March Held for Lower Ninth Ward
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.”