Kent State Speech
Back in February, Anderson gave a speech to an overflow crowd at Kent State. WLC who brought us that great birthday video has kindly uploaded a video snippet from the Kent State interview. From WLC's blog...Before the speech, Anderson showed up in our room. (Total has two extra rooms for late-arrived audiences.) The moderator told us we had two questions for him. So, first question was about how he chose the issue to report. The answer? Check the video I took. (Sorry for the short record and blur.)
After that, Anderson saw the book, Families, written by his dad, Wyatt Cooper, in front of an old lady. He was very surprised and happy. And when he found out it was a library book, he laughed. He opened it and read the words, “Families: A Memoir and a Celebration,” and said he was very young (in this book). At that moment, it felt like he found and recalled his memoir. (That was an emotional part.)...more >>.
Thanks for uploading this WLC!!!
The Rumor Mill
Katrina - A Year Later
"The American attention span is pretty short," said Aletha Burge, director of community initiatives at United Way of South Mississippi. "We talk to people all the time who say, Y'all must be pretty much back to normal.' But there's nothing normal about the situation here." For example, Hancock County has only two grocery stores, she said. At the beachfront, maybe five homes are being rebuilt. "We're talking about miles of slabs, deserted," she said, describing the Gulf Coast beachfront. "And folks need a lot of help with rebuilding. As slow as the grant money and everything else has been, we rely on volunteers to keep things moving while people are still waiting for insurance payments and grants."
Hancock County's volunteer coordinator, Kathleen Johnson, speculates the Mississippi Gulf Coast actually may be hurt by good publicity. "I believe people are hearing the message that we are rebuilding and we are well on the way to recovery,which is true," Johnson noted. "But we are just now starting the reconstruction." She's seen the great things done by the churches, school groups and civic organizations. But now school's back in session, it's the height of hurricane season and South Mississippi's oppressive August heat may be more than some folks can take. "We've got others promised to come down in October and we're seeing the booking numbers increasing, but not at the rate we're going to need to rebuild the 10,000 or so damaged homes we have here in Hancock County." Destruction also was widespread in Jackson and Harrison coastal counties, then as far north as Hattiesburg and as far west as McComb.
Burge said volunteers with construction skills are needed. "It's one thing to gut a house, and another thing to put it back together," she said. The Methodist volunteer camp site on the beach in Bay St. Louis is capable of housing about 100 volunteers. Right now, the camp is empty.
She's at a loss for immediate volunteer help.
"I have not heard of really any more, but maybe 15, in town at this time," she noted. "We're probably never going to see the numbers that we've seen in the past that's a reality as long as there's not that hype on the national TV that we had during the height of this.
"It's just not going to happen."
Anderson will be along the MS Gulf Coast and in NOLA this week. There is progress but I hope he'll focus on everything that still needs to be done and show ways people can volunteer.
Friday, I was talking to a coworker who had just gotten off the phone from someone who lives on the Gulf Coast. He said they are on pins and needles about Ernesto. Even before the projected path was announced they were already making evacuation plans. As much as we need the rain in this region I don't wish a tropical system on anyone. All of you across the Gulf Coast are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and dry! If you need to evacuate, your neighbors to the north are ready to welcome you again.