Visitors from Pakistan under U.S. Dept of State program at site of London Avenue Canal breach
Today, Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org met with a group of seven visitors from Pakistan, who were in New Orleans learning about emergency preparedness. They requested a meeting to discuss advocacy, rebuilding and lobbying issues and to tour the sites where the levees collapsed during Katrina. Ms. Rosenthal met the group at the site of the east side London Avenue Canal breach.
After Rosenthal explained that, in New Orleans, the event considered a ‘natural disaster’ was in fact a failure of the Army Corps of Engineers to properly build flood protection, a member of the group offered a compelling observation.
“Nature is always very kind,” said Muhammad Hasseb Khan, Assistant Director of FATA Disaster Management Authority, Government of Pakistan. “Allah/God can never think of damage to humanity.”
To this, Ms. Rosenthal replied by quoting a well known sociologist, Gaye Tuchman who warned,
“Always be aware to look behind language that would seem to attribute social change or calamity to nature. It minimizes the individuals and institutions whose actions can often be found hiding behind all the talk of water and wind.”
Lt. General Russel Honore (US Army retired), Marylee Orr (LEAN), Sandy Rosenthal (Levees.org) and Shauna Sanford (LPB)
Updated: Dec 14, 2014
Today, Sandy Rosenthal of Levees.org teams up with the man credited with restoring order to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Retired Lt. General Russel Honore along with Marylee Orr with LEAN say they will fight through blood, sweat and tears to improve the state’s environment.
See them tonight with Shauna Sanford on LPB at 7 p.m. to talk about the General’s call to action, the status of the lawsuit against 97 oil companies and environmental legislation that they are going to pursue during the legislative session.