USA: Spike Lee film on Hurricane Katrina

This video from the USA is called Roundtable Discussion with Hurricane Katrina Survivors 1.

From the New York Times:

NEW ORLEANS — From the beginning Spike Lee knew that Hurricane Katrina was a story he had to tell.

Watching the first television images of floating bodies and of desperate people, mostly black, stranded on rooftops, he quickly realized he was witnessing a major historical moment.

As those moments kept coming, he spent almost a year capturing the hurricane’s sorrowful consequences for a four-hour documentary, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” to be shown on HBO this month. …

The critics and audience will have the final say on whether “Levees” is the thorough examination that Mr. Lee intends.

His views are clear.

“What happened in New Orleans was a criminal act,” he said, a tragic backhanded slap to poor, black or politically insignificant people.

“The levees were a Band-Aid here and a Band-Aid there.

In the famous statement of Malcolm X, the chickens came home to roost.

Somebody needs to go to jail.”

African Americans and films: here.

7 thoughts on “USA: Spike Lee film on Hurricane Katrina

  1. 1000 People Drowned in New Orleans & The Republicans Didn’t Even Slap
    Bush On The Wrist For His Criminal Negligence. Bush ought to be In
    Jail For This Criminal Act Alone.

    Every member of the Republican Party Should Be Thrown Out Of Office
    For Allowing Bush To Get Away With This Crime.

    * The Democrats ought to play the tape of Bush promising before
    Katrina where Bush said he would send New Orleans all the Help they
    needed both before and after the Katrina Hurricaine Disaster, over and
    over and over again as commercials before the 2006 Election.

    Howard Scott Pearlman


    August 25, 2006

    Preparation tips for planning to keep animals safe during a storm.


    It may be difficult or impossible to care for your animals during a
    storm, so please use the tips below to plan ahead.

    1. Know where to go: You should not leave animals at home,
    especially if you live in an evacuation area. Even if they survive
    the storm, they may flee a damaged home and be lost in the chaos.
    Ask friends, relatives or others outside the evacuation area whether
    they could shelter your animals in the event of an evacuation of the
    area you and your animals reside in. Ask your veterinarian, the
    animal shelter (Dierenbescherming), L.V.V. for suggestions on
    boarding your pet animal and farm animal in the event of a tropical
    storm and/or a hurricane.

    2. Vaccinate your animals: If you haven’t already done so, get those
    shots now. Healthy pets have a greater chance of surviving the
    stresses of a storm. Infectious diseases can become a big threat
    after a disaster.

    3. If your animal suffers from anxiety, or if it is afraid of loud
    noises associated with lightning, consider asking the vet for some
    tranquilizers (not for you, for the animals).

    4. Get your animal an ID tag: If a pet becomes lost or escapes
    during the confusion of an evacuation, proper identification will
    increase the chances of a safe return home. ID tags can be bought at
    Pet Care near Zuikertuintje and other pet shops. Consider having
    your animal tattooed or “microchipped.” Take clear, color photos
    (frontal, left and right sides) of your pet, and store these with
    your pet’s license, medical records and ownership papers in a
    waterproof carrier to take with you.

    5. Get an animal or pet carrier: You will need an animal or pet
    carrier or cage for each dog, cat, rabbit, lizard, bird or small
    animal. Make sure it is large enough for each animal to stand up and
    turn around comfortably inside. If you have to, you can house more
    than one animal per carrier, but don’t mix different animal species
    together. (Dog and cat together is generally a bad idea)

    6. Assemble your animal disaster kit: It should include:
    6.1. medications and medical records stored in a waterproof
    6.2. a leash and a properly fitted collar or harness for each
    6.3. food and water dishes/containers that can not be tipped over
    and a 14-day supply of food and water in non-breakable containers;
    6.4. a manual can opener (in case there is no electricity);
    6.5. grooming supplies such as animal shampoo, towels, and brush;
    6.6. your animal’s blankets and special comfort items, like their
    favorite toy;
    6.7. cleanser and disinfectant to handle animal wastes including
    newspapers or cat litter, a poop scoop, paper towels and plastic
    6.8. antibacterial soap to wash your hands after handling animal
    6.9. tweezers for removing thorns, ticks or anything else caught in
    your pet’s mouth or skin;
    6.10. scissors; tape, gauze pads and a roll of gauze to clean, cover
    and cushion injuries;
    6.11. iodine prep solution, an antiseptic solution for cleansing
    wounds or burns;
    6.12. alcohol pads to clean scissors, tweezers and hands;
    6.13. antibiotic ointment;
    6.14. styptic powder to stop bleeding;
    6.15. a blanket or towels for warmth;
    6.16. blindfolds for birds of prey and large animals to keep them

    If you must leave animals behind in case of an evacuation, follow
    these tips:
    7.1. post a highly visible sign (either on a window or a door)
    letting rescue workers know the breed and amount of animals which
    remain and send an email with the aforementioned information to and a sms to 6683500;
    7.2. leave plenty of food and water in an adequate container that
    cannot be tipped over;
    7.3. place extra food in waterproof storage containers close to the
    animals so rescue workers may feed them daily;
    7.4. do not tie the animals or leave them confined in an area that
    may be easily destroyed by strong sustained winds and/or wind gusts;
    7.5. remove overhanging limbs of trees which may break and fall on
    animals and/or their cage/shelter;
    7.6. turn off power in or near the cage/shelter of the animals;
    7.7. farm animals and large pets must be moved to higher ground in
    the event of heavy rain and/or storm surge if you live near the sea;
    7.8. Remove debris and other material that may be a danger to
    animals in case of strong sustained winds and/or wind gusts.


    Be careful about letting your pet outdoors. Landmarks and familiar
    scents might be gone, and your pet might get lost. It might also be
    attacked by animals let loose by the storm. Don’t let it consume
    contaminated food or water. Watch out for electrical wiring that may
    be on the ground and can cause electrocution. Call Aqualectra and
    911 if you find live and exposed electrical wire on your property.
    If your animal is lost or injured call or send an SMS message to the
    Curacao Wildlife hotline at 6683500 and send pictures of your lost
    animal to or call the local animal shelter
    (dierenbeschermimg). If you should find a lost animal, please notify
    the local animal shelter(dierenbeschermimg) and Curacao Wildlife as
    soon as possible and be prepared to give a full description of the
    animal (color, breed, sex) and its location. Remember that sick
    and/or injured animals can become unpredictable from the stress of
    injury, and should be handled by a professional who is familiar with
    proper handling techniques.


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