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Momentum Building for Massive April 29 March for Peace, Justice & Democracy
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Like the recent immigrant rights actions across the U.S., a massive
turnout is expected for the March for Peace, Justice & Democracy on
Saturday, April 29 in New York City. Organizers anticipate an
unprecedented crowd, which will gather in the area stretching from 7th
Avenue to Park Avenue South and 18th to 22nd Streets. The march will
step off at […]

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Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, April 13th, 2006

This Saturday, April 15th at 11 AM PHRF will host a Town Hall meeting to formulate a grassroots response to Blanco’s community block grant plan. Representatives from all regional community organizations are welcome to come and contribute.
Meeting will be held at The Sanchez Center, at the corner of Caffin and Claiborne in the lower […]

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National Day Laborer Run for Peace Dignity
Thursday, April 6th, 2006

This Saturday - Runners from The National Day Laborer Organizing Network NDLON will join us in New Orleans!
1. To raise awareness around anti-immigrant legislation
2. Help forward a worker organizing project in New Orleans for all workers.
3. Provide a space for testimony on harassment by police and lack of payment by contractors.
4. […]

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Discussion Document for PHRF/CLU Leadership and Staff
Monday, April 3rd, 2006

[Please read and give comments and feedback toward developing a collective position paper on grass-root “Bottom-Up” organizing and leadership development]

From the first time one person took something for himself and denied it to his fellows, humanity has resisted. From the beginning of private ownership and exploitation and oppression, there has been resistance. Human beings have […]

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Charity Hospital Is “Next Victim” in Post-Katrina Pillaging of Poor Communities
Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Fight to save last N.O. public hospital mirrors struggle to halt sell-off of community resources
New Orleans – Community groups representing neighborhoods, African-Americans, low-income people, prisoners, disabled people, Katrina reconstruction workers, health care workers and public officials today defied the depopulation of New Orleans, bringing a crowd of marchers to demand that Charity Hospital be reopened […]

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Know Your Rights Workshop
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

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Important Message from PHRF
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Friends:
We’re writing to you from New Orleans, more than six months after the levees broke—killing loved ones and washing away the homes, life work and life dreams of hundreds of thousands of New Orleanians. Of the 270,000 evacuees who sought public shelter, 93% were African American. One third of them had incomes below $10,000. […]

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9th Ward Residents Rebuild School
Thursday, March 16th, 2006

[New Orleans March 16, 2006] Lower 9th Ward residents and volunteers began renovations today on MLK elementary school at Caffin and Caliborne. Their goal is to bring families back to their neighborhood, which was badly flooded following the levee breach in the Industrial Canal. Community meetings in this damaged neighborhood have inspired the […]

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Global Women’s Strike Action in LA Highlights Katrina & other Global Warming Survivors
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Global Women’s Strike Action in LA Highlights Katrina & other Global Warming Survivors
by Susan Andres
“Everything was calm. I had just gone from the sofa into the kitchen. That’s when the water came gushing in. I saw my little dog, Queenie, struggling to get up on the sofa. I grabbed her up, […]

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Rally to Save Charity Hospital
Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

On March 25, 2006, at 2 p.m., several hundred doctors, residents, medical students, nurses, hospital employees, politicians, and political activists will be meeting outside of New Orleans’ Charity Hospital to protest the closure of this esteemed public institution. Considered the oldest continuously running public hospital in the country, Charity has cared for thousands of […]

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NOLA Property Owner’s Rights After Katrina
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
Click here to read the rights of homeowners!

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Chicago and New York Protest Evictions and Homelessness of Katrina/Rita Survivors
Monday, February 27th, 2006

National Protests are taking place this tuesday, February 28th against constant rolling deadlines, threats of eviction.
Chicago - 536 S. Clark Street, 12:30 PM, March to Federal Plaza (Adams and Deerborn) Contact: Cassandra Burrows 773-307-9686 casbur@hotmail.com
New York City - 26 Federal Plaza, 4-6:30 PM FEMA headquarter and March to City hall to protest beurocratic, oppressive […]

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Proposal to Make Our Communities Livable
Sunday, February 19th, 2006

To: Governor Kathleen Blanco
From: People of 9th Ward of New Orleans and Other Survivors of Katrina
Subject: Proposal to Make Our Communities Liveable
Residents, property owners, and business owners of the Lower 9th Ward, The New Orleans Survivors’ […]

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People’s Hurricane Relief Fund Statement on Gulf South Housing Crisis
Thursday, February 9th, 2006

In the wake of thousands of hotel evictions on Tuesday and with thousands more being made homeless in the weeks to come, hurricane Katrina survivors are continuing to struggle for long term housing, a right to return to their communities and justice in the rebuilding process.
Government failure on housing issues has manifested […]

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Hurricane Survivors Displaced Again: Nationwide Actions to Combat FEMA Evictions 2/7/06
Monday, February 6th, 2006

Demonstrations: February 7th, 2006 in New Orleans, LA, Jackson, MS, Atlanta, GA, Oakland, CA, New York, NY, Raleigh, NC, Washington, D.C. See below for details
February 7, 2006- At local FEMA office headquarters in cities
throughout U.S., Hurricane survivors and community supporters will demonstrate to call for an end to unjust hotel evictions.
Following several deadline extensions and […]

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New Orleans Residents Confront Governor Blanco
Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Press Conference and Rally:
Monday Feb 6, 2006 at 2 PM
Sanchez Center, Corner of N. Claiborne and Caffin
New Orleans, LA Lower 9th Ward
Contact: Sakura Kone 917-440-9679 media@communitylaborunited.net
New Orleans Residents Confront Governor Blanco
Express Concerns about Land Grabs and Unfair Rebuild Plan
Residents of the 9th Ward and other low-lying areas plan to confront Governor Blanco during her New […]

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College Students Nationwide Plan Spring Break in Gulf Region
Friday, February 3rd, 2006

College students will hit the Gulf Region Sunday, March 5th – Saturday, April 1st opting to engage in rebuilding instead of recreation. Katrina on the Ground is a Spring Break initiative organized by hiphop generation leaders and college students like Kevin Powell (Writer/Activist), Wesli Spencer (James Madison University undergrad), Rukia Lumumba (Howard University Law […]

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Build Working-Class Solidarity and Self-Reliance
Friday, February 3rd, 2006

The Reconstruction Working Group of PHRF is preparing to undertake a major demonstration project in New Orleans…
Download the flier to find out more about this exciting project!

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KATRINA WORKERS WIN LANDMARK VICTORY AT CONTRACTOR-RUN CAMPSITE
Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Migrant workers, recruited to rebuild New Orleans, challenge unsafe living conditions

New Orleans – In pitch darkness, in a field with no lights or bathing facilities, more than 100 Katrina workers translated weeks of organizing into a powerful collective bargaining session. During a three-hour meeting the workers confronted contractors responsible for the campsite where they struggle […]

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Bulldozing Halted by Ninth Ward Victory
Friday, January 20th, 2006

City Must Give Notice to Residents

New Orleans residents won a major victory against abuses of their right to due process; the violations, widely understood as a land-grad targeting black neighborhoods, had been cloaked in the guise of “emergency measures” by City officials. Residents challenging the city’s attempt to bulldoze their homes without notice won […]

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Hurricane Evacuees Council-Bay Area (HECBA) Event
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

What: Press Conference – Katrina Evacuees Press Conference
Where: Thursday, January 19, 2006, 4:30 pm
1111 Broadway outside FEMA Regional Office (near 12th St BART )
Contact:CC Campbell-Rock, Hurricane Evacuees Council-Bay Area: 504-432-4243
Nell Myhand, Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike: 510-390-8626
415-626-4114
Katrina Evacuees Now Victims of FEMA & Relief Agencies
The Hurricane Evacuees […]

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HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Contact: Trisha Miller, Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights
Phone: (202) 294-3547
*HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF COMMUNITY WORKSHOP*
GET HELP FROM VOLUNTEER LAWYERS WITH: Insurance, Home Repair,
Employment, Landlord-Tenant Issues, Private Loan Programs, Rental
Assistance, FEMA Appeals, Foreclosure Prevention, and Predatory Lending.
Wednesday, January 18, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Loyola Law School, 7214 St. Charles Ave. – Room 308

(Bring: Identification, letters […]

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9th Ward Residents Honor Dr. King’s Struggle
Monday, January 16th, 2006

Marching to honor Dr. King’s struggle,
New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward residents vow not to wait for City, FEMA to rebuild
New Orleans – Over 100 residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward took the street this morning in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., flanked by crowds of supporters. The residents – some of whom […]

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New Orleans Community Meeting, January 10th
Saturday, January 7th, 2006

THE PEOPLE WILL DECIDE!!!
Rebuilding Our City
(Advancing A Peoples Agenda)
At the Ashe Cultural Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley
(Between Euterpe and Terpsichore off MLK)
TUESDAY JANUARY 10TH 6:30 PM

Survivors, Community leaders and Organizations.
Building a United Front led by Katrina survivors.
With Community Leadership.
Survivors: […]

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Judge Extends Restraining Order: Full Hearing January 19th
Friday, January 6th, 2006

After a conference hearing Friday morning, Judge Feldman ordered The City of New Orleans to stop demolition of homes or face jail. A full hearing has been scheduled for January 19th at which time a clear process for informing residents and obtaining concent to demolish homes will be established.
Homeowners may request that […]

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City of New Orleans Violates Restraining Order
Friday, January 6th, 2006

Media Alert
For Immediate Release
Attention: News Assignment
Contact:Cassandra Burrows, 773-307-9686, casbur@hotmail.com

City of New Orleans Violates Restraining Order
9th Ward Advocates Gear up for Hearing to Defend Residents Rights
New Orleans residents faced a standoff with demolition workers in the lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on Thursday morning after city officials ordered the violation of a temporary restraining order against […]

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Coverage of Ninth Ward Actions
Friday, January 6th, 2006

Times Picyune
Lower 9th Ward Activists Chase Away Bulldozer Crew
New York Times:
Fight Grows in New Orleans on Demolition and Rebuilding
CNN:http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/05/ninth.ward/index.html

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Finding Our Folk
Thursday, January 5th, 2006

January 14th - February 4th, 2006
Sat. 1/14 Jackson, MS
Sun 1/15 Mobile, AL
Sat 1/21 Atlanta, GA
Sun 1/22 Birmingham, AL
Sat 1/28 Baton Rouge, LA
Sun 1/29 Lake Charles, LA
Sat 2/4 Houston, TX
Sun 2/5 Lafayette, La
Purpose
We seek to raise the voices of Katrina’s survivors and connect them with the voices of America’s survivors, the brothers and sisters […]

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Women’s Caucus statement from the Dec 10, 2005 New Orleans Rally
Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Women’s Caucus statement Protest New Orleans
My name is Cherise Harrison-Nelson. As a survivor of Katrina I am an artist, a member of the Interim Steering Committee of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund, I convene the Arts and Culture working group and have also been active with the Women’s Caucus of the People’s Hurricane Relief […]

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Legal Victory Stops Property Demolition
Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

People of New Orleans 9th Ward Win Restraining Order Against City

Kirk v. City of New Orleans, filed December 28th; the people of New Orleans 9th Ward won a temporary restraining order against the city of New Orleans to prevent bulldozing and demolition of property until a full hearing can be held on January 6th.
Lawyers […]

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Protest Home Demolitions Without Communication or Consent
Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

December 24, 2005
“I have no problem with unsafe places being taken down. but after these last few months, I realize we are not part of the decision process taking place and I’m weary that people will not be appropriately compensated or asked what should be put back in it’s place… we must […]

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Principles and Agreement of Unity
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Agreement and commitment to work in a united front for justice and community based reconstruction of the gulf south
This United Front Agreement was developed by members of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Coalition, a coalition of progressive community organizations and individuals who, together and separately, are working toward the comprehensive reconstruction of New […]

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Update on Direct Relief
Monday, December 12th, 2005

People’s Hurricane Relief Fund & Oversight Coalition (PHRF)
Report on Distribution of Goods

Pastors for Peace Caravans: Materials Distributed by PHRF
September 11-18, 2005:
7 truckloads of aid (the vehicles were 20-ft box trucks and large school buses),
each vehicle containing an assortment of: new and used clothing; shoes, bottled water; nonperishable food; blankets; toiletries; household supplies; cleaning […]

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Marchers Demand Action
Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Marchers demand action
Hundreds stage rally for restored N.O.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Times-Picayune
By Gwen Filosa
Hundreds of people marched from Congo Square to City Hall on Saturday, demanding that city leaders restore New Orleans, from the catastrophic Lower 9th Ward to Mid-City’s hollowed-out homes.

“Justice After Katrina,” was sponsored by a host of activist groups banded together as the […]

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The People’s Declaration: Survivors Assembly Demands
Sunday, December 11th, 2005

The People’s Declaration: Survivors Assembly Demands
Identified by survivors on December 9, 2005
We demand that the local, state and federal government make conditions possible for our immediate return. This includes the following:
The Nagin Administration must make temporary housing such as apartments, hotel rooms, trailers and public housing developments available for us while we rebuild […]

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JUSTICE AFTER KATRINA RALLY DEC. 9-10
Monday, October 31st, 2005

The People’s Hurricane Relief Fund & Oversight Coalition Announces:
FROM OUTRAGE TO ACTION !!!

Justice After Katrina: The People Must Decide
Gulf Coast Survivors Assembly
December 8th Youth Forum and Speak Out
7:30 - 10 PM
JSU School of Business
1300 Lynch St, Rm #134 Jackson MS
December 9th Survivors National Assembly and Conference
9 AM - 6PM
Anderson United Methodist Church
6205 Hanging Moss […]

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Community Housing Rights Meeting and March
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Landlords are raising rents and throwing resident families and their property out on the street. Meanwhile, HANO is locking up perfectly livable public housing while their residents are stranded in shelters around the country. If the government can feed and shelter 120,000 troops in Iraq, they can do the same for New Orleans as we […]

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Legal Victory Won!
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

A Statement from Ishmael Muhammad,
Counsel in Sylvester v. Boissiere,
Staff Attorney, Advancement Project and
Appearing on behalf of the Grassroots Legal Network
This is a clear-cut victory for the people in a long-standing battle waged by the most victimized population of the Katrina disaster against government entities and landlords around the right of the people to return home.
Victory has […]

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PHRF Rosa Parks Statement
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

It is hard to imagine our world without Rosa Parks. While we remember the woman, the actions, dedication and courage of the woman, her place in history; let us affirm her living legacy. The story of Rosa Parks reminds us of the power of individuals to inspire change. The story also reminds us of what […]

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Goddard College Offer of Temporary Office Space with Housing
Sunday, October 16th, 2005

Hurricane Katrina displaced many community organizations as well as the communities they serve. With this in mind, Goddard College, a small, progressive, liberal arts college located in rural Vermont and committed to social justice, is offering at no cost the use of work space, computers, telephones, and housing to staff members of organizations who […]

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Family Members and Prisoners Share Nightmare After Katrina: Fact Sheet Produced
Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Broad Coalition Calls for Independent Investigation of OPP Evacuation, Amnesty and Real Public Safety Models for New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA – “They won’t let my daughter out of prison, even though she was supposed to have been released weeks ago,” says Althea Francois. “This is a long time for us to be separated […]

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The People’s Hurricane Relief Fund holds organizing conference
Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Gulf coast evacuees from the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF), met with their national allies to develop immediate and long term plans for supporting the determination of displaced people to oversee their own relief, recovery and reconstruction. Over 100 gulf coast and national organizations sent representatives to participate in the strategy session from September […]

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Muhammad and Rahim Speak at DC Anti-War Protest
Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Curtis Muhammad of Community Labor United, and Malik Rahim, who helped open the Common Ground Relief Center and Health Clinic in Algiers, New Orleans, will speak at the massive national anti war rally Saturday in the nation’s capitol. According to Mr. Muhammad, “We have to be here. Martin Luther King, Jr. built a poor people’s […]

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Special Needs of the Algiers Community
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

The community in New Orleans on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, right across the Mississippi River Bridge and visible from the French Quarter is known as Algiers. It is higher than the rest of New Orleans so did not flood. Many of the residents of the West Bank did not evacuate, […]

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PHRF Demands
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

The People’s Hurricane Relief & Reconstruction Project
The U.S. government, which has failed to rescue victims of Hurricane Katrina and provide adequately for many survivors, has recently announced that it will spend more than $50 billion to reconstruct New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
On Saturday September 8, a group of New Orleans activists and […]

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Statement of People’s Hurricane Relief Fund and Reconstruction Oversight Committee
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

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