March Held for Lower Ninth Ward

The Washington Post Sunday - - National News -

NEW OR­LEANS, April 28 — The Rev. Jesse L. Jack­son and Mayor C. Ray Na­gin (D) led hun­dreds of marchers Satur­day to the crum­bling houses that still dom­i­nate the Lower Ninth Ward to draw at­ten­tion to the area’s slow re­cov­ery from Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina.

Jack­son said the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and much of the na­tion had largely forgotten the work­ing-class and mostly black hur­ri­cane vic­tims in the Lower Ninth, while ar­eas that draw tourists and more af­flu­ent sec­tions re­cover more quickly.

“The wa­ters have sub­sided, but the aban­don­ment con­tin­ues. The pres­i­dent did not men­tion Ka­t­rina in his last State of the Union ad­dress,” Jack­son said.

The mayor, whose lead­er­ship since the storm has been ques­tioned by many res­i­dents, in­di­cated that prob­lems with New Or­leans’s re­cov­ery stem from the slow flow of gov­ern­ment aid.

“This march is im­por­tant be­cause it ba­si­cally sends a mes­sage to the na­tion that peo­ple in New Or­leans are still here,” Na­gin said. “We’re still fight­ing for our land. We’re fight­ing for our re­cov­ery.”

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