Danny Glover: Bush's Unmet Katrina Promises
September 28, 2006
The indispensable Oxfam has made a video to help the rest of America -- and the world -- remember what folks in the Gulf can't forget:
"What disturbs me most about the situations described in this film is that more than a year after the double disaster struck, so many poor people are still swamped in a sea of need," said Glover. "Their houses are wrecked. Their jobs are gone. And the billions of federal dollars allocated to rebuild the Gulf Coast are not reaching them. Why?"
Filmed by award winning TIME photojournalist Steve Liss, the 17-minute video explores the consequences months of neglect have had on families as they try to piece their lives back together.
"WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all standing around looking at each other asking well, when are they going to remove these cars? When are they going to remove these houses? When are they going to remove the stuff so we can start even rebuilding?" asked the Rev. Martin Denesse in the film, frustration fueling his resolve. "IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna stay here and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna fight. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to do what we got to do to make sure we reclaim our home."