This is an incredible song accompanying photos of New Orleans during and after Katrina. It tells a powerful story exposing disparity, inequities and ineffectiveness in disaster response, challenges in living during and after the storm, and the resiliency that people invoked out of necessity.
The only attention that this issue has received in the presidential campaigns was this recent visit to New Orleans by John McCain, in which he criticized the reaction of the administration in responding to the problems. He did not particularly pose solutions or a plan for what he would do, but he issued the oft used slogan, "never again!" This statement sounds somewhat hollow, especially in the context of this Ninth Ward community member's response to McCain's visit:
At least one citizen was disturbed by all the media attention, particularly by the lack of seats for local citizens at Mr. McCain’s 20-minute news conference. “We need to have an opportunity to have a meaningful dialogue,’’ said Mary Fontenot, who is with All Congregations Together, a church group working to rebuilding New Orleans. “Twenty minutes out on the lawn does not suffice, with a designated seating for traveling journalists.’’