Silver Spring Campbell Robertson from the Times did a piece on the Katrina impact on New Orleans at the 4th anniversary and given the fact – to their credit – that the Times has stayed on the New Orleans / Katrina story all of these years, it bears attention, if for nothing else to monitor the spin. Here are the parts that caught my eye:
So instead of returning to a decaying economic structure, New Orleans is talking about revitalization, a buzzword behind the new energy in the city, carried by an intensity and idealism that would have bordered on indecent in the old, charmingly carefree New Orleans.
It is there among the legion of young nonprofit workers crowding the bars of the Bywater at night, drawn to what one described as her generation’s civil rights struggle. They envision the city as a national example for innovative schools, smart urban planning and a housing stock built to the highest environmental standards.
New Orleans One of the Obama pop-ups yesterday that was NOT in the news, probably for obvious and deliberate reasons, was President Obama’s drop by at a meeting between Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and an array of people who are strongly committed to comprehensive immigration reform from business, religion, labor, and immigrant rights. The meeting agenda did not specifically say, “let’s get together in order to tamp down the pressure for immigration reform now,” but it seems clear from talking to a number of people going in and out of the meeting that that was the real purpose and message of the event.
Napolitano has ignited sparks from reformers (I would have liked to have written “firestorm,” but it would have been a lie) for increasing the pressure on immigrant families, ignoring violations of human rights, and advancing rather than stopping the abuses of 287(g) which subcontracts la migra to local law “enforcement” types like the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona. This meeting was a “who’s who.” Representatives were there from the AFL-CIO, SEIU, HERE, UFW, CASA de Maryland, National Immigration Forum, the Center for Community Change, America’s Voices, the National Day Laborers’ Organizing Network, the National Council of La Raza, LULAC, and others, but also from Wal-Mart, IBM, McDonalds, the Chamber of Commerce, and other businesses.