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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896087670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896087675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Journalist, news correspondent, public intellectual, and the co-publisher of The Black Commentator, a well-know internet journal whose focus is political commentary, analysis and investigation in the service of movements for social change. Co-creator of America's Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. Jordan Flaherty is a union organizer and an editor of Left Turn Magazine (www.leftturn.org). He is not planning on moving out of New Orleans.

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Jordan Flaherty is a journalist and television producer for Al Jazeera. He was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case, and played an important role in bringing the story to worldwide attention. His post-Katrina writing in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New America Media for best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press, and audiences around the world have seen the news segments he's produced for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, GritTV, and Democracy Now! For more information on his book, FLOODLINES: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, see floodlines.org. You can also read his writing at the blog louisianajusticeinstitute.blogspot.com.

Flaherty has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, Grit TV, and both local and nationally-syndicated shows on National Public Radio. He has been a regular correspondent or frequent guest on Radio Nation on Air America, News and Notes, and many other outlets. As a white southerner who speaks honestly about race, Flaherty has been regularly published in Black progressive forums such as Black Commentator and Black Agenda Report, and is a regular guest on Black radio stations and programs such as Keep Hope Alive With Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Flaherty was among the editors of Left Turn Magazine, a groundbreaking national publication dedicated to covering social movements that ceased publishing in 2011. He has written about politics and culture for the Village Voice, New York Press, Labor Notes, Radical Society, and in several anthologies, including the South End Press books Live From Palestine and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation, the University of Georgia Press book What is a City, and the AK Press book Red State Rebels.

FLOODLINES has been adopted in curriculums at a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, at Amherst College, Smith College, University of Toronto, University of San Diego, Middlebury College, College of Staten Island, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Xavier University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and others.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By empty pockets on June 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is notable in that some of it was written by those who lived through Katrina, mostly social justice activists. In that, it gives unique perspectives not found elsewhere. The parts that are not voices from the ground often speak very intelligently to the connections between race and the disaster, even if they do not benefit from a first-hand understanding.

However what is really missing is a historical understanding of the city and what got us to this point of vulnerability. Katrina isn't surprising given the history of New Orleans and was not an isolated event. It is the culmination of decades of decline and disregard, particularly an abandonment by the federal government, developments which are hardly unique to New Orleans. The introduction by Kalamu Ya Salaam (the best part of the book) begins to describe this, but sadly many of the other writers, while writing eloquently about race, miss some of the larger dimensions of other structural changes.
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