Tulane University to offer mini-course featuring Levees.org founder

Sandy Rosenthal at the unveiling of historic plaque at the breach site of the 17th Street Canal. Photo dated Aug 26, 2010.

Sandy Rosenthal unveils historic plaque at breach site of 17th Street Canal on August 26, 2010.

Updated 13 September, 2014 @ 17:00:31

This coming semester, Tulane University will offer a mini-course featuring Sandy Rosenthal and how she started and built the influential grassroots group, Levees.org.

The mini-course will be offered as part of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) developed by Dr. Charles Figley, Director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute.

MOOCs are a surging new trend in higher education because they allow virtually unlimited enrollment worldwide.

Traditional online courses charge tuition and limit the enrollment to a few dozen students to ensure interaction with instructors. MOOCs, on the other hand, are free and anyone with an Internet connection can enroll.

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In loving memory of Al Cahall

Alvin Numa Cahall, Jr.

Alvin Numa Cahall, Jr. (photo dated June 1, 2014)

Anyone who has ever attended a Levees.org event would certainly have noticed Al Cahall’s presence. Al took care of every audiovisual need for the grassroots advocacy group that I founded–with the help of my son–after the 2005 Flood in New Orleans. Time after time, year after year, our events went “without a hitch” due to Al’s dedication to quality.

It started when Al approached me on the evening that Ray Nagin was re-elected Mayor of New Orleans. Al told me his story, that he had lost everything when hurricane storm surge obliterated the levees along the MR-GO and inundated his home to the rooftop. “There were dead crabs on my roof,” he told me. Like many, even though he had flood insurance, the claims payouts plus the little bit of relief he got from the Small Business Administration disaster loans and the Road Home Program went little distance in making him–and his family–whole.

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Citizens of Louisiana Continue Their Fight Against Big Oil

Sandy Rosenthal at Water Fest at Louisiana Capitol in Baton Rouge March 8, 2014. Photo/Ray Nicholls

Sandy Rosenthal at Water Fest at Louisiana Capitol in Baton Rouge March 8, 2014. Photo/Ray Nicholls

This post is also featured today in the Huffington Post.

When I heard that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East had filed lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies, I, as the founder of Levees.org, urged our board to immediately and publicly support the suit which demanded that the energy industry fix the coast that it helped destroy. The lawsuit’s objective was consistent with our mission; that New Orleans flooded due to poorly designed levees and floodwalls, and also due to the ongoing loss of protective coastal wetlands.

Since last July, we traveled extensively to Baton Rouge, worked to build coalitions and launched multiple pro-lawsuit campaigns to counter Governor Bobby Jindal’s dual-pronged attempt to halt the lawsuit. First, the Governor had tried stacking the Authority with commissioners who agreed with him, and then later, he apparently directed the Louisiana legislature to pass bills with the intended effect of killing the lawsuit. We fought both initiatives.

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