Wednesday, December 12, 2007


My introduction to Ms. Johnson's neighborhood on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
(mid-city New Orleans)

Guste Public Housing

Out of the despair and blight, a shangrala of hope.

I loved taking in the attention to detail Ms. Johnson took in decorating her space.

Ms. Johnson: "This is my 'Thanksgiving sign' cause I'm so grateful".

I am pleased to introduce, the lovely, the charming, the eclectic, the talented Ms. Gloria Moline Johnson of the city of New Orleans. Levee break flooding victim, Katrina survivor, and who is one of the many alive, faithful, and joyful souls, who seem to populate the RED ZONES of the City of New Orleans."

Ms. Johnson told me that this sign is her "Thanksgiving" sign. She likes to put up encouraging signs for the children that walk by her FEMA trailer to go to the school up the street. She told me she needs to put up her "Christmas" sign.

Did you notice the giant "rat trap" on the tree? Ever the eccentric, Ms. Johnson told me she put them on her tree to so people could see the size of the rats she has to deal with."

One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar.
--Helen Keller

Ms. Johnson's daily reality check on the ground in Post-Katrina New Orleans; her neighborhood.

The daily reminder of hundreds of families displaced, empty housing 2+ years after the levee breaks.

"Affordable housing in Ms. Johnson's neighborhood"

Ms. Johnson with her brothers and sisters.

Mankind have their local attachments.
They have a particular regard for the spot, in which they were born and nurtured.

"George's answer to any problem at the ranch

is to cut it down with a chain saw."

Laura Bush, White House Correspondent's Dinner 4/3/05
Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein, p. 287

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."

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