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Common Ground Collective: Solidarity Not Charity

21 minutes but worth it.   During the week of Thanksgiving hundreds of people from all walks of life came to New Orleans and volunteered with the Common Ground Collective to help those in need in what ever way they could. I worked on this video overview of the work of the Common Ground Collective along with several other volunteers. WHO IS COMMON GROUND: Common Ground Collective is a local, community-run organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support to New Orleans communities that have been historically neglected and underserved.

NAASN Panel on Common Ground & NOPD

  •  Scott Crow “Solidarity Not Charity: A Story of the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans”
  •  Jamie “Bork” Loughner On learning opportunities of the Common Ground Story
  •  Jordan Flaherty “Community Organizing Against the Prison Industrial Complex: Lessons from New Orleans to the NYPD to the Jena Six”
  • Moderator: Yasin Frank Southall

Followed by a "lively" Q&A

Malik Rahim Reflects on Katrina, Common Ground & Brandon Darby

Looking back at 5 years of Hurricane Katrina Relief, Malik Rahim, co-founder of Common Ground Collective, looks at the positive and negative causes and effects.  Including his opinion about Brandon Darby, a co-founder who turned out to be an FBI informant.
http://www.commongroundrelief.org
http://bikeforthegulf.org

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Finding Common Ground with Anita Roddick

Common Ground Relief dedicated this facility in the New Orleans lower 9th ward to Anita Roddick (deceased owner of the Body Shop) who worked diligently behind the scenes throughout her life for social justice issues and human rights world wide.

Video features Malik Rahim, Kone Shakur, The Rebirth Brass Band, The Revolution 2nd Line and Fiyaya.

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Hurricane Katrina: Anarchy in New Orleans

I witnessed Anarchy in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  It came in many forms and colors and it was scary, real scary and there were goblins and unicorns flying out the asses of the drowned.  Abosolute chaos.  I filmed it all just for you.  Be warned this is hardcore shit.  ;~)  Ⓐ

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New Orleans St. Bernard Public Housing Clean Up Day

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

They assassinated King, April 4, 1968
On April 4, 2006 St Bernard public housing residents returned from forced exile, to clean up and reclaim their homes.

People who had leases with HANO and want to join the lawsuit against HANO can sign up online at: http://publichousing.justiceforneworleans.org

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St. Augustine Church Take Over

Capitalism & Racism in Religion
http://www.staugustinecatholicchurch-neworleans.org

Several people occupied St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Treme area of New Orleans, for nearly 2 weeks to draw attention to the unjust treatment this Parrish received from the archdiocese in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

This church is historic; this occupation will be history some day.

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New Orleans Returns to Eviction as Usual

Eviction is the word of the day in New Orleans. Many landlords have taken to throwing tenants personal belonings on the sidewalk after an eviction notice has been tacked on their door for 5 days. Under normal conditions 5 days seems a little harsh if there is a lease involved; but in post Katrina New Orleans 5 days don't mean shit.

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Chief Al's Stuff

Chief Al Morris of Northside Skull and Bones Gang (Krewe not NWO) was illegally evicted from his New Orleans home by Igor Margan. Igor and his employee's are in possession of Chief Al's personal property and tools, severely limiting his ability to earn a living.

Boycott Igor Margan's businesses.
Check Point Charlie's and adjoining Tatoo Shop,
Igor's, Garlic Clove, Buddha Belly, Lucky's

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NOLA Black Panthers & Public Housing

Take a step back in time at the B. W. Cooper Housing Projects with Malik Rahim cofounder of the Common Ground Collective hurricane relief organization and former Black Panther. B.W. Cooper Projects are slated for destruction while much of the cities returned citizens are sleeping in cars or tents .. or outlying areas. Thousands of people could be living there right now yet the city will not allow them to reopen.