Although Hurricane Isaac blew out electricity for the entire New Orleans metro area, do we collectively understand what it means to be powerless? For too many residents, neither Isaac nor Entergy will prevent electricity from returning; powerlessness will. The silver lining to our temporary blackout should be that it illuminated our awareness to the day-to-day conditions of the poor in New Orleans.
Cities around the nation have tried a variety of approaches to revitalizing their urban cores. Some have turned to repurposing old infrastructure to breathe new life into neighborhoods.
One such effort is under way in the nation's capital, where the redevelopment of a bridge linking a wealthy part of the city with a lower-income one may present an opportunity — if an ambitious park plan can be brought to fruition.
Friends and family of Mickey Shunick say they will hold a community celebration to honor the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who was kidnapped and killed in May.
The Advertiser reports that friends will share memories of the 21-year-old woman, City-Parish President Joey Durel will speak, and family and friends will recognize law enforcement officers, donors, doctors and volunteers who helped search for Shunick.
Police officers and emergency medical workers were among about 70 men who pranced through a Lake Charles mall in women's high-heeled shoes to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault and money to help its victims.
Organizer Tammy Vincent tells The American Press that Saturday's event, called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," raised about $10,000.
She says the light-hearted event gets people talking about serious problems that many communities don't want to admit are happening.
Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 1:32 pm
Like a quietly efficient operating system whirring away in the innards of a supercomputer, a vast array of Americans — mostly unseen and unsung — spend hours and hours of every week working together to find ways to make their communities — and the whole country — better.
This is Participation Nation.
In a monthlong blog that ended Aug. 31, NPR collected stories of people actively helping other people, animals and the planet. Here is an executive summary of what we discovered.