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Post-Katrina New Orleans is "SPP made real"

Recovery led by profiteers, volunteers and NGOs rather than the public sector.

Sunken hydrant still given new coat of paint.by CUPE.ca

April 22, 2008 — CUPE delegates toured New Orleans' lower 9th ward yesterday as part of the [Security and Prosperity Partnership] SPP People's Summit to see, not only the damage, but also the absence of a public sector response.

Three years after hurricane Katrina pushed floodwaters through the poor parts of the city:

• Recovery efforts are led by volunteers and NGOs like Common Ground Relief, ACORN and Brad Pitt's "Make it Right" rather than federal, state or local government

• It took two years to restore water and electricity

• Street signs were only replaced two months ago

• Entergy, the privatized electricity company, kept charging New Orleans residents during the two-year blackout and won't reconnect homes unless they pay their arrears

• More than 250,000 former residents of New Orleans are still living in other communities

"New Orleans is the SPP made real," said (CUPE) National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux. "Total reliance on the private sector for even the most basic services, insecurity for regular citizens but extra rights and power for corporations."...

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  CUPE members visit New Orleans' Lower 9th ward, posted on CUPE.ca April 22, 2008

Posted: April 23, 2008

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