Convention Center Relief Blockade

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This collection features weblinks, documents, photographs, first person accounts, and other information compiled by Dr. Lance Hill and others regarding the lengthy delay experienced by thousands of African-American evacuees
who waited several days for relief inside and outside of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans. <br>While thousands of New Orleans residents waited for busses, medical aid, and food and water, St. Bernard Parish residents, mainly white, were evacuated by barge to the Algiers Ferry Terminal and then bussed to evacuation staging areas in suburban New Orleans. These people were evacuated by bus and
military convoy.
The Algiers ferry landing is across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans. The landing in downtown New Orleans is about one mile from the Convention Center. The oral history interviews and news accounts indicate that the Algiers Ferry Terminal evacuation, which occurred
while humanitarian relief and medical services were being denied flood victims at the convention center, was conducted by a large number of local,
state, and U.S. military and FEMA personnel and resources, including U.S. Coast Guard personnel and boats, National Guard military convoys,
New Orleans Public Schools busses, state-owned ferries, and FEMA-contracted medivac units. Why no such water-borne evacuation procedures were used for New Orleans residents is the central question that Dr. Hill and others hope these and forthcoming materials may help to answer.<br>

Dr. Hill is Executive Director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research in New Orleans. His insightful commentaries and indepth research into unjust action--as well as what appears to be deliberate inaction--by various government agencies in the immediate aftermath of Katrina can be read via the following web archive:<br>
http://www.southerninstitute.info/commentaries/
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Dr. Hill also provides analysis of the longterm problems and social justice issues stemming from the rebuilding of New Orleans.




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