Friday, March 28, 2008

found: THE POST-KATRINA DOCUMENTARY



Not Since the Great Depression: The Post Katrina Documentary ...

Dec 17, 2007 ... Michael Mizell-Nelson, 2007 New Orleans Regional NMC Conference at Tulane ... Download: The Post Katrina Documentary Impulse and New Media ...
HTTP://www.nmc.org/podcast/post-katrina-documentary-impulsE - 17k

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check it NEW ORLEANS INDYMEDIA FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 9 – 20, 2008 - www.nolahumanrights.org



From: jmenutis
Subject: New Orleans Human Rights film festival.
April 9 – 20, 2008


Dear friends,

Link below to an article up on Indymedia that I wrote about the
upcoming Human Rights Film Festival in New Orleans. Also, If you haven't
checked out the festival website www.nolahumanrights.org I suggest you
take a look...I think its a really incredible event.

There are a number of trailers now up for various films. Feel free
to forward or sign up for newletters at the website.

http://neworleans.indymedia.org/news/2008/03/12314.php

Jamie Menutis, Publicity Director
2008 New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
www.nolahumanrights.org
jmenutis@nolahumanrights.org
(504)286-0933/920-2525





Go, watch - discuss - 'be with'. Participate in conscious community awareness of the sufferings, tribulations, and hopes of our planetary brothers and sisters who need to be seen by us in their sufferings and responded to.

go... in peace.



NEW ORLEANS HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL LINKS - 2008 NOLA

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

"We have injected ourselves into the civil rights struggle, and we
intend to expand it from the level of civil rights to the level of human rights."
- Malcolm X, 12 April, 1964

We are a festival with a mission.

New Orleans artists and activists founded our festival, and we are dedicated to nurturing community, supporting the work of local organizers and organizations involved in social justice struggles, and linking local issues to international issues. Our goal is to raise awareness and provide a forum for artistic expression of these themes.

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This year, we are proud to welcome Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, who will be presenting his film Right To Return: New Home Movies From the Lower Ninth Ward on April 9 at John McDonogh High School. The screening begins at 7 pm, and will be preceded by a reception at 6 pm. We are also excited to host an afterparty for the screening at the Mother-In-Law Lounge, featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.

The next night, Thursday, April 10, at 7 pm, we present the New Orleans premiere of Taxi To The Dark Side, the 2008 Academy Award-winner for best documentary feature.

Also on Thursday, at 9:30 pm, we invite you to Caramel, a new romantic comedy from Lebanon. The film is the most highly acclaimed film in Lebanon’s history, was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and was Lebanon's official submission to the 2008 Academy Awards for best foreign language film.

On this website you can find out all about the festival. We have full descriptions of all the films and programs, short video previews of festival films, schedule and venue information, and more. Also on this site, you can buy festival passes and membership. Festival passes get you free admission to all parties and films, including the opening night party ($20) and the bounce hip-hop concert on April 19 (also $20). Please support the festival, and buy passes and membership for yourself and friends. With your help, we will continue to be a resource for community and social justice in New Orleans.

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www.nolahumanrights.org
jmenutis@nolahumanrights.org
(504)286-0933/920-2525


correspondence: NEW ORLEANS HUMAN RIGHT FILM FESTIVAL - an invitation to be in conscious community together...



FROM:
your planetary sister

"...I hope to be able to make some of the films/documentaries - I am so saturated with suffering from my own work it is hard to go watch documentaries and films which are even more poignant in their care and concern that depict real time suffering - I get overwhelmed...

But I can do everything I can for my part to send as many people your way as possible in my place..."

peace
REPLY: jamie menutis

"...thanks. i think you will find that many of our films are actually uplifting and this is why this years fest is unique. there are a number of ways people have used music and art to life themselves out of crisis and we also have a number of comedies like caramel and driving to zigzipland. that i am sure will make you smile. there's also so many concerts included in the fest.

check out the website for more info www.nolahumanrights.org hope to see you at the fest. let me know if you have any other questions. i think you will enjoy the events."




http://neworleans.indymedia.org/news/2008/03/12314.php

Jamie Menutis,
Publicity Director
2008 New Orleans INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
www.nolahumanrights.org
jmenutis@nolahumanrights.org
(504)286-0933/920-2525

APRIL 9 – 20, 2008

NEW ORLEANS: LOW TO NO COST COUNSELING & PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES - COVENANT HOUSE - RAMPART STREET NEW ORLEANS







gOOgLE map to 611 North Rampart Street, New Orleans


take care.


You've been through - you are going through - a lot...


DO GOOD MR. WICKED MAN - TREAT PEOPLE GOOD MR. WICKED MAN - reggae lyrics




Tuesday, March 25, 2008

PRAYERS FOR THE SUFFERING: NEW ORLEANS TUESDAY NIGHT VIGIL 4 PEACE: 6 - 6:45 P.M. - MLK AND LIBERTY STREET - 70117




peacesispossibleinneworleans.com

vigil 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Tuesdays
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Liberty Street
70117


directions to vigil





UNITED 4 PEACE in NEW ORLEANS:

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...



"We are begging all members of the community to come forward," he said.

At least two of the day's shootings were retaliatory, and some involved the drug trade, police said. Nicholas cited "a culture, a certain population in this city intent on committing violent crime."

Randall Thomas, 19, victim of a fatal shooting Jan. 3 in the 2500 block of LaSalle Street, has been identified as the killer of Corey Hayes, 28, who was the year's first homicide victim {2007}. Hayes was killed in the 2300 of Fouth Street in Central City on New Year's Day. Thomas was killed in retaliation for Hayes' slaying, Meisch said, but police have not arrested or identified a suspect in Thomas' shooting.

Darlene Cusanza, director of Crimestoppers, also pleaded for leads in the cases, and took the unusual step of raising the organization's standard $2,500 reward to $3,500 for the next 48 hours.


Killings bring the city to its knees - TP Crime Archive
In the past week, 12 people have been murdered in the city.
... been identified as the killer of Corey Hayes,28,
who was the year's first homicide victim.(2007) ...
blog.nola.com/2007/01/killings_bring_the_city_to_its.html




UNITED 4 PEACE in NEW ORLEANS:

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 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.


peacesispossibleinneworleans.com

vigil 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Tuesdays
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Liberty Street
70117

google map to vigil.





LINKS:

Human Rights Record of United States in 2007 (full text)
In New Orleans,209homicides were recorded in 2007,
... On December 26, bodies of six people died from gun wounds
were discovered at a residential building ...
www.gov.cn/misc/2008-03/13/content_918785.htm - 17k - Cached



The spate of killings in New Orleans over and just after the 2006 New Year’s holiday was not only horrific; it was also not an anomaly. These killings reflect elevated rates of murder in the city over the past few years with respect to cities of comparable size; a higher level of murder in the city over the past two years than in 2004; and a much higher level beginning around last April.

Rate calculations for atypical years, e.g., New Orleans in 2005 and 2006

Circumstances during 2005 and 2006 were anything but typical in New Orleans. The city was essentially emptied by Hurricane Katrina at the end of August 2005, and remained sparsely populated for the remainder of that year. A substantial degree of re-population occurred throughout 2006. The mid-year population would provide an extremely biased estimate of exposure for 2005, and likely would for 2006 as well. Very few of the 454,863 persons who were here on July 1, 2005 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007a), went on to live here for the last 4 months of the year.

www.sph.tulane.edu/IHD/publications/New%20Orleans%20murder%20rates%20IHD%20working%20paper%20042507.doc

How Many Homicides in New Orleans since 2005 - Google search results

Highest homicide rate making New Orleans the Big Bloody
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 25, 2007 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/25/2007 9:31:06 AM PDT by Graybeard58

Sixty-four-year-old Vivian Westerman rode out Hurricane Katrina in her 19th-century house. So terrible was the experience that she wanted two things before the 2006 season arrived: "I got a 6,000-watt generator and the cutest little Smith & Wesson, snub nose .38 you ever saw," she boasted. "I've never been more confident."

People across New Orleans are arming themselves -- not only against the possibility of another storm bringing anarchy, but against the violence that has engulfed the metropolitan area in the 19 months since Katrina, making New Orleans the nation's murder capital.

The number of permits issued to carry concealed weapons is running twice as high as it was before Katrina -- this, in a city with only about half its pre-storm population of around 450,000. Attendance at firearms classes and hours logged at shooting ranges also are up, according to the gun industry.

Gun dealers who saw sales shoot up during the chaotic few months after Katrina say that sales are still brisk, and that the customers are a cross-section of the population -- doctors, lawyers, bankers, artists, laborers, stay-at-home moms.

freerepublic.com

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PEACE MY PLANETARY BROTHERS AND SISTERS - BRING PEACE TO THE STREETS - WHERE EVER YOU ARE - YOUR GIFT OF PEACE AND CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER IS NEEDED.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

EASTER SUNDAY NEW ORLEANS 2008 - MANY CHURCHES STILL NEED REBUILDING




Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

--Helen Keller




LINKS: MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD
Excellent work - great photos.


Many cities have a street named after Martin Luther King Jr. Many of these pictures were taken on MLK in New Orleans, in 2003. A group pool of MLK Blvd/Ave/Street photos may be found at:



http://www.flickr.com/photos/50586261@N00/sets/542407/


p.s. the purple church is not the same.



SONG OF EASTER MORNING - SONGPRAYER FOR EASER - Robert McIlwain

An Easter greeting from one of my brethren in Massachusetts:


Sending you LOVE and BLESSINGS on this Easter day.
I am so grateful for you steadfastness, and for your Holy work.
with Love, and in devotion,


Robert

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Dear Friends and Family,
This Easter morning these words came to me, and I feel moved to share them with you.
Blessings to you.


Love, Robert

Song of Easter Morning


We are one life, one body,

in communion with all Life in creation,

whether we know it or not.



As we come to know this,

and as we tend with tenderness to the life we are given,

love and peace will come to be, in everyday sacred living of people on the earth

So that in time people will say:

“yes, this is heaven on earth”.



We are living expressions of God,

learning to live in harmony with all of Life,

celebrating the profound beauty and wonder

of love.



For we are weavings in the patterns of life,

in this evolving tapestry

of Goodness in form,

of Light in breath.



We are coming and we are here to be,

and to create with,

the Spirit that inbides

all form,

and tend to all of life

with great kindness.

Robert McIlwain

Pelham, MA

March 23, 2008

* * *

Also, after meditating this morning and hearing in my mind a song of a past struggle for emancipation, I felt moved to write something related to our current times, as a song or as a calling forth. Thus the words below, which are the seed-thoughts for a song.



Songs can be sung by many round the world – especially for areas and people where there is particular strife and trouble – can begin to peacefully melt the walls within us, between us, among us. So that indifference to the needs of others melts away, and that the ways of compassion and caring come greatly into being and flourish.



You may feel moved to express or create, or read or explore something, for yourself and/or for the world, as part of the vibration of the symphony of hearts reaching out to transformation the world in peace.




SongPrayer for Easter


Free all nonviolent political prisoners

Reform governments which neglect to honor truth and compassion

Replace financial systems which concentrate wealth at the expense of many

Feed, clothe, and shelter all who need

Nourish the good works of people around the world

Help one another, and do what is yours to do

Live in harmony with the Earth

Let us shine with all the light we are meant to be

Let peace prevail on Earth.


March 23, 2008


(note: these writings are copyrighted, but freely available for personal and noncommercial use)