Living on Earth, National Public Radio: Environmental Human Rights

link to original audio recording, transcript below CURWOOD: From the Jennifer and Ted Stanley Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, this is Living on Earth. I’m Steve Curwood. [OUTDOOR CROWD SOUND] CURWOOD: A group of citizens from the small Louisiana bayou town of Mossville recently visited the nation’s capital—most of them for the first time. They did

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No Joy in Mossville, Gambit Weekly

link to original article By Eliza Strickland Sixty-nine years ago, Edgar Mouton Jr. was born into a small town in southwest Louisiana where the houses alternated with rice and potato fields and where patches of forest lined the dirt roads. The townspeople were poor, he says, but the bounty from the Bayou d’Inde turned many

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Group protests Landrieu’s recovery bill, Baton Rouge Advocate

By Gerard Shields WASHINGTON – A group of residents representing Louisiana environmental groups took over a conference room in the office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday, refusing to leave until they met with her over hurricane recovery legislation that they said would be detrimental to the environment. Attorneys for Advocates for Environmental

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Human rights group calls for Katrina investigation, The Times-Picayune

By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON — An international human rights agency is being asked to investigate whether the U.S. government is doing enough to help Hurricane Katrina victims and whether workers doing post-hurricane cleanup and rebuilding jobs are being protected from exploitation by contractors. “Six months have passed, and these communities still look like the hurricane

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Bush administration denies racism in Katrina response, The Times-Picayune

By Bruce Alpert Bush administration denies racism in Katrina response NO. activists express concerns to U.N. WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Monday conceded mistakes in the government’s initial response to Hurricane Katrina but disputed allegations by some organizations that the response reflected governmental racism. The defense was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee,

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It’s un-American – Why the displaced of the Gulf Coast don’t get the help that foreign refugees do, Point of View, The Times-Picayune

By Monique Harden & Nathalie Walker If you’re wondering why our government still has no comprehensive rebuilding plan for New Orleans and Gulf Coast communities, and why residents and volunteers are shouldering the tremendous burden of restoring homes on their own, look no further than policymakers who shun fundamental human rights protection as “foreign law”

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U.N. panel: U.S. must protect blacks, poor in disasters, CNN

The U.N. Human Rights Committee said poor and black Americans were “disadvantaged” after Katrina, and the United States should work harder to ensure that their rights “are fully taken into consideration in the reconstruction plans with regard to access to housing, education and health care.” The United States said federal and Louisiana state authorities were

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Poor, Black and Dumped On, Bob Herbert, NY Times

link to original article Most of the carnage — the terrible illnesses and the premature deaths — is hidden. “The people in those agencies who issue the permits, and then do very little monitoring and very little enforcement in our communities, they don’t go with us to the emergency rooms where the children are suffering

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Letter to the Editor: Home to New Orleans, New York Times

link to original article To the Editor: An April 10 news article praises Edward J. Blakely, the executive director of New Orleans’s Office of Recovery Management, for having a ”clinical, outsider’s eye” when in fact his eye is blind to the human rights of New Orleanians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. According to the United Nations

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