MLK Elementary

Trip Start Feb 11, 2006
Trip End Jun 11, 2006

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Today we launched a school exchange program. We left from our home at St. Mary's School of the Angels and went to the lower 9th's MLK elementary school to begin the cleanup. The school board had made no effort to initiate the cleanup and rebuilding, and after 6.5 months the residents asked us to end their waiting. With hundreds more in support outside the school, about 85 volunteers illegally entered the school with police watching and began the cleanup process. It will take several days, and then a long process of mold remediation and rebuilding, but at least it's begun.

I would have liked to join the crew myself, but at this moment I'm off to the airport...

The press coverage is mixed, but still interesting to see the other viewpoint. Out stance is that if we wait for FEMA and the insurance companies, the residents will never be able to return.
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