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Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six

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"This is the most important book I've read about Katrina and what came after. In the tradition of Howard Zinn this could be called 'The People's History of the Storm.' Jordan Flaherty was there on the front lines."Eve Ensler, playwright of "The Vagina Monologues" and activist and founder of V-Day

"Jordan Flaherty brings the sharp analysis and dedication of a seasoned organi
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Published August 17th 2010 by Haymarket Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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Jun 26, 2011 Marcy rated it it was amazing
Man-made catastrophe. Demographic threats. Hundreds of thousands of refugees denied the right to return to their homes. A criminal justice system that is motivated by racism. A government that is determined to portray itself as a melting pot all the while pursuing policies that insure a system of inequality will be upheld in all sectors: education, healthcare, safety, housing. Jordan Flaherty's book may be about New Orleans, but it has so much to teach the world about catastrophes and how to res ...more
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Mar 11, 2011 Guy Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Floodlines is a bracing, insightful and, ultimately, frustrating read as Jordon Flaherty's paper documentary pulls the curtain back on the systemic issues that turned Hurricane Katrina into much more than a natural disaster. He explores the history of New Orleans and the surrounding region, weaving a variety of compelling individual stories and noteworthy events, before and after Katrina, that illustrate the long-standing socio-political inequities that were fully exposed in the weeks, months, a ...more
Nov 12, 2010 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yay on Jordan!
As a citizen-journalist and social justice activist in New Orleans, Jordan Flaherty conveys in powerful and passionate prose the numerous ways in which New Orleans’ most economically and politically disenfranchised populations—prisoners, people of color, immigrants, public housing occupants, and urban youth—have been continually subjected to discriminatory practices post-Katrina. While the immediate aftermath of the levee breaks highlighted egregious national government negligence
This is awesome.

Floodlines is unequestionably the best book about New Orleans I've ever read, especially New Orleans following Katrina. I only wish I had been exposed to these stories of struggle and resistance many years ago while trying to find my footing in this city I love so much but can't quite seem to find my place in.

Flaherty is a community organizer and activist who is not unaware of the problems that he brings in telling these stories, as a young, white, male, outside. Yet his collecti
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Jan 06, 2014 Robyn Letson rated it really liked it
I'm happy that I finally went back and finished this book. Floodlines is a rigorously researched, street-level study of New Orleans in the years following Hurricane Katrina (finishing off with the story of the Jena Six). The book's content lays bare the brutal consequences of structural racism and capitalism, while at the same time raising up stories of resistance and struggles for justice. If you're looking for an in-depth analysis of specific aspects of post-Katrina New Orleans, this may not b ...more
Dec 02, 2010 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Best book I have read about community resilience and resistance in a long time. Highly recommend. I wrote a book review for Bitch about it, but I cannot say enough good things about this book. He does an amazing job talking about what it means to be an ally, how race, class, gender, and sexuality were at play in Katrina and New Orleans. And he tells a really important story of staggering injustice and people fighting back pre-and post-Katrina.
Jan 06, 2013 Tara rated it it was amazing
incendiary. a critical book for anyone interested in New Orleans community organizing and activist history, most recently with regards to Katrina and the flood. A beautifully written, thorough and thoughtful book on many current crises that New Orleans faces.
Dec 22, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an unbelievable book that is important for movement workers everywhere. It is about New Orleans, resistance, and people of color led organizing before and after Hurricane Katrina and a powerful read.
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