If you’re in the NOLA, participate!
The Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund, the Mississippi Disaster Relief Coalition, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the US Human Rights Network and others are convening an International Tribunal on Katrina and Rita. This Tribunal will be held in New Orleans on August 29th through September 2nd 2007. We call on international governments, organizations and individuals to sign on as endorsers of the International Tribunal with contributions of time, resources and funds in support of this important event. To participate in the Tribunal organizing process and get further information by calling (504) 301-0215 or click here to send an email.
MEMORIAL FLAG EXHIBIT
Aug. 31, Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries in Louisiana will display 1,400 white flags with the hand-printed names of hurricane victims on the grounds of Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.
Several well-known local restaurants will join thousands of others nationwide in “Share Our Strength: Restaurants for Relief,” supporting Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts. A percentage of the Aug. 29 sales will be donated to the relief program, sponsored by American Express. For participating restaurants see www.strength.org.
“In Loving Memory” is a photographic exhibit of photos submitted by New Orleanians of family members and friends who died during Katrina, along with written memories about each. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Mississippi River Heritage Park, 1100 Convention Center Blvd.
Mayor Ray Nagin and other community leaders will ring ceremonial bells to mark the time of the first levee breach 9:38 a.m., at City Hall. Simultaneously, five City Council members will lay memorial wreaths at the St. Roch Playground at St. Roch and North Prieur streets, the 17th Street Canal breach on Bellaire Drive, the London Avenue Canal breach, atop the Claiborne Avenue bridge over the Industrial Canal, and outside Gate A at the Superdome. Councilman Oliver Thomas at the eastern New Orleans home of his deceased brother Renaldo.
A memorial ceremony and march begins at 10:00 a.m., at the 9th Ward Levee Break, Jourdan and N. Galvez Sts.
A Jazz funeral requiem march is scheduled at 11:30 a.m., from the Superdome to Congo Square.
The “One New Orleans” jazz funeral procession will begin at 2:00 p.m., from the Convention Center to the Superdome and will be led by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré to honor first responders and all the lives lost in Katrina as well as acknowledging the rebirth of New Orleans.
The Official Interfaith Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square. 12 faiths will participate in the services, including Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will play in Jackson Square from 8:00-8:55, and at 8:55, the Katrina bell (twin to the 9/11 bell in New York City) will be rung to commemorate the lives lost in Katrina.