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ADA McMAHON is an independent writer and videographer currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a Media Fellow with Bridge the Gulf, a media project led by Gulf Coast communities working toward justice and sustainability. http://www.bridgethegulfproject.org/blog
SHARE Thursday, December 15, 2011 Alabama town outraged, not surprised, by Mayor's alleged Katrina theft
In the latest Hurricane Katrina corruption scandal, Stan Wright, the Mayor of Bayou La Batre, Alabama has been indicted on eight federal counts -- including theft, conspiracy, and embezzlement.
Though residents of this small fishing town are upset by their Mayor's alleged crimes, many aren't surprised. Wright has a reputation for corruption and racism that stretches far beyond the indictment.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 21, 2011 Feinberg blasted in public meetings across Gulf Coast
In two weeks of public meetings across the Gulf Coast, Kenneth Feinberg is hearing pointed criticism of the claims process he is leading. Residents point to inconsistency and lack of transparency as major problems.
SHARE Wednesday, November 9, 2011 In Recovery From Southern Tornadoes, Fault Lines Of Inequity Show
Instead of helping Cherraye Oats after she survived a tornado in Mississippi this spring, a relief worker called her a "black rat." How else do racism and inequity play a role in the recovery phase of one of the worst tornado outbreaks the U.S. has ever seen? And what does it say about the future of disaster recovery, as extreme weather is on the rise?
SHARE Monday, May 23, 2011 After tornadoes, rural disaster area faces relief challenges
Ethel Giles has spent the day sorting and delivering toiletries, non-perishable food, diapers, and flats of bottled water to twenty-two households. Five o'clock is fast approaching, and she still has a 50-mile drive ahead, to another rural community in western Alabama she's heard has been hit by devastating tornadoes. How rural areas are responding to the challenges of disaster relief.