Monday, October 30, 2006

Sitting on My Ass in the Wrong Room

Actually, I wasn't sitting on my ass but I mostly wasn't at the UNOP Community Congress this past Saturday. According to the Times-Picayune, the people who showed up weren't exactly representative:
75 percent of about 350 participants in the meeting were white, and 40 percent had an annual household income of more than $75,000. Before Hurricane Katrina, the city was 67 percent African-American and only 2 percent of residents earned more than $75,000 per year, while 54 percent earned less than $29,000 annually.

About 90 percent of the meeting participants also were from areas west of the Industrial Canal or from Algiers, with nearly one-fourth of the total drawn from a zone including Broadmoor, Carrollton and neighborhoods surrounding Audubon Park.
I'm glad those 350 or so showed up, had something to say and participated. Of all the things I skipped this weekend to have peace and quiet (not really but I thought about peace and wondered what quiet might be like). One thing that is not improving, it seems, is getting greater participation of people who have returned.

The rest of the article is here.

I haven't been able to hear any of the audio recordings of district meetings. Not for lack of trying. Audio of some of the last Community Support organization advisory board meeting is here. (It is enlightening and demoralizing.) I asked my students today about UNOP and these meetings. None had heard of them and only one had a vague idea what UNOP was.

addendum: Of course, Schroeder has the best run down and links you need to read. Go there now.

Future meetings:

Community Support Organization's Advisory Committee Meeting--November 9, 2006. City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

District Meetings #2: Scenarios--November 11-12, 2006. Meeting times and locations TBA

Community Support Organization's Advisory Committee Meeting--November 30, 2006. City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Congress #2: UNOP Citywide Recovery Scenarios
--December 2, 2006. Morial Convention Center. Meeting time and specific location TBA

Community Support Organization's Advisory Committee Meeting--December 7, 2006. City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

District Meetings #3: Draft District Plans--December 16-17, 2006. Meeting times and
locations TBA

Community Support Organization's Advisory Committee Meeting--December 21, 2006. City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

District Meetings #4: Final District Plans--January 6-7, 2007. Meeting times and
locations TBA

Community Support Organization's Advisory Committee Meeting--January 11, 2007. City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Congress #3: UNOP Draft Recovery Plan--January 13, 2007. Morial Convention Center. Meeting time and specific location to be announced.

Community Support Organization's Advisory Committee Meeting--January 25, 2007. City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Karen said...

Read Becky Houtmans piece as well. I find the whole thing tedious and poorly planned. And then I read the article in the paper and it sounds downright diabolical.

Tue Oct 31, 07:18:00 AM  

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