Saturday, March 22, 2008

STOP FOR A WHILE AND LISTEN...


i KNOW i KNOW.

i'm TRYING my NERVOUS SYSTEM GETS AMPED BY THE LIGHT.

my body IS TRYING TO GROUND IT AS WE SPEAK.

i WASN'T BEING RUDE, i KNOW "I" TALKED WAY TOO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE KIND TO ME ANYWAY including THOSE WHO JUST SCRATCHED THEIR CHINS.



your Planetary sister.

BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT - BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS : NEW ORLEANS

This was for you my planetary brothers and sisters of New Orleans post-Katrina. You know who your are... When you read many of you will have the history of my deeds in your presence written upon your hearts and thoughts. Then you will know the purity of my messages. I was there, before you were there, I was there, suffering the cries, the shock, the prayers, and the pain of betrayal, before you were there. These things that were given to me to see - to know - could not be turned off inside of my heart and my thoughts. They still bear fruit.

(the following Revelations are from my website. I have been putting the prophecies I was given on this website for years. I am not ready to reveal its name. It's sacred. And I have been taught by my Beloved Teacher that sacred consciousness is something that should be gradually revealed. I think it is so the mind and heart can adjust to the change in consciousness.)




8-23-2005

A warning:

On the eve of a time of grievous suffering for the people of the nation of the free, its nation’s leaders wait in anticipation with darkness in their hearts.


This is the sequence in which your suffering was given to me by the Beings of the MOST HIGH, the Beings of Light that serve the ONE. However you understand the one to be for you - or not. I do and the ONE goes by the many names of the people who come and have come in the name of LOVE.


7-13-2005

And the darkness will look you in the eye...

And you shall know in a moment, in your mind and your heart...

That the darkness cares not one wit for the preciousness of your life.

Its agenda is the agenda of the darkness through the will of the one aligned with the darkness.

Woe. Woe to the innocents.



7-29-2005

To the people of the nation of the free and other nations of "freedom": How is it that you do not see, do not hear, the cries and sufferings of all My children?



8-23-2005

A warning:

On the eve of a time of grievous suffering for the people of the nation of the free, its nation’s leaders wait in anticipation with darkness in their hearts.



9-30-2005

I am invisible to you in my sufferings and lamentations - even as I walk among you.



10-05-2005

I am, embodied death - writhing - in a living hell.



11-21-2005

My eyes perceive only the darkness around me.

My heart has known days upon days of despair and lament.

My body and spirit, tortured and tormented, have become weary and weakened.

My soul weeps.

Why have you abandoned me my Beloved God?

Why have you abandoned your faithful and devoted servant to the darkness?




I am the messenger. One planetary sister amongst gazillions of planetary brothers and sisters. It's the message that's important...


ONE LOVE
ONE PLANET
ONE DESTINY




prayers for the suffering.




Thursday, March 20, 2008

MAUNDY THURSDAY: NEW ORLEANS: SAINT ANNA'S CHURCH: 1313 ESPLANADE - 6:30 p.m. Thursday 3-20- 2008



Saint Anna's Church in New Orleans is the place I will be participating in the ancient ritual of Maundy Thursday, if you have never experienced this sacred ritual*, it begins at 6:30 p.m.



St. Anna's Episcopal Church
1313 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 947-2121

in peace.


*sacred ritual - Anglican Catholic

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ST.BERNARD DEVELOPMENT RESIDENTS CALL FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND AN END TO THE DEMOLITION OF NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC HOUSING



Date: Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 4:59 PM
(I didn't open this e-mail for 7 hours - sent too late to be effective...)


Subject:
TOMORROW MORNING: ST.BERNARD DEVELOPMENT RESIDENTS CALL FOR AN END TO THE DEMOLITION OF NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC HOUSING

Please join them

RALLY Tuesday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m.
3800 block of St. Bernard Ave (right across from the developments)


At a meeting this past Saturday, St. Bernard residents decided to plan a rally and demonstration to protest the ongoing demolition of the St. Bernard apartments. The rally is scheduled for tomorrow, and will be meeting at 8:00 at the 3800 block of St. Bernard Ave.


Please come out to the rally if you are able.

And please pass this message on to your networks.


Press AdvisoryMarch 17, 2008

Contact: Kawana Jasper

7TH WARD ARTIST: SAMUEL LEE JOHNSON ' "Prophet is the knowledge. Knowledge is knowing the Prophet."




"What man calls trash - God calls good."
- Samuel Lee quoting Christian scripture



The water in the green bottle on the altar is Katrina water. The skull symbolizes all the animals that died. The cup is for when people come home - to enjoy when the come back home, the cup of life. The dogs at either side of the altar are for the dogs that stayed faithful and waited for their masters, they are protecting the city. Many of the animals didn't want to leave after the storm. When you've adapted to a place you don't want to leave. Many of them died waiting for their masters to return, some rescued. In front of the altar is the wishing well for the people to make wishes in for their new futures.



"See how strong they {the people of New Orleans} are comin back home"
-Samuel Lee Johnson



Pauger Street, 7th Ward, New Orleans, March 16, 2008

7th WARD ARTIST SAMUEL LEE JOHNSON: "Si tu as faim, mange - Si tu as soif, bois."



"If you are hungry, eat,
If you are thirsty, drink."



PAUGER STREET 70117


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

SHOCK DOCTRINE IN ACTION NOLA: SEWAGE & WATER - broken water lines = high bills for post-Katrina levy failure NOLA residents - many just returning.



SHOCK DOCTRINE IN NEW ORLEANS political policies in action:

read more at: BLAGUEUR New Orleans blog.





This broken water line is brought to you by the city of New Orleans...



paid for by the residents WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT. Shockingly, people who do not even have homes on their properties, elderly, low income homeowners struggling to rebuild, fixed incomers... AND WHEN THEY RETURN to REBUILD or GET THEIR SERVICES TURNED ON - POP! a HUGE water bill is waiting for them. They don't pay - they don't have water. Many of these returning residents don't have a clue how their water bills could be so high. Especially the elderly.


Well what shall our public servants - our government "of the people" - do?


Why not a private a market solution????



$$ PRIVATIZE IT $$


"WE the people" lose our water rights. Corporations not the people will own the water.



let's not go there...


FOUND: NEW ORLEANS REBUILDING RELATED- PROPERTY LAW BLOG

FOUND: NEW ORLEANS - LOWER 9TH WARD ACHIVAL PHOTO'S & COMMENTARY - 2006

Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans LA, January 22 - 23, 2006






FOUND:

in the html code: I was touched by way the photographer choose to frame his reference points, in his html code.

"the previous Album: Ruins of New Orleans LA, January 21 - 22, 2006" "Previous: Ruins of New Orleans LA "

Also I found his commentary thoughtful, his eye for architecture good, and his ability to perceive the beauty, sacredness that comes with crisis, and the essence of the spirit of New Orleans post-Katrina. His photo's show me the extreme differences in the realities of nearby communities and neighborhoods and the French Quarter.

I couldn't stay long at this site because I found it whilst GooGle-ing info for a posting on Demolitions (I was researching the zip and info about the school). Unfortunately the only history of this school Jonathon Locket on Tonti Street in the Upper 9th Ward and its significance to the area, is oral history.)

And yes I still need to write html code which I enjoy (except all the typing! with Blogger, especially the links...

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO TO LOSE A NEW ORLEANIAN? peacesispossibleinneworleans.com


When we read the newspapers, we get an age and name of a citizen shot on the intersection of two streets. More than often, we hear more about where the murder happened than to whom it happened. All too often the largest part of the New Orleanian’s personality is undiscovered. Out of 413 citizens murdered since the Flood, never did we have the opportunity to understand the Kingdom of God dwelling inside each one of them.


There are those among us who read about these murders and before they can hear the pleas of compassion for their fellow man, they plug their ears, and set sails for the blessed isles of forgetfulness where they can lull their conscience with the sweet songs of diversions. These cynics find it fit to know only the name and age of the victim so they can continue to see each murder as meaningless. In the deep reaches of their heart, the cynic knows that if they were to hear his humane song, they might be called to act against these heinous crimes.

The cynic’s value and worth operates in its own little separate system, an infinite distance from the valuelessness of the victims. These cynics do not have profound feelings about profound things so they have separation from places, times and persons. Since they do not understand the sacredness of our city, they are blind to the dignity and worth of our citizens. Their hearts are stone for they do not know what it means to lose a New Orleanian.

Looking out unto the conditions of our community, the cynical citizen sees only terror, destruction, and death. They abandon their dreams of New Orleans, and cry out, “Such hope is foolishness.’ They resign to their doubts about her resurrection and settle for another place where, in a quietly despairing world, they will lose themselves as automaton living in an alienated universe. The cynic wanders through life spurred on by a fickle faith. They never possess the courage to fathom their faith. They never possess the strength, determination, and love to be a New Orleanian. They instead wish to sit on the sidelines during the majestic struggle for the soul of democracy happening here in New Orleans.

Every one of the 413 New Orleanians was a believer. Each of them saw the destruction, death and meaninglessness permeating New Orleans, but they did not flee to a comfortable community, they heard her soulful cry, they drove their sails to the unknown, forged through the stormy seas and answered her call for creation. Each of the 413 was a knight of faith who leapt into the darkness, ready to battle the labyrinth of love, ready to risk body, mind and spirit for her soul. Each of the 413 had a living faith in the genius of New Orleans; they took up the burden of chaos and committed themselves to the staggering task of creating the Dream City.

Each one of the 413 New Orleanians made that choice because they saw New Orleans as the symbol of what we could be. They believed that New Orleans is the meaning of democracy. They longed for New Orleans because New Orleans is the dance of democracy; it is the dream of democracy.

Each of the 413 held onto a hope, they saw beyond the rubble, and saw a promising land. They possessed a passion for this place and its people. They knew that the plant ‘man’ has grown most vigorously to a height on the soil of New Orleans. For a New Orleanian is a human being who constantly experiences, sees, hears, suspects, hopes and dreams extraordinary things. They are masters of inventions in ideas, words, stories and songs. A New Orleanian is a courageous, cunning animal that has no equal on the Earth. Even when darkness descends upon them, the New Orleanian labors their way out of any labyrinth.

Surrounded by the poetic people of this soulful city, the 413 dared to dream that they could be Fathers in founding a community of creators—a community where artists seek Virtue and Truth, saints preach dreams to the youth, poets discourse with the wise and priests sing ancient lullabies. Yes, the dream of New Orleans was still alive in the hearts of these citizens.
Only in this city, baptized by the waters of fire, do we possess the potential for a higher dream, a higher community, a higher humanity.

While living in other cities, with other citizens, at other times, the Reverend of Reveries, Dr. Martin Luther King might have dreamed about little black boys and little black girls holding hands with little white boys and white girls. But I will tell you that if the King of Dreams were still alive today, and if he were in New Orleans right now during our majestic struggle, under the oak trees, he would take his mental flight and, as that sweet breeze gave him that New Orleans ease, the prince of peace would dream higher dreams. He would have a dream that in New Orleans little black boys, little black girls, little white boys, little white girls would descend like doves upon our city and together fathom the courage to create the beloved community.

He would have a dream in New Orleans that one day, blacks and whites, Easterners and Westerners, Caribbean and Europeans would beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks, that brothers would no longer rise up against brothers and all would learn to love their enemies and pray for those who harm them.

He would dream in New Orleans that one day, Baptists and Buddhists, Catholic and Hindus, Muslims and Jews, would give themselves to Peace from the essence of their being and sing to their gods new songs of love and healing.

He would dream in New Orleans that one day, the boulevard of Martin Luther King, a place ravaged by rage, a place flooded in fear, would be transformed into a neighborhood of nonviolence.

He would dream in New Orleans that every day after every murder, the whole city would rise up, gather together and stand in silence—stating in their symbolic gesture: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that every man is created equal and every human is endowed with the spirit of the Creator.

In his hearts of hearts, King knew that it was dream power that moves the cosmos. It is dreams that move humanity through the dark ages. It is only with our dreams that we can come back to this city day after day. Each of the 413 clung to their dreams of New Orleans. They were the free spirits of America, who saw the degeneration of a city once proud in her dance, once noble in her art, and once dangerous in her greatness. They saw her destruction yet they still longed for her life. They could not abandon her green and gracious universe and they agreed to pay the price for her Kingdom.

In these years after the Flood, we lost 413 citizens to man’s inhumanity to man. No matter whom they were, no matter what mistakes they made, no matter where they were in life, these 413 were faithful New Orleanians. Some, like Dineral Shavers, were children of music, some, like Curtis Helms, were children of poetry, some, like Chivas Doyle, were loyal friends, some, like Joseph Magee, were loyal fathers, some were great dancers like Edward Balsar, some great artists like Keith Moore, some great listeners like Willie Simmons, some, like Ronnie Keelen, could not escape drugs, some, like Jerrell Jackson, could not escape the crowd. No matter what their role in our city, they all made a fateful decision. They all decided that, for New Orleans, they would forge through the chaos to create community. Let us remember those 413 sacred citizens murdered since the Flood. Let us respect their dignity and worth by meditating on their personalities. Let us take this time to cultivate compassion for our fellow New Orleanians and feel the breeze of this great city and hear the songs of our lost citizens.

Let us join hands and pause now one moment for each of the 413, I will let you know when the 6 minutes 53 seconds is completed.

[A Moment of Silence]

These children of God—beautiful, creative and alive with the love of New Orleans—were the victims of man’s most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.

May I now say a word to you, the members of the bereaved families? It is almost impossible to say anything that can console you during these dark days and remove the deep clouds of disappointment which are floating in your mental skies. I hope you can find some consolation from the artist’s affirmation that death is not the end. The society of murderers and victims in which we survive will find its end and transfiguration only on the level of creation. Art is the creator of dignity, value and meaning in man. It is the peak expression of man’s creativity; his genius to break out of death’s paralyzing bonds. Your loved one’s will not be forgotten in the newspapers of yesterday. Their legacy will inspire art, their spirits will compose projects, and their stories will create artists. During these trying days, we must cling to the faith that unmerited suffering is redemptive. It is in their name that monuments of love will be built, peace will be forged, and nonviolence will take concrete form. Though their physical body was taken by an act of destruction, their free spirits will inspire acts of creation. Your love ones will helm the Renaissance in New Orleans and nothing could be more redemptive.

And so today, you do not walk alone. You gave to this world wonderful children. They didn’t live long lives, but they lived meaningful ones. Their lives were distressingly small in quantity, but glowingly large in quality. And no greater tribute can be paid to you as parents, and no greater epitaph can come to them as children, than where they died. They did not die under the sickly sober skies of Washington D.C. nor did they die hidden in the comfort of some other community. They died in the City of Solidarity, as a dreamer of democracy, creating anew the dream of New Orleans. This stands out as a beautiful, beautiful thing for all generations.

This speech was given at the 24 hour prayer vigil in front of City Hall on Saturday, March 15th, 2008

"ONE OF THE VICTIMS FAMILIES, ALBERT PHILLIPS, LOST ALL THEIR POSSESSIONS TO A FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO HAS EXTRA FURNITURE...



This is a copy of an e-mail from Charles Anderson of peaceispossibleneworleans.com

His e-mail to me rescheduling our meeting time speaks so much to the level of suffering and crisis still occurring post-Katrina 2008, New Orleans:

"I apologize but I will have to move the meeting. One of the victims families, Albert Phillips, lost all of their possessions to a fire over the weekend. I will be over their house all of Wednesday to help. Perhaps Thursday in the afternoon? Let me know if Thursday works for you. Once again I apologize. If you know anyone who has extra furniture this would help them a lot. They own nothing right now."


Are you local - can you help?

United For Peace In NewOrleans
chuckoanderson25@yahoo.com





http://outside.in/New_Orleans_LA/tags/demolitions



Excellent resource if you are seeking information on the demolition of New Orleans historic houses and changes being made in neighborhoods.


outside.in
Tracking news, views, and conversations in 11,860 towns and neighborhoods



"Whose watching, whose making decisions?" DEMOLITIONS, DECISIONS & HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: NEIGHBORHOODS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DECENT NEW ORLEANS



FOUND:

Think New Orleans » Not everything it seems - HCDRC Nov 26 Agenda
November 26th, 2007. Matt McBride. For the past few weeks I’ve been investigating demolition practices in the city,
with an emphasis on historic properties
thinknola.com/post/hcdrc-nov-26-agenda/ - 70k


November 26th, 2007
Matt McBride

For the past few weeks I’ve been investigating demolition practices in the city, with an emphasis on historic properties and how they are handled. I believe there is a systematic effort by the city to bypass statutory historic reviews for demolitions, and I believe that effort has been ongoing for at least a year, if not more.

By my estimates, hundreds of houses have been “overlooked” by the city’s Safety & Permits department in assembly of agendas for the Historic Conservation District Review Committee (HCDRC). In doing so, demolitions - which have been largely federally funded since Katrina - have proceeded at an accelerated pace which makes a mockery of the statutory process of historic review. Considering the considerable value of the city’s historic stock of houses, this is a tremendous disservice to the residents of this city and possibly the taxpayers of this nation.

As far as I can tell, when a demolition permit is applied for, the front-line clerk or someone in Safety & Permits determines whether a building is eligible for HCDRC review. The criteria are pretty simple. The building has to lie in a geographic area bounded by the Jefferson & St. Bernard Parish lines, the river, and a northern boundary marked by a line along Metairie Rd, City Park Ave, Wisner Blvd, I-610, and Florida Ave. Also the two National Register Districts outside that area - South Lakeview and Gentilly Terrace - are also under the HCDRC purview...



Modeling New Orleans on the Inland Empire
New Orleans Tax Sale / Properties for a Couple of Thousand
Not everything it seems - HCDRC Nov 26 Agenda
http://thinknola.com/post/hcdrc-nov-26-agenda/
http://outside.in/New_Orleans_LA/tags/demolitions






















I was speaking a person closely associated with this house. The demolish notice was mistakenly put on the house on the left which is connected to the once bar and restaurant on the right. In this case a wrongful demolition was caught before it occurred. How many times has it not been? How are the demolitions in historically relevant Black New Orleanian neighborhoods are occurring before the community decides on its relevance to the community and its history?





When I was at the public housing demolitions hearings in January (check January blog-postings) I heard the New Orleans city hall commission that decideds what is demolished and not give a stay of execution, for this Upper 9th Ward School. I do not know what is happening since then. The people in the neighborhood of this school are rebuilding in extreme hardship and it is in my opinion that to tear down this school would be cruel.

MOST RECENT PHOTO'S OF HOUSES LOCATED ON SAME STREET AS JONATHON LOCKET SCHOOL TONTI STREET UPPER 9TH WARD NEW ORLEANS 2008
(mea culpa on spelling & street names)











"Many discouraging hours will arise before the rainbow of accomplished goals
will appear on the horizon."


-Haile Sellassie I



RELEVANCE


Monday, March 17, 2008

NEW ORLEANS HOLLYGROVE: MARGARET-TROTTER - Videophotographer, singer, poet, evacuee, rebuilding, stressed out, grateful ...home.


































"I live down by the levy waiting for the good Lord to pass my way"
- Margaret Trotter's adaptation of an American of African decent gospel song.


LINKS:

HOLLYGROVE NEW ORLEANS - WIKI

INTEResTING gOOgLE LEAD: Note difference between Hollygrove Street in same area of New Orleans but Hollygrove Area is not near the "Country Club".

JAYLINS HUG: SWEET CHILD OF GOD - 7TH WARD NEW ORLEANS 2008




See this little girl, Jaylin Dauzart... this is her story. As I was talking to her grandmother Diane W. Jackson of Allen & N Miro, New Orleans, Jaylin was watching me photograph herself, her brother, and her grandmother (with permission asked - respect.) When I look at the slide show shots I can see Jaylin discovering who I am and then I watch her, enlightened, walk towards me, smiling, heart wide open with wild flowers in her hand for me.

She reached out and gave me one of two wild flowers she had picked, the little purple one, she kept the white flower for herself. "She just loves to give out flowers to people Diane Jackson tells me."

Then this incredible spiritual being, embodied in this sweet little girl, reaches up for a hug. I kneel down to her and she hugs me. A real hug, no pulling back, no tension. A hug that lasts longer than the usual hug with 2 adults. Or with most children I encounter. I felt as if I was in the arms of a child of God. It was the purest experience of unconditional love in the moment, and I was so grateful as a planetary sister in the streets who has taken in so many stories of suffering by that Sunday afternoon. March 16, 2008

WoW... This child of God understood how to give a hug with her whole self, heart and soul...

"I needed that" I told her." She smiled at me and hugged me 1 more time.

"She does that all the time," her grandmother Diane W. Jackson tells me as she crosses the street with her grandson Jason Duazart, Jr.

When they left I took Jaylin's wildflower and put it in my shirt close to my heart.

OnE LoVe




Diane W. Jackson, Jaylin and her brother Jason Dauzart, Jr.
2200 block of Allen Street leaving church on Palm Sunday
New Orleans, LA March 16, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

NEW ORLEANS 2008 REBUILDING - ENTERGY WOES: RESIDENTS STUCK IN "REBUILD" WITH HIGH ENERGY BILLS

I met Margaret Trotter-Cleary whilst standing on the street speaking with Tommy above (left) from "Locations" catering. The Louisiana krewe of Locations were feeding "the film crew" for a movie which was being shot in New Orleans last week.

Margaret Trotter came driving by in her cruiser - The Camera Lady, having her unique New Orleans experience, which end up being the Wonders of Margaret, which she films, writes poetry abouts, writes music for, and performs. Margaret was driving by and I think she thought by looking at my camera Nikon D40 (which I paid for out of a gift given to me for dental care by the by...), that I was associated with the film. She soon found out I wasn't but that I was interested in her and her story. Which I found out later Margaret has been on CNN and been interviewed by other news agencies. In the following photo's Margaret is performing her post-Katrina song "What are We Gonna do After the Storm" for me which is breathtakingly poignant and beautifully sung. There must be a tribe-a family- that were brought here as slaves that were singers. One of the Twelve Tribes? Mrs. Gaines must be somehow related to such a family.


Even when Margaret found out I wasn't a big deal when it came to any sort of news prestige, her huge heart and spirit still had much to share with me about herself and her ordeals. My interactions with her reminded me other New Orleanians who had had so much news coverage on them in a time of naked crisis.

I asked Margaret if she would like to write down what was most important to her right not in her rebuilding process - this is what she wrote by her own hand - Margaret told me that they can't afford a computer yet so she is not online yet. When I asked her about the smell of mold in the house, (a health hazard down here in New Orleans in the hot, humid tropical weather they call summers-except for those with air purifiers) Margaret told me that they have to still work to do to finish the gutted out other half of the shotgun they live in which helps pay the bills.

For you Margaret when you get online... you've got some google links connecting your name to your business, to your story as a Katrina flood evacuee and to your beloved New Orleans. peace.


MARGARET TROTTER - - "Don't let that smile misguide ya - this woman has known suffering" - - HOLLYGROVE, NEW ORLEANS RESIDENT 2008




Written by the hand of Margaret Trotter: Thursday March 13, 2008

"The energy bill is so high and Entergy is charging customers extreme high gas prices to use no gas because you have Entergy on and prices are charged to you."

(a planetary note: I had this same problem and had the gas turned off until needed in the cold months. See last years POSTKARINA2007.BLOGSPOT.COM rant and posts: CORRUPT CORPORATIONS AND SOCIETAL "APATHETIC" CONDITIONING An Encounter with Entergy"

"{The} Sewage and Water Board was charging people $15 per month after Katrina September 2005, and up until now you still have to pay $1,000 bills to the city and your house has to be inspected with new fixtures or your water will be turned off."


"This is my plea - to bring our people home and live happily ever after without
so much stress."

--Margaret Cleary-Trotter, Hollygrove, LA


With high Entergy bills and water bills most of us will be homeless unless some drastic good news is offered to the people by our government who's supposed to be one of the richest countries in the world. This is my plea - to bring our people home and live happily ever after without so much stress."

OVERHEARD:

"... don't even have a house on her property and she has a $2500 water bill." "...I know of an elderly lady with a $900 water bill." - Mario Septer, Mary Trotter and neighbors in Hollygrove, New Orleans neighborhood with broken water line on their block.


PICTURE taken as NEIGHBORS TALK ABOUT WATER/ENERGY BILLS

continued narrative of Mary Trotter:

"I was a videophotographer of New Orleans and I videoed Jazz funerals, second lines, birthday parties, baby showers, wedding and church functions."





"Being from New Orleans I was just fascinated with my camera I bought from radio Shack in New Orleans. I went out and explored New Orleans and even American Odol when it was at the Superdome in 2005. {The} footage kept me smiling when I was crying."

During Katrina I went to NSW in Natchitoches, LA to bring my daughter to college and a school teacher by the name of Avis Jackson provided me with money $250 and a care to bring my daughter Pieatra to scholL. I am looking for her and 3
years almost has past not knowing where she is. HELP! {she writes in bold letters} "

"Natchitoches, LA" was good to the 750 evacuees in the gym room and I would like to thank the Police Chief, Northwestern St. University, Mayor and especially that cafeteria staff who gave us a hot and nutritious meal everyday which so many of us didn't have during that time."

Love, peace, and soul, Margaret Trotter




HOW MANY NEW ORLEANIANS HAVE COME BACK TO WATER & SEWAGE BILLS AND PAID/PAY FOR AREAS WITH BROKEN WATER LINES THAT LOOK LIKE THIS?


LOWER NINTH WARD, NEW ORLEANS LA, JANUARY 22-23,2006


http://www.asergeev.com/pictures/archives/2006/490/jpeg/04.jpg




HOW MANY STILL ARE PAYING FOR BROKEN WATER LINES IN NEW ORLEANS?

ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS - LISTEN TO YOUR NEIGHBORS










"...that water line down there broke, {New Orleans Sewage & Water} don't have enough money to fix it. All that water coming out of our water bills {in this neighborhood}."

"As long as that water line is broke, we payin for it."

Mario Septer,
REBUILDING ON HIS OWN
ROAD HOME JUST VISITED HIS HOUSE 3-2008
Monticello Avenue, New Orleans
New Orleans post-Katrina 2008

My neighbor Henry, recommends 'BLACK MAGIC' tonight on ESPN Sports

The Black Pearl: New Orleans, LA 70118


Henry came out to tell 2 of the local men (boys to him - Henry is in his late 70's) they were in their 40's, about this program. He had the newspaper opened and folded to the story in his left hand and his cane in his right when I came up upon them and joined the conversation. "I don't have ESPN, but I thought they might have it and want to see this program". It is about Black basketball players and it looked like it would be good."


Black Magic on ESPN
http://www.ESPN.com/blackmagic Civil Rights & Basketball Merge in ESPN's Black Magic.


There was 'Black Magic' before Kobe LA Times The ESPN documentary chronicles great players in a tough game of race and basketball.


"You don't help me today... tommorrow you." Halie Sellassie





"You don't help me today... tomorrow you."

-Halie Sellassie of Ethiopia to the League of Nations
when he went to ask for help against Mussolini's attacks.




I was told the lore of the people of Africa that Mussolini's son used to be an aeroplane pilot who would fly over Ethiopia and coveted the lands and went back and told his father.



My black brothers and sisters - hold on to your culture.
Brothers and sisters lovin - one another.
- reggae lyrics


NEW ORLEANS SECOND LINE FUNERAL PROCESSION: REST IN PEACE YON GAINES




This was a powerful, profound, and deeply spiritual experience. Yon Gaines funeral procession was made more poignant as it was my neighbors who lost their son. Too many of my New Orleanian neighbors have lost their sons and daughters. Prayers for the suffering.


For your contemplation:

New Orleans Jazz Funeral

A unique funeral tradition in the United States occurs in New Orleans, Louisiana. The unique tradition arises from African spiritual practices, French martial musical traditions and uniquely African-American cultural influences. A typical jazz funeral begins with a march by the family, friends, and a jazz band from the home, funeral home or church to the cemetery. Throughout the march, the band plays very somber dirges. Once the final ceremony has taken place, the march proceeds from the cemetery to a gathering place, and the solemn music is replaced by loud, upbeat, raucous music and dancing where onlookers join in to celebrate the life of the deceased. This is the origin of the New Orleans dance known as the "second line" where celebrants do a dance-march, frequently while raising the hats and umbrellas brought along as protection from intense New Orleans weather and waving handkerchiefs above the head that are no longer being used to wipe away tears. WIKI

Jazz Funeral

Second Line in Treme encounters problems - Salon.com article

"THANK YOU JAH JAH I NO END UP IN THE HEARSE" - MURDERER - BARRINGTON LEVY


A view of the hearse of Yon Gaines after 2nd line from the spot where he died in the street Saturday March 8, 2008. One Love.

LISTEN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlLmTmo_GGk