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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Katrina Revisited (Never Forget) by Brian Holiday-El

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True Story!
Remember Katrina??? Can you recall what you were doing on Monday, August 29th 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck land in New Orleans, Louisiana??? I do! I was in Atlanta, riding on the Marta, when I saw the front page of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution!!! I couldn't believe my eyes!! You saw them, the people of NOLA, atop the roofs of cars, houses, schools, stores, apartment buildings...and as the days progressed with no response from George W. Bush and the Federal Government, I grew too unsettled to sit still, so I, and two friends of mine, took action! With an XLII camera and a rental car, we drove straight toward New Orleans during a Black Out and State of Emergency.
What followed was a two month journey with New Orleans evacuees and musicians, documenting the relief and recovery efforts, and recording their stories all while traveling from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River to the Astro Dome in Houston, Texas...even to Pasadena, Hollywood and North to the Lower Bottoms of Oakland. I heard the stories first hand! I know the truth! And, although many of you who read this letter weren’t there, you too have a good idea of what happened. What I'll say is this, Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans are two separate events, taking place hours apart!!! Below is never seen before footage of the moments immediately following Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans! I narrate, appear as the interviewer, and film some of the scenes. It is my earnest wish that the truth finally be heard from the voices of the natives of New Orleans that survived and lived to tell the tale! Do you agree? I made a vow to myself not to compromise the integrity of the people of New Orleans in the filming of this documentary! Six years ago, Twitter, Face Book and the like, weren't what they are today, so with your help I would like you to watch this video and share it with two other people and keep the thread going. Perhaps it'll come to the attention of someone else willing to help make sure the Real Story finally comes out about Katrina, the levees, the flooding of New Orleans, and the evacuation and displacement of her people.

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The video below was filmed within the first weeks of Katrina.


  1. I wonder what has changed in the almost 6yrs that passed. Have the survivors been able to reestablish their lives?? Have the Levees been repaired and improved??? Everyone is still talking about 9/11 but you are the first to revisit this tragic event that really could have been handled so much better. Can't wait to see what becomes of this footage!!!
    Keep it up!!!!!

  2. I remember being a senior in high school, not really realizing all that was going on until I met a classmate who had to move up here because him and his family lost their home. I thought to myself how fortunate I was to still have my home, and you right Bush didn't give a damn because most of the population is "minority" but what are we going to do about it? Keep spreading the knowledge brother, stay up and stay positive.