy failure flooded New Orleans 2008.

The RACISM here is so AWFUL.  Graffiti on wall "Get A Job". Statue of Lee in Lee Circle with his back defiantly towards the segregated Afican American neighborhoods. The abundance of civil war military statues. The very small African American history museum in the Treme.

CLASS-ISM plus RACISIM is so BLATANT. "Rosa Parks" street sign uptown on wealthy street which states "Rosa Parks - Do Not Enter"

The VIOLENCE people live under is so UNNERVING.


"When will they ever learn...
long time passing."

-song lyric 1960's folk

General E. Lee statuary - erected on LEE CIRCLE in city of New Orleans - facing North defiantly with Uptown at his back. How ironically symbolic...

Right: Culture of Americans of African decent neighborhood in the Treme by Claiborne.


Previously unreleased notes: Released 2016

Read the original posting here:

 Honouring the works of Mr. Curtis Moore of Pralines and hundreds of 'ordinary' folks who would bring their entire families to feed and help the homeless. When speaking with Mr. Curtis he once told me, 

"We need to find a way to have a feeding schedule for feeding the homeless."

One of the most amazing things I would witness when handing out hot hands and other necessities to the homeless after the levy flooding in New Orleans, was how families would pull up their car, pull out big foil food containers, paper plates, cups, drinks and utensils to feed the poor.  Parents would tell me how important it was for their children to learn how to take care of the poor and those less fortunate then themselves 'with' them. Single people, families, Church groups, and Praline's owner Mr. Curtis Moore would all come and share food from their hearts and souls.

What an honour I was blessed with to witness their acts of generosity and kindness!

City of New Orleans is working hard to criminalize homelessness and expects to pass a new ordinance in April to allow the arrest of homeless people who sleep on the street. New Orleans homeless population has doubled since Katrina. Experts now estimate that 1 in 25 people in New Orleans is homeless, the highest rate in the nation.



Previously Unpublished: Released 2016

Parkway Partners works to improve green space for all New Orleanians as it has for the past 25 years...

Since Katrina's devastation of 75% of the city's tree canopy, we
have launched an urgent reforestation campaign.
ReLeaf New Orleans takes center stage as Parkway Partners seeks to restore a canopy that is the hallmark of beauty and health for the environment and its citizens.

ReLeaf New Orleans Initiative
Parkway Partners is placing great emphasis on the replacement of trees in public
spaces. We are building a coalition with neighborhoods for tree planting and protection.
Gift of ReLeaf Adopt-A-Neutral Ground ProgramVolunteer citizens "adopt" a section of the neutral grounds and maintain it.
Second Saturdays ProgramWe offer high quality plants/trees for sale and an educational workshop about gardening
Community GardensWe help establish and support neighborhood gardens.
Schoolyard GardensWe partner with schools to offer students an interactive educational opportunity.
Save Our TreesWe offer low cost spraying for Buck Moth caterpillars, fertilizing and termite treatment.
2008 Sign-up form
Jackson Square PartnersA project of Parkway Partners in partnership with the City of New Orleans Department of
Parks and Parkways to ensure that Jackson Square will always be a place of beauty.

PARKWAY PARTNERS - 1137 Baronne, St., New Orleans, LA 70113
phone: 504-620-2224 fax: 504-620-2231
email: OR visit the < href=""> Contact Us page

Thank You New Orleans for the Opportunities to Serve

Previously Unreleased: 3/2008


My actions, my deeds, are the sum part of all the people supporting the service work I feel called to do in New Orleans post-Katrina 2008 after the levy failure flooding of the city.

Thank you to everyone who helps me help others that I meet.

Thank you for all the opportunities to serve
and most of all
for letting me get to be the one
who shares the gifts
of your

"watch out brethren and sistren for the false prophets
who mistook God's name to mean Jah's gravy train.
-The Amharic
False Prophet


Previously Un-Published Notes:  Released 2016

Quotes from those I met in the Community - 3/2008

"I've been happy we came back." My husband is a Mardi Gras Indian

"This was our first house."

"We are back (nearby the smell of mold in the sweltering heat and humidity is intense. I ask Christine about it - she says there was some trouble with ownership and titles with the families that is why nothing much has been done - she says it does not bother her. Each house on other side of her has not been gutted yet - 2 years on."

"It''s been a struggle"

"When your determined..."

"They cut the wires out - stole the copper wires. After we just paid to have them put in."

"I am so excited to be home."

"First one back on the block."


"Salvation Army took care of us. Alabama gave us a lot.  Enterprise, Alabama. I love Alabama alot"


"I may not get everything I need - but if I can get my plumbing back in..."

13 MATTRESSES: Illegal Workers and Squating

"I came home to find 13 mattresses in my house."
One common problem in the heavily damaged 7th Ward was the illegal squating, as I am told, of illegal immigrants who came in after the storm and the rescinding by President Bush, of the fair wage act. They would live in houses where the families were away trying to regroup and rebuild.

7th Ward New Orleans - Most Inhabited Post Katrina Neighborhood

"Did you know that the 7th Ward is the most inhabited Post-Katrina ravaged community in New Orleans?"

--A proud 7th ward resident

This is mostly due to the fact that this area of the city is where many of the craftsmen, the plumbers, the electricians, the construction workers, and the builders - reside. The people who live in this community benefited greatly from attending the trade schools which once flourished in this city.


"Lincoln did not feel he freed the slaves -- he felt that they freed themselves."

 The History Channel

The Gentrification of the Black Pearl - Previously unreleased notes

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

--Desmond Tutu

These are previously unreleased notes: 2/8/16

Well, I have been cleaning up my side of the shotgun after someone broke into it. I found out just this morning from a neighbor that they saw a man leaving, arriving not likely, as they came in through the window with iron bars on it!; this neighbor didn't know what was going on but knew that the person walking from my back door at that time of the morning and going into the alley with no exit, was something their consciousness should make note of and they did. Another neighbor told them of the break-in to my house and what they had stored in their mind on early Saturday morning, became relevant. On April 1, 2008, the other side of this shotgun was robbed (3 pieces of heirloom jewelry and a broken digital camera). My neighbor who was leaving in 15 days and had just paid the rent for staying there on the very day she was robbed. She never stayed in her side of this shotgun again. My place was hit a few days before the new tenant moved in. 

A week before Easter Leyon Gaines was shot by his friend who was robbing him about 5 houses from his home.

Since January 5 2007, on this small block 10 houses on each side of the street, two of them vacant, there have been 2 murders and 1 attempted break-in, 1 break-in with nothing stolen everything tossed, and 2 robberies. 3 of the houses are close to mine that had the robberies and the murder of Jealina Brown occurred in the house across from my house.

What makes this unique to New Orleans is the fact that this is an "Uptown" area near Audubon Park. Big, wealthy houses three blocks away.  I live by the train tracks in a working class neighborhood called the "Black Pearl".  And it is. A culturally and historically relevant, beautiful, Black Pearl - it truly is.

The long time neighbors are telling me that robberies just didn't occur in this neighborhood. That this behavior is new to the neighborhood.  When I speak of  longtime and lifetime residents in this case I mean 30 - 40 + years.

What's different? I believe that it is directly related to a sudden influx of Caucasians - me included - to a historically Black New Orleanian neighborhood. The landlords in this area seem to be renting out to a lot of Caucasian people/students, and as I keep saying, this neighborhood, the Black Pearl, is a historically relevant neighborhood of middle class Americans of African decent in the culture of  New Orleans.

Uh, huh, this new influx of Caucasians are settling in and buying up the Black Pearl, creating a new neighborhood name that has more to do with real estate marketing, than any association with the culture and history of the neighborhood - the "Uptown Triangle" Association.  The neighborhood on the U.S, Census records is called the BLACK PEARL folks... And the landlords who place us in this neighborhood over better educated and often more financially stable BLACK New Orleans who are in need of housing are practicing a form of racism that is linked with real estate market practices that have probably been going on in this city for years. I am no fool, I am aware. And I feel what I see and perceive I see to be morally and ethically wrong and it is so counter culture to a community that is about family, family connections, and friends.

I think what I perceive to be happening here with brand New Orlean$ and the rebuilding of New Orleans could incorporate both demography and demographics

Somehow when we as a nation are polishing our national halo we seem to forget the cruel, inhumane, and violent things we have done, and continue to do to millions of people to bring about this prosperous, rich, democracy of capitalists.

Our national culture has become one of ADVERTISING, CONSUMING, SELF GRATIFICATION.

I am so proud to be staying the Black Pearl as a short term tenant. I am trying to leave as culturally small a footprint as possible, whilst just being me. If you are reading this blog and you have met me or know me, then you are aware that "just being me" can be pretty intense.

The morning after the break-in I told the neighbors who live nearby what happened and I knew that they would tell their nearby neighbors. Since then, many of my neighbors have been checking for me and stopping by to talk. I have been accepted and warmly welcomed into this historically relevant Black New Orleans's neighborhood as a woman not only from another culture, state, life-style; but as a person whom is welcomed for being who she is in a community of people who all know each other and have had long-time/life-time ties with each other.

It is ironic. Some of my Black neighbors tell me that they are happy to see more Caucasian people moving in. What I know about my culture and many who are not of the Caucasian culture do not always get about the euro immigrant American culture is, that many of the Caucasians that move into integrated neighborhoods now, who fit in and want to be a part of the dominant culture, are not the people who will come after us, in a few years, there will be others that come in that will not tolerate any deviance from the NORM that they want and are willing to pay for. They will change an area using the money they have to keep out who they do not want to see or have near them.

All out a lust for the properties and the amenities nearby.

It has been my experience that the Black Pearl is one of the few neighborhoods, where the white families who live in it are not even aware of it's cultural and historical relevance, nor do they care.

Monthly, I watch as this neighborhood is losing it's predominant culture. There is a pushing out by high rents of the people who have lived here since they were born. Along with that, as a long-time resident said, "we did not re-invest in our neighborhood and buy the properties for sale before the developers came through and bought them up."  For many that I speak with, the taxes on the homes in this area are becoming a burden for them and the insurance is very high, for middle class workers and the elderly who have spent their lives in this neighborhood this brings hardship. This is not a hardship for someone with money and more opportunities to make more - it is a hardship for families that are working class, with children to be with and tend to and the elderly.

This neighborhood so close demographically to St. Charles Avenue, Loyola, and the ever expanding Tulane and the wealthy and super wealthy who live "Uptown".  Also,  I haven't heard friends of mine in the 9th ward or 7th Ward complain about tax increases and high taxes. I could be wrong in detail and correct in supposition.

The Black Pearl is a historic neighborhood of Americans of African decent. The Buffalo soldiers first formed up the street on Walnut Street. Mt. Moriah church‘s pastor the Reverend Harvey, was a friend of, and one of the first six who formed the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr and he still preaches at Mount Moriah Missionary church around the corner. Mahalia Jackson used to sing there as a girl. (I love sitting on my back steps on Sunday mornings listening to the choir).

Other Related Unpublished Notes: Released 2016

Those who speak to me of this neighborhood have told me that this is the first "neighborhood" of Americans of African decent in the city - but then the people "downtown" say they are the first! The Buffalo Soldiers which Ras Bob Marley sings of were formed here - on Walnut Street. I have been told by the elders that this is one of the first neighborhoods of Americans of African decent that enjoyed a taste of the "American Dream" - thanks to the unions and the work of the civil rights workers in the 60's.

I may not have all the facts presented correctly, nor do I know a whole lot - I have only been in New Orleans 'for a minute'. What I do know and what I perceive to be witnessing/happening to this wonderful neighborhood is rental gentrification. I believe the reason there are more burglaries in this neighborhood is because of the influx of PRIMARILY Caucasians (like me!) moving into this historically Black New Orleanian neighborhood and the income inequality.

I feel what is happening here has to do with the influx of students and Caucasian students who do not interact with the local community, it is all happening too fast for the community.

Since I have moved in here a year ago I have watched primarily Black New Orleanians walking and setting on the street talking to far many Tulane students, and folks with unusually big dogs (often one or two). Mostly students though, some professionals, rarely working class - 98% Caucasian.

How could a "Chocolate city" such as New Orleans have so many white students and so little signs of Black students moving in and going to school here? How about other races and cultures?

When I first arrived in New Orleans on February 2 of 2007 and met people who were the polar opposite in personality, culture, and HEART centeredness, of what I have known most of my life - I thought I had finally found a place where a heart like mine could live amongst people who naturally lived life from their hearts. And as a city, New Orleans has soooo much heart. 

I can only speak to the areas I have spent time in, the Upper and Lower 9th, Mid-city, the Black Pearl, along Oreatha Castle Haley, the 7th Ward. I have spent some time in Chalmette.  Hollygrove, for the short time I have spent there,  I had incredible interactions with the neighbors and community.


The elderly who have lived here most if not all their lives, have been telling me this is not a neighborhood where this many burglaries occurred. They shake their heads in wonderment at what is going on when I speak with them. There is a connection here - I know why this area is being hit - because so many white people are moving into a historically and predominately Black culture and the people moving in are primarily transient Caucasian students and Caucasian people who do not integrate into this community.
 I have found a deeper humanity within myself by being accepted into the awesome culture of Black New Orleans, sadly those who look like myself, Caucasians,  moving into the neighborhood seems to act as though the Black people who live here are to be feared and avoided.

On the burglary: Nothing was stolen. The house was totally tossed. I had with me the two most valuable things I own. Both objects have to do with my work - my laptop and my camera. Ever since the other side of the shotgun was robbed I have been following intuitive guidance that told me to just bring it everywhere with me. And I have. I am washing everything that I had in the back room which was my sleeping room. In the front room, a few cabinets and a drawer under the t.v. was searched through and left opened. This person who broke in spent the most time in the back room, the bedroom; this person closed the curtains between the front room and the back, that I leave tied up with a ribbon so I can to pass through.

There is a greater spiritual reason that has been coming to me in the last twenty four hours of my contemplation time. It feels as if I have already gone through as a spiritual initiate what it is like to deal with intense psychological darkness and come out on the other side - the shaman or the aesthetic would understand what I am speaking of.  Now it feels like I am going into a new level of trusting and having faith that the Light in the presence of embodied darkness in the form of violence that has not only entered my sanctuary, but sent someone back to take something else from me. The human aspects of me are saying “Come on, just ask me, that is the reason I am even here in New Orleans, to give, to help - stop stealin from me!”

Then my soul reminds me that I am here in service work and compared to the people whom I have met and hold in my heart, what I am going through is just a taste of the insecurity and violence they live in all the time. I am thinking of Ceophus and his wife in the Lower 9th, or Mrs. Gaines still trying to rebuild on her own at 75. So many of the elderly have died related to Katrina and the levee failures. So many families are suffering far worse violence then the break ins I am experiencing.

Prayers for all the suffering. Prayers for all the New Orleanians who have suffered from this devastating natural and man-made disaster.  Prayers for the communities and culture being destroyed in the lust for land and redistricting.

Peace. Your planetary sister.

Flowing with Change

When all else is stripped away as being without meaning,
love remains, eternally upholding the recognition of God's
presence in life, eternally offering a source of blessing.

-Julie Redstone
The Calendar of Healing

HOME - 70119

I am back home in New Orleans.

Can't say that I am ready to write or photograph much yet. Partly I am trying to find new ways to earn money to support my volunteer work.

I am living in the 7th Ward and it feels so wonderful to be back home...

I love the culture of family in the neighborhood where I live, the sounds of children about, mothers watching children, music in the air, people walking in the streets and yes, crime. The murder rate in NOLA so far this year is 109. Mostly children with guns killing children - teens and youths on the cusp of being an adult.

I am deeply grateful to be home, I was sitting in the backyard yesterday listening to the music playing and the sound of children's laughter in the air as a celebration was being held in the street in front of a nearby empty school. Today as I was working/sitting in the garden, I hear the sound of drums and brass in the air... yes, I give thanks for it is good to be home.

AND THEN THERE IS THE MOLD... We deal with long term affects of mold post-Katrina. I find that I am coming down with some of the symptoms of airborne mold, mucus, coughing, tightness of breath. I had a respiratory therapist tell me this, as I had no idea what was going on. It seems the children are suffering the most, with asthma, often I see children playing in the streets by houses that haven't been fully gutted yet and it is heartbreaking. 

Monies available to beautify the city, yet in the poorer neighborhoods, buildings and houses left in semi - or un-gutted states of decay and mold.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Post Katrina 2008 Now Archived

Thank you for your readership and interest.

This blog, Post Katrina 2008 is now an archived blog.


Blessings and love to my NOLA Family, most especially in the 7th Ward. I love you all.

Friday, August 31, 2012



Individual souls may take birth in such a location not only to fulfill their own destiny and Divine purpose, but also to assist on a larger scale, offering their sacrifice in service to a larger purpose that pertains to the nation as a whole.

There are places in the world that represent the ideals of a nation.  They hold an energy and vibration of what that nation is meant to become.  Sometimes they hold this in a positive way by showing what these ideals might look like in manifestation.  In this manner they create art, beauty, new architectural structures, new ways of people living together, new political forms.

There are other areas of a nation that may hold ideals in a different way, a way that points up what that nation is lacking and what it needs to strive for.  Sometimes great sacrifice is needed when the inhabitants of such an area become the living illustration of what a nation is called to.  In such cases the sacrifice may appear as an extreme version of the need for rectification of a nation's values, practices, or goals that have become out of balance and that have departed from that nation's true promise and destiny.  Individual souls may take birth in such a location not only to fulfill their own destiny and Divine purpose, but also to assist on a larger scale, offering their sacrifice in service to a larger purpose that pertains to the nation as a whole.

It is thus with New Orleans, her inhabitants, and with some of the rest of the Gulf coast as well.  Here, the ideal that is being pointed to both by its presence and by its absence is the ideal of community – the ideal of people caring for one another and taking responsibility for one another.  New Orleans demonstrates this by what she has had to do without due to the limited restoration of her homes, neighborhoods, and structures since Hurricane Katrina.  These are things that she still must do without in many instances, for she has never recovered from that earlier major hurricane.  At the same time and by virtue of this deprivation, the city and its inhabitants are calling the rest of the nation to a sense of communal responsibility.  Through the grit and resilience of its inhabitants, New Orleans continues to rebuild itself, calling many others to help sustain what cannot be sustained on its own.  This call to collective responsibility is the call to the soul of a nation from those who have sacrificed much in order to deliver this message.

At the same time, New Orleans reflects the nature of community built out of shared external hardship, but also out of love and commitment, often deeply religiously based, sometimes based on necessity, to help and sustain one another in the neighborhoods and parishes that make up her various sections. 
The love for communal culture and roots can be nowhere more illustrated that in the stories of those who were forced to leave their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some of whom have returned, many of whom have not been able to.  Now, once again with Hurricane Isaac, (making landfall in Louisiana on the same date seven years later as Hurricane Katrina), common hardship presents both the local community and the nation with a choice of shared responsibility or one of relative isolation, each from the other, each taking care of their own needs.

This is the message of a city and of a people - of a collective soul that calls to America to listen to the need for re-balancing itself.   New Orleans carries this message to the nation and to the world.  In this sense she is a rallying point for an energy that must be expanded if this country is to become what it is meant to be and what it has promised to be – a home for all people in which life can flourish.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pastor Bruce McClueIII and Family in Slidell where flooding is occuring - your prayers are needed

"Authorities in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, called Thursday morning for residents to evacuate from some neighborhoods in the city of Slidell amid flooding concerns."

Slidell, La., Is Warned on Flooding

Blessings and love to all who are in the path of sufferation of Isaac. Blessings and prayers to Pastor Bruce McClueIII of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and to his family, and friends in Slidell.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012: ISAAC and the Suffering of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana

Hurricane Isaac has stalled overnight bringing suffering and destruction to the peoples of New Orleans, Plaquemine's, Grand Isle, Bayou's, LaPlace and many other areas in the region. There have been reports of tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi which is also suffering greatly on the shorelines. This storm is not predicated to move due to the dry air above it until tomorrow.

Photo: NASA  

Follow this link for flash image of dry air holding Isaac in place:

Follow this link at for updates from people following the storm. Excellent links.

Follow this link at NOLAReady@twitter for twitter updates of citizen reports of damage.

Follow this link for street closures, power outages:

Follow this link for updates from the LEDE of the NY Times and video as well as webcams: THELEDEwithRobertMackey

Follow this link with the Weather Channel's Twitter updates: Hurricane Central @twc_hurricane

To listen to live local New Orleans talk radio:
To listen and watch live coverage: Fox8NewsLive

Follow this link for the radar images: National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image Loop

Follow this link from Harry Shearer for tweets on the storm and info about levee's "all but complete":
HRRR loop of ISSAC until 2 a.m.: HRRRComposite Reflectivity
It has been reports that Plaquemines Parish flooded. with 12 feet if water in homes via The Weather Channel's Hurricane Central (follow the above twitter link).

Entergy reporting over 400,000 people without power.

Isaac will be hovering over Louisiana all day. Keep everyone who are in the path of this storm in your thoughts and prayers throughout your day.
PRAYERS for the suffering

your planetary sister,

Tuesday, August 28, 2012



May the waters fill the Mississippi where it is dry.
May the waters bring relief to areas where there is drought.
May the pumps work and the levees stay strong.
May all who are in Issac's path know we are with them and praying.

love your planetary sista,


Sunday, May 13, 2012

LIONEL: Terrorism, HAARP & Futzing With the Weather


Published on May 11, 2012 by LionelY2K 
NY's PIX 11 News 
Commentary Aired: May 13, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Danziger - Justice


Judge imposes stiff sentences on 5 NOPD officers convicted in Danziger shootings

After a morning featuring powerful testimony from both the victims of the Danziger Bridge shootings and friends and relatives of the former NOPD officers who will spend much of their lives in prison, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt this afternoon imposed stiff sentences on the five former cops who were convicted at trial last summer. The four defendants convicted of participating in the shootings themselves -- which claimed the lives of two civilians, and badly injured four others -- all face prison terms of more than 30 years.

Robert Faulcon Jr., 48, was sentenced to 65 years in prison. Faulcon is the only officer tied to the second of the two fatal shootings on the bridge -- that of Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally challenged man. Madison was felled by a shotgun blast to the back fired by Faulcon on the western side of the bridge.

Former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, 38, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Bowen sat in the front passenger seat as a Budget rental truck full of officers sped to the bridge on the morning of Sept. 4, 2005. Prosecutors said Bowen jumped out of the truck and sprayed an AK-47 at a concrete barrier where civilians were hiding. The jury also convicted him of stomping on Madison as he lay dying, though Engelhardt later threw out that conviction, citing a lack of physical evidence.

Former Sgt. Robert Gisevius Jr., 39, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Gisevius was one of several officers who rode to the bridge in the back of the Budget truck. He opened fire with an M-4 rifle after jumping out the back of the truck, and later, with Bowen and the investigators, helped orchestrate a years-long cover-up to hide what actually happened on the bridge.

Anthony Villavaso II, 35, was sentenced to 38 years in prison. He, too, rode in the back of the Budget truck, and then jumped out and fired an AK-47 at unarmed civilians on the bridge. Nine casings matching that AK-47 were recovered by investigators.

Former Sgt. Arthur "Archie" Kaufman, 55, who was convicted on 10 counts related to the cover-up of the shootings, was sentenced to six years in prison. Kaufman was the only one of the five defendants sentenced today who was not already incarcerated. Engelhardt ordered him to report to prison on May 23rd.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Petition for Trayvon Martin: Link

Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin


Why This Is Important
On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.

Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son.

Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.

When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.

It's been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer - saying he's "a college grad" who took a class in criminal justice.

Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida's 18th District State's Attorney, to investigate my son's murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.

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'I Am Trayvon Martin' As Their Message, College Students Rally Demanding Justice

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dolphins are still dying and the oil is still here... {sigh} from the land of the big easy

Huge tar balls and a dead dolphin - a stroll down the beach in Grand Isle

Laurie Wiegle
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:17 CDT

Betty Doud, a painter who lives in one of the hardest-hit areas from the BP oil spill, spoke again to Examiner this week. She had posted a video on Facebook that showed some horrifically large tar "balls" that had washed up on the beach. These weren't balls - they were huge chunks, like dried petroleum bowling balls.

Examiner asked Betty if she'd respond to some questions. She ended up writing a thorough report of what she observed over just the past few days. Here's what she had to say (this has only been lightly edited for clarity):

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BP AMEricA. JUNE 2011~ Health Issue Cover UP! Reports from the BEACH
Caution! The sufferation in this vid is graphic and troubling


Friday, June 17, 2011

Florida arrests folks for feeding the homeless...

Can you imagine that people could be arrested for feeding the homeless? Not in New Orleans... For all the negative press this city gets for the crime and dirt (oh yeah, I just saw you dump trash outta ya car!)... this is a GENEROUS city when it comes to individuals and groups who take care of those who are less fortunate then themselves.

I remember after Katrina when so many were homeless and hungry, especially those living under the overpass on Claiborne Avenue, and Tent City by City Hall... The individuals and groups that I saw daily to come and feed the homeless made me feel proud to be a New Orleanian. Proud to be a human.

When I would ask folks why they were there, this is what I remember being told:

"I want my children to understand how important it is to take care of others, and to see that others don't have a life as good as theirs."

"I drive a bus everyday and I pass by these people and I had to do something to help."

"My mother just made a bunch of food and told me to take it down here and feed people."

"Why can't we have enough food to feed everyone?" That was Mr. Curtis from the Praline Connection. He could often be found feeding the poor.

What's ironic, it is often the black New Orleanian families that I saw out feeding the poor, often out of the back of their vehicles, some with much less than those who have to give and choose not to. Ironic and blessed.

Church's, individuals, groups... I have witnessed incredible acts of charity in this city. Whether it is feeding the homeless, or the bunkerbusters and travelers, the beggars and broken - my  heart will never, ever, forget the acts of charity and kindness I have witnessed.

OneLOVE New Orleans

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rest in Peace" Sis. Mary Ethel White 103: Mother of Mount Carmel Baptist Church

"I shall wear a crown when the trumpet sounds..."

How many of us with a shorter life span than this Godly woman can say we have led a loving and righteous life? Mother 'Marie' Mary Ethel White's funeral and repast was held today. I never met Mother Mary, yet felt her spirit of love and kindness resonating throughout the services held today at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2024 N. Tonti Street in the 7th Ward of New Orleans.

I will share some of the lovely tributes shared from the heart in honour of Sis. Mary Ethel White, the 'Mother' of Mount Carmel Baptist Church:

Her favorite song/lyrics: "It's all right, Jesus has made it all right."
Hymn attributed to Mother Mary "On the Battlefield for the Lord"

"Mother Mary was a woman who gave her life in service to others and Christ."

Mother Mary... "A person you will never forget once you've known her."

"A beautiful person to know, loving to everybody, taking care of those in need."

Blessings Mother Mary,
 truly, you are "Bound for the Promised Land".

One Love

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A tribute to my animal bredren...

Buddy died today as a result of a hit and run. I will miss you Buddy.
Thank you for always running to me with such joy when I called out your name.
I love you baby, no human will ever hurt you again*.

Cat... we still speak of you and miss you.
I love you and thank you for the time we had together.

*Buddy's body endured the last indignity. I heard after the fact, that his body was put into a trash can instead of buried by his owner. I am so sorry Buddy, and to all the animals who have suffered so greatly in the hands of humans. Blessings to all of God's creatures.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

An Open Letter to the Female African American Police Officers of the NOPD

Today I witnessed, intervened, stopped, and then called in, an incident of an African American woman being beaten by an African American man. I drove up to the scene witnessing the woman being repeatedly and brutally punched in the head and face. She was pinned in the back of the SUV, whilst the man, repeatedly beat her in the head. The back of the SUV was open and I witnessed the assault. The beating only ended by my beeping the horn and parking behind the vehicle, continuing to beep. The man stopped beating the woman and came after me, threatening me, then ran back to the vehicle preventing the woman from escaping when I asked her if she wanted to come with me in my vehicle. She said yes, but could not escape, he locked the door as I was talking to her and got in the vehicle and began driving away. He backed up to continue his threats to me and I asked through the window if she wanted me to call the police and she said yes. When the man heard this he began to drive away, I heard her cry out to me "please call the police".

The purpose of this letter is to address the difference between a "fight" and a "beating - assault." When I described the event to the first officer who took the call, an African American Officer and a woman, she remarked about it being a "fight". I corrected her that it was not a "fight". I received a call back from another African American Officer - also female, who also said to me when I described what happened, "it was a fight."

My sisters, a man beating a woman repeatedly and brutally in the head as she is penned into a vehicle and unable to escape is NOT a fight. A woman pleading to escape a violent incident is not a woman in a fight. Too many times in my brief time here in New Orleans living in the African American community have I seen my sisters beaten and abused. And I find the tolerance of abuse and assault far too high. I was shocked not only by the brutality of the beating I witnessed today, but again twice more when WOMEN officers both labelled the assault as a "fight".

Until the cycle of abuse/assault is identified and labelled for what it is first in the home, then in the neighborhood and communities, I fear that female officers such as the ones I engaged with today, will continue to have a high tolerance for what constitutes abuse and assault on African American women.

I pray the SUV was found and the man arrested. I pray that the woman is able to leave the situation she has found herself in with this man. I pray for a greater and more compassionate understanding between African American women when it comes to violence and abuse. I pray for the children who are continually exposed to abusive and violent situations from both their male and female parents. I pray for an end to the familial and generational tolerance of abuse and violence. And most of all, I pray that there might be more sensitivity then I experienced today on the part of those who are in positions of protecting the community. And lastly, I pray for a lower tolerance level when it come to abuse and violence in the African American family.

Friday, May 27, 2011

An Urgent Message from the "Ancient Ones " to the Native American People about Planet Earth

This video is mirrored from the YouTube website of


The Final Shifting of Planet Earth and Humanity: A new relationship with Earth

Ascended Master's world message regarding the current events taking place on Planet Earth

A Spectacle of Light is coming to the Earth for 3 days

"An Important and Urgent Message for Help to assist Mother Earth from the Ascended Masters "

♥ ♥ ♥   Extra Special Link from your Planetary Sister
 Light Omega Updates

One Love


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2011 A time of planetary and solar changes

The weather, earth, and solar movements are happening faster and the animals, rivers, and oceans are dying out.

Collectively without being anchored in our hearts, we have been heading not towards a civilization change which is ready, spiritually anchored, balanced, and prepared, but a civilization where we can look back a shake our heads with horror for what we have done to the planet and our planetary brothers and sisters, human and all other species spite of our spiritual and material accomplishments.


Time accelerates. An opening of a planetary vortex.
Blessed be.

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Time accelerates.
Be not afraid.
For I AM.