Levees.org meets African visitors through U.S. Department of State

Sandy Rosenthal center meets with visitors from Africa who were in New Orleans as part of a special program with the U.S Department of State

Sandy Rosenthal center meets with visitors from Africa who were in New Orleans as part of a special program with the U.S Department of State

Today, Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org met with a group of sixteen visitors from Africa including two interpreters.

The visitors were in New Orleans as part of a special program with the U.S Department of State. They requested to meet with Rosenthal to a discuss the group’s grassroots work in holding the federal government accountable. They were also interested in the organization’s current relationship with the Army Corps.

Ms. Rosenthal met the group at the outdoor Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden at 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly, the site of one of the most severe levee breaches during Katrina.

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Evacuating for an extreme event often a nightmare

Contraflow ahead of Hurricane Gustav in August 2008. Photo/CNN

Contraflow ahead of Hurricane Gustav in August 2008. Photo/CNN

This opinion piece was published in The New Orleans Advocate on Wed Jan 13, 2016.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee recently attracted consternation from New Orleans residents.

The Republican presidential candidate suggested that New Orleanians didn’t evacuate for Hurricane Katrina because they had been desensitized by climate change activists who exaggerate the threat of dangerous weather.

The remark has no factual basis, of course. But it also demonstrates a misunderstanding of how rough evacuations are.

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Founder to speak at Disaster Symposium

Sandy Rosenthal at site of Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden. Photo/Kenneth Evans

Sandy Rosenthal at site of Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden. Photo/Kenneth Evans

Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal is among a “diverse group of Louisianans” who will speak on Hurricane Katrina, then and now, at the last in a series of Katrina anniversary programs

WHEH: Tuesday (Nov. 17) at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University

“We have assembled a profoundly interesting array of Louisianans to reflect on what the phrase ‘the Katrina disaster now’ means to them,” says event organizer Andy Horowitz, an assistant professor of history who is teaching a class called The Katrina Disaster Now at Tulane this semester.

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