Hurricane Katrina

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.

Keith McHenry on Feeding People in Disaster Situations

Keith McHenry on Feeding People in Disaster SituationsPanel Presentation from the
North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference

In 1980, Keith and seven friends started the first Food Not Bombs chapter in Cambridge, Massachusets. At first more of a street performance than a protest, the group provided entertainment and vegetarian meals in Harvard Square and the Boston Commons after making deliveries of uncooked food to most of the housing projects and shelters in the area. After eight years of serving free food in New England, Keith moved to San Francisco where he started a second Food Not Bombs group. He was one of nine volunteers arrested for sharing food and literature at Golden Gate Park on August 15, 1988. In the following years, Keith was arrested over 100 times for serving free food in city parks and spent over 500 nights in jail. He faced 25 years to life in prison under the California Three Strikes Law but in 1995, Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Commission brought about his release.


  • McHenry, Keith. “The Anarchist Response to Sandy, Katrina, and the Global Economic Crisis”
  • Moderator: Sean Walsh

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

Kindra's Window ~ full movie

This film follows the lives of Kindra Arnesen and family from Hurricane Katrina through the BP Oil Disaster from their perspective in Venice Louisianan; first land fall of Katrina and closest populated land mass to the Deep Water Horizon site.  

Gulf Coast Disasters, long removed from the news cycle, are eating away at the livelihoods and patriotism of those left behind to deal with the front lines of the environmental and economic terrorism that is the legacy of our government. 

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Kindra's Window ~ 0fficial Trailer

Gulf Coast Disasters, long removed from the news cycle, are eating away at the livelihoods and patriotism of those left behind to deal with the front lines of the environmental and economic terrorism that is the legacy of our government.

This film follows the lives of Kindra Arnesen and family from Hurricane Katrina through the BP Oil Disaster from their perspective in Venice Louisianan; first land fall of Katrina and closest populated land mass to the Deep Water Horizon site.   The disaster is ongoing.

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Kindra's Window part 1 ~ Hurricane Katrina Does Venice ~ rough

Hurricane Katrina hits Venice, LA; commonly referred to as...  the boot, the end of the road or the marsh that slowed the hurricane down for New Orleans.   5 1/2 years later only 1/4 of the residents have returned.

A rough cut of part 1 of

Kindra's Window
perspective on gulf coast disasters

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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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Bike For The Gulf with Malik Rahim

The ride has been postponed indefinitely.  For more info check the website.
http://www.BikeForTheGulf.org

Former Black Panther and co-founder of Common Ground Collective in post Katrina New Orleans Malik Rahim announces his campaign to ride a bike from Houma LA to Washington DC in support of complete environmental justice for our nations wetlands.

The wetlands protect our shores from hurricanes and filter the waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and that of the Mississippi River.

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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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Bio Liberty: Energy is Freedom

The Bio Liberty relief/redevelopment camp in Slidell Louisiana is pioneering sustainable, off the grid, weather resistant and affordable housing solutions for the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast region.

http://www.BioLiberty.net

http://Plenty.org
http://www.CommonGroundRelief.org
http://veteransforpeace.org
http://www.EmergencyCommunities.org

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