A PRRAC, Alliance for Healthy Homes, the Center for Social Inclusion, & the Health Policy Institute Report (May 2007). Editors, Marcheta Gillam, Steve Fischbach, Lynne Wolf, Nkiru Azikiwe, and Philip Tegeler.
Excerpt: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma opened our eyes to vast poverty in our rich nation. The storms and the flooding from New Orleans’ broken levees drew national attention to this poverty, albeit briefly and without an explanation of why so many of our poor are people of color and what it means for all of us. While New Orleans certainly has a unique history and culture, its racialized poverty and history of disinvestment in communities of color is not unique. The story of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is also the story of cities throughout our country.