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i have noted how rudy of chickenbones was able to transform his informal network

of  intellectual dialogues into an effective clearinghouse of timely and enabling information,

an instrument that was not possible before the advent of the net.



New Orleans Flood Relief

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September 3, 2005 

So Much Heart for just One man!

Dear Rudy,

I read about all your brave, sometimes soloefforts to touch peoples' consciences for a better, more equitable Now and Tomorrow. 

Your efforts to ginger sleeping consciences about Katrina and its catastrophic effects are not lost. I for one will do some e-mailing to family, friends and people I know for whatever anyone can do. I will also like to be involved in any effort towards organizing a symposium, conferences - on this issue.

Take care and do, get some sleep! Rose Ure Mezu

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Hi Dr. Addo

How are you? I made it out of there on Saturday. I am in Mobile at Christian's. Everyone is here. And Everyone is fine. I lost everything including my car, but I am nonetheless Blessed. I'm still in shock and getting sick from being stressed out because it's breaking my heart. The number here for Chris is 251-344-5251. Tell everyone I said hello. I'm not sure what I am going to do. I was teaching French and Spanish at a Catholic High School and was starting to enjoy it. Talk to you soon. Celeste

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Hello my brother Rudy,

I too am oh so sad to see the suffering of my people in New Orleans especially but all over the affected area because like the last 400 hundreds my people, our people suffer the most. To speak the truth everyone in that area has suffered devastating loses but it also cannot be denied that the people in the Superdome, convention center and there on top of the freeway were overwhelmingly African-Americans!! Sincerely, Ukali

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DENIAL & REVELATION: New Orleans is Modern America

Greetings Derek,

Thank you for your essay, "New Orleans is Modern America," now posted on ChickenBones.

"It has been this way all along, and the New Orleans disaster is just REVEALING what many people knew and lived, but which was either covered up or DENIED..."

Yes, you are right.  This REVELATION will FORCE many persons out of denial and their "moral innocence." From a clinical social work point of view, crisis often is the ONLY thing that forces some folk out of denial.  Though I am a mental health clinician, my perception has largely grown to be a spiritual one.

God has not deserted my people. Katrina's slamming into oil rigs, etc is not merely an "accident."  Divine Providence is at work. Our enslaved ancestors did not die in vein. They prayed too long and too hard while they were getting whipped, raped and providing free labor that contributed to the wealth of this nation.

The molecular energy of THE NOMMO is still at work and transcending planes where, we on earth, may have little access. Tangible positive changes are on the way. God and His (or Her) strategies are incredibly mysterious and totally unpredictable. (My father's point of view. He would be 93 if he were living.  I am still learning that my father's perception was/is right.)

I don't know your age but I know that you and I and many others will live to see some change for the better as a result of this tragedy. Peace, Jeannette

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A Call to Consciousness

goodwork rudy. good use of your network arf

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HERB DONALDSONPerformance and Job Opps

This is a very nice restaurant and artistic space. My daughter took me here for Easter brunch. The pancakes were all the way live ! I forward this to you good people who know artists who need jobs right now. This might be of help. Sandra

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someone asked about professor jerry ward -- i have heard he got out of new orleans and is safe in mississippi. love to you all, Elizabeth

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hi  found your link on a web page after reading jose torres tamas's blog. anyway, im a licensed electrician and have been trying to find a way to volunteer to help, especially on the black hand side of town. if you know anyone, churches, relief groups (please no right wing evangelicals!) who can help me get into the city, please let me know mark prudowsky

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Rudy,  Mona, JB Borders, Brenda Osbey are in Baton Rouge. Mackie may had already left for Turkey. Chuck

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Rudy: Benjamin Dent is alive and well. I live in CaliforniaI was not near the disaster. I have no information about any of my friends who live in New Orleansall my calls get a "circuits are busy ..." response. Thanks for caring about me,  Ben

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saturday, sept2, rootsblog commentary:

i am moved by the response of the black community to the challenge of katrina.  i am impressed with the armies of volunteers that have emerged fully armored from the ground.  i am impressed by the adhoc networks that have sprung out of thin air.  i have noted the adhoc network forged by miriam willis of memphis from resources forged from years of struggle. 

i have noted how rudy of chickenbones was able to transform his informal network of  intellectual dialogues into an effective clearinghouse of timely and enabling information, an instrument that was not possible before the advent of the net. i have noted how black america web has positioned itself and listserve groups like vivaarts out in california have suddenly manifested as effective instruments of empowerment in a manner never before possible.  what were casual networks have been transformed by adversity into instruments.  melvin gibbs of the hoodoo way called it a testing and so far i judge black america to have met the test. i salute you. 

i have also noted the lack of timely response by mainstream black organizations, the naacp and the national urban league have been tardy, as have alternative leadership like the nation of islam and the black radical congress.  ah but the people, by god the people have done me proud, based on what i know to be happening in memphis, i assume to be happening in the other sanctuary cities and the Black Net(work) has become a force to be reckoned with. for all the tragedy this has been, the africanamerican community has pulled together in response and shown itself to be an effective force in our first true challenge of the 21st century.  i am proud to be part of this moment in struggle rickydoc flowers

posted 4 September 2005

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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered

the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan's bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt's handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar's dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power--and the enormous risks--of the dollar's worldwide reign.  The Economy

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The White Masters of the World

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