Monday, September 05, 2005

Staying


Yesterday our old dog was diagnosed
with a paw tumor, or maybe an infection,
maybe she will have to have surgery,
maybe not.

Last night, with a cone-headed Mary Elizabeth Peace
nearby, mournful in her plastic collar, pink
bandaged foot, sweet brown eyes -
I was again obsessed
with Lesepps Street, began searching
for word of Lee Grue and her family --
found pleas for information
about loved ones, pets, homes,
about Teal, Lee's youngest son,
who stayed behind.

I searched Bywater at Nola.com,
which took me to Craigslist New Orleans
and a phone number, eventually, for Lee,
and for another for a woman in Denver who is
the incredibly competent and organized
communication point for the
neighborhood.

When I talked to Lee, briefly, she said,
"He's probably staying there helping people."

In an hour, after as much time last night
on the internet, Lee had the first information
about Teal since before the storm.

And while cable news run loops of looters
stealing guns from department stores
and Homeland Security blames their incompetent
late start on two natural disasters, duh!
a hurricane and a flood, or blames the victims,
here's the story I just got -

Teal and some guys in Bywater stayed
behind. They have keys to everybody's houses
and have set up a barricaded, armed, compound to
protect the neighborhood. Yesterday Teal gave
his car to a group of people who finally were
ready to evacuate. They have food, water and
supplies, for now.

So I wonder, when the National Guard comes in
to Bywater to force an evacuation -
will they come with medals, accolades, an Ark?

┬ęSusan Bright 9.04.05

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Don't Shoot Them

This morning I got word from old friends in Bywater and the Quarter that many neighborhoods left behind small groups of residents to house sit and to take care of things. These people have keys to everybody's homes, etc. They are armed and have been protecting the old neighborhoods.

The National Guard, police and other Military people must immediately be ordered not to shoot these brave souls who have been almost the only order that existed in New Orleans for almost a week. Under the most dire circumstances, the "lost" infrastructure of New Orleans has been guarded by these people.

The media must stop repeating the administration's policy to blame the victims, and the military must be ordered not to shoot people as they walk out now, after keeping things together when no one else was doing it.

Housing

The U T School of Architecture and Theater Departments are "adopting" the Schools of Arch. and Fine Arts of Tulane Univ and Univ of New Orleans and that means that as they can get here, the faculty, staff, and students, and even some of their families are going to be needing homes for the rest of the semester.

If anyone has room in their home or a rental property that they can give up for the rest of the semester please contact Raquel Elizondo at rre@austin.utexas.edu .

And here is the site that Gary Chapman gary.chapman@mail.utexas.edu and others have put together.

Image courtesy of Sarah Tabbert*

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the local info.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the gary Chapman site is a good one.

7:09 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

Comments are not working right, trying to fix now.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to hear the stories that reflect the care and humanity of those that stayed behind to be of service. It helps to balance the horror of the ineptness and the dodging of the responsibility of those in charge (or not).

I forwarded Nola on to my list. I received an e-mail from poet and friend, Naomi Nye. She said that she has been forwarding her own copy of Susan's piece on to her list.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys --

I like your blog, but it's a good idea to check with the artist before posting their work. (And as the artist whose work is posted "courtesy of", it would have been nice to hear from you first. Just a friendly request to respect copyright and my personal intentions.

Sara Tabbert

6:20 PM  
Blogger OZ said...

Sara, please accept our apologies for using your art without your consent. Since I always try to link to the web site and credit the artist, I always hope they will see it as extra venue for the showing of their works.

Of course, we get the value of the image on the blog.

Please let me know if you want the piece removed and I will do so.

Thanks.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the art; just track us down first to check. I'll almost always say yes.

Cheers,
Sara

6:10 PM  

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