The Hurricane Katrina anniversary march originally scheduled for today is postponed due to the weather. The event is tentatively rescheduled to take place this upcoming Sunday, September 3, same time and place.

More information forthcoming.

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New Orleans Community, Hip Hop Artists, and Activists To Commemorate The 12-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans, LA – To remember the lives lost, honor the resiliency of the community, and advocate for the people most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Hip Hop Caucus, the New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Nuthin But Fire Records, Q93, People’s Climate Music, and numerous community and national partners host the 12th Annual Katrina March on Tuesday, August 29, for the 12-year anniversary of Katrina.

As part of the commemorative day, organizers are asking participants and supporters to:

 

  • Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make Aug. 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.
  • Right the wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice so that in the face of disaster, the poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.
  • Say never again: by calling for action on climate change from our world’s leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Katrina around the world.

The day’s events will begin with a healing ceremony right against the breached levee in the lower 9th Ward, followed by a march through the streets which will, in New Orleans tradition, feed into the a very large secondline. The secondline will end at Hunter’s Field with a rally hosted by Wild Wayne of Q93 and renowned New Orleans’ poet Sunni Patterson and featuring speakers and performers including prominent community and cultural leaders. This event serves as the largest annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Katrina, and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on communities who twelve years later are still recovering.

 

Photojournalists welcome to capture what is expected to be a powerful moment for the New Orleans community.

WHAT: Hurricane Katrina 12th Anniversary – March & Second Line

WHEN: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 10:00 AM EST

WHERE: Lower Ninth Ward – From Jourdan Avenue & Galvez Street to Hunter Field –  New Orleans, LA

SCHEDULE:

10:00am-10:30am – Healing Ceremony:

Lower 9th Ward between North Galvez Street & Jourdan Avenue

A healing ceremony held right against the backdrop of where the levees broke in the lower 9th Ward. Community members gather for a multi-faith prayer and a reading of the names of those who died during Hurricane Katrina.

10:30am-12:30pm – March & Secondline:

The march will transition into a secondline to Hunter’s Field. The secondline will feature New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band.

12:30pm-4:30pm – Rally:

Hunter’s Field between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue

An afternoon program with speakers and performers, vendors and community organizations, including Mia X, Sess 4-5, Roi Anthony, Hustlaz, Lady Red, Yung Pro, Shorty, Wildboy Woody, and DJ7.

WHO:

Hosts:

  • Wild Wayne, Q93 On-Air DJ and Personality and New Orleans native
  • Sunni Patterson (Award winning international spoken word Poet and singer, and New Orleans native)

Secondline:

  • Led by famous New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band

Speakers and Performers:

  • Mia X, pioneering rapper and recording artist from New Orleans
  • Sess 4-5, CEO Nuthin But Fire Records, recording artist and prominent community activist
  • Roi Anthony, New Orleans songwriter and producer
  • Hustlaz
  • Lady Red
  • Yung Pro
  • Shorty
  • Wildboy Woody
  • DJ7

WHY: This annual anniversary event will be the secondline for the 12-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The full day of activities will demonstrate the resilience of the community and honor the lives lost 12 years ago. The speakers and messages will also highlight the continued struggle of families to navigate the post-Katrina New Orleans’ realities because of racial and economic inequities; and it will call on the all of us to prevent any future disasters of this magnitude by addressing climate change.

ONLINE: hiphopcaucus.org/hurricane-katrina-12th-anniversary-march-second-line

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Antoniewicz, mark@hiphopcaucus.org, 202-870-8476

MORE INFORMATION:

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th.

About Hip Hop Caucus: Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org.

About the People’s Climate Music: People’s Climate Music is helping to expand the climate movement by organizing diverse and influential artists to create music and culture that inspires action to solve the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced – climate change. Organizations leading People’s Climate Music include Hip Hop Caucus, 350.org, Earthjustice, League of Conservation Voters, NRDC, Sierra Club and The Solutions Project.  Learn more at PeoplesClimateMusic.com.

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