This report was written by Eliza Strickland and Azibuike Akaba. Research support was provided by Terry Allen, Pratap Chatterjee, Sam Finn Cate-Gumpert and Amelia Hight. It was edited by Terry Allen, Pratap Chatterjee, Tonya Hennessey and John Selwasky. Many photos came from the Flickr community and from the photographers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Special thanks go to the Gulf Coast Fund, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Reverend Vien The Nguyen, pastor of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Deepa Fernandes. Thanks also to Brooke Biggs and Rita J. King who wrote the 2006 Katrina report: Big, Easy Money: Disaster Profiteering on the American Gulf Coast.

Finally, a grateful shout out to our funders: the Hurd Foundation, the LEF Foundation and the Rockefeller Family Fund, who supported the production of this report.

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Published August 2007.


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This report was authored by Eliza Strickland, a freelance writer based in New York. She has previously been a contributing writer for the Gambit Weekly in New Orleans and a staff writer for the San Francisco Weekly and the East Bay Express in Oakland, California. A graduate of the Columbia University Journalism School, she currently writes for magazines and websites such as Salon and Wired.

The concluding section was written by Azibuike Akaba, a consultant for I-CBE. He is a former 2005 - 2006 Hewlett Executive Fellow. His current research includes understanding the impacts of climate change and science policy on low-income communities and people of color. He studies the role that environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. Prior to this appointment, he was the Principal Investigator of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. He also served as the Leadership Director in the Environment and Health Project for the Rose Foundation.

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