Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six

Coming this Summer from Haymarket Press:

Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six
By Jordan Flaherty
With an introduction by Democracy Now host Amy Goodman
And a forward by civil rights attorney Tracie Washington

Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years before and after Katrina. The book weaves the interconnected stories of Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, gay rappers, spoken word poets, victims of police brutality, out of town volunteers, and grassroots activists. From post-Katrina evacuee camps, to torture testimony at Angola Prison, to organizing with the family members of the Jena Six, Floodlines tells the stories behind the headlines, from an unforgettable time and place in history.

What People Are Saying About Floodlines:

This is the most important book I've read about Katrina and what came after. In the tradition of Howard Zinn this could be called “The People's History of the Storm.” Jordan Flaherty was there on the front lines. He compellingly documents the racism, poverty, and neglect at the core of this national failure and the brave, generous, grassroots revolutionaries who saved and continue to save a city and a people. It is my favorite kind of book - great storytelling, accurate accounting, a call for engagement and change.-Eve Ensler, playwright, The Vagina Monologues, activist and founder of V-Day

Jordan Flaherty is one of the best and most courageous writers in America today. Beyond his obvious writing skills, what I admire most about Jordan is his dedication to truth-telling, to bringing the real and whole America to the American people. At a time in our nation when there is so much distortion of current events and history, Jordan Flaherty represents the core of who we truly are. And what we are capable of being as citizens of this ever-changing world.-Kevin Powell, Author of Open Letters to America

Jordan Flaherty is an independent journalist for the Hip-Hop generation. As a white anti-imperialist who is committed to social and racial justice, Jordan brings out the voices of the victims and survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breach in New Orleans. This book not only speaks truth to power but is a rallying cry for all of us to take action. With this definitive work, the voices of the grassroots, the communities resisting displacement, finally have a voice.- Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party VP Candidate, Hip Hop Activist and Journalist


From economic crisis in the US to post-earthquake devastation in Haiti, this new tour of grassroots organizers and journalists will focus on the challenges we face today, and the ways that communities are coming together to build another world. For anyone interested in issues of health care, education, criminal justice, or the ways in which systems of racism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression intersect with these issues, this is the tour for you.

Sponsored by Left Turn Magazine, and other radical and independent media projects from around the US, the COMMUNITY AND RESISTANCE TOUR is an exciting movement-building opportunity. Beginning August, 2010, the tour will bring performances, workshops, and inspiration to towns and cities in across the US.

For more information on the tour, including how to bring the tour to your city, please email neworleans@leftturn.org.


Please assign FLOODLINES: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six in your classes for Fall of 2010. The book has already been added to the curriculum for courses at Xavier University and University of New Orleans.

PRE-ORDER on Amazon:


More Reviews of Floodlines:

Jordan Flaherty is a journalist who causes revolution with the printed word. This book is a testament to the power of the pen when its in the hand of a freedom fighter and a global thinker. While others are just writing these stories, Jordan Flaherty is living them.- Jesse Muhammad, Final Call Newspaper

Since Hurricane Katrina hit, Jordan Flaherty has---with spectacular dedication---chronicled New Orleans's political changes with care and passion. His stories are the ones we all want to read: the tireless work of organizers in the city, the obstacles they face and the triumphs they celebrate....which ultimately inspire all of us.-Daisy Hernández, Executive Editor, ColorLines, the newsmagazine on race and politics.

"Want to know what really happened to regular people during and after Katrina? Read this book and get the real stories. Read this book and get angry. Read this book and get busy making changes."-Bill Quigley, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

“Floodlines is a powerful, moving account of one organizer’s witnessing of the struggles in the Deep South, and fighting to make a difference. Jordan masters the insider’s voice, capturing the real fight from within the heart of the movement.”- Jennifer Vitry, Executive Director, NOLA Investigates

Jordan Flaherty's work has been indispensable for social justice activists and organizations around the country who care about the inequities and social injustices that Hurricane Katrina revealed and exacerbated. He brings the sharp analysis and dedication of a seasoned organizer to his writing, and insightful observation to his reporting. Jordan unfailingly has his ear to the ground in a city that continues to reveal the floodlines of structural racism in America.- Tram Nguyen, author, We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11

After the flood, many of us turned to Jordan Flaherty's dispatches for real-time real talk about what was really going on in his beloved New Orleans. His from-the-low-ground accounts of how the politics of abandonment, the politics of containment, and racism combined to devastate this proud global city were brave and unsettling. His passionate, unsparing writing on the community organizers and the people struggling to make themselves and their city whole reminded us of the stakes. At this crucial point in American history, Floodlines captures the urgency of New Orleans and reveals why its recovery and renewal is one of the most important battles for justice in our time.—Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History Of The Hip-Hop Generation

About the author:

Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. He was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case, and played an important role in bringing the story to worldwide attention. His award-winning post-Katrina journalism has been published in hundreds of publications, and audiences around the world have seen the news segments he’s produced for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, PressTV, and Democracy Now. He has also appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, Grit TV, Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and both local and nationally-syndicated shows on National Public Radio.

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